Victoria Falls

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Victoria Falls

Overview
Activities and Highlights
Seasons
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Description

Deemed as a Natural World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls boasts the spectacular phenomenon of being the widest curtain of falling water on the face of our blue plant. Its sheer magnitude is mesmerising, the sound of cascading water is captivating and the dramatic scenery it sinks into is exceptional.

Although much hype surrounds the Victoria Falls, once you experience its enchanting grandeur and natural beauty you too will agree that viewing the spectacle from the many vantage points available, is sure to far exceed the reputation of the miraculous waterfall.

Consisting of five waterfalls, namely; Main Falls, Devil’s Cataract, Horseshoe, Rainbow, and Armchair Falls, the Victoria Falls extends across a majestic width of 1708 metres and falls from a height of 108 metres.

During the dry season when the falls are not sweeping with the force of a mighty Zambezi current, you’ll get a chance to swim in Devil’s Pool; a natural rock pool at the top of the Victoria Falls and if brave, take a peek down into the gorge at the point where the Zambezi cascades from these great heights.

Keep in mind that Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s leading adventure hotspots and travellers from far and wide venture to these regions in the aim of gain bragging rights after complete some of the most death defying activities on earth. From world-class white river rafting to bungee jumping, abseiling and gorge swinging, the Victoria Falls certainly has something for everyone.

Access Details

Reach the Victoria Falls by scheduled flight from Johannesburg, Harare, Maun and Windhoek.

Suggested Stay Details

The area falls with a humid subtropical climate. The rainy season peaks in March and April causing the Zambezi to cascade furiously into the gorge. During this season, expect hot summer temperatures. The dry season causes a drop in the falls, gorge and river; with the lowest flow in November and December.

Type of Experience

The Falls make a central point around which a wonderful infrastructure has developed. With the fourth largest river in Africa, the Zambezi, flows between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the destination has earned itself the accolade of being one of the adventure centres of the world.

The Victoria Falls area offers every type of experience imaginable for a fine meeting venue, to great African Wildlife and many adrenaline thrills for the adventurous.

It is possibly one of the best experiences on offer as within a small radius with diversity of experiences and diverse habitats. Whether looking for high extreme adventure like white water rafting or a quiet sunset boat cruise along the Zambezi River, there is no end to possibilities.

Infrastructure

Victoria Fall is one of Zimbabwe’s most frequented destinations. The area is equipped with international bank systems, a well arranged transport network and has accommodation to suit the needs of a variety of travellers.

Geography

The Victoria Falls is predominantly surrounded by mopane forests, broken by patches of teak and miombo woodlands. The narrow riverine rainforest, constantly in the spray of the cascading falls, is a fertile stretch of sandy alluvium.

History

With the arrival of David Livingston in 1855, he decided to name the majestic water fall as Victoria Falls, after Queen Victoria. When his account of the falls spreading, it attracted many Anglo traders who settled at Old Drift, now known as the town of Victoria Falls. As malaria began claiming lives, Old Drift was relocated to the present day town of Livingstone, in Zambia.

With the growth of the Rhodesian Railway reaching Victoria Falls in 1904, the Victoria Falls Bridge started to be contracted. A year later, in 1905, the bridge was fully functional and with its opening, a steady influx of travellers proceeded to the falls. In 1989, the Victoria Falls was declared a World Heritage Site.

Activities & Highlights

ADRENALINE JUNKIES: Seeking thrills and intensity? Well just below the falls lay the Batoka Gorge, surrounded by the ancient rain forests of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. This is believed to be the site of the world’s best one-day white-water rafting with commercial rapids of up to Class VI. Need more intensity? Make your way to the top of the gorge by cable care and head to the Victoria Falls Bridge, which connects Zambia to Zimbabwe. This is where you can leap down into the gorge for about 111m by bungee. Just about any adrenaline pumping activity takes place in the area; all you have to do is ask.

CITY WONDERS: Journey to the nearby busy town of Victoria Fall and visit one of Africa’s great colonial masterpieces, the Victoria Falls Hotel. Although a little frazzled due to the economic hardship in Zimbabwe, the town is vibrantly filled with the presence of local market. Barter your way to a bargain and collect African artefacts, from soapstone and wood carvings to bead and copper work, locally made musical instruments and African prints.

LITTLE SPLENDOURS: Explore the upper Zambezi River and enjoy a palatial sundowner boat cruise. Pass might hippos and Nile crocodile while enjoying the final ray of the African sun before it sets. Drink in hand, drifting across the river with the sunset’s colours bursting across the sky and the company of like minded travellers, what more could you ask for?



Season Travel Details

The area falls with a humid subtropical climate. The rainy season peaks in March and April causing the Zambezi to cascade furiously into the gorge. During this season, expect hot summer temperatures. The dry season causes a drop in the falls, gorge and river; with the lowest flow in November and December.

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