Into_Africa_river_cruise_boat_cuisine___ABOUT_USInto_Africa_river_cruise_boat_cuisine___ABOUT_US 2Into Africa Bush Cuisine is a family owned and operated company whose aim is to ensure that guests visiting the magnificent Victoria Falls and its surrounds, maximise their experience. Managed by Kim & Des Van Jaarsveld and with the support of Howard Gamure (Operations Manager), we have been operational in the Falls region for 21 years. Accordingly, we have developed an in-depth local knowledge as well as strong relationships with the National Parks Board in both Zambia and Zimbabwe, enabling us to source the most exciting and unique bush venues and also to have the privelege of being the only operation in the Falls area to offer after sunset dinner cruises. This, combined with our passion for people and great dining and our understanding of the African wild, enables us to offer bush cuisine at a selection of wild, scenic and adventurous venues, creating a memorable experience like no other!

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So whether you are on honeymoon, a romantic getaway, an African safari, looking to experience the wild side of Africa as an incentive group or to have an extravagant wedding under the African skies, we tailor packages to meet all of your catering and entertainment requirements.

Furthermore, our local knowledge and hands on style means we can assist with the planning of your entire Victoria Falls itinerary, securing favourable hotel rates, planning memorable offsite events, arranging your choice of the array of activities on offer in the region and the accompanying transport requirements, all the time supported by our team on the ground for your entire stay.

Visitors may not have a lasting memory of a hotel dinner, but will most certainly remember a gala event alongside the shoulder of a gorge, a bush meal in the middle of a National Park, cocktails and dinner while cruising on the mighty Zambezi under a star-studded night sky, lunch on a romantic island or an interactive meal in a traditional African village. The possibilities are varied and endless.

Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1708 metres wide and 108 metres high, it is neither the widest or the highest waterfall in the world, but is classified as the largest because it has the greatest curtain of falling water. It drops between 80metres and 108 metres into the Zambezi Gorge. At First Gorge along the Falls, a 110 metre gap is the only outlet through which the whole volume of the Zambezi River gushes. An average of 550 000 cubic metres of water every minute plunge over the rim. It’s no wonder that the local people call it Mosi-oa-Tunya which means “the smoke that thunders”.

Preserved in its natural state, the Victoria Falls attracts visitors from all over the world, astounding them as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860’s.

The Zambezi River, upstream from the Falls, experiences its rainy season from late November to early April with its annual flood season occurring between February and May, peaking in April. Two islands, (Boaruka Island or Cataract Island near the western bank and Livingstone Island near the middle on the crest of the falls), are large enough to divide the sheet of water even at full flood. At this time of the year, spray from the Falls reaches heights of 400 metres and even twice this height and can be visible up to 48 kilometres away. At the peak of the flood, roughly 625 million litres of water flow over the edge per minute. At full moon, a “moonbow” can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow.

During the spectacular flood season, walks along the cliff opposite the Falls are in constant shower and shrouded in mist, and it is not possible to see the foot of the Falls or all of the face of the Falls. Close to the edge of the cliff, spray shoots upward like inverted rain.

With the progression of the dry season, the islets on the crest become wider and more numerous. They divide the falling sheet of water into separate streams from west to east – Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and the Eastern Cataract. Between September and January, up to half of the rocky face of the falls may become dry and the bottom of the First Gorge can be seen along most of its length. Though not necessarily safe, it is possible at this time to walk across some stretches of the river at the crest and to walk to the bottom of the First Gorge on the Zimbabwean side. During November, the Falls usually experience a minimum flow, around 10 percent of that experienced in April.

Malaria does occur in the Victoria Falls area. Travellers are advised to consult their doctor/pharmacist/travel clinic to obtain the appropriate prophylactic at least 2 to 6 weeks before travelling. Most important however, is to avoid being bitten by mosquitos. Insect repellant and sleeping under a mosquito net is essential. Mosquitosare most active from dusk until dawn. It is also recommended that at this time you wear protective clothing in the form of long sleeve shirts, trousers and socks. Apply repellant liberally to any exposed parts of the body. It is a good idea to always carry a stick repellent with you in your bag or pocket, just in case you are unexpectedly out and about at dusk. Sticks are also easier to apply to the face. The risk of being bitten is greater during the wet season from November to April as there is more surface water lying around in which mosquitos can breed.

On returning home, it is important to complete your course of prescribed prophylactics as malaria parasites can remain in your body and continue to reproduce rapidly. If you return home and start feeling unwell with any flu like symptoms, headache, fever and nausea seek medical advice immediately and please make sure that you tell them you have been in a malaria area.