THE VICTORIA FALLS
The Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, which forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Kololo people who lived in the area in the 1800’s described it as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ which means the ‘The Smoke that Thunders’.
At the height of the rainy season, more than 500 million cubic meters of water per minute plumage over the edge, which covers a width of nearly 2 kilometers, into the gorge that is over one hundred meters below.
Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising the same height, and capped by a mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor with a tremendous spray and unparalleled views of the Falls. One of the best viewing points if across the Knife Bridge, where visitors can view the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boling Point, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points which offer panaronic views of the Main Falls include the Falls Bridge, Devil’s Pool and the Lookout Tree.
WHEN TO VISIT THE FALLS
Every time of the year that you visit the Falls will provide a different experience. The peak flood season is around March and April and this is when the full power of the Falls can be experienced in its glory. However, during this time, the full width of the Falls cannot be seen on foot due to high spray levels of water arising from the falling water. An aerial view at this time is spectacular as the clouds of spray rise high in the sky.
As the floods reduce, the view of the Falls gets better and better through the year. Around November and December, the Falls become little drops of water and in some places. No water falls at all. The beauty of visiting the Falls during this time is that you enjoy clear views of the cliffs which form the Falls wall.
WHERE TO STAY IN LIVINGSTONE
Livingstone offers plenty of places to stay both near the Falls and upstream. Just besides the Falls, are two sister hotels; the elegant riverside Royal Livingstone Hotel and its less costly sibling, the Avani Victoria Falls – both of which have an advantage of easy walking access to the Falls. A good number of other hotels are scattered around the Falls and town of Livingstone, so visitors have a wide range of accommodation to choose from.
There are also several excellent small lodges upstream of the Victoria Falls, all of which overlook the Zambezi River. These are places where you a enjoy a much quieter, peaceful and intimate experience away from the Falls and busy town of Livingstone. Some of the Lodges include Tongabezi, Sindabezi, Island of Siankaba andThe River Club to mention a few.
ACTIVITIES IN LIVINGSTONE
Besides the Victoria Falls which are the main attraction, there are numerous activities in the Livingstone area. To start with, Livingstone boats a diverse range of restaurants and good craft markets, while the town’s museum is worth more than a passing glance, especially for those with interest in the travels of Dr David Livingstone.
Boat trips and canoe excursions on the Zambezi River offer an opportunity to get close to the wildlife that frequents both sides of the river. Keen birders can see a number of bird species along the river while enjoy these water activities.
The more adventurous can also take a hand on bungee-jumping and white-water rafting, while scenic flights by light aircraft, helicopter and microlight are also available to give spectacular views of the Falls and surrounding areas.
On another hand, walks and game drives into the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park are also available. This park is home to giraffe, zebra, buffalo and most of Zambia’s antelope species, as well as elephant and white rhino, and a pack of wild dogs which crossed into the park from Zimbabwe. Guided walks through the national park give you a good chance to enjoy a closer experience with game than a game drive.
Most lodges and hotels also offer luxury spa treatments. You can also enjoy a champagne breakfast or afternoon tea on Livingstone Island, a nice location just above the Falls!! A journey on a restored steam train is also a memorable experience for those looking for something different and it comes with sundowners and a five-course dinner.
We are able to organize all activities for our clients in advance although extra activities can also be booked directly with the lodges or hotel where you are staying.
Because of its location, day trips to the nearby Victoria Falls town of Zimbabwe and Chobe National Park of Botswana can also be arranged. Contact our team to book the accommodation of your choice in Livingstone and a combination of activities that will make your stay memorable.