Guests staying at the Royal Livingstone Hotel on the Zambian side of the Falls will arrive at Livingstone Airport and be transferred to the banks of the mighty Zambezi River where they catch a gracious Zambezi Water Taxi right to their hotel! There’s no better introduction to this amazing Africa river and its wildlife.
Built in 1904, in the gracious Edwardian style of the colonial era, this 5-star luxury hotel, which offers every modern convenience, is set in lush sub-tropical gardens within the Victoria Falls National Park. The Falls is less than a 10 minute walk away along the hotel’s private pathway, and is both audible and visible from the landmark hotel itself. Stanley’s Terrace, a famous rendezvous for Africa’s adventurers, offers clear views of the Victoria Falls Bridge, part of Cecil John Rhode’s ambitious plan to build a railway line from Cape to Cairo. Fondly known as the “Grand Old Lady of the Falls’, the Victoria Falls Hotel is one of Africa’s most celebrated and nostalgic hotels.
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A Wonder of the Natural World – Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), is located on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe. While it is not the highest or the widest, it holds the claim to being the largest waterfall in the world. This is due to the immense sheet of water that falls over a mile-wide basalt edge and drops one hundred metres into a sheer chasm. During the rainy season, it is estimated that the waters of the Zambezi pour over the Falls at a rate of 3000 tonnes per second. Seeing this breath-taking UNESCO World Heritage Site is an experience that will never be forgotten.
The Smoke that Thunders – The local people have various names for the Victoria Falls, such as the best-known Mosi-oa-Tunya, all of which mean ‘the smokes that thunders’. This describes the spectacular spray that rises out of the depths of First Gorge like a white inverted rain-cloud and shoots up into the sky above, inspiring rainbows. It is typical for the spray to rise over 400 metres and be visible from up to 50 kilometres away; but it can reach twice as high during the rainy season from February to May. A stunning sighting for many travellers is the moonbow that shines at night in the spray during full moon.
History – Archaeological findings suggest that over millennia the spectacular Falls have been part of the landscape for stone age people, Khoisan hunter-gatherers and various tribes of Bantu origin, including the Batswana and Makololo who call it Mosi-ao-Tunya. It is thought that in the 19th Century, the Falls were also known to Voortrekker hunters and Arab traders. However; in September 1855, the Scottish missionary and explorer, Dr David Livingstone set off with local guides, and standing on what is known today as Livingstone Island, laid eyes on this natural wonder. Of this experience, he wrote: “No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” He named the Falls after his Queen, and in so doing, sparked a sequence of events that drew global attention and admiration to this wonder of Africa, and the world.
A Place of Two Towns – The Victoria Falls is easily accessible from two towns each with their own airport, Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The Victoria Falls Bridge, which spans Second Gorge, links these two tourist centres and travellers can make day trips from each side, obtaining visas at the border posts. Each country offers stunning views of the Falls from their different vantage points, as well as many other wildlife, sporting and adventure activities.
Getting there – Both Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe and Livingstone Airport in Zambia receive regular daily flights from Johannesburg, South Africa. There are also direct flights to both airports available from Cape Town and the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport. Victoria Falls is just over an hour by road from the northern Botswana border, close to the Chobe National Park.
National Parks – Both Zambia and Zimbabwe offer rewarding safari experiences in the Victoria Falls area. In Zambia, the 66 square kilometre Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park protects wildlife along the northern Zambezi shore. In Zimbabwe, the small Victoria Falls National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site protecting the Falls and the incredible rainforest that is sustained by the spray. The adjacent Zambezi National Park protects 40 kilometres of the southern side of the river, and links the game to other national parks, such as Hwange in the south.
Game-viewing –The Zambezi River above the Falls supports large populations of Crocodiles and Hippo, and abundant birdlife. Sightings of Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, various antelope, Warthog, Chacma Baboon and Vervet Monkey are common. Lion and leopard are resident in the national parks but are typically harder to see. Klipspringers and Clawless Otters can be sighted in the gorges; which are also the breeding home of the rare Taita Falcon, the Peregrine Falcon, Black Eagle and Augur Buzzard. The wonderful animal and birdlife can be enjoyed on game drives, river cruises and on foot.
Adventure Activities – Victoria Falls has become world-renowned for its wide range of adrenalin-charged and exciting activities that are available from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean tourist centres. Professional operators, adhering to world-class standards, offer bungee-jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting in the gorges, kayaking, horse-riding, elephant-back safaris and walks with lions, scenic small plane, micro-light and helicopter flights, mountain and quad biking.
Colonial Splendour – The towns of Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe came to being during the era of British colonial rule. With a mandate from the British Empire, Cecil John Rhodes’s British South Africa Company facilitated the building of the railway line, the Victoria Falls Bridge and the splendid Victoria Falls Hotel. Today, much of the colonial architecture, the pioneering spirit and manner of understated grandeur have been retained, evoking the graciousness of a bygone era.
The spectacular Victoria Falls is the largest sheet of falling water in the world, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the incentive traveler it is a dream destination evoking wonder at the forces of nature, reminiscences of the adventurous and gracious colonial era, and awe at Africa’s stunning wildlife along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River.
As it forms part of the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls can be visited from both countries, each providing a unique viewpoint, and offering best quality safari-style accommodation, dining and activities that will ensure an African adventure your guests will never forget. Victoria Falls and its surrounds have been remarkably preserved as National Parks, and boast an abundance of African wilderness and wildlife. The stunning topography of the area also makes a wide range of expertly-managed adrenalin adventures and ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experiences possible.