Named for the awesome feat of nature it borders, the town of Victoria Falls lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the western end of the Falls themselves. First settled at the turn of the 20th century, Victoria Falls remains a small quaint town centered on tourism to the Falls.
The Victoria Falls represent one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and upon first glance they immediately appear deserving of that reputation. Named by legendary explorer David Livingstone after his Queen, locally it remains known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” which translates as “the smoke that thunders.”
The Falls form as the Zambezi plummets over 5600 feet into what’s known as the First Gorge, creating a roaring cloud of mist during the rainy season. When planning a trip to the Falls, guests must consider the time of year as during the dry season (approx September to January), the roaring Falls are reduced to a mere trickle, considerably altering the experience. Moving into February the Zambezi comes to life once again, with the Falls coming into their heaviest flow around April each year.
The Falls can be enjoyed in a number of ways, including walking trails in and around them, early morning hot air ballooning, and micro-lite flights. Victoria Falls Bridge attracts thousands of thrill seekers each year in search of the ultimate rush: a bungee jump over the Falls’ Second Gorge!
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