ALL ABOUT VICTORIA WATERFALL

When planning your trip to Africa, you will definitely want to include a visit to the legendary Victoria Falls. Truly, it is worth seeing it with your own eyes - no words and photographs can convey its grandiose beauty and magic. This unique place energizes, relieves any tension and negativity and gives an unforgettable experience to anyone who visits it. We have collected for you all the useful information that will allow you to best plan your tour to Victoria Falls

Which side is it better to look at

The picturesque Victoria Falls is located in the Victoria Falls National Park (from the Zimbabwe side) and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (from the Zambia side), which means that in order to see the entire length of this largest waterfall in world, you will need to enter through two entrances in two different countries. Both entrances are located near the border posts, and a bridge over Victoria Falls connects them.
However, people tend to view Victoria Falls from where they stop. The choice of a country to live in is an important decision for various reasons, it is worth noting that 75% of the waterfall's territory lies in Zimbabwe and 25% in Zambia. Each side has its own advantages.

For example, from the Zambian side you can get closer to the waterfall, you can see spherical rainbows, and there is also a suspension bridge right at the edge of the gorge.

Тур в стиле Stanley & Livingstone "Две стороны водопада"
4 Days
  • Zambia - Zimbabwe
  • Livingstone - Victoria Falls

В тур входит: - 1 ночь проживание в Royal Livingstone Hotel, Замбия, питание завтрак - 2 ночи проживание в Stanley and Livingstone Hotel, Зимбабве, питание завтрак - осмотр водопада с 2-х сторон - полет на вертолете - круиз по Замбези - сафари на носорога с ужином на природе - трансферы аэропорт-отель-аэропорт Если хочется еще наполнить тур, можно взять: - экскурсия на остров Ливингстона, Купель Дьявола - ужин в ретро-поезде...

For those living in a number of hotels in Zambia (see the overview of hotels below), the entrance to the falls is free.
But in dry months, when the water level in the river falls, it is better to look at the waterfall from the Zimbabwe side, since it practically dries up and there is little left from the Zambian side.
By and large, the waterfall is impressive both here and there, if you do not have time to view the waterfall from two sides, choose the side where it is more convenient to fly, where excursions are more interesting for you and where you like the hotel more.
Besides viewing the waterfall from different angles, there are other ways to see the waterfall, for example:
- from Livingston Island,
- from above by helicopter or micro-bark,
- from below on white water rafting or on a jet boat (both seasonal),
and you can also catch a glimpse of a small part of the falls as you cross the Victoria Falls Bridge.

Where is the waterfall, how to get to it


Planes fly here from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kruger Park, Nairobi, Windhoek and Addis Ababa. Therefore, it is easy to combine it with visiting several countries.

The closest airports to the waterfall are:
- from the side of Zimbabwe in Victoria Falls,
- from the Zambian side in the city of Livingstone.

What else can you see next to the waterfall

What are the excursions (the most popular, with a focus on safari and nature, with a tree and cultural flavor, adrenaline, family). Here we give you ideas on how you can combine excursions. For convenience, we have arranged excursions by category and in ascending order, starting with the most popular and gradually expanding the selection. However, it is impossible to accommodate all excursions, tours and hotels variations on one page. Therefore, In conclusion, you will find a transition to the complete catalog of all excursions, hotels and tours in Zambia and Zimbabwe in the dynamic part of our website.

Flights over Victoria Falls

One of the best ways to appreciate the full scale of a waterfall is to rise above it into the sky. This can be done by helicopter from both Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Zambezi Cruises

Scenic excursions, held at sunset, there are options with lunch or dinner on the ship. The ship can be chosen, from standard economy to luxury. Such excursions can be booked in Zambia and Zimbabwe

Livingston Island

One of the iconic excursions at the waterfall, conducted only from the side of Zambia. The peculiarity of this tour is the opportunity to swim in the "devil's font" - a natural pool at the edge of the waterfall. The number of guests on the island is limited. The tour takes place 4 times a day.

Livingstone Island High Tea - Zambia
  • Zambia Livingstone

Livingstone Island is a 5-8 minutes boat ride from the Royal Livingstone Hotel and is located in the middle of the Zambezi River, touching the lip of the Victoria Falls, where the water thunders down the 103m drop. Access to this unique Island is seasonal and depends entirely on the water level in the Zambezi River. All visits to the island are during the ‘low water’ season, which usually begins in mid July and goes through...

