We’re not sure we need to explain this one in writing but here goes”¦. The prime attraction is the Falls, considered to be one of Southern Africa’s gems. Visually stunning, cascading from the Zambezi River which forms the natural boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), the noise from the falls can be heard over 30 kilometres away and the mist, which can rise to a height of over 400 metres, can be seen from similar distances too. In peak flood, about half a million litres of water cascade over the falls each minute, that’s pretty impressive.
Add to this the small, bustling and friendly town of Victoria Falls, some adrenalin activities for the brave, there’s plenty to do here whether you choose to stay in town and explore from there or opt for one of the lodges where you can have a full-on safari experience while still within reach of the Falls.
Reasons to visit Victoria Falls include:
It is possible to visit year round. The falls are at their height after the flood in April/May. This is not necessarily the best time to visit as the spray is quite something and can obscure your views of the Falls considerably with mist, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that you will get wet. From October to December the falls are at their lowest, and reduced to several falling strands of water so you won’t get the full impact of the thundering water, however at this time, more activities are available ”“ so there are pros and cons to each season ”“ sometimes the middle ground is the best option.
The town of Victoria Falls is safe to walk around and explore. If you wish to visit the Falls themselves, you can take a guided tour or walk at your leisure once you have purchased an entry ticket. If you are feeling flush you could take a ”˜flight of the angels’ and see Victoria Falls in all their glory from the air.
Accommodation in this bustling little town is plentiful and ranges from upmarket luxury lodges such as Elephant Camp where you can have a safari type experience, or you may prefer to be in town and stay at the long established, iconic Victoria Falls Hotel. There are resorts such as The Kingdom and smaller independent guest houses and B&Bs that are located in the peaceful suburbs, just a short stroll from town. In essence Victoria Falls really does have something for everyone.
A high quality hotel on the Zambezi River a short distance from Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side of the river.
Set in a quiet residential neighbourhood, the hustle and bustle of town is just a short walk away.
In a stunning setting above a dramatic gorge, Gorges Lodge is just 22kms from Victoria Falls and offers various excursions and activities.
A charming, well equipped hotel with uninterrupted views of Victoria Falls and a choice of rooms and suites.
Enjoy this idyllic getaway in a private concession on the banks of the Zambezi, just 45 minutes from Victoria Falls.
A stylish guest house on the outskirts or town, away from the hustle and bustle.
Travel in 1950s style about the Stimela Star, enjoying food, drinks and hospitality on this sleeper train from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park.
This upmarket tented lodge offers access to Victoria Falls and the chance to see African elephants up close.
An elegant Edwardian era hotel, the first to be built at the Falls, providing modern creature comforts and old world charm.
Enjoy fine dining and wildlife watching at this luxury lodge with a riverside location.
The lodge has a great vantage point over and a busy waterhole and the surrounding Zambezi National Park.
Observe wildlife by the Zambezi as you float in your plunge pool overlooking the river.
Time: GMT + 2 hours
Flights from UK to Harare or Victoria Falls are usually via Johannesburg and can take 12+ hours, although once the new Victoria Falls airport is fully operational there may be an option of direct flights – watch this space.
Language: English is the official language of Zimbabwe. Shona or Ndebele are also widely spoken by the majority of the population.
Visas are required for UK passport holders and can be obtained on entry into Zimbabwe.
Malaria is a risk in many areas of Zimbabwe.