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How to Visit Victoria Falls

It’s not the widest or the tallest falls in the world, but it is without doubt the most impressive.

Victoria Falls is on almost everyone’s bucket list, but few people know the best way to experience it. On a recent trip to southern Africa, I saw it from every which way, so you don’t have to.

Why is it worth visiting?

Known by locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the smoke that thunders,” it was first seen by Western eyes in 1855 when British explorer David Livingstone came upon it and named it after his queen. Reflecting on the experience of seeing Victoria Falls for the first time, he wrote, “Scenes so lovely must be gazed upon by angels in their flight.”

The cataract still has that power to strike awe. It spans about a mile—the entire width of the Zambezi River—and drops a distance about twice the height of Niagara into a narrow gorge in one seemingly continuous sheet, forcing mist to rise high into the sky.

Not only can you see it, but you can hear it (from about a mile away), feel it, smell it, and taste it.

Where is it?

The falls straddles Zimbabwe to the west and Zambia to the east. You can access it from either country, via the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Livingstone in Zambia. Both have good air connections.

Zimbabwe has historically been the more popular entry point, but political turmoil and hyperinflation in the 2000s made Zambia preferable.

Zambia has been one of Africa’s most stable and understated democracies; its safari lodges are known for their old-fashioned hospitality and plentiful wildlife.

Tip: At the airport of the country you enter first—Zimbabwe or Zambia—make sure you obtain the UniVisa (currently U.S. $50 for nationals from many countries) that serves as a multicountry pass.

How do I get there?

There are national park entrances on both sides of the falls, easily accessible from the towns of either Livingstone or Victoria Falls.

If you’ve booked through a safari operator, your guide will simply drive you to the entrance. The per-person fee is $20 on the Zambia side and $30 on the Zimbabwe side.

Which side is better?

Put very briefly: To see the falls, go to Zimbabwe; to feel the falls, go to Zambia.

But I recommend seeing it from both sides, and here’s why:

The Zambia side at high flow (February to June) is an exhilaratingly visceral experience; visitors walking on the other side of the narrow gorge can feel the spray (get drenched or rent a poncho). In the dry season, because the falls are at an incline, portions of land stay dry, which opens up other opportunities (see question on Devil’s Pool, below).

The Zimbabwe side tends to offer the more picturesque views because the viewpoints are farther, offering perspective. If you go in the height of the dry season, say, in November, the water volume is at a low point and the falls can feel a little underwhelming.

Can I do both sides in a day?

In fact, I did both sides in a couple of hours. Make sure you have a multiple-country visa in your passport. From either Livingstone or Victoria Falls, visit the border-crossing office and get your passport stamped for exit.

You can drive or walk across the bridge between the two countries, get your passport stamped for entry, and walk to the national park entrance.

If you wish to return, make sure you get your passport stamped leaving the country and entering the other country.

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However, I feel compelled to mention that one of the most compelling experiences I had didn’t even require park entrance. I stood on the bridge between the two countries, straddled Zim and Zam, and gazed at the world’s most famous waterfall.

There were a few other Western tourists, but I was mostly joined by the cross-border drivers and migrant workers. Safety during the day on the border road isn’t much of a concern, though travelers do have to deal with polite but pesky trinket sellers.

What else can I do at the falls area?

A luxury dinner train crosses from Zambia to Zimbabwe over the Zambezi River and stops in the middle for a view of the Falls (though plans call for an additional departure in the other direction).

For an aerial view, microlight flights are popular, and so is bungee jumping. There are comfortable or luxury lodges near both towns, often the launching points of multiday wildlife safaris.

I’ve seen photos of people standing at the edge of the falls. How do I do that and is it dangerous?

Devil’s Pool is an experience you can have only on the Zambia side and only during the dry season (mid-August to mid-January). It involves a boat ride on the Zambezi to Livingstone Island, from which you can swim in a natural pool at the edge of the falls.

Breathe easy: An unseen lip prevents you from actually going over. Run by a well-regarded tour operator, the Devils Pool is not a dangerous activity—provided you follow the directions of the guides. There are other unofficial natural pools in which people have gone over the edge; make sure your outfitter is licensed.

Norie Quintos is an editor at large at National Geographic Traveler . A former editor at U.S. News and World Report and Caribbean Travel and Life , she bikes, hikes, jumps on hotel beds, and tweets @noriecicerone .

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10 Reasons Why Victoria Falls Is Africa’s Greatest Natural Wonder

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With a width of almost two kilometres, spray that can be seen over 40 kilometres away and a night rainbow that appears only under the light of the full moon, Victoria Falls is a truly exceptional spectacle.

This is why it’s Africa’s greatest natural wonder…

1. It’s the Largest Waterfall in the World

While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. It’s roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls. In height and width, Victoria Falls is rivalled only by Argentina and Brazil’s Iguazu Falls.

2. The Amazing Devil’s Pool

When the river flow is at lower levels during the months of September to December, you can swim in a naturally formed pool known as the Devil’s Pool right on the edge of Victoria Falls. It’s the world’s most thrilling infinity pool, offering unbelievable views. The natural rock wall just below the water stops you from being washed over the edge.

3. The Lunar Rainbow

During a full moon, something very special happens at Victoria Falls. As the sun sets on a full moon, the light from the moon bounces off the spray and illuminates a moonbow; a rainbow during the night. The spectacle lasts from sunset to sunrise and is one of Africa’s most distinctive and striking sights.

4. An Official Natural Wonder of the World

Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It is in spectacular company made up of: The Grand Canyon, Great Barrier Reef, Harbour of Rio de Janeiro, Mount Everest, Polar Aurora, and Paricutin volcano.

Victoria Falls is one of the best sights on the planet

5. The Only Rainforest in the World with Constant Rain

On the Zimbabwean side of the falls lies The Victoria Falls Rainforest. This special place is home to unique plant and animal life, some of which are indigenous to the area. The environment is equally unique. The rainforest is the only place on earth where it “rains” all day, every day of the year. A result of the constant water vapour rising from the falls.

Fun fact: The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres (1,300 ft), and sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 48 km (30 mi) away.

6. Adventure Capital of Africa

Victoria Falls is known as the Adventure Capital of Africa and has the dizzying array of adrenaline-soaked activities to warrant the label. Visitors can bungee jump between two countries, white water raft down grade 5 rapids, walk with rhinos and go on a thrilling microlight or helicopter flight above the falls.

The view of Victoria Falls from the Matetsi River Lodge

7. Sheer Volume and Power

It’s estimated that roughly 600 million cubic litres of water hit the ground every minute at Victoria Falls. An example of its power is that during the high water level in April of 2013, four elephants trying to swim across the Zambezi River were tragically swept by the currents down the river and over the falls.

8. Gazed Upon by Angels in Their Flight

The first European to see the falls was David Livingstone, who stood on a small outcrop that was later named Livingstone Island to get better views. He later said, “No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”

Victoria Falls as viewed from above

9. The Smoke That Thunders

Before exploring the area and witnessing the falls for himself, David Livingstone had already heard tales of the mighty waterfall, although at the time it wasn’t called Victoria Falls. Locals named it Mosi-oa-Tunya which means “The Smoke That Thunders”, this name was given to the nature reserve in which the falls are found today. Livingstone renamed the falls in honour of Queen Victoria, the British monarch at the time.

10. Wildlife on its Doorstep

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and Zambezi National Park border the falls and offer decent game viewing. But for an even better wildlife experience, you can take a day trip to the nearby Chobe National Park .

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Matt discovered a passion for writing in the six years he spent travelling abroad. He worked for a turtle sanctuary in Nicaragua, in an ice cream factory in Norway and on a camel safari in India. He was a door-to-door lightbulb-exchanger in Australia, a pub crawl guide in Amsterdam and a journalist in Colombia. Now, he writes and travels with us.

Born in Zimbabwe passionate about Africa, this looks amazing

Born in Zimbabwe passionate about Africa this looks amazing

It looks so amazing and how are you not scared of jumping off a rock near the edge… WOW!!!

Hi Matthew,

I enjoyed reading your 10 Reasons Why Victoria Falls is a Natural Wonder! It is a destination that should be on every one’s wish list.

Thank you for the report! with these 10 reasons i learnt many things about Victoria Falls and they helped me in my researches. i’m also curious to visit this famous place one day.

I will definitely book as soon as the COVID lockdown is over. We are in serious do-do in Sydney. I am a older environmental scientist and very keen to do out of the way environmental “stuff”. Still, I am fit and healthy.

Trust you all stay safe and in good health.

Thanks for bringing my Vic Falls memories back. Shooting the rapids, (amazing guides!!!), the sunset cruise, another boat trip on Chobe nature reserve the next day – where I filmed a lioness charging a small group of Bush buck (and they outran her when she took a deep hole badly) truly the most fun I had in many many years.

Thank you so much for your comment, we really appreciate it 🙂

Warm regards from Cape Town, The Rhino Africa Team

was brought up so close to these beautiful falls nothing in the world comes near to this natural flood of water i so want to go back to my roots.

The falls are truly breathtaking and awe-inspiring, with their mighty and refreshing waters. If you’re interested in planning a bespoke vacation with our assistance, please don’t hesitate to send us an enquiry.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog and engage with us.

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The town of Victoria Falls is the gateway to the massive waterfall of the same name. The Zambezi River plummets over a cliff and flows into the Boiling Pot before continuing on to a series of gorges. The Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool, is a breathtaking sight to see. Visitors can cross the famous Victoria Bridge across the Zambezi River and enjoy views of the waterfall and the city. If you’re a nature lover, you can see elephants and white rhinos in the nearby Zambezi National Park.

If you’re interested in wildlife, Victoria Falls has many attractions for visitors. The surrounding area is home to elephants, which are a highlight of any visit to the country. You can see these majestic animals while dining at one of the many local restaurants, including the Lookout Cafe. Guests can view the falls while eating lunch at this cafe. You can also visit a private reserve where you can see wild elephants. Wood-fired pizza is a popular option, while skewered game meat is a favorite of tourists. Another popular restaurant is Mama Africa, which serves local cuisine and is a must for wildlife enthusiasts.

While the falls are the most famous attraction in the region, visitors can also enjoy more sedate activities. There are guided tours of the town and guided river cruises. You can also enjoy game drives in the nearby national parks. There are also several flights to South Africa to see the waterfalls. For those who prefer to travel by air, they can visit Cape Town or the wine regions surrounding the area. Regardless of the reason for your visit, a trip to the country’s most scenic spot is definitely worth a trip.

While you’re in town, don’t forget to take in the sights. The Victoria Falls can be seen best at night. The waterfall is illuminated at night and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch the lunar rainbow, which is a rare type of nighttime rainbow reflected in the water. For an affordable and memorable stay, visit the region of Victoria Falls and its surroundings. If you’re looking for the best view of the magnificent falls, this is the place for you.

For the shopping enthusiast, the area around the falls is a must-see. While you can purchase souvenirs in the country’s capital, there are also several other ways to explore the region. The main attractions are situated just across the border and are surrounded by lush landscapes. It is advisable to stay at hotels that are situated close to the Victoria Falls. There are plenty of restaurants and bars in the city. Most of the hotels in the town are within walking distance.

You can also spend a lot of money on souvenirs while you are in the country. There are several shops and boutiques that are open to tourists. The best place to buy beautiful jewellery is at the artist’s village. While there are many souvenirs available, you should not spend too much of your time looking at them. In fact, it’s not a good idea to buy anything at the tourist sites, since you’ll end up regret it later.

History of Victoria Falls

The area around Victoria Falls has been occupied for about 3 million years. This was evidenced by the discovery of Middle Stone Age tools and weapons. In addition to the Khoisan, the area was occupied by Bantu tribes, including the Batoka. Over the centuries, these peoples became dominant. The Matabele tribe, also known as the Maasai, arrived in the area. Their descendants still live in the area today.

European settlement began around 1900. In the wake of the First World War, Cecil Rhodes, owner of the British South Africa Company, wanted to control the mineral rights north of the Zambezi. They also sought to exploit the region’s ivory and animal skins. Eventually, they built the first bridge across the Zambezi, and even attempted to mine the water. But the water and spray had become too powerful for them, and they had to evacuate.

During British colonial rule, the falls became a popular attraction. The city was the main tourist center. By 1990, almost 300,000 people visited the city. By the end of the decade, there was expected to be more than a million visitors. Livingstone named the area after Queen Victoria. The site was named for her. There is also a museum that tells the history of the area. The park’s name is derived from this place.

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A hotel in Livingstone was built in 1904. This was built to accommodate the train passengers. The town also grew as a tourist destination. A government museum in Livingstone tells the story of White colonial rule through pictures and artifacts. During the British colonial period, the Victoria Falls became one of the major attractions in the country. By the 1960s, it had become the largest tourist attraction in the country.

The Victoria Falls were discovered in 1855. The Zambezi River became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989. In addition, the gorges are home to artifacts that date back to 3 million years ago. During this time, the Batswana and Makololo tribes inhabited the area. The river became an important trade route for African goods and services. The town of Victoria Falls was also a major attraction during the British colonial period.

The area around the Victoria Falls has been inhabited for over 3 million years. Before the colonial era, it was inhabited by the Makololo tribe. By the early nineteenth century, the Makololo people had settled the area. Their names were Musi-oa-Tunya and Shungu na Mutitima, which means “raging lion”. However, it was Dr. David Livingstone who named the falls after Queen Victorian.

During the 19th century, Europeans began to settle in the area. They built a railway, which connected Victoria Falls to Bulawayo. During the British colonial period, the area gained popularity. Despite the lack of tourism, the area remained uninhabited for a long time, and Europeans began to settle in the region. A bridge was constructed over the Second Gorge, which is the narrowest part of the Falls.

Victoria Falls Facts

When visiting Zambia or Zimbabwe, one of the must-dos is to visit Victoria Falls. This 1,708-metre-wide waterfall sits on the Zambezi River and is a unique habitat for many unique species of plants and animals. The falls are the highest in the world and are a popular tourist attraction , but did you know there is a lot more to this breathtaking spectacle? There are many fun facts about Victoria’s spectacular beauty, and we’ve compiled some of the most interesting ones for your enjoyment.

The falls are shaped like a horseshoe, and have the least volume of water. The horseshoe falls are also the first to dry out, usually between October and November. The horseshoe falls are located on the Zambian side of the Falls, but you can see them from the Zimbabwean side at the danger point. There are many things to do in Victoria Falls, and you should consider exploring them! During your trip, you may even see the rare lunar rainbow, which appears when moonlight reflects off the falling water drops in the atmosphere.

Upon arriving at the Zimbabwean side of the Falls, it’s best to purchase a KAZA visa. It will grant you access to both countries. The KAZA visa is valid for both countries and includes 22 pages of information. You can also purchase a worksheet pack that contains 22 pages of information about the Falls and its history. In addition, you can find out how the water levels fluctuate in the different sections. The main flow of the river is the Main Falls, which is 460 metres wide. The Horseshoe Falls and Rainbow Falls are both 500-metre-wide, but are usually dry during low seasons.

Since 1855, Victoria Falls has become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The falls have been a tourist attraction for more than 400 thousand people a year, though the Zimbabwean side is more developed than the Zambian side. In fact, the rapid development of the falls has led the United Nations to question the site’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The waterfalls’ management is threatening the integrity of its UNESCO status.

The Victoria Falls are at the edge of the Zambezi River. The river flows through Africa, passing through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique. The water level at the base of the falls is 229 feet (70m) deep . Approximately 550 million liters of water flow each minute through the Zambezi River. The height of the Falls varies between the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides.

The waterfall is situated on the Zambezi River, which is a river that flows through Africa. The falls are named for Queen Victoria of Great Britain, but the locals call them Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means “smoke that thunders.” The area has been inhabited for more than 3 million years. The displaced tribes of the region were based in Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Things to do in Victoria Falls

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, a trip to Victoria Falls is sure to be memorable. The town of Victoria Falls is a gateway to the huge waterfall of the same name. The Zambezi River roars down a cliff, plunging over the waterfall into the Boiling Pot. The river flows through gorges, including the Devil’s Pool, which is a natural infinity pool. Besides the spectacular scenery, visitors can also enjoy wildlife viewing at the nearby Zambezi National Park. Elephants and white rhinos live in the national park.

The Falls’ lowest level is during November/December. You can also try white-water rafting , see crocodiles, and hike in the park. It’s best to avoid visiting the park during rainy season. The water is very hot and humid from October to December, so plan your activities accordingly. The twilight hours are perfect for bungee jumping and other adrenaline sports. You can also take a helicopter ride to get a unique perspective of the falls.

The falls are spectacular and can be viewed from both sides of the border. From the Zimbabwean side, you can view the waterfalls, or from the eastern side of the Zambian border. The falls are 100 meters high and 1.7 kilometers wide. Locals call the falls Mosi-oa-Tunya, which translates to smoke that thunders. You can even zip line through the gorge. No matter what you choose, you’ll never be bored in Victoria Falls!

The waterfall is the biggest waterfall in the world. It is 100m high and 1.7km wide. It is called Mosi-oa-Tunya by locals, and it literally means smoke that thunders. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you should definitely check out the bungee jump. It’s a thrilling way to appreciate the beauty of the falls. The falls are located on the Zambian side.

Apart from the waterfall itself, you can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. There are tours that take you to the Livingstone Island, which is a tiny piece of land that clings to the edge of the gorge. Besides bungee jumping, you can also try the Bridge Swing, a smaller version of the activity. The two-hour tour includes a high tea on the island and a view of the waterfalls.

The Victoria Falls are a must-see for any visitor. The world’s largest waterfall is visible from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides. The falls are 1.7km wide and 100m high. Some people even refer to them as “mosi-oa-tunya” or “smoke that thunders” in local languages. This awe-inspiring spectacle will leave you in awe.

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Victoria Falls is undoubtedly one of the most amazing natural wonders in the world. Every year, thousands of people come from all over the globe to see (and hear!) this magnificent sight for themselves.

There are many reasons why visiting Victoria Falls is a great idea! For starters, the waterfalls are absolutely stunning and awe-inspiring to behold. Additionally, Victoria Falls is located in a beautiful and exotic location, making for an unforgettable trip. Plus, there are plenty of activities and attractions available in the area, ensuring that visitors will never be bored.

If you’re planning on visiting Victoria Falls , there are a few things you should be aware of. In this post, we’ll break down everything you need to know about Victoria Falls, from how to get there, when to go, what to pack, where to stay, and what to expect when you arrive.

Interesting facts about Victoria Falls:

  • Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, which forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • The Victoria Falls are considered as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
  • The falls are 1,708 meters (5,604 feet) wide and 108 meters (354 feet) high.
  • During the peak season (April to May), the Zambezi River flows at an average of 1,086 cubic meters per second!
  • The spray from the waterfalls can reach up to 400 meters (1,300 feet) into the air.
  • Victoria Falls is home to a variety of wildlife, including hippos, elephants, and buffalo. This makes it a great destination for those who’d like to enjoy an authentic African safari as well as see the Falls themselves. 
  • In the local Kololo and Lozi languages, Victoria Falls is called Mosi-oa-Tunya , which means the “smoke that thunders”. 
  • The roar of the falling water is so loud, that it can occasionally be heard from up to 25 miles (40 kilometres) away!

Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, which forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe . (The Falls straddle Zimbabwe to the west and Zambia to the east.)

The town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is the best base for exploring the Falls from that country, while Livingstone in Zambia is an excellent choice if you’re interested in seeing more of the river and the surrounding area.

Victoria Falls is the largest curtain of falling water in the world – to be specific, it’s 1,708 meters (5,604 feet) wide and 108 meters (354 feet) high. This makes it roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls!

Technically, Victoria Falls is actually made up of five different waterfalls, one in Zambia (the Eastern Cataract) and four in Zimbabwe (The Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Horseshoe Falls). Each of these is spectacular in its own right, and it’s well worth taking the time to see all five:

At 93 meters (305 feet) high, the Main Falls are the largest at Victoria Falls. In fact, they are so high, that before it has a chance to reach the ground, most of the falling water is picked up by rising winds and turned into a fine, shimmering mist. For this reason, it’s often difficult to get a clear view of the Main Falls – but that just adds to their mystery and majesty!

