The Smoke that Thunders
As the formidable Zambezi River plunges over the rock face and falls over 354 feet into a vortex of swirling water, it forms the largest expanse of falling water in the world, the Victoria Falls. Traditionally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya which, fittingly, means ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, the falls’ impressive roar can often be heard from 25 miles away.
As one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world, the falls spans just over a mile and is split between Zambia and Zimbabwe and can be seen from both countries. On each side of the border, there are paths that take you to the edge of the cliffs where you can catch sight of imposing views and possibly get soaking wet from the spray.
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Witnessing the falls for the first time from the view points is a bucket list experience but there are many other ways to experience the falls. You can enjoy a scenic helicopter flight or for the more adventurous you can soar above the falls in a microlight, known as the Flight of Angels.
Or how about viewing it upside down from the end of a bungee cord? If this does not intrigue then maybe a visit to either Devils or Angels pool’s will. Few things compare to sitting on the edge of the mighty falls with the rushing power of the Zambezi river all around you.
Highlight activities includes:
- Tour of the Victoria Falls
- Victoria Falls Canopy Tour
- Luxury Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi river
- The Elephant Café – elephant rehabilitation center
- Helicopter flights
- Flight of Angels – microlight flight
- White-water rafting
- Livingstone Island – Devil’s Pool experience
- Flying Fox – gorge swing
No matter which side you stay on, you can easily cross the border to explore the other or to undertake activities which are not available in the country you have chosen.
On the Zimbabwean side, the town of Victoria Falls lies adjacent to the falls themselves and presents a wide variety of activities to captivate and inspire. The Zimbabwean side offers the iconic main view of the Falls offering 75% of its dramatic vista and the water flows all year round.
On the Zambia side, the town of Livingstone, named after David Livingstone the first European to set eyes on the Victoria Falls, is situated approximately six miles from the falls itself. Known as the adventure capital, Livingstone offers adrenaline and action based activities.
Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.
Devil’s Pool is a natural infinity pool on the very edge of the “Smoke that thunders” and is only accessible from Livingstone Island. After a short boat ride to the island, you have the opportunity to take a short and rocky walk to the pool where you can take a peek over the edge. The natural rock formation prevents swimmers from going over the edge. Angels Pool is by no means the more demure option, this pool is also accessed from Livingstone Island and offers a similar adrenaline-filled swim at the edge of the world.
Although Victoria Falls may be the perfect place for adrenaline seekers, rest assured that there are activities to suit everyone from sunset cruises, elephant interactions, local arts & crafts to cultural experiences, or a high tea at the hotel, Victoria Falls is brimming with memories waiting to be created.
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