Victoria Falls, Tips for a Genuine Adventurous Experience
Victoria Falls is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. Located on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls is one and a half times wider than Niagara Falls and is twice its height making it the most impressive curtain of water on the globe. In this post we will show you a few photos of the amazing area and give you some useful tips in case you are planning a holiday trip there.
“There are 24 international flights every week – 21 from Johannesburg and three from Namibian capital, Windhoek. These are complemented by a daily flight from Harare by Air Zimbabwe, plus a good road network from the South African border at Beit Bridge right through to the Falls.
The big question is which side – Zambia or Zimbabwe? The answer is quite simply Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls is cash only. Furthermore, there are no ATMs that accept foreign cards in the Victoria Falls area. If you are out of cash, you will have to go to Zambia to withdraw, and will likely have to exchange Zambian Kwachas for US Dollars or South African Rands. Do not get stuck without adequate cash on hand.”
When to visit:
“The park is open year-round, but you will get a much different experience depending on the season in which you visit.
- In the rainy season (November to March), the water volume will be higher and the Falls will be more dramatic. You are guaranteed to get wet if you cross the bridge or walk along the trails winding near the Falls. On the other hand, it is precisely because the volume of water is so high that your viewing of the actual Falls will be obscured — by all the water!
- In the dry season, (April to October), the water volume will be lower, and Victoria Falls might just be a trickle. You will get a clearer view of the rocky ledge beneath the Falls, which is pretty spectacular unto itself, but “the Falls” might be somewhat underwhelming.”-information via Wikitravel
The entrance fee for the national park is 10 US Dollars.
Things to do:
- Upper Zambezi Canoe Safari
- Visit the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary and Orphanage
- White water rafting (Grade 5, Grade 6 being commercially un-runable!)
- Cruise up the Zambezi upstream of the falls. This is a must do. Utterly beautiful.
- Take a microlight flight over the falls.
- Swimming in the Devil’s Pool
- Experience a Wild Horizons Elephant Back Safari
- Craft shopping in Vic Falls Town. Be prepared to bargain hard.
- Experience the Steam Train Bridge Run at Sunset
- A Full Day Trip to Chobe
- Horse Riding
- Lion encounter experience
- Helicopter ride
This is the list we found on wikitravel, but we dare add:
- See the lunar rainbow
- Take lots of pictures
- Check out the Railway Bridge
It is recommended that before choosing a place to sleep in, the travelers should check the map of the area.
There are plenty of accommodation options to chose from, especially on the Zimbabwe side. Their types and prices are various and reservations online are possible on several sites. Here is one to get you started.
Unfortunately, sleeping through the night is not allowed in the park. But you can get place to sleep starting two kilometers away.