Victoria Falls & Zambezi National Park
Zimbabwe’s most popular tourist destination, the Victoria Falls ranks as one of the worlds seven natural wonders and also is one of Zimbabwe’s four world heritage sites. The mighty Zambezi spills its water over the 1700m wide falls, making them the widest curtain of falling water in the world.
David Livingstone is credited as being the first white man to see the falls, which he named in honour of his queen – Queen Victoria, although already called ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (smoke that thunders) by the local tribesmen. He famously said of the waterfalls “A scene so spectacular they must have been gazed upon by Angels in their flight”
The Falls are at their lowest and perhaps least spectacular just before the rains in October/November but at this time they can be seen the most clearly. During high water February through to May – they are at their thunderous best however visibility is poor and it is essential to take a raincoat!
Victoria Falls is a visitors Mecca – there are literally hundreds of things to do and places to visit. Whatever your interest or pace – leisurely or adrenalin packed, the Victoria Falls has something to offer everyone.
Zambezi National Park
Adjacent to Victoria Falls town lies the lesser know Zambezi National Park. The northern border of this 56,000 hectare Park is formed by the great Zambezi River. The riverine area is excellent for birding and herds of sable antelope, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala as well as many of the smaller species of game can be viewed. Elephant are common and sightings of lion, buffalo and leopard are possible but less common.
The best way to experience the Zambezi National Park is to stay at one of the lodges within it where you can embark on game drives and boating safaris. You can also enjoy canoe trips and game drives which are launched within the park.