Okavango Tours

Victoria Falls and the Upper River

victoria fallsZambia is a vast and varied country at the heart of southern Africa. It is bordered by eight countries, and life is centered in the West and South on the life-giving Zambezi River, which is the country’s namesake and is where the powerful snake-like river originates. The world’s largest waterfall tumbles over  mahogany colored cliffs on the border with Zimbabwe. Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is the local name for the waterfalls named rafting victoria fallsby the explorer and missionary David Livingstone after his queen. Few other waterfalls in the world allow for such a close approach, which causes drenching when the river is in spate, as well as eye level viewing of the plunging river as it cascades over the basalt gorge.

For the brave of heart, a number of activities utilize the gorge and its raging torrent - bungee jumping 112m off the bridge leave you dangling upside down between the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Half- and full-day rafting will test your belief in an almighty, and helicopters and micro-lights will give you a rather more sedate, but nevertheless exciting aerial view of the dramatic scene.

mukuni villager
The town of Livingstone is a ten-minute drive from the falls. Teeming with local culture, tradition and history, you will find a plethora of interesting things to do there. The town itself has a colorful local market, and the wonderfully quaint and educational Livingstone Museum is well worth a visit. Just outside town Mukuni Village, seat of local chief Mukuni, is a traditional village where the Zambian way of life, old and new, can be experienced.zambezi river

Gentle boat trips up the Zambezi at sunset are available from most camps and lodges, and a drive into the Mosi-oa-Tunya wildlife park, encompassing a tall riverine forest and home to white rhino, eland, buffalo, impala, zebra and hippopotamus, amongst others, is a worthwhile way to spend an afternoon.

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