Ultimate Guide to Victoria Falls: Zambia vs Zimbabwe

Taking its place alongside Tanzania’s great migration and Egypt’s pyramids, Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s original headliners. Ever since David Livingstone set his sights on Mosi-oa-Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’ – back in 1855, Victoria Falls has been a magnet for backpackers, honeymooners, and thrillseekers alike.

The sheer power of over 500 million liters of water per minute, plunging over a basalt rock ledge, is hard to look away from. But, pry yourself away from the viewpoint of the world’s largest falling sheet of water and you’ll find a torrent of memorable ways to experience Victoria Falls. Peek precariously over its edge from Devil’s Pools, go rafting down the gushing rapids below the falls, or simply just admire the scenery while on a peaceful river cruise on the upper Zambezi.

Where’s Victoria Falls?

Victoria Falls forms the natural border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. For this reason you can visit Victoria Falls while staying in Zimbabwe or Zambia. The town closest to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is called “Victoria Falls Town” whereas the town closest to the falls in Zambia is known as “Livingstone Town”.

Whether you’re here to take in the sight of one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World or for a serious hit of adrenalin, you’re sure to tick off numerous items from that bucket list while on a Victoria Falls tour.

But going on an overland tour to Vic Falls takes a lot of planning. In our Victoria Falls Travel Guide, we cover your most frequently asked questions such as; which side of Victoria Falls should you stay on? Which side has the best views? Is Zimbabwe safe to travel and when is the best time to see Victoria Falls? Including all you need to know about health, safety, and accommodation in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe or Zambia: Which is better?

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe is best if you want:

  • More viewpoints and a full-frontal view of the Main Falls
  • Year-round travel flexibility
  • Good game viewing at Zambezi National Park
  • Greater choice for luxury accommodation, shopping and dining out
  • Easy access to the falls

Victoria Falls Zambia is best if you want:

  • Close up views of Victoria Falls
  • More adrenaline based activities
  • A remote safari getaway
  • Swimming in the Devil’s Pool (dry season only)
  • A budget-friendly Victoria Falls tour

Victoria Falls Town vs Livingstone Town

Victoria Falls is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Zambezi River which creates this thundering sheet of water is the border between these two countries. This makes it possible to see Victoria Falls from both Zimbabwe and Zambia but deciding on which one can hugely impact your experience and your wallet. And so, the first question most visitors ask is which side is better?

Zimbabwe is arguably the best side to see the falls because it is home to a whopping two-thirds of the falls. While on the Zimbabwe side you can enjoy excellent game-viewing opportunities, and easy access to other activities. However, Zambia’s ‘road-less-traveled’ feel and heart-pumping activities are hard to beat.

Ultimately, both sides of the river offer a unique way to experience Victoria Falls. It all comes down to which side will better suit your needs. In this travel guide we break down Victoria Falls Town vs Livingstone Town so you can decide which side of Victoria Falls to stay on.

What do Victoria Falls Town and Livingstone Town have in common?

Although Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe is closer to the falls than Zambia’s Livingstone town; both areas have a lot in common. Both  offer many of the same amenities and activities. These include guided tours of Victoria Falls, sunset cruises on the Zambezi and easy access to day trip safaris in Botswana’s Chobe National Park.

In addition, both sides of the falls feature riverside lodge accommodation, traditional markets selling locally made crafts and carvings, as well as a plethora of restaurants to indulge in local cuisine. But each side of the has its own appeal. So, before you book a Cape to Vic Falls tour, consider these factors.

Best Victoria Falls Adventure Tours:

  • Tour Length 20 days
    Group Size Max 20
    Starts & Ends Starts: Cape Town Ends: Victoria Falls
    Countries South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Overview Craving action and adventure? This 20 day expedition reads like a synopsis for the Amazing Race: scenic flights over the Okavango, white water rafting on the Zambezi, desert hikes, nights under a sprawling blanket of stars — and that’s just the start! We’ve also included wildlife safari drives in Etosha, Moremi Game Reserve and a relaxing sunset river cruise on the Chobe River to give you the best chance of experiencing the diversity of Southern Africa.

