I am a history geek. In addition to my love of history, nature and wildlife would be next. These are three major things that draws me to a place among st the other numerous reasons why I love travel so when I got the opportunity to visit Victoria Falls (Mosi-Oa-Tunya), of course I didn’t object.
Prior to my visit to Zimbabwe, I knew little or nothing about the country except for Victoria Falls. The few stories I had been conversant with was about how the president had been there for so long, the economy wasn’t fairing well and had adopted USD instead. The truth is, I never had any preconceived ideas about the country despite its economic situations and I’m glad I didn’t because it’s nothing like most people would expect. But of course I knew about Victoria falls; the largest free standing waterfalls in the world and also one of the seven natural wonders. Thanks to me and my curious ways, delving into several encyclopedias and maps.
I heard a funny statement about Victoria falls being like a woman that can be viewed both ways; whatever point you choose to view her from, It’ll be a pleasure. I totally agree with that statement although I can’t seem to put it in the exact words I heard it and with that, I’ll get to the many ways to view the amazing Victoria Falls.
I really enjoyed taking the helicopter ride over the falls and I’ll say, it is one of the best ways to see it. You get to see stunning views of it and also the town. If you ever get the chance to go on the helicopter ride, try to get the front seat to get a better view of the falls. The ride is for about 15 minutes and the pilot circles the falls several times so that all passengers get a good view regardless of where they sit.
Victoria Falls Bridge
You can see the falls from the Victoria falls bridge which I highly recommend. I spent the afternoon with my group wandering between two countries while catching breathtaking views of the falls and It was stunning!
Victoria Falls National Park
This by far is the best way to see Victoria falls. It’s like having a spiritual encounter as you view water crashing like thunder. No wonder that locals named it Mosi-Oa-Tunya which means “the thunder that crashes”. The whole tour is for about 40 minutes and there are different several vantage points where you can view the falls from. Whichever point you settle for, get ready to be drenched in water from the Zambezi.
Though I didn’t get to try out river rafting, I read from research on the net that it is a thrilling experience and of course, you get to see part of the falls because you’ll be in the rapids around its foot. If I get a chance to go back to Victoria falls, I will try this extreme sport not just from the thrills but to also see the falls from a different vantage point.
Victoria Falls Hotel
The first hotel in Victoria Falls did make sure to get the perfect spot to pitch its nest. Being the oldest hotel in town (or maybe even in the country), it has a good view of the falls. The spread of the falls is thick and vivid and thrusting sound is loud from the grounds of the hotel.
The was the hotel that hosted me during my stay in Victoria Falls. They have a rooftop where guests can view the falls! How awesome is that?!! Of course I took advantage of and rose up early one morning to take in the fresh morning air while photographing the falls. I can’t wait to upgrade my camera gear and add more lenses to my collection but with my little Canon 600D, the outcome wasn’t so bad.
Elephant Hills Resort
I also went on a sight inspection in this hotel and caught a glimpse of the falls while at it. As excepted, all that can be seen is the spread of the falls but it still felt good to have a glimpse from there.
Have you ever seen Mosi-Oa-Tunya? What is the best vantage point in your opinion?
*My trip to Zimbabwe was courtesy of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority. All opinions however remain my own.