Victoria Falls

Forming the most dramatic part of the Zambia-Zimbabwe border, Victoria Falls sees the waters of the mighty River Zambezi cascade 350 feet at a rate of up to 106,000 cubic feet per second.

More than a mile wide, making it roughly double the height and width of Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls creates the largest curtain of water anywhere on Earth. Dominating the surrounding area, its roar can be heard from miles around, while the spray it produces is visible for up to 30 miles.

Known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or the smoke that thunders in the local Sotho language, tourism on Victoria Falls began with the arrival of British missionary explorer David Livingstone in 1855. His striding statue now stands close to the Victoria Falls Visitor Center and the spot at which the explorer first identified the falls, naming them in honor of Queen Victoria.

A multitude of paths lead through the bush to viewpoints, of which the most atmospheric must be the 650-feet long Victoria Falls Bridge, completed in 1906 as part of Cecil Rhode’s Cape to Cairo railway dream. Bungee jumpers regularly fling themselves from the middle of the bridge, while inflatables can be seen tackling the class IV and V rapids at the base of the falls from July to January each year.

A much more relaxing way to visit Victoria Falls is from the air, with 15-30 minute helicopter flights the only real way to take in their true size. To the south lies the nine square mile Victoria Falls National Park, with hippo, giraffe, elephant, and southern white rhino all in residence.

The park acts as the perfect start or end to a tour of the region taking in Victoria Falls alongside some of southern Africa’s most celebrated protected areas, including Hwange, or Chobe in nearby Botswana.

Top Zimbabwe Travel Destinations

Great Zimbabwe / Harere / Hwange National Park / Lake Kariba / Mana Pools National Park / Matobo National Park

The Big Five

African Elephant / Cape Buffalo / Leopard / Lion / Rhino

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