The Victoria Falls is a magnificent sight of awesome beauty and splendour. It is situated on the Zambezi River and borders between Zambia and Zimbabwe. In the 1800’s it was described by the local inhabitants as the “Mosi-oa-Tunya” which can be translated as, “The Smoke that Thunders”. It is also known as the “Greatest Curtain of Water” due to the fact that it is the largest waterfall in the world.
The water spray from the falls are visible from 30 Km away. This is made possible only in the rainy period from March to July. Where, in excess of, five hundred and fifty million cubic meters of water per minute cascade over into a gorge one hundred meters below. Another aspect of this amazing sight is that the width of falls is almost two kilometres wide. There is another vertical cliff facing the falls which rises to the same height of one hundred meters.
Vantage Points Of Victoria Falls For Sight-Seeing
• If you are adventurous enough, and prepared to be soaked, there is a path along the edge of the forest of the cliff that faces the falls. This allows you an unparalleled view of the Victoria Falls.
• Another good viewing spot is on the other side of Knife-edge Bridge. Here visitors have an excellent vantage point to take in the Eastern part of the falls, as well as a different view of the main falls. At this point you will also be able to view the “Boiling Pot”; here the water turns and flows down the Batoka Gorge.
• One of the most famous vantage points is the Victoria Falls Bridge. This bridge was the dream of Cecil Rhodes who wanted to build a bridge from Zimbabwe to Zambia, which would allow visitors to “catch the spray of the falls as they pass over”. He never had the opportunity to see his dream come true as he passed away before construction started. The bridge was constructed in England and transported to Victoria Falls. The bridge took nearly 14 months to complete and was opened in September 1905. The Victoria Falls Bridge is a historic civil engineering landmark. The bridge was constructed from steel and is 198 meters long with the main arch measuring 156.5 meters and is 128 meters above the Zambezi River. This bridge is phenomenal as it is not only a railway link between Zimbabwe and Zambia but is also a foot bridge as well as 1 of the 3 road links joining these two countries. This bridge was used extensively in the past for conveying goods and passengers between Zambia and Zimbabwe. However today the bridge is one of the main attractions for tourists. The guided tours explain the construction of the bridge and you are allowed to use the foot bridge. Not only does the bridge offer the visitor a rare site of the river and falls, but houses a 111 meter high bungee jumping experience, which includes a swing and zip-line.
• During the dry season the Zambezi River’s flow drops dramatically, from August to January. At this time of the year you can experience walking along the lip of the falls. This is only possible from the Zambian side of the falls. Over the years erosion of the rocks has taken place and many rock pools have been formed. One of these rock pools is situated right on the edge of the rock face. You can to take a short walk on the rocks and swim in the Zambezi River to get there. At this stage the adventurous ones jump into the pool and the force of the water pushes them towards the lip of the falls. Only a few feet away the water crashes over the edge to the gorge below. All you will need for this exhilarating experience is your swimming costume and your camera.
• Victoria Falls also offers plenty of activities for travellers such as scenic helicopter rides, Safaris, and white water rafting to name a few.
Due to the political changes that have taken place in Zimbabwe toward the end of 2017, the visits to the Victoria Falls will hopefully increase to what it used to be in years passed.