Victoria Falls (Zam)
The rickety railings at the sheer precipice are excitement enough for some. Others take it to the extreme, swimming in a whirlpool at the falls' edge. Either way Victoria Falls will enthral you with its might and multitude of picturesque vantage points.
A gazillion tonnes of water thundering over a sheer cliff drowns all other sounds and the swirling mist hides all sign of human activity. Beyond your rain forest sanctuary people are hurling themselves off bridges, across gorges, into walls of raging water and out of aircraft. Victoria Falls is a paradox of tranquil beauty and exciting adventure.
Scenic flights over the falls, dubbed the “Flight of Angels” after Livingstone's famous words, offer a staggering perspective of this mile-wide phenomenon.
Along the Zambezi River and surrounding Victoria Falls is all National Park and there are several excellent game reserves nearby making a wildlife safari and Victoria Falls combination a popular option.
Activities abound and they span the gamut of experiences from serene nature, like bird hides, nature walks and restorative spas, to wild action, like white water rifting, bunji jumping and high wires.
The art and craft markets have equal shares of vibrant colours and vibrant traders; museums (some are exhibits in their own right) offer a sober look at the natural and political history of this significant region.
Most of the hotels have excellent restaurants and themed bars some of which extend to casinos and cabaret shows.
Sport is popular everywhere in Africa and at Victoria Falls, Gary Player has designed a championship golf course complete with the wildlife grass-cutters and the occasional lion kill. There's also horse riding, mountain biking, fishing, skydiving, abseiling, tennis, squash and more.
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