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Best 5 Reasons To Visit Victoria Falls National Park In Zimbabwe And Zambia
The best 5 reasons to visit Victoria falls national park in Zimbabwe and Zambia include; Viewing the Magnificent falls in all its glory, The devil’s pool, The Victoria falls bridge, Wild life and birding, Adventurous activities.
Victoria falls National park also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya which means ”the smoke that thunders” is the worlds largest waterfall with the largest mass of water falling in the entire world with a width of 1780 meters(5604ft) and 108(354ft) , The Victoria falls are located in the midway along the course of Zambezi river at the boarder between Zambia in the north and Zimbabwe in the south and they are twice as high as the Niagara falls in North America. The Victoria falls was formed by the mile wide Zambezi as it crushes into 105m/345ft deep on the Zambia-Zimbabwe boarder
The Zambezi river flows over the Basalt in a shallow Valley which is joined by low and distant Sandstone hills and this river is dotted with islands which are covered with trees with species such as teak, ivory palm, acacia fig and ebony which increase more in number where the river approaches the falls
It has no escarpments or deep valleys only has a flat plateau which extends hundreds of Kilometers in all of the directions and it is a home to more than 75 fish species which even include the famous Tiger fish and the Victoria falls national park is also a habitant for a number of unique species of animals and birds.
The Waters of Victoria falls do not fall in one open basin but it falls in a chasm which varies in width(80-240 ft),The chasm’s only outlet is a narrow one which cuts in the barrier wall at a point 3/5 of the way from the western end of the falls through a gorge which is less than 210 feet long and it flows the entire volume of Zambezi river and at the gorge’s end is where the boiling pot is
In Nov 16 1855 a Scottish Missionary called David Livingstone discovered the falls and named it Victoria falls after Queen Victoria of England even though its Sotho name which means The smoke that thunders also continued to be used mostly by the natives therefore since the mid 29th centaury has been one of the most important tourism sources in Africa and the all world at large
The best 5 reasons to visit Victoria fall national park include;
1.Viewing the Magnificent falls in all its glory of Victoria falls national park
The Zambezi river which creates the magnificent Victoria falls lies between these two countries which share the Victoria falls therefore it is very much possible to view the falls from either countries and still be satisfied however because majority of the falls can be seen from the Zimbabwean side where it has 75% leaving only of the falls with a total of 16 view points which bisect the rainforest and it even has a number of which allows a visitor to see the falls from every angle.
In Zimbabwe the fall never dry up even if at the peak of the dry season however due to the political turmoil in Zimbabwe, Zambia has established its self more as a potential tourist destination where even though it has 25% view of the falls with a reasonable network of path and several view points with a strong advantage which is at Zambia one can look down at the length of the falls basically at sunset and yet can quickly get of of the exit gate before they close them because it is close and this is one of the best 5 reasons to visit Victoria falls National Park.
2.The devil’s pool visit at Victoria Falls national Park
The devils pool is one of the most famous spots at Victoria falls because it is where David Livingstone first saw the falls from which means it is the beginning point in the discovery of the Victoria falls and to get to the devils pool one can only at the Zambian side of Victoria falls and stand midway across the mile-wide waterfall close to Livingstone Island and on this pool is where guided tours are operated by the Tongabezi safaris and the boats are launched on the Zambian bank of Zambezi up streams of the falls
It is usually advisable for one to use this boat when they can swim though there is nothing which prevents those visitors who do not know how to swim to go for for the devils pool but they are slightly at a higher risk. The devil’s pool is seasonal therefore they only operate it for only seven month a year which are June-December but it starts in June only when Zambezi river is low enough and from mid August to the end of December and because of the uniqueness of this pools name it becomes one of the best 5 reasons to visit Victoria Falls national Park.
3.The Victoria falls bridge of Victoria falls National park
Being the second most popular landmark in the region of Victoria falls national park is one of the best 5 reasons to visit Victoria falls National park because this man made magic facility which is in form of the bridge which was constructed to connect two towns which are Zambia and Victoria falls in Zimbabwe has an enormous chasm which can literally blow off the mind of the visitor.
This bridge was a dream of one man called Cecil John Rhodes who had a vision for Africa to be connected from cape to Cairo with a continuous railway and it was designed by George A Hobson and this bridge is the only rail link between Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is 156.50 meters across the Zambezi river Just below the Victoria falls and it was originally referred to as the Great Zambesi Bridge and in 1930 it was raised 5 ft and widened so as to be able to accommodate vehicles .
