The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is a waterfall located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Thefalls are some of the largest in the world.
The Victoria Falls are some of the most famous, considered by some to be among the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. David Livingstone, the Scottishmissionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European recorded to view the Victoria Falls - which he did from what is now known as 'Livingstone Island' in Zambia, the only land accessiblein the middle of the falls. David Livingstone gave the falls the name 'Victoria Falls' in honour of his Queen, but the indigenous name of 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - literally meaning the 'Smoke that Thunders'- is also well known. The World Heritage List recognises both names. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is claimed to be the largest. This claim is based on awidth of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 meters (360 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The falls' maximum flow rate compares well with that of other majorwaterfalls (see table below). The unique geography of the falls means you can watch them face-on and get to enjoy the full force of the spray, noise and spectacular rainbows that are always present. Thebest time to view the Victoria Falls is during the rainy season from March to May, when they are at their most impressive.
Where to Stay at the Victoria Falls
The most famous place to stay inVictoria Falls is the Victoria Falls Hotel on the Zimbabwean side. If you can't afford the hotel rates, it's worth going for lunch or a drink just to soak in the old colonial atmosphere.
BothLivingstone and Victoria Falls have a variety of accommodation on offer. Discounted rates for hotels and self-catering apartments on both sides of the falls are offered by:
• Island Safaris