Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya, The Smoke That Thunders, saddling between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is the largest waterfalls in the world.

On the Zimbabwe side, the Victoria Falls National Park situates on the cliff that is facing directly across the Falls line. Supposedly there are 16 viewpoints point, stretching around 1.5 km or 3/4 of the length of the falls. In reality, you got to experience the full strength of Mother Nature. The viewpoints are more of some get-a-free-shower points. The water is so powerful in the rainy season that the splash it created forms a permanent torrential downpour. I was soaked too to toe, and it doesn’t matter if I had the best REI rain jacket or any other waterproof protection – You will feel like walking through a shower no matter what. The spray was so thick, that it completely blocks the view to the Falls.

Zambezi River Gorge below the Falls.

But if the view from near is obstructed, why not view it from above? A helicopter ride costs $150, lasts about 15 minutes, enough for two circles around the Falls and offers an unbelievable majesty of the river. It is properly known as the “Flight for Angels.”

Victoria Falls from a helicopter ride. On the right side is Zambia.
Deep cutting Zambezi River.

Offering one of the best views in Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge sits atop of a highland, overlooking the vast and lush Zambezi national park. There’s a watering hole directly below the lodges bar, which offers otherworldly godly view of the park and the drinking herds. Even better, the view looks directly west, which offers amazing sunset panorama.

View from the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

Sitting in the manicured lawn of The Victoria Falls Hotel, you can take a highly sophisticated lunch or afternoon tea while enjoying the spray view for hours. The hotel is the first ever built in Zimbabwe. Its elegant speaks for itself. One is almost impossible not to be taken back in time to the BOAC Era, or not to mistaken oneself in an estate in the British Isles.

Vintage poster at The Victoria Falls Hotel.

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