Smoke that thunders

Welcome to the mighty Victoria Falls

WELCOME TO THE MIGHTY FALLS

 

Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River

Forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.

Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometres, into a gorge over one hundred meters below.

The wide, basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges.

Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height, and capped by mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor prepared to brave the tremendous spray, with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls.

One special vantage point is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge, Devils Pool and the Lookout Deck, of which all has incredible panoramic views and your lunch experience at the Lookout Deck will be a lasting memory indeed!

Exhilarating adventure for everyone

Yes absolutely, Vic Falls is infused with various activities that has something on offer for all enthusiasts. On my travels to Vic, I always appreciate the placid Zambezi river upstream from the falls and all the natural wonders of the area with sunset river cruises, the incredible bird life and just connecting with the mighty Zambezi. But then of course there are all the exhilarating experiences waiting for you at the Falls itself!
Exploring the Falls
It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality, and nothing prepares you for your first sight. You will be accompanied through the Rainforest by one of our qualified Guides who will present the history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Put on your rain-coats, it is about to get wet!
Wildlife experiences at Vic Falls can include
The Elephant Encounter
The Elephant Encounter affords guests the opportunity to unobtrusively interact with some of the biggest personalities in Africa, in a pristine wilderness environment overflowing with raw natural beauty. Guests spend time and connect with elephants in the most positive and natural way possible. You will be given an insightful and educational presentation on the Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphange. The sanctuary was founded on the principle of conservation, and one of the most effective ways to evoke a sense of environmental responsibility is to show what stands to be lost. You will venture out into the bush with the highly experienced guides to spend time with the elephant and the sight of the gentle grey mammals up close and personal will be imprinted on guests’ minds’ long after they have returned home. Witness the special relationship the elephant keepers share with the animals and become a part of it. You will marvel at their size and watch them behaving normally; browsing and interacting with one another.
Day trip to Chobe National Park from Vic Falls
As can be seen on our Botswana page, Chobe National Park is well known for its large herds of elephant that frequent the Chobe River on a daily basis. In the dry season an estimate of up to 85,000 elephants can be dispersed within the Chobe National Park, where the majority of them can be found along the river. The Park has lion, leopard, buffalo and a whole host of antelope like sable, puku, kudu, eland, roan and many others which you can get to see. The river is filled with big pods of hippos and some of the biggest crocodiles in Africa. You can look forward to being collected from your accommodation in Vic Falls, and taken to Chobe in Botswana not too far away for a day out on safari!
Exceptional bird watching
Bird Watching Safari, offers tailor-made trips depending on which species are needed to be found. Either by open safari vehicle, by foot or by boat we search for an array of species through a variety of habitats such as Teak and Mopane woodlands, grassland and riverine forest of the Zambezi National Park. There are a number of diverse habitats in and around the town of Victoria Falls and the surrounding region and over 415 species of birds have been recorded therein. Explore these wild areas, in search of Rock Pratincole, Grey headed Parrot, African Skimmer, White-backed Night Heron, African Finfoot, Collared Palm Thrush, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Western Banded Snake Eagle and more!
Ultimate relaxation – Zambezi River Cruises
The Zambezi Sunset cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the Spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. There are great photo opportunities against often-spectacular African sunsets. Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline. Guests may have the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant as well as enjoy the many different bird species. The Sunset cruise is not be missed and you will enjoy a perfect African sunset and this includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks.
For the adrenaline junkies
Yes absolutely, Vic Falls is infused with various activities that has something on offer for all enthusiasts. On my travels to Vic, I always appreciate the placid Zambezi river upstream from the falls and all the natural wonders of the area with sunset river cruises, the incredible bird life and just connecting with the mighty Zambezi. But then of course there are all the exhilarating experiences waiting for you at the Falls itself!
Zipline
This is the longest Zip Line (Foofie Slide) ride in the world. Imagine the Adrenalin rush traveling a speed of 106 km’s hurtling 425 m across the gorge, while suspended 120 m above the breath-taking beauty of the Zambezi water below! As the river zigzags down the Batoka Gorges, our cable is suspended across from one side to the other. For this product you are harnessed and attached to a pulley, then launched over the edge picking up speed as you descend over the water and reaching a speed of 106 km an hour.
Gorge Swing
Imagine swinging in a child’s swing in the playground…now imagine a giant swing 95 m long and 120 m high above water…now imagine a 70 m free fall before you begin swinging. Stop imagining and come and try it out! Our high wire is suspended across the gorge at a point where the width is 316 m and 120 m deep. A harness is attached to the jumper and then the jumping ropes, the other end of which is pivoted to the middle of the cable. The jumper leaps off the edge of the gorge, free falling about 70 m before going into a 95 m long pendulum type swing.
The Flying Fox
Imagine taking a running jump into thin air over the chasm, soaring horizontally through the air over the turmoil of the Zambezi below. The gorge at this point is 200 meters wide and 120 meters deep. This is a great appetizer before you try the Zip Line and Gorge Swing.
Take the Flight of Angels
The spectacular helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls is known as the ‘Flight of Angels’. The best way to appreciate the true splendour of the Victoria Falls is to view them from the air. The helicopters have specially designed ‘bubble shaped’ windows perfect for panoramic viewing and great photographic opportunities from all seats.
River Rafting and canoe experiences – also available on overnight excursions
Victoria Falls is a mile-long curtain of water that stretches across the glistening basalt rock, erupts into spray, and then thunders into the canyons below. The walls of basalt rock that capture the mighty Zambezi form one of the great river corridors of the world. This is the domain of the Nyaminyami, the River God of the Tonga people and is the ‘highway’ for our rafts. Rapids of various sizes can be navigated, and your experienced guide will ensure that safety is top priority.
Meet the locals on a village tour
Our guests are taken to an authentic rural village approximately 20km from Victoria Falls town where they are given the opportunity to watch local villagers going about their daily tasks. This experience enables you to see rural life first hand; visiting rural homes, watching their fields being tended and possibly getting the chance to help in some of the day-to-day chores. Meet the village chief and learn about the way of life from him.
Luxur ious Lodges and camps
Just upstream from the iconic Victoria Falls in the Zambezi National Park lies pristine properties on the banks of the Zambezi River. The activities offered at these lodges and camps emphasise the rich natural environment, focusing on the abundance of wildlife that roam through the region and the Zambezi River. The Zambezi National Park can be explored by road, river or on foot, satisfying guests needs to experience every aspect of this natural utopia. Not situated very far from the town of Victoria Falls, the lodges offer luxury boat transport and are able to accommodate safari goers in luxury and beautifully decorated suites.

The family friendly accommodation, with each air-conditioned suite decorated with stylish furnishings, fitting of the bygone eras,blends in seamlessly with the natural environment. The spacious canvas en-suite rooms all have a private lounge, indoor and outdoor showers, plunge pool and an outdoor bath overlooking the Zambezi. After returning from your sunset cruise, enjoy the excellent cuisine outside under the stars with fantastic hospitality from the highly experienced teams.

We can tailor design your Victoria Falls experience to your exact requirements and include a great balance of activities to really appreciate this remarkable region. With the neighbouring countries that close, it is a great idea to combine perhaps Botswana or extend Namibia and Cape Town.