Victoria Falls is famous for being the largest waterfall system in the world, with a total width of over a mile (5,600 feet) and a height of 355 feet. It was named for Queen Victoria in 1855 by David Livingstone, the first European to lay eyes on its splendor. The indigenous Lozi people called it Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke That Thunders.”
We flew into Victoria Falls and were treated to some amazing aerial views of the falls.
We stayed at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, and could see the falls’ mist from our room. We first took a boat ride to the Livingstone Island where we could view much of the falls. The island is inaccessible for about 4 months each year because the water level is too high. When at its highest, the mist is heavy enough to block views of the river below.
We then walked to the park t for views from several vantage points, and were able to see rainbows at several locations.
It’s possible to visit the falls from the Zimbabwe side by crossing the nearby Victoria Falls Bridge.