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The smoke that thunders - This is a brillaint description of Victoria Falls. This is an incredibly beautiful natural wonder and is definitely a must see. I have been to Victoria Falls twice, once just after the rainy season and once in the dry season and there is quite a dramatic difference. In the rainy season the waterfall is huge and its is a good idea to take a waterproof as you will be engulfed by the spray. The dry season is just a beautiful but gives you a rare chance of going around the back of the falls with a few guides that take you across the waterfall top to the midle of the falls where there are small pools that are on the edge of the falls. I had the most petrifying swim of my life in a pool on the edge of the falls. Both times i was blown away by the sights, especially the rainbows that form in the spray of the falls.
The Zambian side is much more value for money and has a longer view of the falls, thereis no health and safety culture in Zambian with very few safety barriers which makes it feel a lot more exciting. The markets at the entrance to the park are brilliant places to pick a little hand craved sculpture after a good bit of haggling. Its an incredible place that will blow your mind.
I visited Vic Falls in 2004 whilst working in Zambia. Please note all information in the review is relating to the Zambian side, not the Zimbabwean side.
Getting to the falls is the first mission. From Livingstone, you can get a taxi for not more than a few pounds, or you can catch a shuttle from one of the backpackers hostels. Then you pass through immigration, where you have a temporary exit pass granted. (Do not forget your passport). As you don't actually pass into Zimbabwe, you do not need a separate visa for this.
On entry to the national park at Vic Falls, you are required to pay 10USD, or if you are working in the country you only have to pay the equivalent of 30p. You then follow the trail down to the falls, which, when you first catch a glimpse of it, is the most incredible sight. It's sheer power is overwhelming, and we stood for a couple of minutes in silence just staring. You can then walk to Knife Edge bridge, where circular rainbows in the mist can be seen.
At the top of the falls there is no man made structures preventing you from entering the water, so it is very natural. Some people stood in the water feet from the drop, which is not to be advised as you would face certain death were you to fall.
I had a go at Bungy jumping from the bridge next to the falls - absolutely terrifying at 111metre drop.
If you are there during a full moon, I would recommend the full moon party - entry to the falls park in the night time where you can view rainbows created by the moonlight - an incredible and unmissable experience.