Victoria Falls National Park
Victoria Falls National Park Review
Plan to spend at least two hours soaking in the splendors of this park. Bring snacks and water, and supervise children extremely well, as the barriers are by no means safe. Babies and toddlers can be pushed in a stroller. If you visit the Falls during the high-water peak, between April and June, you'd do well to carry a raincoat or umbrella (you can rent them at the entrance) and to bring along a waterproof, disposable camera because you will be drenched in the spray from the Falls, which creates a permanent downpour. Be prepared for limited photo opportunities due to the mist. Leave expensive cameras, cell phones, and wristwatches in your hotel or lodge safe.
The constant drizzle has created a small rain forest that extends in a narrow band along the edge of the Falls. A trail running through this dripping green world is overgrown with African ebony, Cape fig, Natal mahogany, wild date palms, ferns, and deep-red flame lilies. A fence has been erected to keep non-fee-paying visitors at bay. Clearly signposted side trails lead to viewpoints overlooking the Falls. The most spectacular is Danger Point, a perilous rock outcropping that overlooks the narrow gorge through which the Zambezi River funnels out of the Boiling Pot, but be careful, as this viewpoint is hazardously wet and precarious. In low-water months (September–November) most of the water goes over the Falls through the Devil's Cataract, a narrow and mesmerizingly powerful section of the Falls visible from Livingstone's statue. Around the full moon the park stays open late so you can see the lunar rainbow formed by the spray—a hauntingly beautiful sight. Early morning and late afternoon are popular visiting times, as you can see the daylight rainbows most vividly then. A booklet explaining the formation and layout of the Falls is available from the Victoria Falls Publicity Association for a small fee.
- Address: Off Livingstone Way, Victoria Falls
- Phone: No phone
- Cost: US$30
- Hours: Daily 6–6; open later around full moon
- Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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