The highlight of most visits to Livingstone, the Mosi Ao Tunya (“Smoke that thunders”) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Over a mile wide and 100 metres high, the Victoria Falls are a resplendent sight whether in full flow or when slightly less torrential during the dry season. Staying close to the Falls, it is possible to visit numerous times under your own steam, but many visitors choose to stay at one of the tranquil, Zambezi-side lodges out of town. Here, guided tours of the Falls will usually be included in your stay, and these are a great way to learn the best places from which to view and photograph the Falls, as well as a potted history of their discovery by David Livingstone and their historical significance for the indigenous people.
These tours will generally be enjoyed on your first full morning in Livingstone and take roughly 2-3 hours, giving time for shopping at one of the market stalls near to the entrance gates. The morning is a wonderful time to see the Falls, as the strengthening sun illuminates the waters and rainbows magically appear in the spray. During high water (November – May) you will be provided with raincoats to avoid being drenched. Your guide will also take you to the Livingstone statue and across the bridge over the rainforest, where the spray is at its heaviest.