Rainbow Falls

As you might expect from its name, Rainbow Falls are known for the stunning rainbows that form in the mist created by the falling water. These rainbows are best seen early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun is at just the right angle, or on a full moon when they create otherworldly ‘moonbows’! More on those later! Rainbow Falls are 108 meters, or 354 feet, tall.

Horseshoe Falls

The Horseshoe Falls get their name from their shape, which – you guessed it – is similar to a horseshoe. They are located on the Zimbabwean side of the river and are often considered to be the most beautiful of all the waterfalls at Victoria Falls.

The Eastern Cataract

101 metres (or 331 feet) high and located on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River, the Eastern Cataract is notable for being much narrower than the other waterfalls at Victoria Falls.

The Devil’s Cataract

The smallest of all the Vic Falls at just 35 meters high, the Devil’s Cataract is still an impressive sight. It gets its name from the foaming, turbulent water that cascades over its edge. Devil’s Cataract is on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River.

The Zambezi is one of Africa’s major rivers, stretching for over 1,600 miles (2,600 kilometres) from its source in Zambia to its mouth on the Indian Ocean. The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river in Africa after the Nile, Congo, and Niger rivers. 

The Zambezi is between 80 and 120 meters (260 and 400 feet) deep at Victoria Falls. The Zambezi is also home to some of the largest populations of hippos and crocodiles in Africa!

There are a few things you should do before your trip to Victoria Falls to make sure everything goes smoothly. 

First, check the visa requirements for both Zambia and Zimbabwe. You can usually get a visa on arrival if you’re from a developed country, but it’s always best to check in advance. 

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Next, make sure you have travel insurance that covers you for medical expenses and evacuation. (This is a clever idea for any trip, but it’s especially important if you’re going to be doing any activities like white-water rafting or bungee jumping, which we’ll talk about later.) 

Finally, familiarize yourself with the local currency, the Zambian kwacha and the Zimbabwean dollar. If you’ll be staying in Zimbabwe, many tourist establishments also accept US dollars, which can make things easier for visitors from the US. 

It’s a good idea to have some cash on hand when you arrive, as not all places accept credit cards.

The best time to visit Victoria Falls is between March and May, when water levels in the Zambezi River are at their highest and the Falls are at their most spectacular. 

This is also the busiest time of year though, so if you’re looking to avoid the crowds, you might want to consider visiting during the shoulder season (November to February).

Some people prefer to visit Victoria Falls during the dry season, between June and October. This is when the water levels in the Zambezi River are at their lowest and you can get a closer view of the falls.

Malaria is a serious concern in many parts of Africa, but luckily Victoria Falls is located in a low-risk area. However, it’s still important to take precautions against mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net, which most lodges will provide for you. 

If you’re coming from a high-risk area, you may also want to consider getting malaria prophylaxis before your trip. These are easy enough to get from your doctor or a travel clinic, and they can help offer additional peace of mind while you’re travelling.

The climate in Victoria Falls is tropical, with average temperatures ranging from 20-30 degrees Celsius (68-86 degrees Fahrenheit). There is a wet season (November to March) and a dry season (April to October), but even during the wet season, rainfall is usually confined to short afternoon showers. 

Vic Falls tends to have hot summers from September through to April, with temperatures getting as high as 32 degrees Celsius (about 90 degrees Fahrenheit), and pleasantly mild winters from May through to August, with afternoon temperatures of around 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). 

This is one of the many reasons it’s such a popular destination with tourists from the Northern Hemisphere, who love to escape the harsh winter and bask in the African sunshine – pleasantly cooled by the fine mist, which is so characteristic of Victoria Falls, of course! 

How to get to Victoria Falls?

The best way to get to Victoria Falls is by flying into either Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Zimbabwe or Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) in Livingstone, Zambia. There are direct flights to both available from a variety of major airports. 

Lots of visitors like to start their holiday in South Africa , and then travel up to Zambia or Zimbabwe via one of the regional airlines. This is a terrific way to see more of Africa, such as the world-famous Kruger National Park or the many attractions of a  Cape Town holiday , but it will of course be more expensive and time-consuming than flying direct. 

There are a few essential items you’ll need to pack for your trip to Victoria Falls, regardless of the time of year you’re visiting:

  • First, be sure to bring your passport and any other required travel documents.
  • Next, pack comfortable walking shoes and clothing that can get wet . A rain jacket is also a good idea, even if you’re visiting during the dry season. 
  • If you’re planning on doing any activities like white-water rafting or canoeing, you’ll need to bring a bathing suit and towel . This is Africa, so sunscreen is a must too.
  • Finally, don’t forget to pack your camera ! Victoria Falls is one of the most photogenic places in the world, and you’ll want to have plenty of memories to look back on when you get back home.

Victoria Falls is truly an awe-inspiring sight. When you first see the falls, it’s hard to believe that something so vast and powerful could exist. As the famous explorer David Livingstone put it, “ It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight “. 

One particularly interesting phenomenon to keep an eye open for is a lunar rainbow, or ‘moonbow’. Thanks to the constant spray from the falls, this is a familiar sight for tourists.

These charming apparitions are created by the light of the moon shining on water droplets in the air. Because the moon is often low on the horizon when Victoria Falls is at its fullest, moonbows are relatively common here. In fact, this is where one of the five falls – Rainbow Falls – gets its name from. 

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If you’re planning a trip to Victoria Falls , it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers and take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit. 

There are a few specific safety concerns to be aware of at Victoria Falls. The most dangerous is the possibility of getting swept away by the strong currents in the Zambezi River. 

Be sure to stay well away from the edge of the river, and never attempt to swim in or near the falls. There have been several fatalities over the years, and it’s simply not worth the risk. If you’re after adventure, rather book an adrenalin activity through an experienced local operator – there are plenty to choose from! 

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Another potential hazard is getting too close to wild animals. Victoria Falls is home to a variety of dangerous animals, including lions, hippos, and crocodiles. 

While it’s unlikely that you’ll come across any of these while you’re in town, it’s still important to be aware of the danger and take precautions when travelling in rural areas. If you are planning on going on a game drive or bush walk, be sure to book through a reputable operator and follow their safety instructions.

Finally, as with anywhere tourists frequent, it’s wise to follow common sense when it comes to keeping your valuables safe. Most lodges offer safes in your unit where you can store any particularly valuable items and cash while you’re out exploring. 

With these tips in mind, you’re sure to have a safe and memorable trip to Victoria Falls!

It’s a question that has been debated by travel enthusiasts for years: Which country offers the best view of Victoria Falls? Is it Zimbabwe, where the falls are located? Or is it Zambia, which offers a more panoramic view of the waterfall? The answer is not so simple. Both countries have their pros and cons when it comes to viewing Mosi-oa-Tunya , “the smoke that thunders.”

Quick Comparison between Zimbabwe VS Zambia

Personally, we feel Zimbabwe is the better choice if you want to see the falls up close. There are several lookout points along the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River, including the Devil’s Pool, which is only accessible during certain times of the year. 

Zambia is the better choice if you want to see the falls from a distance. The best viewing point is from Livingstone Island, which is located in the middle of the Zambezi River.

There are several reasons why Zambia is also a desirable choice for viewing Victoria Falls:

  • The falls are located on the Zambezi River – the fourth-longest river in Africa. 
  • Zambia offers a more panoramic view of the waterfall. 
  • Livingstone Island, the best viewing point in Zambia, is located in the middle of the Zambezi River.

However, there are also several reasons why Zimbabwe makes a wonderful choice too:

  • There are several lookout points along the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River, including the famous Devil’s Pool. 
  • Zimbabwe is also home to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park , which offers a variety of footpaths and viewpoints from which to view the falls, as well as awesome game-viewing opportunities.

Zimbabwe or Zambia: Which offers better views of Victoria Falls?

Zimbabwe has the most vantage points, with about three-quarters of Victoria Falls located in the nation. From Zimbabwe, you can stand on the edge of the Devil’s Pool (a natural rock pool on Livingstone Island) and peer right over the edge of the Falls. However, this particular viewing point is only accessible during certain times of the year. 

You can also walk along the Knife-Edge Bridge, which gives you a heart-stopping view of the Zambezi River rapids you won’t forget in a hurry! 

One of the best ways to see Victoria Falls from Zambia is via helicopter. The helicopter will fly you over the Falls and then land on Livingstone Island, where you can have a champagne breakfast or lunch while overlooking the Falls. You can also take a tour of the Falls by canoe and explore some of the smaller gorges and tributaries that fed into Victoria Falls.

Whichever side you choose for your Victoria Falls holiday , you won’t want to miss a trip to the Boiling Pot: a large, deep pool at the bottom of the Falls where the Zambezi River violently swirls like a cauldron of bubbling water! 

To get to the Boiling Pot, you’ll need to take a short walk from the Knife-Edge Bridge on the Zimbabwe side or Livingstone Island on the Zambian side. The best time to visit the Boiling Pot is during the dry season when the water level is lower, and you can better see into the “pot”.

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Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe highlights:

  • The Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls offers the iconic view of the Main Falls, with water flowing most of the year at varying degrees of strength. Most hotels are within walking distance of the waterfall, so you can easily explore the area. 
  • Victoria Falls Town is a classic “tourist town” with restaurants, bars and backpackers. However, there are also some historic hotels that offer traditional afternoon tea. Be sure to explore the markets for iconic soapstone sculptures that make fantastic souvenirs! 
  • If you’re looking for an adventure, consider white-water rafting or bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge. There are also a number of safari tours that depart from Victoria Falls Town.

Victoria Falls in Zambia highlights:

  • For close-up waterfall viewing, the Zambia side is hard to beat. You can swim in Devil’s Pool during the low-water season, visit Livingstone Island when water levels permit, and enjoy the views from several lodges along the Zambezi River. 
  • Livingstone is more of a ‘business town’ and home to the Livingstone Museum, but it still has its charms. There are several good restaurants and bars, as well as some interesting shops selling local arts and crafts. 
  • For wildlife lovers, the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is well worth a visit. The park is home to elephants, buffalo, antelope, and many other species of animals. 

Other activities to enjoy on a Victoria Falls holiday:

There’s no shortage of things to do at Victoria Falls, both on the Zambian side and the Zimbabwean side. 

One of the most popular activities is a guided tour of the Falls themselves . These tours usually take about an hour, and they’re a great way to learn about the history and geology of Victoria Falls. 

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities available as well in Victoria Falls . Both Zimbabwe and Zambia offer a variety of adrenaline-pumping activities, such as white-water rafting, bungee jumping, zip-lining, and abseiling. 

On the Zambian side, you can go white-water rafting or bungee jumping off the magnificent Victoria Falls Bridge. On the Zimbabwean side, you can take a scenic helicopter ride for a bird’s-eye view of the Falls. 

No matter which side you’re on, you’re guaranteed to have an up-close and personal experience with one of nature’s most magnificent wonders. So, whether you choose Zimbabwe or Zambia, we know you’ll have an unforgettable time!

Swimming in Devil’s Pool is a rite of passage for any visitor to Victoria Falls! Sometimes described as the ‘world’s most extreme infinity pool’, Devil’s Pool is located on the edge of Livingstone Island in Zambia. 

The pool is only accessible during the dry season, when water levels are low enough that a natural rock barrier forms at the edge of the Falls. (When water levels are high, Devil’s Pool is too dangerous to swim in.) You can swim right up to this natural barrier and enjoy the incredible views of the Zambezi River plunging down 328 feet over the edge of the Falls – an activity sure to get anyone’s heart pumping! 

If you’re interested in swimming in Devil’s Pool, be sure to book a tour with a reputable operator, as this is (understandably!) a very in-demand activity at Victoria Falls. 

If you’re a culture vulture, you’ll find plenty of authentic experiences to entertain and inform around Victoria Falls too.

In Zimbabwe, there’s an interesting outdoor museum to visit, built in the style of a traditional African village, which draws from the building styles of several different ethnic groups. 

In Zambia, Mukuni and Songwe villages are both great places to learn about the local way of life. There are also plenty of opportunities to see traditional dancing and music. Many lodges and hotels offer regular shows, or you can book tickets to see a show put on by one of the local villages. 

At Songwe village, you’ll get the chance to see the Royal Drums , a Zambian national treasure. These massive drums are over two hundred years old and were once used to communicate between villages. 

You can also learn about the local beliefs and customs surrounding the falls themselves. For many years, the falls were considered a sacred site, and they feature heavily in local mythology. 

The Livingstone Museum should definitely be on your itinerary too. This world-class museum is located in Zambia and is packed with information on the history of the falls, as well as the people who have lived in the area for centuries. 

We feel no visit to Victoria Falls would be complete without learning about the local culture too. 

Aside from sharing Victoria Falls itself, both Zambia and Zimbabwe are regarded as some of Africa’s best countries to enjoy a safari. 

Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is home to elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, and rhinos. Other creatures you might encounter include leopards, cheetahs, and wild dogs. 

On the Zambian side, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is a beautiful place to see elephants, buffalo, and antelope. There are also many lodges located along the Zambezi River where you can enjoy the views and spot some wildlife. 

Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park is regarded as one of the best places in Africa to see leopards in the wild, a rare experience indeed, as these are some of the continent’s most elusive creatures. 

Zambia is also home to a wide variety of birds, including some of the most colourful species in the world. The charming Marabou stork, Fulvous and whistling ducks, Lesser and Greater Flamingos, Great white pelicans, and the endangered wattle crane will all enchant keen birders. 

And in Zimbabwe, you’re quite likely to see the distinctive African fish eagle, the national bird of the country. These magnificent birds have a wingspan of up to 2.5 meters (8 feet), and their nests can weigh as much as 30 kg (66 pounds)! Their unmistakable call is perhaps the most distinctive sound of the African bush. 

Buck like the small but powerful klipspringer, huge roan antelope, and majestic Sable antelope will delight wildlife lovers in Zimbabwe too. 

If you’re looking for an unforgettable destination, look no further than Victoria Falls. With so much to see and do, it’s perfect for everyone from adrenaline junkies to nature lovers. Add in the amazing safari experiences on offer and you’ve got a holiday that will stay with you forever. 

Victoria Falls is also one of the most family-friendly holiday destinations in Africa , with lodges and resorts offering plenty of activities to keep children entertained. And considering just how much it has to offer, it’s also exceptionally good value for money. 

So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with Discover Africa today and let us help you plan the trip of a lifetime ! 

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Top Attractions in Victoria Falls

It's no secret that the top attractions in Victoria Falls are worth a visit. Whether you're looking to see spectacular Wildlife, enjoy an Adrenaline-Fueled Adventure or relax on a River Cruise, there is something for everyone.

From the Vic Falls themselves to Shopping and more, this article has all you need to know about what makes Victoria Falls one of the top destinations on earth.

Here are some of   the top attractions in Victoria Falls

The victoria falls.

Few natural wonders match the size and power of Victoria Falls. The falls, which separate Zambia and Zimbabwe, is a major attraction for many visitors.

The natural water fall, which measures 5603 ft (1708 meters) wide and 108 meters deep into Zambezi Gorge below, is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

With mean annual flow rate is 1088 cubic meters per second (38,430 cu ft/s) and the mean maximum flow rate recorded at 3000 cu m/s (105,944 cu ft/s). The water spray can easily reach a height of over 400 meters into the air, sometimes twice as high. This spray can be seen from up to 50 kilometers (30 mi) away.

Archaeological exploration sites around the falls reveal that this area has been occupied for some 2.6 million years. Artifacts dating back to the middle and stone age have been found here. A tour of the Victoria Falls is the perfect way to start your Southern African vacation adventure.

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Victoria Falls Bridge

The Victoria Falls Bridge, which spans over the Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe, links both countries. The bridge has border posts at each end: one on either side of Livingstone town in Zambia and another on the side of Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe.

The Victoria Falls Bridge was the inspiration of Cecil Rhodes, who famously said: "build the Bridge across the Zambezi where trains pass as they catch the spray from waterfalls." This was part of Rhodes’ Cape to Cairo railway scheme, though he never got to see it and died before construction on the bridge began.

If you’re looking for a bridge with an impressive parabolic arch design, the Victoria Falls Bridge should be top of your list – it was constructed in England by Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Company. This Victorian engineering feat took just 14 months to complete! It opened on September 12th 1905

One of the tourist attractions of Victoria Falls Bridge is a heritage tour. Learn all about the history and construction of this magnificent bridge. The tour includes an under-deck walk.

There is a small museum on the Zambian side where admission is free.  A railway museum is also located in Livingstone, including several old steam trains that are a good source of information for railroad enthusiasts.

Elephant's Walk Shopping and Artist's Village

view of the entrance to the Elephants Walk Shopping Village Entrance

This is truly a shopping experience like few others. The Elephant's Walk Shopping & Artist's Village is a collection of stores, artists, craftsmen, cuisine, culture, history, and much more.

If herbs and veggies are your thing, then visit the Happy Hippo Organic Garden, or hone your negotiation skills  at the craft market. For more details, check out our Elephant's Walk Shopping & Artists Village page.

Siduli Hide

guide and guest entering the Siduli hide in Victoria Falls

Get up close and personal with wildlife of all varieties at the Siduli Hide.

The Siduli Hide sits on the edge of a waterhole that is overlooked by the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge .

Designed to appear as though it were built by termites, the Siduli Hide gives visitors a unique, up close, and personal look at wildlife.

The hide is just a short 5-minute walk from the Lodge. A professional guide will take you through the whole experience.

Once inside the hide, all you have to do is sit and wait quietly as animals of all types come to visit the waterhole for a nice cool drink. There is also a salt lick nearby which the animals use to get some of the natural minerals they need.

If you are a photographer or a wildlife enthusiast, then the Siduli Hide experience is definitely one you should not miss.

view from inside the Siduli hide at Victoria Falls

The Big Tree

The Big Tree at Victoria Falls is a very large baobab that is 24 (79ft) meters tall and measures more than 22.8 (75ft) meters in girth. It is is situated roughly 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Victoria Falls.

Based on its size, the Big Tree is estimated to be approximately 2000 years old. it is protected by the Museums and National Monuments Act 1972 of Zimbabwe

The Big Tree is not only world-renowned, but it is also likely the largest and old tree in all of Zimbabwe.

Every year, thousands of people come from all around the world to get a glimpse of this magnificent Tree.

The Vic Falls Moonbows

A moonbow, which is also sometimes called a lunar rainbow or moonbeam, is an optical phenomenon that appears when moonlight shines from the surface of the moon and is reflected on mist and water droplets in the air.

Victoria Falls is one of a few places on earth where you can regularly see a moonbow!

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Moonbows always form opposite the moon, and they reflect much less light than a rainbow.

Human eyes are unable to catch the faint light of a moonbow, which makes it difficult for them to see colors in the moonbow.

As a result, the moonbow appears white. Consequently, these tones range from white to black whereas rainbows have different colors.

However, using long exposure photographs, you will get to see the colours. Learn more about Moonbows .

White Water Rafting

Rafting the Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls has been ranked as the best and biggest grade 5 white water rafting in the world.

Get started with an exhilarating white water rafting experience that begins in the "boiling pot" below the Victoria Falls and navigates through notorious rapids. The guides will steer rafters on a memorable ride through the formidable rapids of the mighty Zambezi River.

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You have two season options for white water rafting. You can start your journey during the low water rafting months of August through December, or if you prefer a more intense experience you should plan accordingly to make sure that the Zambezi River has enough water to hurtle through many Grade 5 rapids.

Victoria Falls high water rafting takes place between Jan – Feb and June – July. As the water level rises high water rafting begins. As the water is gushing downstream of the Victoria Falls so intensely during these months, it is impossible to start at rapid number 1. The high water rafting begins 10 km downstream at rapid 11 and ends at rapid 23.  White water Rafting in Vic Falls is a must for the thrill seeker. 

Chobe Day Trip

A day excursion to Chobe National Park in Botswana is an opportunity for a special experience in Africa. The park is only one hour away from Victoria Falls and it has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.

The tour departs daily from Victoria Falls and includes a drive to the Botswana border, where you will meet with your local guide. After crossing through immigration, you will head to Chobe River for a morning game cruise safari.

