"Mosi Oa Tunya", or "The Smoke That Thunders", Victoria Falls are as magnificent on the 10th visit as they are on the 1st, and their thundering roar makes everything else seem strangely quiet once you leave them behind.
As the mighty Zambezi flows over a chasm of 1 mile wide, and 110 metres high, to violently crash on the rocks below, the resultant spray is sent tens of metres up into the air, before it lands back down in a continuous rainfall. The water then rushes through an opening of only 50 metres, as the Zambezi races further along, over churning rapids and through the deep Batoka Gorge.
While the Falls are the major drawcard, there is a thriving tourist industry developed around them, with adventure activities of all forms being available.
Tourism has been evident here ever since David Livingstone was the first European guided by the local tribes to this remarkable natural wonder.
Highlights of Victoria Falls include:
Village and School Visits
The towns of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone (Zambia) each offer the opportunity to engage with some of the locals on guided visits to some of the surrounding villages.
Spend some time at a local school and gain insights into the lifestyle and cultures of the area.
The upper waters of the Zambezi are far more tranquil than the rapids below the Falls, and the river is ideal for some relaxing canoeing experiences. Enjoy paddling with the current while watching hippos wading nearby, elephants coming to drink, and the incredible birdlife which frequents the Zambezi River.
Enjoy a couple of cold beers as you drift along, and wonder what the fuss in the real world is all about.