Victoria Falls

One of Africa’s most iconic landmarks, Victoria Falls leaves most travellers in awe of its magnitude and power.

A bucket list destination for the vast majority of travellers, the majestic Victoria Falls inevitably leaves visitors in awe of its magnitude and power. Created as the mighty Zambezi River plunges 108 metres into a gorge below, this immense waterfall creates clouds of spray sometimes so thick they almost obscure the falling curtain of water. In certain months, these mist columns are so high and the cascades so loud, that it’s easy to understand why Victoria Falls’ official name is “Mosi-oa-Tunya”or “The Smoke That Thunders”.

Forming the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, visitors can view Victoria Falls from either country, with a wealth of excellent heritage hotels and luxury boutique properties to choose from located in Zimbabwe’s vibrant Victoria Falls town or nestled on islands or along the scenic banks of the Zambezi on the Zambian side of the river, mere minutes before the waters tumble dramatically into Batoka Gorge.

Aside from walking the paths and platforms around the waterfall to admire its beauty, there are a wealth of activities for visitors available in the area from breathtaking scenic flights over the spectacular landscape and relaxing sunset boat cruises to world-class whitewater rafting. There are also various game parks in the vicinity of Victoria Falls, where you can go on safari as well as learn about local wildlife conservation initiatives. For a meal to remember, consider taking high tea at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel or enjoying lunch on Livingstone Island, located at the lip of the escarpment over which the Zambezi River plummets.

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Victoria Falls Highlights

  • Africa’s most iconic waterfall
  • One of the seven natural wonders of the world
  • A landmark steeped in history and surrounded by nature
  • Activities ranging from sunset cruises to picnics on Livingstone Island
  • Well set up for visitors with a wealth of outstanding accommodation options

When To Go

You can visit Victoria Falls any time of year. Water levels peak in April, which is towards the end of Zambia and Zimbabwe’s rainy season (generally between December and May). The waterfall may look most impressive at peak flow, but bear in mind that the spray may make viewing a bit more difficult.

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Accommodation

The following are some of the lodges that we recommend in the Victoria Falls region. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

Ilala Lodge

Set by the mighty Zambezi River, stylish Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel on the Zimbabwean side to the impressive Victoria Falls.

The Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp offers sublime vistas over the lush rainforest surrounding the majestic Victoria Falls as well as a view of the waterfall’s soaring clouds of spray.

The Kingdom Hotel

The sprawling Kingdom Hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the great Victoria Falls and features an imposing architectural style inspired by the ancient Shona Kingdom of Munhumutapa.

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Itineraries

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Zimbabwe Overview

Why should I travel to Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe offers amazing wildlife experiences, from the safari parks and reserves along the mighty Zambezi River and Lake Kariba to the vast wilderness of Hwange National Park. The jewel in the country’s crown is the spectacular Victoria Falls. The country has a long history and the ancient stone city of Great Zimbabwe gave the country its name.

When is the best time to go to Zimbabwe?The dry season (May-Oct) is the best time for gameviewing as the bush dries out and game congregates at the precious remaining waterholes. Late in the dry season, there will be much less water going over the Victoria Falls, whilst at the height of summer there will be a lot of spray and it may be more difficult to see the falls.

What is the culture of Zimbabwe? Zimbabweans are known for their rich culture, dance and music traditions. They are also recognised for their fine art and craft including basketware, pottery and the famous Shona stone sculptures. The two main tribes are the Shona and the Matabele.

What is the climate in Zimbabwe? Moderate climate (22°-29°C) though hotter in the Zambezi Valley and around the Victoria Falls where temperatures can reach 40°C. The dry season is from May-Oct when almost no rain falls and the days are warm and sunny. Nights can be very cold with sub-zero temperatures from Jun-Aug. Oct is the hottest month. Rain falls regularly in the summer (Nov-Mar/Apr) turning the bush lush and green.

What can I combine Zimbabwe with? Zambia, Botswana or South Africa. Chobe National Park in Botswana is just across the border and can be easily reached by road from Victoria Falls. Zambia and the town of Livingstone is across the river from Victoria Falls.

How to get to Zimbabwe? Fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. Alternatively you can easily take a road transfer from Livingstone in Zambia or from Botswana. For an Edwardian-style, luxury rail experience travel by Rovos Rail from Pretoria in South Africa to Victoria Falls.

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