Map of Victoria Falls and surrounding area. Victoria Falls is the name of the town on the Zimbabwean side (southern side of the river). The town on the Zambian side is called Livingstone. You can fly to either Victoria Falls or Livingstone airports. Upstream of the falls, the water is flat and calm, great for canoeing or a sunset cruise. Downstream, the river creates a series of rapids as it flows down the Batoka Gorge. A visit to Victoria Falls can easily be combined with a safari in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, or Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Victoria Falls
Feature Africa Travel Guide Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls is the most spectacular sight anywhere in Africa. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, this huge curtain waterfall lies on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, where the mighty Zambezi River plunges 108 m down into a narrow gorge, creating a waterfall that is a mile wide.

A visit to Southern Africa is not complete without having seen the Victoria Falls. The falls can be visited from the Zambian or from the Zimbabwean side. The town on the Zambian side is called Livingstone, and the town on the Zimbabwean side is also called Victoria Falls. Both locations are safe, popular tourist destinations with good infrastructure and a variety of accommodation options.

The Victoria Falls Hotel
Victoria Falls Hotel Stanleys Terrace

The Victoria Falls Hotel is the 'grande dame' of the Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe. Established in 1904, royalty, celebrities and statesmen have visited the hotel to enjoy its tranquillity, elegance and privacy. More than a century old, the hotel combines its historical, Edwardian charm with modern comfort and convenience. It has its own private path leading to the beautiful Victoria Falls (15-minute walk) and offers a variety of activities to provide its guests with an unforgettable African experience.

Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park, Botswana

The Chobe National Park is one of the most popular game reserves in Botswana. Situated in the far north of Botswana, Chobe includes the Savute and Linyanti regions which are known for high concentrations of lion and elephant. However, Chobe is best known for the Chobe River floodplain, where herds upon herds of animals gather in the dry season between June and October. The game reserve is most easily accessed from Kasane, a town just to the east of the park on the banks of the Chobe River, close to the border with Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Elephants in front of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, accommodation

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, adjacent to the Zambezi National Park, forms a large open-plan tree house among the indigenous trees. From here, guests can enjoy luxury accommodation, as well as a spectacular view of the African bushveld and wildlife. In addition to this wonderful African experience, the lodge is only 4km away from the Victoria Falls rainforest.

David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa
accommodation at David Livingstone Hotel

David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa is a luxurious five-star hotel, situated on the banks of the great Zambezi River in Zambia. The hotel is only 7km away from the breathtaking Victoria Falls and offers modern and stylish accommodation, great cuisine and a variety of exciting activities.

Azambezi River Lodge
A'Zambezi River Lodge, Zimbabwe

A'Zambezi River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The lodge is a stone's throw from the Zambezi National Park, and is also the only hotel in Victoria Falls with a jetty site and river frontage. The hotel is about 10 km from Victoria Falls and surrounded by natural bush.

Thorntree River Lodge
Thorntree River Lodge Drinks On Deck, Zambia

Thorntree River Lodge, situated in the Mosi Oa Tunya (Smoke That Thunders) National Park in Zambia, provides luxury accommodation in an area known for its abundant wildlife. Each modern tented suite sits right on the river bank with uninterrupted views over the Zambezi. The lodge is about 15 kilometres upstream from the breathtaking Victoria Falls and offers an extensive range of African experiences and activities.

Tongabezi Lodge
Tongabezi Lodge bedroom

The unique Tongabezi Lodge is tucked away in ebony trees on the banks of the Zambezi River, just upstream of Victoria Falls in Zambia. This exclusive lodge is ideal for an intimate romantic getaway. It offers warm Zambian hospitality, sweeping views over the Zambezi and luxury safari trips.

Avani Victoria Falls Resort

Previously known as the Zambezi Sun, the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort is a family-friendly hotel resort, and the closest hotel to the falls on the Zambian side.

Royal Livingstone Hotel

The Royal Livingstone is a luxury, 5-star, colonial style hotel resort on the banks of the Zambezi river, on the Zambian side of the Falls.

The Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls
The Kingdom Hotel From Outside

The Kingdom Hotel is located in the Victoria Falls National Park, and is closer to the famous Victoria Falls than any other hotel in the area. It offers luxury 4-star accommodation at reasonable prices, and is in a convenient location near shopping centres, restaurants and Victoria Falls International Airport. The Kingdom is modelled after the great Zimbabwe monument, and features a beautiful man made lake set in lush tropical gardens. Completing this luxurious African experience, is the surrounding Park's wide variety of game, including elephants.

Ilala Lodge
Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls

Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel to majestic Victoria Falls. Dine al-fresco at their award-winning restaurant while watching the spray from the Falls and its thundering. It's an eight-minute walk to the Falls and all the fun and activities on offer at Victoria Falls are a stone's throw away.

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