destination showcase Tel: +27 (0)21 447 4021 Fax: +27 (0)21 447 4031 P O Box 12999 Mowbray, 7705 Head Office: 170 Lower Main Road Observatory, Cape Town South Africa www.greenroute.co.za Vic t F a lo r i a ls h a bee s alwa n o ys mos ne t po of the adv wer fu des enture l tina on tion the pla s net Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe Africa’s only winner of the ultimate global trip delivery incentive accolade site crystal award 1995 & 2001 For a high res destination photographs, please go to www.greenroute.co.za victoria falls - zimbabwe map of zimbabwe VICTORIA Livingstone FALLS TOWN Mozambique Zambezi National Park Zambia Kariba Victoria Falls Chinhoyi National Park Livingstone Harare Binga Chitungwiza Kadoma ZIMBABWE Mutare Gweru Bulawayo Masvingo Botswana Beitbridge South Africa victoria falls - zimbabwe victoria falls - zimbabwe Boasting the largest single curtain of falling water on earth, aptly named the “smoke that thunders”, Victoria Falls has always been one of the most powerful adventure destinations on the planet! It was Green Route who pioneered international incentive travel to this region way back in 1992. Now that Zimbabwe is starting to find its feet again, we are at the forefront of the travel revival to this African wonderland. Victoria Falls is a world heritage site and a premier incentive destination in Africa. It boasts several stunning lodges and hotels to suit all budgets, a wide Access Information choice of meeting and function facilities as well as countless ways to really “go wild”! With over 20 international flight connections to Victoria Falls weekly from Johannesburg and The Falls area has always been a safe popular tourist Windhoek, as well as daily flights from Harare, easy destination, unaffected by the turmoil witnessed in access is assured. other parts of the country in past years. The people are friendly and welcoming and the product Flights to Livingstone (Zambia) and Kasane (near offerings are exceptional. Tucked into the north- Chobe National Park in Botswana) are other west corner of Zimbabwe, this beautiful region also ways to access the region. A good road network borders Zambia, Botswana and Namibia. It is possible connects the Victoria Falls area to Livingstone, just to incorporate a myriad of safari-style forays into any 15 minutes drive away, as well as to Chobe, a 90 of these countries as part of a larger programme. Let minute transfer by coach. the astounding natural beauty, friendly hospitality and world class adventure opportunities of Victoria A new charter flight route has also been activated Falls entice and astound you! between the Kruger National Park (South Africa) and Livingstone, offering a further access option. victoria falls - zimbabwe zimbabwe weather Climate information The summers in Zimbabwe range from October through to April and are long, hot and characterized by dramatic, short heavy rainfalls. By comparison, spring, autumn and winter are usually dry, sunny and cool. Come April, at the end of the rainy season, the Falls are at their peak and most impressive. Certain river activities can be curtailed between March and June due to the height and force of the river. Average Monthly Temperatures and Rainfall The dry season is from May to October and is the optimum time to view game in the region. During springtime in September and October, there is less spray at the Falls allowing for better photo opportunities, although the torrent can be slightly less impressive. Victoria Falls Averages Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Max Temp°C 29.7 29.4 29.7 29.2 27.4 25 24.8 27.8 31.8 33.4 32.4 30.2 Min Temp °C 18.2 17.9 17 13.9 9.4 6.3 5.6 8.2 12.8 17 18.2 18.1 Rainfall mm 97.6 126.3 69.8 24.2 0 0 0 0.3 1.9 26.6 63.6 94.9 victoria falls - zimbabwe incentive class properties Victoria Falls Safari Lodge l 4* l 72 rooms l www.threecities.co.za Quick Facts: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is set on a high plateau offering uninterrupted views of the surrounding bushveld and spectacular African sunsets. It is centrally located for easy access to town, the Falls, adventure activities and safari experiences. Features: Each room has its own balcony as well as digital safe, air conditioning, fan, mosquito nets, customized toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities and extra-length beds. Uniqueness for Incentives: • Dinner overlooking the waterhole • “Vulture restaurant” viewing experience • African Boma dinner experience • Private bush dinners On Site Facilities: • 2 restaurants • Bar • 2 indoor meeting rooms • 3 additional outdoor function venues • Swimming pool and deck • Complimentary shuttle bus • Curio