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Victoria Falls: Africa’s Adventure Capital

Clocking in at twice the height of Niagara Falls, the Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s greatest and most-visited attractions. Traditionally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, Vic Falls is often the end-point of a Southern African safari.

The area is known as Africa’s Adventure Capital because there is so much to see and do. In addition to touring the Falls, you can also see them from the air on a helicopter or microlight trip. Hit the water in a canoe, raft or cruising boat; meet habituated elephants; leap off the historic bridge; and swim in the mischievously named Devil’s Pool. There’s also plenty of shopping and history, as well as lazy days in the sunshine after a bumper safari.


Not only is Victoria Falls one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it is also an official World Heritage Site. Defined as the world’s biggest waterfall when measured by the sheer volume of falling water, Mosi-oa-Tunya has thrilled people for centuries. You will experience it almost exactly as ancient tribes did since there is very little building or development around the Falls. This unspoilt beauty is what makes the experience so special: you easily imagine what it was like for those explorers seeing it for the first time.

  • The largest uninterrupted sheet of falling water in the world.
  • Victoria Falls sits on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.
  • On the Zimbabwe side, paths in lush rainforest reveal extensive views of the Main Falls.
  • In Zambia the Knife-Edge Bridge takes you close to the cascading water and a steep footpath leads to the Boiling Pot - a huge whirlpool at the base of the Falls.
  • Both sides are well worth a visit and it’s relatively easy to travel between the two.

Get Your Pulse Racing with Adventure Activities

As if being dazzled by millions of litres of water surging past you every second down a deep gorge isn’t enough, Victoria Falls offers plenty of other ways to get your adrenalin pumping. A sure-fire one is to take a guided microlight flip over the Falls, flying through the rainbow created by the spray. Back on the ground, water babies can join a white-water rafting crew for some of the best rapids anywhere in the world!


Not only is Victoria Falls one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it is also an official World Heritage Site. Defined as the world’s biggest waterfall when measured by the sheer volume of falling water, Mosi-oa-Tunya has thrilled people for centuries. You will experience it almost exactly as ancient tribes did since there is very little building or development around the Falls. This unspoilt beauty is what makes the experience so special: you easily imagine what it was like for those explorers seeing it for the first time.

  • Helicopter flips and microlight flights over the Falls.
  • Seasonal white-water rafting: at least 18 rapids, some hitting Grade 5.
  • Bridge swinging, bungee humping and zip-lining.
  • Canoe safaris on the Zambezi River.
  • Seasonal swimming in Devil’s Pool, right on the edge of the Falls.
  • Take one last safari with a day-trip to Chobe or Hwange National Parks.

Plenty to See and Do for Every Traveller

When you need to relax, Victoria Falls has plenty to offer, both in Victoria Falls Town on the Zimbabwean side and in Livingstone on the Zambian side. It’s a truly multi-generational destination: those interested in animals can head off to see habituated elephants (please read this important information about ethical animal encounters). History and culture buffs will have a lot to learn and foodies can try traditional African meals – you can even learn to drum and dance the traditional way!

Romantics
  • Take high tea at the hotel where a young Queen Elizabeth II stayed.
  • Enjoy a lavish dinner on a steam train.
  • Watch elephants and hippos on a sunset cruise.
Families
  • Shop in markets for souvenirs and presents.
  • Head to Vulture Culture at feeding time to learn more about raptors.
  • Walk under the old bridge to hear its amazing story.
Photographers
  • Relax with a book and binoculars to keep an eye on the myriad birds.
  • Gentle safari in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
  • Get a shot of a lunar rainbow at full moon when the spray is high enough.

Wide Variety of Accommodation for Every Need and Budget

Victoria Falls is positioned at the heart of the Southern African safari experience and combines easily with incredible wildlife destinations. There are daily flights from South Africa’s international airports to Livingstone Airport (LVI) in Zambia and Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Zim. A road transfer from VFA to Vic Falls Town will take you about 20 minutes.

  • Staying in town will allow you easy access to many activities and attractions.
  • Some hotels offer free shuttle services.
  • We can seamlessly connect all your pick-ups and drop-offs.
  • Staying upstream is quieter and more exclusive – ideal for honeymooners.

