Did you know?
Victoria Falls is known by local inhabitants as "Mosi oa-Tunya" ("the smoke that thunders").
‘Creeping with awe to the verge, I peered down into a large rent which had been made from bank to bank of the broad Zambezi, and saw that a stream of a thousand yards broad leaped down a hundred feet and then suddenly became compressed into a space of fifteen yards ... the most wonderful sight I had witnessed in Africa.'
This was the first impression explorer-missionary David Livingstone had back in 1857, when he first saw the Victoria Falls. Hundreds of thousands of tourists have seen them since, to similar acclaim. The Vic Falls, as they are affectionately known, are simply stupendous.
Zambia's Victoria Falls trans-border experience generally starts at the town of Livingstone. One of the advantages of the ‘Zambian approach' is you get to swim in a natural pool just before the edge of the upper falls - which must rank as one of the really exclusive ‘must-do's' of a trip to Africa.
Zambia's Vic Falls trans-border experience has expanded over the years to include a bungee jump off the bridge, microlighting over the falls, white-water rafting, horseback riding, sundowner cruising and game drives. Although there is a longer bungee jump on South Africa's Garden Route, the Vic Falls jump is still regarded as a classic in this category.
Zambia's Victoria Falls trans-border also offers a plenty for the extreme adventurist, with kayaking, abseiling and riverboarding on offer for the young and restless.
Otherwise, once you've had the trans-border experience on the Zambian side of the Vic Falls, get a day pass and cross over the border into Zimbabwe for another viewing angle of this wondrous onrush of water. You can even stay over for a night – just remember, always take a light raincoat to avoid getting drenched by the spectacular spray.