First stop was the mighty Victoria Falls – the world’s largest waterfall – on the South African border with Zimbabwe. This region is practically dry in November and December, which is deep summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
From the Zimbabwe side, you have a wonderful view of how vast the drop really is. There are 15 stations and a well maintained path that showcases the different angles of the Falls. The first 10 stations were exciting and very wet. From station 10 on, all you could see was mist and condensation from the force of the spray. It was like standing inside a giant car wash.
TIP: At the entrance of the park, all nearby stores rent out long rainy jackets. Do not continue the journey without renting one, unless of course you enjoy a dirty shower. The water of the Falls is not what I consider pristine, virgin spring water.
After the view from the Zimbabwe side, you can travel over the 1905 bridge built by Rhodesian founder Cecil Rhodes – and yes, still the original, still standing – and traverse into Zambia for a different look of the Falls. We first took a helicopter ride that gave us a wonderful perspective of how incredibly vast is Victoria Falls. Not just in term of the drop, but also the gorge formed by the erosion over millions of years and how much water is flowing over the landscape.
TIP: Visit the Falls in late March, as I did, during the peak of the rainy season.