Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia
Victoria Falls is one of the seven satural wonders of the world and is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world.
The Victoria Falls is known as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Victoria Falls straddles the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and span some 1.700 meters across that making it the most massive curtain of water in the world. The water drops about 100 meters over a sheet of basalt rock rumbling and crashing like thunder into the Zambezi Gorge below. With 350 feet tall, this massive Victoria Falls has been drawing tourists attention more than a century. Known as the Adventure Centre of South Africa, Victoria Falls has created a fabulous playground for lovers of a beauty, and thrill seekers. It creates a vast cloud of mist that can reach 400 meters high and be seen from 40 kilometers away. The continuous spray of the water creates a rainforest ecosystem and a nature sanctuary rich of flora and fauna. Nature is one of the top things to do in Victoria Falls.
Seasons and Victoria Falls holidays
Victoria Falls has designated by UNESCO as the World Heritage Site and the surrounding area has been declared as National Parks. You can enjoy the spectacular Victoria Falls throughout most of the year. The highest water is from February to mid-July. The rainfall is thundering over the edge and creating a thick cloud of mist. You must prepare to get drenched when viewing the falls. Water sports at Zambezi river is forbidden during this time because the river becomes unsafe. Otherwise, you can enjoy a scenic helicopter and microlight flight over the falls. Low water season is from July to end January. In this time tourists can see the geological formation of the falls. This time is also the best for doing water sports such as river rafting and river boarding.
Earlier, we have mentioned helicopter ride, microlight flights, river rafting, and river boarding down the Zambezi river. There are plenty of adventure activities you can do during your time in Victoria Falls. The surrounding area of Victoria Falls has become an adventure sports mecca in Southern Africa. You can take canoeing safaris on the Zambezi River, bungee jumping (111 meters drop), sunset cruises, jet boating, and many more.
Victoria Falls town lies on the southern Zambezi River bank at the eastern end of the Victoria Falls themselves. Victoria Falls airport is eighteen km south of the town and has international flights to Namibia and Johannesburg.
Livingstone is a historical colonial city and visitor center for Victoria Falls lying ten kilometers on the Zambezi River, and a border town with road and rail links to Zimbabwe on the other side of the Falls.
The Airport has international flights for Victoria Falls Safari Lodge packages to Johannesburg and Lusaka.
You can also take a tour to Livingstone and Victoria Falls town or day safaris to Chobe National Park in Botswana and Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
Here we highlight some of the top things to do in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
National parks – Get closer to the falls
Both sides of the Victoria Falls are Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia.
Open to visitors all through the year, the Victoria Falls National Park in the north-western Zimbabwe saves the east and south bank of the Zambezi River. It covers 23.4 km extending from the bigger Zambezi National park about six km above the falls to about twelve km below the falls.
Mosi-oa-Tunya national park in Zambia is an UNESCO World Heritage place and is twinned to the Victoria Falls National Park on the Zimbabwean side. The park covers 65 km from below the falls in a north-west arc along approximately 20 km of the Zambian river bank.
These two parks give you the chance to get closer to the thundering water. You can find different experience according to the which side border you are on. The view of the falls entirely different depending on the time you’re visiting. Around the April or May, Zambezi is at peak flow. You can see five separate sections are roaring. The five parts of falls are The Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. However, around November which is the height of the dry season, some of them dry up. In Zambia, you can cross the Knife-Edge Bridge which leads to a place like an island in the sky covered by rainforest. When you are going to the rainforest which on each side of Victoria Falls, make sure to bring a poncho and take care of your camera/phone. The mist of the falls can get you wet. Add this to your list of top things to do in Victoria Falls and you won’t regret it.
If extreme activities is your thing, consider to add Bungee Jumping in your activities in Victoria Falls list. The Victoria Falls bungee jumping is one of the most popular activities you can do there. You can do bungee jumping over the Zambezi from the Victoria Falls Bridge on the Zambia side or do a gorge swing into one of the Zambezi gorges (Zimbabwe side). You can get your adrenaline pumping while doing one of them or maybe both. The bungee jumping is most popular in Victoria Falls. You will gain experience of falling from a height of 111 meters. The gorge swing maybe looks scary, but it’s worth to try. The gorge swing can bring you a new and different experience of adrenaline activity, and the cost is cheaper than bungee jumping.
Helicopter rides and microlights
Visiting the falls during the peak flow can be fun. You can fly over the falls with the helicopter and see the water splashing around. Flying with the aircraft when the peak flow is pretty cool but you won’t always get a clear view because of the roiling mist. The second option hovers over the falls with microlight. Microlight is a hang-glider with a small motor attached. You’ll sit behind the pilot, and there are no windows or anything between you and the open air. With microlight, you can see Victoria Falls from a better angle. If you want to see the better views of Victoria Falls, helicopter rides are definitely one of the top things to do in Victoria Falls you would like to remember.