In 1855 a little known Scottish Explorer David Livingston was been taken in a dug-out by the Makalolo tribes people to a site that would gain international fame. Livingston was so enthralled with the magnificent site of the falls that he named it after the British Monarch, Queen Victoria. The world famous Victoria Falls!
This is how David Livingston described The Falls: “the whole scene was extremely beautiful. The banks and islands dotted over the river are adorned with sylvan vegetation of great variety…no one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen by European eyes before. I believe that no one could perceive where the vast body of water went; it seemed to lose itself in the earth. One sees nothing but a dense white cloud……”
Victoria Falls Vacation – where to stay and what to do?
The Victoria Falls is on the mighty Zambezi River that runs between Zimbabwe and Zambia, and is believed to be the largest in the world in terms of the volume of water that flows over the falls. It is estimated that 550 000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute!! The drop from the top into the gorge ranges between 90 and 107m which accounts for the huge spray of water that comes off the falls reaching heights of 400m and that are visible from as far away as 50km.
With this discovery and as with any new development the entrepreneurs quickly set up a rustic settlement called “Old Drift”, on the Zambian side of the river to cater for all the visitors coming to see this natural wonder! The visitors walked, came on horseback, ox wagons or in their canoes. Some settled permanently while others moved on to other areas. The growth of the new settlement necessitated moving to a new location, which became known as Livingston.
For visitors today there are many wonderful accommodation options such as ” The Royal Livingston Hotel” on the Zambian side of the falls, or if you would like to see the Falls from the Zimbabwean side of the border, you could stay at “The Victoria Falls Hotel”.
The Victoria Falls has since become a World Heritage Site and as you can imagine having a width of 1708m there have been many changes to the surrounding areas along the river banks, with the growth of the surrounding towns like Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe and Livingston in Zambia. To add to the rich diversity of the area there are also game parks that one can visit to experience the true African adventure. To find out more about The Victoria Falls visit www.travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/world-heritage/victoria-falls
For those daring of spirit then why not go for a flip in a Micro-light or in a Helicopter and see the falls from the top. This trip is not called the “Flight of Angels” for nothing.
Other great options can be found at http://www.livingstonesadventure.com/#/Victoria-Falls-Vic-Falls-River-Safari-Gallery/ such as white water rafting, quad biking and river cruises etc. Whatever you choose to do prepare yourself for an adventure of a lifetime.
If this is the vacation for you, there are a number of Victoria Falls packages to choose from, from fly in options to a rather unique way : Luxury Train Travel! Rovos Rail and Shongololo Express make the “Vic Falls” part of their itinerary.
The Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world and is a must do. To assist you with planning your trip to see the “Smoke that Thunders” email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for some exciting options.