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Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is one of the most remarkable natural wonders of the world, known as the Smoke that Thunders. This breath-taking waterfall was discovered by the great explorer David Livingstone and is now the Adventure Capital of the World.

Victoria Falls Highlights

A two-night stay is recommended for Victoria Falls, in order to give visitors the opportunity to explore the town with its many attractions and activities. Visitors can enjoy exploring in and around Victoria Falls, as well as day-tripping into Zambia and Botswana due to the close proximity.

This plunging curtain of water creates clouds of water vapour that rise high above it, giving it its nickname, the Smoke that Thunders, called Mosi-oa-Tunya in the local language. Visitors can walk along the footpaths and watch as millions of litres of water plummet into the Zambezi River below, however, one does stand the chance of getting soaked at this close range and raincoats are on offer to keep onlookers dry.

The award-winning Boma Restaurant offers a unique African experience where visitors can enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the local people. The traditional thatched boma has an open fire, which gives it its name, Boma. 

Livingstone in Zambia shares the Victoria Falls and has many lovely activities and places to say. 

Sun Safaris Says

Victoria Falls is made of 5 different 'falls', 4 of which are in Zimbabwe: The Devil's Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Horseshoe Falls; while one, The Eastern Cataract, is in the bordering country of Zambia.

Victoria Falls was discovered by noted explorer, Sir David Livingstone, in 1855 after a long trek across Africa. He named it after the then-Queen, Victoria, who visited the Falls in 1947 and stayed in the Victoria Falls Hotel.

The plummeting curtain of water is over 1km wide and plunges to an estimated 110m; however the foot of the Falls is constantly eroding, so they may fall much deeper than that.

There are a number of hotels and lodges, ranging from affordable to luxurious, offering accommodation in the area. Visitors will be kept busy with the interesting historical stories and the adrenaline-filled activities on offer.

 

 

Safari Lodges within Victoria Falls

Matetsi Water Lodge

Matetsi Water Lodge is situated upstream from the Victoria Falls and offers an idyllic setting on the banks of the Zambezi River. Matetsi is luxurious and accommodation is spacious and personal with luxury guest amenities.

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Victoria Falls River Lodge

Victoria Falls River Lodge is the first private game lodge to be set in the Zambezi National Park. This newly built luxury tented lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River – so close to Victoria Falls one can see the spray in the distance.

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Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp is situated only 10 minutes from Victoria Falls in a private wildlife concession within the Victoria Falls National Park. Positioned on a slightly elevated hillock, it has been cleverly designed so that each tent is private and has its own spectacular view.

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Stanley and Livingstone

Elegance and sophistication is what guests can expect at the luxurious Stanley and Livingstone Hotel; offering a magnificent location on 6 000 acres of private African bush. Indulge in romantic bush dinners, culinary cuisine and exciting wildlife activities.

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Imbabala Safari Lodge

Imbabala Safari Lodge offers visitors a unique location with spectacular views over the game rich Zambezi River. Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is famous for their spectacular sunsets and luxurious accommodation.

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Gorges Lodge

Gorges is unlike any other lodge in the world; built on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, some 250 breathtaking metres above the mighty Zambezi. Gorges Lodge is home to an incredible population of raptors, as well as a stunning array of butterflies and wild flora.

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Pioneers Camp

Situated in the Upper Zambezi National Park, in close proximity to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, newly established Pioneers Camp has many things to boast about. Located a short 17 kilometres from Victoria Falls town, guests will gain insight into the historical significance of this site.

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Victoria Falls Safari Club

Victoria Falls Safari Club is situated in the Victoria Falls of Zimbabwe and is located within the premises of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. The safari club offers luxurious accommodation with beautiful views of the bushveld.

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The Kingdom Hotel

The Kingdom Hotel at Victoria Falls is a vibrant friendly hotel offering a hive of entertainment, modern facilities, bars and restaurants as well as one of the finest casinos in Zimbabwe.

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Drifters Inn

Drifters Victoria Falls Inn offers backpackers and budget guests an affordable option in a central location in Victoria Falls town. Accommodation is basic yet comfortable and guests will be sharing bathrooms.

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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offers a magnificent setting situated on a raised hill overlooking a waterhole on the doorstep of the Zambezi National Park. Guests can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the lodge and safari activities and game viewing.

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Ilala Lodge

Ilala Lodge is ideal for small groups or friends traveling together seeking a more private lodge experience rather than a big hotel. Ilala offers comfortable accommodation at an affordable rate offering the closest location to the spectacular Victoria Falls.