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  • Tour Length 16 days
    Group Size Max 16
    Starts & Ends Starts: Johannesburg Ends: Johannesburg
    Countries South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Overview Pinch yourself; this is the African overland tour you’ve been dreaming about. We’ve put together an action-packed itinerary that hits all the highlights, from camping out in the unfenced wilds, tracking elephants across the Chobe, and hitching a ride in a mokoro to explore the Okavango Delta. Top it off white water rafting, an aircraft flip over the thundering Vic Falls, or bungee jumping to complete your experience of a lifetime.
    • Technically a camping tour, it's a combination of camping and accommodation (6 nights in beds and 9 nights in tents) so you will need to bring your own sleeping bag.
    • While you are in the National Parks of Botswana (Moremi and Savuti National Park) you will be in an 7 seater open safari vehicle, the rest of the time you will use the truck which sits high up making it easier for game viewing.

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  • Tour Length 21 days
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    Starts & Ends Starts: Cape Town Ends: Maun
    Countries South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe
    Overview Throughout Southern Africa, you will find many natural wonders: majestic creatures roam their native lands much as they have done for centuries. Experience the wilds of Kruger National Park, awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, and lush green waters of the Okavango Delta on a safari adventure through South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. Observe the African "big five" in some of the region's finest wildlife reserves, interact with researchers supported by National Geographic in the field, and explore local life and culture in vibrant urban centers.

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Why choose a Zimbabwe Victoria Falls tour?

The Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls boasts 16 viewpoints and a network of pathways which allow you to see this natural wonder from every angle. Zimbabwe is home to the lion’s share of the falls and is considered the best place to get a classic view of Victoria Falls.

Here, the Victoria Falls National Park gives visitors easy access to popular lookout points. While on this side, head to Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and the well-named Rainbow Falls. All with great views of the length of the waterfall.

Despite Zimbabwe’s political instability, Victoria Falls town is one of Africa’s most visited destinations. Aside from having one of the seven wonders of the world in its backyard, the town boasts a world-class adventure-tourism scene bursting with welcoming locals and walkable streets lined with restaurants, bars and some of the best craft markets.

Need any more convincing? Here are a few more advantages to visiting Zimbabwe Victoria Falls:

  • The Treetop Canopy Tour (ziplining) and the Lookout Café are only accessible in Zimbabwe.
  • Zimbabwe has a great choice of accommodation within walking distance to the falls.
  • Victoria Falls Town is within walking distance of the falls.
  • The Victoria Falls rainforest offers activities such as game drives, bush walks, and horse-back safaris.
  • On the Zimbabwe side of the falls, shopping and eating out are a better option than the Zambian side.
  • Zimbabwe has more viewpoints of Victoria Falls than Zambia, including panoramas of the main falls.


Why choose a Victoria Falls Zambia tour?

Want an up-close view of a world wonder? Then head to the Zambia side of Victoria Falls. Although Zambia has only a 25% view of Victoria Falls – the eastern cataract – the region offers intrepid travelers a more unique way of experiencing the falls.

When the Zambezi River is in full flow (April/May) Zambia is often the more popular side to view Victoria Falls. Here thrill-seeking travelers can take an exhilarating (and soaking) walk along the edge of the precipice of Knife-Edge Bridge during high water season or witness the Boiling Pot – a massive whirlpool at the base of the waterfall – in the low season.

If you want to get as close to the Victoria Falls as you possibly can, follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and make your way Livingstone Island. Only accessible from the Zambian side, Livingstone Island lies perched right on the very edge of Victoria Falls surrounded by a thundering mass of water.

Here, you’ll be able to see Victoria Falls through the eyes of the man who “discovered it” and will have the chance to learn about its history from ancient times when it served as a sacrificial site to the present day and its World Heritage status. Other unique vantage points on the Zambian side include the Falls Bridge, Devils Pool, and the Lookout Tree, all of which command panoramic views across the Main Falls.