4.Wild life viewing and birding at Victoria falls national park
The Victoria falls National park has a number of wildlife species and Bird species which visitors can spot while they explore the paths around the falls, Wildlife at Victoria falls national park include the big 5 animals where the elephants elephants at the park are over 40000 and lion, Rhinos, Hypos, Buffalo, Baboons, Vervet monkeys, Warthogs ,elusive Bushbuck, Zebra, Giraffe and Banded mongooses and birds include Hornbills, Fork-tailed dragons, Goliath herons, Verreaux’s eagle, African paradise flycatchers among others.
Birding is the highlight of the visit to Victoria falls national park because it is an habitual home for about 470 bird species .
5. Adventurous activities at Victoria falls national park
The Victoria falls national park has a number of adventurous activities which keep visitor engaged throughout their visit and these activities include Bunge jumping at the falls, High wire activities such as Gorge swing, Flying fox and Zip lining, white water rafting and kayaking all these activities increase on the total satisfaction that the visitor receives from their visit to Victoria falls national pack.
Animals Found At Victoria falls national park
There are a number of wild animals in Victoria falls national park and they include;
Elephants are one of the most frequently seen animals in Victoria Falls national park
These wander through Victoria Falls quite often.
These are mostly seen near water places where they normally go to drink water
Even though they are somewhat common in Victoria Falls, the chances of actually seeing a leopard in the wild are very rare
The black rhino can only be seen in the wild in Victoria Falls when you make your way to nearby Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve.
There are also other animals which include Zebras, Giraffe, Hippopotamus and Antelope
Activities To Do At Victoria Falls National Park
- There are a number of activities to do at Victoria Falls national park namely;
- Bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls bridge
- Zambezi zipline and Flying Fox
- Walk along the footpaths of Victoria Falls National Park
- Walk along Knife Edge Bridge on the Zambian side
- Swimming in the Devil’s Pool
- Enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi river
- Take a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls for a better view
- Safari experience in Hwange National Park
- Experience white water rafting on the Zambezi river
- Learn about the history of the Victoria Falls bridge
- Exploring the historical town of Livingstone in Zambia
When to Visit Victoria falls national park
The most likely best time to visit Victoria falls national park is from February to may which is after the summer rains where in this season the visitors will be able to see the worlds largest sheet of waters flowing at its greatest volume however in this season some activities like swimming in the devils pool is highly not recommended because at this time the water is at its highest and fastest therefore if the visitors desire is to see the falls in its total element then this is the best time to do so
However even those people who are more interested to checkout the geographical features of national park can come in the low season which is either August/September to December and in this season activities like Swimming in the devils pool, water rafting and Kayaking are more favorable to be done because the waters are not at its highest and fastest.
How to access the Victoria falls national park
Victoria falls national park has three major access options which are By air, By road and by rail.
Because of its strategic location being in two countries visitors can access the national pack from both countries
This is mainly for the case of international visitors who have to first enter into the country and that is through Livingstone Airport and the airport itself is close to the falls and even Lusaka airport can also be used in Zambia
There are majority of roads which lead visitors to the falls and the transfer from Lusaka airport is a 10 hour drive to reach the falls.
Victoria falls airport in Zimbabwe is the closest to the falls however it has other airports which visitors can pass through which are Harare and Bulawayo airport though they have some distance between them and the falls
Mosi-o-tunya road is the major road used in Zimbabwe to access Victoria falls national park.
Accommodation at Victoria falls national park
N1 Hotel and Campsite Victoria falls
Located 1.2 mi from the Victoria Falls Visitors Center, N1 Hotel & Campground Victoria Falls offers accommodations with a 24-hour front desk and an outdoor swimming pool.
Victoria Falls Rainbow hotel
It offers accommodations just 10 minutes’ drive from the falls and the price ranges in US$130.20 per night per person
Cresta spray view
It offers accommodations within of Victoria Falls and the price paid ranges from US$115 per night per person
A’Zambezi River lodge
It is just 3.4 miles from Victoria falls in Zambia
Ngoma Zanga Lodge
It is just 0.4 miles from Victoria falls Zambia
Aha the David Livingstone Safari lodge
Frequent Asked Questions About Victoria Falls National Park.
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