Although I was a regular visitor to the Falls on the Zimbabwe side while growing up in Botswana, every time I go back I’m always mesmerised by the sight. And this time, I was particularly excited to see the expression on my partner’s face!
We paid our $30 and we set out walking along a path through the bush. After about 5 minutes, we started to see people with umbrellas and rain jackets. We didn’t bother with that – it was a nice hot day, so I knew it would be quite refreshing to feel the spray. We got to the first viewpoint of the Falls, where we had to walk down steps to see and hear the largest volume of water falling from the waterfall to the bottom of the chasm. As this is a particularly large quantity of falling water, the viewing spot is always pretty wet! Thankfully we had our GoPro and ‘waterproof’ iPhones, which helped with getting some great shots. This spot has a great view of the gorge, and you can see how fast the water flows. If you follow this pathway, it continues on towards the statue of David Livingstone, the first European to marvel at Victoria Falls.
After viewing the Falls at this point, we headed back through the rainforest, guided by the loud sound of the falling water. The area here always has a rainforest because the constant water from the Falls (some months more than others) results in plenty of plant life all year round.
The rainforest trail has several viewpoints every few metres, to provide different vistas of the Falls. This walk is relatively easy to do as there are concrete paths and it’s flat for the most part. Along the path you get great views of David Livingstone Island (from where Livingstone first gazed at the Falls), and when the water level is low (from September onwards) you can enjoy a thrill-seeking swim in the naturally formed ledges known as Devil’s Pool and Angel’s Pool (I have done both!).
As you reach the end of the walking trail, you get to a fantastic panoramic view of the rest of the Falls that stretches farther into Zambia and also the amazing ‘Boiling Pot’ gorge.* The latter is great to hike down during the months of August till early December (lower water-level times).
*I have to mention that there are no barriers around the edges of this panoramic viewpoint. Due to all the water, the path and rocks surrounding the edges can be slightly slippery, so just make sure you don’t get too close to the edge!