Need any more convincing? Here are a few more reasons to see Victoria Falls in Zambia:

  • Livingstone town is a little less touristy than Victoria Falls town and there is a museum focused on the history of David Livingstone and Chief Mukuni’s village.
  • Devil’s Pool, on the edge of the falls, is only accessible from Zambia and during extreme low water months from mid-September to early/mid-January.
  • Zambia offers more bucket list activities that cannot be accessed from Zimbabwe, such as swimming under the Falls and the ‘Under the Spray View’ (only possible between August and December).
  • Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is slightly cheaper than Zimbabwe and gets you right up close to rushing water. Pry yourself away from the views and you’ll find excellent safari opportunities in the wildlife section of the park and a chance to spot the endangered white rhino.

Which side has better views of Victoria Falls, Zambia or Zimbabwe?

If your primary objective is to get the best view of Victoria falls, you may still be wondering which side to choose. On a perfect itinerary, you’d be able to see both sides of Victoria Falls. But, if you’re short on time, this is just not feasible. So ultimately, which side has the best views of Victoria Falls, Zambia or Zimbabwe?

While Zambia is great for getting up close to the falls, Zimbabwe is the best for great views of Victoria Falls. With around two-thirds of the falls and most of the viewpoints (16 in total) within its borders, Zimbabwe offers the benefit of face-on views of the Falls even in the height of the dry season.

Victoria Falls Zambia vs Zimbabwe – Travel info

Although Zimbabwe and Zambia share Victoria Falls, these two countries are a world of their own. Each offers a unique take on Southern Africa’s most treasured features. From the untamed wilderness of Zambia to the mesmerizing patchwork of landscapes in Zimbabwe – this diverse part of Southern Africa is the Africa you’ve been dreaming of.

But, you may have a few questions before you jump headfirst into this bucket-list-worthy adventure. Health, safety, travel costs and accommodation options are among the most frequently asked questions.

So, if you were wondering if Zimbabwe is a safe country to visit or about what vaccines you need to travel in Zambia, this Victoria Falls Travel Guide has the answers! We’ve put together a complete travel guide for Zimbabwe and Zambia, covering essential travel advice, so you can decide which side of Victoria Falls best suits you.

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Travel Guide

If you’re thinking “is Zimbabwe worth visiting?” – the answer is a resounding YES! Zimbabwe is one of Africa’s most underrated destinations. Often relegated to a necessary stopover en-route to the legendary Victoria Falls, this landlocked country of rugged terrain and diverse wildlife is a rewarding destination.

It’s a picture-perfect country of forested mountains, sun-washed grasslands, and luxury accommodations. While traveling through the diverse patchwork of landscapes, adventurous travelers will be ticking off travel goals like rapid-fire. Either spying Africa’s iconic Big Five amid the country’s lush national parks or discovering World Heritage-listed archaeological sites, and standing in the wake of the fourth-longest river in Africa. Traveling in Zimbabwe does not disappoint.

When is the best time to visit Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

The Victoria Falls flows all year round but the best time to see the falls in Zimbabwe is from February to May. This time of year is directly after the region’s summer rains, allowing you to see the world’s largest sheet of falling water flowing at its greatest volume.

Is Zimbabwe safe?

In 2017 the post-Mugabe dawn that millions of Zimbabweans longed for had finally arrived. After decades of political turmoil, some stability is slowly returning to the country and intrepid tourists have taken notice. Those who have traveled in Zimbabwe insist that its generally a safe and friendly destination for tourists.

Yet, it’s not all smooth sailing. There is a moderate level of crime in the cities, with mugging, pickpocketing and jewelry theft being common among solo travelers walking dimly lit streets after. It’s important to remain vigilant at Harare International Airport and when leaving banks and cashpoints. Don’t carry or display large amounts of cash in public places.

The country’s economy is fragile; widespread poverty, lack of resources and corruption is rife which affects an estimated one in four locals. While knowing the country’s current socio-economic climate,being savvy will also go a long way in keeping you safe – no matter where you travel.

The golden rule about meeting new people is to avoid the topic of politics and the same is true for travel. You should avoid all political demonstrations and rallies as they can be unpredictable and may turn violent (as anywhere else in the world).

Its also important to note that Zimbabwe is a conservative country and same-sex relationships are considered to be illegal under local law. Prosecutions are rare but public displays of affection may cause offense, regardless of gender or sexuality. You can find more information on the GALZ Association website.

