There are no words amazing enough to try to explain the truly fantastic natural wonder of Victoria Falls. The falls are, by some measures, the most enormous waterfall in the world, as well as being among the most unusual in form. And arguably having the most diverse and easy to be seen wildlife of any major waterfall site.
Victoria Falls is situated on the upper Zambezi River between the countries Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The falls can be visited either from Livingstone, Zambia or Victoria Falls (the city) in Zimbabwe. It was named by the Scottish explorer David Livingstone and this is the name which is used in Zimbabwe. However it also holds another name which is Mosi-oa-Tunya and means ”the smoke that thunders”. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, they claim it is the largest. The unusual form of Victoria Falls enables virtually the whole width of the falls to be viewed face-on. Entering the Park enables you to walk along the 1,7 kilometers long paved road created at the tip of one of the gorges giving you a spectacular view of the falls. During the rainy season this is like walking in a heavy rainstorm as the water is hurled hundreds of meters above ground while the water thunders just 60 meters away from you.
The city of Victoria falls in Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls reflects nothing of the real Zimbabwe. The colonial style city appears like a little oasis and walking from the city centre to the falls takes only about 10 minutes. Be aware that you might very well meet anything from elephants to buffaloes along the way. So keep on the road. The city has several great hotel complexes in and around the area, restaurants and souvenir shops. Also worth a visit is the local craft market where you can get some of the finest handmade art work in Africa.
Things to do in Victoria Falls
Try to catch a helicopter ride above the falls. They usually charge around 100 USD for the 10 minute ride - but it is money well invested. Don't forget to bring a camera since you will truly get some great shots.
Victoria Falls is also recognized as a adrenaline rush paradise. A wide selection of challenges is possible, including bungy jumps, gorge swings and rafting. Safety comes first here as everywhere else, so don't be afraid if you wanna give it a shot. Many local providers can set-up great packages for you. And the more activities you choose to do, the better price you will get. You can also spend your time spotting wildlife in the Victoria Falls National Park, or even take a trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana.
A booze cruise on the Zambezi River is highly recommended, and takes you pretty close to the falls. The sunset on the Zambezi is amazing and if you are lucky you will spot crocodiles as well as large groups of hippos.
How to get around in Victoria Falls
Taxies are very cheap and easy to get. Also most things are in walking distance if you are living in or around the city centre. Do not walk around after sunset. There is a lot of wild animals walking freely around, and you wouldn't wanna have to end up face to face with a buffalo or a rhino.
KILROY recommends when you travel to Victoria Falls
Visit the top-end restaurant ”The Boma” for some fantastic game meat and a great barbecue. You will get dressed in traditional Zimbabwean clothing. If you dare you are challenged to try the Mopani worms, and YES it is larvas.