Victoria Falls is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and along with Mount Everest and the Great Barrier Reef, it is one of those places you have to see before you die! Offering some of the most breath taking views you’ll ever encounter on the African continent, the Falls are located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia attracting tourists worldwide to both countries.
The massive sheet of falling water and the spray it produces is captivating to say the least. Above the Falls the Zambezi river is renowned for its beauty, with banks and islands of luscious vegetation and abundant wildlife. Add to these sights the sounds of the river, the grunting of hippo, the hauntingly beautiful cry of the fish eagle and the constant ever present roar of the Falls, and you have a small piece of paradise!
Dr Livingstone, a Scottish missionary doctor and famous Africa explorer “discovered” the Falls on November 16, 1855. Livingstone, named the Falls after Queen Victoria as a tribute to the 19th Century monarch, and was famously quoted as writing “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. As a reminder of this, the scenic helicopter rides over the Falls (one of a large variety of adrenalin activities on offer here) are known as “the flight of the angels”.
Long before David Livingstone “discovered” the falls however, the Kololo people living in the area in the 1800’s described it as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ meaning ‘the Smoke that Thunders’. This mighty waterfall was declared as a World Heritage Site in 1989 for being one of the most spectacular water cataracts in the world. It is a place of legend, myth and romance.
Where to stay and what to do
Why we like it – this is a must do on any-ones visit. And very easy to get to in terms of airline connections. The spectacular falls, a range of fine hotels and the Zambezi National Park on your doorstep.
A host of activities from white water rafting, bungy jumping, elephant interactions, lion walks, helicopter flips, sundowner cruises and high wire adrenaline rushes to name a few. We recommend a minimum of two nights here.
Accommodation suggestions within and close to Victoria falls
The Elephant Camp, The Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Ilala Lodge, A’Zambezi River Lodge, Rainbow Hotel, Gorges Lodge, The Stanley and Livingstone, Elephant Hills Hotel, The Kingdom Hotel, Amadeus guest house, Imbabala safari lodge, Victoria Falls River Lodge, Batonka Guest Lodge
How to get there – There are good connections out of Johannesburg including; British Airways and South African Airways. Air Zimbabwe from Harare a few times a week and of course several airlines out of Livingstone Zambia which is a short 30 minute transfer away.