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The Battle at Victoria Falls
September 14, 2005

AFRICA’S BEST KEPT SECRET Biweekly Edition

September 14, 2005 Issue #003
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Written by Enestle Zimba,
Founding Editor
(c) copyright 2005 Zambia African Safari.com

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================== TABLE OF CONTENTS ===================

o The Battle at Victoria Falls

-- o Just My Thoughts

-- o Resource Centre

-- o Free Trials

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Why is Zambia safari...Africa’s best kept secret?
Because of...

...The Battle at Victoria Falls

Believers in heritage conservation were worried. Sun
International Hotel had won a bid to build a hotel
resort, a combo of two hotels at the Victoria Fall.
But why the agitation? The believers thought that
heritage conservation and tourism development could
not be compatible. This was the belief before Sun
International’s arrival. But the Sun International
had come!

In the year 2000 two hotels disappeared from the
Victoria Falls… One was the “Mosi-oa-Tunya” Hotel
(yes named after and built closest to the falls) and
the other was the “Rainbow Lodge” in honour of the
rainbows at falls.

Politicians were at each other’s throats, false
prophets spelt doom like the one that befell the
“Dag Stadium.” Ordinary people feared a loss of
two hotels the Livingstone town would suffer. This
was in the wake of the Zambian government privatization
programme.

But now, this battle is water under the bridge because
after 18 months two beautiful hotels were built on the
same two sites. And a cool breeze wafts from the falls
to anoint the hotels.

One hotel the Zambezi Sun which is just minutes from
the Victoria Falls is a three star hotel. The other the
Royal Livingstone is a five star luxury hotel that
overlooks the falls. The low booming sound from the
“smoke that the thunders” at Victoria Falls lures
guests to a dreamless sleep – a recipe for a refreshed
morning.

The battle at Victoria Falls between heritage
conservation and tourism development was a win-win.
The result was the Sun Hotel Resort right at the front
of the world’s superlative natural wonder the Victoria
Falls.

The falls is the site of the cradle of mankind. But at
the beginning of the hotel development, the tearing
down and all, brought intense discussions and arguments
over:

1 - The location of the hotel guest rooms,

2 - The heights and colours of the buildings,

3 - The lighting of the hotels,

4 - Waste management of the complex, etc.

But behold, this painstaking process culminated in
the most eco-friendly hotel resort in the world;

1 - Guest rooms fifty metres from the river bank,

2 - The height of the buildings just below the
tree tops – you cant see the hotels from the road,

3 - The environmental friendly colours of the building
especially the red of the Kalahari sand found on the
site,

4 - The water on the falls throughout the year unlike
in the past when the waterfalls was dry between July and
December. Now the power station (Zesco Ltd) closes its
intake to the power station during this time,

5 - The environmental friendly linear pattern of the
Royal Livingstone guest rooms as opposed to the unfriendly
spatial ones of the demolished Rainbow Lodge,

6 - All the exotic plants were uprooted and in their
place over 80,000 indigenous trees were planted,

7 - The rich Zambian decorative symbols of prehistoric
times adorning the Zambezi Sun,

8 - A rehabilitated falls frontage with safe viewing
points etc,

9 - and an International Airport to enable visitors
fly in from abroad

10 - etc. etc…

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~JUST MY THOUGHTS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Chief Mukuni is the senior chief of the Toka Leya.
These people have lived in the area near the Victoria
Falls. Now Chief Mukuni is an impressive man. Asked to
bungi the 111 meters off the Victoria Falls Bridge, he
did not hastate. In fact with a sly smile on his face
he elegantly allowed himself to be tied to the safety
ropes. He then majestically proceeded to the edge of
the bridge. At the count down of four and to the
amazement of all... Without hesitation he gave a royal
jump, tilted off the bridge, soared and plunged into
the gorge below.

Now that’s the ultimate. The soaring like an eagle though
briefly and the free fall. The thrill is simply great!

Later when asked if he was afraid to bungi jump, he said
that a senior chief such as himself should not show fear.
That’s was why he took the challenge calmly to prove to
all that he is the ‘lion of his tribe.’

Senior Chief Mukuni supports tourism. He believes that
his people will benefit from the tourism industry. And
he is right! The tours and safari operators employ the
local people. That way the benefit spreads within the
local community.

In fact Sun International, the company that own a set
of two brandy new and luxurious hotels juxtaposed
only minutes from the Victoria Falls, has built a
school for the local children. Other lodges and
hotels have followed suit with one or two social
amenity to assist the local community.

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Written by: Enestle Zimba
Africa’s Best Kept Secret Ezine (Abkse)
(c) copyright 2005 Zambia African Safari.com
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Luanshya, Zambia
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