Travel Vaccines for Victoria falls Zimbabwe

There are no vaccinations that are an entry requirement for Zimbabwe. However, you will need to show a yellow fever certificate if you have entered the country after visiting another country with yellow fever risks, such as Kenya and Tanzania.

Unfortunately, Victoria Falls is a malaria zone but it is preventable with some precautions taken. There are several drugs on the market that are licensed for preventing malaria and you must consult with your doctor to find the one that’s best suited for you. While you’re traveling in the Victoria Falls region, you should also try to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes as much as possible. Insect repellent and sleeping under a mosquito net is a must.

It’s also advised that travelers to Zimbabwe have updated vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, polio, and hepatitis A, as well as vaccinations for typhoid, cholera, hepatitis B and tuberculosis. But, these are a personal choice and not an entry requirement.

Victoria Falls accommodation in Zimbabwe

If you prefer luxury lodges over rugged campsites, then Zimbabwe is where you should stay when visiting Victoria Falls. Situated only one kilometer away from the falls, the town of Victoria Falls is the bustling epicenter of tourism in Zimbabwe. Its lined with hotels and lodges which places visitors within walking distance of the Falls.

Whether you’re after a luxury room with sprawling views, a tranquil riverside stay or a private lodge with replete with butler-style concierge service, there are plenty of choices of accommodation at the falls in Zimbabwe.

The sheer volume of accommodation options can be overwhelming. So, if you’re wondering “Where should I stay when visiting Victoria Falls?”, be sure to check out Victoria Falls Safari Club. Situated just 6km away from the Victoria Falls Bridge, this exclusive 20-room boutique hotel is perfect for those wanting to be away from the crowds while remaining in close proximity to the falls. And, when it comes to indulgent comfort, the Safari Club leaves no stone left unturned.

Spacious rooms with views, a two-tiered swimming pool, butler service, complimentary afternoon tea and hourly shuttles to surrounding attractions are just a few of the facilities you can look forward to. These perks are topped off with complimentary sundowners overlooking the Zambezi National Park. Added attractions include access to the “Vulture Culture” experience and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show.

Our Top Tours to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe:

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    Countries South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Overview From open top safaris in the Masai Mara, to camping in the Serengeti, and gorilla trekking in Uganda, this is a wildlife odyssey like no other. Throw in a paradise island, dramatic canyons, and intimate village tours, and you’ve found yourself in a story book expedition that will change your life. Fifty-five days, nine countries, seven national parks, one continent. This is how you travel Africa.  

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    Countries South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Overview This tour isn’t just a sample of Africa; it’s the entire buffet spread. From Big Five game drives in Etosha National Park, and floating through the Okavango in a "mokoro" canoe - we’ve got it all laid out for you. Top it off with the privilege of gazing up at the continent’s star-studded sky and now you’re really travelling Africa. From open-top safaris in the Masai Mara, to camping in the Serengeti, and gorilla trekking in Uganda, this is a wildlife odyssey like no other. Throw in a paradise island, dramatic canyons, and intimate village tours, and you’ve found yourself in a storybook expedition that will change your life. Fifty-five days, nine countries, seven national parks, one continent. This is how you travel Africa.

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Flights to Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

There are no direct flights to Zimbabwe from the USA or the UK although the quickest route is via Johannesburg, South Africa.

Zimbabwe’s main airport is Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, formerly known as the Harare International Airport.

However, the Victoria Falls airport is the best option for traveling in Zimbabwe to see the falls and has regular flights from Johannesburg.

Things to do in Zimbabwe – other than Victoria Falls

Although Victoria Falls is Zimbabwe’s main headliner, don’t make the mistake of thinking that’s all to see. This country is jam-packed with amazing things to do, you just need to know where to look. Here are just a few of our favorite things to do in Zimbabwe:

1. Go on a walking safari in Mana Pools National Park.
2. Take in the otherworldly landscape of balancing rocks at Matobo National Park
3. Discover the Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Victoria Falls Zambia Travel Guide

To some, Zambia is nothing more than another gateway to Victoria Falls. But, while the crowds make a b-line to more high profile safari hotspots after a quick glimpse of the falls, those in the know venture deeper into the country’s mesmerizing wilderness.

