You can hear Victoria Falls before you can see them. Keep walking. Step, step, step, past the baboons on the trail, then through the trees that hide the canyon from the world. Another few steps, the trees rescind, and you admire the world's most powerful waterfall. There are few places in the world that have made us feel as humbled. Even from miles away you can hear the growling thunder of this world wonder.
The incredible Victoria Falls.
On average, 1.5 million litres of waters drop into the abyss...every single second. The Zambezi River slices between Zambia and Zimbabwe, dissecting rich green plains that seem to stretch for eternity. Then the river disappears into a narrow canyon, one that's over a mile wide and over 100 metres deep. Of course, a wonder on this scale is beautiful. But it's also a ferocious example of nature’s powerful.
Bring your waterproofs.
High water time is from March to June and the thunderous water rises up from the abyss as clouds of spray. You'll get wet and we think that this is an inspiring part of the experience. Locals sell disposable ponchos but you’ll definitely need a waterproof case for your camera. Wrap your other valuables tightly in a couple of plastic bags.
September to November has the lowest water and we've found it to be almost impossibly beautiful, the mile-wide sheet transformed into countless miniature streams that drop over the edge.
Explore the Victoria Falls.
The hiking trails around the falls are well marked and you’ll want to spend at least half a day exploring. We’d recommend first seeing the falls by crossing the narrow bridges onto the cataracts in the Zambezi River. After that adventure, descend the steps to the rocks beneath the falls; it’s a great place to take a picnic. Helicopter sightseeing is the perfect way to truly capture the grandeur of the falls. It’s especially recommended for anyone coming during high water time.
Many luxury lodges are close by.
Victoria Falls is very accessible and there are some great lodges found just upriver from the spectacle. Many of these are on the water and you can hear the thrilling rumbling sound. With Livingstone Airport nearby, the falls are an idyllic entry to any Southern Africa holiday.
The falls are set amongst a wilderness protected as Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. With all the different activities on offer, we’d recommend at least two nights to see Victoria Falls and appreciate this beautiful corner of Africa.