Safari in Chobe, Botswana

A great way to add variety to your tour is to go on a one-day safari to one of South Africa's most scenic parks, home to a huge number of elephants and hippos. In Botswana, you are offered a combined river and land safari. Take a full day for excursion. You can order such a safari while living at the waterfall from either side. If time permits, you can add a safari in Chobe Park for 2 nights with an overnight stay in a colorful lodge, so you will see more animals. But in this section, we focus on the waterfall, so here we give a one-day excursion without an overnight stay. If you want more Botswana, below are the tours that include many safaris.

Chobe Day Trip
  • Zambia Livingstone

A full day Safari package comprising a Cruise on the Chobe River and a Game Drive in the world famous Chobe National Park. Only an hour’s drive from Livingstone, the Chobe National Park in Botswana is home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa. Bordered by the banks of the breath-taking Chobe River, it is famous for its rich elephant and lion population. The tour departs daily from guest's hotel or lodge...

Dinner in The Boma Restaurant
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

THE BOMA – PLACE OF EATING This is not just another ethnic restaurant, but a unique cultural experience. Excellent cuisine, including a variety of game meats and traditional Zimbabwean dishes, is accompanied by entertainment throughout your meal from traditional dancers, the Sangoma (story teller) and a local fortune teller who is available for fortune telling. The Boma is open for dinner from 7.00pm until late 365 days of the year. Guests are welcomed with a traditional greeting in Shona and Ndebele, the local languages. They are invited to take part in a hand washing ceremony before sampling traditional beer and snacks, as a prelude to dinner. Excludes Parks River Usage Fee which is currently US$10.00/person


What to look for when choosing hotels

When choosing a hotel, we are guided by the following principles:
1. A hotel is not just a room where you can sleep - it is a space that can convey the flavor and atmosphere of the place for which you arrived.
2. We offer only those hotels with which we have direct contracts, which means favorable prices.
3. We work only with those hotels that are conveniently located and have their own "chip" or corporate identity.

(PS At Victoria Falls, we do not work with faceless city hotels on the outskirts or in the business centers of Vic Falls or Livingston, where their only advantage is cheapness. There are many such hotels on the booking, and we see no reason to duplicate it.) < br /> Zambia . Two hotels closest to the waterfall 4 * and 5 *, for guests the entrance to the waterfall is free and unlimited. 5-7 minutes walk to the waterfall.
Zimbabwe . It takes about 20 minutes to walk from the hotels to the waterfall, or if further, we are already driving. Entrance fee $ 30 person per day. Huge selection of hotels for every taste and budget.

Don't like corpus hotels with a large territory? There is an alternative - safari-style lodges and camps close to nature and further from the crowd. For example Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and others, see other hotels and prices below in the section of excursions and tours.
Suite, VIP, Premium. If you prefer high-level comfort and service combined with exotic African nature - then you have an excellent choice of tours at Victoria Falls. Zambia and Zimbabwe have luxury camps, lodges and hotels.

Victoria Falls Popular Tours

Тур на водопад Виктория, Зимбабве
3 Days
  • Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls

В стоимость входит: - 2 ночи проживание в отеле Shearwaters Village, standard room, питание завтраки - трансфер аэропорт-отель-аэропорт -...

Тур на водопад Виктория и экспресс сафари в Чобе пакре
3 Days
  • Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls

В тур включено: - 2 ночи проживание в отеле Kingdom Hotel, питание завтрак - трансфер аэропорт-отель-аэропорт - сафари в Чобе парке Дополнительные...

Zambezi Classic Package
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

Highlights: a Tour of Victoria Falls + Two course lunch at The Lookout Café & A Sunset Cruise. Tour of the Falls: The 150 million year old waterfall is a truly awe-inspiring experience, affecting each and every one of our senses. The tour is conducted in the morning and the afternoon. En route clients may be taken past the ‘Big ‘Tree’...

Victoria Falls Tour
3 Days
  • Zambia
  • Livingstone

В тур включено: - 2 ночи проживание в отеле Avani Victoria Falls, питание завтрак - трансферы аэропорт-отель-аэропорт - экскурсия на...

