Victoria Falls travel tips and ideas
The Smoke That Thunders, or Mosi-oa-Tunya. This is the name given by the indigenous peoples to the stunning waterfalls of the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe. While it is more commonly known as Victoria Falls, when one experiences the falls, the smoke that thunders is even closer. These falls, which explorer David Livingston said “must have been looked upon by angels on their journey,” will be the highlight of any trip to South Africa.
Visitors can view the falls from Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe. In fact, visitors can get a glimpse of the falls from up to thirty miles away. During the rainy season, 19 million cubic feet of water leaks from the falls, and the spray shoots more than a thousand feet into the air and can be seen those miles away. Unlike other world-famous waterfalls, such as Niagara Falls, you are treated to a frontal view of Victoria Falls. Here, your senses will be treated to cooling mist, roaring noises, and everlasting rainbows. Incredible does not begin to describe it.
Travelers who want to see and hear Victoria Falls at its most impressive should plan to travel to Zimbabwe or Zambia in the rainy season, from March to May, when the volume of the water increases, as does the drama of the falls. Day visitors often choose to view the falls from the Zambian side, the decision due in large part to political tensions in Zimbabwe. Many argue that it is safer to go to Zambia, and even tour groups will urge you not to travel in Zimbabwe unaccompanied. However, it is generally considered safe to visit the falls and to obtain a day pass to view them from the Zimbabwean side. You don’t need to get a day visitor visa, and hotels in the area often include a pass with your accommodation. Be sure to check the current guidelines and regulations regarding border crossings before you go, and make sure you return before borders close (usually around 6:00pm).
A fun day can be spent at Victoria Falls, enjoying the sights and sounds. The more daring among us can enjoy pursuits like bungee jumping, white water rafting, and kayaking. While you’re there, take the opportunity to see the local wildlife. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is home to baboons, warthogs, giraffe, white rhino, elephants, and buffalo. Victoria Falls abounds in natural beauty.