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.
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.
November-March – Rainy Season
April-October – Dry Season
September-November – Very high temperatures
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:
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!
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!
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.
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.
The Zambian side offers microlight flights for a more stimulating view of the exquisite curtain of water.
Are you keen for an aerial view of Victoria Falls, but want a more heart-thumping experience, then go for a skydive!
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!
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!
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.
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!!)
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.
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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