Botoka Gorge & the Look Out Café: The BEST Views Around Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Unexpectedly, one of my favorite memories of Victoria Falls is my stop at the Lookout Cafe to see the Botoka Gorge!  The Botoka Gorge is a sizeable gorge just beyond Victoria Falls, and it is absolutely stunning!  We were so lucky to have stumbled across the Lookout Café!

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The Lookout Cafe is a small outpost/bar right of the walking path between the Victoria Falls Hotel and Victoria Falls.  This walkway is open to the public and there are signs for the Lookout Cafe halfway down the path.  Dan and I decided to stop on a whim, thinking that it would just be a fun place to grab a drink!  Wrong!  But it was a fun place to grab a drink!

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Cafe Zambezi: When You Want To Eat Caterpillars In Zambia

Livingstone, Zambia is a walkable town with a number of restaurants that seem tourist-friendly.  On our first night, we ended up walking just down the street from our hotel to Cafe Zambezi, an Africa/Caribbean restaurant located in a strip mall!  Odd mix!

While its in a strip mall, the restaurant is quite large.  The front is all enclosed like a normal pub, but the back opens up to include outdoor seating!  The crowd was a mix of locals and tourists, both international and African, and one could certainly meet fellow travelers here.  All of the staff spoke English and were quite accommodating!

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Livingstone, Zambia – A Local Alternative to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

After staying in the upscale and traditional Victoria Falls Hotel, Dan and I crossed the border to Livingstone, Zambia and spent two nights there!  Why did we change?  Well, I really wanted to see both sides of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe and Zambia!), and I really couldn’t resist the chance to see another country…Plus I had to try their local beer…Mosi Lager.  Not great, not great.  Zambezi from Zimbabwe was much better!

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Livingstone was a much different experience than Victoria Falls.  Livingstone is an actual town, where people work, shop and live.  It’s not just a tourist destination.  The town is located about 10 minutes from Victoria Falls, and you will need to take a cab there.  The walk is not safe, due to wild animals and some shady individuals looking to rob tourists.  There are a number of hostels and low-mid range hotels right in Livingstone, and quite a few very upscale hotels closer to Victoria Falls, including some with on-site animals (Royal Livingstone pictured)!

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Livingstone Island & Angels’ Armchair: One of the Scariest Things I have Ever Done!

One of the most adventurous activities at Victoria Falls is swimming in the Devil’s Pool – a natural infinity pool right on the edge of Victoria Falls!  When the water levels are too high, which is pretty often, Devil’s Pool is closed due to safety concerns.  But have no fear, Angels’ Armchair is open for business!  Angels’ Armchair is a similar pool also right on the edge of the Falls, very close to Livingstone Island.  Just a tiny rope separating you from the 354 foot drop off…  If you click on the pictures below to enlarge them (pictures taken from the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls), you can see people in Angel’s Armchair on the left side of the screen.  We took these pictures the day before we were sitting in Angels’ Armchair.  I called them crazy…

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Now I don’t really like heights nor am I much of a risk taker (and Dan even less so), so you’re probably wondering how I got myself into this…  Well, I really wanted to see Livingstone Island, and the tour to Livingstone Island automatically comes with a visit to either Devil’s Pool or Angels’ Armchair.  Livingstone Island is an actual island right on the edge of the Falls.  There it is – the island right on the edge!  This picture was taken from our helicopter tour!

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The Victoria Falls Hotel & Dining Room

Dan and I stayed at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel when we visited Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The Victoria Falls Hotel is an old historic hotel located right in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  The Grande Dame of Victoria Falls if you will.  The nightly rates at this hotel are more than Dan and I usually spend on hotels, but I just could not come all the way to Victoria Falls and not stay here!  So we bit the bullet.  I thought it was quite luxurious and a worthy splurge!

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The hotel is set in a dramatic location, with views of the spray from the Falls, the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Second Gorge from the main terrace.  Truly stunning!!

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