Victoria Falls

“On sights as beautiful as this, angels in their flight must have gazed.” David Livingstone

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Victoria Falls, Zambia

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.

Victoria Falls

There is a short walk through baboon-populated rainforest to reach the falls on the Zimbabwean side. Amid the immense water, spray and sunshine there is often a rainbow. You end up thoroughly drenched, but it doesn’t matter. This is an incredible sight and a wonderful experience!

Victoria Falls just after the wet season

Adventure activities at Victoria Falls include bungy jumping, white-water rafting or a dip in the Devil’s Pool (which is known as the Devil’s Armchair). Some of these are not available at the height of the wet season, which is when I took this photograph from the Zimbabwean side.

Flight of Angels over Victoria Falls

Flights over the falls by helicopter or light aircraft are known as ‘flight of the angels’ and give you an appreciation of the sheer scale of Victoria Falls.

Have you been to Victoria Falls? What is your favourite waterfall? Please feel free to add your comments below.

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4 thoughts on “Victoria Falls

  1. Beautiful – one day maybe I’ll see for myself. We live on the West coast of NZ so are very lucky to have an abundance of waterfalls – all beautiful. There is something about them eh!

    • Yes, you’re right… there is something very lovely about waterfalls… and I just love the sound of the water flowing over the rocks, even if it’s only a small waterfall. I have also seen quite a few beautiful waterfalls in New Zealand including some at Milford Sound and on the Routeburn Track. Thanks for your comment 🙂

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