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Livingstone and Victoria Falls

LIVINGSTONE & VICTORIA FALLS

The magnificent Victoria Falls are known by the local people as Mosi-oa-tunya - 'the smoke which thunders'. The Victoria Falls, discovered by David Livingstone in 1885 and named after his Queen, are the result of the mighty Zambezi River tumbling to a depth of 300 feet over a basalt fault line a mile wide. They are one of the greatest natural wonders of the world and a must for any first time visitor to Zambia.

There is far more to do at Victoria Falls than to marvel at the Falls themselves; upstream where the Zambezi is calm and placid, sundowner cruises and gentle canoe trips along the game rich banks are the order of the day. But once the river has taken its plunge, there is quite a different experience to be had. For those with the courage, the rapids immediately downstream of the Falls offer some of the most exciting white water rafting anywhere in the world.

There is also a spectacular excursion to be made on foot. The rainforest on the lip of the chasm opposite the Falls is a unique swathe of dense tropical vegetation which thrives on the spray thrown up throughout the year.

But the ultimate view of this natural wonder can only be seen from the air. The 'Flight of Angels' provides a fabulous vista of the upstream river and its many islands, the spray from the Falls as it is kicked a thousand feet into the sky, and the tortuous zigzag of the gorge downstream.

A visit to Livingstone Island is another treat in store for guests to this area. The island sits atop the Falls themselves and access is by boat only. A maximum of only sixteen people are allowed on the island at any one time - early booking is therefore advisable.