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Visiting Victoria Falls

Rainbow over Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River
Rainbow over Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. Photo: Shutterstock


The Victoria Falls were formed during the Jurassic period. Forming a border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the falls are on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in the country. The first European explorer thought to have seen Victoria Falls was David Livingstone in the mid-19th century who named it after Queen Victoria. In 2013, the Falls were officially renamed by the government of Zimbabwe as Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, with 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' meaning 'the smoke that thunders.'

The Victoria Falls reaches its zenith around May each year, the best time to visit. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience; over a kilometre in length and more than 100 metres wide, the sight, the sound, the smell, and the humbling feeling that's here is indeed nature’s supreme masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality of visiting the falls in person and nothing can quite prepare you for your first sighting.

Tours to the Falls generally run mornings and afternoons. On our customized trips visitors will be accompanied through the rainforest by a qualified guide who will give a brief history of the Falls, as well as detailing the local flora and fauna that you will come across while here. Don't forget, you may want to have a raincoat on hand for this amazing experience!


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