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Victoria Falls

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Twice the height and 50% wider than Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls is truly a spectacular sight. The five separate cascades (Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls and Eastern Cataract) range in heihg from 200 to 355 ft (61 to 108 m). Known as Mosi-au-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”) prior to David Livingstone’s famous expedition, up to 150 million gallons of water crash down upon the rocky surface floor per minute during the peak floodwaters around mid-April; this creates the aforementioned phenomenon: spray that rises up to 1650 feet (500 m) in the air. Visibility is best from July through December when there is less water cascading to the pools below.

 

Though Victoria Falls is shared by both Zimbabwe and Zambia, the consensus is that the views of the falls are more impressive on the Zimbabwean side. This is because the immediate area around the falls has not been commercialized and there is an abundance of unobstructed vantage points. Another way to view Victoria Falls is from above: the “Flight of Angels” or the Zambezi Spectacular provides helicopter tours. Thrill seekers should consider the bungee jump at the Victoria Falls Bridge, the Gorge Swing, or some white-water rafting trips down some world class rapids! Nearby game-viewing opportunities are located at the Zambezi Nature Sanctuary and Zambezi National Park.

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