The roar from the mighty Zambezi River as it tumbles over a 108-meter high precipice straddling the Zambia-Zimbabwe border can be heard from miles away.
Though itâ€™s better known these days as Victoria Falls, the original Lozi name Mosi-oa-Tunya, or â€śthe Smoke that Thunders,â€ť is a far more alluring description for one of Africaâ€™s most sought-after natural spectacles.
The roar from the mighty Zambezi River as it tumbles over a 108-meter high precipice straddling the Zambia-Zimbabwe border can be heard from miles away, and the veil of mist rising from a narrow chasm 1,700 meters across creates rainbows that can even be seen after dark in the light of a full moon.
May is the month to glimpse the falls at peak water flow: the riverside viewpoints in Zimbabwe generally offer better vistas with less spray, while a helicopter tour brings an even greater appreciation for the cascadeâ€™s sheer scale and power. Itâ€™s also prime time for trips to nearby safari areas and national parksâ€”mostly in Zimbabweâ€”as the bush thins out with the onset of dry season.
Getting There â€¨
Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe can be reached on South African Airways via Johannesburg, which is served by nonstop flights from Singapore and Hong Kong.
Where to Stay â€¨
Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel (263-213/284-4751; doubles from US$432) is Zimbabweâ€™s oldest luxury lodging and a 161-room Edwardian gem that overlooks the Zambezi River.
A birdâ€™s-eye view of the falls on the 13-minute Flight of Angels tour run by Zambezi Helicopters.
This article originally appeared in the April/May 2018Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śPicking Up Streamâ€ť).