All You Need to Know about Visiting Victoria FallsJuly 13, 2017
At 1708 meters wide, Victoria Falls is one of the most significant natural geographical features of the Zambezi River, and one of the world’s largest and most famous waterfall formations.
For many travelers, being soaked by the spray of Vic Falls is a bucket list activity. While there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to experience this World Heritage Site, there are a few things to take into consideration should you wish to witness the full wonders the falls.
Here are our top tips for making the most of your Vic Falls trip:
Often referred to as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’, Victoria Falls forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Approximately two-thirds of the falls are on the Zimbabwean side, affording it the lion’s share of the viewpoints. The ever-flowing Main Falls also lies within Zimbabwe, providing that ‘classic’ view of the falls. On this side, one can explore the neatly laid out footpaths within the Victoria Falls National Park, opening onto 16 viewpoints overlooking sights such as the Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Rainbow Falls.
While the majority of Victoria Falls may lie within Zimbabwe, Zambia is where things get wet, wild and adventurous. The best lookout point is from Knife Edge Bridge. This is a nerve-rackingly high, narrow pedestrian bridge which runs right along the edge of the chasm, 100m above a gorge. From here, travelers will be able to see the Main Falls, as well as the Boiling Pot (a huge whirlpool at the base of the Falls) while being drenched by the spray that seems to come from every direction.
Whichever country you chose to stay in, it is recommended that you make the border crossing and see the falls from both sides, and see the contrast between the two experiences.
When to Visit:
The time of year you decide to visit Victoria Falls will vastly impact your experience. On the Zimbabwe side, the falls flow all year round. However, in Zambia, the falls dry up around October/November and a visit to the Zambian side during the dry season may just have you staring at a rock wall.
If you want the quintessential Victoria Falls experience of being soaked by the spray, the best time to visit is from February to June. However, don’t completely discount Zambia during the dry season as when the water levels drop low enough, the famous Devil’s Pool is opened. This naturally formed rock pool sits right at the edge of the falls, allowing adventurous travelers to swim right up to the edge of the falls and peep over. All with expert supervision of course!
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What to Do:
There is a myriad of activities to enjoy at Victoria Falls. So many, in fact, that deciding what to spend your time doing can be quite intimidating. Here are three activities that always seem to go down well with our clients:
1. Victoria Falls Town Tours: A town tour takes guests to the local market, churches, taverns, old houses and even the local primary school. This activity is highly recommended for travelers wanting to observe the lifestyle and culture, and interact with the local people.
2. Scenic Helicopter and Microlight Flights: Known as ‘The Flight of Angels’, flying over Victoria Falls and getting a bird’s eye view of the beautiful scenery is undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience the falls. Plus, there’s the added bonus that you might even spot some wildlife down below!
3. Zambezi River Cruises: Drifting down the Zambezi River with a cold drink in hand, a sunset cruise is essentially a compulsory activity when visiting Victoria Falls. With a knowledgeable guide on board to point out any wildlife on the riverbanks, this is the perfect way to relax and unwind after a day exploring the falls.
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