Mosi-oa-Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders, this is probably the most famous and breathtaking sight in Southern Africa. Although the falls are not the highest in the world, or even the widest, it does have the largest sheet of falling water on earth. What was described by David Livingstone as a scene so lovely, that it must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight, is today one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and a UNESCO Heritage Site.
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This spectacular scene can be viewed from either Zimbabwe or Zambia, and is best viewed when the Zambezi is in full flood – which is usually in the rainy season (between February and May). But even if you are travelling out of the rainy season, you will still be stunned by its sheer magnitude of the drop, and there are plenty of activities to partake in all year round.
Take a microlight flight over the falls; ride an elephant; or take a sundowners’ boat cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, as the African sun greets you with an orange glow. There are two options to choose from when wanting to see the Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe and Zambia. From Zimbabwe’s side, you can take one of the walking routes down into the rainforest and view the Main Falls from below. On Zambia’s side you can cross the Knife-Edge Bridge which brings you right up to the fall, and to a footpath that takes you to a large whirlpool at the base of the falls.
The location of Livingstone, and Victoria Falls, makes it an ideal base for exploring South Central Africa, including National Parks in Botswana, like the famous Chobe National Park and with easy access to Kruger National Park. Combine Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta, Kruger and finish your adventure in Cape Town for the ultimate Southern African safari-beach experience.