Of Victoria Falls, Rainbows, Devil’s Pool and crossing the Zambian border

 A visit to Victoria Falls City of Zimbabwe will never EVER be completed if you do not visit the majestic thunderous Victoria Falls. It is synonymous to visiting Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower. As an introduction, Victoria Falls, or better known as ‘Mosi-Oa-Tunya’ in Tonga, official language of Zimbabwe, literally means the ‘Smoke that Thunders’. It’s a huge waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River situated at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Nature Wonders of the World as well as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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At the entrance of Victoria Falls

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Just inside the entrance, there was this bronze statue of David Livingstone, the first European to view the Victoria Falls and name it after Queen Victoria.

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A guide explained to us about the history and walkway of the Victoria Falls which span to about 1.7km in length with different vantage view point.

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from one of the best vantage point looking Eastward of the Victoria Falls

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that’s where the end of the rainbow

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If one would walk further, one would get to experience looking down the cliff at 108 meters high…For your information, Niagara falls is only 51 meters tall.

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a normal sight during the dry season. Rainy season would result in full ‘blast’ of the Victoria Falls.

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That’s the infamous Devil’s Pool which is situated at the Zambia section of the Victoria Falls. The Devil’s pool can only be visited during the dry season from May to November each year for about USD100.00 per person with a guide included. That’s quite a bargain for the ultimate true infinity pool. Early reservation must be made as well as fellow fever vaccination certificate must be obtained before hand (a requirement to enter Zambia). I regretted for not making an earlier reservation thus I missed out this once in a lifetime opportunity. Better luck next time.

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One can also take the opportunity to enter Zambia by crossing the famous Victoria Falls Bridge.

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One will have to obtain a pass to get over to the bridge. A stamp on your passport will not be allowed unless one have obtained a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Otherwise you would be quarantined in most of the airports around the world.

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One of the interesting feature of the bridge is the ‘half’ painted bridge at the Zambia side which was quite funny towards other visitors. Bridge at the Zambia section is properly maintained in contrast to the Zimbabwean section.

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At the bridge is where one could engage in water rafting activities or bungee jumping off the cliff.

 

 

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Are you dare enough to bungee jump down the cliff?

 

Opening times (Varies according to season)

Winter: (15th May – 14th August)
06:30 – 18:00

Summer: (15th August – 14th May)
06:00 – 18:00

Fees Structure:
USD 30.00 International visitors
USD 20.00 or R200 regional visitors
USD 10.00 Zimbabwe residents
USD  7.00 Zimbabwe citizens

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