Easily Combined with Other Safari Destinations

Victoria Falls is positioned at the heart of the Southern African safari experience and combines easily with incredible wildlife destinations. There are daily flights from South Africa’s international airports to Livingstone Airport (LVI) in Zambia and Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) in Zim. A road transfer from VFA to Vic Falls Town will take you about 20 minutes.


Not only is Victoria Falls one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it is also an official World Heritage Site. Defined as the world’s biggest waterfall when measured by the sheer volume of falling water, Mosi-oa-Tunya has thrilled people for centuries. You will experience it almost exactly as ancient tribes did since there is very little building or development around the Falls. This unspoilt beauty is what makes the experience so special: you easily imagine what it was like for those explorers seeing it for the first time.

Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls

The best time to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls is from February to May, directly after the region’s summer rains, when you’ll see the world’s largest sheet of falling water flowing at its greatest volume. The green season usually kicks off in about November with the first spring rains but it takes time for the water that has fallen in the Angolan Highlands to wend its way down to a series of massive gorges. It takes a few months for the Falls to almost literally gather steam after a dry winter in mid-year. Visiting Vic Falls can be a sensory overload: the noise, heat and moisture come to together in an unforgettable natural show-stopper.

The Victoria Falls are roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls, and the thunderous roar can be heard for miles around. The sheer force of the water drives a column of spray far into the air, drenching the edge of the Falls in a fine mist and giving rise to its traditional name, Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘The Smoke That Thunders’.

The tricky thing about visiting Victoria Falls is that the most impressive spray doesn’t coincide with peak safari season in nearby Chobe in Botswana or Hwange in Zimbabwe. Some activities, like swimming in the Devil’s Pool and certain sections of white-water rapids, are also far too dangerous to undertake when the water is at its highest and fastest.

That means that February to May is not the best time to make the most of the Fall’s close proximity to its near neighbour, Botswana, one of Africa’s legendary Big 5 safari destinations unless you don’t mind travelling in green season. The best time for a Victoria Falls holiday combined with a Chobe river safari is the dry winter period from June to August. Expect great game viewing, warm days and cool nights, little to no rain and plenty of water still thundering over the precipice.

We don’t recommend visiting the Falls at the end of the dry winter period - October through November - when the water level is lowest and the weather is very hot and humid. Low water levels guarantee you’ll have panoramic views (no misty spray) on both sides of the Falls, but the Zambian side (about one quarter of its width) may have dried up completely and all you’ll see is bare rock face. Water flow on the Zimbabwean side is permanent but ebbs in volume with the seasons.

Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls

The best time to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls is from February to May, directly after the region’s summer rains, when you’ll see the world’s largest sheet of falling water flowing at its greatest volume. The green season usually kicks off in about November with the first spring rains but it takes time for the water that has fallen in the Angolan Highlands to wend its way down to a series of massive gorges. It takes a few months for the Falls to almost literally gather steam after a dry winter in mid-year. Visiting Vic Falls can be a sensory overload: the noise, heat and moisture come to together in an unforgettable natural show-stopper.

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Victoria Falls Travel Advice

For general information on travelling to Zambia, visit our Zambia travel advice page; for those staying on the Zimbabwean side of the falls, visit our Zimbabwe travel advice page.

Get everything you need to know about Victoria Falls in our easy, downloadable travellers' guide, filled with helpful information, suggestions and recommendations.

Top Travel Tips for Victoria Falls

Choosing sides: the Zambian side of the Zambezi River has a wider selection of accommodation and activities while across in Zimbabwe you’ll be rewarded with impressive views of the Main Falls. Whichever country you choose to stay in, we'd recommend budgeting enough time to visit both sides of the Falls for the full experience.

Plenty to do: Victoria Falls has long been Africa's adventure capital; popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, white-water rafting (seasonal), elephant-back safaris and day trips to Chobe National Park.

Don't miss out: most hotels or lodges will gladly arrange activities on arrival for you, however, booking in advance is recommended to ensure availability on elephant-back safaris as these are often fully booked.

Bring the kids: Victoria Falls is a top choice for a family holiday: there's plenty to keep everyone entertained plus a good selection of kid-friendly accommodation ranging from large resorts to private 2- and 4-bedroom villas.

