Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
This is sure to be a high flying adventure on the Zambezi River (Fun Fact-this is the only river that flows into the Indian Ocean), and the plateau which forms a natural boundary to the 176,000 acre Zambezi National Park. Be Inspired tip- Book a room at the fabulous Victoria Falls Safari Lodge on the Zimbabwe side in a westward facing room overlooking an active waterhole where wildlife come to drink all day. It is the dry season, and you will have the opportunity to see an amazing assortment of wildlife at the watering hole as well as the guaranteed spectacular sunsets. You can also take a sunset cruise on the upper Zambezi River for the ultimate in awe-inspiring sunsets. Have your camera ready(and waterproof bag to protect your camera from the mist, expect to get wet)! The best views are from the Zimbabwe side, but the benefit of the Zambia side is that many of the lodges are on the banks of the river, optimal for game viewing. Two well-known options are the Royal Livingstone and The River Club.
The world's most magnificent falls sit on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, and while they are not the highest or the widest waterfalls in the world, it may well be the the world's largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls. The only other comparable falls is probably Iguazu Falls in South America on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Fun Fact-The local name for the falls is "the smoke that thunders--Mosi-oa-Tunya." On various lists, Victoria Falls are named as one of the seven wonders of the world, not only for the magnificent site of that sheer volume of water plunging off a cliff, but also the thunderous sound it makes. Also, very interesting is that the mists from the falls support a rain forest adjacent to the falls as it plummets into Batoka Gorge!
Although there are many ways to view this breathtaking site, viewing Victoria Falls from the air is an exceptional. So, what Wearever recommends is a 20 minute Flight of Angels helicopter excursion over the falls. Another quieter option is on a microlight flight. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity, not only to be in Africa, but also to see the falls from the air. It is almost necessary to fly above the falls to get the best view and photos. Or, you can ride the rapids while white water rafting (Only recommended for the extremely fit among us) or Off the Beaten Path suggestion- bungie jump over the falls off the Victoria Falls Bridge (OMG), Are you an adrenaline junkie?
Now, what to wear? Here are some outfit-inspirations for your Victoria Falls adventure to get your packing jump started.
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