You will find out where the waterfall is located, from which side it is better to look, what else interesting you can see next to the waterfall, what time the waterfall is the most beautiful, how much time is enough to see everything and much more.EIGHTH wonders OF THE WORLD OR UNESCO HERITAGE
When planning your trip to Africa, you probably want to include a visit to the legendary Victoria Falls. Truly, it is worth it to see 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 here. We have collected for you all the useful information that will help you plan your trip to Victoria Falls in the best way
The picturesque Victoria Falls is located on the territory of 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 full length of this largest waterfall in world, you will need to enter through two entrances in two different countries. Both entrances are located next to the border posts, and a bridge across Victoria Falls connects them.
However, people usually watch Victoria Falls from the side where they stop. Choosing a country to stay is an important decision for various reasons, it is worth noting that 75% of the waterfall territory passes through the territory of 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.
What are the excursions (the most popular, with a bias on safari and nature, with a rustic and cultural flavor, adrenaline, family). Here we give you ideas on how to combine excursions. For convenience, we arranged excursions into categories and increasing, starting with the most popular and gradually expanding the selection. However, in the space of one page it is impossible to accommodate all the excursions, variations of tours and hotels. Therefore, In conclusion, you will find a transition to the full catalog of all excursions, hotels and tours in Zambia and Zimbabwe in the dynamic part of our site.
A great way to add variety to the tour is to go on a one-day safari to one of the most picturesque parks in South Africa, where a huge number of elephants and hippos live. In Botswana, you are offered a combined river and land safari. Take it full day for excursion. You can order such a safari while living at the waterfall from any direction. 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 day trip without an overnight stay. If you want more Botswana below we give tours that include a lot of safaris.
What you should pay attention to 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.
(At Victoria Falls, we don’t 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 booking, and we don’t see the point of duplicating it.)
Zambia . Two hotels are the closest to the 4 * and 5 * falls; for guests, the entrance to the falls is free and unlimited. 5-7 minutes walk to the waterfall.
Zimbabwe . From the hotels to go to the waterfall for about 20 minutes, or if further, then we are going. Entrance Fee $ 30 person per day. A huge selection of hotels for every taste and budget.
Do not like large hotels with a large territory? There is an alternative - lodges and campsites in safari style are 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 comfort and high level service combined with exotic African nature, then you have a great selection of tours to Victoria Falls. Zambia and Zimbabwe have luxury camps, lodges and hotels.
How much time is enough to see everything
If you have a goal to see the waterfall, and tick off - one day and one night will be enough for you. But in addition to walking with an inspection of the waterfall, there are many interesting excursions for every taste. We recommend staying at least 2 nights, and if you go grab a safari, take a walk in the tops of the trees in the rain forest, fish, see how people live in the village, drive a motor boat and shake the trunk of an elephant, feel free to add another night! Thus, two or three nights at a waterfall are minimally optimal.
Large selection of adrenaline and active adventures
Stone Town (Stone Town) heart of the island .
Visit Zanzibar and not visit the Stone City it is the same as arriving in Moscow not to see the Red Square. For many centuries the island was influenced by different cultures, which left a bright imprint on the appearance of the ancient Stone Town (Stown Town). This historic part of the island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once in the heart of the old city, you become a witness of how antiquity and antiquity coexist with the simplicity of everyday life. Here you can call on the way to the airport or stay here for the night. From the beach hotels to the Stone Town go about an hour. From the airport about 20 minutes. If you stop overnight, from 5 * you can consider Park Hyatt Zanzibar or Serena Inn. The first one is more luxurious, the second one with the spirit of history and rooms is simpler. In the evening, you can go to the embankment, where the booming trade in freshly caught seafood. If you need a cheap hotel, then we recommend Tembo Hotel (by the way, one of the buildings of this hotel is in the former house where Fredi Mercury was born).
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.