Superlatives pale when it comes to describing the spectacle of the almost 2km-wide Zambezi as it plummets over 100 metres into the narrow Zambezi gorge below. With some travelers avoiding Zimbabwe, the small southern Zambian town of Livingstone has become Africa’s adventure centre – a mecca for thrill-seekers who opt for bungi-jumping, white- water rafting, canoeing, abseiling, jet-boating, micro-lighting, helicopter flips and other adrenalin-pumping activities centred around the falls.
Livingstone and its surroundings offer an unspoilt experience of the tranquil Zambezi River upstream of the falls as well as the magnificence of the falls themselves. Tiny Livingstone island is a highlight, providing visitors with the thrilling experience of picknicking, and perhaps swimming, literally on the lip of the falls. Another highlight is the spray-filled, close-up view of the Eastern Cataract from the sheer buttress called the Knife Edge. But one doesn’t need to be leaning over the edge to experience the wonder of Victoria Falls – on clear days the spray can be seen from almost 50 km away!
The gracious 5-star Royal Livingstone commands one of the most spectacular views on earth with its deck protruding into the Zambezi River, framed by the spray of the Victoria Falls. Its sister 3-star Zambezi Sun provides a buzzy and convenient base for the falls with a host of activities on offer. The colonial-themed River Club upstream is a tranquil haven reminiscent of a gentler bygone era. Toka Lewa is also highly recommended.