Victoria Falls

Called locally ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (The Smoke that Thunders), Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and is a sight to behold.

On the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, this extraordinary natural wonder is formed by the mighty Zambezi River. The rivers waters plummet more than 100m over an escarpment and down into a rocky gorge, sending huge clouds of spray up into the air. The sight of it awed European explorer Dr Livingstone so much that he named the waterfall in honour of his queen. Its official name is much more fitting – Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “the smoke that thunders”.

Aside from touring this incredible wonder, following the many wooden platforms to various viewpoints, there are a tremendous number of activities that visitors can enjoy. These range from relaxing – such as a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River or a private lunch on historic Livingstone Island – to adrenalin-pumping – such as white water rafting and a helicopter flight over the falls.

The falls can be viewed from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is well worth getting a view from both sides for completely different perspectives. Most Zambian lodges are located on the serene banks of the Zambezi River, just upstream of the falls while Zimbabwean lodges offer views of the thick, white mist that sometimes obscures the wide curtain of falling water.

Victoria Falls is a not-to-be-missed destination for first-time visitors to Africa and it is the perfect place to begin or end a wildlife safari. If you haven’t much time, there are a number of great wildlife reserves in the vicinity of the falls, including Botswana’s elephant-rich Chobe National Park and the small but excellent Lower Zambezi National Park. Of course, if you have the benefit of time, we highly recommend exciting walking safaris in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park or a life-changing canoeing experience in Zimbabwe’s World Heritage-listed Mana Pools National Park.

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Why should I visit Victoria Falls?

  • One of the seven natural wonders of the world
  • A breathtaking sight that can be viewed from two countries
  • Offering a huge range of activities from boat cruises to scenic flights
  • Surrounded by outstanding historic hotels and luxury lodges
  • Excellent big game reserves within easy reach

When should I go to Victoria Falls?

Victoria Falls can be visited all year round, with water volumes highest between February and May. The waterfall looks most dramatic at peak flow (generally around April) but bear in mind that the amount of spray may make viewing difficult. The end of the dry season – around November – is when water levels are at their lowest.

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Best places to stay at Victoria Falls

The following are some of the lodges that we recommend in the Victoria Falls region. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.

Avani Victoria Falls Resort

Affordable and family-oriented Avani Victoria Falls Resort is located within Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, 5 minutes' walk from the majestic Victoria Falls.

Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Lodge

Named after Dr Livingstone’s two most faithful friends, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma Lodge is set beneath indigenous trees overlooking a scenic bend in the spectacular Zambezi River.

The River Club

A haven of peace at the edge of the glorious Zambezi River just 18km upstream from the famous Victoria Falls, The River Club is the ideal place to conclude a wildlife safari holiday.

Thorntree River Lodge

Thorntree River Lodge offers contemporary luxury tented accommodation inspired by local culture in Zambia's Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, a few kilometres upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls.

Toka Leya Camp

Nestled on the banks of the iconic Zambezi River in the heart of Zambia’s scenic Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Toka Leya Camp is just 12km upstream from the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

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Is Victoria Falls a must-visit destination?

Absolutely – for first time travellers a minimum 2-night stay is recommended. The falls are often the start or finish point of many Zambian (and southern African) safaris. Not only are the falls a sight to behold – at any time of year – but there are countless activities to do in the area. A sunset cruise on the river is one of the most popular choices while other options include scenic helicopter flights, white-water rafting, swimming in the Devils Pool on the edge of the falls or a game drive in one of the nearby national parks.  

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Why should I travel to Zambia? Apart from being the site of the magnificent Victoria Falls, Zambia also offers game-rich wildlife parks that are relatively unspoiled by mass tourism. For the more adventurous, there are walking safaris and canoeing trips along the Zambezi River.

When is the best time to see animals in Zambia? Gameviewing is best during the dry season from Jun-Oct when the animals congregate at remaining waterholes.

What is the climate like in Zambia? There are 3 distinct seasons – cool and dry from May-July (23°-25°C), hot and dry from August-October (30°-40°C), and warm and wet from November-April (28°-35°C).

What can I combine Zambia with? Zambia’s neighbours – Botswana, Malawi or Zimbabwe – which all offer amazing scenery and wildlife. Or combine with South Africa and explore picturesque Cape Town, Table Mountain and the Cape Winelands.

How to get to Zambia? There are regular flights daily from Johannesburg in South Africa to Lusaka, where you can board connecting flights to a range of safari camps. There are also regular flights from Jo’burg into Livingstone, a large town close to the Victoria Falls. It is also possible to fly to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and then transfer by road to Zambia.

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