The water excursion gives unique access to the wildlife of this important national park along the banks of the Chobe River, and lunch is served at a lodge near by. Refreshments are also provided during your day trip

After lunch, you will venture into the Chobe National Park in an open game drive vehicle. The afternoon’s safari heads deeper into the Park to try to spot some of the big game which includes big cats, elephant, rhino, giraff and many other animals, both large and small.

After a full day in the Chobe, you will make your way to the border post with your guide and then head back to Victoria Falls. Check out this short video below.

The Elephant Sanctuary

Learn all about these majestic creatures at the Wild Horizons Victoria Falls Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage.

The tour starts with a very informative talk about the sanctuary, what they do and why it was established. They will tell you about the history of how these animals came to be saved. Hear all about the threats that the natural elephant population faces daily and the solutions to help stop them.

You will have an opportunity to meet the guides who live and work with these elephants every day. They will tell you more about their beloved elephants.

Once done with the talk, the guides will take you on a short walk into the bush to meet the elephants in person. Here you will have the opportunity to get right up close and even touch the elephants.

elephant encounter

Then take a short walk around the area with the elephants and their guides to get a feel of their natural habitat. You will also have your chance to feed the elephants some of their favourite treats.

The elephant encounter is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget!

Bungee Jumping

For adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies, a bungee jump from the World famous Victoria Falls Bridge is considered one of the best bungee jumps in the world and yet another, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Launch yourself off a platform 111 meters (364ft) above the mighty Zambezi River and feel the wind rushing past you as you plummet for 4 seconds against one of the world's most scenic backdrops.

This is the only place in the world where you can bungee in between two countries.

Read our article on Bungee Jumping in Victoria Falls for all the details.

Helicopter & Microlight Flights

A flight over the Victoria Falls offers an unparalleled vantage point to witness this natural wonder, from its source of water in Zambia to the immense gorge below.

Standing on the ground, you can only feel the power of Victoria Falls. But when you take a glimpse from atop, you can see the full spectacle and magnitude of this awesome sight.

As you look downstream, you can see the different facets of Victoria Falls. Each gorge reflects a different era in time as the water has eroded the softer sandstone near fault lines with harder Basalt over thousands of years.

shearwater helicopter flying above the Victoria Falls

There are two Helicopter flight options:-

A 15-minute helicopter flight from the Elephant Hills helipad allows you to see Victoria Falls up close and personal. The flight darts over the falls in both directions, allowing you to glimpse into the chasm of the falls. You can see towns in Zimbabwe on one side, and Zambia on the other, as well as all of the wildlife in the Zambezi National Park.

A 25-minute helicopter flight takes you over Victoria Falls, Batoka Gorge, and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The tour is fully narrated with an expert guide to fill you in on everything that's happening as you fly past or below some of Africa's most magnificent sights! 

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The microlights are 15 or 30-minute tours . It is the most personal way to view the falls from the air, with just a pilot and one customer per flight.

The Devil's Pool

Labelled as one of the world's most daring and dangerous swims, The Devil's Pool is one not to miss!

The Devil's Pool is a deep natural pool right at the top of the Victoria Falls that allows its visitors to swim up close to the edge. From the pool, is an incredible view of the thundering waterfalls to the side and below.

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The pool is only available for a swim only during periods of low water, meaning the best time is from mid-August to around the end of December. Access to the pool is most reliable from October through November due to the lowest flow rate at that time.

The pool is closed to tourists when the flow is too high, this is normally from around the beginning of January to sometime in August.

Zambezi River Cruises

A visit to Victoria Falls is not complete without taking a cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. There are a number of different options, but a Sunset Cruise or a Dinner Cruise is something you should try.

A sunset cruise on the Zambezi River is a great way to unwind and enjoy the beautiful scenery just before dusk.

The African sunset highlights the water’s edge, with a row of passing birds delivering their own short concerto. Visitors are likely to have the opportunity to see various types of game; including hippos, crocodiles, and elephants, as well as several different species of birds.

This popular cruise includes "finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits, and soft drinks".

One way to take amazing photographs is against an African sunset.

The Malachite Dinner Cruise includes a light refresher towel and chilled flute of sparkling wine before you head up to the top level for the evening boat cruise.

View of the Malachite boat on the Zambezi

As night falls, guests are treated to snacks as they gaze at the Zambezi's shimmering surface. The staff is attentive with drinks and snacks being served throughout the journey. Guests can look forward to a high vantage point for impeccable views of one of Victoria Falls' famous sunsets from plush cushioned furniture on the upper deck.

When the sun dips below the horizon, an elegant dinner is served on the lower deck of this boat. Diners are enveloped in the rich, fresh aroma of locally sourced ingredients as they're plated.

The seven-course meal and all-inclusive drinks onboard the luxury Malachite offer great value for money with an exceptional sundowner experience in Victoria Falls.

Under the Spray

A traveller's best resolution should be to experience their destination in its entirety. The natural wonder of Victoria Falls is well worth a trip down into the gorge for an amazing view and a swim under the spray of the Victoria Falls.

view of group of tourists in the bottom of the gorge under the spray of the falls

Looking up, soaring one hundred meters high is the black basalt rock blanketed by the river that plunges over it. You are struck by the illusion of an everlasting sky between the waterfall's giant lips as you watch from below.

Still pools are inviting to visitors who wish to dive beneath their surface for an unforgettable experience during the "low water" season when the water is not churning too vigorously.

The Gorge Swing

The Wild Horizons Gorge Swing at Victoria Falls is an exhilarating and nail-biting experience. Leap in the air as you plunge down into the mouth of Batoka gorge, experiencing a sense of weightlessness.

Man jumping of the gorge swing in Victoria Fallsplatform

Imagine swinging in a child’s swing on the playground at first, and now imagine an unthinkable sight - a giant swing that is 95 (311ft) meters long and 120 (393ft) meters high. The next thing you know, you're about to take a 70-meter (229ft) free-fall from this threshold before it begins its pendulum-like motion.

Now Stop imagining and come on down to try it for yourself!

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One of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa, which is also defining the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Fact: Victoria Falls is the only waterfall in the world with a length of more than a kilometer and a height of more than hundred meters. It is also considered to be the largest fall in the world.

Fact: The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometers, while the spray and mist from the falling water is rising to a height of over 400 meters and can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometers. No wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya “The smoke that thunders”.

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Scottish missionary and famous explorer of Africa David Livingstone (1813-1873) named it after Queen Victoria. Livingstone who was the first European to cross Africa from south to north discovered this awe-inspiring waterfall in 1855, while preaching Christianity in Africa. That is why Livingstone wasn’t very pleased with his discovery: it was just an obstacle on his way.

Despite the inconveniences, he was fascinated by the beauty of the falls. In 1857 Livingstone wrote that no one in England can even imagine the beauty of this scene. Religious Livingstone also wrote that most probably angels are admiring the scenery while flying nearby. He was accompanied by soldiers but only two of them took the risk of approaching the waterfalls with Livingstone. For centuries local African tribes had a sacral fear from the waterfall.

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The waterfall was hardly visited by people up until 1905, when a railway to Bulawayo was constructed. Since then Victoria Falls quickly gained popularity until the end of the British colonial rule. At the end of the 1960s the number of tourists started to decrease due to the guerrilla struggle in Zimbabwe. After Zimbabwe gained independence the region has been in relative peace and Victoria Falls started to attract a new wave of tourism.

By the end of 1990 nearly 300,000 people were visiting the falls each year. Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the citizens of both Zambia and Zimbabwe no longer have fear of the “the smoke that thunders”, and are successfully developing the tourism on both sides of the river.

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The falls were formed in a zone of crustal faults. On the crest of the fall numerous islands divide the main flow into several branches. During floods, the water flow capacity reaches half a million liters of water per minute.

The water level varies throughout the year; it is at its peak in April, at the end of the rainy season when on average 500,000,000 liters of water flow and it is at its lowest level in October and early November.

Interestingly, during the dry season the water level in the Zambezi River drops sharply, and it becomes possible to walk through some parts of the waterfall. However, during the rest of the year Victoria Falls is a roaring machine that strikes anyone with its power.

Victoria Falls during dry season

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Are you planning a trip to Victoria Falls? Here are the essential Victoria Falls tips plus everything you need to know before you visit this incredible landmark.

Located in the middle of the Zambezi river and at the border of both Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world that is high on every traveler’s bucket list .

I mean every adventure traveler would one day want to see the biggest curtains of falling water at the Victoria Falls.

Though it may not be the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest waterfall with a height of 108 meters (354 ft) and a width of 1,708 meters (5,604 ft). Now that’s something you’d want to see at least once in a lifetime.

But before you travel to the storm that thunders, there are a few essential Victoria falls tips you should know to make sure that you plan you’re trip very well.

So as you plan your trip to Victoria Falls, here are the best tips you need to know for an amazing time.

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1. Best time to visit Victoria falls

Though Victoria falls is a year-long destination, not every time of the year is perfect to visit depending on what you want to do. You should know that the water levels of the falls change as the season changes.

If you want to see the falls at their highest capacity with the mist so high and the sound so thunderous, you might want to visit from February to May. The only downside of visiting at this time of the year is that some times the mist gets too thick that it becomes hard to see the falls themselves perfectly.

But as the mist clears a bit in the months of January and June, it becomes easier to see the Falls perfectly well plus the bottom of the cliff to see where the water – falls.

Though the water levels reduce a little bit, I believe it’s the perfect season to get a clear view of the Falls and to also take part in some of the Victoria Falls activities like White water rafting.

However, if you want to swim in the devil’s pool on the Zambian side, it can’t be done when the water levels are at their highest as its deadly, you’ll need to wait for September through December when the water levels reduce completely.

With those variations in mind, you’ll need to figure out what you exactly want to do at the Falls and choose the right time for you.

But regardless of what time of the year you visit the Victoria falls, I can guarantee that you’ll be blown away by this incredible natural wonder.

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2. Which side of the boarder should you stay at

This might be the hugest debate and the most asked question about visiting the Victoria Falls. Since the Falls are right at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, it’s sometimes not easy to decide where to stay or visit from.

Of course, it would be so cool to visit from both sides which you should actually do if you can but not everyone is lucky enough to have that option.

Visiting from either side has its own pros and cons that you should put into account. What I advise you is to look at the pros and cons of visiting from either side and then decide on the perfect side for you.

So to make decision making easy for you, here a few advantages and disadvantages of visiting from either side.

From the Zimbabwe side

  • You can see 75% of the waterfalls from the Zimbabwean side.
  • The Falls of the Zimbabwean side never dry out, unlike the Zambian side which dries out in the months of September to December.
  • The closest town “Victoria falls town” is just a few minutes’ walk from the Victoria falls which makes access very easy at any time of the day unlike the 10km distance of Livingstone town in Zambia from the Falls.
  • The cost of living is a bit high on the Zimbabwean side as the Victoria falls town is completely designed for tourists with everything a bit pricier than in Livingstone town in Zambia.

From the Zambian side

  • You can swim in the devil’s pool which is one of the bucket list activities for adrenaline junkies.
  • The cost of living is a bit low in Living stone town. Actually, even the entrance fee to the falls is a bit cheaper here compare to the Zimbabwean side.

With those few points, it’s easy to see why I highly recommend visiting from the Zimbabwean side . Regardless of when you visit, you’ll be able to enjoy one of the most famous landmarks in Africa from the Zimbabwean side.

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3. Check to see if you need a Visa

If you have zeroed down on the side of the border you’ll be staying at, check with your government to see if you need a visa to enter either country and that should be easy.

The tourist Visa is $30 for Zimbabwe and $50 for Zambia but if it’s only a day trip, then you can expect to pay $20.

But what if you plan on visiting the Falls from both countries?

This can be the tricky part! Some people get a visa for one country and loosely assume that it will be automatic to access the falls from the other side of the border without another visa.

But just like crossing any border, you’ll still need to get a visa (depending on the passport you hold).

Zimbabwe might require you to get a visa and Zambia not, or the other way round! What I advise you to do is to make one country your visiting base and treat the other one as a day trip if you don’t plan on doing any activities there other than just seeing the Falls. This will save you a lot of money on accommodation.

You might also look into getting a double entry visa for your base country which is a bit cheaper instead of paying for two separate visas for when you’ll enter the country the second time after your day trip to the other side of the border.

But if both countries require you to get visas, still find out how easy/hard it is to obtain them and whether you need to get them before you travel or visas on arrival are possible. And if it’s Visa on arrival, make sure that you have cash on you to pay for them! It’s normally in US dollars.

Pro tip* Make sure that you get cleared with customs and get your Passport stamped for any border crossing you make not to run into any trouble with the law.

4. How to get to the Victoria Falls

The best part about visiting Victoria Falls is that it’s easily accessible regardless of where you’re coming from and which side of the border you choose to stay at.

To give you an idea, here is how to get to the Victoria Falls both in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

To Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe

Just fly directly into Victoria falls airport and take a taxi to Victoria Falls town.

If you’re flying from any of the Southern African countries, it’s super easy to fly directly to Victoria Falls town. For some countries, flights are not daily, so check to see and book your flight on time.

When you get to Victoria Falls town, it’s so easy to just walk to the falls depending on where you’re staying. Some hotels (mentioned later in this post) are just a 10 to 20 minutes’ walk to the falls.

But for hotels that are not within a walkable distance, some offer free shuttle transfers to and from the falls at specific times. But if you want to go on your own, you can just hire a taxi that will take you directly to the entrance of Victoria falls national park. It can be anywhere between $5 to $10 depending on the distance.

However, if your booked a guided tour (I recommend some later in the post), the tour company will pick you up and later drop you back to your hotel after the tour.

To Livingstone town in Zambia

You can still fly from any of the Southern African airports directly to Livingstone airport which is the getaway to the Falls in Zambia.

Unlike Victoria Falls town, Livingstone is not near the Falls to walk there so by all means, you will need to find a way to get. Still, some hotels offer free shuttle transfers to the falls but if not, then you can get a taxi from Livingstone which can be around $10 to $15 depending on the distance.

For a complete guide on how to get to the Victoria falls, check out this post to know exactly how to get there whether by flying, self-drive, or using buses from the major southern African countries.

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5. Opening hours for Victoria Falls

Victoria falls national park opening hours (zimbabwe).

In Summer (From 1st September to 30th April): The park opens at 06:00 am and closes at 06:00 pm.

In Winter (From 1st May to 31st August): The park opens at 06:30 am and closes at 06:00 pm.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park Opening Hours (Zambia)

The park opens daily at 6: 00 am and closes at 6: 00 pm (regardless of the season).

6. Entrance fee to Victoria Falls

The park entry fees vary depending on your nationality. The park fees can be paid both by cash or by Card.

Victoria Falls National park entry fees (Zimbabwe)

  • International visitors: US $ 30
  • Southern African Development Community (SADC) visitors: US $20
  • Zimbabwean citizens: RTGS$ 60
  • Lunar tour visitors: US $40
  • Children between 6 and 12: 50% of the adult fee
  • Children under 6 years: Free

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park Entry fees (Zambia)

  • International visitors: US $20
  • Zambian citizens: US $2 or K20
  • Lunar tour visitors: US $30

Disclaimer* Please note that all these prices were accurate by the time this post was written but are subject to change at any time without any warning.

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7. Where to stay at Victoria Falls

You only need to book accommodation on just one side of the border if you plan to treat the other border as a day trip. And since there are so many things to do on the Zimbabwean side, I’d advise staying on this side.

But if you feel adventurous, have the money, time, and want to explore both sides a bit more, then you can choose to stay a couple of days on each side.

There is a variety of accommodation in both Victoria falls town and Livingstone town ranging from camping, budget, mid-range to luxury. So below are a few places I recommend on both the Zimbabwean and the Zambian side.

Accommodation at Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side

For camping.

Victoria falls rest camp and Lodges

The camp offers a number of campsites for both pitched tents and rooftop tented cars. The campsites are fully developed with well-maintained ablutions plus electricity on-site.

The advantage of camping at Victoria falls rest camp is that it is just a few minutes walk to the Falls.

Other than camping, it also offers private guest houses for non-campers. There is also a restaurant on-site – (In da belly restaurant) which serves a variety of cuisines, so you don’t have to move far if you’re hungry.

Check prices, reviews or book your spot at the Victoria Falls rest Camp from here .

Budget accommodation

N1 Hotel & Campsite Victoria Falls

N1 Hotel is a perfect choice for budget travelers and it is just located 1 km away from the Victoria falls.

It also offers a camping area with beautiful green grasses though there is no privacy if you’re someone who wants it while camping.

Check prices, reviews or book a room at N1 Hotel from here.

Mid-range accommodation

Shearwater’s Explorers village

Shearwater Explorers village offers a variety of accommodation types from private chalets, dorm tents, to individual camping. It is also near Victoria Falls.

Campsites are reasonably cheap but the Chalets are mid-range which means that it can accommodate a number of budgets.

Check prices, reviews or book a room at Shearwater’s Explorers Village from here.

Luxury accommodation

Victoria falls Safari Suites

Located in the heart of Victoria falls town, Victoria Falls Safari Suites is a five-star hotel that commands luxury like no other. If want to be at home away from home, then this is the place to stay.

Check prices, reviews or book a room at Victoria Falls Safari Suites from here.

Victoria falls safari Lodge  

Just located 4km from the mighty Victoria Falls, Victoria falls safari Lodge is the place to be for travelers seeking absolute luxury.

Check prices, reviews or book a room at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge from here.

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Accommodation at Victoria Falls on the Zambian side

Woodlands Lodge & Tours

For people that want to stay in a comfortable place after a day’s sightseeing, then go to Woodlands Lodge and Tours . The availability of a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a bar makes up for the distance to the Victoria Falls.

Check prices, reviews or book a room at Woodlands Lodge & Tours from here.

Camp Nkwazi 

Camp Nkwazi   provides amazing views or River Zambezi as it’s right in front of the River. It’s also not far from Livingstone town which makes moving around easy. On top of that, you can participate in fishing and horse ride when you want to chill at the hotel.

Check prices, reviews or book a room at Camp Nkwazi from here.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara

If luxury is all you want as you experience one of the best adventures in Africa, then sleep at the Royal Livingstone Hotel . It is right next to River Zambezi and just a short minutes walk to the Victoria Falls.

Check prices, reviews or book a room at The Royal Livingstone Hotel from here.

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8. Things to do at Victoria Falls

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Victoria Falls offer a range of activities to participate in spanning from the high adrenaline activities to the less adventurous. So below are a few activities you should plan to do on top of gazing at the glorious Falls.

Take a flight over the Victoria falls

Flying over the Victoria Falls is the most exciting activity at Victoria Falls. The flight offers breathing taking views of the Falls from all angles which makes you appreciate them even more.

The flight also comes with an Audio guide which is well in sync with everything making the experience even much more enjoyable.

It was truly the highlight of my entire trip to Victoria Falls and if it were possible, I would do it over and over again. It’s quite pricey but worth every single penny.

So don’t wait to reach there only to be told that it’s booked out on the day you want, book it now to save your spot. This is actually the exact flight I booked and I had an amazing time with Shearwater Victoria Falls.

Check prices, reviews, or book the Flight of Angels from here.

Pro tip* I opted for a flight of angels but I know some people would prefer the Scenic Microlight Flight. I couldn’t bring myself to do it. But if you’re more adventurous than me, then you can check out the prices, review availability, or even book a Microlight Flight from here. Also, if you’re taking the flight over the falls from the Zambian side, then this is the best flight to book .

Go for a sunset cruise along the Zambezi river.

A sunset cruise at Zambezi River is by far the best way to wind up a day while at Victoria falls. The cruise offers amazing views of the river and a chance to spot hippos and giraffes roaming around the Zambezi national park.

It’s an exciting moment where you get lose, have a couple of drinks and enjoy the most beautiful sunset at Zambezi river.

Check prices, reviews, or book the sunset cruise from here

Go Bungee jumping at the Victoria Falls bridge

For the adrenaline junkies, bungee jumping off the victoria falls bridge is a perfect opportunity to test your adrenaline levels.

Honestly, it can be a bit intimidating to jump off the bridge while looking down the bottom of the cliff but it’s one activity you’ve got to tick off your bucket list.

Check prices, reviews, or book your Bungee jumping adventure from here .

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Test your adrenaline by going for white water rafting

This is not an activity for the faint-hearted as the rapids along River Zambezi are of grade 5. But there is no better way to experience the falls than this for extremely adventurous individuals.