Having remained well off the tourist circuit, Zambia is the African bush at its most raw. Beyond Victoria Falls, the country’s wildlife – both predators and prey – wander through remote, unfenced camps where intrepid travelers fall asleep to the sound of hooting owls, whooping hyenas, and distant lion roars.

Zambia isn’t just a taste of the African wild, it’s the whole buffet spread! One day you’re sizing up your footprint against the tracks of elephants just past and the next you’re watching 10 million fruit bats navigate region’s dusty-pink sky in the world’s largest mammal migration.
This is Zambia, wild and untamed – and you’ll never feel more alive!

When is the best time to visit Victoria Falls Zambia

Unlike Zimbabwe’s year round travel, Zambia has a  sub-tropical climate with dry and wet seasons which drastically impact your itinerary. The best time to visit Victoria Falls on the Zambia side is in March-May at the end of the rainy season. This is when the Zambezi River is in full flood and the falls are at their most spectacular. If you travel between June to October you could find yourself staring at a rocky wall as the Zambian side dries up.

Still, don’t discount Zambia completely in the dry season. Adrenaline addicts welcome the low water levels as this opens up a plethora of heart-pumping activities. Either partake in  white-water rafting or brave a dip in the legendary Devil’s Pool – a natural rock pool right on the edge of the falls.

Is Zambia safe?

Given its remote feel and epic wilderness, you may be wondering; “is Zambia a safe country to visit.” But, fear not! With around 800,000 tourists traveling every year, Zambia is regarded as a safe country to visit. That being said, tourists are encouraged to travel sensibly, especially in cities and tourist areas.

Due to previous political conflict with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tourists traveling in Zambia are advised to avoid areas along the Zambia–Congo border, especially around Lake Mweru. Aside from this, violent crime is extremely unlikely and if you’re on a Southern Africa Overland Tour, staying in lodges, hotels, and campsites, then you have essentially no cause for concern.

Recommended Travel Vaccinations for Zambia

Although Zambia requires no vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommends the following vaccinations for the region: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies and typhoid, and boosters for tetanus, diphtheria, and measles. These are optional and are not a rule for entry into Zambia.

That said, a yellow-fever vaccination certificate is necessary when entering Zambia from a yellow-fever infected area (such as Greater Kruger Park, Tanzania or Kenya). We therefore recommend carrying one as its often requested at the border.

In addition to this, Malaria is common in many parts of Zambia (including cities). Which is why we also advise you take antimalarials. Always be sure to take precautions to avoid bites and apply insect repellent containing DEET. We would also  recommend you wear long trousers and sleeves in the evening as well as early morning while ensuring you use a mosquito net when sleeping.

Zambia accommodation at Victoria Falls

In Zambia, you’ll experience some of Southern Africa’s wildest and most remote destinations and there’s no shortage of epic places to stay. Most of the accommodation on the Zambian side are along the banks of the upper Zambezi River. This location gives travelers easy access to attractions in the area. Highlights include Devils Pool and the Victoria Falls Bridge which is famous for its bungee jumping and rope swings.

Accommodation around the Victoria Falls area on the Zambian side is very popular. Here you can choose from hotels, hostels, backpackers, campsites, lodges, guest-houses, and resorts that cater to a variety of budgets and tastes.

It can be overwhelming trying to decide where to stay, so see our budget accommodation recommendation below:

Jollyboys Backpackers & Camp

Situated in Livingstone Town, Jollyboys was the first hostel in Zambia and has been catering to budget travelers since 1996. And, although time has passed, this OG hostel is anything but dated. The hostel is perfect for tech-forward adventurers, boasting free internet, adaptors for devices, solar-powered hot showers as well as digital safes and lockers. Free city maps, complimentary daily shuttles to Victoria Falls and an onsite travel desk are some of the perks. And, after a long day of exploring, the hotel’s well-stocked bar and restaurant, onsite spa, and vibey communal lounge area provide the perfect way to unwind or mingle with like-minded travelers.

