This is one of the natural wonders of the world! And rightly so. Whether you want to simply come and stand in awe of this incredible sight or see it from other angles such as from a helicopter or a whitewater raft, Victoria Falls is not to be missed. Some of the reason people come to Victoria Falls include:
Seeing Victoria Falls is something you can do in any month – it’s always a sight to behold! However there are of course times when it has vast amounts of water tumbling over the escarpment (March to June) and other months when it is quite dry (August to December).
If you fancy whitewater rafting you can choose between the easier high water run (roughly January to July) or the more challenging low water run (roughly July to January).
Most other activities here are available all year round.
When the moon is full (or almost full) its light can be reflected by the water drops of the spray from the Falls and make a lunar rainbow. Lunar rainbows are most commonly seen here when the water is high and the falls in full force (ie especially March to June) and less likely in times of lowest water (August/September to December). At times of full moon the park opens in the evening for people to experience the lunar rainbow.
Victoria Falls can be seen from Zambia and Zimbabwe. Both sides give a different perspective.
The Zambian side has an amazing walkway from where you get surprisingly close to the falls and also get completely drenched if the water levels are high!
From the Zimbabwean side you get more of an overview of the magnificence of this spectacle – though you’ll still get wet in the high water months unless you get a poncho.
Most people who come to the Falls visit alongside a safari either in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe or even South Africa. It makes a nice end to a trip as it can be a very relaxing place to be, though it can also be a full-on active experience which you might prefer at the start of a trip.
There are lots of hotels and lodges around Victoria Falls, both on the Zambia side (Livingstone is the town by the Falls) or the Zimbabwe side (the town is aptly named Victoria Falls).
In Zimbabwe the most famous hotel by far is the old colonial, luxury Victoria Falls Hotel (Zimbabwe) from where you can walk to the Falls and see the spray from many of the rooms. Ilala Lodge is also a good hotel from which you can easily walk to the falls.
On the Zambia side, the two closest hotels are the Zambezi Sun and the more luxurious Royal Livingstone.
However these are not the only choices. There are many smaller lodges, some in the national park, some further upstream by the Zambezi, such as the friendly Waterberry Lodge or the luxury Tongabezi (both in Zambia).
A luxury modern lodge on the Zambezi near Victoria Falls.
A beautiful luxury lodge in a remote setting on the waters of the Zambezi.
Maramba River Lodge - a good value lodge near the world-famous Victoria Falls.
River Club is a luxury lodge with 10 ensuite chalets located on the banks of the Zambezi River some 18kms upstream from Victoria Falls.
Exclusive lodge bordering Mosi-oa-Tunya NP, with 10 private cottages.
Luxury accommodation in bush setting on the Zambezi River in tree houses or self contained houses.
A luxury river and island lodge on the Zambezi river. A great base for Victoria Falls.
A lovely small rustic lodge on the banks of the Zambezi, not far from Victoria Falls.
Time: GMT +2 hours
Flights from Europe to Lusaka take about 10 hours. Lusaka International Airport is about 25km from the city centre (about 30 minutes transfer).
Language: Zambia's official language is English, but outside of the cities few people speak it.
Visas are required for most nationalities, although a waiver can normally be organized in advance for British citizens.
This is a malarial country.