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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Old Drift Lodge
A new addition to the Zambezi Riverfront, Old Drift Lodge is located in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi National Park only 7km from the town of Victoria Falls bringing both the excitement of the Falls and the tranquillity of the 55 000 hectare wildlife reserve.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).