Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River is one of Africa’s most iconic destinations and deservedly on many bucket lists. That awe-inspiring vertical drop of 108m into the chasm below, as well as the mist spray curtain during full flood that can be seen and heard from afar (its local name is ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, which means ‘the smoke that thunders’), make for a truly unforgettable experience. Just wandering the streets of this quaint town is a special experience as you negotiate for souvenirs, dodge warthogs (and elephants!), hang out with locals and sample a range of restaurants and bars.
Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It’s also an adventure centre of note. You could stay for ages and enjoy a different activity every day, from bungee jumping, gorge swinging and white water rafting, to helicopter and microlight flights (a.k.a the flight of angels), sunset boat and steam train cruises, horse riding, game drives, canoe trips down the Zambezi River, and so much more. Click here for a detailed activities list.
During your stay on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls, walk across the bridge and also visit the Zambian side, which offers an exhilarating walk across the ‘Knife-edge Bridge’ and a close-up view of the ‘Boiling Pot’, a scary whirlpool at the base of the falls. And Victoria Falls is just a short drive from Chobe River Waterfront in Botswana and Hwange National Park, and a short flight from so many other destinations in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia. Start your Zimbabwe adventure at Victoria Falls and plan from there.
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Travel diary: Rafting the Zambezi – nature’s seasonal roller-coaster
Travel diary: Victoria Falls – Adventure Capital