Victoria Falls Zimbabwe is one of the most spectacular sights to be seen in the country. It is known as the adrenaline capital of Africa, and adventurers who travel to Victoria Falls will not be disappointed. Not only does Victoria Falls claim to be the largest sheet of falling water in the world, it is also one of the CNN's Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located on the Zambezi River on the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe, a trip to Victoria Falls Africa is a must-see stop on any tour of either country.
Standing 360 feet (108 meters) tall and 5,600 feet (1,708 meters) wide—more than twice as tall as Niagara Falls and much wider—Victoria Falls Zimbabwe is one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Flowing over a level basalt plateau on the upper Zambezi River, the water is dotted with islands that increase in number as the river approaches the waterfalls. The entire width of the river then plummets over a sheer drop into the First Gorge, a chasm formed by a geological fracture in the plateau and carved deeper by water erosion. This is one of the most spectacular sights at Victoria Falls Africa, especially during the high-water season between April and July, as the curtain of water shoots over the edge of the gorge, divided only by two large islands at the top of the falls, Cataract Island, and Livingstone Island. During low-water season, other rocks and islands divide the water into various streams, including the most famous and the tallest, Rainbow Falls.
After falling into the First Gorge, the roiling waters of Victoria Falls Africa flow into a series of zigzagging gorges. One highlight of the river's course is the Second Gorge, where those who travel to Victoria Falls can walk on the Victoria Falls Bridge that spans the gorge. A footpath at the Second Gorge leads to a deep pool carved by the waters, which is called the Boiling Pot, after the swirling turbulent waters it contains during the flood season. Another unique experience that visitors may be able to partake of is swimming in Devil's Pool near Livingstone Island at the top of the waterfalls. During the low-water season, a natural stone wall just under the surface of the water allows tourists to safely swim in the river right near the edge of Victoria Falls Zimbabwe.
Adventure sports enthusiasts will be overjoyed at the multitude of activities available. There are many Victoria Falls tours that allow travelers to cruise the upper Zambezi River. Not only is the scenery breathtaking, but also visitors may be able to see some of the local wildlife, including eagles, hippos, monkeys, and warthogs. Bungee jumping, zip lining, rafting, mountain biking, bird safaris, canoeing, and lion encounters are just some of the adventurous activities you can do if you travel to Victoria Falls. Nearby, the Victoria Falls National Park is a good place to see the rainforest that grows in the spray of the falls and to take part in a wildlife safari that may provide you with a glimpse of elephants, rhinos, antelope, hippopotamus, and buffalo. A Crocodile Ranch in the park also provides safe access to these dangerous creatures.
Travelers to Victoria Falls can find accommodation on either side of the Zambia-Zimbabwe borders, and one-day visas are available upon arrival for travelers who want to visit the other side.