“On sights as beautiful as this, angels in their flight must have gazed.” David Livingstone
The local name for Victoria Falls is ‘Mosi-Oa-Tunya’, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’. It’s a fitting description. The mist generated, from the impact of the Zambezi River plunging more than 100 metres into a chasm, can be seen for kilometres. When David Livingstone discovered the falls in 1855 he uttered, ‘On sights as beautiful as this, angels in their flight must have gazed.’
Victoria Falls is one of my favourite places in the world and I have to agree with David Livingstone; it is beautiful. It’s actually the most spectacular waterfall I’ve ever seen.
On my first trip to Africa, Victoria Falls township in Zimbabwe was where you would stay while visiting the falls; plus organising a range of adventure activities on the Zambezi River. It was also the place to enjoy a drink at lively bars filled to the brim with the vibrant safari crowds. These days, with the ongoing political instability in Zimbabwe, tourists head to Livingstone in Zambia. While the vibe is not quite the same as it was in Victoria Falls township, all the adventure options are still available and it’s the gateway to one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls.
Have you been to Victoria Falls? What is your favourite waterfall? Please feel free to add your comments below.