One of Africa’s top travel icons and a World Heritage Site, ‘the smoke that thunders’ (as it was known for centuries by local tribes) is an awe-inspiring sight to say the least. Explorer and missionary David Livingstone expressed his delight when he effused, “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”
Superlatives aside, Victoria Falls has the largest curtain of falling water on the planet, with plumes of spray rising 800m and visible from 50km away when in full spate. The small town is a magnet for adrenaline junkies looking for extreme rafting, bungee jumping and the huge variety of other activities on both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides of the Zambezi River.
It is certainly a holiday destination in its own right, with plenty of accommodation options, but more significantly, it is southern Africa’s most important hub for going on wildlife safaris in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia. It’s also just a short flight from Johannesburg and Cape Town.
John and Trish Berry loved travelling around their native Zambezi Valley so much they started Zambezi Safari and Travel. Nearly 21 years later the company prides itself on its specialist knowledge of the region’s national parks. To read their personal advice and to find out more about Victoria Falls, click here www.zambezi.co.uk/destinations/zimbabwe/victoria-falls
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