Victoria Falls – A taste of African Diversity
The Victoria Falls are also known as the Smoke that Thunders (Mosi-oa-Tunya) to the natives is one of the most scenic waterfalls in Africa. The falls are located on the Zambezi river which lies between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The waterfalls was named by a Scottish explorer and missionary – David Livingstone, who was believed to be the first Westerner in the region. These falls hold a place in the World Heritage List which is globally followed. The following are a few great spots to visit around the Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls National Park
The best way to get a complete view of the Victoria Falls is to visit The Victoria Falls National Park. The national park offers a stunning experience to anyone and everyone wishing to take stock of one of the world’s most attractive waterfalls. Spread 6000 acres across the Zambezi river region, this national park is surely one of the biggest in the region offering a great view of Victoria Falls.
Walking with Lions at Victoria Falls
This is surely another unique spot along the Victoria Falls. It gives visitors a chance to get close to one of the most feared predators of the wild, the lion. People are not just given a chance to interact with these wonderful beasts of the wild, but they are also offered some invaluable information on these species.
Zambezi River Bridge
Another great way to get a great view of the Zambezi River is to take a stroll on the Zambezi River Bridge. This is not a place for the weakhearted. The spot is also a great point of interest for bungee jumpers. In fact, this is a perfect spot for bungee jumpers owing to the height of the bridge and the heartwarming scenery that surrounds the region.
Victoria Falls offers every type of visitor a taste of heaven. If you are adventurous by nature, get those adrenaline flowing on those wild white water rafting trips. You can go kayaking, river surfing, bungee jumping and swing on those breathtaking zip wires and gorge swings.
If you are sedate by nature, just enjoy those luxurious river cruises, browse through rich local crafts, go on long elephant rides, play golf, go fishing or enjoy those exciting safari adventures.
Best View of Victoria Falls
While most people take the different trails around Victoria Falls to capture the splendor there is nothing like a birds eye-view. The best view is by taking a helicopter ride. You will see the entire breadth of the fall which is the world’s largest sheet of falling water. The other more adventurous option is to take the microlight (a traditional flex wing aircraft that resembles a motorized hang glider). The price for a ride can vary from $140 to $300. for more details and those planning a visit go to Victoria Falls Safari Network.
Best times to visit Victoria Falls
- June and July are probably the best time to view the falls
- Flood season is around March and April. You can see the falls in full force during this time. However more water and mist in the air can make seeing difficult
- August through October is dry season, but allows the option to walk across the falls.
Victoria Falls Adventure & Attractions
White Water Rafting
Experience the thrill of challenging the rough waters of Zambezi river. Trips range from half day to 5 day trips. Rapids such as Stairway to Heaven, The Terminator, Oblivion and The Washing Machine will test your will and ability to work together as a team.
Victoria Falls Bungee Jumping
Experience the second highest bungee jump on the planet that comes with a magnificent view of the falls. o special clothing, equipment or experience is necessary. The organizers are well equipped and trained, but its always good to ask for certification.
How to get to Victoria Falls
Daily flights are available from Johannesburg Airport to Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone Airport (Zambia). Flights are usually cheaper from South Africa and Livingstone. Easy access is also provided with flights from Windhoek, Namibia.