Victoria Falls Zambia
The Victoria Falls is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Definitely it’s a sight not to be missed if you have the time. One option is to stay on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. Certainly some of the most spectacular views of the Victoria Falls are from the Zambian side of the gorge. Plus you have the added attraction of Livingstone Island. The clouds of spray generated by this thunderous descent have resulted in a lush rain forest full of stunning wild flowers. There’s also wide range of Victoria Falls hotels to choose from. Plus a few days in Victoria Falls at the end of your safari offers a dramatic scenic contrast and a change of pace.
There’s a smorgasbord of activities on offer at Victoria Falls…
You can visit the Victoria Falls independently, visiting the various viewpoints, or join a guided walking tour. If you stay at the Royal Livingstone or Avani resort, you have unlimited access, as the hotels are within the National Park.
One of our favourite excursions is to enjoy a champagne breakfast or lunch on the private Livingstone Island. This lies literally at the top edge of the Victoria Falls. We especially recommend this if you are visiting during the low water months of September to December as then you can even swim to Devil’s Pool, a rockpool at the waterfall’s edge.
Above the Falls, the Zambezi river is wide and gentle – the perfect place for languorous sunset boat cruises or gentle canoeing trips. However below the Victoria Falls, the Zambezi river’s character changes with several magnificent roaring rapids through a 7 km gorge. Here the adventurous can enjoy serious white-water rafting. Other popular activities include elephant interaction safaris and even the new waterfall gorge swim (low water months only).
When to visit the Zambia side of the Victoria Falls?
The maximum flow of water over the Victoria Falls peaks in late summer (March/April) but the best time to view the Victoria Falls is probably between May and August when the spray is not so all-consuming. This allows you to more easily see and photograph the Victoria Falls – and yet the flow of water is still impressive.
However note that as the dry season progresses, the volume of water over the Victoria Falls declines dramatically on the Zambian side. Visitors from late September to December need to be aware of this! We recommend rather visiting the Zimbabwe side of the Falls during this time.
If you do opt to stay on the Zambian side, take a helicopter trip over Victoria Falls so that you can enjoy the full length of the Falls. Include a visit to Livingstone Island or stay at one of the country lodges which offer a variety of safari activities so that your focus is not solely on the Victoria Falls.
Attractions of Victoria Falls Zambia
• View the Victoria Falls
• Sunset cruises on the upper Zambezi river
• Excursions to Livingstone Island on the edge of the Falls (only possible from Zambian side)
• Elephant back safaris
• Helicopter flights
• Shopping for locally made crafts and carvings at the traditional craft markets
• White-water rafting in the lower Zambezi river gorge
• Dinner on the Royal Livingstone steam train (only from Zambian side)
• Visits to Chief Mukuni’s village
• Tranquil canoeing excursions on the upper Zambezi river
• Range of soft adventure & adrenalin activities: bungee-jumping, abseiling, gorge-swinging, horse-riding
• Visit Chobe National Park in Botswana as a day safari
Victoria Falls Hotels
Victoria Falls hotels broadly divide into two groups. There are nearby the Royal Livingstone or Avani Zambezi Resort, which are within the park itself. Or head to one of the country lodges which lie on the river banks a few kilometres upstream. These are similar to a safari lodge with inclusive activities such as boat cruises, canoeing, fishing as well as guided tours to the Falls.
Tip: If you think you will want to do lots of soft adventure activities at the Falls themselves, then opt to stay closer.
Two or three nights at Victoria Falls?
Most people stay for two nights. But if you are keen on one of the more adventurous full day excursions, we recommend three nights at Victoria Falls. As there’s so much on offer. If you don’t have time to stay in Botswana, you can also opt for day safari to Chobe National Park on your second full day.