gift shop, internet cafe, activities desk victoria falls - zimbabwe incentive class properties Elephant Hills Resort l 5* l 276 rooms l www.africansunhotels.com Quick Facts: This luxury hilltop hotel, which enjoys tranquil views over the Zambezi River and surrounds, is the flagship for premier incentive class properties in this region. On offer are world-class conferencing facilities as well as an abundance of fantastic sports facilities and entertainment options to round off your stay. Features: All rooms have a private balcony, shower, bath, air conditioning, overhead fan, mini bar and satellite TV. Uniqueness for Incentives: • Gary Player 18-hole championship golf course On Site Facilities: • Variety of fantastic venues for functions, meetings and events • 4 Restaurants and 3 bars • Ideal for active sports enthusiasts and nature • 8 state of the art conference / meeting rooms lovers • Spa, swimming pool and gymnasium • Premier venue for large groups • Floodlit tennis courts, squash courts and volleyball courts • Bowling green victoria falls - zimbabwe incentive class properties Victoria Falls Hotel l 5* l 180 rooms l www.victoriafallshotel.com Quick Facts: Built in 1904, this elegant raffles-style hotel is known as the “grand old lady of the Falls”. Offering charm and grandeur along with the convenience of modern amenities, the Victoria Falls Hotel is set in lush, tranquil gardens with a private pathway to the famous Falls. Features: Although each room has its own unique look, they are all equipped with satellite TV, a safety deposit box, en suite bathroom and shower, bar fridge, air conditioning, tea and coffee facilities and a trouser presser. Uniqueness for Incentives: • Grand dining in colonial style • Stunning garden function location On Site Facilities: • Colonial-themed station venue • Steam train adventure • 3 Restaurants • Swimming pool and tennis courts • Lounges, library and reading rooms • 2 Conference facilities • Business centre • Chapel • Spa and hair salon • Curio shop victoria falls - zimbabwe incentive class properties The Kingdom l 4* l 294 rooms l www.africansunhotels.com Quick Facts: Situated close to the Falls, the Kingdom is an all encompassing pleasure palace. Architecturally styled on the great Zimbabwe monument, its tribal design provides a playful backdrop to the plentiful dining and entertainment options available on site. Features: The rooms are built around a lake feature and include en suite bathrooms, personal safes, satellite TV, chairs and coffee table and air conditioning amongst other mod cons. Uniqueness for Incentives: • Thrilling casino experiences in the Great Enclosure On Site Facilities: • Upmarket shopping opportunities on site • 3 restaurants and a food court • Championship golf course nearby • 4 bars • Cost effective option for large groups • 4 swimming pools • Conference room and meeting facilities • Bank and business centre • Health and beauty spa • Children’s activities victoria falls - zimbabwe incentive class properties Ilala Lodge l 4* l 32 rooms l www.ilalalodge.com Quick Facts: Ilala Lodge is ideally situated as it is located closest to the Falls and borders a nature reserve. It is a gracious yet affordable family run lodge with secluded ambiance. Wild animals often graze on the lawns with the spray and thunder of the falls providing a majestic backdrop. Features: Spacious rooms with teak furnishings leading onto a patio or balcony, en suite bathrooms with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV, tea and coffee facilities. Uniqueness for Incentives: On Site Facilities: • Jetty dinners • Sunset river cruises • Palm restaurant and terrace • The Falls on your doorstep • Swimming pool • Ideal for small groups • Bar • Small conference facilities victoria falls - zimbabwe incentive class properties The Stanley & Livingstone l 5* deluxe l 16 suites l www.stanleyandlivingstone.com Quick Facts: Set on the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve, this all-suite boutique hotel owned by Rani Resorts epitomises the grandeur of a bygone era. This property is situated 15 minutes from Victoria Falls town centre and is also within easy access of the airport. Features: Each suite features a spacious bedroom, en suite Victorian style bathroom, lounge, secluded patio, air conditioning, mini bar, personal safe, DVD player and satellite television. Uniqueness for Incentives: • Sip sundowners overlooking On Site Facilities: the watering hole • Gardens with stunning views • Walking safari with lions • Restaurant and bar • Educational elephant back safari • Abundant wildlife on your doorstep • Sun lounge, sundeck terrace • Game drives and fishing on the reserve and