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 Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya- The Smoke that thunders, is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The Victoria Falls are Zimbabwe's most popular tourist destination and are without a doubt one of the world’s grandest natural spectacles. Their mile-wide (2km) curtain of water plunges deep into the Zambezi Gorge creating a cloud of mist that can be seen up to 20 miles (32km) away. The area is renowned for being the 'adventure capital of Africa', offering a variety of high adrenaline activities, including one of the wildest days of white water rafting on earth, and a 364ft (111m) bungee jump into the Zambezi River gorge from the bridge linking Zimbabwe to Zambia. If relaxing is more to taste, there are scenic flights over the area, game viewing and tranquil sundowner cruises above the falls.

The Devils Cataract
The falls are about 70 metres deep. They derive their name from an adjacent island in the Zambezi River where it is reported locals used to conduct sacrificial ceremonies. With the advent of the missionaries this practice was frowned down upon and considered devilish resulting in the name sticking.

Horse ShoeFalls
This section is horse-shoe shaped and is 95 metres deep. This section usually dries up at the height of the dry season between October and November.

RainbowFalls
A rainbow can clearly be viewed from this viewpoint. The falls are 108 metres deep at this point and are the deepest of the whole series.

The MainFalls
The Falls at this point are arguably at their most majestic view. With a wide curtain of water thundering down 93 metres into the gorge below from an 822 metre wide ledge, and peak water falls of 700,000 cubic metres per minute, this section throws out a magnificent spray that waters the rainforest around the falls.

Cataract Viewpoint
The best view of the gorges below can be found by descending 73 steps into the gorge. The David Livingstone statue can be found at the left end of the Falls on the Zambian Side near the spectacular Devils Cataract viewpoint. On 16 November 1855, Livingstone (the first Western explorer to view the Falls) wrote in his journal: "scenes so lovely must have been gazed on by angels in their flight".

The Rainforest
The rainforest area of Victoria Falls is filled with many unique species of flora and fauna. One can wander amongst the Fig, Mahogany and Date Palm groves while gazing at the Falls from magnificent viewpoints. Many species of birds and small mammals may be spotted beneath the protective canopy of the forest

The Boiling Pot
This place is appropriately named to describe the point where water from opposite directions collide in the Zambezi River as it turns in a southeasterly direction passing through several gorges.

The BigTree
This is a large baobab tree near the Falls. The tree which has withstood the test of time is 16 metres in diameter and 20 metres tall.

Victoria Falls Bridge

Having designed in England the bridge was transported from Europe in pieces and was assembled into one piece bridging Zimbabwe and Zambia in 1906. The bridge is also renowned for its popular bungee jumping.

 

The Victoria Falls Hotel *****

The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. It is one of only three 1S0-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe.The Edwardian-style five-star hotel, built in 1904, was recently redecorated and refurbished and now combines...

The Kingdom at Victoria Falls ****

The astonishing Kingdom Hotel is a 4 star themed resort within walking distance of the Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi. This massive centre is home to a large hotel; an entertainment centre with a casino, restaurants, bars, a bank, a beauty parlour, shops, an internet café', a pharmacy and an attractive man-made lake...

Elephant Hills Hotel *****

The Kingdom Hotel is a 4 star themed resort within walking distance of the Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi. This massive centre is home to a large hotel; an entertainment centre with a casino, restaurants, bars, a bank, a beauty parlour, shops, an internet café', a pharmacy and an attractive man-made lake. As its name implies, the hotel was designed to look like a royal palace, with architecture based on the Great Zimbabwe Monument in Masvingo

A' Zambezi ****

The affluent Mercure A’ Zambezi is a laid-back river lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River, a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls  and is the only hotel in Victoria Falls with river frontage. It is set on the edge of the Zambezi National Park so buffalos, elephants, impalas and hippos can often be seen on the perimeter of the spacious hotel grounds.

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