Mosi-oa-tunya was the name given to these spectacular Falls by the Kololo be living in the area in the 1800�s. It means the Smoke that Thunders
David Livingstone shared his discovery of the Falls with the Western World and named them after his Queen. Today they are acknowledged as the greatest known curtain of falling water in the world.
Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as 546 million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge (at the height of the flood season) over a width of nearly two km into a deep gorge over 100 meters below.
The wide basalt cliff, over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a wide placid river to a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges.
Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height and capped by mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor who is prepared to brave the tremendous spray with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls.
Comfort Corner Guesthouse can arrange tours to the Falls, where you can walk along the path on the opposite bank and have several breathtaking views of the Falls. It is also possible to walk along the lip of the Falls itself in the dry season. Here you will find Devils pool – a place to submerge yourself in the great Zambezi before it thunders over the edge. Not for the feint hearted!
Walks can also be taken to the bottom of the Falls – the “Boiling Pot” is where the entire 1.2km length of the Zambezi is channelled into the Batoka Gorge creating a series of rapids which are now very popular for WHite Water Rafting.