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Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is one of the most stunning and unforgettable sights in the world, bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Zambezi River widens to 1,700m at the falls and then plunges down an abyss 70 to 110m deep across its entire width. The wide basalt cliff, over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a wide placid river to a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges, in the process making an adventure-seekers playground.  On the Zimbabwe side of the falls, the town of Victoria Falls is a famous town and meeting place for travelers. Victoria was the name given to the falls by a Scottish missionary, David Livingstone, in 1855. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ - ‘the Smoke that Thunders’. The force of the falling water during the flood season sends clouds of spray up to 500m into the sky and sustains a lush rainforest all around. There are a dozens of viewpoints reached by paths through the rainforest which grows in the arc of the spray. The volume of water is greatest in April and May though pictures are better when the river is less full. Enjoy traditional music, shop for souvenirs or perhaps dance the night away.

During the dry season, be sure to take a walk along the lip of the Falls. Sometimes the water is low enough to walk all the way across to Livingstone Island, the place where David Livingstone had his first glimpse of the Falls. This is one of the most magnificent views in the area. From the parking lot, look for the signs pointing to "The Boiling Pot." It is quite a steep climb, but well-worn steps make it a fairly easy descent. Coming up is of course a little more strenuous, but the view from below of the wide Zambezi thundering over the cliff, then compressed into the deep thin crevice turning into the Batoka Gorge, crashing and swirling over rapids, is quite spectacular. From this vantage point, one can also see up to the impressive Victoria Falls Bridge, spanning the gorge over 100 m above. Many travelers just make a whirlwind walk along the trails of the Zambezi National Park to the various viewpoints. There is a better way to appreciate one of our planet's greatest natural wonders. Take a picnic, some drinks and be the first to arrive, or last to leave - don't rush a visit, linger a little longer.

How to get there
Victoria Falls and Zambezi National Parks lie on the southern bank of the Zambezi River. Visitors can travel by car, driving 440km northwest from Bulawayo or through Kazungula Border Post with Botswana 90 km to the west. The Victoria Falls Border Post is within metres of the falls for access by road from Zambia. The road from Bulawayo to the falls is completely tarred and the roads around the falls can easily be negotiated by all types of vehicles. Victoria Falls boasts an international airport with services from Harare and many regional and international destinations.

1. Stanley and Livingstone Hotel is set within the game-rich Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve, just 10-minutes drive away from the world famous Victoria Falls.

2. The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is found high on a natural plateau, bordering the Zambezi National Park and only 4km from the majestic Victoria Falls


















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