Victoria Falls

The quaint town of Victoria Falls lies just 10 minutes from the falls on the southern bank of the Zambezi River. It is a bustling hive of activity and being on the outskirts of the game rich Zambezi National Park is the perfect base for exploring the region.

In early November 1855, David Livingstone travelled down the Zambezi River to see for himself the area the natives called Mosi Oa Tunya, meaning "the smoke that thunders." Approaching the spot in canoes, the party could see the columns of spray and hear the thunderous roar of water miles away from the falls. He noted in his now famous diary that "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight."

Victoria Falls is the largest curtain of water in the world and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. There is a certain magic about the falls which is manifested in the towering column of spray, the thunder of the falling water, the great abyss and the tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk. The falls and the surrounding rainforest are preserved as a 23.4 km national park and form one of Zimbabwe's four World Heritage Sites. The falls create a continual mist above the surrounding area, forming a rainforest ecosystem for two kilometers. This unique nature sanctuary is rich in fauna and flora and the national park contains an abundance of wildlife including sizable populations of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and a variety of antelope.

Victoria Falls is known as Africa's Adventure Capital with an impressive selection of exciting activities on offer. The 'Flight of Angels' provides a fabulous vista of the falls, the upstream river and its many islands and for the more adventurous there is also microlighting to try which offers stunning views of the falls.

Rafting the wild rapids below the falls is a very popular adventure. Visitors can also kayak, canoe, fish, go on guided walking safaris, ride on horseback and lunch on Livingstone's Island.

Game viewing via boat or open vehicles is a popular activity above the falls or along the Chobe River.

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Victoria Falls
Puddle of water