Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe
These huge waterfalls are located near the town of Victoria falls, near Zambia and Botswana. These world heritage breathtaking waterfalls attract millions of adventure loving visitors from around the world. These much bigger waterfalls (108 m) than Niagara Falls are formed by the solidification of volcanic lava on the river Zambezi. You can see beautiful rainbow and smoke near the waterfalls, the sound of the waterfalls is so loud that it could be heard from several kilometers. In the dry season when water level is less you can swim in the devil’s pool.
There are a lot of water, air and land based activities to choose from, when visiting Victoria falls. Drift along with the water flow in the boat on the river. You can be more adventurous by doing river rafting. If you really want that adrenaline rush, you can do bungee jumping, gorgeswing, cable slides, and rappelling. A helicopter ride gives you the panoramic view from the top of the waterfalls. You can shop for souvenirs, jewelry, arts from the curio market; dine in the various African themed restaurants and cafes. There are various cottages, lodges and hotels to stay for both budget and regular travelers.
Location: Zambia and Zimbabwe
Climate: Winters from May to mid August are dry and mild while summers from Mid August to April are hot and wet. Carry water proof clothing along with your usual clothes as per season while travelling to the falls. April-June, there is high level of water in Zambezi river, so the season is closed. August-December has low water level and is good for rafting. Devil’s pool is closed from January-August. Zambezi National Park may be closed from December-March after heavy rains. September sees arrival of migratory birds. December-April being the rainy season has lot of mosquitoes.
How to reach
Victoria Falls Airport
Nelspruit Airport (Kruger National Park) to Livingstone
By Train: from Bulawayo
By Bus: Intercape buses-Windhoek in Namibia to Victoria Falls
Mazhandu Family Bus.
Timings: All days: 6 Am- 6Pm
Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park
Location: Southern Zambia
Situated along the upper parts of the Zambezi River, this National Park includes the Victoria Falls. It is a small place and you can drive along the river to see nature at its best. You can see various species of antelopes and other animals like giraffe, zebra, elephants as you drive along. There are no predators here and hence the animals are calm and can be seen and photographed closely. This place has a much calming effect, you can feel much closer to the nature, although it is open all year, but the months of March and April see the most visitors and the water levels increase and the falls looks bigger and majestic. You can drive your own vehicle or take a guided tour.
Victoria Falls Bridge
Location: Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls Bridge was originally called the Zambezi Bridge. It was designed by George Hobson and was constructed in England and then transported to the Falls. Listed as a landmark of Civil Engineering, the Bridge was completed within 14 months. It was inspired by Cecil Rhodes who wanted a bridge across the river Zambezi where trains could pass and catch the spraying water from the Falls. Historical guided tours are conducted on the bridge that focus on its construction taking you for a walk under the main deck. There is a small museum near the bridge on the Zambian side and a café for refreshments.
Location: Near Victoria Falls
This place is really worth visiting. You can watch all sorts of crocodiles here, from small to bigger ones but the main attraction of this crocodile ranch is the white or albino crocodile. The farm is involved in breeding the crocodiles from the egg to adult and you can even watch the animals hatching out from the eggs, if you are visiting in December-January which is the hatching season. You can even watch the crocodiles at feeding time which is a highly exciting and impressive time. The farm teaches about the crocodiles, their evolution, life circle and it is doing a great work of preserving the crocodiles. For its size, this establishment offers quite a substantial amount of history and excitement. You can also buy souvenirs to take home from a small curio shop that offers goods made from leather and crocodile skin.
Location: Victoria Falls
There are a lot of exciting things to do at the Victoria falls. You can take any of the Day Tours by private operators that offer a whole day full of adventure and thrill. These include rafting or kayaking and visits to safaris. You can visit the Elephant Back Safari Trails, go for Lion Walk Encounters, Bike and Saddle Tours and much more. Kayaking in the waters of Zambezi is a good fun activity; the expert oarsmen will make it look manageable for you.
White Water Rafting
Location: Zambezi River
Zambezi River offers a great opportunity to those looking for white water rafting. There are many private companies that offer tours which you can take. The rapids are very exciting with lot of grade 4 and 5 rapids. There are also stretches of calm water in between where you can watch the gorges and absorb their spectacular beauty. The white water rafting on the Zambezi River is not for the weak hearted, although the experienced rafting team will help you control the raft and soon you will be able to experience the extreme thrill of rafting. Tipping over once or twice is okay and should not make you lose heart. Ultimately you will get over the line and get that adrenalin rush dose that you were looking for.