For eco-conscious travelers, the Jollyboys Backpackers & Camp also does its part to have a positive impact on the community.  The hostel is also a part of Pack For A Purpose which encourages guests to bring requested supplies from their home country to donate to Lubasi Children’s Home. To find out more about these responsible tourism efforts, get in touch with the team.

Getting to Victoria Falls in Zambia

There are no direct flights available from the UK or USA to Zambia and the quickest route is via Johannesburg, South Africa. The country has 21 airports but travelers going on a Victoria Falls tour in Zambia should look at Livingstone’s main airport; Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International.

Things to do in Zambia – other than Victoria Falls

Aside from its incredible National Parks and scenery, Zambia is fast becoming one of Africa’s most acclaimed adventure capital. Here, adventure travelers don’t just get to see the Vic Falls but are also get to experience it in a plethora of heart-pumping ways.

Whether it’s bungee jumping from the Vic Falls Bridge, river rafting down the wild Zambezi, or swooping across the Bakota Gorge, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. And, if you want to go beyond Vic Falls, here are a few more things to do in Zambia:

1. Go on a walking safari in South Luangwa National Park
2. Spot Zambia’s unique wildlife while exploring the Bangweulu Swamps
3. Witness the Biggest Mammal Migration on Earth in Kasanka National Park

Top Tours to Victoria Falls in Zambia:

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    Starts & Ends Starts: Nairobi Ends: Cape Town
    Countries Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
    Overview This  Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Epic Adventure travels through Africa from Lake Victoria in Uganda to Table Mountain in Cape Town. We visit the misty highlands in the Ugandan jungles to see a group of majestic gorillas before watching the thunderous Victoria Falls as the waters of the Zambezi thunder down. Relish the views as you look out over the vast deserts and sand dunes in the Namib.
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    Overview This Cape Town to Kenya and Gorillas Adventure provides a broad insight into Southern and Eastern Africa’s grandest attractions. We leave from Cape Town and head off to Mt Kilimanjaro, explore the gigantic sand dunes in ancient deserts and relax on golden beaches on the tropical island of Zanzibar. The mighty Victoria Falls is next on the list before journeying to the Chobe River, viewing the majestic Ngorongoro Crater and the infinite Serengeti plains.
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    Overview Travelling for 40 days the Serengeti to Cape Town Overland ventures from the heart of East Africa to Africa's southern most tip, Cape Town. Explore remote regionsnatural wonders and colourful cultures as you relish the adventure while camping under the starry night sky, traveling Africa authentically. Enjoy mesmerising safaris in renown national parks and discover the Big Five. Glide through the Okavango Delta in a mokoro and encounter the San Bushmen in the Kalahari. Journey to the vast desert of Namibia and climb the highest sand dunes before sand-boarding down the other side. This tour is packed with amazing highlights leaving you with memories to last a life-time.  

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Seeing Both Sides of Victoria Falls

Of course, if you have the time, the best way to experience Victoria Falls is to view it from both Zimbabwe and Zambia. The good news is, no matter which side, border crossings here are easy, especially with a KAZA Uni-Visa.

The KAZA Uni-Visa is for travellers who want to see both sides of Victoria Falls. Another advantage is you can take day-trips to Botswana to visit attractions like Chobe National Park – provided you return to Zambia or Zimbabwe the same day.

If you’re planning on seeing Victoria Falls in Zambia AND Zimbabwe, the best time to go is between May and August. During this time of year, the spray is not so pervasive, allowing you to actually see and photograph the Falls on both sides.

KAZA UNIVISA Cost and information:

Cost: US$50 per person
Valid: 30 days from entry
Border crossings: Unlimited (between Zambia and Zimbabwe only)

Zambia points of entry for KAZA UniVisa:

Harry Mwaanga International Airport
Victoria Falls border
Kazungula border
Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

Zimbabwe points of entry for KAZA UniVisa:

Victoria Falls International Airport
Victoria Falls border
Kazungula border
Harare International Airport

Things to do at Victoria Falls: Best Adventure Activities

Regarded as Southern Africa’s “Adventure Capital”, Victoria Falls is home to a handful of bucket-list things to do. Whether you’re a mildly adventurous traveler, a raging adrenaline junkie or a laid-back explorer, there’s plenty of adventure-based activities to enjoy. So, after taking in the view, check out our pick of the best things to do and see at Victoria Falls.

