Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

All To Know About Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is a spectacular waterfall located on the Zambezi River, at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Known locally as “Mosi-oa-Tunya,” which means “The Smoke That Thunders,” Victoria Falls is famed for its immense size and powerful spray, creating a mist that can be seen from miles away. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you make the most of your visit:

Key Features of Victoria Falls

  1. Dimensions: The falls are approximately 1.7 kilometers (1 mile) wide and 108 meters (354 feet) high, making them one of the largest and most significant waterfalls in the world.
  2. The Smoke That Thunders: The mist from the falls can rise over 400 meters (1,300 feet) into the air, visible from 50 kilometers (30 miles) away. This phenomenon is most impressive during the rainy season.
  3. Devil’s Pool: A naturally formed pool at the edge of the falls where, during the dry season, visitors can swim close to the edge with guides.

Best Times to Visit Victoria Falls

  • High Water Season (February to May): The falls are at their most powerful and voluminous. The spray can be intense, often obscuring views but offering a dramatic and awe-inspiring experience.
  • Low Water Season (September to December): The water flow is reduced, making it easier to see the rock formations and swim in Devil’s Pool. This is also the best time for activities like white-water rafting.

Activities at Victoria Falls

  1. Guided Tours: Explore both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides of the falls with knowledgeable guides who provide historical and ecological insights.
  2. Helicopter Flights: Known as the “Flight of Angels,” these tours offer breathtaking aerial views of the falls and the surrounding landscape.
  3. Bungee Jumping: Jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge, 111 meters above the Zambezi River.
  4. White-water Rafting: Experience the rapids of the Zambezi River, considered some of the best in the world.
  5. Sunset Cruises: Enjoy a tranquil cruise on the Zambezi River above the falls, often with opportunities to see wildlife.
  6. Wildlife Safaris: Visit nearby national parks such as Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia and Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe for game drives and wildlife viewing.

Accommodation Options During Victoria Falls Tour

The Victoria Falls Hotel
  • Luxury Lodges: Properties like The Victoria Falls Hotel and Royal Livingstone Hotel offer high-end amenities and stunning views.
  • Mid-range Hotels: Options include Ilala Lodge and Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, providing comfort and good value.
  • Budget Accommodation: Backpacker lodges and budget hotels like Shoestrings Backpackers Lodge cater to travelers on a budget.

Practical Information

  • Visas: Depending on your nationality, you may need visas for Zimbabwe and/or Zambia. Consider a KAZA Univisa, which allows access to both countries.
  • Health: Ensure you have necessary vaccinations and take precautions against malaria.
  • Currency: The US dollar is widely accepted in Zimbabwe, while Zambia uses the Zambian kwacha.

Suggested Possible Victoria Falls Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Sunset Cruise

  • Morning: Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwe) or Livingstone Airport (Zambia).
  • Afternoon: Check into your hotel and relax.
  • Evening: Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

Day 2: Exploring the Falls

  • Morning: Take a guided tour of Victoria Falls.
  • Afternoon: Optional activities such as a helicopter flight or bungee jumping.
  • Evening: Dinner at a local restaurant or your hotel.

Day 3: Adventure and Departure

  • Morning: Visit a local market or take part in an adventurous activity like white-water rafting.
  • Afternoon: Return to your hotel and prepare for your departure.

Conclusion

Victoria Falls offers an unforgettable experience with its breathtaking natural beauty and a wide range of activities. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or simply to marvel at one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders, Victoria Falls has something for everyone. Let us plan your trip carefully to make the most of this incredible destination.

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GENERAL INFORMATION ON A VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI

 
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: All visitors to Zimbabwe must have a valid passport with at least 4 consecutive blanks pages.  Any applicable visa and/or relevant documentation are the responsibility of the traveller.  For further information on Visa requirements visitors are advised to contact their nearest Zimbabwe Embassy or Consulate.
 
LANGUAGE: English
 
TIME: GMT +3
 
VOLTAGE: 220 Volts/AC50Hz. Sockets are UK style, 3 pin square plugs. Power is from the government in the city/major towns and generator with inverter back up in the Safari Lodges and Camps.
 
CURRENCY: Foreign currency must be changed at the Bank, Bureau de Change, and Hotel/Safari lodge/Camp/Resort.   Major Credit Cards, Master card, Visa, American Express, are usually accepted throughout the country.  Where credit cards are accepted, the payment will normally be recorded in US$ regardless of the card’s default currency.
 
CLOTHING: Dress is mainly informal and should be comfortable as well as practical. Something warm should be brought along for early morning and evenings. Safari clothes are available from hotels/lodges/camps.
 
BAGGAGE: Where possible, travel light. Baggage space on safari is limited to medium suitcase or soft bag per person plus reasonable amount of hand luggage. There is 15 Kilogram per person limit on all flights to the wildlife sanctuaries. Excess luggage must be stored in your arrival hotel.
 
WATER: You will find many different of opinion of what is safe and what is not. We recommend for peace of mind, to drink local Bottled Mineral water. It is important to drink plenty of water especially during the hotter months. We would recommend that guests drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water per day to limit the effects of dehydration.
 
HEALTH; East Africa is a safe and secure destination; however, it is a good idea to take a few precautions.  Kindly consult your GP or local doctor at least 6 weeks before you travel, with regards: Malaria prophylactics. East Africa is a known malaria area and preventive measures are essential. You are advised to take one of the recommended anti-malarial drugs.  Be sure to wear long sleeved shorts and trousers after sunset and spray the exposed parts of your body with a mosquito repellent spray Remember to protect yourself from direct sun rays with sunscreen cream or safari hat.
 
DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: For those guests with specific dietary requirement, please ensure we are notified prior to travel
 
GRATUITIES: As a guideline and dependent on how happy you are, we would suggest the following: The General Hotel/Lodge/Camp Staff – Approximately U$ 10.00 per person per day Driver Guides – Approximately US$ 15.00 to US$ 20.00 per person per day.
 
PHOTOGRAPHY: Please be careful when photographing public buildings, airports, bridges, the national flag and people in uniform.  Ensure that you have sought permission before photographing local people and their villages.  If in doubt, please check with your guide.

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