The majestic Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The Mosi-oa-Tunya truly is breathtakingThat's Victoria Falls traditional name.
We’d been lucky enough to visit the falls on two previous occasions over 20 years earlier; however, the anticipation of seeing them again had not waned my enthusiasm.
I could sense that my pace had become faster, this moment is special, I caught my first glimpse of the falls through the trees, and it was breathtaking.
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Discovering Victoria FallsDr Livingstone, I presume
It is believed that Livingstone was the first European to view the falls on 16th November 1855
We can only wonder what must he have thought on seeing that before him.
A little bit of knowledge
David Livingstone named his discovery after Queen Victoria, although it is also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya.
The UNESCO World Heritage List recognises it with both names.
A helpful guide
If you're considering an adventure around Zimbabwe, then your in for a holiday of a lifetime. I always find it incredibly useful to plan our trips with the help of a guide book.
Take a look at this informative Bradt guide, it will give you great tips and advice.
Victoria Falls over the yearAnytime is fine
Just opposite the Livingstone monument is a beautiful viewpoint which looks along the length of the falls. Here you are standing right next to the top of the cataract and the water just torrents over the edge.
We looked over another viewpoint, and a double rainbow had formed. The rainbows here don’t last long, as the wind slightly changes, along with the spray and it’s gone.
Good to know!
What to wear at Victoria FallsPoncho or no Poncho?
Enjoying Victoria FallsTake your time
We keep heading along popping in and out of each viewpoint, and the views are equally incredible.
You need just to stop take a minute and enjoy the unbelievable natural wonder.
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The layout of Victoria FallsWhere did the falls go?
It gets wetter and wetter the closer you get to the main falls; at some points, the spray is so intense you cannot see the falls on the other side. This is just the beginning of the walk-in shower experience.
The woodlands around Victoria Falls is also known as a rainforest and strolling through parts of it, you can understand why.
Exploring Victoria FallsBe careful
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Zimbabwe's Victoria FallsTake me to the bridge
The last point on this incredible walk was to the Victoria Falls Bridge, which straddles the two countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
If you’re feeling brave (or stupid, you decide?) you can take a bungee jump from the top of the bridge.
Also, from the bottom of the bridge, you can partake in white-water rafting. Gary and I actually did this 20 year ago, we still have the video/DVD evidence. It was unbelievably exhilarating, but this time we gave it a miss, I’m not too sure if I could have survived the climb in and out of the ravine.
Allow yourself a good couple of hours to enjoy this spectacle. Just before we headed away from the falls, we took one final look at the majestic wonder, who knows when and if we’ll ever return?
I cannot stress enough how you need just to put down the camera for a moment and enjoy what you see in front of you.
Our video of Victoria Falls
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Excellent description, Janis. I can hear and feel the waterfall here at my desk. I would have loved to have seen a photo of the two of you soaking wet though. I’m fairly sure that, had I not read your post, I would certainly have said no to paying for a raincoat too! It’s something I’d love to do one day. My husband has been whitewater rafting here too, a long time ago. Thanks for sharing on #farawayfiles
Thanks very much Clare, the Falls are incredible. I don’t think it would have been a pretty picture of the two of us soaked through, but funny nonetheless.If you ever get the opportunity to go it’s a must and I’m not too sure if I would buy the poncho, it was all part of the fun.
So this is what it looks like at full throttle. Was curious about that. I was there in September a couple of years back, and I was able to walk into the middle of the river and sit on the edge, cool 😀 #farawayfiles
Wow, that would have been amazing, Yes, we went there once in November and it was so different, but equally stunning.
What an incredibly beautiful sight – I cannot imagine what Livingstone thought all those decades ago when he first came upon them. Superb photos #farawayfiles
Thanks very much Megan, it truly was amazing. Livingstone must certainly have heard it before he saw it.
What an experience! Victoria Falls has been on my list since 1997 when I had to cancel a trip due to illness. This is a good inspiration to get booked up again #FarawayFiles
Victoria Falls is incredible, I really hope you visit.That is such a shame you had to cancel, we have family in Harare so we were actually there in 1996 and 1998. We hadn’t returned back in 20 years.
Wow, you actually did white-water rafting there – you were really brave then! 🙂 Did your cameras/phones get wet from the water spray during this trip? But still, amazing photos, and I can imagine the exhilarating experience seeing this massive waterfall and seeing it again after 20 years 🙂 #FarawayFiles
Yes we did, although, that was on our visits 20 years ago. We weren’t quite up for climbing in an out of the ravine this time. Heading down the Zambezi was a fantastic experience though.Our camera lens did get wet, we had to keep wiping it with a cloth, but, perhaps not quite as wet as we got. Victoria Falls was incredible, so pleased we returned.