Friday, 29 November 2013

The Victoria Falls


Victoria Falls present a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world. Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometers, into a gorge over one hundred meters below.



The wide, basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height, and capped by mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor prepared to brave the tremendous spray, with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls. One special vantage point is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge and the Lookout Tree, both of which command panoramic views across the Main Falls.


Activities recommended at the Victoria Falls

Adventure Activities
Abseiling
Bungee Jumping
Elephant Trails
Flights over Victoria Falls
Gorge Swing
Horse Trails
Hydrospeeding
Kayaking
Lion Walks
River Boarding
Swimming Below Victoria Falls
Walk with Cheetahs
White Water Rafting
Safaris & Tours
Birding Safaris
Canoeing Safaris
Guided Safaris
Mobile Safaris
Photographic Safaris
Walking Safaris
Leisure Holidays
Fishing Trips
House Boating
Self Drive




The Victoria Falls have created a fabulous playground for thrill seekers, as well as lovers of beauty, tranquillity and relaxing pursuits. Known by many as the ‘Adventure Centre’ of Southern Africa, there is no shortage of things for you to do. Many of the tourists visiting the Falls are in search of adventure-based activities. It is also a major safari hub and attracts visitors from all walks of life. Apart from endlessly staring at the magnificence of the Falls from all angles, there are a number of  high action or leisurely things to do during your time here:









If you like adventure, you will not be short of activities. If you prefer the culture, shopping and history of the land, Victoria Falls will also do well to accommodate your chices:-

Bungee Jumping – best done off the Victoria Falls bridge (one of the highest  and most spectacular in the world), the plunge will see you heading straight down towards the raging Zambezi River.

Abseiling, Gorge Swing or Zip Line – A little downstream from the falls suspended across the deep Batoka Gorge is a range of fun activities to thrill all the senses! Go by yourself or with a friend in the tandem option.

Walk with Lions – a rare opportunity to walk with lions with no leashes or collars through the African bush as they get rehabilitated for reintroduction to the wild.

White Water Rafting – The Zambezi River below the Falls offer a world class rafting experience as your guide steers your boat skilfully over 23 raging rapids. Or you can try surfing them on a river board.  Kayaking in tandem or on your own is also available.

Scenic Helicopter Flights – your flight over the area will allow you to spot game from above and marvel at the incredible Victoria Falls. The zig zag swathe that the Falls have cut into the land over millions of years is astounding to see from this height.

Bush Walks – there is no better way to enjoy the intricacies of the African bush, than by walking through it.

Microlight Flights – if you’re keen for the wind in your hair and an exhilarating ride, a flight over the Falls in a microlight is unmatched.

Quad and Mountain Biking – There are a number of tracks for you to enjoy as you take to the cliffs along the gorge.

Jet boats – thunder along the Zambezi River in one of the high-powered jet-boats and experience a fast-paced thrill along on the water’s edge.

Devil’s Pool – This natural Pool is accessed by walking along the edge of the lip of the Falls in the dryer season.  It is enclosed by rocks which keep you from falling over the 100 meter drop, but makes for excellent photographs

Horseback Trails - along the Zambezi and surrounding forests.

Elephant Back Safaris - Tame elephants give the best view for spotting wildlife in the Reserve.

Fly Fishing – the Zambezi offers good fishing,  fly-fishing and tiger fishing being the most popular.

Take a walk in the rain forest and feel the spray from the Falls 

Go for a sunset cruise on the upper Zambezi River and enjoy a sundowner or two.

Visit Mukuni Village and experience the local culture and way of life.

Witness the lunar rainbow over the spray of Victoria Falls during full moon.

Take the Steam Train across the Victoria Falls Bridge and watch the Falls from the train over a fine meal.

Try a river safari and explore the many channels of the wide upper Zambezi.

Accommodation









Victoria Falls accommodation listed on this page falls on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Many of the accommodation options feature beautiful views of the Zambezi River as well as the majestic Victoria Falls. The grandeur of the Zambezi River forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described as the ‘Mosi- oa- Tunya’ by the Kololo tribe in the 1800’s, which means ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. Accommodation around the Victoria Falls area on the Zambian side is very popular offering hotels, hostels, backpackers, campsites, lodges, guest-houses and resorts catering for a variety of budgets and tastes. Many of these establishments pride themselves on their exceptional level of service, superb hospitality and friendly staff. Budget campsites and backpackers are generally safe and provide a good base to meet other like- minded travellers, while top of the line hotels often have 24h reception rooms, concierge services, wireless internet, satellite television, room service and 24- hour security.

Many of the accommodation options are within walking distance to the actual falls and are in close proximity to attractions in the area such as the Victoria Falls Bridge which is famous for its bungee jumping and rope swings. The small town of Livingstone is just 10 km’s from Victoria Falls. Most of the accommodation on the Zambian side is located along the banks of the upper Zambezi River. Accommodation ranges from luxurious suites and romantic river villas to simple chalets and rustic huts.


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