A Quick Guide to Visiting the Victoria Falls

The spray of the magnificent Victoria Falls is something that every traveller should have seen and felt for herself. The experience of Mosi-oa-Tunya is awe-inspiring, but completely different for every visitor. It all depends whether on the season, the country and you budget – Find out how you should experience the “Smoke that Thunders”!

Wet or Dry

The waterfall is more impressive during the rainy season; no surprises here. However, the dry season has its benefits as well. Many of the adrenaline activities work better with less spray. Particularly the white-water rafting is only possible when Zambezi is not in full flow.

The Falls are at their strongest from March to May. The spray can be seen from miles away and you will need a rain jacket or an umbrella when visiting the viewpoints.

Zim or Zam

It’s a bit of a seesaw between the Zambian Livingstone and the Zimbabwean Town of Victoria Falls. While Zimbabwe has the better view of the Falls political situation was scared off tourism almost completely. Things are looking better for Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe today, but it is still impossible to give a clear recommendation for either of the towns; they are both worth a visit. The view from Zimbabwe covers 70% of the Falls. However, the Zambian side can get you much closer to the water. Devil’s Pool even allows you to swim in a natural rock pool right on the edge of the waterfall.

The town of Victoria Falls is built closer to the waterfall, but Zambia offer more historical highlight as David Livingstone stood on this side when he discovered the Falls in 1855. You see, there are pros and cons any way you look at it. I suggest you split you holiday between the two towns, if you have the time.

Luxury or Budget

The Victoria Falls can be a luxurious retreat or backpacker’s Mecca, where you can connect with other travellers. Grand establishments like the Victoria Falls Hotel combine sophisticated service and luxurious facilities with awe-inspiring views of one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Cocktail on the Zambezi and blissful sunset cruises allow you to unwind and enjoy African wildlife from a different perspective.

Adrenaline junkies and adventurers will feel right at home at the bustling backpackers. Victoria Falls is a hub for travel in Southern Africa so you will be sure to meet likeminded companions. The offerings of adrenaline fuelled activities and it is your choice whether you want to get wet river rafting, throw yourself off the Victoria Falls Bridge or get airborne on a microlight flight.

Safari Anyone?

Africa is all about wildlife and one of Southern Africa’s most renowned game parks is just around the corner from the Victoria Falls. Why not combine your visit to Mosi-oa-Tunya with a safari at Chobe National Park? Chobe is known for its high concentration of elephants and guarantees an unforgettable wildlife experience.

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The Cape Town based German is a blogger and copywriter, who loves to surf, run, cycle, hike and explore Southern Africa.

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