Victoria Falls – best seen from Zimbabwe or Zambia?
This argument continues to rage, light-heartedly of course. The answer is simple – Zim is the place to get the best view from ground level. Your alternative is to get aerial and take a chopper ride over the Victoria Falls.
Zimbabwe is on the western bank of the Zambezi and holds 4 of the 5 waterfalls – the Devil’s Cataract, the Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Horseshoe Falls. The Eastern Cataract flows on the Zambian shoreline.
Shearwater chopper over the Main Falls, with Livingstone Island, Horseshoe and Rainbow Falls (Zim side). Eastern Cataract and the Knife Edge at top of picture (Zambian side).
Zimbabwe’s rainforest shrouded in spray. At the Main Falls this massive volume of water is converted to mist by strong rising winds before it hits the floor of the gorge 93m below.
The Devil’s Cataract, Zimbabwe. Derives its name from the adjacent island where local tribesmen performed sacrificial ceremonies during the time of the early missionaries. These acts were referred to as “devilish”. Hence the name of the western-most cataract over which water cascades 70m.
Batoka Sky microlight over the Eastern Cataract (pic courtesy SafPar)
Left to right, Livingstone Island, Horseshoe and Rainbow Falls in Zimbabwe, Eastern Cataract in Zambia. (Devil’s Cataract and the Main Falls are out of view on the left. In the foreground, Danger Point (Zimbabwe), the Knife Edge (Zambia).