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The Very Vivacious Victoria Falls – Zambia

Posted on September 7, 2010 | Travel Destinations11 Comments

The Victoria Falls in Zambia are the sort of natural attraction and is known the world over, but somehow other venues of rare and verdant beauty have always overshadowed it. This is surprising as these falls in the heart of wild of lush Africa leaves one in absolute awe of the majestic bounty that Mother Nature bestows upon Terra Firma. The natural splendor of the very vivacious Victoria Falls can only be best experienced rather than expressed.

Victoria Falls in Zambia

The Victoria Falls are most undoubtedly a jewel in the crown of Africa’s tourism industry, and each year attracts a million visitors who are cast by the ethereal and pristine vicissitudes that these amazing waterfalls truly represent. Cascading from the tip, the falls are the greatest free-falling body in the world. Found in the southern part of Africa, the falls lace up Zimbabwe and Zambia on the border.

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Not only these amazing waterfalls strike the visitors in sheer magnificence of its natural splendor, but also is no less than a haven when it comes to spectacle the great wildlife of Africa. These falls derive their source of water from the very pristine river of Zambezi which coming to Victoria Falls immerses in a torrent that gushes down the calm waters most dramatically. The same Zambezi river is also of great significance as it is a great source of irrigation to the crops and a source of life to human and animal settlements.

Victoria falls Zambezi river Africa

In order to catch excellent views of the most amazing waterfalls, employing the means of helicopters or even micro-light flights to catch panoramic sights of the Victoria makes for a great idea. Lacing these mesmerizing Victoria Falls are the Batoka Gorges. It is courtesy these gorges which enabled the building of the bridge over the Victoria Falls. Stretching along the second gorge, the bridge offers scintillating three hundred and sixty panoramic vistas.

Across the gushing waterfalls from the tip of the Victoria Falls, is where one can find the first gorge. Visitors can choose to catch views of the falls from the many bridges and platforms before getting a chance to experience the Victoria Falls in its complete euphoria. There are very few waterfalls of such great magnitude which allows the visitors to come so close by and enjoy the scenic splendors and getting drenched into the waters so closely.

Visiting Victoria Falls also most definitely has to include a visit to the National Parks that are found in the vicinity. These Nationals Parks are called as Victoria National Parks and Mosi-oa-Tunya which feature amazing and varied mix of animals. Also, the former national park is listed under the prestigious wing of the UNESCO as a world heritage site. For those who want to spectacle the local tradition and art styles can tread over to the Mukuni Craft Village where one can buy souvenirs made of wood and stone that make for an ideal gift.

Mosi-oa-Tunya national park Zambia

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  • John Zangwill says:

    Absolutely stunning waterfall…!!

    Victoria falls over the river Zambezi are the largest water-curtain in the world!

    There is a walkway across the falls. A knife-edge bridge takes you to the mid of the falls..

    Don’t forget your raincoat as you’ll be completely wet once you cross the bridge.!!

    This part of the falls is called rainbow falls as numerous rainbows are
    there in every stages of formation every minute!!

    Worth stopping by Zambezi Hotel for poolside lunch before or after seeing the waterfalls..!

  • William Humphrey says:

    Lovely photos! Especially the aircraft view of the entire falls and the picture with multiple rainbow formations over the waterfall!

    Thanks for posting them!

    Nice. :-)

  • Amos Michnik says:

    One thing to remember when you go to AMAZING falls is not to forget wearing a t-shirt alongwith swim shorts..

    It is advisable to not carry a bag and put all your money in a waterproof container, the reason being at some point you’ll go closer to the falls and realize that you are experiencing literally the heaviest rainfall of your entire life..

  • Chris Addison says:

    We stopped at Victoria Falls on our way to SA..The falls are absolutely amazing to say the least..A perfect start to any holiday..We had such a good stay here that I wouldn’t mind if we had to stay here for our entire vacation..

    We were at the Zambezi Sun Hotel, its queer architecture really blew me away..The best part is you have free access on foot to the falls,where you can spend as much time you like there..

    you’ll mostly want to spend your day here as different light levels and sun angles will keep altering your experience which you’ll remember for long!

  • Alex Parkes says:

    Cool post about the the largest curtain of water over river Zambezi,..Victoria Falls…

    I thought earlier that Niagara falls are the largest curtain of water in the world…

    Thanks for this post!

  • Doss Rudd says:

    The popular myth is that Niagara falls are the largest(widest and highest both) waterfalls, but actually the Victoria falls are 2 miles long..

    Only that we cannot cover the entire stretch on a bridge trip..There are numerous islands in between..

    And it is not possible to cover the entire curtain..

    Nevertheless the experience is one of a kind!

    Thanks so much for the post!

  • Illeana Ryle says:

    Cool post! Enjoyed reading it and nice pictures of the rainbow views and helicopter views..!

    Thanks so much! :-)

  • Gilbert Zucker says:

    The white water rafting below the falls is brilliant..HOWEVER, it is serious white water and not for the fainthearted..

    Though the lower section is less demanding the upper section is of difficult rapids and not suitable for first time rafters or weak swimmers and children are a complete no-no!

    Our ride was really wild , we were capsized several times, but of course the canoe guide was there to rescue floaters who were capsized..

    The water is really cold so make sure to get a wet suit which fits well!

  • Juliett Rochher says:

    A tour to Africa Safari and wildlife is a must do before you die..

    And Victoria falls are definitely not to be missed….

    The views are obviously really spectacular…

    Especially the different angling of rainbows at various points after you start walking on the bridge…

    At different times during the day, you’ll get to see different colors and textures and tones of rainbow..!!!

    A true nature’s marvel!!


  • Brandon Lee Cooper says:

    True, You’ll want to be there all hours of the day, as the levels of light change as the day precedes, as the various light levels and sun angles alter your experiences, all to be recorded in the memory forever..

    It is awe-inspiring, mind-boggling, and all the possible beautiful words to describe “AMAZING”..

    We also took a sunset cruise over the falls on the first evening we were there, a super-duper composing start to out trip!!

    After that we took a safari ride to the other places…!

  • seem@ says:

    Victoria Falls is possibly the largest waterfall in the world..
    Nature’s one of the masterpiece..its elegance ,beauty will leave you awestruck.
    You will have different experience according to the time you are giving a visit..If you visit the Fall when the Zambezi River is in high flow nearly all viewpoints have a misty adumarate look..If you visit in low flow you can enjoy more activities concerning the fall…i had a great experince and will eagerly look forward to mkae it back to the Falls..but this time would visit it in late springs to get a totally different experience..
    Truly As called by the local people its the “Smoke That Thunders”… :)

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