The mighty Victoria Falls are formed by the meandering rapids of the Zambezi River that is mostly in Zimbabwe but a part of which snakes through Zambia. The Falls themselves straddle both countries. So the burning question on everyone’s lips is: which side is better? We’ve taken an in-depth look at the pros and cons of both sides.
“It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in Africa”
The Victoria Falls – one of the seven natural wonders of the world that straddles the border between the city of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone (Zambia). In 1855 the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone was the first traveller to this place and named it in honour of his queen. When the Zambezi River becomes perhaps the most majestic waterfall in the world, you just can’t avert your gaze from it.
Zimbabwe’s majestic Victoria Falls is one of the world’s 7 Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. While the breath-taking falls are neither the widest nor the highest in the world, when the river is in full flow it does form the largest cascading sheet of water. For millennia the falls existed undiscovered by anyone outside of Africa. The first European to see the famous falls was David Livingstone who loyally named them after his Queen Victoria although the locals use the name Mosi Oa Tunya, which means “the smoke that thunders”, referring to the crashing noise of the falls and the towering mist that rises above it.
Zimbabwe is a country blessed with great natural beauty, amazing safaris in protected game reserves, interesting historical sites, as well as mineral wealth. A journey here will take you through an incredibly diverse landscape, from lush forests and flaming Msasa trees, to laidback towns, rocky mountains and winding rivers up in the north.
The Zambezi River, whose water forms the stunning Victoria Falls, is the border between two countries: Zambia and Zimbabwe. When you travel to Victoria Falls it not only takes you to one of the most breath-taking waterfalls in the world, but also showcases you its natural wonders and ecosystem. Therefore, it is possible to explore the Victoria Falls from two different countries.