 

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Take a dip in Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls

The view of Victoria Falls in Livingstone island is fantastic, but to really live life on the edge – take a dip in the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls! Skirting the very edge of the falls, Devil’s Pool is nature’s ultimate infinity pool. Its also one of the best things to do at Victoria Falls.

Leaping into the river at the top of one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls might sound like a crazy idea! But those willing to make the jump will be rewarded with epic views of the falls from a low rocky ledge called the Devil’s Armchair. Enjoy the best time to swim in Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls during the dry season from around September to December.

Where is it: Devil’s Pool is only accessible from the Zambian side of the falls

Best time to swim in Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls: The dry season from around September to December

Need to know tips: During busy periods, you may only get 5 -10 minutes in the pool.

Go white water rafting

Victoria Falls is synonymous with white-water rafting and for good reason. These Grade 5 rapids are considered among the world’s best and are a popular adventure activity at Vic Falls.

Make no mistake, this is an adrenaline-filled activity that comes with an element of risk. Take caution, as you need to be reasonably fit to manage the fairly steep walk into and out of the Batoka Gorge in addition to the white water rafting activity itself.

Where is it: Although white water rafting is available on both sides of the falls, the rapids on the Zambezi River are officially defined as Grade 5 by the British Canoe Union and are the most popular.

Best time to go white water rafting in Victoria Falls: For low-water rafting in Vic Falls travel between mid-July to January. For high water rafting travel from February to June.

Need to know tips: If the water levels are too high, the river will be closed for safety reasons and your trip will be refunded.

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Helicopter and Micro flights over Victoria Falls

For the ultimate views of Victoria Falls, take to the sky! Nicknamed “Flight of the Angels”, these thrilling activities give you a bird’s eye view of the falls. While soaring above, you’ll have the chance to look down into the 108-meter deep chasm. Take a low-level swoop over the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park for unique game viewing.

Those wanting to inject a little adrenaline into the adventure should opt for a micro flight over Vic Falls instead. With its open cockpit, smaller size, and less powerful engine, its definitely not for the faint of heart.

Where is it: Helicopter tours over Victoria Falls are available in Zambia and Zimbabwe. While Micro Flight tours over Victoria Falls are only available on the Zambian side.
Best time to go: Its possible to go on a helicopter or micro flight tour over Vic Falls throughout the year. Yet, flights are postponed if there is a storm or high winds.
Need to know tips: Avoid wearing anything that can come loose during the micro flight. It can also get cold, so be sure to dress warm and comfortable.

Bungee jump off Victoria Falls Bridge

Take a leap from one of the highest bridge jumps in the world! Set against the backdrop of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and above the raging torrents and misty gorges of the mighty Zambezi River. This activity is a rite of passage every traveler must experience at Victoria Falls. With just four seconds of freefall and 111 meters of pure adrenalin, bungee jumping is consistently ranked as one of the best things to do in Vic Falls.

Make sure you get your jump into the rainbow on camera!

Once you have conquered this maiden jump, you might want to give Bloukrans Bridge in the western cape of South Africa a try. A hair-raising 216 meters high, it’s earned the title of third highest in the world!

Where is it: The Victoria Falls Bridge, between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Best time to go: All year round

Need to know tips: Don’t forget to carry your passport, as the bridge lies between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 

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Victoria Falls high wire activities

The tamest option, the Flying Fox zipline ride, is a good place to start. For this epic cable slide adventure, you are attached to high wire in a face-down position. While hanging about 120 meters above ground, take a scenic slide across the 200 meter-wide gorge.

Alternatively, thrill-seekers can up the speed and distance factor by taking on the world’s longest zipline. The Victoria Falls zipline ride runs 120m above the Batoka Gorge, spanning 425m across the Zambezi. Unlike the Flying Fox, this extreme zipline ride is at an angle so once you let go, you accelerate downhill at speeds of over 100km/h.

