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Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

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Wow Factor: Victoria Falls (also called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the Smoke that Thunders”) is where the otherwise nonchalant Zambezi River takes a sudden dive off a basalt plateau in a showy 350-foot drop that measures 5,700 feet across. The water lands in the 60-mile-long Batoka Gorge of southern Africa. Elephants, hippos, and crocodiles all enjoy the river but sometimes plummet right over the waterfall’s edge.

Keep in Mind: Mist clouds can rise more than 1,000 feet above the falls (especially from January to April after the summer rains), obscuring the views but creating a natural spectacle in themselves.

Base Camp: The Zambezi Sun, located on the edge of Victoria Falls’ eastern cataract, on the Zambian side, features earthy architecture inspired by an African walled village.

The World's Most Spectacular Waterfalls

The World's Most Spectacular Waterfalls

Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

Wow Factor: Victoria Falls (also called Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the Smoke that Thunders”) is where the otherwise nonchalant Zambezi River takes a sudden dive off a basalt plateau in a showy 350-foot drop that measures 5,700 feet across. The water lands in the 60-mile-long Batoka Gorge of southern Africa. Elephants, hippos, and crocodiles all enjoy the river but sometimes plummet right over the waterfall’s edge.

Keep in Mind: Mist clouds can rise more than 1,000 feet above the falls (especially from January to April after the summer rains), obscuring the views but creating a natural spectacle in themselves.

Base Camp: The Zambezi Sun, located on the edge of Victoria Falls’ eastern cataract, on the Zambian side, features earthy architecture inspired by an African walled village.

The World's Most Spectacular Waterfalls

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The World's Most Spectacular Waterfalls

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