Тур на водопад Виктория, люкс, Замбия
3 Days
  • Zambia - Zimbabwe
  • Livingstone - Victoria Falls

В тур включено: - 2 ночи проживание в отеле Royal Livingstone, питание завтрак - трансферы аэропорт-отель-аэропорт - круиз по Замбези...

If you want to be closer to nature, add more safari to the program

Fishing Half Day - Zambia
  • Zambia Livingstone

The Zambezi is famous for one of the great freshwater game fish - The Tigerfish. Powerful, swift predators, Tigerfish are a thrill...

Big Five Game Drive -morning and afternoon Rhino Search
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

During the drive guests may see the ‘Big 5’ along with a great variety of antelope and exceptional birdlife. Open four-wheel drive...

Cruise - River Safari (AM) - Zambia
  • Zambia Livingstone

Victoria Falls River Safaris offers you an excellent, personalized and environmentally friendly upper river safari experience. The...

Safari Pass – Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

The Safari Pass Package offers travelers a discount when combining at Chobe Day Trip with one of the following activities: White Water...

Jetboat & Lunch with the Elephants at Elephant Cafe
  • Zambia Livingstone

The Elephant Café is built on a wooden deck on the Zambezi River, a 30-minute boat ride upriver from Victoria Falls. It sits in a place...

What time is the most beautiful waterfall

  • From April to September, the waterfall is gorgeous from both sides.
  • From July 1st to October 31st, many hotels have high season rates.
  • In November, the water level in the river decreases - this is the driest period.
  • In December - March, it rains and the waterfall thunders in full force, raising tons of suspended water into the air, which sometimes makes it difficult to view. Prices this season are the lowest prices (excluding New Year holidays).

Тур на водопад Виктория, африканский колорит и сафари в Чобе парке
4 Days
  • Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls

В тур включено: - 3 ночи проживание в отеле Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, питание завтрак - трансферы аэропорт-отель-аэропорт - бесплатный шатл на водопад Виктория и в город (самостоятельный осмотр водопада) - сафари в Чобе парке (речное...

Тур на водопад Виктория и сафари в Imbalala Zambezi Safari Lodge
4 Days
  • Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls

Included: - 3 nights accommodation at Imbalala Lodge on full board basis, local drinks - all transfers - Victoria Falls visit - Full day Chobe National Park (river safari, lunch and game drive) - morning and afternoon safari in Zambezi NP (private concession) - morning and afternoon river safari

Unusual excursions for an amateur

Elephant Art Safari
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

The Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Art of Africa have teamed up to create an eco conscious and unique elephant experience, brought to life by the artistic strokes of your fingertips, while surrounded by the African bush. Guests will learn about the elephant as well as their history and how they came to be in our care as well as the threats facing elephant populations today, in an interesting and informative talk. Guests then venture down to a waterhole and mud wallow where, under the shade of an enormous Mopane tree, they will find a chair and easel – each set up with a fresh sheet of paper. Brightly coloured aprons and palettes with bright splotches of paint will also be handed out. A private tutor is provided to guide guests through a painting workshop, using their sketch pads and brush to capture the moment. Soon guests’ white sheets of paper will be transformed into a canvas with a glorious blue sky, sunshine, yellow, brown or green grass and of course elephants. Once finished, guests will go back to “The Wallow” for a delicious two course buffet lunch accompanied by a cold beverage rounding off a perfect morning’s experience. After lunch guests will be transferred back to their lodgings in Victoria Falls Town. *Excludes Conservation Levy of $10.00pp

Horse Riding
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

Canter through open bush, explore hidden paths & roam through wilderness areas on a Victoria Falls. Surrounded by National Park and Game area Victoria Falls allows access to rugged and varied riding country, providing a superb wilderness experience for all levels of rider. You may track elephant, buffalo and other game to the shady banks of the Zambezi River, or ride within feet of shy impala or kudu. Even a short novice ride provides amazing potential safari encounters and one of the best ways to view wild game in Victoria Falls. Qualified, licensed guides lead all rides and are accompanied by a back up rider. *Excludes Park Entry Fee which is currently US$15.00

Upper Zambezi Canoe Safari, Vic Falls
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

