The Smoke That Thunders
There is a profound magic about the Victoria Falls, with its towering column of spray, thunder of falling water and terrifying abyss of the Zambezi gorge below, offset by tranquil lagoons and islands teeming with wildlife above. Thousands of visitors each year continue to be moved by its beauty, whilst explorer and missionary David Livingstone, who named the falls after his queen in 1855, was moved to write: “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”.
Flanked by the mighty Zambezi River in the north and the languid Limpopo River in the south, Zimbabwe is a bush-lovers paradise, representing an Africa still largely wild and untamed.
For the quintessential African experience, there is little to beat this magical destination, with its expansive wilderness areas, huge herds of wildlife and breathtaking Victoria Falls.
Dubbed ‘The smoke that thunders’ Victoria Falls is the largest falling body of water in the world and one of few other major waterfalls that can be viewed on foot from such close proximity offering a truly magnificent site; spectacular throughout the year.
The Victoria Falls are spectacular throughout the year, but the heaviest flow and volume of spray occurs after the rainy season, from February onwards. The dry season, from August onwards, offers the most exciting white-water rafting, with the Zambezi Gorge’s turbulent waters boasting the biggest commercially navigable rapids in the world.