Victoria Falls, on the Zambezi river, is often considered to be the most picturesque of the world biggest waterfalls. Geologic faults create weak points in the basaltic rocks, and in return preferential erosion from the large volume of water collected by the Zambezi drainage basin in Angola during heavy rains of the rainy season. The result is impressive with deep narrow gorges, heavy flow and steam. Seeing the sun rise over the river is one of the most incredible show Africa can offer, with far fewer tourists.
I did not try walking close to the edge of the falls on the Zambi side, which I hear is also impressive. There are many activities to do in the area, besides the usual game drives: bungy jumping, zipline, hiking in the rain forest bording the Falls, high tea in the colonial Victoria Falls Hotel and cruising on the river.
Aside from the wonders of the Falls, especially during the early morning’s golden light, I highly recommend a sunset cruise on the Zambezi, rich in wildlide encounters. A elephant bull reaches the water to drink. The crocodiles head back to the river after bathing in the afternoon to increase their body temperature. Birds take advantage of the last light of the day to feed, drink and get warm along river beds. The captain turns off the engine for the final moments before sunset. Everyone is speachless. You can only hear flowing water, the chants of hippopotamuses and birds songs. I knew I was experiencing something very special, something that only Africa can offer. It wasn’t over quite yet, I could enjoy the customary Gin & Tonic on the way back to shore.