A rainbow of hues stretches out from the Zambezi River. A kaleidoscope of colors is represented in the dense green of the woodland, the lush emerald of the open grasslands, the yellows and oranges created by the sun’s reflection, and the intense blue of the Zambezi River. Follow these colors from the helicopter window, then focus on the blue, and how it slices through the wild, bulges until it’s over a mile in width, then disappears into a 108-meter deep canyon. The water rises as a spray, where it’s common to see 360-degree rainbows reaching out from the cascade. This is Victoria Falls, where more water tips over the edge than anywhere else in the world. And it is a perfect introduction to Africa, a helicopter giving you the best angle on the aesthetics of both the falls and its astonishing surroundings.
Today, you land in Livingstone, where it is a short transfer to a lodge on the Zambezi River. Take a relaxed lunch and watch the odd hippo in the water below, and a troop of baboons jumping past the lodge. After the helicopter tour, you continue the adventure by following a walking trail that runs parallel to the falls. Cross Knife-Edge Bridge to find cataracts in the Zambezi where there is a break in the spray, and capture some close-up photos of the falls. After returning to the trailhead, you can walk a different route, descending to the river beneath the falls, a nice place to relax for an hour or so. You are then transferred back to the lodge for a quiet evening where it is hard to miss the hippos emerging from the water.
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