"Just a few paces from the stunted scrub bush of the scorched dry Kalahari sands that stretch from Botswana to the banks of the Zambezi in northwest Zimbabwe, an ancient miracle continues to slake its thirst from the unceasing benediction that has sustained it for thousands of years." (Spectrum guide to Zimbabwe).
The Falls are one of the most spectacular and memorable sights in the world. The Zambezi river widens to 1 700 meters at the falls and then plunges down a chasm 70 to 110 meters deep across its entire width. The force of the falling water - estimated at around 545 million litres per minute during the rainy season - sends clouds of spray up to 500 meters into the sky and sustains a lush rainforest all around.The spray gave rise to the falls' African name, Mosi-oa-Tunya (or "smoke that thunders").
Victoria was the name given to the falls by a Scottish missionary, David Livingstone, in 1855.
Things to see and do in Victoria Falls:
- The Victoria Falls are, of course, the premier attraction.
- It's also worth a walk along the Zambezi River from the Livingstone Statue past the Big Tree (a giant baobab) to the Zambezi National Park entrance, but watch out for wildlife; warthogs, hippopotamus, crocodiles, antelope, and even elephants, buffaloes, and lions are often observed.
- Not far from the park entrance is Spencer Creek Crocodile Farm with 5 000 assorted crocodiles.
- Back in town, the Falls Craft Village is worth a visit.
- Very popular indeed and worth every cent is the Flight of the Angels - a scenic flight over the Falls.
The smoke that thunders