Above: Hippos seen from Zambezi Sundowner Cruise - ANDREW HARPER

The main reason — indeed, often the only reason — people visit the Victoria Falls region is to visit the extraordinary waterfall itself. Victoria Falls is one of the world’s great natural wonders, and I highly recommend walking along both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of it (Victoria Falls straddles the border of the two countries). But people who visit only the falls miss out on the wonderful safari experiences available nearby.

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