Victoria Falls (commonly known as ‘Vic Falls’) has had a lively and interesting history and has been a tourist attraction early as the 19th Century, attracting explorers from around the world after David Livingstone’s initial discovery of the majestic waterfalls.
In the 21st Century Victoria Falls established itself as a premier tourist destination and developed into the self proclaimed ‘adventure capital’ of the region offering a wide range of water/land and air based activities based around the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. The town itself is charming and easily navigable town dotted with hotels, shops, booking offices and eating places. Victoria Falls offers a great range of activities, catering for different interests and ages.
The first stop for visitors are the Victoria Falls themselves, with the Zimbabwean side offering a kilometre long pathway along the edge of the Falls. In addition to enjoying the view from the walkway, one can view the Falls from the air on the Flight of the Angels helicopter or micro-light flight, or even by boat - beware of high water time as you will get very wet from the spray. During your stay in Victoria Falls you can also enjoy cruises on the upper Zambezi River, game drives into Victoria Falls National Park, and a wealth of adventure activities from bungy jumping, the Gorge Swing and Flying Fox, white water rafting, canoeing, elephant back safaris and many more! There are even ‘Adventure Passes’ that offer a discounted rate for those wanting to partake in several activities. Click here for a full list of Victoria Falls Activities on offer.
Although Zimbabwe has had recent economic difficulties, Victoria Falls town has always been somewhat removed and the people are as welcoming and friendly as ever. Tourism slowed down over the last 10 years but many hotels have taken this time to renovate and improve and now there are varied accommodation options – offering great value. Zimbabwe is emerging as a travel destination again and we promote tourism there, whilst keeping our ‘ear’ to the ground to provide our guests with up to date information on travel safety.
Accommodation is largely in hotels in the central area, but there is also a range of more ‘inclusive’ style lodges (of which there are many on the Zambian/Livingstone side). For exceptional value we recommend the central favourite Ilala Lodge and the river side A’Zambezi Hotel. For colonial grandeur, the ‘grand old dame’ Victoria Falls Hotel is hard to beat, offering a step back in time and an unrivalled location. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and its sister the more affordable Lokuthula Lodges are central but away from the main town centre, elevated with great views over Victoria Falls National Park. There is a huge range of budget to mid priced accommodation in town including Amadeus Gardens, the Rainbow Hotel, The Kingdom Hotel and more.
Further out of town we have The Elephant Camp offering complete luxury, the Stanley & Livingstone offering a colonial hideaway, Old Ursulas and Imbabala which both offer incredible value and the welcoming Gorges Lodge.