Victoria Falls, affectionately abbreviated to Vic Falls by anyone who's been there, is one of the world's greatest natural spectacles. Declared a World Heritage Site, the falls - and much of the town of the same name - fall within a 23.4km national park, which neighbours the 573km Lower Zambezi National Park.
The falls are the stuff of legends, romance and myth. Long before the Scottish missionary and explorer, Dr David Livingstone 'discovered' the falls on November 16, 1855, the local Batonga people had named them Mosi-Oa-Tunya, "the smoke that thunders". The more prosaic Livingstone named them for his queen, but departed from his normal, pedestrian writing to observe in his diary that "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight."
Today, Victoria Falls Town can rightly claim the title of Adrenaline Capital of Africa. Still essentially a village carved out of the African bush, Vic Falls is home to a seemingly endless variety of adventure sports. Bungee jumping off the railway bridge and white water rafting through the Batoka Gorge downstream of the falls (said to be the world's most exciting stretch of rafting) are just the two most obvious attractions. For surfers, a new addition to the attractions is a chance to bodyboard the huge standing waves set up as the river bounces off underwater boulders.