Victoria Falls After having done the long trip through the Caprivi Strip to Katima Mulilo, one should definitely afford to visit the Victoria Waterfalls in Zimbabwe or Zambia. After all, the Victoria Falls are the biggest waterfalls in Africa, discovered in 1855 by the explorer David Livingstone, who named them after the British monarch. The mighty Zambesi River – its spring lies in the highlands of Zambia – roars over a two kilometres' width to eventually plunge 120 metres down. This ongoing spectacle of nature is surrounded by paradisically beautiful nature with tropical rainforests and an amazingly rich game stock, all protected as a National Park.
Two routes lead to the waterfalls, both about 250 kilometres long. Those wanting to avoid Zimbabwe, can travel near Katima Mulilo across the Zambesi Bridge to Sesheke in Zambia and from there to the Zambian town of Livingstone, on the northern banks of the Zambesi, a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls. If you prefer the - more scenic - southern side of the falls, drive from Katima to Kasane in Botswana and cross the border to Zimbabwe in Kazungula. From there it is another 90 kilometres to the town of Victoria Falls, which is situated directly at the falls.
Although Zimbabwe is still facing big economic and social problems, the logistic situation in the tourism hub of Victoria Falls is still good and doesn't pose an obstacle to visiting it. Nevertheless, one should go there with a full fuel tank and return from Victoria Falls to Botswana or Namibia. To venture out into other parts of Zimbabwe is still not wholeheartedly recommended.
Victoria Falls has excellent hotels, guesthouses and restaurants for any budget, and the same applies to the Zambian town Livingstone. A helicopter flight across the falls – offered in both countries – provides a unique and unforgettable experience.
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Photos: Left: the Vic Falls on the Zimbabwean side. Top: The famous Victoria Falls Bridge across the Zambesi.