Victoria Falls is the world's greatest curtain of cascading water, with a height of 108 meters and a width of 1,708 meters. It's also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means "the smoke that thunders," and is one of Africa's most evocative names.
The rising mist, rumbling rumble, and yawning chasm into which sheets of water cascade are all fascinating. All of the superlatives in the language have been used to try to describe this great natural wonder, but none of them come close to doing it justice. To properly appreciate the falls you must see them in person.
The falls are located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and may be seen from either side of the border. We recommend seeing the falls from both sides on a Bushtracks guided Tour of the Falls to truly experience its grandeur, especially at times of high water.
On either side of the waterfall, there are national parks to visit and hike around. There are numerous little pathways that meander around the clifftop opposite the falls. The mist coming from the chasm has produced a rainforest-like ecology, and you can see close-up views of the plunging water as you wander among the fig, palm, and mahogany trees. Bushbuck, warthogs, vervet monkeys, trumpeter hornbills and baboons are also common sightings in the rainforest.
The spectacle of Victoria Falls is entirely dependent on rainfall both locally and upriver in the catchment areas in Angola. The great Zambezi River is in high flood from February to July, and the falls are at their most dramatic-typically peaking between March and April.
Aside from embarking on a tour of this breathtaking waterfall, there are more activities to enjoy in the region. Delight in a one-of-a-kind dining experience on a signature Bushtracks Steam Safari. A beautifully restored 1920s steam train that takes you through to the Victoria Falls Bridge, where you may savour sunset views of the falls before continuing on through the national park for an elegant five-course dinner.
A Premium River Safari at sunset is an not-to-be-missed activity that entails admiring the river's splendour and sipping your favourite beverage, while keeping an eye out for hippos, elephants and other wildlife on the banks of the river.