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Victoria Falls Zambia OR Zimbabwe?

World Heritage Victoria Falls Zambia or Zimbabwe

A visit to the mighty World Heritage Victoria Falls Zambia or Zimbabwe is the perfect inclusion on your African Safari Package. Aptly named by the locals as the Mosi-oa-Tunya which means “smoke that thunders” the Victoria Falls are confirmed as the world’s largest waterfall with an average depth of 100 metres.

The Victoria Falls are joined by two neighbouring countries Zambia and Zimbabwe and connected by the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Zambezi River which spans 1.7 k’s across. Both sides offer visitors exhilarating experiences and great views of the falls pre or post your African Wildlife Safari.

So which side Zambia or Zimbabwe? 

Let’s start with what’s on offer on the Zambia side of Victoria Falls. Located within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park the entrance gate is a short walk from various viewing decks and a short distance to the Knife Edge Bridge. Here you walk over the expanse of the Zambezi River and feel the enormity of the volume of water falling over the 100 metre drop of the falls in addition to a bird’s eye view of the falls. If the falls are very full of water then you will literally be drenched with spray and photography is impossible without a water proof camera. Once over the bridge there are a number of viewing decks both of the falls and to the west towards the Victoria Falls Hotel.

Viewing Victoria Falls Zimbabwe side delivers a different view of the falls to the Zambia side and at times a feeling of being quite close to where the water cascades over the edge of the enormous rock shelf. Spectacular photography opportunities of the classic rainbows are at there best between 1.30pm and 4.00pm subject to the weather on the day and allow approximately 2 hours.

Accommodation options Victoria Falls Zambia or Zimbabwe:

When it comes to accommodation in Livingstone Zambia and Victoria Falls Zimbabwe there is a diverse range of boutique river fronting lodges through to stunning luxury hotels.

Livingstone Zambia has the stunning Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara a five star hotel located within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and an easy 10 minute walk to the entrance gate. The entrance fee to the falls is included so a big advantage for those wanting to view the falls a number of times during their stay. Another unique point there are resident giraffes and zebras that wonder around the hotel grounds and daily feeding of the giraffes take place on route to the falls from the hotel.

For a taste of the traditional Colonial days the luxurious Victoria Falls Hotel Zimbabwe ticks all the boxes with great views of the falls Bridge, an easy walk to the falls and the luxury Rovos Rail arrives and departs weekly from the falls station which is located at the rear of the hotel. Don’t miss the hotels traditional high tea served daily on the terrace and enjoy the beautiful manicured gardens and views of the falls spray.

For those wanting an African traditional safari lodge the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Zimbabwe offers a great location with a watering hole that satisfies the passing elephants and all rooms offer views and a great spot to enjoy sun downers.

Activities on offer at the Victoria Falls Zambia or Zimbabwe:

• Scenic helicopter or micro flight over the majestic falls and gorges

• High wire including zip line, gorge swing & flying fox

• Guided falls walk

• Zambezi River sunset cruise

• Game drive in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park with opportunity to view and walk with white rhino’s

• Shop for wood carvings in the Victoria Falls Zimbabwe markets located in the town centre

High tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel

• See the grand David Livingstone statue located on the Victoria Falls Zimbabwe side

• For a more in depth experience visit The David Livingstone Museum located in Livingstone township. Displaying a comprehensive memorabilia of Dr. David Livingstone including maps, diaries and history tours.

• Enjoy dinner on board the Bushtracks Express Steam Train on the falls bridge

• Sunset drinks at the Royal Livingstone Hotel viewing deck located on the edge of the Zambezi River with stunning views of the falls spray

• Play a round of golf though look out for wildlife on the course

For the adrenaline junkie:

• Swim on the edge of the world’s largest waterfall at Devils Pool Victoria Falls (subject to conditions)

• Bungee jump off the Zambezi Bridge Victoria Falls Zambia or Zimbabwe

• White water rafting below the falls subject to season

• Tandem skydive over the Victoria Falls Zambia or Zimbabwe

Tips for Travellers

• Pack a spare pair of shoes that you don’t mind being wet or wear sandals that will dry quickly

• Pack a raincoat or rent a plastic poncho at the entrance gate

• A guide is a great option to truly maximise your experience and learn about the history of the falls

• Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River upstream from the Falls

• The Victoria Falls water is subject to the rains from up north though in general low water levels are September to December, medium to high water levels January, February, June, July and August and peak water is March to May with April where you will almost be guaranteed a drenching from the spray of the Victoria Falls.

Still undecided Victoria Falls Zambia OR Zimbabwe?

Want to experience the entire length of the largest waterfall in the world while on your Africa Safari Tour? Upon arrival obtain a Univisa /double entry visa and do both Victoria Falls Zambia side and Victoria Falls Zimbabwe side. This type of visa Univisa for Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana allows entry into all three countries including day trips to Chobe National Park Botswana to view masses of elephants bathing and hippo’s in the river and great bird life.

Sincerely written by Wendy Buckley, travel advisor specialising in African Safari Packages and MD of Africa Safari Experts. For more information Victoria Falls Zambia or Zimbabwe and to make an enquiry contact wendy@africasafariexperts.com.au or phone +61414 557667.

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