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Victoria Falls – Doing It Right

Victoria Falls – Mosi-O-Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders, whichever you choose to call this magnificent natural wonder, it’s one for the bucket list. At 1.5 kilometres wide, 100+ meters high and throwing more than 600 million cubic metres of water over at its peak (https://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/largest-waterfall.html), Victoria Falls boasts a jaw-dropping experience. It’s not just a sight – it’s an experience. You can hear the roar, feel the water vapour (in fact you can get completely soaked during peak season!), and witness the shear power of the water being forced over the precipice, projecting magnificent rainbows from all angles.

When to visit?

If you want to see the falls in full force, then you want to visit in March or April, when the water level is at its peak.

Game viewing is in abundance in the dry season, when the animals tend to stick closer to the river and other water sources. The dry season is typically from May to October. However, being so close the to equator, Victoria Falls can be extremely hot from September to October and may restrict your willingness to explore (when instead, you’d prefer to be relaxing with your feet up, binoculars and a delicious sun-downer in hand!)

Bird life is spectacular and at it’s best in the hot, wet months of summer from November to March. So, if it’s a birding safari that you’re after, then pack your binoculars, camera, raincoat and sunscreen to visit the lush and green Victoria Falls during the summer.

The Victoria Falls Carnival offers a different take, and fun way, to spend New Years in Vic Falls. The 3-day festival takes place on the 29th, 30th and 31st of December every year. From a booze cruise on the mighty Zambezi river, catching a party-train to a secret bush location just outside of Vic Falls town centre, to a big festival featuring some of Africa’s most exciting DJs and artists. The line-up changes yearly, so if it is the music that you’re coming for, then be sure to check it out.

Whether the weather weathers your decision on when to travel, or not, here is a little break down…

November-March – Rainy Season

April-October – Dry Season

September-November – Very high temperatures

 

Where to eat?

  • Dean’s Café for breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee and gin tastings. Dean’s is spearheaded by master chef himself, Dean Jones, formerly of Le Quartier Français and the previous Wild Horizons Executive Chef – so rest assured, the food is always scrumptious! If you happen to be in town on a Friday, then we highly recommend booking lunch at this spot. Dean does an exciting Friday chef’s special. Note: booking is required on Friday’s as the café is often at full capacity!
  • The River Brewing Company for craft beers, gin cocktails, lunch and dinner. If you enjoy fine craft beer, then this is definitely the place for you. And if beer isn’t quite up your street, then there is an incredible selection of gin and other cocktails. Still not calling your name? Then try the fusion food at the RBC which we (and other happy customers) think is absolutely incredible!
  • The Three Monkeys for lunch, dinner and drinks right near the train track. If you ♥ Vic Falls (and taking fun selfies for Instagram in hip spots around the world!!), then this is just the place to have a laid back, hearty meal accompanied by a few drinks.
  • The Boma Restaurant for an illustrious “real African” dinner experience. Get involved in a traditional drum show whilst enjoying a delicious evening meal.
  • Dinner Boat Cruise for a more adventurous meal. Enjoy an exquisite dinner whilst lapping up the fresh African air, slowly cruising on the mighty Zambezi River – and if you’re lucky you might spot some wildlife on the banks of the river!
  • The Victoria Falls Hotel for an elaborate meal at this iconic 5 star hotel, where the cocktails and views are next to none.
  • The Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge is where you’ll experience a culinary journey at a top rated restaurant. Centrally located only minutes away from the Victoria Falls, The Palm Restaurant offers a magnificent breakfast buffet, tasty lunches and al-fresco evening dining. With an unmatched menu, comprehensive wine list, the roar of the falls in the background and a star-lit setting, it’s an adventure for the appetite that is not to be missed.

 

What else is there to do?

To answer this question in short – set aside AT LEAST 4 days for your Vic Falls holiday! This is definitely a destination for the more adventurous traveller, though there is something for everyone. We highly recommend taking full advantage of your visit to this magical place and doing as much as possible. Some of our favourite activities include:

  • White water rafting

If you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie, into adventure and sports, then this is the perfect activity for you! Low water season (August-December) offers a full day intense rafting adventure. High water season (May-July & January-March) offers a shorter, but still exciting rafting session. Whichever season you choose to go, you will not be disappointed. It will certainly be an experience that you will remember for the rest of you life!

  • Bungee jump, gorge swing and other high wire activities

Have you ever looked up into the sky and thought that you would love to be able to fly like a bird! Glide through gorges or swoop down over the river; one of these activities is surely for you! The bridge bungee, bridge swing and gorge swing will without a doubt get your heart thumping and provide a thrilling way of taking in the surrounding the scenery. If you’re not feeling up to one of the afore mentioned, but still feeling a little adventurous, then the zip lines offers a more relaxed opportunity for those looking for an exciting and unique view of the gorge, which still guarantees the heart thumping but on a smaller scale!

  • Zambia’s Jet Boat Adventure

If you have a need for speed and desire a bit of adrenaline pumping through your veins, then this is the activity for you! All you have to do is tighten your life vest, hold on and enjoy this thrilling experience.

 

  • Helicopter view of the falls

Take your pick from a 12 minute to 30 minute flight over the magnificent Victoria Falls and its surrounds to get a thorough aerial view of the breath-taking landscape.

  • Zambian microlight flight

The Zambian side offers microlight flights for a more stimulating view of the exquisite curtain of water.

  • Skydiving

Are you keen for an aerial view of Victoria Falls, but want a more heart-thumping experience, then go for a skydive!

  • A dip in Zambia’s Devil’s Pool

Do you feel like being ON the Victoria Falls rather than just having a look at it? You can literally dip in a pool right on the edge of the waterfall. This is an exciting, unique and fun way of quite literally “taking in” the scenery!

  • Game viewing safaris

The wildlife in Victoria Falls and its surrounds is spectacular, so be sure not to miss out on exciting game drives or cruises to witness some of Africa’s big 5 and more!

 

  • Sunset river cruises

Whether you would like to see game or simply relax on the river with some sundowners, this is an incredible way to spend an evening on the mighty Zambezi River.

  • High tea at The Victoria Falls Hotel

A bit of luxury never hurt anyone…Enjoy a high tea with delicious eats and/or cocktails overlooking the gorge and the Victoria Falls Bridge (where those adrenaline junkies will be!!)

  • Live vulture feeding at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Immerse yourself into the “vulture culture” with this exciting educational vulture feeding at 13:00 every day at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Bonus: it’s FREE, but tipping the vulture’s waiter would be appreciated.

  • Crocodile cage diving

How about getting up close and personal to a crocodile in the safety of a cage? And if you’re feeling a bit shaken up after seeing the underbelly of a crocodile above you, then you can always calm your nerves after your experience with one of The River Brewing Company’s craft beers or gin cocktails!

 

Does all of this tickle your fancy? Then CONTACT US NOW to book your dream holiday to Victoria Falls.

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