Victoria Falls

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Victoria Falls

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History

David Livingstone an explorer and missionary discovered the Falls in 1855. To view them he stood upon what known now as Livingstone Island, a small outcrop of land at the edge of the Falls, in Livingstone, Zambia.

Before exploring the area and witnessing the Falls for himself, David Livingstone had already heard tales of the mighty waterfall. Although at the time, it was not called Victoria Falls, locals had named it ‘Mosi-oa-tunya’, which means ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. Livingstone re-named the Falls in honour of Queen Victoria.

Without the Zambezi River, the Falls would not exist, they are a part of the Zambezi’s 2,574 km long stretch and lie almost exactly halfway along the river, with the Zambezi then leaving the Falls and making its way east to flow into the Indian Ocean.

The Falls are 1,708 m wide and 108 m high.Every minute, over 5 million cubic metres of water pour over the falls. During the wet season, it cascades into the Batoka Gorge over 100 m deep. The opposing cliffs in the gorge made from basalt and rise to the same height. Victoria Falls is the largest curtain of falling water on the planet, one and a half times wider than Niagra Falls and twice as high.

As the sun sets on a full moon, Victoria Falls hosts a rare and beautiful sight as the light from the moon bouncing off the spray gives life to a ‘moonbow’, a rainbow during the night. The spectacle lasts from sunset to sunrise and is one of Africa’s most distinctive and striking secrets.

Victoria Falls

Fauna and Flora

This special place is home to unique plant and animal life, some of which are indigenous to the area. Their environment is one equally unique, as the rainforest is the only place on earth where it rains all day every day. This is a direct result of the water vapour rising from the Falls, which then falls as rain in the rainforest.

Zimbabwe is home to ten National Parks, all of which offer a stunning variety of wildlife and scenery. Game drives to the nearby Zambezi National Park offer the opportunity to see lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and several species of antelope. Game viewing is best during the dry season between July and October, when there is less water around and animals gather at waterholes.

There has been evidence found of dinosaurs in the region as far back as 200 million years ago, followed by now extinct mammals such as buffalo with 3m horns, a short-necked giraffe with antlers and the African mammoth elephant.

Climate

The weather is generally pleasant throughout the year with warm to hot days, and cool to warm nights. During the winter months, May to August, the nights and early mornings can become very cold, particularly when on safari, so we would like to suggest that you pack accordingly. The weather is generally dry during this time. The summer months, November to March, are very warm and wet. Victoria Falls is in a malaria area. Please refer to our Namibia fact sheet for more information.

Since Zimbabwe borders Namibia from the Zambezi region in the northeast of Namibia, a scenic flight with a charter aircraft to Victoria Falls from Namibia is possible. This combined with your Namibian safari to give you a sight of the majestic Victoria Falls from the sky a perfect destination for those looking for an active holiday or the perfect honeymoon.

Activities and attractions at Victoria Falls cater for all types, from the somewhat adventurous traveller to the adrenalin seeker. The options are endless…

Bungee Jumping

Is on top of the adventure activity list. The 111 m freefall bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge is one of the highest in the world.

White Water Rafting – On the Zambezi River

Is one of the best places in the world to experience white water rafting. The best time to go is between July and February when the water levels are low. During the months of April and May, white water rafting depending on the rains is closed. In order to participate in a white-water rafting excursion, you will need to spend a minimum of 2 nights at Victoria Falls.

Helicopter or microlight flights

Offer the best view of the famous Victoria Falls and the stunning surrounding scenery. This thrilling activity gives you a bird’s eye view of the largest sheet of falling water in the world.

Swim in Devil’s Pool

Is only done during the dry season from September to December and/or when the flow of the Zambezi lessons and water levels are low enough to be safe for swimming. This allows daredevils to swim to the very edge of Victoria Falls in a naturally formed pool and look down into the chasm below.

Canoeing or kayaking trips

On the upper Zambezi River there is the opportunity for more challenging river boarding, jetboating and rafting options. These rips are ideal for taking in the wild scenery and spotting hippos, birds and other wildlife.

Canopy Tours

Is perfect for families in search of a milder adventure with kids and for seniors. A network of elevated slides and a bridge walkway suspended between platforms in the forest canopy taking you over the trees and rivers of the Zambezi Gorge. The canopy tour is great for soaking up views of the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls Bridge and enjoys the spray of the Falls.

Lake Kariba

On the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe lies Lake Kariba, the largest man-made lake in the world, created in 1958 by the damming of the Zambezi River and supports an incredible variety of bird and animal life. It is famous for houseboat vacations and for its population of tiger fish.

Nile crocodiles and hippos thrive within the lake. Kariba’s fertile shores and a perennial supply of freshwater attract a wealth of game including elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, and antelope. The Zambezi boat cruise is the perfect way to unwind and relax, you get to sit back and sip on sundowners, keeping an eye out for wildlife along the banks and in the shallows of the Zambezi River.

The Victoria Falls Bridge

Crosses the Zambezi River built over the Second Gorge of the Falls. The Victoria Falls Bridge opened in 1905. The powerful structure took only fourteen months to build. Once at the heart of Cecil John Rhodes’ vision for a Cape to Cairo Railway, today the bridge is the second greatest tourist attraction after the Falls itself.

Hwange National Park

Located on the western side of Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park is the largest and oldest game reserve in the country. It is home to the big five especially famous for its large herds of elephant and buffalo. Hwange is also a haven for several rare species, including cheetah, brown hyena, and the endangered African wild dog.

Great Zimbabwe Ruins

The Iron Age capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, its ruins lie nestled in the country’s south-eastern hills and recognised as the most important and extensive stone ruins in sub-Saharan Africa. Adorned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, the surviving towers and enclosures constructed from thousands of stones perfectly balanced on top of one another without the aid of mortar.

The great Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world and a place where wilderness, adventure, and culture unite around one stunning display