The entire volume of the Zambezi River pours through the First Gorge’s exit and plummets 150m towards the churning pools below. This first class destination is the perfect example of nature’s raw power. On each side of the waterfall lies a different country. On both the Zambian and the Zimbabwean sides of the Falls you’ll find incredible game parks and luxury accommodations with a secluded, down-to-earth feel.
In the middle of Victoria Falls lies ‘Livingstone Island’, named after the Scottish missionary and explorer, David Livingstone, who was the first European to discover the falls. A famous feature is the naturally formed “Devil’s Pool” near the edge of the falls on Livingstone island. When the river flow is at a certain level (usually between September and December), adventurous swimmers splash around in relative safety a few feet from the point where the water cascades over the falls, protected by the local river god “Nyami Nyami”.
Though it is commonly referred to as Victoria Falls, the waterfall was first given the local name “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, meaning “The smoke that thunders”. Located on the Zambian side, Victoria Falls bridge stretches between two peninsulas, and is the perfect spot to get your adrenaline pumping with bungee jumping and incredible views of the falls. Early human artifacts as old as 3 million years have been discovered just outside the location, giving glimpses into the history of ancient cultures that inhabited the area. There is so much to be seen and discovered – just expect to get a little wet.