Victoria Falls, known in Zambia as Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke That Thunders), is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and the largest single curtain of falling water on Earth. Located between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these mighty falls, which are double the height of Niagara Falls in the US and only rivalled in width by Iguazu Falls in South America, have to be seen to be believed. Including Victoria Falls, here are our top picks of the best places to visit in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Victoria Falls is a small town on the east side of the falls. On the Zimbabwe side, the falls lie within the wildlife-rich Victoria Falls National Park. From a forest path which runs along the edge of the falls, there are a number of spectacular vantage points, although prepare to get very wet from the spray! Victoria Falls is the adventure capital of Africa with an array of air, water and land-based activities.
A wide number of activities are focused on and around the falls and there are endless ways to experience the mighty Zambezi, including white-water rafting, canoeing and Zambezi sunset cruises. For a spectacular birds-eye view, take a Flight of Angels helicopter ride or an exhilarating micro light flight over the falls, and for those brave enough there is the famous bungee jump. Other recommended activities include elephant back safaris and the Lion Encounter (in Victoria Falls) where guests get to walk with young lions.
Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephants, buffaloes, zebras and giraffes. It is also home to many predators and endangered species including Africa’s largest population of wild dog. The park is situated on the main road between Bulawayo and the world famous Victoria Falls.
Livingstone is a historic colonial city and Zambia’s gateway to the magnificent Victoria Falls, 10kms away in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Zambia is the less commercial and quieter side of the Victoria Falls. From the national park there are several wonderful vantage points and the falls can be viewed from above as well as below and the park is also home to an abundance of wildlife.