Go for tea: for around a century, celebrities and royalty alike have enjoyed high tea at the elegant Victoria Falls Hotel. Expect white-gloved waiters, expansive lawns and manicured gardens; the spray from the Falls provides the scenic backdrop.

Sundowner stop: the riverside deck at the Royal Livingstone in Zambian is the most popular spot to sip cocktails and toast the sunset.

Flights & Getting Around

Livingstone Airport (Zambia): the easiest way to fly into Livingstone is from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport but there is a regular flight from Lusaka as well. You'll be transferred to your lodge by minibus or 4X4.

Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwe): served by regular flights from Johannesburg, this airport is also on the route of a handy Windhoek/Maun flight. Moreover, as Victoria Falls is only 70km from the Botswana border, travellers can fly to Kasane Airport from the Okavango Delta or Maun Airport and then transfer to the falls by road.

Getting around Victoria Falls depends on which side you are based:

In Zimbabwe the town of Victoria Falls is compact enough to walk around. Most accommodation is located in town or close by and hotels run regular complimentary shuttles to the falls and other places of interest. Several hotels have such a convenient location that makes it possible to simply walk to Victoria Falls. Transfers to activities are built into the price and may be by minibus or 4X4.

IZambia the town of Livingstone is located nine kilometres from Victoria Falls and accommodation on the Zambian side is set along the Zambezi River rather than in town itself. Several lodges are set close enough to the falls to access them by foot while most others offer complimentary shuttle busses. Visitors to the Zambian lodges should note that a trip to Victoria Falls is often built into their day's activity.

It's also relatively simple to go across the border to view the Falls from a different angle, and several activities may involve a border crossing.

Victoria Falls Tours & Safaris

Recommended Victoria Falls Tours & Safari Holidays

Known as 'The Smoke that Thunders', Victoria Falls is one of the most iconic sights on the continent - little wonder then that many African holidays include this natural wonder as a key part of their itinerary.

A destination at the heart of the Southern Africa safari experience, a Victoria Falls tour is best combined with the wildlife attractions of Chobe and the Okavango Delta in next-door Botswana or the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks in Zambia. We also highly recommend including Victoria Falls in a holiday spent exploring the highlights of South Africa: Cape Town, Sun City and the Kruger Park.

Browse our range of Victoria Falls tours and safaris for ideas and inspiration; we've got tried-and-tested itineraries ranging from a family-friendly holidays with plenty to do - to honeymoon safarisstaying at intimate riverside lodges and exclusive tented camps. And if you can't find your perfect holiday match, simply contact one of our African Safari Experts for a tailor-made solution.


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7 Days Victoria Falls Okavango Delta & Chobe Safari

Top reasons to visit: Kick your journey off with a visit to the World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls in Zambia. From there you'll

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5 Days Best of Victoria Falls & Chobe Safari

Top reasons to visit: On this 5-day Best of Victoria Falls and Chobe Safari Package, you will start out exploring the wonders of

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5 Days Victoria Falls Safari

Top reasons to visit: Go on an African voyage aboard one of the world’s most luxurious passenger trains, travelling between Victoria Falls and South Africa.

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4 Days Luxury Victoria Falls Honeymoon

Top reasons to visit: You’ll get a shared experience as you enjoy your own tailor-made itinerary that suits your own

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4 Days Extreme Victoria Falls Adventure

Top reasons to visit: Adventurers come and enjoy an exhilarating Victoria Falls experience with our 4-day Victoria Falls

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3 Days Zambezi River Victoria Falls & White Water Rafting

Top reasons to visit: Our Zambezi River Vic Falls White Water Rafting Adventure Package offers a challenging experience

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14 Days Botswana - Victoria Falls & Zimbabwe Luxury Safari

Top reasons to visit: Spend three days exploring Africa’s Adventure Capital before winging your way to Zimbabwe

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14 Days Romanti Honeymoon Victoria Falls Kruger & Seychelles Safari

Top reasons to visit: You kick off your 14-day tour on the Zambian banks of the Zambezi River at Tongabezi Lodge

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6 Days Zambia Kafue National Park Family Safari

Top reasons to visit: This tour takes your from Lusaka to Livingstone via the "unspoilt" Kafue National Park is the oldest

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Best Victoria Falls Accommodation

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Victoria Falls is a destination split between Zimbabwe and Zambia but both offer accommodation ranging from large family-friendly hotels close to all the action to intimate honeymoon-perfect lodgesset on the banks of the scenic Zambezi River. Several are within easy walking distance of Victoria Falls but wherever you're situated, you'll have access to this world-famous waterfall as well as to the many activities available in the area.

