Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

IMG_7635IMG_7626

Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world based on the combined height and width, with the largest continuous sheet of water flowing from 108 meters at its highest point. The other largest waterfalls in the world are Niagara Falls with the highest peak flow rate, Iguazu Falls as the widest but formed of hundreds of smaller waterfalls, and Angel Falls as the tallest. The gorge forms the natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and the waterfall flows from the Great Zambezi River. The native name for Victoria Falls is Mosi-Oa-Tunya, meaning “the smoke that thunders” given its large mist cloud that reaches 400 meters high. David Livingstone was the first European to see Victoria Falls and the border town in Zambia is named after him called Livingstone. From Livingstone Island, you can access both Devil’s Pool and Angel’s Pool. Devil’s Pool is a small pool at the edge of the falls that people can swim in at their own risk, but only at low water levels. It is so dangerous that people have died, hence why visitors must wear safety equipment attached to their ankle to keep them from falling. Angel’s Pool is set further back from the edge and is more accessible.

IMG_5485IMG_5500IMG_5506IMG_5503IMG_7615IMG_7618IMG_7621IMG_7630IMG_7631IMG_7632IMG_7634IMG_7636IMG_7637IMG_5483IMG_5481

There is a large bridge over the gorge connecting Zimbabwe to Zambia where many people opt for adventure sports like bungee jumping, gorge swings, zipline, etc. We camped in Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side but decided against crossing the border back into Zambia.

IMG_7639vic-falls-map21

Whitney continues on her quest to try all of the local beer.

IMG_5475

On our last night in Victoria Falls, we went out to dinner at The Lookout over the gorge. The views were incredible.

IMG_5523IMG_5524


Leave a Reply