You will find out where the waterfall is located, which side it is better to look at, what else interesting can you see next to the waterfall, what time the waterfall is the most beautiful, how long is enough to see everything and much more.THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD OR A UNESCO HERITAGE SITE
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Large selection of adrenaline and active adventures
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.
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.