Victoria Falls are very spectacular from any point of view, land or air. Although the Falls constitute neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, the claim is that it’s the largest is based on a width of 1.7 kilometres (1 mi) and height of 108 meters (360 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
The unusual form of Victoria Falls enables virtually the whole width of the falls to be viewed face-on, as well as from the top just one metre (3 ft) from the waters edge, as the whole Zambezi River drops into a deep, narrow chasm, connected to a long curving gorge.
Many of Africa’s animals and birds can be seen in the immediate vicinity of Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls are one of Africa’s major tourist attractions, and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The falls are shared between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and each country has a national park to protect them and a town serving as a tourism centre: Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone in Zambia, and Victoria Falls National Park in the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
This gallery features a helicopter ride over the Falls (photos 0-20) plus a walk along the upstream side (photos 27-35) of the Falls where locals splash (but dare not go out into the strong current) and finally a visit to the 5-star Zambezi Sun Resort (photos 36-41) adjacent to the Falls where many tour groups fly in for a short visit to see the Falls without seeing the town of Livingstone.