Victoria Falls holidays
Victoria Falls has been captivating travellers for more than a century, ever since the Victoria Falls Bridge was constructed. It was built just below the falls, as part of Cecil Rhodes' intended Cape to Cairo railway project, and remains a good vantage point for watching the Zambezi River as it rushes through Batoka Gorge and daredevil bungee jumpers leaping from the bridge.
Victoria Falls were named by Dr David Livingstone, the first European to see what is now considered one of the world's great natural wonders. They are actually a series of separate falls, which extend for 1.7 kilometres. As the Zambezi cascades over the rim of the falls into a 100-metre-deep gorge, some of the water is thrust upwards as a fine spray that produces beautiful rainbows.
The Zambia section of Victoria Falls lies within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, but it's well worth seeing them from the Zimbabwe side as well. The Victoria Falls Bridge forms the border between the countries and it's easy enough to cross into Zimbabwe to visit Victoria Falls and Zambezi National Park. Scenic ‘flight of angel' helicopter flights above the falls provide an alternative perspective.
Others choose to brave the Devil's Pool, a naturally formed plunge pool at the very edge of the Main Falls, approached via Livingstone Island. The waters of the Zambezi flow steadily past before dropping into the tumult below, known as the Boiling Pot.
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Discover Cape Town and its neighbouring delights of world-famous Kruger National Park and epic Victoria Falls with this spectacular Africa showcase.
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Set under shady trees and away from the crowds, the camp mixes romance and exclusivity and makes for an excellent honeymoon or romantic holiday retreat.
It’s hard to imagine a more private and peaceful setting than at Royal Chundu. Zambia’s first Relais & Châteaux property, which has two lodges, sits on a private stretch of the Zambezi, 30 kilometers upstream from Victoria Falls.
This elegant colonial hotel dates back to 1904 and was among the first hotels to be built in near Africa’s most iconic waterfall.
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