Tourist Attraction: Zimbabwe Victoria Falls And Zambezi River
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (WTO), there are millions of international tourist that visit Africa every year. The beautiful southern African country Zimbabwe holds several tourist attractions and one of the greatest natural wonders of the world (Victoria falls). Tourism is Zimbabwe’s fastest-growing industry. The country offers a large variety of scenery, one of the African continent’s finest and largest concentrations of wildlife. The country is blessed with fertile soil, mineral wealth and breathtaking scenery
Victoria Falls and Zambezi river
Victoria Falls is one of the main tourist attractions in Africa, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This waterfall is the largest in the world, and the most unusual shape, it has a collection of the most diverse fauna that exist in a waterfall area.The world-renowned Victoria falls, which the local Kololo tribe calls Mosi-oa-tunya (the smoke that thunders), is one of Africa’s most scenic and enchanting sights. Re-named after Queen Victoria by the first white man to see them, David Livingstone in 1855. The Victoria falls has 545,000,000 litres of water plunging every minute into a chasm 106 metres deep, making them the tallest and grandest waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi river at the falls is over 1.6 kilometres wide. Its boom can be heard from 40 kilometers away.
The falls have been declared national parks to preserve the area from excessive commercialization and is one of the four World Heritage sites found in Zimbabwe. Situated a few kilometres upstream is the Zambezi national park with game reserves of elephant, hippo, crocodile, zebra, and many bird species, including the largest herds of the rare sable antelope. Victoria falls is located on the Zambezi river.
An extremely popular activity in Victoria falls is to fly over the falls in a helicopter which is known as the “Flight of the Angels”. The flight lasts approx 15 minutes, and gives you breathtaking and scenic views of the thunderous Victoria falls. The helicopter is able to fly lower than most other planes, giving you the best views of the falls from both directions. Visitors occupy their sunny days on boat cruises on the Zambezi river, or take flights in small planes to photograph the falls from the air, or view them from its many vantage points on a walk through the luxuriant growth of the rain forest, which is kept perpetually wet by the falling spray.
The Zambezi river offers recreational activities such as white-water rafting and kayaking, as well as canoeing trips.
Bungi jumping on the Victoria falls bridge is certainly not for the faint-hearted.
The area is lush and inviting and the falls are an adventure seeker’s paradise, it also has a devils pool located right next to the cliff and is a place to swim and face a number of amazing things.
Victoria falls is accessible by road, air, rail, and boat.