This magnificent spectacle occurs as the waters of the mighty Zambezi River plummet 108 metres in a single drop over a basalt cliff into the gorge below. Its height combines with its immense width of nearly two kilometres to make this Earth’s biggest waterfall. The awesome power of the falling torrent – a million litres per second at the height of the rainy season – has carved out deep and dramatic gorges. A walk through Victoria Falls National Park’s rain forest delivers gobsmacking views and the novel experience of being rained upon from below as well as above, as the spray shoots upward from the chasm.
Wildlife and birdlife is plentiful on both banks of the Zambezi (watch in awe as elephants cross the river above the falls) and the bustling town of Victoria Falls is a friendly place filled with interesting crafts, cheerful coffee shops, festive pubs and restaurants.