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A new classic, this family-friendly adventure was featured by Peter Greenberg & Lonely Planet.
The enormous sheet of water that spills down a stretching cliff on the Zambezi River creates one of the most inspiring sensory experiences imaginable. The thunderous sounds, the magnificent sights and even the smell of the plummeting mass of water is an experience that cannot be recreated by a video or photograph. Visiting this natural wonder grips tourists from the moment they lay their eyes on the bewildering view, and locks them in a state of wonder that can only be done justice by an in-person visit to Victoria Falls.
Seeing the unfathomable sight has never been easier
To put the waterfall in perspective for travelers who have toured Niagara Falls, Victoria Falls dwarfs the largest waterfall in North America. While it is not the highest or the widest, in combined height and width Victoria Falls takes the title for the world's largest waterfall. Luckily, seeing the whole thing from every angle and mode of transportation is a cinch, thanks to nearby hotel accommodations and touring offers.
Hiking the lush forest trails to catch the view from the ground is an experience filled with exciting additional sights and experiences. Monkeys swing through the jungle and the plant life is vibrant and alluring. Marvel at The Big Tree - baobab tree said to be 1,000 years old - on your way to the waterfall's edge. Touring expeditions are lead by qualified guides that will point out all of the mystifying sights that await on the snaking jungle paths. Additionally, traveling by foot gives tourists the chance to explore the Devil's Pool.
Featured as one of CNN Travel's most spectacular shows, the Devil's Pool allows tourists to swim right to the edge of the immense falls safely. This natural rock pool keeps swimmers from tumbling down the towering cliff side with the flowing waters, and the thrill is intensified because the protective rock wall can't be seen from above the water.
On the other hand, to take in the full beauty of the expansive waterfall, tourists are welcome to book a helicopter tour of the site. There's something grand and impressive about the waterfall looking down on it from 1,000 feet in the air. A helicopter tour also gives visitors a chance to look over the rolling African plains for the best view of the surrounding jungle.
Luxurious accommodations and other exciting experiences
The Victoria Falls is a beautiful colonial hotel built in the Victoria Falls National Park. Surrounded by rich gardens, lily ponds, and charming tropical fauna. The hotel itself features comfortable lodging, a relaxing swimming pool and a reputation for fine dining and an award-winning wine list.
Within the Victoria Falls National Park, there is also the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary, which encourages travelers to interact with the elephants and go on exhilarating elephant-back safari tours.
For the bold visitor, a Victoria Falls tour is filled with numerous activities to get the pulse pounding. Whitewater rafting puts visitors out on the water to paddle through the rushing stream and gaze at the various forms of wildlife that gather on the riverbanks, and more laid back boat tours allow people to lounge and take in the sights.
Eager to see more breathtaking natural sights, travelers can tour the open waters of Hanoi bay in Vietnam. This idyllic bay has been featured in thousands of paintings and artistic depictions over the centuries. Peppered with towering jagged peaks covered in vibrant green foliage, this location is world renowned for its tranquil qualities and picturesque scenery. The waters don't thunder on Hanoi bay, but they offer a more peaceful experience that is sure to entice visitors in the same way Victoria Falls does.
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