A bucket list destination for the vast majority of travellers, the majestic Victoria Falls inevitably leaves visitors in awe. Created as the mighty Zambezi River plunges 108 metres into a gorge below, this immense waterfall creates clouds of spray sometimes so thick they almost obscure the falling curtain of water. In certain months, these mist columns are so high and the cascades so loud, that it’s easy to understand why Victoria Falls’ official name is “Mosi-oa-Tunya” or “The Smoke That Thunders”.
Forming the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, visitors can view Victoria Falls from either country, and there are a wealth of excellent heritage hotels and luxury boutique properties to choose from. A number of beautiful hotels and lodges can be found in Zimbabwe’s vibrant Victoria Falls town or nestled on islands or along the scenic banks of the Zambezi on the Zambian side of the river.
Aside from walking the paths and platforms around the waterfall to admire its beauty, there are a wealth of activities for visitors available in the area; including breathtaking scenic flights over the spectacular landscape, relaxing sunset boat cruises or exhilarating white-water rafting. There are also various game parks in the vicinity of Victoria Falls, where you can go on safari as well as learn about local wildlife conservation initiatives. For a meal to remember, consider taking high tea at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel or enjoy lunch on Livingstone Island, located at the lip of the escarpment over which the Zambezi River plummets.