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Victoria Falls, affectionately abbreviated to Vic Falls, 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 national park, which neighbours onto the Zambezi National Park.
The Victoria 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'.
Today, the town of Victoria Falls can rightly claim the title of 'Adventure 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.
But perhaps best of all is the constant lure of the falls. A network of trails leads through the rainforest surrounding the smoke that thunders. When the river is at its lowest, as little as 20 000 cubic metres per minute flow over the lip of the falls, but when the mighty Zambezi is raging in April and May, as much as 500 000 cubic metres a minute smashes down into the Devil's Cataract below, and then powers its way through the Batoka Gorge.