Why Victoria Falls Should Be on Your Bucket List

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This veritable wonder of the world is worth the long flight—here's why.

Niagara Falls has nothing on Victoria Falls, the behemoth wonder of the world that divides Zambia and Zimbabwe

The natural wonder is twice the height of Niagara Falls at 354 feet high, and stands nearly a mile wide, a combination that creates the world's largest sheet of falling water and a destination worthy of any travel bucket list. 

This is where the Zambezi River plummets into a series of gorges to create a natural wonder known locally as Mosi-o-Tunya, the smoke that thunders. It's the destination that famous explorer David Livingstone described as a sight so wonderful angels must have gazed down on it in flight. 

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To experience the full majesty of Victoria Falls requires a bird’s eye view, a vantage point attainable by helicopter. Left yours at home? Don’t fret. 

The Zambezi Helicopter Company offers two set flight route options as well as private charters. They fly over both Victoria Falls and the national parks that surround it, providing a chance for eagle-eyed visitors to spot elephants, hippos, buffalo, and more. 

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While seeing the falls from above is the best way to understand its size and scale, a visit to Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe isn’t to be skipped. The park offers a number of walking trails, giving visitors a chance to see just how powerful this wonder is and to feel the cool mist it creates.

No trip to Africa is complete without getting a closer look at the wildlife that brings so many visitors from around the world to this majestic continent. But in the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, safari isn’t the only way to experience the region’s iconic wildlife. 

Book a stay at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and all you’ll have to do is step out onto your balcony to watch Africa’s Cape buffalo—one of the continent’s famous Big Five game animals—roam. 

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The lodge has 72 rooms and six two-story suites, each with a balcony overlooking the African bush. It has been selected by local travel agents as Zimbabwe’s top resort for each of the last 23 years. Its onsite MaKuwa-Kuwa restaurant serves up dishes including coconut crusted bream filet and coffee-infused beef short ribs, plus dining here gives you the feeling that you’re dining and drinking in the wild. 

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The lodge sits on an estate that includes three other properties including the 20-room Victoria Falls Safari Club where stays come with butler-style concierge services. 

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The property is less than three miles from Victoria Falls itself and less than a five-minute drive to the Zambezi Helicopter Company’s helipads, making it an ideal home base for exploring this natural wonder.