Victoria Falls - Mosi-oa-Tunya
(The Smoke that Thunders)

Fact file:
one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
largest waterfall of the world - width of 1,708 metres
largest sheet of falling water in the World
average flow rate - 1088 m³/s
total height - 108 metres

Right on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia the Victoria Falls are one of the major tourist highlights of Southern Africa. Loads of things have changed at the Victoria Falls in last couple of years (due to the political situation in Zim), but the Falls never lost their attraction to travellers from all over the world.

But it is not just the natural beauty of the Falls which makes the people coming, it is also the endless adventure/adrenalin options. The Zambezi at the Falls is the best place on earth (as many people reckon) for white-water-rafting, you can do bungee-juming off the famous Zambezi Bridge, canoeing, kayaking, safaris, hang-around or just do whatever you want to do.

What to do?

The Victoria Falls are quite know worldwide for the adventure sports you can do there. People reckon that rafting on the mighty Zambezi is probably the best in the world. You can also do bungy jumping, abseiling, the Batoka Gorge Swing, whitewater kayaking, jet boating of microlight flights over the Victoria Falls.

How to get there?

The easiest way of getting to the Falls from South Africa is actually flying up there - either to Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). If you want to go by car, pls see google maps (to VicFalls in Zimbabwe | Livingstone in Zambia). Keep in mind that Zimbabwe is still pretty much struggled by the economic crisis in the country and that petrol is not necessarily available throughout the country. South Africa's bus company Intercape is running buses between Windhoek (Namibia) and Livingstone (Zambia). You can also drive up there with a rental car - via Namibia or straight through Zimbabwe. Keep in mind, that whenever you are crossing borders in Southern Africa with a rented car you'll need the allowance from your car hire company and you'll have to pay a certain "cross-border fee". South Africa based mainliners, such as Intercape, are connecting the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls with Namibia. Busses are leaving Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, every Monday & Friday (return Wednesday & Sunday).

Where to stay?

Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the Falls, as well as the town of Victoria Falls are offering a great variety of backpackers, B&Bs, Hotels and campsites.




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