Rising up 108 metres above the mighty Zambezi river and often quoted in the top ten attractions in the world to visit , lies the mighty Victoria Falls (otherwise known as Mosi-oa-Tunya , literally translated as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’). Many claim that these mighty falls are the largest on earth, based on the phenomenal width and height of the vast falling waters.
Located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the falls were first discovered by Europeans when the intrepid explorer David Livingstone came across them during his Zambezi river journey in the early 1850’s. So impressed by the vision before him, Livingstone promptly named the falls after the ruling monarch of the time.
Since the early 1900s, the falls have been well known worldwide as a tourist attraction and more than 300,000 people visit the falls every year as part of their African itinerary. Numerous luxury hotels hug the cliffs and surrounding areas, with the aptly named Royal Livingstone Hotel providing the ultimate in colonial elegance for even the most discerning traveller.
Afternoon sundowner boat trips and river cruises adorn the Zambezi on a daily basis, bringing hundreds of people that little bit closer to the smoke and spray which thunders from the falls. African wildlife line the banks of this mighty river and elephants are often seen crossing the large water mass which provides an unique opportunity for even the most well travelled explorer.
Justin Smith is CEO of Nights-Away.