Accommodation on the Zambian side is spread out on the banks of the Zambezi upstream from Victoria Falls and is best for romantic river chalets and luxurious suites; accommodation on the Zimbabwean side includes grand colonial-style hotels and a golf resort as well as comfortable riverside lodges offering good value for money.

Our selection of top accommodation in Victoria Falls is comprehensive and diverse but if you can't find what you're looking for, let our experienced Africa Safari Experts suggest the perfect hotel, lodge or private villa to suit your holiday needs.


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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Top reasons to Stay: Stunning views over the National park and game viewing waterhole; Lovely thatched design

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Ilala Lodge

Top reasons to Stay: 5 minute walk to Vic Falls entrance; smaller personalised upmarket hotel; exceptional service

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Kingdom Hotel Victoria Falls

Top reasons to Stay: 5 minutes walk from Vic Falls entrance; great family hotel; casino on site; food court; great pool area

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Shearwater Explorers Village

Top reasons to Stay: Very central location, within minutes’ walk of most attractions in town; Clean, modern and comfortable

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Imbabala Safari Lodge

Top reasons to Stay: Situated right on the Zambezi river; 4000 acre private concession; 11 kms of Zambezi river

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Gorges Lodge

Top reasons to Stay: Established lodge with great reputation; Friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere; Stunning gorge

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Chundu Island

Top reasons to Stay: Peaceful and private, lots of game and birds to see, eco-friendly facilities, rates include accommodation

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Old Drift Lodge

Top reasons to Stay: Luxury accommodation on the banks of the Zambezi River, and on a private

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Avani Victoria Falls Resort

Top reasons to Stay: Stay within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park for close encounters with Zambia’s spectacular wildlife and

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Victoria Falls Waterfront

Top reasons to Stay: The Victoria Falls Waterfront is the perfect place to stay in Livingstone, centrally located in between

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Pamusha Lodge Victoria Falls

Top reasons to Stay: Pamusha Lodge and Safaris nestled in Victoria Falls suburb is a fully serviced four star Lodge 2 km from

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Shongwe Lookout

Top reasons to Stay: lodge offers 23 beautifully furnished rooms set in the suburbs of Victoria Falls. The rooms

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Elephant Hills Resort

Top reasons to Stay: Elephant hills hotel and resort is situated on a small hill overlooking the Zambezi River, 4km

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Azambezi River Lodge

Top reasons to Stay: The only hotel with a river frontage and jetty site in Victoria Falls. Imagine no more. The lodge is

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aha The David Livingstone Lodge & Spa

Top reasons to Stay: Blending perfectly within the lush surrounds of the Zambezi River bank, aha The David Livingstone

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Protea Hotel by Marriott Livingstone

Top reasons to Stay: Reserve your stay at the stylish Protea Hotel Livingstone. Guests at our hotel can experience wilderness

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Victoria Falls Safari Club

Top reasons to Stay: Victoria Falls Safari Club is an exclusive 20-room boutique hotel overlooking the Zambezi National

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Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel

Top reasons to Stay: The Royal Livingstone is located on the Zambian side of the

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Victoria Falls Hotel

Top reasons to Stay: One of the world’s Classic five-star hotels commands prime location overlooking Victoria Falls

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PheZulu Guest Lodge

Top reasons to Stay: The rumble of the mighty Victoria Falls can be heard and sometimes felt on a quiet night and offers

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Chrismar Hotel Livingstone

Top reasons to Stay: Chrismar Hotel Livingstone offers luxury in a World Class environment just minutes from the might

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The Courtyard Hotel Victoria Falls

Top reasons to Stay: Set in Livingstone, 600 meters from Falls Park Mall (Spar), Courtyard Hotel offers air-conditioned

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Lokuthula Lodges

Top reasons to Stay: Meaning “place of peace”, the family-friendly two and three-bedroom Lokuthula Lodges are nestled

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Maramba River Lodge

Top reasons to Stay: LUXURY TENTS – Sleep 2 with en-suite bathroom – 6 Tents Available CHALETS – Family units that

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