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Victoria Falls is the most spectacular sight you will see anywhere in Africa. One of the Natural Seven Wonders of World, this huge curtain waterfall lies on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, where the mighty Zambezi river plunges 108m 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.
* Victoria Falls Highlights
- ∞View the Victoria Falls up close
- ∞Easily accessible - even for disabled people
- ∞See the falls from Zimbabwean or Zambian side
- ∞Huge variety of adrenaline adventures
- ∞Great safari destination and close to Chobe National Park
- ∞Elephant encounters
- ∞Helicopter or microlight flights
- ∞White water rafting
- ∞Safe to visit, open all year
We are often asked if we would recommend the Zambian side or the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. In our experience, both sides are safe and worth visiting.
About two-thirds of the Victoria Falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side. From the Zambian side, you can see about one-third of the falls and this section dries up during October and November. High water is from December to July and in general, the views from the Zimbabwean side are more spectacular.
On the Zimbabwean side, access to the Falls is wheelchair friendly.
A Wide Range of Activities on Offer:
- A guided tour of the Falls
- Lunar rainbow tour of the Falls
- Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
- Elephant encounters
- Horseback safaris
- Helicopter or microlight flights over the Falls
- White-water rafting
- Cultural village tours
- Bungee jumping and gorge swings
- High-wire adrenaline activities,
- Game drives in the nearby national parks
- Walking safaris
- Cultural dinner evening
... and much more.
Accommodation for All Budgets
A large choice of accommodation options is available in both Livingstone and in Victoria Falls, for a wide range of budgets. Most hotels in Victoria Falls are booked on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
We would recommend a minimum stay of two nights and an ideal stay of 3-4 nights. If you want to experience everything this location has to offer and take part in various activities, you may even prefer to spend 4-5 nights or longer here.
Easy Chobe Add-On
This destination can be combined with the Chobe National Park in Botswana, which is about an hour away by road. Chobe is one of Botswana's top safari destinations and we can highly recommend combining your trip to Victoria Falls with a few nights at the Chobe National Park.
Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls
The Falls can be visited all year round, but the most popular time is from June to September: the temperatures are mild, the risk of malaria is lower and the water levels are dropping, which means reduced spray and better visibility.
Once the water drops below a certain level, the famous Livingstone Island on the edge of the Falls is opened for visitors from the Zambian side (the spot from where David Livingstone first viewed the Falls). Here's where you'll find the famous "Devil's Pool", where you can swim and look over the lip into the gorge many metres below.
The rafting season also opens around this time (usually in July).
The accepted currency in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) is the US Dollar. Bring US$ with you in cash, preferably in small denominations, $1, $5 especially. There is often a shortage of cash and credit cards (particularly Visa) are accepted at most hotels and restaurants. South African Rand (ZAR) is also widely accepted.
On the Zambian side, you'll need Zambian Kwacha although US Dollars are usually accepted. Money can be changed at the airport.
Street vendors (both in Zambia and Zimbabwe) will try hard to sell you their curios and will not easily take no for an answer. At the markets, you can barter for curios with your socks, shoes, T-shirts and even underwear! Often they won't have change so low-denomination US Dollars are very handy here.
Be aware of visa costs for entering Zimbabwe and Zambia. Please ask us for details as these costs often change at short notice. Visa costs vary considerably, depending on your country of origin and can be paid in US$ at the border. Check whether you'll need a multiple-entry visa, especially if you'll be visiting both Zambia and Zimbabwe and/or visiting Botswana.
The new Kaza Univisa is a good option but stickers aren't always available.
Victoria Falls and Livingstone towns are both a 2-hour flight from Johannesburg. The flights only depart in the morning, so if you arrive in Johannesburg during the afternoon from another destination (like the Kruger Park) you will need to spend one night in Johannesburg before flying to Vic Falls.
Our Take on Victoria Falls
We have personally visited most of the lodges and hotels in the Victoria Falls area and are able to offer you first-hand advice. Please contact us to request a competitive Victoria Falls safari package, with your choice of accommodation and activities included.
You can ask us to arrange flights from Johannesburg for you, or you can book them yourself on the internet.
When to visit Victoria Falls Know when is good to go…
When to visit Victoria Falls, a month-by-month travel calendar for Victoria Falls with seasonal descriptions.
When to visit Victoria Falls
Before you go to Victoria Falls Things you should know before you go!
Malaria is a consideration in Victoria Falls
Learn more about malaria areas and malaria prevention with our resource article.
Malaria Areas & Prevention