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Victoria Falls

An unforgettable Victoria Falls sunset An unforgettable Victoria Falls sunset
An aerial view of the magical Victoria Falls An aerial view of the magical Victoria Falls
Wet and wild white water rafting! Wet and wild white water rafting!
Enjoying an African sunset at the Falls Enjoying an African sunset at the Falls
An unforgettable Elephant back safari An unforgettable Elephant back safari
The mighty Victoria Falls The mighty Victoria Falls
Bungy Jumping at Victoria Falls Bungy Jumping at Victoria Falls
Sunset helicopter ride Sunset helicopter ride
The magical Victoria Falls The magical Victoria Falls
Aerial shot of the Royal Livingstone Aerial shot of the Royal Livingstone
Private dinner at the Falls Private dinner at the Falls
Bungy Jumping at Victoria Falls Bungy Jumping at Victoria Falls
The locals playing chess at the market The locals playing chess at the market
Braving the edge of the Falls Braving the edge of the Falls

The Smoke that Thunders

The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it "Mosi-oa-Tunya" -- the smoke that thunders, Victoria Falls is the latter name given by Europeans. There is a magic about them, manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk.

Beautifully positioned lodges are nestled along the banks of the Zambezi River offering views of the mighty Falls, while the Vic Falls area is an excellent destination to combine with a real African safari.

Although Victoria Falls constitute neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, the claim it is the largest is based on a width of 1.7 kilometres (1 mi) and height of 108 meters (360 ft), making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute.

The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it "Mosi-oa-Tunya" -- the smoke that thunders, Victoria Falls is the latter name given by Europeans. There is a magic about them, manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk.

Beautifully positioned lodges are nestled along the banks of the Zambezi River offering views of the mighty Falls, while the Vic Falls area is an excellent destination to combine with a real African safari.

Although Victoria Falls constitute neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, the claim it is the largest is based on a width of 1.7 kilometres (1 mi) and height of 108 meters (360 ft), making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute.

Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860's. The Falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialisation. The unusual form of Victoria Falls enables virtually the whole width of the falls to be viewed face-on, at the same level as the top, from as close as 60 metres (200 ft), because the whole Zambezi River drops into a deep, narrow slot like chasm, connected to a long series of gorges. Few other waterfalls allow such a close approach on foot. But to fully appreciate the incredible size of the Falls, and the awesome power of the water as it carves into the deep zig zagging gorges for eight kilometres, one must see it from the air. Micro-light and fixed wing flights are available. The pilot will take you along the wide tranquil upper Zambezi, and over the huge 2 km dent in the earth. The breathtaking sight of this magnificent, natural phenomenon, seen in all its glory from the air, is truly unforgettable.

With Victoria Falls as a backdrop, another unforgettable experience would have to be bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge, arguably the best bungee jump in the world, with a 111 metre plummet towards the Zambezi River, with an estimated free fall of around 8 seconds. If you’re looking for high octane adrenaline coursing through your veins then this is definitely the rush for you. Alternatively you can try your hand at white water rafting, with the water levels rising and falling throughout the year, there are easy and hard rapids for everyone. Regarded as the world's greatest white water rafting adventure, rafting down the mighty Zambezi, is an experience like none other. Beginning with a walk down the gorge, right next to the Victoria Falls Bridge, you will then walk upstream to where the rafts are launched. From here you will be able to view the Falls from a very different perspective, as well as brave people swan diving from the bridge in the bungee harness.

The Victoria Falls Bridge was commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes in 1900, although he never visited the falls and died before construction began, he expressed his wish that the "railway should cross the Zambezi just below the Victoria Falls. I should like to have the spray of the falls over the carriages." The bridge affords a magnificent view both down the gorge on the one side and through to the falls on the other. The immense depth of the gorge can be fully appreciated from this perspective and combined with the sea green river below, the shiny black rock face and lush green foliage, the 360 degree view from the bridge is breathtaking. Many of Africa's animals and birds can be seen in the immediate vicinity of Victoria Falls, and the continent's range of river fish is also well represented in the Zambezi, enabling wildlife viewing and sport fishing to be combined with sightseeing.

The Victoria Falls area is a favorite among everyone at Perfect Africa. Contact any one of our Travel Experts to find out more about the area, the accommodation, or the tours and safaris in the region. Their in-depth knowledge will help you to plan and book the ultimate safari vacation.

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Adventure Capital »

White water rafting down the Zambezi River

Victoria Falls’s claim to be the adventure Capital of Africa is well founded and the adrenalin junky will find a huge range of exciting activities at their disposal here. The vast majority of activities centre around the Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River although they are not purely limited to these two great entities. One can raft rapids in the zigzagging chasm downstream of the Falls, known as the Batoka Gorge, or canoe calmer stretches of the Upper Zambezi. For the adventurous (and quite possibly slightly insane!) traveller, a whole of challenges await, from 111 metre bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Brigde to ‘river boarding’ down the rapids on body boards! Other slightly less energetic but no less thrilling activities include helicopter and micro light flights over the Falls as well as hot air balloon rides and game drives in the National Park.

Wonder of the World »

Aerial view taken from a Helicopter of Victoria Falls

There are few appropriate superlatives that have not already been applied to this magnificent natural wonder of the world; in many ways it defies description. So vast are the Falls and their setting that it is difficult to grasp their true grandeur and for this reason, they are perhaps best seen from the air. The Victoria Falls offer an inescapable closeness to the natural elements. The towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss that separates Zimbabwe from Zambia. David Livingstone reported the existence of the Falls to the outside world in 1860. The result was immediate and from that point, the number of foreign visitors rose steadily.

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Our Favourite Victoria Falls Tours and Accommodation

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Tongabezi »

The first river lodge on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, Tongabezi Lodge is privately owned and run, with the emphasis on exclusivity and romance. All rooms have fabulous river views and en-suite bathrooms. This is a great base from which to explore the Falls region.

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Islands of Siankaba »

The Islands of Siankaba Lodge is a luxurious five star lodge with seven secluded chalets. Each has a unique view of the mighty Zambezi River. Its spectacular setting in the middle of one of the world’s great rivers is a simply perfect place to begin or end an African adventure.

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Sussi & Chuma »

Sussi & Chuma is named after David Livingstone’s faithful companions and consist of an intimate lodge and two exclusive houses, both situated to make the most of the amazing views that the sweeping Zambezi River provides. The lodge offers a variety of exciting activities.

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Royal Livingstone »

The elegant Royal Livingstone Hotel is on the forested banks of the great Zambezi River upstream from the mighty Victoria Falls. Encounter elegance and luxury of an earlier more courteous age. The 173 rooms offer exquisite style and intimacy against a backdrop of wild Africa.

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The Best of the Falls »

Visiting Victoria Falls is a once in a lifetime experience. This itinerary combines both The Falls and a private island getaway on the Zambezi River, You will be ‘wowed’ by the incredible scenery, magical falls, vast array of activities and game viewing.

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The Falls, Cape and Bush »

This honeymoon encompasses three of the major highlights of Southern Africa namely Victoria Falls, Cape Town and a Kruger Safari. Accommodation is boutique and intimate in style throughout and there is a great mix of relaxation and activity on offer.

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Victoria Falls by Rovos Rail »

Imagine embarking on a journey on the most luxurious train in the world and arriving at one of the natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. This very romantic tour offers you an amazing voyage including a train trip, game drive and incredible scenery.

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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge »

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is set high on a natural plateau, bordering the Zambezi National Park and is just 4 km’s from the thundering Victoria Falls - Southern Africa's foremost attraction. The Lodge is an ideal base for touring the Falls and the many nearby attractions.

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