“Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in flight”. That's what David Livingstone wrote in his journal upon seeing Victoria Falls for the first time. One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, it's twice the height and 50% wider than Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls is truly a spectacular sight. The five separate cascades are Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls and Eastern Cataract. Up to 150 million gallons of water crash down upon the rocky surface floor per minute during the peak floodwaters around mid-April. The resulting spray rises up to 1650 feet in the air. Visibility is best from July through December when there is less water cascading to the pools below.
The falls are shared by both Zimbabwe and Zambia. The town of Livingstone is the easiest way to access the falls from the Zambian side. The town operates as a tourist hub for the falls, as well as a gateway for Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, which means "the smoke that thunders". It supports small populations of sable, eland, warthog, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, elephant and a number of introduced white rhino.
There are several vantage points to view Victoria Falls from, including the Knife Edge Bridge. Another way to view the 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 world-class whitewater rafting! Sundowner cruises operate from the several lodges located upriver from the falls.