VICTORIA FALLS BLOG
Pink champagne sunsets, an abundance of natural beauty and adrenalin-fuelled activities make Victoria Falls, or ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (the ‘smoke that thunders’), a bucket-list worthy experience for South Africans.
Perched on our doorstep at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, daily flights to the new Vic Falls International Airport (on the Zim side) and great discounted flight offers to the Livingstone airport with a short cross border transfer, offers easy access to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The mighty Vic Falls – a Natural Wonder of the World – is the world’s largest sheet of falling water.
Regarded as a year-round destination, the following calendar will help plan your itinerary:
- • April = peak season when the most water is to be seen cascading over the edge
- • For some it is too wet, in which case May – August is recommended
- • November – March = rainy season
The spray from the Falls can rise to over 400 metres and is visible from up to 48km away. Whilst there are more viewpoints on the Zimbabwean side, another popular way to view the Falls is the 13-minute ‘Flight of Angels’ helicopter flight.
Hailed as Africa’s ‘adventure capital’, it’s a tourism hub and there’s something for everyone, both young and old. Adrenalin junkies are spoilt for choice – white river rafting (with rapids called ‘The Devil’s Toilet Bowl’ and ‘The Washing Machine’); a 111-metre bungee jump from Vic Falls Bridge; canoeing and zip lining are just a few of the options. Alternatively, enjoy up-close game viewing, while sipping a G&T, on board a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. Another enjoyable attraction is a bike ride across Vic Falls Bridge and the fabulous elephant encounter at Wild Horizon Elephant Sanctuary.
For nature lovers, a Tour of the falls should be added to your bucket list but the bush is one of the main attraction, with Vic Falls National Park or Zambezi National Park close by.
When it comes to accommodation, there is a wide selection of luxury lodges, hotels and tented camps to choose from. Whether preference is Victoria Falls town itself, making accessibility to the mighty Falls easier; or a quieter location like the banks of the river, or the renowned Batoka gorge where sunrise and sunsets are truly spectacular.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge remains a firm favourite, with its renowned Boma restaurant for an unforgettable dinner experience including local cuisine and drum show. Chundu Island Lodge on the other hand is located on its own private island in the mighty Zambezi river itself. Or, Gorges Lodge built on a raised deck of indigenous hardwood offers extraordinary views over the gorge and into Zambia.
The choice is yours!