Growing Tourist Destination – Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, nestled between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is one of the most spectacular tourist destinations in the world. The Falls have been named one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and one can see why. Known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), it is one of the most beautiful sights in the world.
Over the years Vic Falls has been gaining popularity, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. Any well-traveled tourist or travel agent will be able to tell you that a trip to Victoria Falls is a not-to-be-missed experience.
Victoria Falls is one of the greatest waterfalls in the world and is twice as tall as Niagara Falls in Canada. The Vic Falls, as it is commonly known, is 1 708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. With breathtaking drops of between 90 and 107 meters, into the roaring waters of the Zambezi Gorge, the Vic Falls is as powerful as it is beautiful.
The area has been remarkably preserved in its natural state, inspiring visitors from far and wide. Essentially, people make the trip for the beauty and majesty of the Falls, however, while it is best known for this beauty and majesty, there are numerous other activities in Victoria Falls for those interested in visiting this world-renowned destination.
Vic Falls is spectacular throughout the year – the best time to visit will be from February to May. This is when you can witness the greatest flow of water. Be careful though – the heavy flow of water means things can get a little wet. Activities are varied in and around Vic Falls. Activities range from romantic sunset cruises and elephant rides to more specialized fly fishing excursions, not to mention adrenaline-fuelled fun.
For the wild at heart, a 111-meter bungee jump offers a much-needed adrenaline rush. White water rafting is said by many as being a not-to-be-missed opportunity, with Victoria Falls rated as one of the best white water rafting locations in the world. Bodyboarding on the tempestuous Zambezi River is also an exhilarating experience.
Another worthwhile place of interest is the Victoria Falls National Park, situated in north-western Zimbabwe. This park is notable in that it boasts a rainforest that grows in the spray of the Falls. This rainforest is home to a variety of plant life, including ferns, palms, liana veins, and several others not seen anywhere else in the region.
The surrounding towns of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side) and Livingstone (Zambia side) offer much of what you can expect from an internationally recognized destination – hotels, guest houses, supermarkets, tourism center, and airports, making the area itself well equipped to handle the throngs of visitors it receives each year.
Victoria Falls, whether for its mesmerizing beauty, exciting activities, cultural experience or simply to bask in the sheer tranquillity of the area, is and will always be one of the most loved and cherished natural attractions that Southern Africa has to offer.