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VictoriaFalls Travel Guide

by our Zimbabwe expert Conrad Freethy
 
Conrad FreethyOne of the great natural wonders of the world, the ‘smoke that thunders’ is of a scale that can be hard to comprehend even while standing looking at it. Far bigger than Niagara, fewer cataracts and thus less diffused than Iguazu, by plunging into a relatively narrow series of gorges it gives the most spectacular viewing points anyone could wish for. Over the years the occasional dry season can diminish the volume, while at maximum spate the uprising spray ‘smoke’ can create an eerily intermittent picture, but at any time the Falls are reliably astonishing. In turn, the spray creates a mini rain forest, home to wildlife absent just a few miles away. (Tip - wear swimming costume rather than rain poncho). While tourism is slowly edging back to Zimbabwe, where the small town of Victoria Falls is, if you have any reservations remember that the Falls and Zambezi river form the boundary between that country and Zambia, with the significantly named Livingstone town and airport. The bridge between the two gives arguably even better viewing than the many small plane/helicopter flights. Once saturated, in all senses, by the Falls, there are river safaris and ‘sundowner’ trips on the Zambezi with other game reserves in easy reach - Hwange, said to be recovering its former top standing, is only 100 miles away.
 

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Zimbabwe Facts

National Flag: Zimbabwean Flag
Language(s): English
Currency: Zimbabwe dollar
Dialling Code: +263
Time Zone: GMT + 2
Tourism Website:
http://www.zimbabwet
ourism.co.zw



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