There is nothing quite like the heart-pounding sensation of actually
standing on the edge of these magnificent falls and being drenched by the never
You may decide to take a guided tour
of Victoria Falls with one of the tour companies or you might decided to explore and appreciate
the sights, sounds and feel on your own.
But no matter how you decide to visit
“The Smoke That Thunders”
very few people are ever really prepared for the
incredible beauty and mesmerising strength and power of the mighty Victoria Falls.
heart-pounding sensation of actually standing on the edge of the precipice above
the raging waters is something quite unforgettable.
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from the pounding water rises more than 60 feet into the air before tumbling
down to create 24 hours of solid rain...
The Falls are literally at the end of
the main street through the town centre. Of course the ever present 'Smoke'
(rising spray) will very
soon have you orientated as to its location. It is a very walkable distance from
town centre and closer hotels (see our map) –
Please bear in mind
that in summer at mid day it can get very, very hot.
You will find that you are able to hire
rain coats and maps of the Falls from vendors in the car park. If you do not have a good
water proof cover for your camera
or you really don’t want to get soaked raincoats are a good idea for the tour of Victoria Falls. But I personally love the feeling of being
drenched by natures own rain from the
through the Victoria Falls National Park entrance gate – where you are required to pay a US$30 entrance fee per
person ($20 for Regional countries). If you are a local or regional visitor, they
like to see your passport for proof of residence. So please remember to put it
into a water proof bag for the rest of the trip as you really don’t want it
The edge of the falls is reached through
the cool, moist tunnels of the rain Forest. Always shrouded in fine spray, the
forest is a fairyland of exotic plants thriving in the humidity. Concrete paths, (the only obvious man-made intrusions since Livingstone’s day) have
been made to stop sightseers trampling away the lip of the gorge.
Parts of the
precipice opposite the falls have been cleared of undergrowth to give a clear
view, but the falls can also be seen from the depths of the forest through
glistening, dripping, spray soaked leaves.
Early morning is a magic time to see the
falls, as the sun rises it tints the plumes of spray pink and gold. There is a
statue of David Livingstone (Sculptured by Sir William Reid-Dick) on the western
end of the chasm, over looking the Devils Cataract.
You will also find a set of stairs going
down to a view point called the “Chain Walk”– where you will be able to look
into the Devils Cataract – I would say this is definitely well worth doing and
is personally one of my favourite places to enjoy the view on the tour of
You can make you way along the
designated path which takes you to the various 16 view points along the edge –
some of them are better than others and as you come along to the main falls some
of them are wetter than others.
"Ariel view of Victoria Falls and bridge"
"Entrance gate to the Falls"
"Dean enjoying Rainbow Falls view"
"View from the "chain walk" set
"Us with the falls in background"
You might find the path a little
slippery along the way and I would encourage you to where suitable walking
shoes. The sheer magic of the Victoria Falls is that you not find big barriers
or walls to keep you away from the edge and one can really experience the sheer
might of them – up close!
Danger Point is the far point at the end
of the path and from here you can look across into Zambia – sometimes depending
on the time of year you may be lucky enough to see a rafting trip starting far
below in the gorge.
From Danger Point there is a path to the
right that takes you to a view point of the bridge. It is a great place to see
the structure of the
Falls bridge and also to see some of the bungee jumpers – from
their platform which is in the middle of the bridge.
You are able to walk back along the path
you came to the entrance or there is a back path on which you will find the
toilets not far from the entrance gate. If you are lucky you may very well see
some monkeys and a bush buck or two in the rainforest on your tour of
A surreal and magical night experience awaits those who are lucky
enough to plan their Victoria Falls trips to coincide with the full
moon. For three nights each month (one on either side of the actual full
moon date), the Rainforest is open for a dramatic lunar rainbow –
a rare natural phenomenon (also known as a moonbow or lunar bow or white
rainbow) produced by the moon rather than the sun (a solar rainbow). A MUST DO!!!!! Tour of Victoria Falls
11) Viewpoint 11–Provides wet and
intermittent views of Livingstone Island and rainbow Falls. It was from the
grassy ledge above Livingstone Island precipice, that David Livingstone first
saw the Falls.
14) Rainbow Falls
– The Rainbow
Falls is the highest point of the Falls.
15)Danger Point- so named because
this leads along the cliff edge. It is from this point that one can see the
Eastern Cataract on the Zambian side.
16) Boiling Pot – one looks down
into the boiling, turbulent waters far below.
Bridge Viewpoint – from this
point one looks onto the Victoria Falls Bridge, linking Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Safety Along the walk -on the tour of Victoria Falls
You are very
safe in the National Park, and your greatest danger is probably your own lack of
good judgement. The Zimbabwe National Parks has chosen not to spoil
your view of the Falls by putting up barriers all along the edge. At most lookout points there are
just some piled branches preventing you from crossing over and approaching the
sheer cliff. DO NOT CROSS there barriers! If you do you will find yourself on
wet, slippery rock or grass that often angles downward toward the precipice. Do
not be tempted to cross these barriers to get a great photo of the Falls.