Victoria Falls

Aug 5, 2011   //   by Sam Wingate   //   Safaris  //  No Comments

The Victoria Falls, known in the local language as “the smoke that thunders”,  is certainly one of the most incredible natural wonders of the world and popular tourist destinations of Southern Africa. Situated about 60 kms downstream from the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers where the four countries of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet, the Victoria Falls is shared between Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Measuring 1,7 kms wide and 108 metres high, the spectacular Falls has a myriad of different viewpoints and is best seen from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides. Approaching the Falls from kilometres away, one sees the spray and mist high above and the roar of the thundering waters which together make a huge impression.,On the Zimbabwean side is the small town of Victoria Falls which caters for the tourist market, offering accommodation, adventure, leisure and cultural activities, local craft markets, restaurants and bars. There is an international airport located just outside the town.
Seen from the Zimbabwean side in the Victoria Falls National Park, one has direct head-on views of the Falls whereas on the Zambian side one sees different sections and angles that shed a different light on the magnificence of this natural feature.
On the Zambian side is the town of Livingstone, larger than Victoria Falls,  which also survives off the tourist market, offering a wealth of accommodation, activities, markets, restaurants, bars and shops. An international airport is located just outside of the town.
The many adventure activities offered in Victoria Falls and Livingstone are almost as popular as the Falls themselves, especially white water rafting, bungi jumping and Flight of the Angels which are helicopter and light aircraft flights over the Falls.
The peak flood month is April and the lowest flow of water is in November.

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