One of the largest waterfalls on Earth, the Victoria Falls is 1,708 meters (5,604 feet) wide, and cascades down a cliff at a speed of 1,088 cubic meters per second (mean annual flow rate). Flowing from the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls is an important part of the economy, ecology, and culture of the region, helping not only with tourism, but also energy production.
You can enjoy a number of adventure activities at the Falls:
Flights over Victoria Falls: Taking flight to see panoramic views of the Victoria Falls is the best option. It is also a great way to see how the great expanse of the Zambezi River leads up to the Falls and carves the spectacular gorges. If you want to experience a personal view of the falls, you can book a microlight, with just one pilot and one client per aircraft. You need to reach Maramba Aerodrome in Livingstone to take a flight to the falls.
Abseiling: Climbing down the rocks near the Falls with the help of a rope is sure to run a chill inside your stomach.
Bungee Jumping: Flaunting the highest commercial bridge jump, the Victoria Falls entices visitors for an ultimate adrenaline rush.
Elephant Back trails: Enjoy elephant safaris and embark upon an informative tour of the natural splendor around the Falls.
Gorge Swing: Feel like a bird by riding on this Gorge Swing. It is the world’s first commercial High Wire tied securely 70m above the ground. Called the ‘flying fox’, the harness takes you on a flight across the gorge.
Walk with Cheetahs: Walk beside the wild and graceful cheetah. It is indeed a unique step towards conservation of this endangered species.
Horseback trails, kayaking, river boarding, swimming below Victoria Falls, hydro-speeding, and white water rafting are some other activities that you can enjoy at the Victoria Falls.
- Victoria Falls has an elevation of 108 meters (355 feet).
- The Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, is known to be the first European to have seen Victoria Falls on 16 November, 1855.
- Victoria Falls is about twice as high as Niagara Falls, and just behind Iguazu Falls in height and width among waterfalls worldwide.
The waterfall is located in both Mosi-oa-Tunya (meaning the cloud that thunders) National Park and Victoria Falls National Park in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Both nations share access to the falls, though the majority of visitors enter through the Zimbabwe side of the park. The visitors who would like to reach the Falls by air have to either fly to Victoria Falls airport (Zimbabwe) or Livingstone airport (Zambia). Trains, cars, and buses are all viable methods of traveling to Victoria Falls.
The flow of the Zambezi River is fairly heavy year-round, so Victoria Falls has a strong flow any time of year. The rainy season lasts from November to March, and creates a fuller waterfall, though visitors are likely to get wet. The rest of the year, the water levels will be lower, especially October.
The international visitors have to pay US$ 30 while the tickets for domestic/ national visitors cost US$ 20. The ticket for children under 12 costs half the price.
Nearby attractions: Devil’s Pool, Zambezi River Bridge, Wildlife Park of Mosi-oa-Tunya and Chobe National Park (Botswana)
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