The Victoria Falls Bridge
Forty years after David Livingstone made his discovery, coal deposits were found at Hwange (Zimbabwe) and copper in Zambia. Cecil John Rhodes was looking to expand the British colonies and envisioned a railway line that ran from from the Cape at the southern tip of Africa to Cairo in the north. In order to make this dream a reality a reliable fuel source was needed. Originally it intended to construct a bridge higher up the Zambezi River, but it was these coal deposits at Hwange that changed the course of history and the bridge was constructed across the gorge at Victoria Falls.
The first hotel in Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls Hotel was opened in 1904. Originally it was a a humble wooden structure but the demand from early tourists and then railway workers and engineers made a series of expansions necessary. There have been additional changes over the years but the Victoria Falls Hotel retains the charm of her colonial glory years.
The Royals in Victoria Falls
Queen Elizabeth - or Princess Elizabeth as she was then, visited Victoria Falls in 1947 along with her parents and her sister Princess Margaret. The Queen Mum returned with Princess Margaret in 1953. The Royal suite at The Victoria Falls is still available to guests who wish to re-live abit of history.
Princess Anne has visted the area twice. Once in 1982 and again (this time on the Zambian side) in 2012.