Fed by the mighty Zambezi River which forms a natural border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the world’s largest sheet of falling water is found at Victoria Falls. Locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (“The Smoke That Thunders”), this spectacle is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world.
Renowned for its sheer magnificence and beauty, the falls is 1 708km wide and boasts 5 Million cubic metres of water per minute during the wet season. The falls, together with the surrounding area which is dominated by mopane woodland and savannah, have been declared as national parks and national heritage sites to prevent over-commercialisation, but tactful development ensures that visitors are able to experience the best in modern facilities and services whilst remaining true to the history of the area, the natural habitat and its inhabitants.
On the Zimbabwean side of the falls, the town of Victoria Falls is a crossroads for travelers and acts as a base for many of the experiential activities on offer; from white water rafting, bungee jumping, helicopter flips and micro lighting to elephant back safaris, walking safaris and cultural excursions immersing travelers into local communities, canoeing safaris on the upper Zambezi, etc.
It is from here that the visitor accesses The Victoria Falls National Park, which enjoys the notable feature of a rainforest fed by the spray from the falls. At the height of the rainy season, the plume of the spray is seen high in the sky on approach from the road, and the roar of the water heard from afar.
The Zambian border post is just 1.8km from town, and crossing over brings a new perspective of both the Zambezi River and the Victoria Falls. This side of the Falls clearly demonstrates the magnitude of the river before it cascades down into the gorges below from the ledge of the Falls, and offers more relaxed experiences. Canoeing amongst hippo’s and crocodiles; leisure cruises combining sunsets and cocktails, and fishing and island hopping expeditions are all on the menu here.