Zambia - Livingstone & Victoria falls

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, The Victoria Falls is the world' largest sheet of falling water. The thundering waters of the Zambezi River plummet over 100 metres down into a mighty chasm almost two kilometre's wide in a mesmerising display of raw power.

On his journey of thousands of kilometres through the heart of Africa, the legendary Dr. David Livingstone first saw the awesome glory of the Victoria Falls from the Zambian side.

He travelled down the mighty Zambezi River in a large makoro, (dug-out canoe) steered by local paddler called 'the breaker of canoes' in which he traversed the treacherous course of rapids that lay between him and the great wonder of the natural world. He was so awestruck; that he named the earth's largest body of falling water after his sovereign, Queen Victoria.

Visitors can enjoy spectacular views by following the many different paths along the gorge - the best being along the Knife Edge Bridge that leads out to an island left isolated in the abyss from where you look directly across to the eastern Cataract and Main Falls or gaze far below to the churning maelstrom of The Boiling Pot where the river turns and heads down dramatic series of gorges.

Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the falls is a quaint little colonial town with an interesting museum. It was the old capital of Northern Rhodesia.

It is possible to cross the spectacular Victoria Falls Bridge, built by Rhodes in a precarious position so close to the falls that the bridge is regularly covered in spray and cross the frontier into Zimbabwe from where the other side of the falls can be viewed. A visa can be obtained at the border

Given the spectacular nature of Victoria Falls, Livingstone is still relatively tranquil but the growth of tourism has brought with it a range of activities for the more adventurous.

These include the world's most spectacular bungy jump, helicopter viewing of the falls, white water rafting, elephant and horse-back safaris and boat trips up the Zambezi River