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Visit Victoria Falls for Livingstone's 200th birthday

If you've ever fancied paying the spectacular Victoria Falls a visit, then 2013 may give you the perfect excuse to book that trip.

This year marks 200 years since the birth of explorer David Livingstone, widely credited with discovering the spectacular falls. The eponymous town of Livingstone near the falls is holding anniversary celebrations throughout the year to commemorate the birth of the Scottish adventurer.

The Victoria Falls are found on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, and are said to be the largest falls in the world, although they are neither the widest nor the highest. At 108 metres high and 1,708 metres wide, the size of the sheet of falling water is the largest.

Most visitors to the falls approach on foot and take advantage of the many paths around the falls which give access to a variety of different viewpoints. Many of these are close enough to the falls to give tourists a thorough wetting, thanks to the huge quantities of spray generated by the falling water. For an even more dramatic view, visitors could indulge in a helicopter tour of the falls, getting a unique bird-eye view of the stunning waterfalls and gorges.

For the more daring, the 'Devil's Pool' on the Zambian side of the falls provides a relatively safe place for people to swim and look over the edge of the falls. This is only possible at certain times of the year when the river is at an appropriate level. White water rafting is also possible in the gorges around the falls, and bungee jumping from the bridge which crosses the Zambezi river gives thrill-seekers the ultimate way of experiencing the stunning natural water feature.

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