For generations, members of the Kololo tribe lived around a massive waterfall, giving it the evocative name ‘Mosi-Oa-Tunya’ or ‘the smoke that thunders’. The intensity of five hundred million cubic metres of water during the rainy season crashing a hundred metres down into Batoka Gorge creates a fine white mist that reaches high into the air, accompanied by a deafening roar. ‘Thundering smoke’ is an apt description indeed! Ironically, when David Livingstone came along in November 1855, the Falls were probably quite low after the mid-year dry season. Today, we can time your visit so you see their full splendour: too early in the year and there’s so much water you literally can’t see anything; too late and you could be staring at bare rock… A trip to the Falls is on every African travel bucket list because it is a unique and truly dazzling phenomenon.