Victoria Falls – The Smoke That Thunders – Things To Do
Victoria falls is one of the most iconic views in Africa. It straddles the divide between Zambia and Zimbabwe and is one of the most spectacular natural vistas in the world. The sound and spray of the falls led the first white discoverer of the Falls – David Livingstone, to dedicate them to the Queen at that point, Victoria. So from that point onward the Falls were named for her – Victoria Falls. But the local language had another name for the majestic waters of the Zambezi River as they descended – The Smoke That Thunders.
This name evokes the wonder and fun that can get your adrenaline pumping or get your romance going when you visit this part of Africa.
So what can you enjoy when you visit Victoria Falls? The best place to ask is your Victoria Falls Hotel concierge, but we have some ideas for you as well.
Of course, the flora and fauna of the Falls are will always be available to you as a tourist. Those who visit both the Zambian side of the Falls or those who visit the Zimbabwean side will both have access to some of the most attractive wildlife on the African continent.
However, the safari experiences are only the tip of the Victoria Falls experience.
There are many other ways to really take your African experience to entire other level if you really want to have the experience of a lifetime.
For instance, those who want to experience either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side of the Falls (they’re within eyesight of each other) can choose to step out into the African sunlight and enjoy world class excursions such as white water rafting. It all depends on your tolerance for the flow of adrenaline through your veins.
The white water rafting experience of the Zambezi has been described as one of the most intense experiences on any river in the world. It is not that it is white knuckled – it is simply the experience of enjoying one of the most iconic rivers in the world and the idea that – yes – you are in Africa and the next corner may bring both beauty and danger.
That is not to say that the white water rafting on the Zambezi will not get you blood racing. At high water it compares to the best that the world can offer. And that added idea that you are in Africa gives it extra spice.
The for those who really want to explore the outer limits of adrenaline there is always the Victoria Falls bungee experience.
This 111 meter jump has been called the most scenic in the world and for anyone who has visited the Falls it is not difficult to see why. Under the careful supervision of trained professionals this bungee jump must rate as one of the most wonderful in the world. Plunging toward the Zambezi River and enjoying the rush is only the first part of the adventure. You can also refresh yourself at the Bridge Cafe.
But you may not be brave enough to take the plunge by yourself – do not despair – there are tandem jump opportunities available.
If you want to dance with the Devil then you will get the opportunity at Victoria Falls. The Devils Pool is about as close to the edge of the Falls as it is possible to get. But due to some interesting eddies and currents unless you make an active effort to throw yourself over you are quite safe – but it does make for some spectacular holiday photos and selfies.
So what else is there to do in the area around Victoria Falls? Well you are in Africa. What about canoeing around the Zambezi – one of richest wildlife areas on the planet? Or skydiving or hot air ballooning?
The area around Victoria Falls has been one of the most popular tourist areas in the world for many generations. Ever since David Livingstone stumbled across the Smoke That Thunders it has been a place that explorers and lovers of wildlife have flocked towards.
Nothing has changed in hundreds of years – it still fascinates those who find Africa a place of wonder. And it will remain that way for the foreseeable future.