Victoria Falls

Definitely a wonder of this world, Victoria Falls is a must-see for people touring Southern Africa! Apart from the stunning beauty of the Falls, Victoria Falls is Heaven for the adventure-lover. With white-water rafting, bungee jumping and cliff swinging for the adrenaline junkies, and spectacular sunset river cruises, canoe safaris and nature walks for those who prefer a more sedate pace, Victoria Falls has it all!
Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Africa! Considered one of the natural wonders of the world, the waters of the Upper Zambezi plummet over cliffs into the fast-flowing rapids of the Lower Zambezi. To walk the length of the path that follows the cliff facing the falls takes about half a day at a leisurely pace, and can be accomplished by people with varying fitness levels. Prepare to have your breath taken away by the stunning scenery!

Once you've spent some time viewing the Falls, it's well worth spending a few days in the area taking advantage of some of the amazing adventure tourism that Victoria Falls has to offer. From cliff diving and bungee jumping to white-water rafting and a peek off the cliff at Danger Point, Victoria Falls has an activity to cater for every level of adrenaline junkie. Prefer a more sedate pace? Try a sunset river cruise or elephant-back safari, a canoe safari (fair warning, these come with grade-two rapids!) or wildlife drive. Check out the souvenir shops for some spectacular authentic African art, or visit the local market for a taste of local culture.
Wildlife moves freely between Zimbabwe's national parks, including Hwange, Zambezi and Victoria Falls National Parks, making wildlife sightings common.

You can expect to see a range of wildlife on any safari, but the types of animals you see may depend on the type of safari you choose to undertake; if you take a canoe safari on the Upper Zambezi, you will likely see water-dwelling wildlife such as hippos and crocs, as well as animals that venture to the water to drink. Rhinos are known to populate the area, though they are shy as a result of having their horns cut off to protect them from poachers. Elephants, buffalo, giraffe and zebra are all common to the area, and occasional sightings of lions and leopards have been reported.

Vervet monkeys and baboons can be spotted within Victoria Falls township itself (keep your distance!), but for a look at bigger creatures, you're best to go on safari.
Helicopter safari
Fly in a helicopter game viewing, you can can cover a lot of ground flying and take in a lot really fast
Traditional Sites Tour
Traditional sites tour involves spending time visiting traditional sites of significance, learning about them and their position in history and culture with a local village representative.
Safari Cruise
Enjoy a Safari Cruise along the Chobe River where you get the opportunity to have close encounters with the abundant wildlife.
White Water Rafting
Victoria falls white water rafting expeditions are widely rated as one of the best one day rafting trips in the world. With Names of rapids like Stairway to Heaven, The Terminator, The Washing Machine, Judgement Day, Devils Toilet Bowl and Oblivion this gives you a glimpse of what to expect.
Victoria Falls is spectacular at any time of the year, however when you choose to go will impact which activities you can do, and even whether you'll get a good view of the Falls. The volume of water flowing over Victoria Falls at its peak in April is colossal! The volume of water is dependent on rainfall in Angola and Zambia; it has very little to do with rainfall in the area itself, which is why you'll see peak flow at the end of the wet season, rather than at its height. At this time of year, you can expect the plume of spray from the falls to provide you with a thorough drenching, and to mostly obscure your view of the falls from the ground, although aerial views remain amazing! Some activities are not accessible when the water flow it too high, so if you're keen to try out some of the best white-water rafting this world has to offer, it's best to travel between July and mid-January.

The dry season also offers the best game-viewing, as birds and beasts congregate on the Zambezi as the surrounding countryside dries out. Early in the wet season is prime-time for bird-viewing.

The hottest months run from October to March, so if you prefer a more temperate climate, you're better off traveling in the dry season (though the nights can get pretty cold between June and August).

If wildlife is your greatest concern, the dry months will give you the best opportunities for game viewing, and some adventure activities (such as white-water rafting) may only be available in these months when the water flow is low enough for safety.

If stunning scenery is the biggest draw for you, you may prefer to travel in the warmer, rainy season (November to March), as the rains replenish the greenery and bring out spectacularly colourful flowers.
Victoria Falls boasts a range of interesting cafes and restaurants to cater to any budget.

