Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
"Mosi-oa-Tanya" The Smoke That Thunders...
Africa's undisputed "Adventure Capital", a World Heritage Site, a Natural Wonder of the World, the longest curtain of falling water on the planet and one of the top destinations in Southern Africa to visit.
1 708 metres long and with an average height of 105 metres, this is one spectacular waterfall of note. Most people's goal is to catch the Zambezi River and the Falls in full flood, times when this occurs is listed below.
Victoria Falls Facts
- Size: 1.7km
- When to visit: year-round
- Altitude: 885 metres above sea level
- Accommodation: Lodges In Victoria Falls
- Activities: Victoria Falls Activities
Where is Victoria Falls located?
Victoria Falls (at actual Falls themselves) is located on the Zambezi River in the north-west corner of Zimbabwe or the south-west corner of Zambia, with the Zambezi River being the border between the two nations.
The Zimbabwean town of Victoria Falls is located right next to the Falls. To walk between the Falls and the town will take not more than 5 minutes and the distance between the two is around- 250 metres.
As always, please have a look-see at these two maps to get an idea of the location of both Victoria Falls, the town and the Falls;
- The Falls: Google Maps - Victoria Falls Zimbabwe (the Falls)
- The Town: Google Maps - Victoria Falls Zimbabwe (the Town)
Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls?
Peak flood season is around the end of March and April; it is around these dates where one can witness the full power and glory of the Falls. During this time, it is best to see the Falls from a helicopter as there is so much spray created on the ground that one will not see much from many of the viewing points.
The Falls at their lowest flow point is around November to December; this is a great time to view and photograph the impressive cliffs that form the Falls and the best time to access 'Devils Pool' (from the Zambian side).
Handy tip; during peak flow, do not take your camera when viewing the Falls on foot. Cameras and water do not like each other, rather take a cell phone and photograph the Falls that way as most cell phones these days are waterproof.
Information On Victoria Falls
One of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls, with millions of litres of river water cascading over sheer cliffs into narrow Batoka Gorge below. When in full flow, the spray created by the Falls can be seen 70 kilometres away.
The viewing area near the Zimbabwe border post offers visitors numerous viewpoints that are reached by paths through the rainforest. This walk is a must when in town and can either be guided or meander the paths by oneself. The choice is yours.
Numerous adventure and easy-going activities are on offer and can be booked at any stage of one's visit to the Falls. A host of safari activities is also on offer, ranging from game drives, night drives, horseback options, and elephant experiences.
For a night out on the town, there are numerous bars, night clubs, restaurants and dining options, as well as a casino or two.
Main Attractions Of Victoria falls
- The Upper Zambezi (The Zambezi River above the Falls);
- More relaxed and easy-going activities are on offer, including; sunset and dinner cruises, canoeing excursions, fishing and birding.
- The area around the bridge;
- This is where the adventure activities start, with bungee jumping, ziplining, and the fly fox on offer.
- On the Zambezi River but in the Batoka Gorge;
- White water rafting, kayaking and bodyboarding options for the real adventure seekers out there.
- Above the Falls;
- These are the best options for photography; microlight, helicopter and ballooning options are available.