Victoria Falls Safari
A sense of wonder at The Smoke that Thunders
“Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”
It’s no wonder David Livingstone was struck poetic when he first laid eyes on Victoria Falls in 1855. Certainly, every traveler since then who has peered through the rainbow-smudged mist for their first gasping view of the Falls has experienced the same sense of wonder.
Known locally as Mosi-oa-tunya (‘the smoke that thunders’), Victoria Falls, at 1,708 meters wide, is earth’s largest single sheet of falling water. It’s officially one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and unofficially Mother Nature’s party trick. Every minute during the rainy season, 5 million cubic meters of water plunge 108 meters into the gorge below in something of a dramatic stage bow. And as an encore, in the dry season, the Devil’s Pool – a natural rock pool precariously nudged up against the lip of the falls – attracts its own audience of thrill-seekers. Only the brave dare to jump in for a swim… and a selfie. Above the Falls the Zambezi River meanders, teeming with life. You’ll find crocodile, hippos and tigerfish in its waters and on the lush green banks you’ll find some of Africa’s most romantic luxury safari lodges.
But when you’re standing in the thick of it; when the spray of the Falls speckles your skin, when your heart skips a beat at the might and roar of it all, and your adrenaline rears its head at the sniff of adventure, nothing else matters than the moment, now. It’s epic. And it’s yours.
Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls:
The best time to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls is from February to May, directly after the region’s summer rains, when you’ll see the world’s largest sheet of falling water flowing at its greatest volume. If you’re keen on taking a dip in the Devil’s Pool, late August to early January.
The Zambezi River is considered one of the best whitewater rafting destinations in the world.
No trip is complete without a traditional high tea on the terrace of the Victoria Falls Hotel.
Set sail on the tranquil upper reaches of the Zambezi River just before sunset and enjoy sundowner drinks on deck.
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The colonial grand dame of Victoria Falls is the Victoria Falls Hotel, and no trip here is complete without a traditional high tea out on the terrace. A true ‘step back into time’ experience.
Set sail on the tranquil upper reaches of the Zambezi River just before sunset and enjoy sundowner drinks on deck as the sky turns pink, orange and mauve. A magical experience.
Locally known as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (the smoke that thunders), Victoria Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Visit 19 different viewpoints along the route, taking in the Devil’s Cataract, the Main Falls and the Horse Shoe Falls among others.
The Zambezi River is widely considered one of the best whitewater rafting destinations in the world! Experience class 3 to 5 rapids interspersed with tranquil pools.
The David Livingstone statue faces eastwards towards the Main Falls and commemorates the first white man to have seen the Falls in 1855. He noted in his journal, “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”