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Victoria Falls Travel Facts and Tours

Victoria Falls at a Glance

The Smoke that Thunders - When the Zambezi River is in flood, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world. The Falls combined are almost a mile wide (over 1½ km) with a drop of over 360 feet (108 meters) into the gorge below. 

The Adventure Capital of Africa - High-adrenaline adventure activities include white water rafting, bungy (one of the world’s longest drops), gorge swing, abseiling and jet boating.

Exotic Experiences and Cultural Tours - Take a leisurely elephant-back ride through the bush. Browse arts and crafts at Maramba Market or visit Chief Mukuni's village to see how people have lived for generations and to learn about their traditions and customs.

River Safaris - Botswana's Chobe National Park, renowned for its huge popularion of elephants, is a 2-hour drive from Victoria Falls. A Chobe River cruise provides excellent sightings of large pods of hippos, crocodiles and a wide variety of water birds and wildlife along the river banks. 

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Quick Start Travel Guide | Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is the largest and one of best waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi River plunges with a deafening roar into a great cataract a mile wide and 360 feet deep. Billowing clouds of spray fall in a steady rain as you walk the path through the rainforest, a walk that offers spectacular views. Descend to the "Boiling Pot" to gain another perspective from deep within the gorge.

Join a sundowner cruise and cocktails upstream of the Falls. Look out for hippos and elephants along the riverbank.

To truly appreciate the incredible size and power of the Falls, take a scenic helicopter flight. For the more adventurous, a flight by microlight over the Falls and river is breathtaking.

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Tour one of the largest and best waterfalls in the world

The Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Immense curtains of water cascade down into the gorge. Around the Falls and created by the drenching mists, the rain forest is home to some plant species rarely found elsewhere in Zambia or Zimbabwe. From January to June, the view from the Zambian side of the Falls is most spectacular. Pathways take tourists to view sites and across the swaying Knife Edge bridge. A seperate tour is available from the Zimbabwe side of the border and is highly recommended.

Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls

A helicopter or micro-light flight over the Falls is probably the best way to appreciate the sheer size of Victoria Falls, but paths and bridges in the area all provide unique views and are well worth exploring. Remember that some paths take you close to the Falls and getting wet from the spray is very likely but always refreshing.

The Falls are most spectacular during “High Water” from February through July, with peak flood season in April and May. Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, Armchair Falls and Eastern Cataract together combine to form the largest curtain of water in the world. In the drier months of September through November, the Zambezi River slows appreciably resulting in a dramatic reduction in the flow of water passing over the Falls. This is a great time for river activities below the falls.

Water-based activities typically are affected at times of maximum and minimum flow of water.

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Zambezi River Adventure at Victoria Falls

River rafting enthusiasts from around the world are drawn to the swirling rapids of the Zambezi River as it enters the Batoka Gorge. The rapids vary in difficulty from novice to advanced, with many rated at grade 5 (most difficult). For a few weeks every year in April and May, the high volume of water flowing over the falls may make rafting unsafe, causing rafting and other activities to be temporarily suspended.

Rafting is not the only sport on the river, which also offers boogie boarding over the rapids, canoeing on quieter waters, sunset cruises, jet boating, fishing and more. On dry land there are the ever popular elephant back safaris, horseback riding, abseiling, flying fox and bungy jumping. From the water to the land and up in the air by helicopter or microlight, Victoria Falls has deservedly earned its reputation as the adventure capital of Africa.

Canoe trip on the Zambezi River

White Water Rafting and Canoeing on the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls

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Chief Mukuni Village Cultural Tour

This is a village and cultural tour to a working village. Visitors are welcome and invited to learn about the traditions, customs, beliefs, crafts and some of the traditional foods of the Leya people. Take a glimpse inside the traditional African huts and into a way of life that has persisted for generations.

Local tribes named the Victoria Falls 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - 'the Smoke that Thunders'. In the 1800's Scottish missionary and explorer Dr. David Livingstone, awe struck by the sight before him, renamed it after his Queen - Queen Victoria.

Curios, Arts and Crafts

Curios and art works are available from the Victoria Falls curio market and from roadside vendors on both sides of the Falls. Zimbabwe stone and wood carvings make a wonderful gift or souvenir.

Enjoy a demonstration of tribal dancing. Rhythm runs deep in the history and culture of the African people. The visitor is treated to beating drums, marimbas, singing, vigorous dancing and chanting by Shangaan warriors - and the eerie rituals of the masked Mkishi.

End the day with a sunset river cruise on the Zambezi.


Conference venues in the vicinity of Victoria Falls

There are a number of hotels and safari lodge venues on both the Zimbabwe and the Zambian side of the Falls that have the capacity and facilities to host conferences and corporate events.

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10 More Things
to do at Victoria Falls

 1 Play a game of golf and share the course with the wildlife
 2 Enjoy fine dining on an historic steam train in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
 3 View the Falls from the spectacular vantage of Livingstone Island
 4 Take a safari excursion to local Game Parks - or a day trip to Chobe National Park
 5 Take an elephant-back safari through the African bush
 6 Experience the excitement of a Gorge Swing or Flying Fox across the Zambezi gorge
 7 Take a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi. Look out for hippos and other wildlife
 8 Visit the David Livingstone Museum
 9 Experience wildlife and bush on a horseback trail
10 Feel the exiliaration of a Jetboat ride below the Falls

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