We keep moving, viewing the mighty falls from every angle and every perspective. There is a poignant point to witness the immense mass of water, a solitary chair that sees all, and that is from the tiny Livingstone Island. The same place where Dr David Livingstone first glimpsed Mosi-oa-Tunya. If you had to take about five steps forward from that chair, you would quietly and easily fall into the chasm below. That’s how close the chair is to the cliff-edge of fall’s wall face. And from that chair you can almost touch the rainbow. It hangs just in front of you, like a ribbon. Being scared of heights I did not sit in that chair.
I did see different people sit in the chair from time to time. A woman. A girl. A thoughtful elderly man looking dreamily at the falling water. I admired his composure.
The falls must be a powerful sight from that angle. I tried to strike up a conversation, but he did not hear me. It’s like that here.
I think the question on everyone’s mind is the creation of the falls. Did the falls come into being as a result of a succession of accidents that eventually led to water falling in this singularly mystical way? Or are the falls a deliberate miracle that stands defiantly to confound us? When you are standing there, you know the answer to this question. But after you leave, you are puzzled to find that you have left the answer behind. Or is it just an excuse to return to this magnificent place?
Did you know?
• The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world.
• The Victoria Falls is 1,708 m wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90 m and 107 m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute.
• The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialisation.
• The 'Flight of Angels' provides a fabulous vista of the falls, the upstream river and its many islands and for the more adventurous there is micro lighting with stunning views of the falls.
• Rafting the wild rapids below the falls is a very popular adventure. Visitors can also kayak, canoe, fish, go on guided walking safaris, ride on horseback and lunch on Livingstone's Island.
• Game viewing via boat or open vehicles is a popular activity above the falls or in in Chobe in Botswana.
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Victoria Falls town (in Zimbabwe) lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the eastern end of the Victoria Falls themselves. Victoria Falls Airport is 18 km south of the town and has international flights to Johannesburg and Namibia.
Livingstone (in Zambia) is a historic colonial city and tourism centre for Victoria Falls lying 10 km south on the Zambezi River, and a border town with road and rail connections to Zimbabwe on the other side of the Falls. The Airport has international flights to Lusaka and Johannesburg in South Africa.
Various accommodation options are available in Zimbabwe. See also the options for Accommodation in Livingstone across the river in Zambia.
Open to visitors throughout the year, the Victoria Falls National Park in north-western Zimbabwe protects the south and east bank of the Zambezi River. It covers 23.4 km² extending from the larger Zambezi National Park about 6 km above the falls to about 12 km below the falls.
The national parks contain abundant wildlife including sizable populations of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, and a variety of antelope. A notable feature of the park is the rainforest which grows in the spray of the falls, including ferns, palms, liana vines, and a number of trees such as mahogany not seen elsewhere in the region.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia is an UNESCO World Heritage site and is twinned to the Victoria Falls National Park on the Zimbabwean side. The Park covers 66 km² (25.5 square miles) from below the falls in a north-west arc along about 20 km of the Zambian river bank.