The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, meaning the smoke that thunders. There is some sort of magic about them, manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk.
The Victoria falls is 1 708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860’s. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialisation
We take a look at this massive waterfall, from the side of Zambia and Zimbabwe. There are a lot of activities one can experience as well.
Vic Falls: Topping the list of things to do at Vic Falls, is of course the falls. Known as Mosi-Oa-Tunya to the locals, or ‘the smoke that thunders’ to us less mysterious mortals, the allure of Vic Falls lies in the sheer volume of water she dispenses – roughly 625 million litres of water flows over the edge every minute.
Devils Pool: Without straying too far from the falls, Devils Pool comes in at number 2 for our top 10 Vic Falls activities. Those brave enough to enter the Devils swimming pool are rewarded with a unique angle on one of Africa’s greatest attractions. Devils Pool During the drier months of the year, the Zambezi River drops quite … from mid-August to mid-January, it is possible to walk along the lip of the falls.
Vic Falls Bungee: If you’re an adrenalin junkie then your Vic Falls trip is not complete without throwing yourself off the Victoria Falls bridge 111 metres above the Zambezi River. The best memories are made midair as you plummet towards the mighty Zambezi while the dramatic Vic Falls provides the perfect background photo finish.Bungee Jumping Victoria Falls is the best way to test your limit… Bungee from the Zambia or Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls and enjoy an adventure thrill! You’ll need it to get onto the bridge, which marks the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Victoria Falls Elephant Safari: Can you imagine anything more extraordinary than ditching the overland vehicle for an elephant back safari at Vic Falls? Sitting trunk to tail and seeing the sensational landscape from atop one of Africa’s Big Five will surely be one of the most memorable experiences of your Vic Falls bush adventure. Climb on the back on an African elephant and go on a safari ride in the bush at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Interact with these mighty beasts of the jungle and get close to nature for a more immersive wildlife experience.
Sunset Cruises on the Zambezi: The sunset cruise on the Zambezi River is a definite must on any trip to Victoria Falls. Relax with a sundowner and snacks as you gaze out onto the banks of the river. Have your camera ready to capture one of the most amazing sunsets in Africa.
White Water Rafting: Test your mettle with white water rafting at Vic Falls. There’s no prior experience needed to take up the challenge of the Zambezi rapids and trips range from half day to 5 day. One of the most exciting adrenalin adventure activities. Be prepared to get wet and wild on the mighty Zambezi River during an adrenaline.
Flight of Angels over Vic Falls: A helicopter flip over Vic Falls is an absolute must if your budget allows. The aptly named Flight of Angels affords you a spectacular view over the World Heritage Site and provides you with a better spectrum on the sheer size and extent of Vic Falls.
High Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel: Hark back to colonial times by enjoying high tea at the Vic Falls Hotel Livingstone style. You don’t need to be a guest at the hotel to enjoy tea & cake and a view of the smoke that thunders, as well as a chance to see a beautiful rainbow shoot from the falls. High tea runs from 3-5pm and costs about US$18 per person.
Tiger Fishing on the Zambezi: Keen fishermen will love the challenge of catching a fighting tiger fish on the Lower Zambezi River. Fishing season is at its best from September to November.
Livingstone Arts Café: A place where tourists and locals meet, the Livingstone Arts Café has fast become known for its variety of cultural activities since opening its doors in 2010. Join a handicraft workshop, enjoy live traditional music, or simply sit back and sip on a fine coffee.
That is the Victoria Falls. An African treasure. If you haven’t been, you better start preparing for that trip. You will kill 2 birds with one stone. Land in Zambia and then cross over to Zimbabwe to experience more or vise versa.