As you fly in -a short hop from Johannesburg - you could be forgiven for thinking the dense, abundant bush had caught fire, the plume of smoke rises so high above the endless plains.
But as you get closer, the land falls away and the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, known to the locals as 'The Smoke that Thunders', come splendidly into view. Down below awaits the mighty Zambezi River; cruises past curious hippos reminiscent of Bogart, Hepburn and the unforgettable Africa Queen, and a playground of such diversity and scope, you'll wonder why you'd want to go anywhere else. Further downstream, legendary tiger fish are spoiling for a fight, and some of the finest game species are waiting in all their splendour for you to come into sight, in many places, on foot. Or dare to take to the waters of the Lower Zambezi on a river rafting or, for the adventurous a river boarding safari.