11 reasons why it’s time to visit Victoria Falls

Find out how and why to include Vic Falls in your travel itinerary.

11 reasons why it’s time to visit Victoria Falls

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Victoria Falls, one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders on the planet, is a destination that captivates the senses and leaves an indelible mark on all who witness its grandeur. What is Victoria Falls? Whilst neither the highest nor the widest waterfall on the planet, it is however the largest falling curtain of water in the world.

So where it Victoria Falls? It’s located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in sub-Saharan Africa, right at the north westernmost tip of Zimbabwe. This iconic waterfall (and the towns of Victoria Falls and Livingstone) is a testament to the raw power and beauty of nature.

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Here are compelling reasons why you should make Victoria Falls your next travel destination:

1. Natural Splendour: it is very very hard not to be impressed by the falls themselves, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning "The Smoke That Thunders" in the Tonga language. It lives up to its name pretty much year-round with its thunderous roar and billowing mist that can be seen from miles away. Standing at the edge of the gorge, watching the cascading waters plunge into the depths below, is an experience that evokes a sense of wonder and humility. Most visits to the falls themselves start on the Zimbabwean side in the victoria falls national park and allow you to experience the falls from the safety of the ‘rainforest’ that sits on the side of the gorge the falls have created over time.

2. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site: with only 266 sites on the list worldwide, the falls are one of those few remarkable places that are considered the most precious to the planet and its people. In the case of Victoria Falls in Africa, it’s not just the waterfall but also the wildlife that surrounds it, particularly the birdlife much of which is endemic. Whilst you’re here, why not consider visiting some of the other landmarks in the region? This page will give you a short list and a good reason for visiting each one; Landmarks. Where It All Began of course, we’d love to design a bespoke trip just for you visiting all of them!

3. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket-list and wonderfully romantic destination: there’s no disputing that the allure of the dark, deep and slow Zambezi River and its cataclysmic drop into the basin below the falls has an allure and a permanence that really isn’t matched elsewhere on the planet. We’ve designed a particularly luxurious, but also particularly ethical and sustainable, journey that encompasses the three great ‘meccas’ of the region: Victoria Falls, Kruger Park and Cape Town. Read more about it here: Ethical Luxury Victoria Falls, Kruger Park & Cape Town.

4. It has a massive range of adventure activities: Beyond admiring the falls from afar, Victoria Falls Zimbabwe offers an array of adrenaline-pumping activities for adventure enthusiasts. Victoria Falls adventures are everywhere: from bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge to white-water rafting in the Zambezi River's tumultuous rapids, there's no shortage of thrills for those seeking an adventure-filled getaway. But that’s not all: it’s now possible to journey away from the falls on the Zambezi River corridor further into Zimbabwe in an ultra ethical and sustainable way: by canoe. Have a look at this journey to see how that is possible...

5. You can now stay active during your stay: one of the comments that is often made about travelling in sub-Saharan Africa is that it’s very hard to stay physically active whilst visiting the region. So much of the focus is on luxury and indulgence that little thought is given to those of us who like to stay fit, or the environment isn’t safe enough to go for a walk, run or cycle (whether because of wild humans or wildlife!). Pre-covid, there wasn’t a whole lot else to do in the Vic Falls region other than something wildlife related or adrenaline-fuelled. However, that is now changing with options to take ebikes around the town or hikes along Batoka Gorge. For more ideas of how you can stay physically active in Vic Falls, have a look at this journey; Hiking South Africa - Ethical Active Adventure: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger Park & Victoria Falls.

6. Cultural immersion: Victoria Falls is not only a natural marvel but also a place steeped in history and culture. Visitors can immerse themselves in the local traditions of the surrounding communities, gaining insight into the customs and way of life of the indigenous peoples who have called this region home for centuries. One of the best ways to do this is to visit Simunye Theatre, an amazing production that’s been going for over four years and continues to be a huge hit.

7. Wildlife encounters: The area around Victoria Falls is teeming with wildlife, offering ample opportunities for unforgettable safari experiences. Embark on a game drive through nearby national parks, where you can spot elephants, lions, buffalo, and a myriad of other species in their natural habitat. This means that the best time to visit victoria falls is all the time as even if the waterfall itself isn’t in full flood, the sheer volume of animals attracted to the Zambezi RIver basin is immense. Also don’t forget that Chobe National Park in nearby Botswana is just a few hours’ drive away. For an example of how this can be fitted into a journey, have a look at this sample tour.

8. Sustainable accommodation: When visiting Victoria Falls, it’s now getting much easier to make a positive impact by choosing eco-conscious travel options that prioritize sustainability and conservation efforts. From the accommodation perspective, have a look at Black female owned Mbano Manor, a wonderful four-star experience, and also the Bayete Collection which is three mid-sized four-star guesthouses with lovely tropical grounds, both of which are a walking distance from the falls themselves. For more on sustainable accommodation choice in Vic Falls, check out our Ethical South African Accommadtion list.

9. An unforgettable journey: Whether you're embarking on a multi-day adventure from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, traversing the Zambezi River on an ethical canoeing safari, or retracing the footsteps of colonial explorers, Victoria Falls serves as the perfect backdrop for unforgettable journeys filled with discovery and wonder. One of the victoria falls safari packages that is most popular is a day journey with Charles Brightman into the Zambezi National Park. This tiny park on the banks of the Zambezi as its name implies has made huge strides despite a lack of funding and resources in anti-poaching initiatives and a visit here is both educational and inspiring. From ethical canoeing safaris along the Zambezi River to responsible wildlife viewing experiences, there are plenty of ways to minimize your ecological footprint while exploring this incredible destination.

10. A big variety of accommodation: After a day of exploration and adventure, unwind in luxury at one of the many exquisite accommodations near Victoria Falls. Whether you prefer a lavish safari lodge overlooking the Zambezi River or a boutique hotel nestled amidst lush gardens, we can design Victoria Falls trip packages to suit every taste and budget. 

11. It’s becoming more affordable: There didn’t used to be much choice in terms of accommodation or flights to Vic Falls, even pre-covid, but that is changing, albeit slowly. These days there are a lot more homestays, B&Bs, AirB&Bs and more along with three airlines (rather than just SAA) flying in and out at least once a day per airline. So whilst a Victoria Falls trip cost is still not cheap, even if you’re coming from South Africa let alone from further afield but prices are becoming just that bit more reasonable. Check out our guide to prices here!

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