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The smoke that thunders

ABTX
Visited: May 2011 Reviewed: Apr 23, 2013

The Victoria Falls Game Reserve, or as it is known as its local name Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is a beautiful reserve bordering both Zambia and Zimbabwe and the “Smoke that Thunders” – the Victoria Falls.

The Victoria Falls is a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of the widest falls in the world at 1708m wide. You can take a sunset cruise on the river above the Victoria Falls and see the river crocodiles – just be aware that crocs can jump so don’t tease them. Our crocodile seemed to enjoy carrots!
The Victoria Falls is in full flood around March, so it is advisable to go after March – otherwise you will only see a curtain of mist!

In the park itself, you can see giraffe, waterbuck, sable antelope, zebra, a few lions, hippo’s, wildebeest and more. As there are some rural farmers on the outskirts, our game ranger also introduced as to “Beefalo’s” – the local cow. Don’t forget the birds, especially the great Fish Eagle and its distinctive call. You will hear it often.

The people of Zimbabwe are incredibly happy people, despite the economy in which they live. When we were there, instead of asking for money for payment of goods, they asked us for clothing.

The accommodations in the area are excellent and full of history; we stayed in one hotel where Queen Elizabeth had visited. While the hotels accept credit cards, it is advisable to take small denominations of US$ with, for payment. Remember that you may pay in US$ but your change will be in local currency, so the smaller the US$ denomination, the better.

There are a lot of great activities to do. White water rafting is a definite attraction, and the microlight and helicopter flights over the Victoria Falls and down through the gorges are thrilling. If you have time, take an elephant safari ride, it is a great experience. And lastly, if you are the ultimate thrill seeker, why not follow Bear Grylls and attempt the 111m Bungee Jump

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Why Vic Falls is a must-see!

Visited: Dec 2015 Reviewed: Jan 21, 2016

While on our honeymoon in South Africa, my husband and I made a trip up to Zambia / Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls and we are so glad we did! My husband and I felt it was well deserving of "the seven natural wonders of the world" placement and were amazed by the amount of water that rushes over the falls.

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"the smoke that thunders"

Africa Discovery
Visited: May 2014 Reviewed: Feb 13, 2015

This is the most famous of the mighty waters. At the height of the wet-season, five hundred and fifty million cubic meters of water roars over the edge of a cliff into the dramatic gorge, over one hundred meters below. What a sight to see!! This area is becoming known for adventure-sports. White-water rafting and bungie jumping are both available for those seekin... read more

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A good spritz!

CandyW
Visited: Feb 2014 Reviewed: Jul 31, 2014

I'm a bit of a waterfall fanatic. I've been to Iguazu, Niagra Falls and Khone Falls in Laos. I found the falls impressive, but would rank them after Iguazu, which to me was absolutely amazing.
There was a lot of water going over but it was also very misty and hard to see. Also, beware of the baboons, who can be very aggressive!
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Soggy and exhilerating!

AmberRambla
Visited: Apr 2014 Reviewed: Jul 17, 2014

Vic Falls is a MUST for anyone who loves an adrenaline rush. You have to do the Vic Falls BUNGEE jump to do it justice. I went during high water time and was wet and happy. Would gladly return for another jump. Read more

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The African bucket list: a visit to Vic Falls National Park

Visited: Oct 2009 Reviewed: Mar 16, 2014

Victoria Falls can be viewed from two different countries (Zambia and Zimbabwe). I happened to be working on an African lion research project at the time, and had some time off to take a side trip somewhere near Livingstone. I had briefly seen the falls on my way up on an overland tour, but I hadn't visited the park itself. I'd heard conflicting opinions about whic... read more

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Breathtaking Vic Falls

Visited: Dec 2013 Reviewed: Jan 16, 2014

I have been to Victoria Falls a couple of times. Each visit has left me awestruck. Being Norwegian, I am used to waterfalls, but the power and beauty of the Victoria Falls is stunning.

The best way to experience the falls is by walking the trail in the national park on the Zimbabwean side. The path takes you along the gorge, and lets you get glimpses of differen... read more

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See it from both sides

Visited: Apr 2011 Reviewed: Jan 08, 2014

I initially planned on just seeing the falls from the Zambian side, since that's where I was staying and it was expensive to cross over a bridge, into another country, so I could see the same water only from a different angle. I eventually decided that we're only going to be here once, so I did it. I really recommend doing both sides. Yes, it's expensive, but the Z... read more

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Vic Falls on a full moon

Lindsayseegmiller
Visited: Apr 2010 Reviewed: Nov 28, 2013

Victoria Falls is impressive on the worst of days. Catch the falls over a full moon, when the park stays open in the evening (Zam side), and prepare to have your mind blown. The power, the noise, and the beauty is exponentially increased when you sit beside the rushing Zambezi under the light of the moon. It costs a little extra to extend your day into the evening,... read more

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Visually stunning...unforgettably powerful

Stephen Bailey
Visited: Feb 2013 Reviewed: Sep 16, 2013

To my right the sign says “Welcome to Zimbabwe.” To my left “Welcome to Zambia.” Behind me, the Victoria Falls. Waterfalls can be higher, wider, and longer. But this is the officially most powerful in the world. It's estimated that 1000 tonnes of water drop over the edge, every second. I can hear the crash of the water from almost 10 kilometres away and it more tha... read more

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Wow that's a lot of water!

Visited: May 2013 Reviewed: Jul 12, 2013

Spend the money and tour Victoria Fall by helicopter first. It is an amazing view and really gives you the full layout of the river and delta below. Then put on your rain gear and prepare to get baptized. We were there in May when the water and spray drenched us. It was all part of the experience. Wear shoes you don't mind getting wet or you can rent plastic ... read more

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You will be wet!

Churchmanb
Visited: Mar 2009 Reviewed: May 28, 2013

There is mist EVERYWHERE! Victoria Falls strikes that same chord that a summer rain did as a child. The place is wonderful, the deep thrumming booms of the falls keep your innards a bit akimbo, and at times you're scrambling out along a slippery pedestrian bridge trying to protect your camera, giggling like a child.
It is quite an experience.
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Raw Natural Energy : A spectacle Indeed

Skywalker
Visited: Jul 2012 Reviewed: May 09, 2013

With no awareness, the Zambezi river flows steadily, still, clear, moving waters that all of a sudden topple over 100 meters downwards. The roar, the thunder is massive, a grandeur, a spellbinding breathtaking spectacle that has rightfully earned a UNESCO world heritage site and "one of the greatest natural wonders in the world" title.
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