Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls is one of Nature’s Masterpieces. Now in its 150 Millionth Fantastic Year! If there’s anything you need to do in your lifetime it is to witness, firsthand, the awesome power of nature. Few things in life seriously surpass expectations like this. You will be spell-bound. Everyone is and this experience will be etched in your mind forever. A national and African treasure it’s the largest sheet of falling water in the world, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And yet, the Victoria Falls is just the awe-inspiring heartbeat of a truly extraordinary destination acclaimed as the unchallenged Adventure Capital of Africa...and probably the world!

Access is easy with a new international airport and the choice of several daily flights from major hubs such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lusaka, Windhoek and Harare.

Victoria Falls has been one of Africa’s premier destinations for world travelers for more than a century and it evokes all the romance and awe of the explorers' era. The waters of the Zambezi River plunge over the sheer edge of a chasm with an indescribable roar. Over the past century Victoria Falls has welcomed many celebrities, global statesmen and royalty. Today, our destination remains as evocative as it did to the hunters, surveyors, explorers and missionaries of the 19th Century.

Dr David Livingstone

Scottish missionary David Livingstone first heard about Victoria Falls, known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, four years before he arrived there. The area was a sacred site for the Batoka and other local tribes. On 17 November 1855, Chief Sekeletu of the Makololo paddled Livingstone to an island in the Zambezi, known as Goat Island. Although the water was low at the time, Livingstone still felt a "tremor of fear" as he approached the wall of spray.

Livingstone beautifully described what he saw in his diaries: "No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight."

Victoria Falls Formation

The apt local Tonga name is “Mosi-oa-Tunya” - the Smoke that Thunders. During the Jurassic Period (150-200 million years ago), volcanic activity resulted in thick basalt deposits covering large parts of Southern Africa. As the lava cooled and solidified, cracks appeared in the hard basalt crust, which were filled with clay and lime. Erosion and the course of the mighty Zambezi River cut through these softer materials, forming the first of a series of waterfalls.

Mosi-oa-Tunya, or "the smoke that thunders”, became known to the western world as Victoria Falls only after Dr David Livingstone first set eyes upon this astonishing natural wonder in 1855, a heartbeat ago in geological time and named them after his British Queen

When To Visit

THE RAINY SEASON:
When the summer rains fall (December to March) the water volumes grow and the Falls become more and more dramatic. You are guaranteed to get wet if you walk along the trails winding near the falls, especially in April/May/June when the Falls are at their majestic and awesome 1700m-wide zenith.

THE DRY SEASON:
In the dry season (June to November) the water volume starts to dwindle and by October Victoria Falls is often just a trickle. You will get a clearer view of the rocky cliff beneath the falls, which is spectacular in itself, but the falls might be somewhat underwhelming.

Location

Victoria Falls is a small town and the major tourist hub in Zimbabwe. A famous bridge spans the Zambezi River which is the border between Zambia (Livingstone) and Zimbabwe. The massive Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is another wildlife wonderland and is just 180km from Victoria Falls on a good tar road.

The world-class safari country of Botswana lies just 88km away and is well-worth a visit, especially in the dry months of June – November. On traveling from Victoria Falls to Botswana one encounters the only spot on earth where four countries meet at one point (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and the Caprivi Strip of Namibia).

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