1 of the greatest attractions in Africa and 1 of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa, which is also defining the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Approximately twice as wide and twice as deep as Niagara Falls, the waterfall spans the entire breadth of the Zambezi River at one of its widest points. jumping from a height of 108-M as it flows from Zambia into Zimbabwe, before making its way to the Indian Ocean in Mozambique.
1 of the world’s most majestic water spectacles, Victoria Falls were reportedly 1st seen by a European when Scotsman David Livingstone journeyed here in 1855. Victoria Falls awaits to take you on an adventure of a lifetime. At the height of the rainy season more than 500 million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly 2 KM into a gorge over 100 meters below. Victoria Falls is the only waterfall in the world with a length of more than a kilometer and a height of more than 100 meters. It is also considered to be the largest fall in the world.
The waterfall was hardly visited by people up until 1905, when a railway to Bulawayo was constructed. Since then Victoria Falls quickly gained popularity until the end of the British colonial rule. At the end of the 1960’s the number of tourists started to decrease due to the guerrilla struggle in Zimbabwe. After Zimbabwe gained independence the region has been in relative peace and Victoria Falls started to attract a new wave of tourism.
Different times of the year will provide completely different experiences of the Falls region. Peak flood season is around March and April when the full power of the Falls can be experienced in all its glory. Due to the masses of spray rising from the fallen water, the full width of the Falls cannot be seen on foot. The aerial view at this time is spectacular, with clouds of spray rising high into the sky. As the floods abate the view of the Falls gets better and better through the year, but at it’s lowest, around November and December the Falls become little rivulets running over the edge and in some places along the 17 km width, no water falls at all.
I loved the view from the Zambian side too, however, especially the thrilling crossing of the Knife-Edge Bridge you really feel the power of the waterfall with spray coming at you from all directions. And, although I didn’t take the steep footpath down to the Boiling Pot at the bottom of the falls in Zambia, I’ve heard that experience is well worth the effort. One thing though: make sure you get your timing right, The best time to visit Victoria Falls is from February to May when the Zambezi River is at peak flow.