Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls is perhaps the most popular must-see sight in southern Africa. Named one of the Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is nothing quite as mesmerizing as this magnificent body of water—lovingly know to locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya or the “ smoke that thunders”—falling rapidly over the top of the canyon 350 feet below.
Considered the largest falls in the world, Victoria Falls was first discovered by Scottish missionary and famous African explorer, David Livingstone, who named it after his Queen Victoria. He first stumbled upon it in 1855 while preaching Christianity to the indigenous African people, and while it proved to be an obstacle on his African route, he could not help but be fascinated by its unbelievable beauty. Livingstone recounted his first exposure to Victoria Falls in his journal: “We came into sight, for the first time, of the columns of vapor appropriately called ‘smoke’… The tops of the columns at this distance appeared to mingle with the clouds. They were white below, and higher up became dark, so as to simulate smoke very closely. The whole scene was extremely beautiful.”
Today, Victoria Falls is Africa’s adventure capital, with people from all over the world coming to participate in Victoria Falls canopy tours, Zambezi rafting, scenic helicopter flights, and bungee jumping down the world’s longest natural bungee jump toward the mighty Zambezi River below. Visitors to Victoria Falls would be remiss not to explore the falls from every vantage point and to experience incredible game viewing in the surrounding Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Hear the birdlife, trumpeting elephants, and yawning hippos footsteps away in the river, and trek through the park for sightings of zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, and more.
Ker & Downey luxury travel to Victoria Falls encompasses a wide variety of all-ages activities and encounters, including Zambezi sunset cruises. No matter the vantage point, guests will experience the sounds and spray of Victoria Falls, which can be heard from miles away as it cascades over its towering cliffs. Contact Ker & Downey today to incorporate the magnificent Victoria Falls into your next luxury Zimbabwe safari.