Victoria Falls

The Zimbabwean side of the Victoria Falls offers some of the finest views of the falls and the little town of Victoria Falls remains safe and tranquil.

Overview

The Victoria Falls offers a dramatic scenic contrast and change of pace from your safari experience. Certainly it is a sight not to be missed. Especially when the Zambezi river is in full flow (from March to June/July). Indeed, at this time, over a mile of unbroken surging water plunges into the Zambezi gorge below.

The Victoria Falls lies right on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Each country offers a different viewing perspective. Towards the end of the dry season from late September to January, the spectacle is best seen from the Zimbabwe side of the Victoria Falls. As the Zambian side dries up considerably. (Though they are changing the amount of water that the hydro power takes from the river on the Zambian side. So this may improve in future.)

A host of tours revolve around three separate delights: the Victoria Falls itself, the magnificent Zambezi River and the surrounding Zambezi National Park.

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Features

Why you may love it

  • Wide variety of activities on offer from your standard walking tours of the falls to adventure activities like bungee jumping, gorge swinging or the flying fox and ziplining; Helicopter or microlight flights over the falls. Then there is the Victoria Falls Canopy tour for the family, a network of slides, trails and rope bridges within the canopy of the Zambezi Gorge forest with spectacular views to Victoria Falls bridge and the rapids below.
  • The mighty Zambezi River itself has two characters. The gentle river above is perfect for sunset boat cruises and game viewing by canoe or fishing, whilst below the Falls is more adventurous for the adrenalin rush of white-water rafting.
  • Zambezi National Park is great for 4x4 game drives, horse ridging, walking safaris & fishing.
  • Elephant Camp offers elephant interactions activities or you can take part in their grooming and feeding activities.
  • Further afield is the wildlife haven of Chobe National Park for a day safari trip, but we suggest staying a night or two in Hwange Game Reserve instead which is an easy 2 hour road transfer south from Victoria Falls.

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When to visit Victoria Falls

November to March

Summer in Victoria Falls

This is not an ideal time for Victoria Falls, especially in November & December, as the flow of water over the Victoria Falls is low. However the Zimbabwe side is the better side to see the Falls if you do visit then. Early summer is also the time that you can visit Livingstone Island (on the Zambian side) Plus, as the summer rains continue, the flow over the Victoria Falls increases dramatically.
AVG RAINFALL 162 mm
MAX TEMP 30 ℃ / 86 ℉
MIN TEMP 19 ℃ / 66 ℉

April to May

Autumn in Victoria Falls

The flow of water over the Victoria Falls is at its maximum which means exciting viewing experiences but not great photos as your camera would get soaked! In April the flow may be so great that you almost don’t get to see the full majesty of the Falls as the mist from the spray is all-pervasive. This problem gradually eases during May. Note that the paths around the Falls will be very slippery and some sections are marked “at your own risk”
AVG RAINFALL 53 mm
MAX TEMP 29 ℃ / 84 ℉
MIN TEMP 13 ℃ / 55 ℉

June to mid-August

Winter in Victoria Falls

Traditionally this is the best time to see the Victoria Falls. The flow of water is still very strong, but the spray is less so that you can see all of the Falls and thus it is easier to photograph.
AVG RAINFALL 2 mm
MAX TEMP 26 ℃ / 79 ℉
MIN TEMP 6 ℃ / 43 ℉

Mid-August to October

Spring in Victoria Falls

Temperatures heat up quickly in September and October prior to the start of the summer rains. The flow of water over the Victoria Falls starts becoming noticeably less as the dry season continues. But it is still strong on the Zimbabwe side. However somewhere in August, Livingstone Island (on the Zambian side) opens for visitors for the drier months of the year.
AVG RAINFALL 48 mm
MAX TEMP 34 ℃ / 93 ℉
MIN TEMP 18 ℃ / 64 ℉

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Spectacular

"The Drakensberg mountains were spectacular. We most enjoyed Victoria Falls that literally took your breath away.  The river boat cruises at Livingstone were well worth it.  Also getting so close to the animals at Umlani in the Timbavati, even the lions and leopards." Mr Martin Butler, UK

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"We really enjoyed the Zimbabwian people, very gentle, smiley people who wish you a good time and want you to love their country. Felt totally safe at all times. The abundance of activities – Walking safari. Canoeing the Zambezi. Fishing on the Zambezi. Sunset cruise. Bird and Butterfly drives. Private breakfast on the banks of the river – Tailor make it all to suit." Mr & Mrs Leake, UK

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  • Size1,708 metres wide and 108 metres high