highlights and main attractions of livingstone and victoria falls

Seeing Victoria Falls is ultimately one of the most memorable experiences one can have. Experience the thunderous sounds of cascading water, surrounded by a dense mist hiding bright rainbows, whilst vervet monkeys swing lazily through the trees. This truly is one of the wonders of the world, and a must see for any safari-goes visiting southern Africa.

The unique geography of the area means you can experience the spectacular falls face on. The annual flood is between February and May, the peak time to see them being in April. This is when they are in full swing and the immensity of the waters power is absolutely breathtaking. Although there are also benefits to seeing the falls outside of these times. When the water is calmer, it is possible to visit the ‘Devil’s Pool’, aptly named we think.

A decade or so ago, Zimbabwe was the best side to see the magnificent Victoria Falls from, however the political dispute there put the Zambian side firmly on the map. Although Zimbabwe is now once again a fabulous place to see this awe-inspiring spectacle, Zambia has definitely burgeoned in popularity, making it a difficult choice between the two.

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history of the area

Named by David Livingstone after the Queen of England at the time, Victoria is still known by locals in the Kololo language as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning the smoke that thunders. During the annual flood season, the spray mist from the falls typically rises to 400 metres, a height that can even be doubled at times, something you can only appreciate on an aerial flight. The Falls are thought to be the largest in the world, despite not being the tallest or the widest. At 1,708 metres wide and a height varying from 80 to 108 metres, this expansive sheet of water, over a mile long, is technically the largest in the world. This sheet is broken by numerous islands, only two of which are large enough to break the falls during the floods, Boaruka Island and Livingstone Island, right in the centre, where David Livingstone first witnessed the Falls.

Livingstone Town has long been known as the best places to locate yourself if you are visiting Victoria Falls, despite its distance 10 kilometres away. Named after David Livingstone, it was established in 1905 and was the capital of North Rhodesia, until Lusaka was made the capital of Zambia in 1935. It went from a bustling city to a quiet town, but is still a hive of activity and a great place to organise your Victoria Falls adventure. There are so many activities available here, whether you are looking for something relaxing or an adrenaline rush. Brave yourself on the second highest bungee jump in the world, enjoy a champagne breakfast on Livingstone Island, right in the centre of the Falls, enjoy a cruise down the river or even go by kayak or canoe. Scenic flights are popular, and you can try your hand at white water rafting, river-boarding, skydiving and fishing.

In Livingstone itself, there is the Livingstone Museum, the oldest and largest, as well as an Ethnography and Art Gallery, History Gallery, Railway Museum, Reptile Park and golf course.

In regards to accommodation, you have a number of choices in and around Livingstone with some of our favourites being the lovely Tongabezi, Sussi and Chuma or the Islands of Siankaba.

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