Victoria Falls is one must see in Africa that I get the many inquiries about when people are planning their safari in Africa. Roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls it is fed by the Zambezi River and is the dividing line between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Its original name is Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “the smoke that thunders.” It was named Victoria Falls by the world famous explorer/missionary, Dr. David Livingstone, who named the falls after Queen Victoria when he first saw it in November 1855. Fortunately he came at that time of year because if he had been there in February through May when the river is at its highest there is a good chance his boat and crew would have been swept over the falls.
Fortunately for Dr. Livingstone he came across the falls in November when the Zambezi River is at its lowest points and the Zambian side is dried up allowing one to actually walk across part of the river to what is known as the Devil’s Pool. It takes a rocky walk and possible swim to reach the pool–then, if you are fearless, take a leap of faith into the Devil’s Pool where you will be pushed to the edge of the falls by the force of the river. The rock lip brings you to a halt as the raging waters of the Zambezi crash over the cliffs a few feet away. Any other time of the year you would be washed over the cliff to a certain death.
You can visit the falls from both the Zimbabwe and Zambian side. There is a bridge that spans the falls that was built in 1905. And if the Devil’s Pool was not enough of an adrenalin rush, you can bungee jump from the center of the bridge. And if that is still not enough you can take a helicopter ride over the falls, a microlight plane over the falls and even canoe or raft the Zambezi above and below the falls (keep an eye out forhippos and crocs!).
Another thing to remember about visiting Victoria Falls, is that you can stand by the falls and be completely dry, but if the wind shifts you will get a thorough drenching complimentary shower from the falls. Bring a poncho or waterproof jacket and keep those cameras and cell phones in a waterproof container!
Alan Feldstein, Owner, Infinite Safari Adventures | June 13, 2016
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