Victoria Falls. Also known as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ ('The Smoke That Thunders'). Whatever you call the world's largest waterfall it calls to mind images of vast billowing clouds hovering above the point where the mighty Zambezi River hurtles headfirst into a chasm 1,708 meters wide and 108 meters deep. That’s more than twice the height of Niagra Falls. Set on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa, Victoria Falls is, quite rightly, a huge draw for thousands of visitors each year.
Zambia or Zimbabwe?
Which country boasts the best view, Zambia (to the north) or Zimbabwe (to the south)? They both have their charms. Happily, the introduction of the KAZA Univisa (covering Zambia, Zimbabwe and day trips into Botswana's Chobe National Park) has made crossing Victoria Falls Bridge a cinch. At just $50, it's affordable, too.
Want to cop an eyeful of that classic view of the Main Falls? Head to Zimbabwe. Roughly two thirds of Victoria Falls lies in Zim and water flows all year round. Victoria Falls National Park has a network of paths that open up onto 16 stunning viewpoints overlooking the Devil's Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls and beautiful Rainbow Falls. That said, Zambia has plenty on offer. From Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park you’ll enjoy closer views of the thundering torrent. A walk across Knife-edge Bridge puts you right alongside the action. When the Zambezi is in full throttle, prepare to get soaked to the skin. From Zambia, you can also see down the length of the Falls at sunset.