Lufthansa’s new long-haul leisure airline, Eurowings Discover, plans to connect Europe with Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe in March 2022. Starting in the spring of next year, the carrier plans to operate three flights per week from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) via a stop at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek, Namibia.
Eurowings Discover will deploy one of its Airbus A330 aircraft on the new route as it goes head to head with German charter airline Condor Flugdienst on long-haul leisure routes. Initially, the operator plans to fly to the African tourist hot spot on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
Frankfurt to Windhoek takes over ten hours
The flight time on the first leg of the journey from Frankfurt takes ten hours and 30 minutes and could prove popular with Germans wishing to travel to the country.
There has not yet been a mention of how long the plane will stay on the ground to refuel or if passengers will be allowed to get off the plane. However, if Singapore Airlines’ fifth freedom flight between Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) – Narita International Airport (NRT) – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is anything to go by, the stopover takes just over an hour, and passengers are allowed to get off and reboard.
VFA can handle widebody aircraft
While not as arduous a journey as the first leg, the flight time between Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) and Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) is a pleasant one hour and 35 minutes. Rebuilt In April 2013, thanks to a $150 million loan from Exim Bank of China, the airport and its new 13,123 foot (4,000 meter) runaway can handle aircraft as large as a Boeing 747.
“Eurowings Discover is excited to announce that with effect from March 30, 2022, our Sub-Sahara Africa network will grow, offering three weekly flights from Frankfurt to Victoria Falls, thus further strengthening our commitment to the region and expanding our footprint in Africa.”
Victoria Falls is a tourist magnet
Since David Livingston first discovered it on November 16th, 1855, Victoria Falls has become a tourist magnet for people around the globe. In the local Sotho language, the 354 foot (108 meter) high waterfall is called Mosi-oa-Tunya, which, when translated into English, means “the smoke that thunders.” Regarded as one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the sheer power of the Zambezi River cascading over a cliff never disappoints.
Besides visiting Victoria Falls to take in its splendor, the journey to Southern Africa also allows thrill-seekers to check off a couple of items from their bucket list. The top adrenaline rush things to do at Victoria falls are:
- Whitewater rafting through up to 24 Grade 3-5 rapids on the mighty Zambezi River.
- Bakota Gorge Swing – Attach yourself to a harness and freefall 330 feet before the rope tightens, and you swing across the river in a 95-degree arc.
- Bungee jump 365 feet from the center of the Victoria Falls bridge.
- Swim out to the Devil’s Pool and gaze over the falls into the abyss below.
For many people, the chance to visit Victoria Falls and Africa is a once-in-a-lifetime event that the Lufthansa Group and its Eurowings Discover airline is making possible. You have got until March 2022, so start saving now.
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