by Sarah Moris

The Victoria Falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Spanning Zimbabwe and Zambia the falls are an enticing destination for many travellers. For those wishing to visit this beautiful site a guided walking tour offers unsurpassed opportunities to enjoy the landscape.

Facts about the falls:

Aside from its breath taking beauty the Victoria Falls are also considered to be the largest waterfall in the world. This is based on the measurements of height, width and forming the largest sheet of falling water. The water that flows through the fall is from the Zambezi Rivers. The falls are made up of five different waterfalls including the Devil's Cataract, the Main Falls, the Horseshoe Falls, the Rainbow Falls and the Eastern Cataract. When the peak flood waters occur in April over 625 million litres of water go over the edges each minute. The indigenous name Mosi oa Tunya means "the smoke that thunders". The spray from the falls can be seen from great distances so it is a spectacular sight from many different directions. Due to its tropical location the Victoria Falls also has wet and dry seasons. The driest time of year to visit is considered to be June through to January. The rainy season is February through to May. There can be extensive amounts of rain and mist during the wet season that potential travellers might want to consider when making plans.

From the pages of the history books:

People trekking to the fall are following in the footsteps of the famous historical figure. Dr David Livingstone in 1855 was transported by indigenous Makalolo tribe
members to the edge of the fall during the course of his explorations. Dr Livingstone was awed by the beauty of the area and gave it the name of his reigning monarch Queen Victoria. A statue of Dr Livingstone overlooks the Devil's Cataract recognising his commitment to the area.

Going walkabout:

A guided walking holiday is an excellent way to share completely new encounters with a whole new circle of acquaintances. Most organised walks have small groups participating allowing for a more personalised experience. On many tours it is also possible to have a guide involved who is local to the area. They are able to share their extensive experience and knowledge of the community with their groups. The Victoria Falls Bridge links the two countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe and also provides a magnificent look out for walking expeditions. The surrounding areas of the fall offer many unique experiences and places to explore. The falls are also surrounded by national parks with the nearby Mosi oa Tunya National Park declared a world heritage site.

A walking expedition allows the sights and sounds of this majestic landscape to be truly absorbed. There is the opportunity to visit local communities and become immersed in the culture. A guided tour also brings people from many backgrounds together. They bring different outlooks to a shared experience. Visiting somewhere as meaningful as the Victorian Falls becomes even more significant.

Author Bio:

Sarah is an experienced travel writer. Sarah has covered many areas around the world for various websites and travel publications Sarah has been on several walking holidays similar to those described in headwater.com

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