Victoria Falls is a delightful little town in the western portion of Zimbabwe, across the border from Livingstone, Zambia, and near Botswana. The town lies immediately next to the Victoria Falls and from many parts of the town you can hear the thundering of the Falls in the distance and see the spray rising above the bridge.
Whilst the Falls are the major attraction, this popular tourist town offers both adventure seekers and sightseers plenty of opportunities for a longer stay. Activities include white water rafting, canoeing, elephant back safaris, helicopter flights over the Victoria Falls, bungee jumping and gorge swing activities to name a few. The Victoria Falls Airport is located 18 km south of the town and currently has international services to Johannesburg and Namibia.
The Victoria Falls, also know as the Mosi-oa-Tunya (Tokaleya Tonga: the Smoke that Thunders), is classified as the largest Falls in the world, based on its width of 1,708 metres and height of 108 metres resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls.
The settlement began in 1901 when the possibility of using the waterfall for hydro-electric power was explored, and expanded when the railway from Bulawayo reached the town shortly before the Victoria Falls Bridge was opened in April 1905, connecting Zimbabwe to what is now Zambia.
The town offers a wide variety of accommodation – including the world famous Victoria Falls Hotel – steeped in history and well worth a visit even if you are not staying there. They serve a superb high tea on the Terrace overlooking the Victoria Falls Bridge. Whether you prefer a hotel environment or a smaller more personal lodge there is range of good standard properties to choose from.