Victoria Falls looks magnificent and amazing to the visitors for its majesty and beauty. This falls is on the Zambezi River, in the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe the two African states. Kololo tribes, call this falls as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, a traditional name meaning – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, attributing the sprinkling water particles that can be felt chilly and seen from 20 Kilometers (dozens of miles) ahead of the falls. Spreading moistures around the falls delight the visitors to feel that they are very fortunate to see the glittering rainbows adorn the falls view.
Features of Victoria Falls – a snap shot:
Designated Year: 1989
Why popular: This waterfall has unique features among the comparables found anywhere
At Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River turns into basalt ravines.
550 l/min on average
Known as: Smoke and Thunder (Traditional name: Mosi-oa-Tunya)
Named after: British Queen
Lifetime remembrance of the beauty
On seeing the elegance and beauty the sensations created in the mind is more than the bliss one gets as if seeing the wonders of the world. So wide, basal cliff from which the thundering falls downpours not only the gorgeous water fall but also the immense pleasure to the mind of tourists who never want take away their eyes and mind out of it.
It is a place where adventure lovers are entertained tremendously. Bungee jumping from the bridge of “Victoria Falls” is an enthralling activity here. Experience the thrill of free-fall for just a few seconds is very much akin to the youths visiting the spot. It is a safety dive for anyone trying bungee jumping as the performer is tied by elastic cords to plummet down from the bridge. The elastic cord stretches and almost touches the water, bounces back. This cyclic dive is repeated a dozen of times to give the ecstatic feeling around the abdomen of the diver and the jumper is restored back to the bridge.
When to visit?
During March and April there is peak flood due to monsoon and full power of the falls at that time is glorious experience, but one is deprived of the bottom to top full view because of copious waterfalls. Nevertheless the aerial view at this time is stunning, with vapors scatter and rise high into the sky. Around November and December the Falls become little creeks dripping over the edge and in some places no waterfalls at all. A trip by raft to the base of the falls is possible and is popularly known as ‘the float of angels “.
The falls can be reached from Livingstone, the town, by traveling south on Mosi-oa-Tunya Road around 11 kilometers. Walks all around the falls are accessible from this point.
Even though the thundering sound of waterfalls was heard in 1851 by Livingstone, it was in 1855 that visited the falls for first time. He landed on an island on the edge of the falls, now called after his name Livingstone Island.