Experience the Africa three Dutch women fell in love with. Follow in their foodsteps and get to know the Africa where they found their love and now call their home!
Livingstone - Zambia and Victoria Falls Zimbabwe share The Mighty Victoria Falls, The Zambezi River, River of romance, adventure, tranquility, adrenaline with forever changing moods. Majestic wildlife and prolific bird life. Very friendly and hospitable people, a rich culture and interesting hisoty.
Livingstone is het toeristen centrum van Zambia, en ligt slechts 10 km van de spectaculaire Victoria Falls. Het is een stadje, meer dan welke andere plek ook in het land, dat georiënteerd is op het toerisme. Tot dat de politieke problemen begonnen in Zimbabwe, meer dan 14 jaar geleden, was Livingstone een onbekende bestemming, genoemd naar David Livingstone, de missionaris en ontdekkingsreiziger.
De komst van het toerisme over de afgelopen 14 jaar aan de Zambiaanse kant van de watervallen heeft het stadje een optimistisch gevoel gegeven van positieve veranderingen. En wat het aanbod aan bezienswaardigheden, activiteiten en unieke en comfortabele overnachtingsmogelijkheden betreft doet het zeker niet onder voor het buurland. Wij hebben voor u een schitterend plekje uitgezocht aan de oever van de Zambezi Rivier , ontdek zelf de romantiek van de Zambezi, het geronk van de hippo, de huilende hyena en het geroep van verschillend wild dat zich vooral ‘s avonds en ‘s morgens vroeg laat horen aan de overkant van de rivier.
Zimbabwe - De Victoria Falls staan bij de locale bevolking bekend als 'Mosi O Tunya' ‘De Denderende Rook’ Een adembenemende, overweldigende en tegelijkertijd magische aanblik van rijzende spray en denderend water dat in de woeste Batoka Valley stort en als tegenpool de brede vredige rivier met eilandjes, hippo's en op de loer liggende krokodillen.
Honderd duizenden toeristen bezoeken Zimbabwe elk jaar en de Victoria Falls staan boven aan de lijst. Een cano safari op de Zambezi, een overnachting in een Bushcamp in de buurt van Victoria Falls zal zeker een highlight zijn.
Voor iedereen die van de natuur houdt mag een bezoek aan de Hwange Nationaal Park regio niet ontbreken.
Dag 1 Aankomst in Livingstone of Victoria Falls en transfer naar Kayube Estate
3 x Overnachting Kayube Estate - diner - ontbijt
Camps and Lodges
Sable Sands – Bush Lodge with unrivalled hospitality and full of surprises
Adventure Zone 2 Day Canoe Safari on the Zambezi
MARLEEN POST (51) Born in Haarlem Holland and raised in Schillinkhout. Resident in Zimbabwe since 2014. Lives at Sable Sands on the border of Hwange National Park. Runs Sable Sands Lodge and is active in various community projects in and around Hwange National Park www.sablesands.co.zw – Instagram.com/sablesandshwange facebook.com/sablesandslodge
Marleen sells her very successful restaurant, Sot-l’y-laisse in Utrecht in the centre of Holland as the success is starting to eat away at her. She buys a ticket to ‘a land of sunshine’, ends up in Zimbabwe and thinks, “I am staying here for now’. She finds a small home in a township in Victoria Falls and takes up photography. Three years later she meets a wonderful man, born and bred in Harare. Within a year Brian and Marleen marry.They can however no longer ignore the call of the hospitality industry and in 2012 they tackle the Sable Sands Lodge on the edge of the Hwange National Park which has fallen into disrepair and which they want to make into their dream lodge. Through years of perseverance, hard work and sheer determination they succeed in making Sable Sands a romantic lodge which exudes a warm family atmosphere. In that hectic time they also manage to adopt two lovely children, their daughter Thandeka (4) and son Khaya (4). Sable Sands is surrounded by bush veld with views over a waterhole where elephants, buffalo, zebra and of course sable antelope come to drink. In the early mornings and late afternoons you can book safaris with knowledgeable guides. And three times a day a magnificent meal awaits you, served around the campfire in the evenings. With Sable Sands now up and running, Marleen has thrown herself into a new project along with the local community: raising funds for a local school. There is much activity: hammering, sewing and making of beads from empty bottles. All thanks to Marlene’s keen eye for entrepreneurship.
ANNET TEN BERGE (32) Born and raised in Winschoten Groningen. Resident in Zimbabwe since 2005. Lives in Victoria Falls and works for her husband’s Company Adventure Zone. She also works on volunteering programs
Annet, originally from the northern Dutch town of Groningen follows a similar path, but it is a harder one to follow. When your life revolves around a management position with a top drugstore in the Netherlands, the Kruidvat, Zimbabwe is a world away. During an overland camping trip down through Africa she falls in love with Victoria Falls. She returns in 2013, knowing she must choose between her home town and Zimbabwe. She chooses Zimbabwe. In 2015 she meets Brent Williamson, a South African who runs an outdoor adventure and tour operating company in Zim. Another case of love at first sight. Settling in another country with a different culture is not easy. In the beginning she wasn’t allowed to work and had to report to Immigration with monotonous regularity. When she and Brent marry in 2016 Annet is able to work in Brent’s business, but she still misses a purpose in life. She investigates and throws herself wholeheartedly into running a voluntary ’anti-poaching and wildlife management’ programme as sadly wild animals are still threatened by poachers. They build a bush camp on Brent’s land where they are able to put up volunteers from all over the world who come to participate in the programme. They educate the local community on the importance of protecting the valuable wildlife. One day a week they also help to develop the local primary school. It took a while, but it looks like Annet has found her mission in life.
KARIEN KERMER (66) Born and raised in Venlo, Holland. Resident in Zambia since 1997. Lives at Kayube Estate 25 km outside Livingstone. Runs an online booking site for accommodation and activities in Livingstone and the region. Besides she rents out accommodation at Kayube Estate such as also The Mama out of Africa.
Karien’s story reads like a romantic novel.
In 1975 Karien drives (as it so happens with me!) from Cape Town to Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) in a VW Beetle and falls in love with Peter Kermer, originally from Germany who lives and works there.
They settle in Bulawayo but because of political reasons are forced to leave the country after three years. In Europe they are not happy and split up. Karien travels the world as a tour guide. In 1997 one of her trips to Africa ends in Victoria Falls and there he is, standing next to his overland truck with which he organises safaris throughout Southern Africa. Two years later they marry and Karien embraces his small son as a gift child. They settle in Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls.
Karien starts an online booking site where you can book local hotels, lodges and activities in Zambia and surrounding countries. In 2009 they move to the beautiful Kayube Estate, a farm situated on their beloved Zambezi, where they rent out bungalows. The “Mama Out of Africa” is unique, with one of Peter’s overland vehicles as its base, right on the edge of the Zambezi. They cover it with a massive thatch roof, build an outside bathroom and add a second floor. A beautiful spot where you see the early morning mist rise and hear the hippo snort.
Their dream lasts 20 years, but ends tragically in 2015 when Peter passes away from cancer. Karien is strong and carries on the business on her own. She misses Peter but is not given to self-pity. She hopes to grow very old in their beautiful spot on the Zambezi – as this mama has no intention of leaving Africa
The cancellation policy is as follows:
- guests need to pay 25% deposit to confirm bookings
- cancellations made up to 30 days before travel result in loss of deposit
- cancellations made within seven days of travel incur 100% cancellation fee
- full balance is to be paid two weeks before the tour date.