On these trips guests paddle their own canoes, following their qualified Canoe Guide as he leads the way. Clients are collected at approximately 7.00 am. Clients take short game drive in an open vehicle into the Zambezi National Park perhaps seeing some game on the way. A continental breakfast is served and the guide will give a thorough safety briefing, which will cover: safety conditions of the river, rapids, canoeing instruction, and general information. You will be asked to sign an indemnity form. The time is spent canoeing (18kms) downstream, running small grade one and two rapids, exploring channels and bird and game viewing. A picnic lunch is served on the mainland or an island. Cold soft-drinks, mineral water and beers are served at the take out point at the end of the trip and clients are back in Victoria Falls by about 2.00 pm. Routes taken on this trip can vary due to logistical, road and weather conditions

Village Tour - Meet the people
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

Clients are taken to an authentic rural village approximately 20km from Victoria Falls town where they are given the opportunity to watch local villagers going about their daily tasks. The tour enables the client to see rural life first hand; visiting rural homes, watching their fields being tended and possibly getting the chance to help in some of the day-to-day chores. Meet the village chief and learn about the way of life from him.

Full Moon Tour of Victoria Falls
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

Full Moon Tour of Victoria Falls: Zimbabwe. The lunar rainbow is a spectacular event seen only at full moon. On the Full Moon Tour of Victoria Falls you may see lunar rainbows. Also known as “moonbows”, are rainbows that take place at night, when a rainbow is seen in the light of the moon. Victoria Falls is one of a very limited number of sites around the world, which are known for the occurrence of ‘moonbows’. The Lunar rainbow tour is conducted over a period of 3 days, during full moon at the Victoria Falls. The tour is conducted as a group tour for safety reasons, with National parks guides at the front and the back of the group. Raincoats are provided when needed. Excludes Park Entry Fee (Rainforest) which is currently US$40.00


How long is enough to see everything

If your goal is to see a waterfall, and put a tick - one day and one night is enough for you. But in addition to walking around the waterfall, there are many interesting excursions for every taste. We recommend staying at least 2 nights, and if you are going to take a safari, walk in the rain forest through the treetops, fish, see how people live in the village, drive a motor boat and shake the elephant's trunk, feel free to add one more night! Thus, two or three nights at the waterfall are minimally optimal.

Do you like to spend leisure time actively?

Large selection of adrenaline and active adventures

Canopy Tours Vic Falls
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls Canopy Tour offers fantastic views of Zambezi rapids, Victoria Falls Bridge & the spray of the Falls. Observe the riverine forest from a variety of different vantage points – from above, below and within the canopy itself. The Victoria Falls Canopy Tour offers a network of slides, trails and rope bridge walkways within the canopy of the hardwood forest of the Zambezi gorges. This experience is suitable for adventure seekers of all ages including families and groups. The Canopy Tour is family fun with a unique birds-eye view of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Canopy Tour consists of nine slides, varying in length and one cable bridge walkway. The longest slide is about 85 metres long and the shortest 40 metres in length. Our friendly and experienced staff will give you a detailed safety briefing before the canopy tour, taking you step by step through your upcoming adventure. There are two guides on each tour, and the activity lasts for between two to two and a half hours. Excludes Park Entry Fee which is currently US$3.00

Bungee Jumping at Victoria Falls
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

With the Falls behind you and the river rushing below the Victoria Falls Bridge this is certainly no ordinary bungi jump. At 111 metres it is also one of the highest jumps in the world and the adrenaline rush is as wild as the river itself. Including the walk the entire experience takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The minimum age is 14 years, with a minimum weight of 40 KGs and a maximum weight of 140 kgs. *Excludes Return Transfers - please book transfers to/from Vic Falls Bridge if needed

Adventure Jet Boat
  • Zimbabwe Victoria Falls

Ready to feel the adrenaline coursing through you while our Adventure Jet Boat captains plot a course through the Zambezi? This sentence doesn’t make sense, have suggested a change. Our 465 horsepower, specially-made Adventure Jetboats will take you up the rapids and right under the Falls into the Boiling Pot. The true power and intensity of the Falls can only be felt as you view them from below, covered in their spray. After leaving the Boiling Pot, it’s time for a fast-paced thrill ride, up and down the rapids as you speed through the Batoka Gorge. Because safety comes first, our Jetboat was purpose-built for the Zambezi and our captains have been specially trained. They’ll make sure you have the experience of a lifetime and then they’ll get you home safely.

