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Today is the last full day of our trip and we have saved one of the absolute highlights for this last day. Today is the day that we got to visit the amazing Victoria Falls and see this wonder of the world up close for ourselves. Let me say, it certainly did not disappoint. It is absolutely incredible how big and beautiful this waterfall really is. I made sure to capture some beautiful photos of this amazing waterfall to share with you in today’s Africa travel blog post, so make sure you check them out!
I have been fortunate enough to visit many of the world’s “wonders” during my travels, from Machu Picchu in Peru, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and the Grand Canyon in the United States, but I have never been as much in awe of something I have seen while traveling as I was when I visited Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. They call Victoria Falls the “smoke that thunders”, and it isn’t hard to understand why. You can hear the falls long before you can see them, with the thunder of the hundreds of thousands of gallons per second pummeling the canyon floor. You are also engulfed by a mist of water that soaks you to the core long before you can actually see the waterfall.
There is a long path with many viewpoints to view this incredible waterfall, and we checked out many of them. The falls can be viewed both from the Zimbabwe side of the border as well as the Zambia side, but during the dry season you don’t see any water falling over the falls from the Zambia side. However, it is from the Zambia side of the border that you can actually swim to the precipice of the falls and look over the edge at a location known as Devil’s Pool. We didn’t have time to take this tour on our trip, but talked to others who did, and they said it was spectacular!
You have to pay to get into the park, but the cost per person was very reasonable. They have a small gift shop and a place to buy beverages at the entrance, so you can pick up some drinks and snacks if you would like to spend some time thoroughly exploring the park. I would definitely recommend at least a half-day within Victoria Falls in order to see all of the viewpoints and to fully appreciate the beauty of the falls. However, please be aware that the park is home to many animals, some of which can be dangerous. This is especially true at night. The park closes before sundown for good reason, and I would make sure you aren’t out walking at night for your own safety.
Other than the waterfall, one of my favorite parts about seeing the park was being in a location where Doctor David Livingstone actually explored during his explorations of Africa. In fact, there is a large statue inside the park in honor of Doctor Livingstone, which I recommend seeing during your visit. To think that he walked thru these woods and approached these falls some 166 years before we were there was incredible to think about.