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Victoria Falls Hotel

The Victoria Falls Hotel is stylish five star Hotel steeped in history and culture, known as "the grand old lady of the Falls". The experience at Victoria Falls Hotel is of a bygone era and the Edwardian-style architecture enhances the age-old ambience.

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Elephant Hills Hotel

Elephant Hills Hotel lies at the top of a hill outside of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe affording many of the rooms sweeping views of the Zambezi River across to Zambia.

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Cliff Top Lodge

At the Victoria Falls Cliff Top Lodge, guests will be surrounded by the pristine and beautiful scenery of Zimbabwe, with views overlooking the wondrous Zambezi Gorge. Situated 25 km from the town centre and airport (daily shuttles into the town centre available).

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Old Ursula Camp

Old Ursula is a satellite camp of the world-renowned Stanley and Livingstone Hotel and set within the game-rich Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve in Zimbabwe, just 10-minutes away from the Falls themselves. The only Big Five game viewing in the area.

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A'Zambezi River Lodge

A’Zambezi River Lodge is located in the renowned Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The retreat perfectly nestles on the banks of the Zambezi River, within the Zambezi National Park.

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Zambezi Sands River Camp

A traditional tented luxury safari camp, Zambezi Sands is situated on the banks fo the Zambezi River. Each Bedouin tent is raised to maximize the river view and the ever changing vista.

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Victoria Falls on display

Victoria Falls Game Viewing and Activities

Initially, Zimbabwe was considered the best place side from which to view the Falls; however, nowadays, visitors can view the Falls from the Zambian side for a different perspective. The Victoria Falls National Park and the Zambezi National Park cover an area of about 56 000 hectares and shares part of its border with the Zambezi River, which also separates Zimbabwe from Zambia.

The Game Park is home to the Big 5, as well as a number of antelope and smaller species, which provide a nearby and interesting safari opportunity for interested guests not willing to travel into Botswana for a safari in Chobe National Park (which is also nearby). Victoria Falls is ideally located between a number of excellent safari parks, making it the perfect turning point for a safari.

Activities in Victoria Falls town include Bungee jumping, white water rafting, helicopter trips over the falls, sunset cruises along the Zambezi River, canoeing, bridge swings, jet boats, skydiving and micro-lighting.

 

Victoria Falls Seasons and Climate

Victoria Falls flows all year round and there will not be a time when visitors miss it, but there are certain times of the year when the Zambezi River is fuller and there is a higher volume of water plummeting to the depths.

Just after the summer rains, the river is at its fullest and the Victoria Falls floods, making it even more monstrous than usual. This is the period from February to May.

The months following the very dry, winter season are when the river is least full and the Falls on the Zambian side may have dried up, in which case one should visit Zimbabwe at this time (October and November). It is very hot this time of year and temperatures remain high even into the night.

Possibly the best time to visit Victoria Falls is during winter (June to August), when the Chobe River plays host to a variety of wildlife. This dry season means that animals flock to the river and make for great game viewing, while witnessing the Falls at this time is also spectacular.

Top Destinations

Ilala Lodge is a very well-priced boutique hotel located within walking distance of the Victoria Falls. Wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is set high on a natural plateau, and borders the Zambezi National Park and is just 4km from the thundering Victoria Falls. The lodge offers outstanding accommodation and hospitality together with an authentic wildlife experience.

Imbalala Safari Lodge has 14km of exclusive Zambezi river frontage on a large private concession. The lodge offers a true wilderness experience, with some of the best game viewing and bird watching in Zimbabwe.

Elephant Camp is located about 10km from Victoria Falls town, inside Vic Falls National Park. Guests can enjoy a peaceful safari experience, yet remain close enough to town to enjoy all the other activities on offer.

How to Get There

Victoria Falls is one of Africa's most sought-after destinations, and it enjoys its status as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. As majestic as it is itself, it is also conveniently located at a safari hotspot, making a trip to Victoria Falls an all-round great idea.

Sun Safaris agents will arrange for their guests to fly to Victoria Falls International Airport, from where they will have an arranged pick-up or road transfer to their hotel or lodge. Alternatively, guests might like the freedom of having their own vehicle in which case Sun Safaris will arrange to hire a car at Victoria Falls Airport.

Victoria Falls National Park is on the Zimbabwean side of the Falls and offers some extraordinary wildlife experiences. Guests can go in a number of directions from here, such as Botswana's Chobe National Park, or take a cruise up the Zambezi. Alternatively, enjoy where you are and partake in the range of adventure activities at the Falls itself.

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