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Victoria Falls – Largest waterfall in the world

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Victoria Falls is a waterfall on the Zambezi River, located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is considered the world’s largest fall due to its width of 1,708 meters. To put things in perspective, it is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls. A spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur, the Victoria Falls provide a habitat for several unique species of flora and fauna.

The magnificence of the place is so empowering that it is one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. No wonder, the local tribes used to call the waterfall “the smoke that thunders”. You can hear the water pouring from 40 kilometers.

If you visit Victoria Falls during a full moon, you’ll get to see a moonbow which is formed by the passing of moonlight through the waterfall spray. At the Knife-edge Bridge, the tourists can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge.


 

Helicopter tour

The helicopter tour gives the best view of the waterfall as it covers all the angles from the top. Relaxed in the serene environment of the helicopter, it seems as if the Victoria Falls are brought to you to enjoy the experience to the fullest. There are daily helicopters that offer this service usually twice a day. Enjoy aerial views on your chosen 12-13 or 25-27 minute flight including pick up from local accommodation and a guided narrative. Suitable for travelers of all ages.

 
 
 
 

Bungee jumping

This adrenaline-filled activity is for the people seeking adventure and wishing to experience Africa’s most exciting experiences. This bungee jump would be the most scenic bungee jump you have ever experienced, having Victoria Falls themselves as the backdrop. Have amazing food at the Shearwater cafe while you view your own videos of the experience, all ready to be purchased.


 

Whitewater rafting

Paddle down the Zambezi River with a guide and maneuver over Class IV and V rapids in a gorge reaching depths of 650 feet (198 meters). The journey kicks off at the boiling point which is directly under the Victoria Falls. From there it paddles through Botoka Gorge along stunning landscapes and over rocky water ledges. Choose from an oar boat controlled by the guide or a paddle boat where you take part in maneuvering it with the guide. Remember to schedule the visit according to the weather!


 

Devil’s Pool

Devil’s Pool provides a once in a lifetime experience to view the Victoria Falls. A natural rock swimming pool, the Devil’s Pool is a frequently hidden tourist destination which offers tranquility and dramatic views. However, remember to be careful as you are hanging off the edge of one of the largest waterfalls in the world!

 
 

 

Sunset cruise

Looking for something romantic? Take this sunset cruise which allows you the mid-river viewing platform and Africa’s iconic wildlife while you enjoy an open bar and a variety of food cuisines.

 
 

 

Best time to visit

 
 
 
 

Victoria falls offer you different experiences based on the time you visit so you can customize your plan according to your own preference. The peak flood season is around March and April when the waterfall can be seen in all its glory. However, due to the masses of spray rising from the fallen water, the view cannot be seen on foot. An aerial view is the best at this point of time. At its lowest around November and December, the fall divides into little rivulets and at this time, one can enjoy the impressive cliffs and the magnitude of the abyss. Around this time, Class IV or V rapids can be enjoyed in their entirety.

 

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