Posted by linda on Monday, April 18th, 2011
Victoria Falls, nestled between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is one of the most spectacular tourist destinations in the world. The Falls has been named one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and one can definitely see why. Known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), the Victoria Falls is one of the most beautiful sights in the world.
Over the years the Victoria Falls has been gaining popularity, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. Any well-travelled tourist or travel agent will be able to tell you that a trip to the Victoria Falls is a not-to-be-missed experience.
The Victoria Falls is one of the greatest waterfalls in the world, and is twice as tall as the Niagara Falls in Canada. The Vic Falls, as it is commonly known, is 1 708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. With breathtaking drops of between 90 107 metres, into the roaring waters of the Zambezi Gorge, the Vic Falls is as powerful
as it is beautiful.
The area has been remarkably preserved in its natural state, inspiring visitors from far and wide. Essentially, people make the trip for the beauty and majesty of the Falls, however while the Victoria Falls is best known for this beauty and majesty, there are numerous other activities in Victoria Falls for those interested in visiting this world renowned destination.
Victoria Falls is spectacular throughout the year – the best time to visit will be from February to May. This is when you can witness the greatest flow of water. Be careful though – the heavy flow of water means things can get a little wet. Activities are varied in and around the Victoria Falls. Activities range from romantic sunset cruises and elephant rides, to more specialised fly fishing excursions, and not to mention adrenaline-fuelled fun.
For the wild at heart, a 111 meter bungee jump offers a much needed adrenaline rush. White water rafting is said by many as being a not-to-be-missed opportunity, with the Victoria Falls rated as one of the best white water rafting locations in the world. Body boarding on the tempestuous Zambezi River is also an exhilarating experience.
Another worthwhile place of interest is the Victoria Falls National Park, situated in north-western Zimbabwe. This park is notable in that it boasts a rainforest which grows in the spray of the Falls. This rainforest is home to a variety of plant life, including ferns, palms, liana veins, and a number of others not seen anywhere else in the region.
The surrounding towns of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side) and Livingstone (Zambia side) offers much of what you can expect from an internationally recognised destination – hotels, guest houses, supermarkets, tourism centre and airports, making the area itself well equipped to handle the throngs of visitors it receives each year.
The Victoria Falls, whether for its mesmerising beauty, exciting activities, cultural experience or simply to bask in the sheer tranquillity of the area, is and will always be one of the most loved and cherished natural attractions that Southern Africa has to offer.