Victoria Falls

Witness one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

We all travel for different reasons – adventure, romance, escape, or to find respite from busy lives. Choose any of these categories and Africa will fulfil your desire.

To witness the sheer majesty of Mother Nature on this continent, however, there is no better place than Victoria Falls, on the Zambezi River.

The world’s largest waterfall forms the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, it’s not hard to see why when you come face to face with the awesome size and power of the falls. Water levels vary throughout the year but at its peak in April, at the end of the rainy season, more than 500 million litres of water flow over the edge each minute. Take a moment to consider that … this is the literal meaning of the word “awesome’’!

The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard kilometres away, such is the volume of water going over the edge. The spray and mist rising from the falling water rises hundreds of metres in the air. Local people call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the smoke that thunders’’, and it is, quite simply, breathtaking.

We travelled to the falls in June last year.  We were visiting a place special to our family – my mother-in-law’s ashes were scattered there 22 years ago and we took my father-in-law’s ashes with us this time, so that they could be together again. They had lived and worked in Zimbabwe many years earlier and Africa had seeped in to their souls. After making my first visit, I finally understood its appeal.

On the day we scattered Slim’s ashes, we rose before dawn and sat out under the trees in the garden of the Victoria Falls Hotel. It’s not hard to hear the thundering waterfall in Africa’s pre-dawn, or to see the spray. We took the short walk through the rainforest from the hotel to the park entrance about 8am. A guide accompanied us, offering some comfort to first-time visitors who might have been wondering what time elephants and lions woke up.

We had the whole place to ourselves for the first hour, a benefit of that early morning start. It was magical, a day we will always remember, and treasure. One piece of advice – take the raincoat offered! You will be covered by the spray of Mosi-oa-Tunya at various points along the two kilometre walk but it will be worth it.

By Ann Roebuck.

See the spectacular Victoria Falls when you join the Namibia, Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls tour with MW Tours. Visit RACQ Travel or contact a travel consultant on 1300 096 166.