For the really brave, the Victoria Falls Gorge Swing is sure to test the limits. On this insane activity, you’re strapped into a harness which is then secured to a rope attached to the middle of a cable that runs across the full width of the gorge. After this, you say a quick prayer and tumble 70m in a free fall off the edge of the gorge. As the rope becomes taught you will start to arc and thankfully swing away from the rocks you were hurtling towards fractions of seconds ago.

Where is it: Victoria Falls high wire activities can be accessed from both sides of the Falls.
Best time to go: Year-round
Need to know tips: Lockers are available, but guests are encouraged to leave valuables at their accommodation.

See a lunar rainbow

While many of the best things to see and do in Victoria Falls can only be done by day, there is one exception. In the evening, when the crowds start to disperse and main attractions are closed, the Victoria Falls rainforest comes alive with lunar rainbows.

These moonbows are Victoria Falls best-kept secret. They only occur during a full moon when enough light is refracted by water particles in the ever-present from the spray of the Falls. While many people who visit Victoria Falls leave without ever knowing this exists, those in the know get to experience the thrill of the Mosi-oa-Tunya at night.

Where is it: The Victoria Falls lunar rainbow can be seen on the Knife Edge Bridge on the Zambian side of the falls.
Best time to go: The lunar rainbow is best seen at times of high water (April to July) when there is sufficient spray to create the moonbow effect. And, is best witnessed in the early hours after moonrise, before the moon rises too high.
Need to know tips: The cost of entry is USD 25 for non-Zambian residents. If you have been in the falls during the day, you still need to pay again to access the falls at night.

 

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Where to go after Victoria Falls?

The fun and adventure don’t have to stop here. Victoria Falls is a great launchpad into other spectacular destinations in both South and East Africa. So, if you don’t want the adventure to end, here is our Victoria Falls travel guide for group tours.

What is the best tour to take from Victoria Falls to Botswana

Botswana is one of the easiest destinations to combine with a trip to Victoria Falls. On this short and sweet 9 Day Victoria Falls, Chobe & Delta Comfort Tour, begin and end in Victoria Falls. On tour you’ll traverse three of Southern Africa’s most iconic destinations while ticking off bucket list wonders such as Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta.

View our Top Tours from Victoria Falls to Botswana

What is the best tour to take from Victoria Falls to Zanzibar

From tropical rainforest to safaris, this 11-day tour from Victoria Falls to Tanzania is a must for thrill-seekers and safari enthusiasts alike. It’s a blink and you’ll miss it adventure where you get to experience Lake Malawi and a handful of adrenaline based activities in Zambia before spying Africa’s iconic wildlife in Tanzania.

View our Top Tours from Victoria Falls to Zanzibar

What is the best tour to take from Victoria Falls to Cape Town

This 21-day tour from Victoria Falls to Cape Town gives you a front-row seat to Southern Africa’s most celebrated highlights. It’s one bucket list experience after the next. Relish the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, climb the world’s highest sand dunes in Namibia, and spot Africa’s most elusive predators in Etosha National Park.

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Facts about Victoria Falls

Size

Victoria Falls is 1708 meters wide and 108 meters high which makes it the largest waterfall in the world. Amazing since its lower than Angel Falls and narrower than Knone Falls. In the wet season over 500 million liters of water drop over the falls every minute.

Status

These Falls are found halfway along the  Zambezi River which is 2574 km long. Victoria Falls is also one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

History

Discovered by David Livingstone in 1855, he named the falls after the British Queen. Although, Victoria Falls has been known by the locals as “Mosi oa-Tunya”, or “The Smoke that Thunders” for many years prior.

Importance

Victoria Falls is a source of energy for both Zimbabwean and Zambian cities. The Falls also support a flourishing tropical forest set in basalt rock set opposite the Falls on the Zimbabwean side.

Currency estimated. Base currency is South African Rand (ZAR)

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    Group Size Max 16
    Starts & Ends Starts: Maun Ends: Victoria Falls
    Countries Botswana, Zimbabwe
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    • Technically a camping tour, it's a combination of camping and accommodation (2 nights in beds and 9 nights in tents) so you will need to bring your own sleeping bag.
    • While you are in the National Parks of Botswana (Moremi and Savuti National Park) you will be in an 7 seater open safari vehicle, the rest of the time you will use the truck which sits high up making it easier for game viewing.

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