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Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya
Written by Dai Lougher   
Tuesday, 25 May 2010 06:13

To anyone visiting Zambia I would recommend two places - the South Luangwa National Park and Victoria Falls (look at the fantastic images in the photo gallery ).

I have visited the Falls on four occasions, at different seasons, and it never ceases to amaze me. As you approach the Falls two things hit your senses - the vast spray and the thunderous sound, as the " greatest known curtain of falling water " falls down 100 metres into the gorge below. No wonder the locals called it Mosi-oa-Tunya , the Smoke that Thunders. There are several things you can do at the Falls, depending on how brave (or foolhardy) you are. You can take a bhungee jump off the bridge (where Harold Wilson  met with Ian Smith I believe} or a raft ride down the rapids below the Falls, neither of which I have done. To experience the brute force of the Falls one needs to walk on the Knife Edge Bridge. I found this exciting as you get soaked by the rain formed by the spray , listen to the tumultous sound , and see the rainbow.

Another must is the steep walk down to the turbulent water of the Boiling Pot in the second gorge, passing through a mini rainforest of tall trees, palms, creepers and lianas.

The more timid can visit the Craft Hall where some of Zambia,s best  craftsmen sell their wares,  ranging from malachite chess sets to wood-carved animals.

I would also recommend visits to the Livingstone Memorial Museum, and the Livingstone National Park where you can see elephants, buffalo, giraffes, zebras ,rhinos and other mammals.

My wife and I had our honeymoon at the Falls back in 1980. You could not wish for a more romantic place.