Zimbabwe has featured in African history from the earliest times, when ancient civilisations migrated towards the south through this productive land, right up until our present day, as political movements continue to feature. This is a land of beauty and productivity, and is also the home of the magnificent Victoria Falls, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. In fact, the falls are on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, which makes it an ideal destination for visitors wanting to see these African countries as well.
The 500 000 cubic metres of water are made up of the Zambezi River, which falls in seven waterfalls and creates a dramatic sight and a deep rumble that penetrates your very core. In fact, a local tribe named these falls The Smoke that Thunders, and this aptly describes the impression created by this dramatic curtain of water. This waterfall is so vast that the mist of water coming off the thundering water sustains an entire forest opposite.
The Vic Falls and its town are part of a national park that stretches over 23 square kilometres. The national park includes both Zambia and Zimbabwe within its borders. The Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia) and the Victoria Falls National Park (Zimbabwe) combine and were both recognised by the World Heritage List in 1989.
Guests to the parks of this area are urged to go on the guided game drives and safaris available. This will give you a unique glimpse into the fauna and flora of southern Africa, including the deadly crocodiles and hippopotamuses. Cruises along the river at sunset promise gorgeous and memorable sights and sounds that are sure to last a lifetime. These are not only offered by the national park surrounding Vic Falls, but by many other tour operators and accommodation providers in both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Before undertaking a trip to this part of Africa, ensure that you have found an operator that understands your needs and capabilities so that you can get the most out of your trip to the Victoria Falls.
Adventurous travellers are well rewarded. The natural landscape allows for white-water rafting down the impressive Zambezi River or bungee jumping 110m into the deep gorge below the Vic Falls, Zimbabwe Bride. Riding on the back of an African elephant is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity offering a brand new perspective, one that is not to be missed. Helicopter flips over the expanse of the falls are other ways to witness this awe-inspiring sight.
The Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta are within relatively close proximity to the Victoria Falls. This means that visitors from all over the world are able to see much more of southern Africa without having to travel extensive distances.
Indeed the Victoria Falls are one of the world’s most beautiful and breath-taking sights. Tourists who are planning a trip to southern Africa are encouraged to dedicate a good couple of days in this area and experience these stunning thundering waters.
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