Victoria Falls is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, in the Southern Africa. Victoria Falls was discovered by Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone in 1855, who named it after the British Queen. It is also known as The Smoke that Thunders.
Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so the local population doesn’t fear the Smoke anymore. Instead, they’ve turned to the successful development of tourism.
It is one of the world’s seven natural wonders.
There are three national parks at the falls: Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the Victoria Falls National Park, and next to it the Zambezi National Park extending along Zambezi River. The parks contain all the animal species you’d expect to find in Africa: zebras, giraffes, elephants, antelopes, buffalos, lions, leopards, crocodiles and hippopotami.
Things to do
Beside visiting and admiring the waterfall itself, there is plenty of fun activities the tourists take up.
Among the most interesting ones is the natural pool located near one of the waterfall cliffs, separated from the chasm only by a narrow bridge. For this reason, it’s known as the Devil’s Pool.
If you’re an adrenaline addict, you should definitely try bungee jumping from one of the highest waterfalls.
Let your heart pound by taking up extreme activites such as river surfing and kayaking through the majestic gorges.
However, if you are more of a play-it-safe person, enjoy elephant riding, river cruising, fishing or playing golf.
The best time to visit
In Spring, March-April, the waterfall can be experienced in its fullest potential. However, due to the mass water sprays which obscures the view up-close, it cannot be seen on foot, but should be viewed from a helicopter.
Victoria Falls is at its lowest around November and December, when instead of mass powerful sprays, only little rivulets are running down. And in some places no water falls at all, at this time of the year, and it’s even possible to walk through some parts of the waterfall!
Victoria Falls in numbers
The waterfall is more than a mile wide, and 354 ft high.
Average waterflow is 500 million liters per minute.
The noise of the waterfalls can be heard from a distance of 25 miles.
The spray rises up to about 1300 ft in height, and can be seen from a distance of more than 30 miles.
A daily tour of Victoria Falls costs about 60-90 USD.