I personally didn’t go for white water rafting but since I’ve done white water rafting at River Nile in Uganda , I know how fun, exciting and thrilling it can be and I bet it’s much better with the view of the Falls.

So if you plan to participate, this white water rafting tour is highly recommended by previous participants and I believe you’ll have a blast.

Check prices, reviews, or book your rafting spot from here .

Swim at the devil’s pool

This is truly one of the most fun things to do at Victoria Falls on the Zambian side. Imagine how cool it is to swim at the edge of one of the most famous waterfalls in the world! Incredible, right?

However, please note that swimming at the Devil’s pool can be done at specific times of the year as I mentioned earlier. So if you want to do it, you should first check to see if the time is right.

Check prices, reviews, or book your spot from here .

Go for a bridge swing

Believed to bring out the same heartbeat rate as Bungee jumping or even more, a bridge swing is one of the other adrenaline activities to do at the Victoria Falls.

With a free fall of 80m from the bridge, you’re bound to scream your lungs out as you take on this adventure- at least I did. However, it’s so much you don’t want to miss it.

Those are some of the few things to do at Victoria Falls but others include; the bridge slide, the bridge tour, Sunrise photography tour of the falls, Traditional Village tour , zip-lining, Quad biking, Gorge swing , and so many others. You can check out other fun things to do at the Victoria falls from my previous post.

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You can also check out my recommended tours and activities at Victoria Falls in the widget below   all offered by my favorite tour provider, GetYourGuide .

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9. Should you take a tour to the Falls?

If you’re already in Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe or in Livingstone town in Zambia, then you honestly don’t need to book a tour as the falls are nearby and easy to get.

Actually, even when you’re in the nearby countries, say Botswana or South Africa, and you can figure out the best way to get there on your own (you can refer to my previous post on how to get to Victoria fall ), then you may not need to book a tour. I personally did a self-drive from Botswana to Victoria Falls – so it’s totally doable.

However, not everyone wants to figure out the logistics of how, where, and when. If that’s you, then here are the best tours to Victoria falls that you can consider.

Day trip from Botswana to Victoria falls

If you are in Kasane, Botswana, and just want to take a day trip to the Falls and come back, then this day trip is perfect for you.

You get to see the beauty of the smoke that thunders without the hustles of organizing a trip. The best part about this day trip from Kasane to Victoria falls in Zimbabwe is that it’s only limited to 10 people which means that you won’t be overwhelmed by a large group.

Check for availability, prices, reviews or book your day trip from here

From Livingstone: Victoria falls guided tour

You might be in Livingstone town but what to have a guided tour to learn more about the facts and history of Victoria Falls. If that’s you, then this is the perfect tour to opt for .

With over 3 hours of the tour, you’ll learn everything and get all your questions answered as you hear from the knowleagable tour guides.

Check for availability, prices, reviews or book your guided tour from here

From Victoria falls town: Victoria Falls private guided tour

Victoria Falls might be within a walkable distance from Victoria Falls town but if you want to get a deeper understanding of this incredible world natural wonder, then opt for this private guided tour.

With a professional tour guide, you’ll learn all the history of the Falls, the local wildlife, and everything you might have wanted to learn about this smoke that thunders.

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10. What to pack for Victoria Falls

When it comes to what to pack for Victoria Falls, you don’t need to take much. Just a backpack with a few items will be enough. But to make sure that you don’t forget anything, below are a few items that are essential.

  • Passport: Obviously you’ll need to take your passport to be able to purchase the entry ticket to the falls. You can also take a waterproof passport jacket to make sure that your passport doesn’t get wet.
  • A daypack: I am a backpacker, so I’ll always have a daypack with me wherever I travel to make sure that all my day’s essentials are kept well. I love the Osprey daypack as it’s lightweight, fits everything I need for a day, and also has a water bottle holder where I can just put my bottle. If you don’t have a daypack already, you can check it out here and I promise you’ll love it. You can check for prices and reviews on Amazon or on the actual Osprey website .
  • A good Camera: With this incredible sight in front of you, there is no way you wouldn’t want to take a thousand photos. I prefer a small camera as I can go anywhere with it without any hustles but you can get inspiration from these best travel cameras.
  • A waterproof raincoat : They say it never stops raining at the falls and they’re right! The water splashes so high, it feels like it’s raining the entire time. If you don’t take a rainjacket, I guarantee you’ll all be wet by the end of the tour (depending on the time of the year you visit). There are a number of shops nearby where you can rent a raincoat but it’s not cheap considering that you’ll be visiting the Falls for a couple of hours. So I recommend taking your own waterproof jacket to avoid spending more. I like this Columbia lightweight and waterproof rain jacket and for the guys, this one is perfect .
  • Sunglasses: They may not be necessary to protect your eyes from the sun or look cool for that matter but rather to protect them from the nonstop rain. You could pass on them but I know it’s not fun when water gets into the eyes the entire time.
  • Waterproof Phone Case: If you want to take photos very close to the falls, you might consider taking this waterproof phone case – well unless of course, your phone is water-resistant.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: There is so much to see and the place is quite big. And since you’ll be on foot the entire time, you might want to take comfortable walking shoes. Also, since water splashes all the time, the ground will definitely get slippery. So you might want to substitute your flip flops for your running shoes.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is a must-have regardless of where you’re traveling to and Victoria falls is no exception. With travel bringing on its own challenges, you’ve got to be protected the entire time and the best way to do that is to cover yourself with World Nomads travel insurance. It covers a number of items including the most adventurous activities travelers love to do. You can request a quote from World Nomads from here.

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11. How long should your visit last

There is no set time on how long your trip should last as that depends on how fast or paced you want to take in the views from each angle of the Falls.

But to get the most out of your visit and this is when you’ve seen every little corner, I suggest putting aside 2 to 3 hours. It might seem like a lot (or little for some), but it’s the ideal time.

If you’re not traveling with a group, you won’t have to worry about this as you can take your time without feeling like you’re delaying or rushing the others.

If you visit the Falls from the Zimbabwean side, it’s very easy to see every spot as they marked out well all the best viewpoints from 1 to 16 with 1 being the starting point – so it’s hard to skip any spot.

12. Where to eat at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls town is a major tourist place with so many great restaurants to eat at. Whether you want to try out Zimbabwean dishes or Mediterranean dishes, these restaurants offer a wide range of choices.

Lola’s Tapas.

Owned by Lola, a very friendly Spanish native, Lola’s Tapas is a great place to enjoy local games meat and Mediterranean cuisine.

While you’re there, try out the special Crocodile dish. And if you’re lucky, you’ll be treated to a performance from the local artists.

Shearwaters cafe

Want to treat yourself to a western meal? Then opt for Shearwaters cafe. It is perfectly located on the main street of victoria falls town serving a wide range of western meals and cocktails.

Shearwaters café has a great and welcoming ambiance – a quality that has made it a popular spot among tourists.

In da belly restaurant.

Located inside the Victoria falls rest camp, In da belly restaurant serves a mix of local game meats and traditional local dishes. The name “In da belly” is a play of words derived from “Ndebele”, one of the major tribes in Zimbabwe.

There you have it, those were the essential Victoria Falls tips you need to know to plan your trip well. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, how excited are you to finally see the Victoria Falls! I know I was at 11, so I know how incredibly amazing it is.

For me, visiting the Victoria falls was one of my best travel experiences and I am excited for you! But if you’ve already been to this wonderful landmark, share with me how your experience was!

And if you have more questions as you plan your trip to the Victoria falls, leave them in the comment section and I will answer them soon.

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Top things to do in Victoria Falls

Here's some of the top things to do in Victoria Falls and why you must go!

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Some cool info on Victoria Falls

It is estimated that Victoria Falls has been flowing for about 200,000 years. The mighty waters of the Zambezi River eroding away the soft rock over millennia to create what is now one of the seven natural wonders of the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a place where over a million tourists and thrill-seekers flock every year.

Named by Dr David Livingstone after Queen Victoria in 1885 – it is the largest waterfall on Earth. It’s not the tallest or the widest but is considered the largest due to the vast curtain of water that falls over its 1.7km wide lip. At its peak, the volume of water coming over the falls is around 150 million gallons per minute. This amount of water is just incomprehensible…a good size bath holds 40 gallons, so 1 million gallons would equate to 25,000 baths… making the high-water mark of 150 million gallons equate to 3.75 million (the entire population of Liverpool and Manchester combined) bathtubs of water thundering over the falls every single minute. That’s a lot of water!

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Water levels aside, the falls are impressive whichever way you look at them and you really do have to visit to grasp their enormity. At 1.7km wide and over 100 metres from the top down to the white froth that churns at the base. Again, put into context The Statue of Liberty which stands proud looking out from the great city of New York is 93 metres tall and would fit in the space where the water descends. Then take this height and stretch it the length of Oxford Street in London, running from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road. Combine this immensity with the noise generated by the cascading water and the spray that is generated it is no wonder the indigenous people were originally afraid of what they called ‘The Smoke that Thunders’!

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When and where to go

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These days, Victoria Falls as a destination (whether you visit the Zambian or Zimbabwean side) is a magnet for tourism. Not only to those who come to see the falls but to also partake in a multitude of adventure and adrenalin filled activities. This is the adventure capital of Africa, if not the world and I have listed a few things to do that we recommend as well as when to visit and why.

Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls

There are two seasons: rainy and dry. The rainy season runs from the end of November through to early April, with the dry season running from late March through mid-November. There is not always agreement on when the best time to see the falls is depending on what you want to see.

Some say that the wet season is the best time to go to see the falls when they are at their peak with vast swathes of water flowing. It’s not in reality. The Falls become almost completely obscured by huge quantities of mist and water, you will also get absolutely drenched – most people wear plastic ponchos, trying as best they can to save their camera equipment and give up getting ‘the shot’ altogether.

If you head there in the height of the dry season, between August and October, it is also not an ideal time to visit, as you’ll likely see more rock than water and in extremely dry conditions the falls almost stop flowing altogether.

For most people, the best time to visit is in either June or July – the Falls will be healthy and visible.

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Zimbabwe or Zambia?

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Safari

As a rough calculation Zimbabwe has access to view 75% of the falls to Zambia ’ s 25%. Both sides offer amazing views of the waterfall but if you travel in the dry season you could end up not seeing very much water at all from the Zambian side as currently the water tends to flow stronger on the Zimbabwe side during the dry spell.

The town of Livingstone on the Zambian side is about 8km’s from the falls themselves and although there are several hotels right by the lip, such as The Royal Livingstone , if you are not staying here it’s a taxi ride to get to the falls itself. By contrast on the Zimbabwean side, the town of Victoria Falls is a 5 minute walk to the bridge and a 3 minute walk to the entrance of the national park – have a look at The Victoria Falls Hotel .

The border between the two countries is the actual Victoria Falls Bridge, an idea conceived by Cecil Rhodes, unfortunately passing away before a few years before the bridge’s completion in 1905, meaning he never saw his idea in all its glory.

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It’s pretty easy to get between Zambia and Zimbabwe if you get a KAZA UNIVISA which allows you to cross into both countries multiple times, as well as doing day trips into Chobe National Park in neighbouring Botswana . So it doesn’t matter too much which side you opt for as part of a safari holiday.

Recently, people have been a little wary of going to Zimbabwe due to the political unrest under Robert Mugabe and now Emmerson Mnangagwa, however Victoria Falls Town is almost a satellite of Zimbabwe and tends to get left alone as they need the tourist dollars. So much so, that during the COVID-19 pandemic the town was put at the head of the vaccination queue , after health workers, in order to inoculate the whole town in a bid to revive tourism. There are daily flights to both Victoria Falls and Livingstone from Johannesburg as well as various other international hubs such as Nairobi , Addis Ababa and the Middle East .

Trip idea - Classic Zambia Safari

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From the mighty Victoria Falls to the floodplains of the Zambezi River and the iconic South Luangwa National Park, this trip covers all of the highlights of Zambia. The range of places you visit and experiences you enjoy make this the perfect introduction to this most captivating of safari destinations.

This Classic Zambia Safari includes:

Kafunta Game Drive

  • International, regional and domestic flights
  • All applicable transfers
  • 3 nights with all meals and one daily activity at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge
  • 3 nights Fully Inclusive at Baines' River Camp
  • 4 nights Fully Inclusive at Kafunta River Lodg e

Duration: 12 days

Location: Zambia, Africa

Price: £7265pp

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Miracles do happen!

In 2013 a tourist fell into the gorge from Knife-Edge Bridge whilst attempting to take a photo of friends. At this point the gorge is 25 metres deep and a fall to rocks at the bottom would result in certain death, but as he fell, he managed to grab onto some shrubs and get a foothold. Clinging on for dear life, he was stranded for over an hour as helicopters searched the river below for his body. Eventually, he was found and rescued by the fire brigade and one of the bungee operators. He has since opened a pharmaceutical plant in the capital Lusaka. Although, the reality is not everyone is so lucky. On average, one person a year dies after falling into Victoria Falls.

Must do's in and around Victoria Falls

Some activities that you will have heard of and are worth doing, 1. see the falls from the air.

Flight Of Angels Vic Falls

The ‘Flight of Angels’ is how Dr. Livingstone described this phenomenon when he first set eyes on it all those years ago, writing, “a sight so wonderful that angels must have gazed down on it in flight”. The modern version is a little different and involves a short flight over this natural wonder of the world. It can be done in a helicopter, microlight or plane and is the best way to see the Falls in their true glory, being able to fully consume their entirety. A sight that you will not get viewing from them ground level. Book in advance and due to changing weather conditions try and do it towards the start of your stay. Best times for photography are early morning or late afternoon.

2. Rafting the mighty Zambezi

Zambezi River Rafting

Everyone always refers to the river as ‘The Mighty Zambezi’ and there is only one way to really understand this sheer force of nature and that is to raft it. Take it from me, this is a day you will not forget in a hurry and is the best rafting probably anywhere in the world. You spend the day wrestling with big water and trying to stay the right way up in what feels like a washing machine on constant spin. It is not for the faint hearted as it is not a simple float down the gorge as there are 19 rapids to negotiate and by the end you know and feel like you have gone 12 rounds with this heavyweight. And, if you want a really rough day on the water, go in the dry season when the water is low. You will have the ride of your life!

3. Sunset cruise

Vic Falls Sunset Cruise

Another staple for a visit to this part of the world. Whether this is done as a boozy late afternoon cruise or a more respectable / upmarket game cruise, both are well worth it and a lot of fun to be had. For those of you going on the more sedate trip just remember to smile sweetly when you pass the (probably) younger generations doing the boozy cruise.

4. Devil's Pool and Livingstone Island

Vic Falls Devils Pool

An awesome way of seeing an alternative angle of the falls from where Dr Livingstone himself originally saw them before taking the plunge into a pool perched right on the lip of the falls where you can literally lie on the edge, lean over and look down as the water cascades to the depths below. Not for the faint hearted but lots of fun. You can only do this from the Zambian side and at low water levels. You can also enjoy afternoon/tea or lunch on the island as part of the experience.

5. Bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge

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Another one for the adrenalin seeker. The bridge to the water is 104 metres and whilst it's not the biggest bungee in the world it can certainly claim to be one of the most spectacular. Cecil Rhodes would probably be turning in his grave at the very thought.

6. Fun is not a formality

Vic Falls High Tea

The Boma at The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or Afternoon Tea at The Victoria Falls Hotel – The Boma for a bit of a fun night out for dinner or a more formal afternoon affair at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Its all a bit cliched but a good laugh and you will leave with very full bellies.

And some activities you may not have heard of but are definitely worth a try.

7. sip 'n paint.

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Small group artistic experiences in the bush – A unique way of capturing Victoria Falls in your own way with oil on canvas. Or, alternatively be taken into the bush where a suitable spot is chosen, easels are set up along with drinks and snacks and you can paint the African landscaper and wildlife under tuition of local resident artists. A great way to indulge in a passion and spend an afternoon.

8. Cook up a traditional storm

Vic Falls Potjie

Cook up your own traditional Potjie (pronounced ‘poy-key’ ) – Be helped by a professional chef to prep your own traditional stew in a Potjie Pot. As this is left to cook for 3 hours or so you head off down the Zambezi on a cruise or a paddle to work up an appetite. On your return you get stuck into a superb, tender stew of your own making. Delicious.

9. Gorge swinging

Vic Falls Gorge Swing

Similar to Bungee jumping this involves tying a rope around you in a harness and jumping off the bridge, only to swing when the rope picks up the slack. Zip Wiring is also an option.

10. Bridge Walk or slide

Vic Falls Bridge Walk

If you don’t fancy hurling yourself off the bridge but do have a head for heights then take a bridge tour which starts in the museum before moving on out to the bridge where you are strapped in and walk underneath the road and rail level on the original catwalks and see the detail of construction. The slide is open to all ages and is a short zipwire that floats you over the Zambezi near the bridge.

11. Fishing for tigers

Vic Falls Tiger Fishing

Who said you wouldn’t see a tiger in Africa? Tiger Fish are renowned as the greatest fighting fish in the whole world. They can grow up to 15kgs and will make sure you get a proper work out using trolling and spinning lures. A must do for any keen angler.

12. Watch a local football match

Vic Falls Football Match

This half-day tour gives you the opportunity to watch a local Zambian league football match, meet & greet players, see the village where the players live, visit a local market and get a real insight into Zambian life and culture. The passion for football in Zambia is huge and the commitment on the pitch from the players and from the local crowd makes this an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience.

13. Experience a lunar rainbow

Vic Falls Moonbow

This is best seen when the water is at its highest from the Zambian side and when there is a full moon. Almost unique to Victoria Falls, the lunar rainbow forms as light refracts due to the ever-present water particles from the spray of the falls in the air. As with most rainbows the colour is pretty feint but it is another gift from the falls that you are unlikely to see anywhere else in the world, so it’s worth staying up a little later for.

Vic Falls High Water

There are endless activities to do in Victoria Falls for all ages and levels of thrill. We would suggest staying three nights as this gives you two full days to explore and enjoy everything on offer without feeling rushed or squeezing in too much.

An ideal three night stay for me would involve heading out on a cruise the day of arrival which gives you time to check in and relax at your hotel before taking in the upper Zambezi and having a few ice cold Mosi’s (local brew).

On the first full day I would have an early start and get down to the National Park to drink in the falls and then enjoy watching the football match, meeting the players and taking in the market and their village. After being dropped off I would take in an early evening flight of the Angels. On the second full day I would put myself through the Zambezi’s very own washing machine and raft down the 19 rapids.

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Where to stay

Zambian side.

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If you want to be by the Falls then The Royal Livingstone ticks all the boxes and they even have zebra grazing in the grounds. There is a gate at the bottom which will take you right to the Falls.

Further up river you will find Tongabezi an upmarket lodge with fabulous huge ‘houses’ which offer amazing views out onto the river and are open to the elements. There is also a sister property situated on its own island in the middle of the River – Sindabezi . This is a bit less luxurious but you do get your own island.

Waterberry is a firm favourite too with a magnificent lawn garden surrounding an inviting pool with good food and service.

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Zimbabwean side

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The Victoria Falls Hotel is the Grand Dame of Vic Falls Town. Located just on the edge with magnificent views of the bridge and a 5 minute walk into town or the national park. It’s a hotel with a heavy colonial history and this is evident throughout and some can find a bit stuffy (jackets for dinner etc…) but it should be taken as it comes and enjoyed. The afternoon tea is definitely worth a whirl.

Ilala Lodge is another very good option, if you can find space as it is very popular. Stunning setting with a bar overlooking the pool, its small and so feels very private.

The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offers amazing views out over a watering hole and the Boma dinner is also a great addition.

Batonka Guest Lodge and Pioneers both offer good upmarket guesthouse accommodation in the area at a very good price. If you are looking for something out of town then I would suggest either Gorges Lodge which has tremendous views out over the Batoka Gorge or The Zambezi Sands which offers an upmarket tented option on the river.

Ilala Lodge Hotel

Overall, Victoria Falls is a great experience for honeymooners or family holidays that bookend a safari in either Zimbabwe, Zambia or Botswana nicely, and adds something different to the start or end of a trip. I have visited both sides numerous times and can honestly say that it’s difficult to pick a favourite as both offer different styles of accommodation, but both have access to almost the same activities. I am heading back there in August 2022 and taking my family to experience Mosi o Tunya!

