The Victoria Falls

In the heart of Southern Africa the mighty Zambezi River plummets into a gaping abyss creating one of the world’s most impressive natural features. The 1708 m wide and 108 Victoria Falls are the largest sheet of falling water, a World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Now one of Africa’s major tourism hubs, Vic Falls offers an incredible variety of adrenaline fuelled activities, wildlife encounters and scenic flights and cruises. However the main attraction is still a waterfall so powerful, that the spray will drench you in seconds.

The falls lie on the border of two countries and can be accessed from either the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Livingstone in Zambia. Due to better views of the waterfalls Zimbabwe was traditionally the popular choice, but the delicate political situation in Zimbabwe gave the Zambian town of Livingstone some serious momentum. As it is now both towns offer visitors a unique experience. While the town of Victoria Falls offers more viewpoints exposing 70% of the water, Livingstone offer some of the most exclusive hotels and restaurants as well as access to Livingstone Island and Devil’s Pool.

Vic Falls Facts

  • The Victoria Falls are neither the tallest (the Angel Falls in Venezuela are 979 m tall) nor the widest waterfall (the Iguazu Falls in South America are 2.7 km wide), but in the wet season they have the largest sheer of falling water which is 1.7km wide and reaches a height of 108m at its tallest point.
  • On 17 November 1855 David Livingstone was the first European to set sight on what the locals called Mosi-oa-Tunya (“The Smoke That Thunders”). Livingstone later described his experience by writing that “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”
  • The Zambezi that feeds the Victoria Falls is the fourth longest river in Africa. It is about 2 km wide before it drops into the gaping gorge of the Vic Falls. The Zambezi has its source in Zambia and makes its way through Angola, along the borders of Namibia and Botswana, back through Zambia, Zimbabwe and finally Mozambique before it empties into the Indian Ocean.

Things to Do Around the Victoria Falls

Helicopter Flight: The aerial view is the most impressive perspective of “The Smoke That Thunders”.  The 25min helicopter flight circles the mighty waterfalls to give you the best views and photographic opportunity.

White water rafting: The Zambezi is a natural rollercoaster that is bigger and wilder than anything you could find on a fun fair. Hold on tight for this wet and wild adventure.

Bungee Jumping: As if throwing yourself into a 111m abyss isn’t enough of a thrill, the backdrop of the awe-inspiring waterfall makes this a truly unforgettable experience.

Zambezi River Cruises: Watch African giants such as hippos, elephants and crocs on the banks of the Zambezi as your boat floats silently through this pristine wilderness. With a cold drink in hand you anticipate another stunning sunset. Pure bliss!

Lion Walks: This wildlife experience is exciting if not overwhelming. Take a walk and interact with young lions and aid the conservation of the king of beast, while you create memories of a lifetime.

Elephant Back Safaris: The African elephant is one of the most gracious and intelligent animals on this earth. Explore the grasslands of the Vic Falls National park on elephant back and get to know these gentle giants personally.

Places to Stay

The towns of Victoria Falls and Livingstone offer accommodation for every traveller from top-notch luxury hotels to the lively and social vibe of the backpackers. Whether you’re looking for an elegant retreat, the independence of a self-catering cottage or shoestring accommodation; you’ll find it here: