“The Smoke that Thunders” the Victoria Falls one of the largest falls in the world and a World Heritage Site on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
These iconic falls are formed as the Zambezi river plummets in a single vertical drop over cliffs into a chasm known as the boiling pot, before flowing through a series of gorges.
With a width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft) the Victoria Falls are rivaled only by Argentina and Brazil’s Iguazu Falls.
The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres (1,300 ft) and sometimes even twice as high. When in flood it is impossible to see the foot of the falls and the walks along the the cliff opposite are in a constant shower, shrouded in mist.
On a clear day, the falls can be seen from up to 48 kilometers (30 miles) away.
David Livingstone, a famous Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the Victoria Falls on 16 November 1855.
Livingstone named his sighting in honour of Queen Victoria of Britain, but the indigenous name, “Mosi -oa-Tunya” “The Smoke that Thunders” is also cited. The World Heritage List officially recognizes both names Livingstone also cites an older name, Chongwe or Seongo which means “The Place of the Rainbow” as a result of the constant spray.
Spanning the river is 1905 Victoria Falls bridge, inspired by an English businessman Cecil Rhodes. The bridge sits 420 ft above the Zambezi river and is 650 ft long.
African Safari Walks will organize a Victoria Falls experience for our guests on request. This will be a post Hwange National Park wildlife safari experience