Beyond the fantastic experience of a safari, a trip to Africa also presents the opportunity to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and that is the inspiration of this week’s article…
Natural World Wonder – Victoria Falls
About Victoria Falls
Named by explorer David Livingstone in honor of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, Victoria Falls is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya. This translates to “The Smoke That Thunders.” And this incredible waterfall certainly lives up to that name, captivating all who behold it.
Victoria Falls is more than 5,600 feet wide, and the Zambezi River plunges more than 360 feet (twice as high as Niagara Falls), sending up vast amounts of spray that turn the surrounding area into an abundant paradise. As well as ensuring the surrounding area is lush and green, the spray from the falls creates rainbows in the sky, which only adds to the magic of visiting.
These flourishing surroundings are ripe for exploration on foot or on horseback, and the area also hosts diverse wildlife in its own right.
What to do at Victoria Falls
Adventure seekers will want to experience Devil’s Pool, one of the highlights of the area.
Positioned on the edge of the falls on the Zambian side, this natural infinity pool allows daring travelers to swim right up to the precipice of the waterfall during the drier months, protected by a rocky outcrop. Assisted by an expert guide, it allows you to gaze out over the edge of the falls, defying gravity itself!
Zambezi River Walk
Those wishing to avoid the vertigo-inducing Devil’s Pool may feel more comfortable on dry land. Much of the lush forest on either side of Victoria Falls is protected by the Zimbabwean and Zambian authorities.
Marked paths and trails allow visitors to stroll along the Zambezi River, enjoying majestic panoramic views of the falls and listening to the sights and sounds of the lush rainforest. A Zambezi River walk is an ideal way to absorb the ambiance and marvel at the sheer power of the water as it cascades into the gorge, while remaining dry!
Sunset Boat Cruises on the Zambezi
The perfect evening activity at Victoria Falls, a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River allows visitors to enjoy the sunset’s golden hues reflecting off the waters, providing a stunning backdrop against the silhouette of the African landscape. Traveling at a slow speed, guests aboard the cruise can watch hippos and crocodiles lazing on the banks of the river and hear the myriad of native bird species chirping as their backdrop. This peaceful ambiance coupled with the changing colors of the sky as the sun sets creates a magical experience, making it an ideal way to unwind and appreciate the beauty of the region.
There are many other activities to enjoy during a stay at Victoria Falls. For adventure enthusiasts, white water rafting and bungee jumping from the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge are both popular experiences. Helicopter and microlight tours of the falls from above offer a different perspective, while visits to nearby tribal villages offer a cultural insight to the region around Victoria Falls.
Combining Victoria Falls with your safari
Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, in the heart of Southern Africa. This is prime safari territory for thousands of people each year, with numerous national parks attracting travelers in search of lions, elephants, and rhinos. If you are visiting some of the national parks in the region for a wildlife safari, then it is easy to combine your trip with a short stay at Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls Airport ensures the region is accessible to travelers in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and elsewhere. And a few days of adventure or relaxation at Victoria Falls can be the perfect way to round off an enthralling safari experience in Kruger National Park or the Serengeti.
As one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, Victoria Falls is worth visiting for all travelers to Southern Africa. The visual spectacle of thundering water sending up clouds of mist into a sky adorned with rainbows is not one to miss. Along with the vast number of exciting activities available in the region, and the prospect of combining your stay with a safari adventure, it is easy to see why Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s most popular travel destinations.