Victoria Falls

David Livingstone is believed to be the first explorer to have discovered Victoria Falls; in 1860 he spread the word about his travels to Victoria Falls. With so much enthusiasm and passion about Victoria Falls the area became a popular tourist attraction (especially on the Zimbabwean side). Today, Victoria Falls is a still a popular holiday destination for honeymooners, families and couples…

Victoria Falls has been called “the greatest known curtain of falling water” – and it is a truly spectacular site to see. Victoria Falls borders on Zambia and Zimbabwe, and can be viewed from vast distances from both sides. Columns of spray can be felt from miles away as 546 million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge (at the height of the flood season) over a width of nearly 2 km (1708 m) into a deep gorge – over 100 meters below. The spray flowing above the falls at Victoria Falls can sometimes be seen over 5 km away!

Victoria Falls thunders over the wide basalt cliff, and transform the Zambezi River from a wide placid river to a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges. Another sheer wall of basalt faces Victoria Falls, and rises to the same height. This creates a virtual ‘rain forest’ as the mist gathers to drench the surrounding trees and vegetation. On the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls lies a protected National Park that is home to the lushest vegetation as well as numerous safari animals, such as: elephants, buffalos, giraffes, zebras and antelope as well as many crocodiles and hippos living in the upstream areas of the Zambezi River. This Zimbabwean National Park is located 23.4 km in the north western part of Zimbabwe and covers a large part of the Zambezi River. This part of Victoria Falls is found in the Zambezi National Park and is characterised by a flourishing rainforest with palms, liana vines and magnificent trees.

Along the edge of the Victoria Falls forest is a path, which provides an inspiring vantage point, for those who brave the tremendous spray. Another impressive view is from across the Knife Edge Bridge, where visitors can see the main part of Victoria Falls, as well as the Eastern Cataract and the Boiling Pot – where the Zambezi River turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge and the Lookout Tree, both of which provide amazing panoramic scenes across Victoria Falls. Most travellers, after viewing Victoria Falls from both sides, love the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls more – they all say the views are more spectacular and the forest is more vibrant!

Of the many things to see and do in this beautiful area, we recommend the following activities: white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, horseback riding,  jet boating and river safaris. There are many hikes and casual walks around Victoria Falls, where visitors can appreciate the scenery and culture of this beautiful region.

The Victoria Falls Museum, and the Mosi O Tunya National Park are worth seeing – who can forget the local craft markets – where the curios are locally made and crafted with meticulous artistry. Victoria Falls has the most beautiful weather all year round, with most days containing 8 hours of sunshine! During summer (November to March) the weather can become unpredictable; the rainy months bring the most water to the falls making Victoria Falls even more magnificent. Victoria Falls has the least amount of water flow in November and the most around July and the weather is the best over the early months in the year!

Have a look at our Zimbabwe safaris that include the magnificent Victoria Falls. There are also other Zimbabwe attractions below that you might want to visit on your Zimbabwe Safari.

Tours that pass by...

  • Bungee Jump Bungee Jump – Victoria Falls

    Experience the world-famous Victoria Falls in the most adventurous and unique way – with a bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge.

  • Helicopter flight Helicopter Flight – Victoria Falls

    Jenman African Safaris offers you the chance to see the magnificent Victoria Falls by Helicopter flight to experience the ultimate birds-eye view of this breath-taking Natural Wonder.

  • White Water Rafting White Water Rafting – Victoria Falls

    Enjoy a day filled with of adrenaline and action while white water rafting down the mighty Zambezi River within the Batoka Gorge.

  • Zambezi Queen and Hwange Package 1 Zambezi Queen and Hwange Package

    Experience incredible Zimbabwe in just 7 days; combine extensive wildlife viewing at Hwange National Park with pure relaxation and adventure while on a houseboat – the only way to experience the Chobe River.

Lodges nearby...

  • Elephant's Eye - Hwange, Zimbabwe 2 Elephant’s Eye – Hwange, Zimbabwe

    Elephant’s Eye is a 4-star eco-lodge situated in Hwange National Park. Enjoy game drives in Hwange, explore our concession and enjoy our treehouse chalets.

  • Victoria Falls River Lodge Victoria Falls River Lodge – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls River Lodge is a private game lodge situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, within the Zambezi National Park, close enough to the falls to be able to see the spray in the distance. The camp offers breath-taking game and bird viewing and each secluded tent has a private deck overlooking the river only 30 minutes from Victoria Falls town.

  • Victoria Falls Safari Club - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 3 Victoria Falls Safari Club – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls Safari Club is located just 3km from Victora Falls town centre. Situated within magnificent grounds, the Safari Club offers uninterrupted views of the bushveld, wildlife and spectacular sunsets.

  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Victoria Falls Safari Lodge – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is perfectly situated as it is only 4 km from the magnificent Victoria Falls and year-round game viewing at the on-site waterhole.

  • Camp Hwange - Hwange, Zimbabwe 4 Camp Hwange – Hwange, Zimbabwe

    Camp Hwange is situated approximately 180km from Victoria Falls and is ideally located on a private concession in the Sinamatella area, in the northern part of Hwange National Park.

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