Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe side
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.
Victoria Falls Tours focused on the Falls
You can visit the Victoria Falls under your own steam or with a guide. It’s your choice. Here there’s a variety of adventure activities on offer such as bungee jumping, gorge swinging, the flying fox and ziplining.
To gain an overall impression of the Falls, the helicopter ‘Flight of Angels‘ is essential. Whilst microlight flights are an alternative for the truly daring. Another activity which is great for families is the Victoria Falls Canopy Tour. This is a network of slides, trails and rope bridges within the canopy of the Zambezi Gorge forest. You’ll enjoy views to Victoria Falls bridge and the rapids below.
Victoria Falls Tours using the Zambezi River
The mighty Zambezi River itself has two characters. The wide gentle river above the Victoria Falls is the perfect place for languorous sunset boat cruises, game-viewing by canoe or fishing. Whilst below the Falls, the more adventurous can enjoy the adrenalin rush of some serious white-water rafting.
Victoria Falls Tours in the Zambezi National Park
4×4 Game drives, horse riding, walking safaris & fishing are just some of the tours in the nearby Zambezi National Park. You can also participate in elephant interaction safaris and take part in their grooming and feeding activities at the Elephant Camp.
Further afield, the wildlife haven of Chobe National Park can easily be reached for a day safari trip. However we recommend staying a night or two in the superb Hwange Game Reserve . Which is an easy 2 hour road transfer to the south.
Hotels in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe side
Victoria Falls offers a warm friendly welcome with a range of good value hotels for varying budgets. Generally you are choosing between town-based hotels within walking distance of all the attractions. Or choosing lodges set in the bush. These bush lodges typically offer complimentary transfers to the town during your stay. But sometime it can take 30 minutes or more to get to the town.
TIP: So if you have time, we recommend one night right next to the Falls combined with 2 nights in the Zambezi National Park where you can continue your safari experience.