swimming pool • Conference facilities • Wine cellar victoria falls - zimbabwe incentive class properties Chundu Island l opens May 2010 l 12 tents l www.africaalbidatourism.com Quick Facts: Enjoy supreme levels of peace, comfort and relaxation surrounded by romantic opulence and unmatched hospitality. The lodge, situated on an island 25km upstream from the Falls, is nestled in lush riverine greenery and commands fantastic views of the river, the resident monkeys and rich island birdlife. Features: Mosquito proofed luxury tented units with air conditioning and en suite facilities Uniqueness for Incentives: • Exhilarating river cruises • Open vehicle safaris • Located inside Zambezi National Park • Tiger fishing excursions On Site Facilities: • Superb cuisine • Mobile spa • Rim-flow pool • Seasonal beach victoria falls - zimbabwe incentive class properties Wild Horizons Sanctuary Lodge l opens June 2010 l 9 tents l www.africaalbidatourism.com Quick Facts: Situated in a wildlife sanctuary downstream from Victoria Falls, this small intimate lodge will have awesome views of the Masuwe River, the Batoka gorges and the sky-high spray of the Falls. Despite its close proximity to nearby attractions, it will be sufficiently secluded to allow for close wildlife interaction. Features: Each mosquito-proofed luxury tent will have a deck veranda overlooking the gorges and will be equipped with a fan, bath and outdoor shower. Uniqueness for Incentives: • Elephant back safaris On Site Facilities: • Dining at the Elephant’s Wallow • Involvement with wildlife conservation and • Bar habitat rehabilitation • Restaurant • Cheetah and rhino viewing • Curio shop • Rim-flow pool victoria falls - zimbabwe incentive class properties Matetsi Water Lodge l 5* l 18 suites l www.andbeyond.com Quick Facts: Located in the largest private game reserve in Zimbabwe, Matesti Water Lodge is a bold fusion of teak, slate and thatch sheltered under a canopy of riverine trees with 15km of private river frontage. For an unrivalled luxury safari experience, it is best to visit between June and November. Features: 3 individual camps, each hosting six luxury suites complete with en suite bathrooms, air conditioning and private river decks. Uniqueness for Incentives: • Twice daily game drives in search of elephant, buffalo and sable On Site Facilities: • Interpretive bush walks, conservation lessons and wildlife monitoring • Intimate riverside dining decks • Riverboat cruises and canoe excursions • Private plunge pools spotting birds, hippo and crocodile • Complimentary shuttles to Victoria Falls victoria falls - zimbabwe incentive class properties Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge l 4* l 8 chalets l www.africaalbidatourism.com Quick Facts: Imbabala has a unique location, 80 kilometres from Victoria Falls and bordering Botswana, Zambia and Namibia. Surrounded by natural reserve with prime river frontage, this exclusive setting is the ideal vantage from which to survey throngs of elephant herds traversing the floodplains. Features: Individual thatch lodges with en suite facilities and spacious verandas opening onto sweeping river views. Uniqueness for Incentives: • The place where 4 countries meet • Private river frontage On Site Facilities: • Amazing game viewing and bird watching opportunities • Open fronted dining room • Spectacular views over the floodplains • Lounge and bar areas • Swimming pool and sundeck victoria falls - zimbabwe incentive class properties A’Zambezi River Lodge l 3* l 83 rooms l www.rtg.co.zw Quick Facts: Nestled on the banks of the Zambezi River, upstream from Victoria Falls, the unique A’Zambezi Lodge offers a true African experience. New on the incentive market, this lodge is the perfect retreat for relaxing in an informal setting. Features: Rooms are set within a semi-circular thatch structure with air conditioning, private bathrooms, radio and TV. Uniqueness for Incentives: • River viewing deck • Open air restaurant • Traditional live entertainment On Site Facilities: • Grillroom • 3 Bars • Swimming pool • Complimentary shuttle bus victoria falls - zimbabwe incentive class properties Gorges Lodge l 3* l 10 rooms l www.gorgeslodgevicfalls.com Quick Facts: This rustic intimate lodge is perched 250m above the Zambezi River on the edge of a gorge and downstream from Victoria Falls. Set in beautiful gardens with amazing views, this is truly a 5 star location! Features: Each stone and thatch cottage is tastefully appointed with oregon pine furniture, wide sheltered balconies or verandas, bar fridges, mosquito nets and en suite bathrooms. Uniqueness for Incentives: • Spectacular location • Fishing excursions to Sindinda Island • A delight for birders and nature enthusiasts On Site Facilities: • Cost effective location for small groups • Swimming pool • Dining area • Bar • Shuttle service victoria falls - zimbabwe victoria falls - highlights • Adrenalin Activities and Water Sports Being the number one adventure destination, the options at Victoria Falls are endless – from white water rafting, canoeing and boogie boarding on the Zambezi to a gorge swing, flying fox or abseil above it, to name but a few! • Abundant Wildlife Experiences Track wildebeest on a game drive, listen for hippo on a river safari, spot birds on a bush walk, or watch waterbuck crossing the golf course before playing through • African Wellness Opportunities Many of the lodges offer relaxing spa treatments to help guests unwind in a truly African way • Retail Therapy Shop for traditional crafts and interesting curiosities in the stores and markets of Victoria Falls town • Local Life Visit one of the traditional villages in the area where you can meet the locals and learn more about their day-to-day activities victoria falls - zimbabwe victoria falls - unique activities • Elephant Back Safaris Enjoy a unique opportunity to interact with these majestic giants of the wild • Walk with Lions Follow the movements of the undisputed kings of the bush up close and personal • Steam Train Trips Savour an “out of Africa” bush breakfast, a royal high tea or simply sundowners as part of your exhilarating bridge run to the Falls • Bungee Jumping over the Falls • Flight of the Angels Pump up your adrenalin by jumping 111 A close up view of Victoria Falls from a metres from the old rail bridge near the different angle – in the cockpit of a fixed Falls wing aircraft or helicopter • Experience the essence of Zimbabwe An opportunity to appreciate the arts, crafts and culture unique to this region • Visit Botswana for the Day Explore the wonders of Chobe National Park by boat or game vehicle victoria falls - zimbabwe victoria falls - dining out Eating out! Victoria Falls boasts some fantastic dining venues for incentive groups, where friendly hospitality competes with traditional flavours and superb cuisine for your favour. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Makuwa-Kuwa Restaurant: Inspired by the Royal Drum of local legend, this award- winning a la carte restaurant offers mouth watering pan-African cuisine. It overlooks a water hole and can cater for up to 100 diners. The Boma – Place of Eating: A unique cultural experience combining a feast of delectable Zimbabwean dishes with traditional dancers and interactive drumming. This partially open air restaurant can seat between 230 and 300 guests and is well worth the visit. Wild Horizons Sanctuary The Elephant Wallow: A fun, relaxed venue that overlooks a watering hole, this is the location from where the Elephant back safaris commence. It is the perfect place for a refreshment or light lunch before or after this wonderful safari experience. Elephant Hills Resort Samukele Carvery: Sumptuous dinners are accompanied by live traditional entertainment in this elevated dining room which features glass walls on two sides. The open air ambiance and views over the golf course can be enjoyed by up to 180 diners. victoria falls - zimbabwe victoria falls - dining out Eating out! Kasibi Terrace: An open, spacious layout with modern wood furnishings, this venue is ideal for buffet functions for large conference groups and can seat up to 120 delegates. Mapopoma Lounge: With remarkable views of the rising mist over Victoria Falls, this glass walled open plan lounge is perfect for an informal dining experience. Up to 80 guests can relax on cosy couches and contemporary chairs set around coffee tables. The Pool Area: Guests can savour the hotel’s acclaimed African barbeque dinner with accompanying African entertainment. The wrought iron furniture set under thatched shelters can seat up to 350 diners for a truly memorable experience. Stanley’s Terrace: Up to 100 guests can sample the treats of a traditional high tea or Victoria Falls Hotel savour canapés and cocktails at sundown Livingstone Room: The colonial elegance of with spectacular views of the bridge and Falls the Livingstone Room is the perfect backdrop creating the perfect backdrop. for a grandly themed dinner and dance function for up to 120 guests. The Kingdom White Waters: A fantastic location for large Jungle Junction: Ideal for incentive groups, groups of up to 240, the restaurant and this venue can accommodate up to 140 and terraces overlook the Pool Island and are epitomises the spirit of Africa through its fusion perfect for lunch and dinner buffets. of African flavours and entertainment.