Victoria Falls Holidays

One of the seven wonders of the world and referred to by locals as "Mosi-oa-Tunya" (The Smoke that Thunders), Victoria Falls is certainly a sight to behold. Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe this great curtain of falling water is justifiably called one of the Wonders of the Natural World.

While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is classified as the largest based on its width of 5,604 feet and height of 354 feet, which results in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Scottish missionary and famous explorer David Livingstone is believed to be the first European to see this awe-inspiring waterfall in 1855 and named it in honour of Queen Victoria. Today Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visitors can stay in either Zambia or Zimbabwe.

On the Zambia side the town of Livingstone is the closest urban hub to the falls and offers a variety of accommodation options, colourful markets and a busy restaurant and nightlife scene. On the other side of the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe has a number of hotels, including the famous Victoria Falls Hotel, restaurants, local shops and stalls.

Victoria Falls is also a magnet for thrill seekers with activities including abseiling, white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing and skydiving all available. For truly spectacular views and a whole new perspective on the falls consider taking a helicopter flight, or peek precariously over its edge from Devil’s Pools. There are also trails for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding, while those in search of something less strenuous, could consider a romantic sunset cruise along the Zambezi River to watch for wildlife.

    Why visit Victoria Falls?
  • A wonder of the natural world
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Wildlife close by
  • Activities galore


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Essential facts about Victoria Falls
Local Time

GMT + 2 hours

Currency

Zimbabwe Dollar; Zambian Kwacha.

Travel information

Victoria Falls airport in Zimbabwe or Livingstone airport in Zambia are around 1.45 hours flying time from Johannesburg.

Best time to go

Your decision on which side of the falls you will stay will probably be dictated by the time of year you choose to travel, as the water flow varies according to the time of year. Generally, if you visit from mid January to May the Zambian side is preferable, but as the waters diminish from June to early January, the thundering waters are best see Hwange can be visited all year round.

Departure tax

Approximately USD25 payable locally.

Victoria Falls National Park entrance fee

There is a fee to enter the national parks on either side of the Zimbabwe/Zambia border in order to gain access to the Victoria Falls viewing platform. Currently the charges are USD35pp on the Zimbabwe side and USD25pp on the Zambian side.

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