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Victoria falls a must visit

BACK 12-04-2019

     

Located on the border of two Southern African countries Zambia and Zimbabwe ,Victoria Falls the great natural structure of landform of six individual gorges is by far the most impressive landscape in Africa. The Batoka gorge on which the Zambezi river flows, spans for about 1800m and to a depth of 128 m. As the water plunges on this gorge forming a curtain of waterfalls the largest in the world by combination of the length and depth it forms a series of rainbows and lunabows rare to see anywhere else under the sun. The sheer force of 625 million litres of water cascading over the edge every minute creates a rainstorm that appears to fall from below and the thunderous bellow echo is heard 30 miles away from Victoria Falls.

In his own words the Scottish missionary David Livingstone in 1855 had this to say:

 

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The most wonderful sight I have witnessed in Africa. None can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”

                                  — David Livingstone

And indeed most people could agree less.

The Victoria Falls national park entrance is a 7 mins walk from Town. On entrance you get entry tickets and at the visitors center you information about the geology behind the formation. A few metres towards the start of the falls there is a statue of David Livingstone. A few metres from the statue you are already at the second viewpoint and you still have 14 more viewpoints to see the falls. The view point number 2 is already the first gorge. One viewpoint up is the Devil's cataract. The main view of the falls is at viewpoint 9 and 10 as you overlook the Livingstone Island behind the falls in Zambia. 

On the Livingstone Island on the Zambian side is where the most impressive natural pool is located a few metres from the falls. Swimming in this pool is extraordinary; it's in a natural pool, on the falls and the bellow of the falls right in your ears.

 

Next will be the Horseshoe Falls, the Rainbow Falls, the Armchair Falls and the Eastern cataract just before the bridge that crosses to Zambia. The Rainbow Falls is where you will see a rainbow no matter what time of the year you visit the Victoria Falls. On selected days every month during the full moon, you will see the moonbow or the lunar rainbow at night usually on viewpoint number 4 and 10. Water level  is high from December to August and walking from viewpoint 13 all the way to Eastern cataract one gets really soaked by the rain from the Falls. You will definitely need waterproof pockets to secure your cameras and phones. It's advisable as well to have a raincoat with you and to walk carefully as the ground here can be as slippery.

 

After you are done with the tour of the Falls from the Zimbabwean side that would take you about 2 hours or more if you are like me to take every picture for anything worthy. My advice will be to take a tour on the flip side of the Falls from the Zambian side. The Livingstone is just one island you can't miss to visit. The swim in the Devil's pool happens when the water level is low from August to December. Yet also during the high water level season you can swim in a replicar pool called the Swim of Angels. It's just as impressive.

What else can one do in Victoria Falls?

The visit on both sides of the Falls from the 2 countries is worth your time if you are staying for a few more days. However there is a wide range of activities and tours you can do. If you are here for adventure you may consider the following;

The Microlight 

This is so exciting and adventurous as you get to fly over the Falls as close as possible getting the whole view of the Falls . The activity is offered in Zambia only and by just one company. Arrangement can always be made regardless of whether you are staying in Victoria Falls or in Livingstone. For a price of USD180.00

The range of the gorges all 6 of them are clearly visible from the microlight and you have a chance to take pictures and videos of your experience.For 15 mins you will have a treaty of your life. Pick up and drop off are arranged Read more.

White water Rafting

The Zambezi River is classified as a high volume, pool-drop river i.e. there is little exposed rock either in the rapids or the pools below the rapids. The distance between rapids varies from 100 metres to 2 kms. The Batoka Gorge itself is approximately 400ft deep at the put-in point and 750ft at the take-out point. The river drops about 400ft over the 24km covered in the one-day raft trip and the depth of the river can reach 200ft.

The river is Grade 5 implying that, “ extremely difficult, long and violet rapids, steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas”.

Rafting enthusiasts recognise the Zambezi river as one of the top ten paddling rivers in the World. For about USD120.00 it's a good experience for the day.

Bungee jumping 

The Victoria Falls bridge was constructed in 1904 as a link between Zimbabwe and Zambia for goods and services from the Southern countries like Botswana, Namibia, South Africa to the Northern countries like Kenya, Tanzania and the DRC. The bridge has a length of 198m and a sheer clearance height of 128m. The Victoria Falls bridge has become synonymous with adrenaline enthusiasts around the world for the fact that the defining sound of the falls is just a few metres away as you dive headwards to the basement of the gorge. It’s 11 seconds of freefall suspended only by a rope tied to your ankle. For a price of USD120.00 it's worth the risk   

When you are in Victoria Falls.In my bucket list I would not want to miss this.If you would rather have your partner’s confidence by your side there is also the Tandem bridge swing, the bridge slide, Zipline and a few other activities. The bridge is one such venue where you can spend a day doing all sorts of activities. You really don't need an extra visa when going to the bridge from either side of Zimbabwe or Zambia. However i will refer to the KAZA visa on my coming blogs