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Victoria Falls

In the Zambezi River on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia there is the mighty Victoria Falls with a width of up to 1708 meters. The maximum fall height is 108 meters and this makes for a rising mist that can reach a height of over 400 meters. The roaring sound of the basalt gorges falling water is very impressive.

The first European, who got to see this huge water curtain, was the Scottish explorer David Livingstone in 1855. He named the falls the 'Victoria Falls' in honour of the then Queen of the United Kingdom, Queen Victoria. The locals call the falls "Mosi-oa-Tunya" which describes the waterfall actually very well, "the smoke that thunders".

On the edge of the waterfall there are two islands that even when the water flows at a maximum of 500 million litres per minute, the waterfall is split into parts. Cataract or Boaruka Island on the western side and the Livingstone Island is in the middle of the river. When the water level is at its highest, there are other islands where many streams are. The known streams: Devil's Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Eastern Cataract. Around the waterfall is beautiful green and vegetation in the tropical rainforest through the mist of the falls can be found.

The basin of the Zambezi above the falls has a rainy season from late November to early April. The flood season the river runs from February to May, with the peak month of April. During the flood season it is usually not possible to see the base of the falls because of the large amount of water vapour that rises when the water roars down. In November, there flows the least water, ten times less than in the peak season in April. In the dry season it is possible to walk and to experience the edge of the waterfall of the Zambezi up close in a few places above the waterfall. The sight of the waterfall changes during the year, but is always worth a visit.

The Zambia situated place Livingstone or Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe are a good base for tourists. The Zambezi has many opportunities for adventure sports enthusiasts: rafting, canoeing, bungee jumping from the Zambezi Bridge, horse riding, fishing or a flight with an ultralight plane over the falls (the so-called "flight of angels"), as well as game drives are some of the possibilities. If you want to admire the falls from both Zambia and Zimbabwe, you can buy a visa with US dollars at the border. Zambia is around the Mosi-oa-Tunya Game Reserve waterfall where you can enjoy a safari.

Further information:

The Falls Resort is close to the Victoria Falls. Thundering Water is even audible from the hotel room. The resort has two hotels: the three-star family hotel Zambezi Sun and Royal Livingstone prestigious five star resorts. Both can be booked through South Africa Specialist. Guests may visit from these hotels one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
 
If you are close to the falls, you can feel the spray and even get soaked. When the sun shines beautiful rainbows appear.

If you want something special then book a helicopter flight or a flight with a micro light. You can admire the natural spectacle from the air and have a fantastic view.
 
You can support the local people, for example Mukuni Village. The village lives off the falls and tourism. The time stands still here; people live here in the traditional way. For handmade unique souvenirs this is the right place.
 
For sports enthusiasts a half or full day rafting might be recommended. There are several rapids that ensure an adrenaline rush. It is also possible to set off in a canoe, or you can sail on a river boat.
 
Another spectacular experience is swimming in Devil's Pool, on the edge of the Victoria Falls or a bungee jump of 111 meters from the bridge over the Zambezi. And what do you think of the Gorge Swing through the gap? If you want something quieter, you can visit the David Livingstone museum, where a lot of information is found on this famous explorer.

Your holiday begins at South Africa Specialist.