Aerial view of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
10 June, 20192 minute read

The awe-inspiring Victoria Falls

A visit to the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls in Africa, one of the natural wonders of the world, is the experience of a lifetime. Originally called Mosi-oa Tunya, which means “the smoke that thunders”, the legendary explorer and missionary David Livingstone renamed them Victoria Falls in honour of Queen Victoria, after he became the first European to have ever seen them in 1855.

Located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in southern Africa, Victoria Falls is the largest sheet of falling water in the world. The Zambezi River is more than 1.25 miles wide when it cascades 108 metres into the basalt gorge below and the billowing clouds of mist that rise from Victoria Falls are so large that they can be seen from more than 12 miles away. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989, nothing can prepare you for the exhilarating experience of the thunderous Victoria Falls, which can be seen from a wide range of different viewpoints. Have your camera at the ready and be sure to capture the unique views to be had from the Victoria Falls Bridge and Knife Edge Bridge. You can also fully appreciate the sheer power of the cascading waters close up by heading down to the river-level platforms.

The area around the Victoria Falls also has great archaeological interest. Stone artefacts found there have revealed that early humans lived by Victoria Falls as long as two million years ago, while evidence of Middle Stone Age settlements in the form of tools dating to around 50,000 years ago have also been found.

Victoria Falls is just one of the spectacular sights to be seen on Titan’s Tracks of Africa - An epic journey, from the Cape to Victoria Falls tour. Titan travellers are treated to a talk on the epic adventures of David Livingstone, before being free to walk around Victoria Falls to admire its astonishing beauty.

Visit the magical Victoria Falls with Titan and you too will share the sentiment of Livingstone, who after first seeing them wrote in his journal that “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”

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Nicola considers herself very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit a number of places around the world and these experiences usually involve searching for as many kinds of wildlife as possible. Recent highlights include penguins in Antarctica, bears and whales in Canada and Alaska and sea otters in California - but there are always more animals to search for.

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