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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Best time to go: Best to visit in April and May or August and September. Hot in September and October, then rainy from November to March

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Craig Doyle
The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe wowed you enough to come in at number 21.

'On sites as beautiful as this, angels must have gazed'. So said Dr Livingstone (I presume) when he first stumbled across these Falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in 1855.

Victoria Falls is one of the world's mightiest Falls, and one of the natural wonders of the world. Nearby is the Victoria Falls National Park and Livingstone Game Park is on the Zambia side.

The waters of Victoria Falls plunges over a precipice with a maximum drop of 335 feet (108 metres). An average of 33,000 cubic feet (935 cubic metres) falls per second, although the amount can be much more than that in flood season.

Adventurous visitors to the Falls enjoy kayaking and canoeing, white water rafting and horseback riding, or can take a guided walking safari. It is also possible to bungee jump off the 111 metres high Victoria Falls Bridge. However, to fully appreciate the scale and grandeur of the falls, an aerial view is recommended and microlight and fixed wing flights are available.

The local Kalolo Lozi people have named the falls Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning 'The Smoke that Thunders' on account of the deafening roar and veil of mist that surrounds the falls. It has also been described as the 'greatest known curtain of falling water' However nothing can really describe the immense splendour of the Falls, so you will just have to go and see for yourself.

   

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Price: Expect to pay around £750

Approx flight time: Harare to London is just under 10 hours, then onward by internal flight, road or rail

  • when the Victoria Falls Bridge was opened in 1905, it was the highest in the world
  • David Livingstone named Victoria Falls after Queen Victoria
  • Victoria Falls are approximately twice as wide and twice as high as Niagara Falls
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Time difference
GMT = 2 hours ahead

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Not required


Inoculations & health
Typhoid, Hepatitus A, recommended, Dip, Tuberculosis Hep B and Rabies sometimes recommended

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