The iconic Victoria Falls
Africa’s Victoria Falls is one of the most popular and spectacular attractions in southern Africa, not to mention one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it prides itself as one of the largest waterfalls in the world.
The sheer beauty of Victoria Falls is what makes it one of sub-Saharan Africa’s ultimate travel destinations. At 108 meters high, visiting the beautiful falls is an awe-inspiring experience.
Nestled between Zimbabwean- Zambian border, Victoria Falls is also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya in the local Lozi language translated to mean “The Smoke Which Thunders”.
True to its name, as the mighty Zambezi River cuts through the gorge, the roaring falls can be heard from quite far. From a distance, you can confuse its mist spray for a smoke.
Why is Victoria Falls worthy of visiting during your African tour? Simply put, The Falls is breathtaking! It is the perfect combination of spectacular scenery, magical African sunset, sighting wildlife, and recreational activities.
There is no dull moment in Victoria Falls whether you visit during the dry or wet season. If you are interested to see and capture the falls to their fullest, then February to April are the best months. If you want to enjoy the more thrilling activities along the Zambezi River, then visiting during the drier months when the currents are low is preferable.
Besides the epic views, the falls never run short of fun activities. Some of the best Victoria Falls activities include whitewater rafting, Victoria Falls bridge swing, and Zambezi Sunset Cruise. The cruise provides visitors with a great chance to see the crocodiles, birds, hippos and if you are lucky enough, you might spot some animals quenching thirst along the river banks.
Interested in seeing the falls from an eagle’s eye view? Helicopter tours over the falls are available. If you are an adrenaline junkie, Bungee Jumping off Victoria Falls Bridge and Zip-lining over river Zambezi [one of the world’s longest Zip-line should be in your bucket list.
But perhaps swimming in the Devil Pool, a natural rocky pool at the edge of the waterfall is the most sought after activity. When the Zambezi water levels are low between August and January, visitors can swim to the edge of the waterfall. Whichever country you approach the falls from, you can enjoy these activities.
Although the largest portion of the falls lies in Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is accessible from both countries. Interested in comparing views from both sides? The historic Victoria Falls Bridge connects the two countries.
Because of its proximity to the towns of Livingstone and Victoria Falls, there are plenty of accommodations for visitors wishing to explore the fall.
Uniquely, the waterfall is nestled in between two national parks, i.e. Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls National Park to the west and Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to the east, making it a prime destination for watching the African wildlife.