The local name for the falls is ‘Mosi-oa-tunya’ or ‘the smoke that thunders’. It is a spectacular sight and has become a major draw for adrenaline-seeking white-water rafters and bungee jumpers, as well as sightseers marvelling at this natural wonder of the world.
At certain times of the year, up to a hundred million gallons of water a minute plunges over 100 meters into a 1700m chasm below and the spray can be seen up to 70km away. The water is then forced through a narrow gorge, creating the best and most dramatic white water rafting in the world. You can view the falls by taking paths through an exotic rainforest, which is watered by the spray, but prepare to get wet!
Did you know?
- An unusual lunch spot can be arranged on the Zambian side on Livingstone Island right at the top of the falls.
- You can stay upriver away from the bustle of town in one of the lodges in or around the Upper Zambezi National Park and enjoy game viewing, sunset cruises and canoeing on the gentler waters of the Zambezi River.
- The mighty Victoria Falls is a 1,700-metre-wide curtain of water that plummets 110 metres down to the lower Zambezi River. This awe-inspiring sight also forms the spectacular border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest, based on the sheer volume of water.
- If you visit between the months of September to December, you can enjoy a dip in the world’s most exciting infinity pool! During this time water levels drop and as a result, you can swim to the very edge of Victoria Falls in this naturally formed pool, the Devil’s Pool and look down into the gorge below.
- You can enjoy gorge walks below the falls.
- To see the falls from the air we can arrange helicopter or microlight flights.
- Go back in time and stay at the famous Victoria Falls hotel.
- The Rovos Rail train crosses the spectacular Victoria Falls bridge on its routes to the north and the station is a stone’s throw from the Vic Falls Hotel.