Whether you are travelling to Zimbabwe or Zambia, Victoria Falls is bound to be on your bucket list. This internationally acclaimed World heritage site is listed as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
It’s also considered the Adrenalin Capital of Africa. Be sure to see how it lives up to its name during your African travels.
Victoria Falls spans the breadth of the Zambezi River on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. You can visit the Falls from either side and even both sides without having to fill out too much paperwork, thanks to the KASA visa.
The closest towns to Victoria Falls are Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe.
Nature began working on the Victoria Falls over 150 million years ago. During this time, volcanic activity deposited a thick crust of basalt over the Earth’s surface. As this lava cooled, it began to crack, and these cracks subsequently filled up with clay and lime.
As the Zambezi River made its way across this soft surface, it whittled away at these top layers, resulting in the series of waterfalls that remain today.
Archaeological evidence suggests that the Falls were first discovered by Homo habilis around 3 million years ago. Middle Stone Age tools from about 50 000 years ago, as well as 10 000-year-old late stone age tools, have also been found here.
Eventually, the Khoisan people replaced these early folk and they, in turn, made way for the Batoka people who are still found in the area today.
David Livingstone is credited with discovering this massive spectacle of water on 17th November 1855. However, Nicolas de Fer’s 1715 map of Africa shows the falls in their correct location.
From luxury hotels, such as the Victoria Falls Hotel, to riverside campsites, there are plenty of places to spend a few nights around Victoria Falls.
Some of Africa’s most luxurious hotels overlook this natural wonder, and you’ll also find some caravan parks, B&Bs, condos and self-catering options lining the riverfront or in the nearby towns.
Children are welcome at Victoria Falls and catered for wherever you choose to stay.
The top hotels all have state of the art facilities manned by experienced event coordination teams to service your conferencing needs.
The list of things to do around Victoria Falls goes on and on.
Two national parks border the Zambezi River close to Victoria Falls – the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe.
Morning and afternoon guided game drives, as well as self-drive excursions into these wildlife wonderlands, reveal Big 5 sightings as well as the incredible birdlife which frequents the area.
If it’s adrenaline you’re after, you’re in for an enjoyable time when you visit Victoria Falls. You can try out all the following activities here:
- Bungee jumping
- Whitewater rafting
- Hiking into Batoka Gorge
- Helicopter and aerial flips
- Power Boating
- Swimming in Devil’s Pool
- The Gorge Swing
It’s not all gung-ho when you visit Victoria Falls. There are many activities geared towards the less energetic and not-quite-so-adventurous.
Entertainment for the Less Courageous
Some of the less adrenalin packed activities on offer at Victoria Falls include:
- Sunset boat cruises on the Zambezi
- Tiger fishing
- Wellness treatments at luxury spas
- Trips to see the Big Tree
- Shopping at local curio markets
- Night time hikes to see the lunar rainbow
- Dining on board the Livingstone Express
- Golf at Elephant Hills
Add to that the amazing photographic tours to 15 viewpoints spread across the breadth of the Falls. Children love the snake park and dinosaur park.
In the unlikely event that you tire of spending time in this action-packed destination, you’ll find the following attractions within easy reach for a day trip.
- Trips to Chobe National Park
- Cultural Village visits
Dining at the enigmatic Boma restaurant is a must-do during your stay in Victoria Falls. Here you’ll get to sample local delights and be entertained by traditional tribal dancers while you eat.
International dining is offered at all the hotels in the area, with many of them featuring the added bonus of river views to admire during your meal. There are plenty of restaurants and takeaway diners available in Livingstone and Victoria Falls for meals on the go.
Fauna and Flora
Birds, mammals, reptiles and plants abound in the surrounds of Victoria Falls. You’ll see hippos basking in the depths of the Zambezi almost everywhere.
The area boasts the full complement of Africa’s most desirable species, from tiny antelope across the full spectrum of predators to huge elephants and giraffes. The painted reed frog, Cape clawless otter, and rhino are some of the rare species that call this area home.
In addition, the area is recognized by BirdLife International as an important birding area, and you can look forward to seeing raptors, cuckoos, swallows, warblers, Cape cormorants, African darters and little egrets on the river banks. Further afield, you are bound to see fork-tailed drongos, hornbills and white-browed sparrow weavers.
You will marvel at the magnificent specimens of ancient teak, mopane, baobabs and Brachystegia in this unspoiled environment. The Victoria Falls rainforest boasts an incredible array of tropical vegetation that features 400 species.
When you visit Victoria Falls, you’ll need all the usual items for an African safari. These include:
- Sunglasses, lip balm, moisturizing lotion and sunblock
- Swimming costume and towels
- Comfortable walking shoes
- A torch
- A map and guidebook
- Mosquito repellent and anti-malaria medication
A camera and binoculars are vital to make the most of your trip.
Victoria Falls is easily reached from Livingstone or Victoria Falls. You can fly into either Victoria Falls airport in Zimbabwe or Zambia’s Livingstone airport.
From Victoria Falls Airport:
Depart from the airport along the A8, which leads directly to the Falls.
From Livingstone Airport:
Depart from the airport along Airport Road and turn right onto the T1. Continue along the T1 to Victoria Falls.
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