Victoria Falls | One of the 7 natural wonders of the world

The Victoria Falls is simply magnificent and no wonder it is considered one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. A visit to the Victoria Falls should definitely be on your bucket list. In fact all 7 should be on your travel wish list. As a matter of interest the other 6 natural wonders of the world are (according to the 1997 listing by CNN)

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

 

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Grand Canyon
  • The Harbor at Rio de Janeiro
  • Mt. Everest
  • Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
  • Paricutin Volcano

 

 

Victoria Falls Facts

Based on its width and height the Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall and greatest curtain of falling water on Earth and certainly the most impressive. The falls are a mile wide (1.7km) and drop an astonishing 360 feet (108 meters).  Dr. David Livingstone gave the falls this royal name, naming it after the reigning British Queen of the time, Queen Victoria.  The local Kololo people call it Mosi-oa-Tunya in their Lozi language, meaning “smoke that thunders”. Seen from great vantage points the Vic Falls presents a spectacular and breathtaking sight of magnificent beauty  and majestic splendor on the Zambezi River. From miles away you can see columns of spray as millions of cubic meters of water cascade over the 2 km edge and plummet into the gorge hundreds of feet below. After Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1964 they changed all the street and city names but never changed the name of the falls. In fact they established a town at the falls also called Victoria Falls. This was partly due to their great respect for the Scottish explorer, David Livingstone. Victoria Falls   The Victoria Falls is fed by the mighty Zambezi River and is located on the border    between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Travelers can access the falls either through  Livingstone, Zambia or Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. We prefer the Zimbabwe option as it offers a better view and you don’t have to worry  about yellow fever vaccinations.  During our 7 or 11 Day Victoria Falls tour we use the town of  Victoria Falls as our base camp.  

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Apart from experiencing the awe-inspiring magnificence of the Vic Falls there are many other interesting activities and things to do in and around the town of Victoria Falls. Some of these are included in our Vic Falls safari and others are optional.

  • walk along the falls
  • explore and walk around the town
  • meet the locals
  • visit the African arts and craft village
  • relax by the pool at our camp site
  • Zambezi river boat trip
  • bungee jumping
  • white water rafting
  • swimming in the Devil’s Pool

One thing is for sure, a safari to the mighty Victoria Falls will certainly be a memorable and unforgettable one. Book your Victoria Falls Safari Now  

Video – Swimming in Devils Pool, Victoria Falls

     

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