Victoria Falls from the air, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls

Although the magnificent sight of the Falls is the main reason to visit, the town is also a focal point for action-packed fun with activities.

The town of Victoria Falls lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the western end of the Victoria Falls.

Activities in the area include a “Flight of Angels” helicopter ride over the falls, white water river rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping and gentle sundowner cruises along the Zambezi.

Rainbow, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

When to go

The falls are most impressive just after the rains, from May to June but later in the year up to November you will have a chance to enjoy most of the activities which are not available during the “flood” period.

Helicopter ride, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Rafting, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Water safari, Things to do Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe

What to do in Victoria Falls

This dramatic landscape forms the perfect backdrop to a number of activities, ranging from relaxed to thrill-seeking. In the air, take a helicopter flight over the falls or cross over to the Zambian side and fly low over the gorge in a microlight.

On the river, canoe above the falls, take a jet boat safari just below or venture downstream for some white-water rafting. Less adventurous options include sunset cruises on the Zambezi, fishing trips and visits to Livingstone Island.

On land, visit local villages, buy locally-made souvenirs or set out on game drives through Zambezi National Park

Experiences

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Visit the Falls

Visit ‘the smoke that thunders’, walking between viewpoints for different perspectives of this natural wonder.

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Helicopter ride, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Helicopter Flight

Take to the skies for a bird’s-eye view. A helicopter offers the best way to appreciate the sheer scale of the falls.

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Water safari, Things to do Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Sundowner Cruise

Take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Sip on sundowner cocktails whilst looking out for hippos, crocodiles and elephants.

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Cycle Tour

Join a guide for a cycling tour around the falls. Pass by ancient baobabs, take in spectacular views of the Batoka Gorge and even cross the iconic bridge.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

The Elephant Camp £££££

  • Zimbabwe
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Elephant Camp is situated just 40 kilometres west of Victoria Falls on 14,000 hectares of privately owned wildlife estate. The camp accommodates a maximum of eight people in four thatched chalets. It has a dining area, swimming pool and bar/patio area, all with sweeping views of the plains. Many of the activities here are about spending time with the camp’s elephants – be it game-viewing from their backs, picnicking with them on the estate, grooming, feeding and swimming with them, or just experiencing the pleasure of being so close to such magnificent animals.

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Victoria Falls Hotel £££££

  • Zimbabwe

For almost 100 years, visiting royals, international and local statesmen and celebrities worldwide have stayed at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Situated on a world heritage site overlooking the magnificent Victoria Falls, it is a 1904 colonial-style hotel, with distinctive white walls, red roof tiles and high ceilings. Its 161 rooms and suites are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms with free-standing Victorian bathtubs and separate showers. Stanley’s Terrace is a perfect outdoor setting for snacks, high teas and cocktails overlooking the famous Victoria Falls Bridge which is just a 10-minute walk away.

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Ilala Lodge £££££

  • Zimbabwe

Situated in Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe, the boutique Ilala Lodge is actually the closest hotel to Victoria Falls. A secluded setting overlooking green lawns (with periodic grazing wildlife) and the bordering lush National Park vegetation.

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Matetsi River Lodge £££££

  • Zimbabwe
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

This beautiful camp is spread along the banks of the Zambezi River, within a private game reserve. All suites face the Zambezi’s swirling waters, with Zambia behind. Colourfully decorated, the camp calls upon its Zimbabwean heritage, employing large amounts of wood that contrast with burnished copper. Matetsi is split into two intimate camps, together consisting of 18 suites, of which two are interleading family options. Each of the suites is decorated using local materials, blended perfectly with the modern, clean lines. All feature indoor and outdoor showers, private verandas and en-suite bathrooms. Available activities include game drives, boat cruises, canoe trips, walking safaris, birdwatching and fishing.

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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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