Situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia lies Victoria Falls, also known by the local name Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Cloud that Thunders). At its highest point, the water falls over 100 metres. Although it is not the highest or widest waterfall in the world, it is claimed to be the biggest waterfall in the world, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This claim is based on a width of 1,708 metres and height of 108 metres, forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
Where to Stay
Perfectly suited to families or small groups, Old Ursula is the ideal base from which to explore the many fascinating adventures of Victoria Falls. Guests can laze around the camp’s private swimming pool, game view or partake in thrilling activities. Accommodation is in four classic African-style chalets, decorated in elegant Old-World style, dominated by wood and antique furniture.
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The Stanley and Livingstone
This elegant Victorian-style hotel is set within the Victoria Falls private game reserve, a stone’s throw away from the famous falls. Representing the grandeur of a bygone era, this boutique hotel allows you to experience one of Africa’s great highlights and the adventures of Victoria Falls in glamour and style. The Stanley and Livingstone has been completely refurbished in recent years, and features 16 exquisitely furnished suites.
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What to Do
For the Safari Discoverers
The 6 000 acre Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve, situated adjacent to the Zambezi National Park, is the only area in Victoria Falls where the “Big Five” may be seen. Guests can view a wide variety of flora and fauna whilst on day and night game drives here, including herds of buffalo, elephant, sable antelope, kudu, waterbuck and black rhino. Three endangered black rhinos were introduced to the reserve in 2006 in a groundbreaking operation which has seen black rhino return to Victoria Falls for the first time in 50 years.
For the Colourful Mixtures
The Victoria Falls and surrounding area provides the perfect backdrop for a selection of adventurous activities, from white-water rafting, power boating or river boarding on the mighty Zambezi rapids, to bungi jumping in the Victoria Falls canyon or boarding a helicopter or ultralight plane to view the falls by air. Below the Falls activities comprise what is regarded by many as the world’s greatest white water adventure, rafting down the Zambezi River, enjoying the exhilaration and thrills of some of the biggest rapids in the world. Alternatively you can choose to river board or ride a high-speed jet boat. For those looking for less of an adrenaline rush, there is also a Rover Safari boat which operates above the falls, exploring the islands and channels on the upper Zambezi River.
Did you Know?
Because of the spray from the falls – the Rain Forest at Victoria Falls is the only place on earth that it rains 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.