Zimbabwe has so much to offer any tourist, it is a country with diverse nature and culture. The Zimbabwean people are peace loving, well educated, speak fluent English, and always willing to help a visitor.
Zimbabwe’s trump card for leisure and MICE tourism is Victoria Falls. This incredible destination shares one of the world’s 7 Natural wonders, a spectacle that needs no introduction.
Victoria Falls has become a growing option for corporates from around the world it is easy to access with daily flights from Johannesburg and Harare. A plethora of transport operators provide logistics and the accommodation options are plentiful with more than seven large 3 to 5 star properties.
The activity and other experiential options available in the Falls are what make this destination, in my opinion, poised to become one of the world’s leading MICE venues. Take for example –
Imagine waking up pre sunrise and being told that your group are going to be the first people ever, to see the Victoria Falls on that particular day.
Collected as a group from your hotel to get to the Rainforest as it opens, at 0600. You are welcomed at the gates by a cultural Headman who places a Nyami Nyami ( River-god of the Zambezi ) necklace on each of you. You then walk with your guides to the edge of the incredible falls and witness the sunrise through the mists that rise from the gorge, a golden curtain wavering up into the sky.
After your walk along cobbled paths and through an ancient Rainforest, visiting view upon view of these Falls, with each point offering a special delight, you arrive at a breakfast set up amongst the trees just for your group. Warm porridge and raisins, honey and tanganda tea or vumba coffee are served along-side the statue of David Livingstone.
Outside the rainforest the group is collected in an open Tram that takes the group onto the Victoria Falls Railway Bridge. This bridge is over 100 years old and the single span arch way design makes for an interesting bridge tour and story which is regaled by a French Engineer. For the more adventurous in your group now is the time to do a Bungi jump or one of the tamer high wire activities.
After a quick visit back at your hotel you are ready for your next excursion and a vehicle collects you taking you on a ten minute transfer to the Helicopter pad. A fifteen minute flight over the Falls offers a new perspective of this marvel of nature and some insight into how it has formed.
Your day continues with Elephant Rides and Game drives followed by a lunch, served beneath a grass thatched Boma and set amongst the ancient forested dunes not far from the town. The menu includes delectable bream fillets, fresh from the Zambezi. During lunch a local but world class raconteur gives you a detailed description of David Livingstone’s travels in Africa, centring on his sighting of the Falls themselves in 1860.
With little time for siesta, your day now takes a journey upstream of the Falls to a shady glade on the banks of the River. Here you will be met by team of paddlers who load you into rafts and after some safety instruction and a little technical detail you all paddle off down the river in 16 foot rafts. No white water rafting for you today as the Upper river is a calmer expanse of water, with small rapids, but incredible bird and other wildlife. You must work as a team here so be sure to follow instruction and group rhythm.
Not far down-stream a large boat is parked on the river bank, or is it an island in the Zambezi ? It becomes clear now that you will not be paddling off into the sunset as you may all have thought. Rather you pull the rafts to the side of the river and climb aboard this luxurious boat. An icy cold G’ n T’ or frosty beer washes away the paddling efforts as the real sundowner cruise continues.
A majestic sunset would no doubt be in order, and as it darkens the group notices a fire on the river’s bank and the distant sound of drums. The captain of the cruise boat lines up docking the boat along side what looks like the perfect African dinner setting. A night of delectable food and dancing by firelight completes the African experience.
Guests wend their way home, exhausted yet exhilarated by an action packed, educational day. The perfect opportunity for corporates to learn, expand, communicate and bond.
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