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3 African Towns Named Victoria and What to Do There

Victoria Island, Nigeria

Victoria Island is an affluent town in Lagos that comprises of a former island of the same name that is located between Lagos Island and Lekki Peninsula in the Lagos Lagoon. Being a financial district, Victoria Island has a lot to offer when it comes to exploring. Try places such as Nok by Alara on Akin Olugbede in Victoria Island and Yellow Chilli on Joel Ogunnaike in Ikeja for great options in Nigerian cuisine. Raving nightclubs and bars line the streets of Victoria Island, with some other highly rated ones scattered around neighborhoods in Ikoyi, Lekki, and Ikeja. A good place to join a scuba diving group or ask for directions is the Jet Ski Club in Victoria Island.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is known as the world’s largest waterfall. But it is neither the highest (Angel Falls) nor the widest (Khone Falls). It is however the largest curtain of falling water on the planet, one and a half times wider than Niagara Falls and twice as high. The Knife Edge Bridge offers a view of the eastern cataract of Victoria Falls and the main gorge and is the perfect place to view a rainbow. Conquer the 13 rapids of the Zambezi River when the river is high from February to July, or the 23 rapids when the water level drops. View the Victoria Falls from above with Batoka Sky’s microlight experience. A fifteen-minute ride consists of a flight over the Victoria Falls, the islands near the Falls and the thundering Zambezi River. A thirty-minute ride includes the falls, the islands and a low level swoop over the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park for unique game viewing. Plus you can swim at the edge of falls inside Devil’s Pool.

Victoria, Seychelles

Seychelles is a group of islands and its capital city Victoria, is on the Mahe island. You can explore it in a pleasant two-hour stroll. Take a look at the silver-painted replica of London’s Little Ben – itself a miniature of Big Ben – and the islands’ Natural History Museum. The streets are rarely busy, except on Saturday mornings, and there are many small shops where you can refuel with samosas. Go to the outdoor market in the morning to see the day’s catch laid out: red snappers, grouper, mackerel, sharks and eagle rays. This is fish as fresh as it gets. Other stalls are stacked with colourful fruit, vegetables and spices. It’s easy to fill a bag with exotic star fruit, mangoes and coconuts.

Miriro Matema
the authorMiriro Matema
Born in Zimbabwe and living in South Africa, Miriro is a seasoned publishing editor and writer, having worked with leading brands in investment, business leadership and entrepreneurship. Passionate about Africa’s development, Miriro is also a dynamic marketing consultant with 10 years experience working with startups and large multinational corporations. With a heart for travel, Miriro spends her time discovering the nooks of crannies of Africa’s hidden gems, taking the roads less travelled, meeting the beautiful people that call Africa home while exploring their food and culture. Miriro is currently a writer with Byolife Travel and Gallivant Africa

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