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Your ultimate guide to Victoria Falls

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Known by locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or ‘the smoke that thunders,’ Victoria Falls is one of the most iconic images of Africa .

It’s also one of continent’s most popular tourist destinations, with most visitors carving out a couple of days to view the world’s largest curtain of falling water and sign up for some of the myriad adventure activities on offer.

Here’s how to get the most out of your visit.

Zimbabwe vs Zambia

With around 80 per cent of the falls seen from the Zimbabwean side , most visitors opt to bed down in Victoria Falls town, which is where you’ll stay if you’re travelling with Intrepid. Just a 10-minute walk from the falls, the compact tourist-orientated village is the most convenient base for adventure activities, though all activities are accessible from both sides of the falls with the appropriate visa. Be sure to bring plenty of USD with you, as Zimbabwe currently has a cash shortage, and not all local vendors accept credit cards.

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Viewing the falls

Victoria Falls

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Entry to the Zimbabwean side of the falls costs US$30. Allow around two hours to check out all 15 viewpoints, and don’t forget your rain poncho – if you’re planning to visit every lookout, you’re unlikely to stay dry. Don’t miss viewpoints one and two, which offer spectacular views through the canyon, while viewpoint 15 offers views across to Victoria Falls Bridge. You can also walk out onto the bridge for a different view. If you have a KAZA multi-entry visa, you can check out the Zambian side of the falls (USD$20) while you’re at it.

Adventure activities

A group of travellers look at Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls has an established adventure tourism industry, with some of the most popular activities including bungee jumping (off Victoria Falls Bridge), ziplining, whitewater rafting, gorge swinging, and taking a dip in Devil’s Pool, a rock pool on the Zambian side of the falls. Since Easter 2018, you can also abseil to the bottom of the Zimbabwean side of the falls. If you’re planning to sign up for any of these activities, be aware that some carry high safety risks. On New Year’s Eve in 2011, an Australian tourist was incredibly lucky to survive after her bungee cord snapped, and while there have been no recorded deaths at Devil’s Pool, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work out that splashing around on the edge of a slippery 108 metre-high waterfall isn’t exactly safe.

It’ll cost you, but you’re not likely to regret taking a heli flight over the falls. For the ultimate birds-eye-view, Intrepid recommends booking with the Zambezi Helicopter Company.

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Wildlife tourism

Victoria Falls with rainbow

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A handful of excellent wildlife experiences are available at Vic Falls, including day trips to Zimbabwe’s Hwange Game Reserve and even Chobe National Park in neighbouring Botswana, as well as walking safaris in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the Zambia side of the falls.

Unfortunately, a number of other wildlife experiences available at Vic Falls – such as walking with lions and elephant-back safaris – have been linked to animal cruelty. Intrepid ceased offering elephant rides on its tours back in 2014 due to overwhelming evidence that elephant rides (as well as shows such as painting demonstrations) are harmful for elephants. Intrepid also no longer encourages petting or walking with lions. While it might seem like fun to cuddle an African fur baby, the heartbreaking 2015 documentary Blood Lions exposed the realities of Africa’s horrific lion breeding industry , which is often passed off by tourism operators as a conservation exercise. Unable to be returned to the wild after interacting with humans, big cats used for tourism experiences typically end up in canned hunting farms.

Animal welfare experts also advise against crocodile cage diving, which exploits crocodiles for human entertainment. For more info on wildlife tourism in Africa and elsewhere, check out Intrepid’s stance on animal welfare .

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Other activities

Travellers in raincoats at Victoria Falls

More relaxed activities in Vic Falls include sunset cruises, and high tea on Livingstone Island, the spot from where British explorer David Livingstone first viewed the falls in 1855. If you’re planning a day trip to Livingstone in Zambia, don’t miss the Livingstone Museum. Victoria Falls town’s Elephants Walk Shopping and Artist Village is also home to the small but excellent Jafuta Heritage Centre, which is tucked between the town’s best shops.

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Where to eat in Victoria Falls town

Victoria Falls town has some of the best restaurants in central southern Africa. For African food, it’s hard to beat the bushbuck lasagna at Lola’s Tapas and Carnivore Restaurant, which serves game meats with Mediterranean flair. If you’re really hungry, opt for the buffet feast at Boma, which includes traditional dancing and interactive drumming. Three Monkeys is the place to go for pizza, burgers, and excellent service, and Nam Took, in the Elephant’s Walk complex, turns out terrific Thai food.

High tea at Victoria Falls Hotel

For an afternoon treat, book ahead for high tea (US$30) at the resplendent Victoria Falls Hotel – Zimbabwe’s oldest and grandest hotel – which offers superb views across manicured lawns towards Victoria Falls Bridge as you munch on jam-and-cream scones.

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Where to drink

Perched on the edge of Batoka Gorge, right near the bridge, Lookout Cafe is arguably the best spot on the Zimbabwean side to enjoy a sundowner. The River Brewing Company is perhaps the most atmospheric spot for a brew in town, while the bar at Shoestrings backpacker’s hostel is the place to party on. Dimly lit Invuvu Bar, next to Victoria Falls Rest Camp, is a popular local spot for cheap beers and traditional barbecue. During the day, Dean’s Cafe makes some of the best coffee you’ll find in Zimbabwe.

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Visiting Victoria Falls: a first-timer's guide

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One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls are wider than Niagara and higher than Iguazú – and have more activities on offer than both of them combined. Rough Guides Managing Editor Keith Drew has the lowdown on everything you need to know about Africa ’s adventure capital.

So which side should I visit: Zimbabwe or Zambia?

Will i get wet then, what else should i do, i’ve heard that the rafting is also pretty good…, anything a bit less gung-ho, hippos and crocs... where else can i see some wildlife, and where should i stay for the falls themselves.

Both. The lion's share of the Falls are in Zimbabwe, and it's here that you'll get the best overall impression of their epic scale – all 1700m of thundering whitewater cascades. The numerous lookouts that run along the gorge inside Victoria Falls National Park include show-stopping views of the Devil’s Cataract; precarious Danger Point; and the spectacular Main Falls, the largest single sheet of water in the world.

On the Zambian side, the lookout points in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park give you another angle entirely. Watch the water plummet over the edge from just a few feet behind the Eastern Cataract, or cross the sliver of a bridge to Knife Point Island for that in-the-thick-of-it feeling.

You can also climb down to the river’s edge to the so-called Boiling Pot, named for the way the water rebounds off the rock face to create a treacherous swirl of criss-crossing currents.

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Victoria Falls sunset, view from Zambia © FCG/Shutterstock

When the water levels are high, from around March to June, you’ll get absolutely soaked, particularly at Viewpoints 9 to 15 on the Zimbabwean side and around Knife Point Island in Zambia. The spray from the Falls can be so heavy that the island (and its bridge) are showered in a constant “downpour”.

Wear quick-drying clothes and flip-flops and hire one of the ponchos that are available to rent on both sides – they’ll also protect your camera.

A rainbow over Victoria Falls

It’s not cheap, but for sheer once-in-a-lifetime thrills, a morning microlight flight over the Falls is an absolute must. Exposed to the rushing wind, you’ll buzz over the Zambezi River, soar around the Falls and then plunge through the upper wisps of the Smoke That Thunders itself.

The flight will also give you an aerial lesson in geology that you just can’t get from the ground; you’ll get a good view of the previous gorges that have been carved out over millennia further down the river. Batoka Sky, on the Zambian side, is the only company in the Victoria Falls area that organises microlight flights.

You've heard right. Though that's something of an understatement. In many ways, rafting was where it all began for Victoria Falls Town, and in season (around August to December), the Zambezi still boasts the best whitewater on the planet.

Pick a company that knows its stuff, such as Shearwater, and prepare yourself for a day of getting bucked off rapids with names such as The Washing Machine, Double Trouble and Oblivion.

The quintessential end to a Vic Falls day is a tranquil sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Many of the three-storey cruisers are packed to the gills, so opt instead for something like the Ra-Ikane , an elegant little wooden boat – designed like the one used by David Livingstone in the mid-1800s – that can drift into the shallows and takes a maximum of eight.

Hippos are a guaranteed sighting, and there are usually a few suspicious-looking crocodiles soaking up the last rays of the day. The undoubted highlight is watching a blood-orange African sun sink slowly into the horizon.

River sunset, Zambezi

You’ll see plenty of baboons around Victoria Falls Town, and there’s a family of warthogs that likes to hang out at passport control on the Zimbabwean side of Vic Falls Bridge.

But for a proper big-game experience, you’ll need to head to Zambezi National Park, 5km west of town. Walking safaris and game drives through the park’s mopane woodland and riverine forest will probably turn up antelope, zebra and giraffe – you might even spot a lion crossing the open grasslands further inland.

Spend the night in one of the luxurious riverfront tents at Zambezi Sands (complete with four-poster beds, outdoor showers and private plunge pools) and there’s a real chance you’ll drift off to the sound of elephants trumpeting in the bush. The lodge is famous for its canoe safaris down the Zambezi, an early morning exploration that gives you a real appreciation for this majestic river.

A hippo in the Zambezi river

Ilala Lodge is your best bet if you want to be as close to the Falls as possible. Occupying lovely grounds, the lodge has stylish rooms, a small pool and an excellent restaurant. Best of all, though, it’s just a 10-minute walk to the park’s entrance; from the hotel’s terrace, you can see clouds of spray rising from the Falls.

On the opposite side of Vic Falls Town – and a good choice if you’re more interested in getting a flavour of the bush so close to the city – is the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Estate . The Lodge itself is the focal point, with many of its sleek, contemporary rooms overlooking a waterhole. But there’s also the more upmarket Victoria Falls Safari Club and the attractive (and good-value) Lokuthula Lodges , whose large, self-catering thatched cottages share a beautiful pool and come with their own terrace and braai.

Spectacular Gorges Lodge, 25km east of Victoria Falls Town, is by far the best place to stay if you’d rather be a bit more removed from the action. The lodge’s stone chalets, and its sister camp’s designer tents, are strung out along the very edge of the Batoka Gorge, and enjoy dizzying views over the Zambezi some 200m below.

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Facts About Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia

The Victoria falls are considered one of the top ten wonders of the world and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They act as a barrier that divides the upper and lower sections of river Zambezi. The Zambezi river helps define the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe although the river itself remains in a “no man’s land”. David Livingstone (Explorer and missionary) was the first European to discover the Victoria falls in 1855. It was Livingstone who named the falls Victoria after the Queen of England at the time.

Activities in and around Victoria falls

How long are the Victoria falls in Zimbawe and Zambia?

The Victoria falls are the largest mass of falling water on earth. The Victoria falls are twice as high as the Niagara falls in North America. The closest in size to the Victoria falls are the Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina. The mist from the falls can be seen from a distance of over about fifty kilometers while the noise from the thundering water can be heard from a distance of forty kilometers. It is for this reason that the locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya – meaning smoke that thunders. The combined width of the falls are 5,604 feet while the height is 354 feet.

How to visit Victoria Falls

The Victoria fall receives over one million visitors each year. A safari in Africa must include visiting this mighty work of nature. There are some  who think the Zimbabwean side of the falls offers better sighting but that is open to debate. Political tensions and international sanctions during the reign of Robert Mugabe made many tourists to go to the Zambian side as the starting point for a tour of the falls.

Things to do in Victoria Falls Zambia and Zimbabwe

Apart from visiting the falls, there are interesting activities that one can choose to do in the area. The falls are found in national parks from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side.  Other national parks are found close to the falls which offer opportunities to spot Africa’s famous mammals like antelopes, lions, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, cheetahs, crocodiles, hippopotamus, leopards, zebra, primates and birds. Regardless of whether you are staying on the Zambian or Zimbabwean side, you can also combine viewing the waterfalls with bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, zip lining, kayaking, fishing, boat cruises, canoeing, horseback riding, nature walks and so much more. Remember that the activities you choose depend on the season you are visiting. The activities in river Zambezi are best done when the water levels are low and the current not so strong. If you are only planning to visit the falls, then we recommend that you visit during the wet season so that you witness the full force of the waterfalls. Here are the activities: –

Things to do at Victoria Falls

The Knife Edge Bridge: This bridge is found on the Zambian side of the border. It is an excellent place to visit during the rainy season as it takes you above the deepest gorge on the Zambian side. You will get an opportunity to get close to the flowing water and feel the spray right into your body (face).

Livingstone Island and the Devil’s Pool: The Livingstone Island is found on the river Zambezi – just before the falls. The trip to the Devil’s Pool begins with an adventurous boat ride through channels with rocky edges. Once you are on the small island, you can take a tour as you marvel at the beautiful falls and speed of the river. The Livingstone Island offers completely different view of the amazing falls. Your Guides should be able to explain for you the history of he falls and how it was formed. You will then be taken to the exact spot where Livingstone stood when he first visited in 1855.

After touring the island, the next thing is to take a dip at the famous Devil’s pool. To get to the pool from the island, you need to swim upstream and then come out through some rocky patches leading to the pool. The pool is deep and was created naturally through a slow erosion process that took thousands of years. A rocky edge is found just at the lip of the falls which acts as a barrier so that you are not swept away by the current. Ropes that are tied to swimmers as an extra precaution. This particular activity can only be done during the dry season (late June or early March) when the water current and floods have reduced and its safe.

Chobe National Park: If you want to include an African safari experience along with your tour of the Victoria falls, then you should consider Chobe National Park in nearby Botswana. A safari in Chobe national park is an excellent choice after spending time at the falls. The park has the highest number of Elephants in Africa. A tour of the park includes a safari along a river and another on land to see the big five animals of African in a standard tour van.

Go to the Market in Shearwater Village: This is an excellent place to go on the Zimbabwean side if you are interested in buying local souvenirs. It is built to high standards with the intention of attracting as many tourists as possible.

Hwange National Park: This is the largest national park in Zimbabwe and covers an area of about 15,000 square kilometers. The park is home to over 29,000 elephants (second only to Chobe National Park). Tourists can also spot buffaloes, leopards, rhinos, lions, roan antelopes, sable antelopes and the endangered wild dogs. To reach Hwange, you will have to prepare for two hours of driving.

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Sunset Tours by boat: A Sunset boat cruise is an excellent way of completing your tour of the falls. This tour is done on a cruise boat down the River Zambezi at sunset. There is a lot of snacks, booze and other drinks and al for a reasonable cost of about $30.   The boat cruise is a great way to experience the tranquility of the river Zambezi. Expect to encounter several creatures like baboons, crocodiles, elephants, hippos, Ververt monkeys and birds. Prepare to take amazing photos of the Zambezi river as you marvel at its natural beauty.

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Gliding by the Victoria Falls Bridge: If you are not brave enough to do bungee jumping, then this is the one for you. The activity involves gently sliding along a 300-meter zip line starting from a platform on the Zambian side of the bridge all the way to the Zimbabwean side. You will get beautiful views of the falls as you slide close to the gorge. This activity can be done by young children under the watchful eyes of an adult.

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Eat out: During you tour of the towns in both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side, you might want to taste the local traditional dishes. From the Zimbabwean side, you visit the Boma restaurant. They serve game meat including that of Impala and warthog. They even prepare Mopani worms which is a local delicacy. Boma restaurant also prepares a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, chicken, beef, fish and pork. The restaurant invites traditional performers to entertain guests through dance, storytelling and African traditional drumming.

Biking: This is best done from the Zimbabwean side of the falls. The biking route passes through the small towns, the border bridge and the great river Zambezi itself. It is an excellent way to tour the countryside and costs about $80. The amount includes a bike, helmet and a local biker to escort you around.

Walk by the river Zambezi: This particular activity is also best done from the Zimbabwean side of the waterfall. The purpose of the walk is to allow you appreciate the natural beauty of the Zambezi river and surrounding areas. The walk starts above the Devils Cataract and into the Victoria Falls National Park. While taking the walk, you will spot buffaloes, antelopes, elephants, warthogs, hippos and other primates near the river banks.

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Transport around the falls: You can hire private vans or taxis if you are planning to travel from your accommodation facility to the falls or to the main towns. The hotels may help with a vehicle or give you the contacts of individuals who can hire one. If you are planning to cross borders, you will most likely need to hire another one once you enter the other country. This is because there are restrictions on vehicle crossings between the two borders. Changing cars near the bridge can be inconveniencing especially if you are visiting the falls during the wet season.

Currency: The recent decline in value of the Zimbabwean dollar has made it complicated to use the currency while visiting the country. It is better to have enough US Dollars to make thing easier and to avoid carrying large local bills. You should also move with smaller US dollar bills for tipping and buying less expensive things. You can also use your credit card to pay most of the time (but not always).

Different falls and viewing points: It is important to note that the Victoria falls are made up of five different falls – The Devil’s cataract, main falls, horseshoe falls, rainbow falls and the eastern cataract falls. The Victoria falls has nineteen viewing points. Fifteen of them are found on the Zimbabwean side.

You will get wet: If you are planning to view the falls from the two countries or visiting during the rainy season (When the water levels are high), know that you will get wet. The path along the waterfalls has so much water (from the mist) coming down that you might think you are caught up in a heavy downpour. Do not forget to bring a raincoat and umbrella.

The falls are located in national parks: Expect to encounter wild animals especially if you are visiting the Zimbabwean side. Elephants, baboons, mongooses and other wild animals roam freely close to and sometimes up to the falls. There is no fence to separate tourists from the park animals. This can mean very exciting wildlife encounters but it is great to be prepared in advance.

You will need to take several shots: to visit Zimbabwe and Zambia, you will be required to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate . It is also important to be vaccinated against Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B. Without a yellow fever vaccinations card, you may not be allowed in the two countries.

The best time to Visit the Victoria Falls

Things to do in Victoria falls Zambia

Note: For the best experience, we recommend that you visit between June and July. During this time, the rains would have stopped and water levels still impressive enough not to affect overall visibility.

How to reach the Victoria Falls

If you are already in Africa, you should be able to get direct flights to Zimbabwe or Zambia. International travelers from Asia, Europe or America will most likely require connection flights. Taxis can be arranged once you arrive in any of the two countries but your hotel should be the one to arrange airport transfers.

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The right clothing: This is particularly important if you are traveling during the wet season. A waterproof jacket is important to help protect you from the mist coming from the falls. You can acquire a good jacket from the visitor’s centers but we advise that you acquire a good one before traveling into the two countries.

Shoes with good grip: A pair of good converse may be okay during the dry season but water proof boats may be a better alternative during the wet season or if you are planning to get so close to the falls but you don’t want to get your feet wet.

Sunscreen: This is important during the drier months as temperatures can get high. If you are too used to the cold winters in Europe or north America, then you will need a good sunscreen to help protect you from the direct rays from the sun.

Insect Repellent: Zambia and Zimbabwe are all malaria zones. Like in most tropical countries, expect to see more insects than usual. Most of the insects are harmless but should be very concerned about mosquitoes. Mosquitoes cause malaria and are very active during the months of August and June. Although you may be safe from malaria because you took anti-malaria drugs, you will still need to deal with mosquito bites – which can be very annoying. You therefore need to have a good insect repellent, long-sleeved trousers and shirts.

Waterproof bag: This will ensure that your electronic gadgets like phones, laptops and music players do not get socked by the dropping water (mist).

Waterproof camera: In order to take the best photos of the falls, you will need a good quality camera. It can be difficult to take good photos during the rainy season with mist all over the place.

Accommodation at the Victoria Falls

Best activities in Victoria Falls

Shoestrings Backpacker Lodge: This lodge offers budget facilities in form of dorms and private tents. Don’t expect high-end facilities here but enough quality rooms to satisfy the budget travelers and particularly backpackers. What makes it special is the atmosphere. During weekends, the bars are frequented by tourists and local folks who want to party. If you are traveling on a budget and want to stay in a place full of fun and offering opportunities to mingle with the locals, then we recommend this lodge.

Shearwater’s Explorer Village: This facility provides various types of accommodation facilities to cater for budget, mid-range and luxury travelers. There are camping spots for backpackers, self-contained tented rooms and cottages of high quality. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and swimming pool.

