Victoria Falls

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Victoria Falls is Africa’s most iconic waterfall and a very popular destination in Zimbabwe, with a wide range of activities and hotels for travellers to choose from.

A bucket list destination for the vast majority of travellers, the majestic Victoria Falls inevitably leaves visitors in awe. Created as the mighty Zambezi River plunges 108 metres into a gorge below, this immense waterfall creates clouds of spray sometimes so thick they almost obscure the falling curtain of water. In certain months, these mist columns are so high and the cascades so loud, that it’s easy to understand why Victoria Falls’ official name is “Mosi-oa-Tunya” or “The Smoke That Thunders”.

Forming the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, visitors can view Victoria Falls from either country, and there are a wealth of excellent heritage hotels and luxury boutique properties to choose from. A number of beautiful hotels and lodges can be found in Zimbabwe’s vibrant Victoria Falls town or nestled on islands or along the scenic banks of the Zambezi on the Zambian side of the river. 

Aside from walking the paths and platforms around the waterfall to admire its beauty, there are a wealth of activities for visitors available in the area; including breathtaking scenic flights over the spectacular landscape, relaxing sunset boat cruises or exhilarating white-water rafting. There are also various game parks in the vicinity of Victoria Falls, where you can go on safari as well as learn about local wildlife conservation initiatives. For a meal to remember, consider taking high tea at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel or enjoy lunch on Livingstone Island, located at the lip of the escarpment over which the Zambezi River plummets.

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Why should I visit Victoria Falls?

  • Africa’s most iconic waterfall
  • One of the seven natural wonders of the world
  • A landmark steeped in history and surrounded by nature
  • Activities ranging from sunset cruises to picnics on Livingstone Island
  • Well set up for visitors with a wealth of outstanding accommodation options

When should I visit Victoria Falls?

You can visit Victoria Falls at any time of year. Water levels peak in April, which is towards the end of Zambia and Zimbabwe’s rainy season (generally between December and May). The waterfall may look most impressive at peak flow, but bear in mind that the spray may make viewing a bit more difficult. The falls are at their lowest levels in November at the end of the dry season (June-October).  

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Places to stay at Victoria Falls

The following are some of the lodges that we recommend in the Victoria Falls region.
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Ilala Lodge

Set by the mighty Zambezi River, stylish Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel on the Zimbabwean side to the impressive Victoria Falls.

Stanley and Livingstone Safari Lodge

The sumptuous Stanley and Livingstone Safari Lodge sits on a private game reserve around 15 kilometres outside Victoria Falls town, offering 'Big 5' encounters and plenty of old-world charm.

The Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp offers sublime vistas over the lush rainforest surrounding the majestic Victoria Falls as well as a view of the waterfall’s soaring clouds of spray.

The Kingdom Hotel

The sprawling Kingdom Hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the great Victoria Falls and features an imposing architectural style inspired by the ancient Shona Kingdom of Munhumutapa.

Victoria Falls Hotel

The gracious old-world Victoria Falls Hotel is steeped in history and sits beneath shade trees and manicured gardens now over a century old.

Victoria Falls Safari Club

The Victoria Falls Safari Club is a luxurious boutique property that shares its magnificent grounds with the award-winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

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Zimbabwe Overview

What is the best thing to do in Zimbabwe?
Zimbabwe offers plenty of fabulous safari experiences and the two major national parks – Hwange and Mana Pools – are top of the list when visiting the country. For the more adventurous, Zimbabwe is one of the best countries across Africa for walking and canoeing safaris, whilst the magnificent Victoria Falls is a must-visit.

What is the climate like in Zimbabwe?
Overall the country has a pleasant climate but temperatures vary with elevation. The highveld has a moderate climate (up to 29°C in summer) though hotter in the Zambezi Valley and around the Victoria Falls where temperatures can reach 40°C. The dry season is from May-October when almost no rain falls and the days are warm and sunny. Nights can be very cold with sub-zero temperatures from June-August. October is the hottest month with days in the mid to high 30°s. Rain falls regularly in the summer (November-March/April) turning the bush lush and green.

How do I get to Zimbabwe?
The easiest way into the country is from the South African hub of Johannesburg. Multiple major airlines fly into the city including British Airways, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Delta Airlines, Qantas, and of course South African Airways. From Johannesburg there are regular flights to Victoria Falls, the start and end point for many safaris. Alternatively, for an Edwardian-style, luxury rail experience, journey by Rovos Rail from Pretoria in South Africa to Victoria Falls.

What can I combine Zimbabwe with?
Zimbabwe is easily combinable with neighbouring countries including Botswana, Zambia and South Africa – all of which provide a different safari experience. Another popular combination with a Zimbabwean safari is a visit to Uganda or Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas.

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