Tour Victoria Falls and discover why the locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders.”
Explore three iconic Southern African destinations on an exciting tailormade journey.
Experience Southern Africa’s showstopper attractions on an immersive tailor-made tour.
Explore the mighty Victoria Falls from Zambia or Zimbabwe
If there were no other reason to visit Zimbabwe, the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls would be reason enough. Besides being one of the wonders of the world, the “Smoke that Thunders” has it all: trails for hiking, birdwatching, mountain biking, horseriding, jet-boating, river-rafting, canoeing and bungee-jumping.
On the other side of the mighty Zambezi River, Zambia plays host to many of Victoria Falls’ wildlife and adventure activities. The Zambezi teems with hippos and crocodiles, so any journey made on the water is a highlight. You can also opt for a guided canoe trail through the Lower Zambezi National Park, a marvellous way to view bird and animal life up close, and at a more sedate pace.
Zimbabwe is home to many first-class game parks, but the Hwange National Park tops the bill. Zambia, with its intriguing mix of gracious hotels, colonial-style tented accommodation and exceptional game viewing is the destination of choice for those who enjoy more remote wilderness areas for game and bird sightings – such as in the game-rich reserve of Kafue.
Climate: In the rainy season (December to March), the water volume will be higher, and the Falls will be more dramatic; however, the spray may obscure your view. In the dry season, (April to October), the water volume will be lower, but you will get a more unobstructed view of the rocky ledge beneath the falls. Visiting during the dry season (for instance November) gives you the chance to experience both the Falls and the rocky gorge, and the opportunity to swim in Devil’s Pool.
Map: Victoria Falls lies between Zimbabwe and Zambia, near Botswana. Two-thirds of the Falls lie within Zambia, as does Livingstone Island, from where David Livingstone first famously set eyes on the natural spectacle.
Currency: The Zambian Kwacha (ZK) is the currency of Zambia. The currency code for Kwacha is ZMK. In Zimbabwe, since the suspension of the Zimbabwean Dollar in 2009, the government has adopted a multiple-currency framework, which includes the Australian Dollar, Botswana Pula, British Sterling Pound, Chinese Yuan, Euro, Japanese Yen, Indian Rupee, South African Rand, and United States Dollar.
For most travellers, the big question is which side to visit: Zambia or Zimbabwe? There are two considerations – views of the Falls and cost. There are daily flights between South Africa and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, with cheaper flights from South Africa often available to neighbouring Livingstone in Zambia.