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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge: The great thing about staying at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is the opportunity to spot wild animals like elephants and antelopes considering that it is built close to a major animal watering hole in Zambezi National Park. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and caters for children too. Victoria Falls Safari lodge is very close to the waterfalls and is an excellent choice for those who love nature.

Zambezi River Lodge: This lodge is found on the Zimbabwean side and at the banks of the river Zambezi. The lodge has 83 rooms with amazing views of the river and a giant swimming pool. As you eat from the outside dining deck close to the river, expect to see warthogs, hippos, elephants, crocodiles and vervet monkeys roaming near the hotel lawns or the river banks.

Other hotels in the area: Apart for the above hotels, you can also check out The Kingdom at Victoria Falls for their striking African style cottages or Elephant camp for their private plunge pools and visiting elephants.  Other options include Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Elephant Hills Resort, Rainbow Hotel Victoria Falls, Masuwe Lodge, Ilala Lodge Hotel, Batonka Guest Lodge, Gorges, Cresta Sprayview Hotel and Little Gorges Lodge.

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Formation Of Victoria Falls

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Victoria Falls is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the world.

When most people think of Africa, they think of vast expanses of jungle and savannah, untamed wildlife, and tribal villages that have changed little in centuries. Victoria Falls is one destination that offers all this and more.

Located on the Zambezi River between the northern half of Zambia and the southern half of Zimbabwe, it is one of the world's most impressive waterfalls with a width of 1 mi (1.7 km) and a height of 354 ft (108 m).

The Songwe River feeds into Victoria Falls and creates this natural wonder. It's also responsible for some of the most spectacular sunsets you'll ever see.

The dry season at Victoria Falls runs from late August to early November. The rainy season is from November to April. The best time to visit is straight after the rainy season, when the falls are at their fullest.

More than 500 million cubic ft (14 million cubic m) of water flow over the edge of Victoria Falls every minute during the rainy season.

There are two main Victoria Falls rainforest walks; the Rainforest Living Museum and the Aviary.

The Victoria Falls rainforest is a subtropical forest that surrounds the falls. The Victoria Falls rainforest is home to many different species of animals, including some that are endangered.

In this article, we will discuss some interesting facts about Victoria Falls. We will also provide tips for visitors who want to explore this fascinating tourist destination.

Victoria Falls is on the Zambezi River between the southern half of Zambia and the northern half of Zimbabwe . It is about a mile (1.8 km) wide, making it the largest curtain of falling water in the world.

Victoria Falls were formed as a result of the Zambezi River flowing over a basalt cliff into a narrow chasm, 5604 ft (1708 m) wide, about 328 ft (100 m) below.

The falls occur where the river's bed has been deeply incised during its passage through the Zambezi Escarpment.

This is a north-facing chasm in the Earth's crust and is part of the Great Rift Valley system that extends along much of eastern Africa.

The depth of the main falls varies from 260-354 ft (80-108 m) while they are still between 1250-2560 ft (380-780 m) wide.

In high water, hundreds of million cubic liters of water per minute flow over the edge into the chasm.

The spray from the falls rises to a height of over 1300 ft (400 m) and is visible from up to 25 mi (40 km) away.

During peak flood conditions, large quantities of spray are blown across to the opposite bank, where there is a forested National Park.

The wide range of spray and mist generated by the falls creates a unique microclimate in the area, which supports abundant and diverse vegetation.

Victoria Falls are located on the Zambezi River between the southern half of Zambia and the northern half of Zimbabwe .

The falls were given their English name in honor of Queen Victoria of Britain, who was the British monarch at the time of David Livingstone's 1855 discovery.

The local Tonga people call them Mosi-oa-Tunya, 'the smoke that thunders'.

Livingstone named his find after Queen Victoria, but he was unaware that it was two separate falls.

It wasn't until 1961 that geologists realized that what Livingstone thought was one cataract, was in fact two; the main falls and the much smaller but still impressive Rainbow Falls (named for the many rainbows that are visible in the spray).

Victoria Falls is considered to be among the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Others consider them to be the world's largest waterfalls, based on a comparison of width and height.

What is certain is that they are one of Africa's most impressive natural wonders and well worth a visit.

Victoria Falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. Every year, thousands of people visit the falls to see their natural beauty. The falls are also a popular spot for bungee jumping and white-water rafting.

Victoria Falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. Lying in the southern part of Africa, it is located on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Tourism of Victoria Falls is slowly growing as more and more people are becoming aware of its existence. The falls themselves are a spectacular sight and there are many other things to see and do in the area.

There is also a large natural pool at the base of the falls that is popular with swimmers.

Victoria Falls is a popular tourist destination and there are many hotels and tour operators in the area.

Visitors can go on safari, take part in various adventure activities, or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

The Zambezi National Park, located near Victoria Falls, is home to elephants, rhinos, buffalo, lions, and leopards.

There are also many souvenir shops selling everything from African masks to carved wooden statues.

The falls are about 1.2 m (2 km) wide and 354 ft (108 m) high, making them the largest waterfall in the world.

Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Every year, thousands of people visit Victoria Falls to see its spectacular beauty.

The Devil's Pool is a small, shallow pool located near the edge of Victoria Falls. The Devil's Pool is said to be safe to swim in, as long as you don't go too close to the edge.

The Devil's Pool is only accessible during the dry season when the water level is low enough. Visitors can take a short hike to get to the Devil's Pool, or they can take a scenic helicopter ride.

Victoria Falls Bridge is a popular tourist destination for bungee jumping, as well as a great place to take photos.

The bridge was completed in 1905 and is 1050 ft (320 m) long. It connects Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The bridge was completed in 1905 and spans the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

It is 1181 ft (360 m) long and has a height of 128 m (419.94 ft) above the river below. It is said to be the largest single-arch bridge in the world.

The bridge was originally built for pedestrians, but now carries a railway line and road traffic as well.

The Victoria Falls Bridge is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. Visitors can walk or take a train across the bridge to get a close-up view of the falls. There are also several restaurants and cafes on the bridge, as well as souvenir shops.

The bridge is lit up at night, making it a beautiful sight to behold. If you're visiting Victoria Falls, be sure to add the bridge to your list of places to see!

Victoria Falls is one of the most popular destinations among international tourists in the world. Every year, millions of people visit the falls to see their amazing beauty. However, global warming is causing changes to the falls that are affecting its ecosystem and the animals that live there.

Victoria Falls is located in southern Africa between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Zambezi River flows over a mile-long cliff and drops more than 350 ft (107 m) into a gorge below. It is the largest waterfall in the world and is truly a sight to behold.

However, due to climate change, Victoria Falls is slowly drying up. It has lost about 20% of its flow over the last century. If global warming continues at its current rate, the falls could disappear completely within the next 100 years.

This would be a devastating loss not only for the millions of people who visit the falls every year but also for the wild animals that live in and around the area.

The ecosystem of Victoria Falls is already being affected by the changes in water flow. For example, fish populations are declining as the water level decreases. This is because they need a certain amount of water to lay their eggs.

If Victoria Falls dries up completely, it will have a ripple effect on the entire ecosystem, causing even more animals to decline in number or go extinct.

It's not just animals that are being affected by global warming at Victoria Falls. The humans who live in the area are also feeling the effects.

Farmers who rely on the Zambezi River for irrigation are finding that their crops are not getting enough water. This is because the river is shrinking due to the loss of water from Victoria Falls.

The farmers are struggling to make a living and many have been forced to leave their homes in search of work elsewhere.

Global warming is having a real and tangible impact on the people of Victoria Falls and it's only going to get worse if we don't do something to stop it.

The location of Victoria Falls lies within the area of two national parks, namely, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and Zambezi National Park.

What is special about Victoria Falls?

Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The falls are approximately 360 ft (110 m) high and more than a mile wide, making them one of the largest waterfalls in the world .

Why is it called Victoria Falls?

The falls were named by British explorer David Livingstone after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. He is believed to have been the first European to view the falls, which he did from what is now known as Livingston Island, in Zambia, across the Zambezi River from Victoria Falls.

How old is Victoria Falls?

Victoria Falls is around 55 million years old. It was formed by the collapse of a large section of land that was once part of the African continent. The falls are located on the Zambezi River, which flows through six countries in southern Africa. Victoria Falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. Every year, thousands of people visit the falls to see its majestic beauty.

Who founded Victoria Falls?

Victoria Falls were discovered by Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone in 1855. He named them after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. The falls are located on the Zambezi River, between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Zambezi River is the fourth-longest river in Africa.

Has anyone ever died at Victoria Falls?

Yes, there have been several deaths reported at Victoria Falls. The most recent one was in 2013 when a tourist lost his balance and fell into the gorge below Victoria Falls. In 2011, a tour guide died after he slipped and fell into the river while leading a group of tourists on a walking tour. There have also been several fatalities reported from people who have gone over the waterfall in a barrel or other contraptions.

Most of these deaths occur because people do not realize how dangerous the currents are at the base of Victoria Falls. It is important to use caution when swimming or walking near any body of waterfalls. Victoria Falls is no exception.

How was Victoria Falls formed?

The Victoria Falls are located on the Zambezi River. The falls were formed throughout millions of years as the Zambezi River slowly eroded the soft sandstone that made up the cliff face. Eventually, a huge chasm was formed, and the Zambezi River began to flow over the edge, creating the magnificent Victoria Falls.

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You might also like, 1969 fun facts to understand why it was an eventful year.

In Greek letters, 1969 is denoted as MCMLXIX.

There were many exciting festivals and events in 1969. One of the most famous festivals of that year was Woodstock Music Festival, which occurred on August 15.

Almost 400,000 people attended the Woodstock Music Festival on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York. One of the most notable performances at Woodstock was Jimi Hendrix's version of 'Star Spangled Banner'. At the same time, other performers included Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, The Who, and Jefferson Airplane.

Also in 1969, the famous Miss America (also called Miss USA) pageant was hosted by Bob Russell, and the winner was Wendy Dascomb. The pageant was televised in America by CBS, from Miami Beach, Florida, on May 24. Wendy Dascomb is from Virginia, and Dorothy Anstett of Washington crowned her.

In 1969, some of the biggest fashion icons were Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, and Barbara Eden. One of the year's most-loved shows was 'The Bill Cosby Show'. One of today's most famous and cherished cartoons, 'The Scooby-Doo Show', first aired in 1969. The first ever episode of 'The Scooby-Doo Show' aired on September 13, 1969.

Keep reading to learn more trivia and fun facts about the exciting and eventful year 1969!

What was 1969 famous for?

Some of the most valuable items we still use today were invented in 1969. Not only this but certain events and pop culture history took place in 1969 that many people look back on with nostalgia today.

One of the most famous albums was created in 1969, when the infamous band, The Beatles, recorded their final album together. This album was called 'Abbey Road'. It became a worldwide success, is still loved by many and is considered an important piece of musical history. The Beatles also recorded most of their album, 'Let It Be', in 1969, but this was not released until the following year. On January 30, 1969, The Beatles performed their now infamous Rooftop Concert on top of a building in central London.

The famous song, 'Whole Lotta Love', was released by Led Zeppelin in 1969. Also, The Rolling Stones released the song, 'I'd Wait A Million Years', in 1969, making pop culture history. In 1969, 'The Rolling Stones' guitarist, Brian Jones, left the band and passed away just a month later. Another pop culture phenomenon is Elvis Presley, who released two top 10 hits in 1969, 'Suspicious Minds' and 'In The Ghetto'.

The thought-provoking and award-winning novel, which was turned into a movie of the same name, 'The Godfather', authored by Mario Puzo, was distributed to bookstores for the first time in 1969. Another cult classic, the movie, 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', was released in the theater in 1969.

The infamous 'Sesame Street', widely known in the United States of America, especially in pop culture history, debuted in 1969 on National Education Television, a precursor to PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service.

Other famous events this year include the Montreal Canadians defeating the St. Louis Blues and winning the Stanley Cup on May 4, 1969. The NCAA basketball championship was won by UCLA, which made UCLA a winner for three consecutive years. They defeated Purdue with a score of 92-72 and became champions. In 1969, the Boston Celtics won the NBA World Championship Series. They became NBA champions after winning with a score of four games to three against the Los Angeles Lakers.

On September 22, 1969, the San Francisco Giants' Willie Mays became the first player in MLB history to hit 600 career home runs after Babe Ruth had achieved this record in 1931. Also, in baseball, the New York Mets defeated the Baltimore Orioles by four games to one, winning the World Series, despite the Baltimore Orioles team performing excellently throughout the tournament. The Montreal Expos were a baseball team that debuted in April 1969 and won their first game against the New York Mets.

In November 1969, well-known Brazilian soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, scored his 1000th goal. Fans ran onto the pitch in celebration, causing the game to be stopped for 30 minutes.

In 1969, the average cost of buying new houses in the USA was $15,550. The average income of a household was around $8,550, and the average monthly rent was around $135. Also, if you wanted to buy a new car in 1969, it would cost about $3270. Not only this, but the average cost of purchasing a gal. of gas was only 35 cents!

Many famous people were born in 1969, including Christy Turlington, an American model, and Dave Grohl, a well-known American rock drummer and composer known for being in the bands' Nirvana and Foo Fighters. Also born in 1969 were Mo Rocca, a famous American humorist, actor, and journalist; Brad Werenka, a renowned ice hockey player from Canada; famous actress Jennifer Aniston; actor Patrick Roach; and the celebrated singer Mariah Carey, who was born on March 27.

What special event happened in 1969?

Many events happened in 1969, which made it a memorable year. Humans enjoyed various new inventions, creations, and books, from space shuttles to cars. Let's look at some of these special events below!

In 1969, one of the most exciting space travel events occurred. On July 21, 1969, the first steps were taken by man on the moon. The event was televised worldwide, showing the two astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, becoming the first humans to walk on the moon. This live event from NASA was watched by an estimated 500 million people worldwide. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin flew to the moon on the Apollo 11 module called the Eagle.

The Space Race was in full force in 1969. On January 16, the spacewalk method transferred two of the Russian cosmonauts from the Soyuz 5 spacecraft to the Soyuz 4. The two aircraft were docked together for them to cross. This was the first time people had moved between aircraft in such a way. Also in 1969, in January, the two soviet spacecraft, Venera 5 and Venera 6, were launched to explore the planet Venus. The two vehicles arrived on the planet successfully, one day apart, in May. They were also able to transmit information successfully from Venus to Earth for around 50 minutes. However, soon after that, the connection between the vehicle and the Soviets was lost forever.

1969 also brought a change of president to the United States. The 37th President was Richard Nixon, who took office on January 20 alongside Vice President Spiro Agnew. The Canadian Prime Minister during this time was Pierre Trudeau, the father of the current Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1969 was Harold Wilson, leader of the Labour Party.

Along with some exciting and happy events, 1969 also saw devastating events worldwide. By 1969, over 500,000 Americans were serving in the Vietnam War, and several protests and actions were taken against this. On November 15, 1969, 250,000 protestors marched peacefully in Washington, DC, against the Vietnam War, making this the largest anti-war protest in US history. In August 1969, Hurricane Camille hit the coast of Mississippi, causing immense destruction and 259 deaths. On February 13, 1969, there was a terrorist attack on the Montreal Stock Exchange, which injured approximately 27 people.

It has been said by the National Bureau of Economic Research that there was a minor recession that occurred in 1969. This recession was 12 months long; it began in December 1969 and continued into 1970. This recession was first initiated by the economic meltdown that started in 1968. During this recession, the GDP, which is also called the Gross Domestic Product of the United States of America, fell to 0.6%.

What cars came out in 1969?

1969 also saw the production of multiple cars. These cars were unique and loved by the customers immediately. Some of these cars are considered vintage today. One of the famous examples is the Chevrolet Camaro. Some car lovers may also call this car the most beautiful. The Lamborghini Miura was also released in 1969. This beautiful car astonished the people of 1969 as they saw it roll through the streets for the first time. Today this car is very well celebrated and respected. Ferrari, Honda, and Datsun were some of the leading car companies in 1969.

Important Inventions in 1969

Inventions are essential for creativity, artistic, and design-based. Inventions help to extend our horizons and give us knowledge, experience, and capabilities. In 1969, ARPANET was created, a predecessor to the internet we use today. This technology was invented in the United States and was used in the United States military communications projects. The goal of this invention was to connect computers and, by large, connect humans. Two far-away computers could be connected for the first time on October 29, 1969. One of the computers was located at the University of California, LA. 

In contrast, the other was located at Stanford University, California. The two were able to send electronic communications to one another. Even though this technology was released to the public in 1972, soon after that, in 1989, this technology became obsolete.

Another invention was the Boeing 747 jumbo jet, which was released in 1969. This aircraft took its first flight on February 9, 1969. It took off from the Boeing Field in Everett, Washington, and flew to New York City. There were 191 people on board, most of whom were photographers and reporters.

1969 was also the revolutionary year when Dr. Denton Cooley implanted a human's first temporary artificial heart. This breakthrough happened on April 4, 1969, in Texas and allowed the patient to stay alive for another three days until a heart became available.

Another of the significant inventions and innovations of 1969 was the GAP stores. These stores are now part of a business and are known worldwide. On August 21, 1969, Doris and Donald Fisher opened the first GAP store. This store was located in San Francisco, California. Since then, the franchise has expanded exponentially and become very well-known for children's and adult's clothing. Another lesser-known fact about 1969, but still a revolutionary invention, was the creation of smoke detectors to be used at home.

FAQs About 1969

What was going on in the United States of America in 1969?

The 37th President of the USA, Richard Nixon, took office in 1969. In August 1969, Woodstock Music Festival attracted more than 350,000 rock and roll fans from all over the United States to a farm in Bethel, New York. One of the most notable performances at Woodstock was Jimi Hendrix's version of 'Star Spangled Banner', from the Francis Scott Key original, which today is still considered a piece of musical history.

There were many other pop culture history moments in 1969, such as the Atlanta International Pop Festival, which occurred on July 4. This festival attracted 150,000 people. Other festivals, such as the Isle of Wight Festival, were also successful.

The first communications sent through ARPANET occurred on October 29, 1969. The Blue Book Project by US Airforce was closed by the Air Force, which concluded that there was no solid evidence of UFOs. Another interesting fact is that Golda Meir, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States of America, became the Prime Minister of Israel.

What food was invented in 1969?

During the '60s decade, families usually had full dishes at the center of the table, be it at family gatherings, parties, holiday meals, or even cocktail parties. The food during these festivities evolved from the new idea of having 'convenience' foods, which included boxed cake mix, to canned soups. One of the most loved food brands today, Pringles potato chips, were introduced in 1969. They were made from dehydrated mashed potatoes. Some other popular products in 1969 included frozen bread dough, Green Giant frozen peas, frozen pie crusts, Seven Seas salad dressing, Chiffon margarine, Spaghetti-Os, and Shake n' Bake was also famous but had been invented in 1965.

What was made in 1969?

There were various unique and exciting things made in 1969. The internet, which we all use and love, was invented in 1969. Glue sticks that we commonly use today were also first made in 1969. One of the computers, named the Data General Nova computer, was created and used in 1969. It was a computer system as well as a new hardware design.

Was 1969 the best year ever?

1969 was one of the most exciting years we have ever seen. There were multiple inventions and milestones achieved by humanity that have forever changed our lives. Some of the most awe-inspiring events, such as the exploration of the Hudson River and the moon landing, were also achieved in 1969, along with some of the most loved and appreciated musical releases and performances. This year also marked the 10th anniversary of congress passing a bill on official food stamps, which helped hundreds of people. Everything considered, 1969 was arguably one of the best years!

How To Whistle: A Complete Step By Step Guide For Beginners

Whistling is a great way of grabbing someone's attention, especially in case of an emergency. And it doesn't take any specific tools! You can whistle either by using two fingers, your teeth, lips, or any other way. Here are five different ways of learning the skill.

  • Whistling is a skill that a person can acquire through practice.
  • Whistling is done by making a small hole with the lips.
  • There can be different notes of whistling and different ways of doing it.

Whistling is not a natural ability; it must be learned.

In principle, given constant practice, anyone can acquire the skill to whistle to a certain extent. Keep practicing, and don't be discouraged!

