Victoria Falls

WHY GO

TRAVEL TO VICTORIA FALLS ZIMBABWE

Set at the heart of the Southern Africa safari experience, Victoria Falls makes the ideal opening or closing chapter to your Botswana safari. Close to Botswana’s Chobe River and with accommodation in Zimbabwe or Zambia, you can easily fly in or make use of a cost-saving overland transfer – and Victoria Falls is well worth the effort.

In flood season, the Zambezi River pours over a mile-wide waterfall to create a thunderous white cloud, often towering high into the sky. It’s a true world wonder and offers panoramic views all year but there’s even more to enjoy. Victoria Falls is Africa’s Adventure Capital and you can spice up your safari with anything from whitewater rafting and bungee jumping to elephant-back safaris and Zambezi River cruises. There’s game viewing and birding to enjoy, cultural villages to visit and markets to explore. Travellers looking to relax can head for luxury spas or the golf course.

Victoria Falls accommodation is diverse and plentiful, ranging from grand colonial-style hotels and honeymoon hideaways to private villas and family-friendly resorts. On the Zimbabwe side, hotels are concentrated in the town of Victoria Falls itself with safari lodge accommodation lying just out of town. In Zambia, accommodation takes the form of hotels, safari lodges and tented camps set next to or overlooking the Zambezi River.

Choose your timing carefully. Victoria Falls is massively impressive during flood season but it’s during the drier months that more of the waterfall can be seen. Lower water levels might reduce the visual impact but it means you can visit Livingstone Island at the edge of the falls and go whitewater rafting – and it’s when the region’s game viewing is more rewarding.

Contact us about adding Victoria Falls to your Botswana safari or have a look at our accommodation and tours and safaris pages for inspiration.

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TOP EXPERIENCES

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO AT THE FALLS

1. Go to Livingstone Island

Only available during low water season, a boat ride to Livingstone Island at the edge of the falls puts you within metres of the thundering chasm; a trip to Devil’s Pool takes you to within inches.

2. Take A Heli-Ride

Whether you take in the bird’s eye view of Victoria Falls from a fixed-wing or helicopter, David Livingstone’s famous quote will ring true: “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by Angels in their flight.”

3. Ride With Elephants

Watching animals from the gently swaying back of an elephant not only gets you closer to wildlife but you will also marvel at the way these gentle giants move silently through the bush.

4. Walk with lions

Habituated lion cubs with a taste for mischief – that’s who you’ll be walking with on this activity! Accompanying guides keep you informed while trainers keep the boisterous youngsters in check.

5. – 1 … 2 … 3 … BUNGEE!

You can bungee jump all over the world but this 100 metre drop is one of the biggest & has nothing less than Victoria Falls as its backdrop.

6. Go White-Water Rafting

Between July and mid-February the Zambezi River is at its lower levels and this is the most exciting time to go rafting. Day trips offer visitors some of the best one-day rafting in the world.

7. Go Game viewing

There are conservation areas on both sides of the river and visitors can explore them on morning or afternoon game drives with private operators. Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya NP is good for general game as well as white rhino.

8. See “Smoke That Thunders”

Whether you go on foot or take to the air in a plane or micro light, make sure you see Victoria Falls close up. Ask us about getting the best views for the time of year.

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