Тур на водопад "Необычные встречи"
3 Days
  • Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls

В тур входит: - 2 ночи проживание в отеле Shearwater Village, питание завтрак - экскурсия на водопад - сафари на каноэ по Замбези -...

Тур на Водопад Виктория "Активный отдых"
4 Days
  • Zambia - Zimbabwe
  • Livingstone - Victoria Falls

В тур входит: - 3 ночи проживание Shearwater Village, питание завтраки - экскурсия на водопад Виктория - тур на велосипедах по окрестностям...

Тур на водопад Виктория "Лунный бриз"
3 Days
  • Zambia
  • Livingstone

В тур входит: - 2 ночи проживание в отеле Avani Victoria Falls, питание завтраки - свободный доступ на водопад - по желанию (если подходит...

Luxury Waterfall Trip

If you prefer comfort and high level service combined with exotic African nature, then you have a great selection of tours at Victoria Falls. Zambia and Zimbabwe have luxury camps, lodges and hotels to suit all tastes.
For lovers of Victorian romance, the Victoria Falls Hotel is a good option, as well as a trip on the Rovos retro train.
If you like elegant style and polish - Royal Livingstone Hotel is your place

Тур на водопад Виктория "Колониальная роскошь"
3 Days
  • Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls

В тур входит: - 2 ночи проживание в историческом отеле Victoria Falls Hotel, питание завтрак - круиз по Замбези на закате - экскурсия на водопад Виктория - по желанию полет на вертолете - трансферы аэропорт-отель-аэропорт

Путешествие на поезде Rovos на Водопад Виктория
4 Days
  • South Africa - Zimbabwe
  • Rovos Rail - Victoria Falls

Это небольшое 4х-дневное путешествие начинается с отправления поезда от роскошной станции Rovos Rail в Претории. Сначала "Гордость Африки" направится на юг, прямиком к Йоханнесбургу и золотым приискам Witwatersrand, а затем на запад,...


If you like to be closer to nature and away from people - there are several options for you at once

In Zimbabwe, we offer Old Drift Lodge - a new lodge on the banks of the Zambezi, Stanley and Livingstone or the Matetsi private reserve. In Zambia, the classic Toka Leya camp.

Тур на водопад Виктория "Ближе к природе"
3 Days
  • Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls

В тур входит: - 2 ночи проживание в делюкс лодже Old Drift Lodge, питание все включено - эксклюзивные речные сафари от лоджа - тур...

Тур на водопад Виктория в стиле Stanley & Livingstone
3 Days
  • Zimbabwe
  • Victoria Falls

В тур входит: - 2 ночи проживание в Stanley and Livingstone Boutique Hotel, питание завтрак - круиз по Замбези на закате - экскурсия...

Matetsi Victoria Falls located just 40 km from Victoria Falls and offers the highest level safari


This is a real oasis where you can relax and explore nature. First-class services are complemented by the natural wonders that surround the hotel on all sides. Guests, accompanied by experienced conservation guides, are invited to explore the 550 km2 of unspoiled Matetsi Wildlife Sanctuary on foot, by car and by boat. The wild nature of these places will delight you

Visas Russian citizens can get visas in Zambia and Zambabwe by nailing on the border. The cost of a single visa in Zimbabwe is 30 dollars, Zambia 40 dollars. You can get a KAZA visa - multiple for both countries, the cost is 100 dollars. (It’s convenient when visiting Botswana, when you get several entries, but only without spending the night, otherwise KAZA visa is extinguished. By the way, Russian citizens do not need a visa for Bostvan).


Vaccinations To visit Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bostvan, South Africa no vaccinations are required. Recommended character is the yellow fever vaccine (it works for life). For some areas, malaria prophylaxis (repellents and / or tablets) is recommended. In all tourist places, hotels and lodges, the territory and rooms are treated from mosquitoes. In general, these countries are favorable in terms of health and climate.

Security Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bostvan, South Africa - countries safe for organized travel. Locals are friendly and hospitable.


Language English is spoken everywhere.


Money Almost everywhere cards are accepted, and dollars and rands; it’s good to have small dollar bills for tips.


Communication In almost all hotels in the area of ​​the waterfall for guests there is free wifi.

All material prepared by Elena Pozdnyakova

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