I traveled to Zimbabwe by foot crossing the Zambezi River from Zambia. My hotel was in Livingstone, Zambia so I made it a day by traveling to the small town of Victoria Falls after crossing the boarder, then eventually on to the falls from the Zimbabwe side. The trip was definitely worth it as the falls from the Zimbabwe side are even more impressive then the Zambian side because they are closer. While in Zimbabwe I found the people to be exceptionally friendly and helpful and it made me feel bad that many were so poor. If you ever get to travel to Victoria Falls (one of the 7 natural wonders of the the world) then please don't miss the Zimbabwe side of the falls. I am sure you will find the people as kind and welcoming as I did.

Zimbabwe got its name from the great trading empire that existed in the area during the 11th century. The original people in the area were  a Bush people known as the San and they are believed to have lived in the area for more than 35,000 years. They were eventually pushed out of the area by Bantu groups from south and central Africa. Today, the black population of Zimbabwe is divided into two major language groups, which are subdivided into several ethnic groups. The Mashona (Shona speakers), who constitute about 75 percent of the population, have lived in the area the longest and are the majority language group. The Matabele (Sindebele speakers), representing about 20 percent of the population and centered in the southwest around Bulawayo, arrived in within the last 150 years. An offshoot of the South African Zulu group, they maintained control over the Mashona until the white occupation of Rhodesia in 1890. More than half of the whites, primarily of English origin, arrived in Zimbabwe after World War II. Afrikaners from South Africa and other European minorities, including Portuguese from Mozambique, are also present. Until the mid-1970's, there were about 1,000 white immigrants per year, but from 1976 to 1985 a steady emigration resulted in a loss of more than 150,000, leaving approximately 100,000 in 1992. English, the official language, is spoken by the white population and understood, if not always used, by more than half of the blacks. Persecution of white farmers in the 80's and 90's have destroyed Zimbabwe's economy and rendered the countries currently useless. Today, the country is still ruled by a ruthless, election fixing dictator that refuses to relinquish power to help his people. 

Images of Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe Side

Walking Across the border from Zambia to Zimbabwe and into the City of Victoria Falls

More of Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side of the border