Clocking in at twice the height of Niagara Falls, the Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s greatest and most-visited attractions. Traditionally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, Vic Falls is often the end-point of a Southern African safari.
The area is known as Africa’s Adventure Capital because there is so much to see and do. In addition to touring the Falls, you can also see them from the air on a helicopter or microlight trip. Hit the water in a canoe, raft or cruising boat; meet habituated elephants; leap off the historic bridge; and swim in the mischievously named Devil’s Pool. There’s also plenty of shopping and history, as well as lazy days in the sunshine after a bumper safari.
Not only is Victoria Falls one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it is also an official World Heritage Site. Defined as the world’s biggest waterfall when measured by the sheer volume of falling water, Mosi-oa-Tunya has thrilled people for centuries. You will experience it almost exactly as ancient tribes did since there is very little building or development around the Falls. This unspoilt beauty is what makes the experience so special: you easily imagine what it was like for those explorers seeing it for the first time.
- The largest uninterrupted sheet of falling water in the world.
- Victoria Falls sits on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.
- On the Zimbabwe side, paths in lush rainforest reveal extensive views of the Main Falls.
- In Zambia the Knife-Edge Bridge takes you close to the cascading water and a steep footpath leads to the Boiling Pot - a huge whirlpool at the base of the Falls.
- Both sides are well worth a visit and it’s relatively easy to travel between the two.