Victoria Falls Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and Livingstone Town, Zambia
The Victoria Falls is one of the greatest natural wonders in the world. The Zambezi River drops 100 metres (approx. 300 feet) over a 1.6km wide (1-mile) sheer fault line and creates a cloud of spray that can be seen up to 32km (20 miles) away. It just has to be seen!
Throw Yourself from the BridgeThe Victoria Falls area is renowned for being the 'Adventure Capital of Africa' and offers all sorts of high adrenaline sports.
Nothing will compare to hurling your self into the Batoka Gorge from Victoria Falls Bridge. This is the worlds highest bungee jump from a bridge, where you plunge 111 metres (360ft) toward the raging river, and as the cable snaps you back up, you can admire this historic civil engineering landmark and wonder why you didn't go on a horseback trail.
Livingstone is the centre for a host of adventure, scenic and cultural activities. Take a guided tour around Livingstone Museum, named after English explorer David Livingstone, to get your perspective of Zambia's history.
That done, go wild over the Victoria Falls by micro-light, helicopter or balloon and get a sense of power and majesty before submitting to the gruelling strain of white-river rafting through the gorges.
If you are truly crazy, you can go river boarding or tandem kayaking on the rapids. You could of course opt for more sedate relaxation such as a tranquil sundowner cruise on the Zambezi above Victoria Falls, with a gin and tonic in one hand and a pair of binoculars to spot hippos, crocs and colourful bird life, in the other.While the Victoria Falls are the main attraction here, the small Mosi-oa-Tunya (or 'Smoke That Thunders') National Park enables you to take a short game drive along the Zambezi to see elephant, buffalo, zebra, sable, eland and some rhino.
Livingstone is only 10km (6 miles) from Victoria Falls, and still retains the old Victorian charm of a once thriving colonial outpost. It is experiencing something of a revival these days and classic art deco buildings have had a new coat of paint, and wide settler-style Victorian houses are being renovated for burgeoning businesses. There is an air of optimism in Livingstone that makes the Zambian side of Victoria Falls the place to be right now.
Lodges of Livingstone/Victoria Falls:
- Kubu Cabins
- Maramba River Lodge Chalets
- Mawali Lodge
- River Club
- Royal Livingstone Sun International
- Songwe Point Village
- Sussi & Chuma
- Stanley Safari Lodge
- Taita Falcon Lodge
- The Islands of Siankaba
- Zambezi Sun International
- Zambezi Royal Chundu Safari Lodge
Rainy Season:The weather becomes hot, humid and wet from November to April. The Victoria Falls are at full power during the March and April floods but the immense amount of spray obscures the view and makes you very wet! This is the time to take a microlight or light aircraft flight to view and photograph Victoria Falls.
Dry Season:It is usually dry from May to October. The spray has reduced considerably by September and October, allowing better photo opportunities, even though the torrent is slightly less impressive.
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