Victoria Falls is without doubt one of the most famous landmarks in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. When you plan your first visit to Zambia or Zimbabwe – envisage your very first glimpse of the literally breath-taking Victoria Falls. If there were no other reason to visit Zambia and Zimbabwe, the legendary Victoria Falls would be reason enough.
Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Locals referred to the Falls as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’; Victoria Falls is a sight you won’t easily forget and that is guaranteed.
About three quarters of Victoria Falls lies within Zimbabwe and it has the lion’s share of viewpoints too. Victoria Falls is a town in western Zimbabwe and a gateway to the massive waterfall of the same name. Here, the Zambezi River plummets over a cliff and into the Boiling Pot before flowing through a series of gorges. The Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool, is on the edge of a sheer drop. Spanning the river is 1905 Victoria Falls Bridge.
To get exceptionally close to the cascades of water, however, you need to visit the Zambian side of the Falls. Feel your heart race during the drenching crossing of the Knife-Edge Bridge or, if there’s less water, take the steep footpath down to the Boiling Pot – a huge whirlpool at the base of the Falls. You can also stand upstream and watch the river rush over the edge.
• As you are here to visit the Falls, we recommend a guided tour of the Falls
• Make sure you visit the National Park Mosi-oa-Tunya, where you can see many local animals – antelopes, zebras, giraffes and is home to white rhino and elephant
• Historical Bridge Tour
• Day trip to Chobe National Park
• Each full moon the Victoria Falls rainforest re-opens in the evening for special tours to witness the mystical magic of the lunar rainbow – spray and cloud permitting! The Victoria Falls are one of the few places on earth where this natural phenomenon occurs regularly and where it can be witnessed with ease.
• A highlight of any trip is the romantic sundowner cruise above Victoria Falls, viewing crocodiles and hippos wallowing in pools and lying on the banks. You may of course prefer a bird’s eye-view of the Falls, by helicopter or microlight
• Adrenaline and action activities include White Water Rafting; High Wire activities; Zambezi Canoeing and much more
• Royal Livingstone Express Dinner run – Fine wining and dining aboard The Royal Livingstone Express as you travel from Livingstone to the Victoria Falls Bridge in Pullman style coaches which have been lovingly restored to their former glory
• One of the most thrilling experiences – not only at the falls but in all of Africa – is the hair-raising journey to Livingstone Island. Here you will bathe in Devil’s Pool – nature’s ultimate infinity pool, set directly on the edge of the Victoria Falls. You can leap into the pool and then poke your head over the edge to get an extraordinary view of the 100m drop. Here also you’ll see the plaque marking the spot where David Livingstone first sighted the falls.
• Time difference is GMT+2 hours
• The water level varies throughout the year; it is at its peak in April, at the end of the rainy season and it is at its lowest level in October and early November
• Interestingly, during the dry season the water level in the Zambezi River drops sharply, and it becomes possible to walk through some parts of the waterfall. However, during the rest of the year Victoria Falls is a roaring machine that strikes anyone with its power
• Avoid April when the water levels are at their highest. The spray from the Falls does not make for good viewing!
• When the Falls are at it’s lowest levels, the best viewing is from Victoria Falls in the Zimbabwean
• When combing with a safari in either Botswana or Zimbabwe, the best game viewing experience is between June to October, although other months are just as good and provide better value for money. Please click through to our Botswana Page for more travel info.
• Credit Cards are accepted at hotels and major towns, but we highly recommend that you pre-book all activities prior to departure.
• When in Zambia, any local purchases must be paid for in Zambian Kwacha. The local currency can only be obtained in Zambia
• Health – Visitors need no special precautions for their stay, except anti-malarial treatments. It is highly recommended that you discuss your travel plans with your local GP
• Good Travel and Medical Insurance cover is vital
What to Bring:
• Valid passports with no less than six months validity and two blank pages
• A visa is required for UK passport holders and can be obtained at Port of Entry i.e. Livingstone Airport and Victoria Falls Airport
• Visas can only be paid for in US$ cash. It is essential to acquire US$ cash before departing as there is often a shortage of US$ cash on arrival at the airport
• Families travelling to Victoria Falls and/or transiting through South Africa with children under the age of 18 or not with both parents are required to produce documentation on arrival. Please discuss with us
• Electricity is supplied at 220/240v. Both square and round wall plugs are used Adaptors for your electrical devises i.e. mobiles and cameras are necessary
• T-shirts and shorts / Blouses with long sleeves (even in summer, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes)
• Safari trousers or jeans for evenings
• Fleece or sweater and a warm jacket
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Sun block, lip balm, sunglasses, hat and insect repellent
• Binoculars / Camera (extra memory card & battery for avid photographers)
• Light, compact raincoat
• Layers of clothing are most practical for the fluctuating day/night temperatures of Botswana. Dull and/or neutral colours are more suitable for safari; white is not practical. It is best to pack hardy, durable clothing
• All properties provide mosquito repellent creams
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• South Africa is a vast country and must be enjoyed like a fine wine. Savouring each region demands time, so don’t rush and I guarantee that once bitten you will be back for more!
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