Victoria Falls Holidays
One of the seven wonders of the world and referred to by locals as "Mosi-oa-Tunya" (The Smoke that Thunders), Victoria Falls is certainly a sight to behold. Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe this great curtain of falling water spans almost 1¼ miles and is justifiably called one of the Wonders of the Natural World.
While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest based on its width of 5,604 feet and height of 354 feet, which results in the world's largest sheet of falling water. Scottish missionary and famous explorer David Livingstone is believed to be the first European to see this awe-inspiring waterfall in 1855 and named it in honour of Queen Victoria. Today Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visitors can stay in either Zambia or Zimbabwe.
On the Zambia side the town of Livingstone is the closest urban hub to the falls and offers a variety of accommodation options, colourful markets and a busy restaurant and nightlife scene. On the other side of the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe has a number of hotels, including the famous Victoria Falls Hotel, restaurants, local shops and stalls.
Victoria Falls is also a magnet for thrill seekers with activities including abseiling, white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing and skydiving all available. For truly spectacular views and a whole new perspective on the falls consider taking a helicopter flight, or peek precariously over its edge from Devil's Pools. There are also trails for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding, while those in search of something less strenuous, could consider a romantic sunset cruise along the Zambezi River to watch for wildlife.
- A wonder of the natural world
- UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Wildlife close by
- Activities galore