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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.

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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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Fast Facts

Victoria Falls is over 100m (330ft) tall, 1.7km (1 mile) in length and has 550 million litres (23 million gallons) of water pouring over the edge every minute. Boasting impressive credentials, this natural wonder of the world is quite simply, the experience of a lifetime.

Insider Information
  • Fly like an angel over the falls in either an aircraft, helicopter, microlight, hot-air balloon or parachute.
  • Combine a stay at the Falls with a number of safari options close by.
  • Wear a waterproof jacket when you visit the Falls, the spray can be immense on any given day!
  • Visit Livingstone Island which is perched on the very lip of the Falls and provides a very unique perspective.

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When To Travel
  • Victoria Falls are impressive year-round.
  • When the Zambezi reaches peak flood (Mar – Apr), the clouds of thick spray look spectacular from the air, but close-up views on foot can be obscured.
  • Views of the magnificent rock formation at the Falls improve in later months until the low water period (Sep – Nov). The low water period is when river rafting is most exciting!

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