Victoria Falls. Africa
Victoria Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. This natural wonder is located on the Zambezi River, between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Africa. It can be compared with Niagara Falls (USA, Canada) and Iguazu Falls (Brazil, Argentina) – in other words it is huge! Just imagine: its height is 108 meters and width – 1800 meters! If you place the Statue of Liberty at the foot of the waterfall, you will not even see the edge of it. Victoria Falls can’t be called as the highest or the widest waterfall on the earth, but definitely it is the largest sheet of falling water.
It’s really a delightful visual and noisy spectacle! The waterfall can be heard at a distance of about 40 kilometers, waves and mist created by the falling water can be seen for 50 kilometers. In the language of the local population name of the waterfall sounds like “Mosi-oa-Tunya” – the Smoke that Thunders. It is worth noting, if you come here, for example, in November-January, you will hear exactly this thunder, but the waterfall itself can’t be seen. An interesting feature is that during the rainy season up to 10,000 cubic meters of water per second and about 500 million liters per minute go through Victoria Falls.
Overall, this place is a paradise for a tourist – seeker of extreme! Many such people aim to get to the “Devil’s Pool”. This natural pool located right on the edge of the waterfall (from the side of Livingstone Island) just beckons adrenaline lovers! Why do you think this reservoir has such a strange name? It is incredibly dangerous! The rapid flow of water can wash you away in a fraction of a second. Tourists swim here despite such risk. Though they come here during the dry season (from September to December), when the danger is minimal. People swim under supervision of a special guide who shows the place where to go into the water safely, and insures in the case of need.
Below the waterfall there is one more attraction, Victoria Falls Bridge, connecting the border towns of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone (Zambia). In fact it is a customs control. Today, the bridge is also well known as one of the highest places in the world for bungee – jumping. Another reason to tickle your nerves! You can also hire a boat for rafting to explore Victoria from below and appreciate the power of this UNESCO World Heritage Site looking upwards!
It is incredibly beautiful everywhere you take a glance! By the way, an enormous rainbow – a permanent phenomenon near the waterfall. Since 1905, Victoria Falls is a popular tourist destination, which is visited by more than 300 thousand tourists annually. To enjoy the glorious local landscapes and to have time for visiting all the sights which will be offered, you may get a hotel apartment near the waterfall for a few days. Zambia, as well as Zimbabwe, offers hotels from three to five stars.