Known by the locals as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ or ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls, considered to be the world’s largest waterfall, is situated on the Zambezi River and has been a centrepiece of discovery by explorers for centuries gone by. Named after Queen Victoria I by the famous Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone, Victoria Falls is a bucket list item for many global travellers.
This is, of course, comes as no surprise with the Victoria Falls having been listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Despite not being the highest or widest waterfall, when combining the height and width, it becomes the largest single curtain of falling water in the world. The Falls can be visited at any time of year, however, if you’re looking for a bit more of an adrenaline-filled adventure, it is best to time your visit just after the rainy season when the falls is at its largest volume, resulting in an exhilarating and wet experience.
With Victoria Falls nestled within the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, which Peace Parks Foundation has been actively supporting since 2004, the team headed out to explore the Falls for both work and inspiration. They are left in complete awe as they gaze in wonder upon one of Africa’s many jaw-dropping scenes. Lésa van Rooyen, Peace Parks Communications Coordinator, tells us that when you visit a place like this, you realise just how special Africa is.
Meanwhile, Gordon Homer, Peace Parks’ Project Manager for Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, is on a separate visit to Victoria Falls with his family. They spend the day exploring the different vantage points and bring the camera along to help us get a clearer picture of what it’s like to be surrounded by one of nature’s greatest spectacles.
Peace Parks is committed to conserving Africa’s most precious natural resources and keeping river systems, such as the Zambezi, which feeds the Falls, healthy. Through this, eco-tourism in the area is secured, which helps to ensure that the communities, the surrounding habitat and the wildlife that depend on this area, remain protected.