It takes many sessions to learn to whistle properly. One must know the correct placement of the index finger and thumb while whistling with one hand. The shape of your lips and the pressure of air with which you have to blow also makes a difference.

To achieve better outcomes, you may need to reposition your mouth or tongue. But experimenting and practicing will eventually help you to generate a clear, forceful whistle. For a detailed explanation, read along and learn different ways of whistling.

What Is The Trick To Whistling?

Honestly, there is no trick to whistling. It is just the correct placement of your fingers and lips.

To learn to whistle, a person has to keep in mind three things - the shape of the lips, the pressure of air to blow with, and the placement of the tongue. Begin by puckering your lips. Shape your lips to make a small hole between your upper and lower lips and blow air through it. Use the full force of your lungs to expel a gush of air through your lips, and use your tongue to direct the air. The pressure must be maintained, or else it would result in spitting and not whistling.

The middle of the tongue plays a major role.

Blowing the perfect amount of air is crucial. This is the most difficult stage, and acquiring a feel for the proper quantity of air to blow is something that many non-whistlers struggle with. It's important to remember that whistling is not about the power of your lungs but about finesse. You do not have to stress your lungs; it is not needed.

When it comes to whistling, no one form is standard. You have to test various styles to find your comfort zone. If you are using your fingers, then try to immerse only the tip and create a shape through which air can pass. You can join the tip of your index finger and the tip of your thumb and try to blow. This works for many people.

Once you get the hang of it, practice will make things smooth. The sound of your whistle will also be high and clear.

How To Whistle Without Using Fingers

It is not rocket science to learn how to whistle.

While many people can whistle with their fingers, for others, it seems an impossible task. It is about learning and mastering the fundamentals before progressing to the next level. Follow these simple steps for whistling without fingers.

For this style, you can place the fingers close to the mouth. You do not have to insert them; try to imitate the shape of your lips. Extend the lower jaw and ensure your lower lip is pressed tightly against your bottom teeth. The lips must be properly stretched. Try doing it in front of a mirror to see the shape of your lips.

Simply pull your tongue back in the mouth until it floats at the right position near your lower front teeth. The front edge of the tongue will flatten and broaden as you perform this motion. Ensure there is enough space between your bottom front teeth and your tongue.

You can make a whistling sound by blowing air over a steeply angled edge made by your fingers. The same thing occurs when the tongue and upper teeth push air through both teeth and lower lip. Now without your fingers, once the lips and tongue are ready, you must try and blow. Take a deep breath and blow air without changing the shape of your lips. You will have to make multiple attempts before you actually succeed. The sound of the whistle can be increased with practice and eventually will not require one hand to whistle.

How To Whistle With Fingers

People whistle with their fingers as it generates a high pitch to catch a cab.

For this method, place the ends of your two little fingers together to make an A shape. This can be done using your thumb and index finger also. Tuck your lips in over your teeth after moistening them. You will likely look like a baby without teeth. Roll your tongue and reach your lip. When the tucking is done with fingers still in, try and close the mouth as much as you can comfortably. There will be space only between your little fingers while the rest of the gap is filled. Now when you blow, the air will be directed through that hole and result in a high-pitched whistle.

How To Whistle With Your Lips

Some people can whistle without using their fingers and create a loud sound too. Here is how you can also whistle using your lips.

Your lips should be wet and puckered. Blow lightly through your lips at first. When you hear a faint whistle, blow more forcefully while your tongue is relaxed. To generate varied tones, move your lips, jaw, and tongue. Keep your lips wet and try different air pressures to get a loud and clear whistle.

How To Whistle With Your Tongue

Some people like to whistle using their tongue.

For that method, wet your lips and shape them into an 'o'. Place your tongue right below your two front teeth. Your mouth should be slightly open. Now when you blow, you can hear a whistle. After a few adjustments in the shape of the mouth, you will attain a high-pitched sound.

How To Whistle With Your Teeth

Some people show their teeth when they whistle. It may seem funny, but this is quite an effective way to whistle.

Pull the corners of your lips back slightly. Don't let your bottom teeth appear, although you can if you like. Maintain a firm bottom lip against your lower teeth. If you need assistance in establishing this specific shape, push your index finger while touching the middle finger on either side of the mouth. The index and middle fingers are just on the outside of the lips. Now place the tongue on the same level as your lower teeth. The tongue becomes flat and broad. There will be a space between teeth and tongue using fingers.

Next, you need to blow air through this gap. Close the mouth in such a way that the air is perfectly guided. The sound of the whistle will eventually get higher with practice.

Why can't some people whistle?

Some folks assume they just cannot whistle. They've just never worked out how they can whistle, and they believe it's simply out of their reach. However, there is no genuine proof of any genetic or other variables that would impede someone from learning.

Is whistling possible for everyone?

Yes, with practice, any person can whistle.

What makes you able to whistle?

To whistle, a person must master three key variables: the form of their lips, the volume of air to blow, and the placement of their tongue.

Is whistling hard to learn?

Learning to whistle is not very hard. Even a kid can do it; all it takes is practice.

Can whistling damage your voice?

Suppose whistling is repeatedly done in an inappropriate manner or very high note to gain everyone's attention. In that case, it may damage the voice to some extent.

Is whistling good for the brain?

Yes, whistling is an awesome skill. It is a cognitive skill that helps the brain exercise, as different notes need different ways of doing it.

Does whistling improve voice?

There is no evidence that whistling can improve the voice of a person.

Can all singers whistle?

Yes, all singers can whistle; they just have to practice properly. Practice helps make the sound of the whistle louder.

Why do humans whistle?

Humans whistle to gain the attention of friends and family members. It can be in happiness or sometimes in need of help.

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Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is perhaps the most famous waterfall in existence. Situated on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, this massive wall of water is also referred to by its indigenous name ‘Most-oa-Tunya’, which means ‘the Smoke that Thunders’. Fed from the Zambezi River, the Falls are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, and have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1989.

Interesting Facts about Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls has a unique structure that produces the largest single sheet of flowing water in the world. However, it’s neither the tallest (Angel Falls, Venezuela) nor the widest waterfall in the world.

Victoria Falls is 5604 feet (1708m) wide and 354 feet (108m) high.

The area upstream from the Falls is notable because it’s a flat plateau with no mountains or deep valleys.

The name “Victoria Falls” comes from Scottish explorer and missionary Dr. David Livingston. Believed to be the first European to see the Falls; he named them after Queen Victoria, the reigning queen at the time.

Upon seeing Victoria Falls for the first time, Dr Livingstone declared “It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”.

Most-oa-Tunya – “the Smoke that Thunders” – refers to the sound of the falls and the heavy mist that is produced by the falling water. This indigenous name is still widely in use today. A nearby national park in Zambia is called Most-oa-Tunya, and the World Heritage List also officially recognizes the name.

The relationship between the native people and Dr. Livingston was, and remains, very positive. In 1964, Zambia separated from Britain and became an independent nation. As part of this, they renamed the streets, cities and buildings, removing all British names and replacing them with African ones. However, the one exception to this mass re-naming was anything related to Dr. Livingston, such as the city of Livingston and the official name ‘Victoria Falls’.

Map of Victoria Falls

Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls

The area around the Falls has two seasons: rainy and dry. The rainy season runs from the end of November through to early April, with the dry season running from late March through mid-November. While the wet season may sound like the ideal time to visit, it’s not in reality. The Falls become almost completely obscured by an abundance of mist and water in the air. Visiting during the latter part of the dry season, between August and October, is also not an ideal time to visit, as you’ll likely see more rock than water. For most people, the best time to visit is in either June or July – the Falls will be robust, but visible.

Best Ways to View the Falls

The Falls are certainly hard to miss, but there are two ways in particular to get the best possible view. The first option is to take one of the many trails that run along the Falls, some of which allow you to get as close as 200 feet (61m). Want to get even closer? During the latter part of the dry season, the water is usually low and calm enough that it’s even possible to walk across the Falls themselves. This can be an unbelievable experience, but is probably best avoided by those with a fear of heights. The alternative (but certainly, more expensive) option is to take an aerial tour, with plenty of helicopter tour operators offering flights.

Zambia vs. Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls sits between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Whilst travel between the countries is relatively common because of the Falls, it still involves passports and various travel fees.

Most of the trails are on the Zambian side. However, from this side you will only be able to see 25% to 30% of the Falls. While there are fewer trails on the Zimbabwe side, you will be able to see approximately 80% of the Falls.

Tips for Visiting Victoria Falls

Roughly one million people visit the Falls each year. Historically, most visitors have journeyed to Zimbabwe to view the Falls. However, in recent years, conflict in the area has dampened tourism in Zimbabwe, and more tourists are choosing to view the falls from the Zambian side.

The area around the Falls is generally considered pretty safe. In 2004, a special group called the Tourism Police was started. They patrol the tourist areas, where they are easily identified by their yellow reflective bibs.

Whatever time of year you choose to travel to Victoria Falls; be prepared to get wet. Navigating most trails will bring about at least some exposure to mist and falling spray. Aside from appropriate clothing, visitors should ensure that any photography equipment or gear is suitably protected from water.

Latest News about Victoria Falls

A joint Zambia-Zimbabwe $5bn hydropower dam project near Victoria Falls has been approved by the United Nations agency.

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OMG this is truly a heavenly sight and worth looking at im definetly going there this summer

Kindly confirm whether this is a fact or just a statement to smear the other party your article is not aligned to: “Roughly one million people visit the Falls each year. Historically, most visitors have journeyed to Zimbabwe to view the Falls. However, in recent years, conflict in the area has dampened tourism in Zimbabwe, and more tourists are choosing to view the falls from the Zambian side.”

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The Ultimate First Time Visitor’s Guide to Victoria Falls

LAST UPDATED: 4/12/23 – Visitor’s Guide to Victoria Falls

Before Dr. David Livingstone happened to cross paths with it during his explorations of Africa back in 1855, most of the Western world had no idea that Victoria Falls even existed. After seeing this stunning natural wonder for the first time, he nicknamed the Falls “the smoke that thunders” because of the thundering crash and clouds of drenching mist that the enormous amount of water falling into the Victoria Falls gorge creates.

After falling in love with its beauty, he formally named it after the British Monarch at the time, Queen Victoria. As I explain in this guide to Victoria Falls, the Falls are located on the mighty Zambezi River, which forms a natural border between the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia. While it may not be the tallest or the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is the world’s largest sheet of water and is a natural wonder that every traveler should see with their own eyes.

Guide to Victoria Falls

While I know you probably want to start making plans to visit Victoria Falls right away, I would strongly suggest taking the time to research your trip first. This way, you can be sure to see and do everything that you want to do and have a trip that you will remember for a lifetime. One of the best ways to do that is to read this detailed guide to Victoria Falls.

In this guide to Victoria Falls, I am going to provide you will all of the information that you need to plan a successful trip to see this beautiful wonder of the world. I cover the best times to visit and the best ways to get there so that you can maximize what you are able to see and do on your trip. 

I also outline all of the top things to see and do while you are there and where the best places to stay and eat are. With the information in my guide to Victoria Falls in hand, you can be confident that your trip to see the Falls will be a trip that you remember for a lifetime.

At a Glance

Before you start making any travel plans, you will want to make sure to take care of all of the passport, VISA, and immunization requirements for your trip.   In addition, you will want to make sure you have a clear understanding of what languages they speak in Zimbabwe and what currency they use so that you can plan any translation needs you might have for your trip and exchange currency before your trip if necessary.  I have included some of this key information in my guide to Victoria Falls below for you to review as you start to make your travel plans.

Passport, VISA, Customs, and Immunization Requirements

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In order to assist you in navigating the legal requirements for visiting Zimbabwe, I have included a link to my Zimbabwe Passport, VISA, Customs, and Immunization Requirements Guide for you to review below.  This guide will give you all of the information that you will need to meet the VISA, passport, customs, and immunizations requirements and recommendations for visiting Zimbabwe.

I have also outlined all of the vaccination requirements and recommendations for travel to Zimbabwe in the guide below. You will want to be sure to review this section of the guide thoroughly to ensure your health is protected during your visit.

In addition to this passport, VISA, and immunization advice, I have also included links to supplemental guides that I have created on why I recommend getting the Rabies pre-exposure vaccination before traveling internationally and how to protect yourself from tick and mosquito-borne illnesses when traveling. Even though Victoria Falls isn’t a high-risk area for malaria, it is still good to protect yourself just in case.

Packing Tips

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Outside of taking care of the passport, visa, and immunization requirements so that you can get into Zimbabwe and don’t get sick, there is no more important pre-travel planning task than making sure you pack the right clothing and gear for your trip.  To help make sure you are properly packed and prepared, I have included links to some of my packing resources for you to review in my guide to Victoria Falls below.

Top Things to See and Do

Guide to Victoria Falls

While the top attraction that people visit Victoria Falls to see is undoubtedly the Falls itself, there are plenty of other incredible things to see and do in the Victoria Falls area. Whether you are visiting to see the falls and the area’s incredible landscapes, go on safari in the area’s many incredible wildlife parks and reserves, or just want to plan a relaxing stay, visiting Victoria Falls is certain to be an experience you will remember for a lifetime. In order to help ensure that you have all of the top sights on your itinerary, I have outlined the top ten things I would recommend seeing and doing while vising the city in my Guide to Victoria Falls below.

Visit Victoria Falls National Park

Guide to Victoria Falls

One of the best ways to view Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side is to visit the Victoria Falls National Park and walk the Victoria Falls footpath. In addition to offering a variety of different viewpoints of the falls from which to take photographs, the park is also home to the Dr. David Livingstone Statue.

While you aren’t able to get as close to the falls from the Zimbabwean side as you are from the Zambian side, the views of the falls from Zimbabwe are much prettier in my opinion because you get to see the largest parts of the waterfall. You have to pay to get into the park, so please be sure to check the official Victoria Falls National Park website for current rates before visiting.

Be aware, while large predators are rarely spotted inside Victoria Falls National Park, this is a wildlife park and wild animals do live there. Some of these animals can be dangerous to humans, so avoid being in the park before sunrise or after sunset. For information on which viewpoints to stop at during your visit, please refer to the map I have included in my guide to Victoria Falls below.

Guide to Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls National Park Foot Trail Map

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See the Livingstone Statue

Guide to Victoria Falls - Dr. David Livingstone Statue

One of the ca n’t-miss spots to stop at within Victoria Falls National Park is the Dr. David Livingstone statue. If you aren’t familiar with who Livingstone was, this is a perfect way to get to know this infamous 19th-century British explorer a little better.

Livingstone was renowned for his explorations of Africa. Throughout his career, he made several trips to the continent to work as a missionary, explore the unknown interior of the continent, and most famously search for the source of the Nile River.

During one of his expeditions, he heard a roaring thunder in the distance and saw what he thought were plumes of smoke rising into the air. As he got closer, he became one of the first Westerners to ever set eyes on what he would later name Victoria Falls.

The waterfall was so huge and powerful that he nicknamed it “the smoke that thunders”. Today, the city of Livingstone, Zambia is named after Dr. David Livingstone and there are many monuments in his honor in the area. One of the most famous is this statue of him in Victoria Falls National Park.

Take a Cruise on the Zambezi River

Guide to Victoria Falls WIldlife

While seeing Victoria Falls from the foot trail within Victoria Falls National Park is undoubtedly the best way to experience and photograph the falls, there are many other adventures available for you to enjoy near the falls as well.

One such adventure that I recommend every traveler experience is a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. You will be left speechless by the beauty of the river and the abundance of the incredible wildlife that lives both in and around it. There is a great chance you will see hippos or crocodiles in the river as you meander your way down this iconic river.

There is also a great chance you will see elephants, giraffes, and various species of antelope along the river’s banks, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled. Finally, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the sun set over this breathtaking landscape from your comfortable spot aboard the boat. It is truly an experience you will remember forever.

Go on Safari in the Zambezi National Park

Guide to Victoria Falls Wildlife

While Victoria Falls is widely considered to be one of the most incredible landmarks in the world for good reason, there is a lot to see and do in the area outside of just visiting the Falls. One of the most popular activities that visitors enjoy during their visit is going on safari to see some of Africa’s most amazing wildlife.

I do strongly suggest that you plan enough time to explore some of the national parks and wildlife reserves outside of the Victoria Falls area. The most notable on this list would be Chobe National Park in Botswana and Hwange National Park to the South in Zimbabwe. However, if you don’t have a lot of time, that doesn’t mean you can’t go on a safari during your visit.

The incredible Zambezi National Park is located just outside of Victoria Falls and is home to four of Africa’s “Big Five” animals. This includes lions, cape buffalo, elephants, and leopards. If you are lucky, you might even spot the critically endangered African wild dogs. For more information on the Zambezi National Park, please check out the official Zimbabwe Parks website for details.

Go on Safari in the Livingstone Private Game Reserve

Guide to Victoria Falls Black Rhino at Stanley Livingstone Game Reserve

While the nearby Zambezi National Park is outstanding, it does not allow visitors the opportunity to see all of the “Big Five” animals of Africa. The one animal that you definitely won’t see when visiting is the rhinoceros. If seeing one of these beautiful creatures is on your bucket list, you are in luck.

The nearby Stanley Livingstone Private Game Reserve offers private safaris that give you a great chance of seeing the critically endangered southern black rhino. Unlike the national parks in Southern Africa, the private game reserves are privately owned and maintained. This creates additional conservation lands to help protect the beautiful wildlife.

If you would like more information, I would suggest checking out the Stanley Livingstone Private Game Reserve website . For those who would like to book a tour, there is a great Stanley Livingstone Private Game Reserve safari tour option available on Viator.com.

Go Rafting Down the Zambezi River

Guide to Victoria Falls White Water Rafting

For travelers who are looking for a little bit more adventure than just seeing Victoria Falls, there are many incredible adventure travel opportunities that you can try in the area. One of the most popular of these activities is to take a whitewater rafting tour down the Zambezi River.

Your heart will be pounding as your tour group navigates the rapids of the Zambezi River, which is certain to be an experience you remember for a lifetime. Not only is the rafting incredible, but the opportunity to spot elephants and other wildlife on the banks of the river is a bonus you won’t find on many other whitewater rafting tours in the world.

If you are interested in booking a whitewater rafting tour during your stay in the Victoria Falls area, please be sure to check out my Recommended Tours and Excursions section of this guide to Victoria Falls below.

Try Bungy Jumping

Guide to Victoria Falls Bungee Jumping

Another adventure opportunity that you can try while visiting Victoria Falls is to go bungee jumping into the Zambezi River Gorge. If you are an adrenaline junky that loves to bungee jump, I can’t think of many places more beautiful to try the sport than at the breathtaking Victoria Falls.

There are two locations in which you can jump in the Victoria Falls area. The first is the Shearwater Bungee Jump at the Victoria Falls Bridge . This 364-foot jump off of one of Africa’s most iconic bridges is certain to be an adventure you remember forever.

The second bungee location is the Wild Horizons Lookout Cafe Bungee Jump , in which you jump 364 feet from a platform on the side of the river gorge. Like the bridge jump, it is a truly breathtaking landscape in which to enjoy the sport!

Swim to the Edge of the Falls at Devil’s Pool

Guide to Victoria Falls Devil's Pool

Don’t get me wrong, you can get some absolutely spectacular views of Victoria Falls without getting wet. I have already outlined how the foot trail in the Victoria Falls National Park on the Zimbabwean side has some of the best viewpoints and the Knife Edge on the Zambian side lets you get very close to the edge of the Falls.

However, if you want to get some out-of-this-world views of Victoria Falls, there is no better way to do that than at Devil’s Pool. This strangely becalmed 10-foot feet natural pool with a rock lip makes it relatively safe to swim right up to the edge of the Falls and peer over.

There are tours you can book to visit Devil’s Pool, which involves swimming across the Zambezi River with a guide to Livingstone Island, where you can then access the pool. Obviously, swimming to the Devil’s Pool is only safe during the low-water periods during the dry season, so if this is something that you would like to do when you visit Victoria Falls, I would make sure to plan your visit between the months of June and December.

Devil’s Pool is on the Zambian side of the Falls, so if you are staying on the Zimbabwean side, you will need to cross over the Victoria Falls bridge and pay the VISA fee in order to take this tour. For more information on the Devil’s Pool tours available, please check out the Recommended Tours and Excursions section of this guide to Victoria Falls below.