Livingstone Room at Victoria Falls Hotel is a must-visit on any trip to the area. A chance to dress up, jacket and tie is no longer required, but a strict dress code prohibits jeans, safari wear, sandals or sneakers. Livingstone Room has held rave-reviews, and if an elegant meal is what you're after, you've come to the right place. Be aware that the elegance and sophistication also comes with a higher price tag than many other options in the region. Jungle Junction - outdoor eating, traditional africal drumming, singing, dancing, higher price point, buffet meal. Stanley Terrace High Tea, higher price point, good reviews

The Rainforest Cafe, located just within the entrance to Victoria Falls Park, makes a great place to stop and have a rest after viewing the Falls. It provides African and Mediterranean cuisines, and sits adjacent to a wonderful souvenir shop. if you'd like to visit the restaurant or the shop without continuing on the view the falls, you will not be charged park fees.

Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge Hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a comprehensive wine list. You can choose to dine outside under the night sky, listening to the roar of the mighty Victoria Falls. Prices are a little higher than many other restaurants, but the more formal experience, excellent service and delicious meals make it well worth it. Be aware that if you are dining in the evening during the dry winter months, you will be more comfortable if you dress warmly, especially if you choose to dine outdoors!

The Africa Cafe Restaurant is a wonderful stop for traveling families, with it's fun, child-friendly vibe and warm atmosphere. Open 8am to 5pm, prices are reasonable and the food is delicious!

Boma Restaurant offers a range of authentic (and some not-so-authentic) African dishes, buffet-style, along with a fun and interactive show with drumming, dancing and even face-painting! It is very fun, though very touristy.
Many of the people you meet in Victoria Falls are likely to be Ndebele. Take the time to chat to your guides and lodge staff about their culture and heritage, and you'll learn some fascinating things. Some guides may take the time to teach you a few words in their native tongue!

There are several villages in the area surrounding Victoria Falls, and some of the people you meet on your way will have been born and raised in those villages. A game drive or the drive back to your lodge from rafting provides a wonderful opportunity to talk to the local guides and discover a little about what life is like for them, and how it's changed since they've moved from the village to the township.

SavanaTrek was inspired partly by a drive through just such a village, where our whitewater rafting guide, Colgate, was telling us about how the village we were passing through is where he was raised, and where much of his family still lived. He was explaining that in order to make a living, he moved to Victoria Falls, but that it would be nice to see some of the money from tourism filter back to his village. At SavanaTrek, we want to make his wishes a reality, by bringing tourism not just to the Falls, but to surrounding villages also, giving you the experience of a lifetime as you are immersed in local culture, and giving some of the locals a new form of income.
Lower-lying than many other parts of Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls gets hotter in the hot, rainy season than many other parts of Zimbabwe, but also does not get quite as frigid at night in the cooler, dry season.

In the hot, rainy season (November-April) you can expect mostly clear blue skies, with frequent afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Peak temperatures average around 32-34 degrees Celsius, with lows of 15-19 degrees.

The cooler, dry season (May-October) has little to no rainfall, daytime highs in the mid-twenties Celsius, and lows of 7-10 degrees. Pack for both cool and warm weather, as most nights and early mornings can be chilly enough to require sweatshirts and long pants, but peak temperatures are warm enough to warrant shorts!
Victoria Falls has a busy little airport, and is serviced by international flights via Johannesburg (British Airways, South African Airways) or Maun or Windhoek with Air Namibia. It can be reached by bus from Harare or Bulawayo (the Pathfinder is the most reliable and comfortable option). If you are driving, be sure to drive during daylight hours only, so plan your trip well! If you're travelling from Botswana, you could choose to enter Zimbabwe via the Kazungula border post near Kasane, and see Chobe National Park on the other side of the border! Rail services also operate regularly from Gaberone and Francistown, and can be a very affordable option. Victoria Falls is just over the border with Zambia, and finding your way from Livingstone shouldn't present too much of a challenge. Just make sure that if you cross this border for the day that your visa allows multiple entries!