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!
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
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
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.
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! https://www.facebook.com/TheAfricaCafe
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
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
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.
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
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!