The experience of approaching Victoria Falls is a remarkable thing. For about half a mile around the Falls, the spray hydrates the ground, creating a jungle oasis in an otherwise parched land. As you get closer, the crashing of the water crescendos far beyond how loud one might expect it to get. Three things happened as I stepped through the gap in the trees to see Victoria Falls in front off me: my jaw hit the ground; I added what I saw to the top of my mental list of Spectacular Views; and I dropped my ice cream.
Back in the town, the Victoria Falls Hotel is one of the popular options by Pure Africa Experiences and maintains a stately colonial feel. A night spent sleeping beneath portraits of the British Royal Family will cost around $250, per night. Here we had a delectable and reasonably priced afternoon tea. Several smaller hotels and backpacking options were also available. However, we stayed at Victoria Falls Rest Camp & Lodges, which had a range of tents, backpacking rooms and private cabins equipped with toilets and cooking facilities. Sitting in the open-air restaurant was very pleasant — I recommend the crocodile salad (yes, crocodile is available at many of the dining establishments, and is much better than one might expect). Prices range from $20-$70, per person, per night.
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