“Scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” These were the words spoken by Dr. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary in trying to describe the breathtaking beauty of the majestic Victoria Falls he named for the Queen of England.
Classified as the world’s largest sheet of falling water based on its width of 1,708 meters and height of 108 meters, the magnificent Victoria Falls is regarded as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Just after the rainy season around April when tide is high, over 500 million liters of water gush over the edge per minute, down 70 to 108 meters into the gorges.
When tides are low, the fall is separated into five cataracts or ‘falls’ namely: Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Horseshoe Falls on the Zimbabwean side. The fifth, the Eastern Cataract is exclusively on the Zambian side, but its view from Zimbabwe is quite stunning. It is also the second deepest at a depth of 101 meters.
The whole area around Victoria Falls is a delight for tourists and paradise for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers in particular. The more laidback folks can visit the two national parks on either sides of the falls, enjoy river cruises, elephant-back safari, birdwatching, etc. The daring can take their pick from activities such as bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, gorge swing, abseiling, Microlight flights, jet boating, and swimming in the Devil’s Pool.
David Livingstone is believed to the first European to set his eyes on the falls, known to the natives as Mosi-oa-Tunya which means “the smoke that thunders,” on November 16, 1855. In 1989, Victoria Falls was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Well, if you’re looking for a thrill of a lifetime; how about a swim in the Devil’s Pool?
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