Cross the Bridge Between Zimbabwe and Zambia

Guide to Victoria Falls Victoria Falls Bridge

Why see Victoria Falls from just one side when you can easily see it from both sides? This natural wonder of the world is unique because it sits on the natural border between the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

While a majority of the Falls are located on the Zimbabwean side, there are some very unique and incredible viewing opportunities on the Zambian side as well. I have already covered the amazing foot trail in the Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe, as well as the Knife Edge and Devil’s Pool in Zambia.

If you are staying in Victoria Falls and want to experience the Falls from Zambia or you are staying in Livingstone and want to see the Falls from Zimbabwe, going back and forth between the countries couldn’t be easier. You will need a VISA to cross between Zimbabwe and Zambia and then back, so you can either pay the $50 USD for a KAZA UniVisa at the border or pre-pay for your VISA by purchasing a Zimbabwe e-VISA and a Zambia e-VISA online ahead of time.

Take a Helicopter Ride Over the Falls

Guide to Victoria Falls Aerial View

While the views of Victoria Falls from the ground are spectacular, seeing this natural wonder of the world from the air is a whole different level of beauty. It is very hard to really appreciate the scale and the power of Victoria Falls unless you can see the Falls in their entirety.

The only way to do that is to get up in a helicopter and fly over it. For those travelers who are up for the adventure, you will be happy to know that there are helicopter tours available that will fly you over Victoria Falls.

In fact, on some tours, they also fly over the rest of Victoria Falls National Park, so you also have the opportunity to spot elephants, giraffes, and other wildlife from the air. It is a spectacular experience that you will never forget. For more information on Victoria Falls helicopter tours, please see the Recommended Tours and Excursions section of my guide to Victoria Falls below.

How to Get There

Guide to Victoria Falls Victoria Falls Airport

If you are planning on visiting Victoria Falls, there are several different ways that you can get there, depending on what else you are planning to see and do during your trip. If you are coming to the area primarily to visit the falls, the easiest way to get to Victoria Falls is to fly into the Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) , which is located just outside of the city.

You can also fly directly into the area by flying into the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) on the Zambian side. For those who are planning on going on safari in Botswana and would like to take a side trip to visit the falls, you will probably be flying into the Kasane International Airport (BBK) in Botswana. You can then arrange a day tour to Victoria Falls from your lodge in Chobe National Park or the other wildlife parks and reserves in Botswana.

The same can be said for travelers who will be visiting Zimbabwe to go on safari in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. If you are planning on spending the majority of your time around Hwange, you may find it more convenient to fly into and out of the Hwange National Park Airport (HWN) and then arrange transportation to Victoria Falls for a day trip. For more information on where these parks and cities are located in relation to Victoria Falls, please see the map I have included in my guide to Victoria Falls below.

Guide to Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Area Map

Choosing a Side to Visit

What many people who haven’t visited the area don’t realize is that Victoria Falls sits along the border between the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia and can easily be visited from both countries. The good news is, you don’t need to choose between a side. You can easily pass between the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides of the falls by using the Victoria Falls bridge.

All you will need is your passport and a double\multiple entry VISA (which you will need to pay for at the border). Which side of the falls you choose to use as your base of operations will depend greatly on what else you plan on seeing and doing during your visit to the area.

The Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls has by far the best view of the falls. Three-quarters of the waterfall is in Zimbabwe, and the Victoria Falls National Park footpath offers a plethora of incredible viewpoints from which to view the falls.

You will actually feel the tremors of the falls thundering into the canyon below your feet as you wander thru the mist-filled rainforest along the path. This incredible footpath makes the Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe an absolute must-see destination when in the area.

While the Zambian side of the falls may not offer as many good viewpoints, you are able to get much closer to the falls on the Zambian side. On the Zambian side, you are able to walk along paved paths at the edge of the waterfall and cross a stomach-turning Knife-Edge bridge that crosses over the falls. During high water season, the experience is absolutely exhilarating and terrifying at the same time.

And for those who are really adventurous, you are even able to swim up to the Devil’s Pool, which sits right at the precipice of the falls during low water season. From here, you can peek your head over the falls and into the canyon below. If you love adventure, it is hard to top this incredible travel experience!

For more information on what you can expect from each side of the falls, please refer to the summary of the Zimbabwe and Zambia side of Victoria Falls that I have included in my guide to Victoria Falls below.

Visiting the Falls from Zimbabwe Side

  • Incredible views of the main falls
  • You can see a majority of the water flowing over the falls at varying degrees of strength throughout the year
  • Most of the hotels are within walking distance of the falls
  • You are able to explore Victoria Falls town and its iconic market
  • Victoria Falls town is a classic tourist town with a wide assortment of restaurants and bars
  • The Victoria Falls Hotel, the most historic hotel in the Falls area, is on this side
  • See the critically endangered black rhino at Stanley Livingstone Private Game Reserve

Visiting the Falls from Zambia Side

  • Amazingly close waterfall viewing
  • The ability to swim to the fall’s edge at Devil’s Pool during the low-water season
  • You are able to visit Livingstone Island when water levels permit
  • There is a wide assortment of romantic river-side lodges
  • Incredible game viewing at Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
  • The city of Livingstone isn’t as tourist-oriented and is mostly comprised of businesses

Best Time to Visit

Guide to Victoria Falls

One of the biggest decisions you will have to make when planning your trip to see Victoria Falls is the time of year you plan your visit. Not only will the time of year impact the type of weather can expect to have during your visit, but it will also have a big impact on what you can see and do at the falls.

Depending on the time of year, Victoria Falls will either look like a wall of raging water or several smaller waterfalls flowing into a large canyon. Victoria Falls is absolutely breathtaking at full capacity during the wet season, but it can also be fun to visit when the water levels aren’t as high as you can safely get closer to the falls. In this section of my guide to Victoria Falls, I outline what you can expect to see and safely do at Victoria Falls and what type of weather to expect throughout the year.

Average Temperature (°F)

The weather in Victoria Falls is typically very warm throughout the year, but it can get incredibly hot between late September and mid-December. During this time of year, daytime high temperatures can reach into the 90s (Fahrenheit) and it can feel much hotter in the sun. If you don’t do well with heat, you may want to avoid visiting during this time of year.

While temperatures can be much cooler during the winter period of late May thru early August, it can get rather cool at night. If you are planning to visit at this time of year, you will want to bring a light jacket with you to wear during the evenings.

Average Precipitation (Inches)

For those who are planning on going on safari while visiting, or have a lot of activities planned outdoors, you will also want to consider the average rainfall that Victoria Falls gets throughout the year. During the wet season, which lasts between late November and mid-March, the area gets quite a bit of rain.

However, during the winter months of May thru the beginning of September, the area sees very little rainfall. During this time of year, the wildlife is much easier to spot while on safari because there is less vegetation to obstruct your view. However, near the end of the dry season is when Victoria Falls is furthest from its peak volumes.

January to March

Guide to Victoria Falls

If you are looking for good travel deals, then January is likely your best time to visit Victoria Falls. Even though it is the height of summer, the water level of the Zambezi is still relatively low. This makes it not the ideal time to see the falls, but you can find some great rates on the luxury Victoria Falls lodges. This is also the ideal time to go whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River as water levels are starting to rise, but they aren’t near their peak.

If you want to see Victoria Falls reaching its maximum capacity, I would suggest waiting until late February. Without a doubt, this is the best time to view and photograph the falls. The waters of the Zambezi will be plummeting down into the gorges and the mist from the falls creates some of the most beautiful rainbows you will ever see.

However, February thru May is one of the worst times to go on safari in nearby Hwange National Park and the parks and game reserves of Botswana such as Chobe. The heavy rainfall from the previous months will mean lush vegetation in the parks, which makes spotting animals much more difficult.

By March, the water levels of the Zambezi and the volume of water going over the falls are at their apex. In fact, there is so much water going over the falls during this time of year that you can hear the waterfall from miles away. You can still go white water rafting during this time of year, but the high water levels of the Zambezi River can make it a terrifying experience if you aren’t an experienced rafter.

April to June

Guide to Victoria Falls

When the calendar hits April, summer comes to an end in Victoria Falls. With the end of summer, the temperatures start to drop a bit. With lower temperatures and water levels of the Zambezi River still relatively high, this is one of the best times to visit Victoria Falls. However, because of the high volumes of water flowing over the falls, the strong mist in the air can make it difficult to see the entirety of the falls. One of the best ways to get around this is to book a helicopter tour and view this iconic landmark from the air.

Starting in May, the dry season in Victoria Falls begins. This is when nighttime temperatures really start to drop, so make sure you pack a jacket and long pants if you decide to visit during this time of year. With very comfortable daytime temperatures, this is undoubtedly the best time of year to visit if you want to avoid the heat.

If you are planning on visiting Victoria Falls and the parks and game reserves of Botswana, including the infamous Chobe National Park, the best times of year to visit are from June to August. The dry season means there is less vegetation to obstruct your views of animals and the shrinking water holes mean the animals need to congregate near the Chobe River. This makes it much easier to find and spot wildlife. It is also a good time to visit Victoria Falls as well. Even though this is the start of the dry season, the volume of water flowing over the falls is still greater than it is at the end of the dry season.

July to September

Guide to Victoria Falls

Even though the month of July is in the middle of the dry season at Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River is no longer at full volume, it can still be a great time to visit the falls. For instance, this is the time of year when the infamous lunar rainbow makes its incredible appearance at Victoria Falls. The mild daytime temperatures also make daytime safaris at Hwange National Park and Chobe National Park much more enjoyable.

Starting in August, the temperatures in Victoria Falls start to increase again. This means that early morning and evening safaris in the surrounding parks aren’t quite as chilly. There is still very little rainfall, so it is a great time to see the falls, go on safari, and try some outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting or Devil’s Pool swim tour.

The month of September is the start of spring in Victoria Falls and is undoubtedly the best time of year to visit the falls if you are planning on going on a safari at one of the surrounding wildlife parks. The temperatures are not too warm, but they are warm enough to make early morning and evening safaris very enjoyable.

This is the month of the year when spotting difficult-to-see wildlife such as the elusive leopard is easiest because of the sparse vegetation. However, the later in September you visit, the dryer Victoria Falls will be. This is why I think late August and early September are the optimal times to visit when combining a visit to Victoria Falls with a safari experience.

October to December

Guide to Victoria Falls

In my opinion, one of the worst times of year to visit Victoria Falls in October. Not only is this the hottest month of the year, but the water level of the Zambezi River is at its lowest level. This means that the water flowing over Victoria Falls is at its least remarkable level.

The wet season officially kicks off again in November, and during this time of year, you can expect to see the first spring rains in Victoria Falls. However, don’t expect the water level of the Zambezi River to rise too quickly in November as it takes time for the rainfall to travel from the Angolan Highlands down to the river.

If you are into bird watching, November is the best time of year to spot many of the migratory birds that start arriving in Victoria Falls. There are some stunning bird species and this is one of the best times of year to spot them.

By December, it is nearing the height of the wet season in Victoria Falls. The daytime temperatures are still very hot and you can expect frequent afternoon thunderstorms. The water level of the Zambezi River is starting to rise and this is the last month for a while that you will be able to safely go whitewater rafting on the river. The migratory birds are also still around the falls thru December, so bird watching continues to be very good.

Where to Stay

Guide to Victoria Falls Hotels

One of the most important decisions you are going to have to make when planning your trip to see Victoria Falls is where you will stay.  When you travel, the accommodations you choose are oftentimes amongst the biggest expenditures for your trip.  So not only do you need to be comfortable where you are staying, but you also need to be comfortable with how much you are paying to stay there. 

Finding the right accommodations for your trip involves looking at the amenities, the location, and most importantly, the price.  If you are starting to plan your trip to Zimbabwe and want some hotel and hostel suggestions, I have included some great options at different price points in my guide to Victoria Falls below for you to review.  As always, don’t be afraid to expand your search to room-sharing sites such as Airbnb or VRBO if you aren’t finding a hotel or hostel that meets your needs.

Guide to Victoria Falls - Hotels and Hostels Map

Where to Eat

Guide to Victoria Falls - Wild Horizons View Restaurant

When most people plan a trip, the primary focus is on how to get there, where to stay, and what is on the list of things to see and do.  What many travelers neglect to plan, is where to eat when they are there.  Granted, it is sometimes fun to be spontaneous when choosing a restaurant while traveling, and it is always smart to get recommendations when you arrive.

However, it can also be advantageous to have some ideas of restaurants you would like to try during your trip written down beforehand as well.  This way you can be assured that you won’t miss out on a highly recommended culinary experience that you will regret.  To help you decide on some restaurants in Victoria Falls to add to your list, I have included a list of some highly recommended options for you to review in my guide to Victoria Falls below.

Recommended Tours and Excursions

Guide to Victoria Falls - Whitewater Rafting

There is an abundance of amazing things to see and do in the Victoria Falls area and one of the best ways to experience those things is on a tour.  If you are looking for fun tours and excursions to fill out your trip, I have included some category links to recommended tours and excursions you can review in my guide to Victoria Falls below.

In addition to the plethora of wonderful tours and activities that I have linked to above, I would strongly recommend considering a safari while visiting the Victoria Falls area. Victoria Falls is situated in close proximity to a number of incredible national parks and wildlife reserves in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Zambia.

Two parks that I would strongly recommend are Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, which is a few hours South of Victoria Falls, and Chobe National Park in Botswana, which is located just an hour to the West. For more information on how to plan a safari at these parks, including which tours to book, please see my detailed guides linked below.

Photo Gallery

One thing that Victoria Falls is not in short supply of is amazing things to photograph. I was able to capture a lot of great photographs while touring Victoria Falls, and I have included some of my favorites in a gallery in my guide to Victoria Falls for you to review below.

If you would like to view some more of my top photos from this trip, as well as photos from some of my many other travel adventures, make sure you are  following me on Instagram  as well!

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Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

360° Victoria Falls – The Devil's Pool | National Geographic

Victoria Falls is a waterfall located on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa. It is considered one of the largest waterfalls in the world, with a width of 1,708 meters (5,604 feet) and a height of 108 meters (354 feet). The falls were formed over the course of millions of years as the Zambezi River eroded the underlying basalt and created a series of gorges. The falls are known locally as “Mosi-oa-Tunya,” which means “the smoke that thunders,” due to the massive amount of spray and noise created by the falling water. Victoria Falls is a popular tourist destination and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is home to a variety of plant and animal species, including elephants, lions, and baboons, and is surrounded by a national park.

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Geology and formation of Victoria Falls

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Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in southern Africa. The falls are the result of the Zambezi River flowing over a series of basaltic rock formations. The area around the falls is underlain by sedimentary rocks , mainly sandstone and mudstone , which were deposited during the Karoo period about 180 million years ago. These sedimentary rocks are overlain by a layer of basalt that was erupted about 2 million years ago during the Pleistocene epoch.

victoria falls has been a popular tourist

The basaltic layer is part of the Karoo Lava plateau, which covers a large part of southern Africa. The plateau was formed by a series of massive volcanic eruptions that occurred between 180 million and 2 million years ago. The Zambezi River flows over the basalt layer, eroding it and forming a series of gorges and waterfalls, including Victoria Falls.

The falls themselves are about 1,700 meters wide and up to 108 meters tall, making them one of the largest waterfalls in the world. The water falls into a narrow chasm, creating a cloud of mist and spray that rises high into the air and can be seen from miles away. Over time, the falls have been moving upstream, eroding the basalt and creating a series of gorges and rapids.

victoria falls has been a popular tourist

Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in southern Africa. The falls are approximately 1,708 meters (5,604 feet) wide and 108 meters (354 feet) high, making them one of the largest waterfalls in the world by width and height. The volume of water that flows over the falls varies depending on the time of year, with the highest flow typically occurring from February to May. At peak flow, an average of 1.7 million liters (450,000 gallons) of water per second can flow over the falls. The spray from the falls can be seen from miles away and creates rainbows in the sunlight.

The Victoria Falls is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. The rainforest surrounding the falls is particularly notable for its unique plant and animal life. The rainforest is dependent on the spray from the falls, which sustains a microclimate in the area.

victoria falls has been a popular tourist

Some of the notable plant species found in the rainforest include the wild date palm, the sausage tree, the monkey bread tree, and the ebony tree. The forest also supports a wide variety of animal species, including primates such as the samango monkey and the vervet monkey, as well as large mammals such as elephants, buffalos, and rhinoceros.

The Zambezi River, which feeds the Victoria Falls, is home to over 70 species of fish, including tigerfish, catfish, and bream. The river also supports a wide variety of bird species, with over 400 species recorded in the area. Some of the notable bird species include the Taita falcon, the African fish eagle, and the trumpeter hornbill.

The Victoria Falls area is rich in human history and culture, with evidence of human habitation dating back thousands of years. The indigenous people of the area, known as the Batoka, have lived in the region for centuries, and their traditional way of life is still evident in the area today.

victoria falls has been a popular tourist

In the late 1800s, European explorers and missionaries began to arrive in the area, and the Victoria Falls became a popular destination for travelers and adventurers. The Scottish explorer David Livingstone was the first European to see the falls, and he named them after Queen Victoria.

During the colonial period, the area around the falls was part of the British colony of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and the falls became an important tourist destination. In the 20th century, the area underwent significant development, with the construction of roads, railways, and other infrastructure to support the growing tourism industry.

Today, the area around Victoria Falls is a popular tourist destination, known for its natural beauty, wildlife, and cultural attractions. Visitors can take guided tours of the falls, go on safaris to see the local wildlife, and learn about the local culture and history through visits to museums and cultural centers.

Victoria Falls is a popular tourist destination with a variety of attractions and activities. Some of the most popular things to do at Victoria Falls include:

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  • View the falls: Visitors can view the falls from several vantage points, including the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of the falls. Some of the best viewpoints include the Victoria Falls Bridge, the Devil’s Pool, and the Rainforest.
  • White water rafting: The Zambezi River, which feeds Victoria Falls, is a popular spot for white water rafting.
  • Bungee jumping: Adventurous visitors can take the plunge off the Victoria Falls Bridge, which connects Zambia and Zimbabwe, and experience a 111-meter freefall.
  • Zambezi River cruise: Visitors can take a leisurely cruise down the Zambezi River, which offers scenic views and the opportunity to spot wildlife.
  • Helicopter or microlight flights: Visitors can take to the skies to get a bird’s-eye view of the falls and the surrounding landscape.
  • Victoria Falls National Park: This park, which is located on the Zimbabwean side of the falls, offers hiking trails and wildlife viewing opportunities.
  • Local culture: Visitors can learn about the culture and history of the local people through visits to museums, craft markets, and cultural villages.

In terms of infrastructure, there are a number of hotels, lodges, and other accommodations in the area to suit a range of budgets. There are also a variety of restaurants, shops, and other amenities to serve visitors.

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Man who scaled 55-storey Melbourne tower without harness arrested by police

Climber, identified by police as a 29-year-old French man, believed to have reached top of 163m-tall residential building about 7.30am

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A man who allegedly scaled a 163m-tall residential tower in Melbourne’s city centre without a harness, and another man who police believe filmed him using a drone, have been arrested.

According to Victorian police, a man was seen climbing the side of 60 A’Beckett Street about 7.30am. He did not appear to be using any safety equipment.

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Officers found the 29-year-old French man at the top of the 55-storey building at 8.20am and escorted him down to safety.

“It is expected he will be charged with reckless conduct endangering life, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, common law public nuisance and without lawful excuse enter private property,” police said in a statement.

A 25-year-old French national who allegedly filmed the incident with a drone was arrested in Box Hill around 10.45am, and police said he was expected to be charged with the same offences.

Both men will appear in the Melbourne magistrates court today.

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No one was injured.

The Melbourne radio station 3AW reported that the man had been wearing a backpack.

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A tradesperson named Trent, who called the station, said a crowd had formed to watch the man while police waited at the top of the building.

“All the neighbours are out looking out over the balcony, looking up, can’t believe [he] has passed their window while they had their Weet-Bix and their Vegemite toast,” he told 3AW as the climber approached the top floors of the building.

“All us construction workers will give him a big cheer once he reaches the top. Hopefully Melbourne’s finest will take him in for questioning.”

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