Victoria Falls
More than your average waterfall

Best Victoria Falls Experiences

  • Admire the awesome spray of the falls crashing off the rocks and bursting into the air
  • Boat towards the spray of the falls and disembark at Livingstone Island to peek over the edge
  • Head for high tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel with the smoke that thunders as your backdrop
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise along the mighty Zambezi River as the falls roar in the distance
  • Embrace your inner adrenaline junkie and raft the rapids of the Zambezi

It doesn't get more impressive than this. The mighty Victoria Falls, or the 'smoke that thunders', is not just one huge waterfall (it's that too) but a hive of activity with plenty to keep you occupied, from cruising the Zambezi to bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge.

Stand in front of earth's largest sheet of falling water with a spray so powerful it hits the rocks a hundred metres below, bursts back into the air and descends on you as rain from above.

This must be one of the world's most impressive international borders, where water cascades over sheer rock in Zambia and creates a rainforest with the resulting mist in Zimbabwe. The falls can be viewed from either country (or choose to visit both) giving you a side-on view in Zambia or a full-frontal confrontation in Zimbabwe.

The water may be the reason you come, but it won't be what makes you stay. The towns of Livingstone and Victoria Falls offer activities to keep you busy for weeks (we recommend two to three days). Base yourself near the action of town or retreat to more of a bush setting.

Throw yourself into adrenalin-charged adventure from a microlight flight over the falls to a day of riding world-class rapids on the Zambezi. Alternatively, relax with an historic train ride, a calming sunset cruise on the Zambezi River or high tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel with vistas of the bridge and the mist beyond.

Chat to us and we'll tell you which side of the falls you should visit and what time of year the water's at its peak.

Combine with: Anything and everything - you're just a hop, skip and a jump away from continuing on to a safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Zambia.

Victoria Falls

Our favourite camps

Best Value: Ilala Lodge

Best Value: Ilala Lodge

Victoria Falls

This is our 'go to' for Victoria Falls - central, convenient, good value, comfortable - it has all you need and a little more in the form of ever-friendly and accommodating staff. At Ilala guests are welcomed personally and enjoy the facilities of a hotel while being made to feel as at home as in a small B&B.

Family Friendly: Lokuthula Lodges

Family Friendly: Lokuthula Lodges

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls' best kept secret, Lokuthula's cosy thatched cottages offer families complete freedom and independence. With Victoria Falls Safari Lodge next door, you've got the convenience of the hotel's facilities including swimming pools, restaurants and a town shuttle bus.

Iconic: Victoria Falls Hotel

Iconic: Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls

This colonial hotel is very aptly referred to as the Grand Old Dame of Victoria Falls. Take a step back in time and enjoy the old world charm of cool white buildings, high polished floors, quiet hallways and rolling lawns. Take high tea on the terrace for clear views across to the Victoria Falls Bridge and the spray of the falls beyond.

Out of the Ordinary: Gorges Lodge

Out of the Ordinary: Gorges Lodge

Victoria Falls

Don't look down! Perched on the edge (literally) of the Batoka Gorge, watch the resident eagles' acrobatic skills at eye level. You'll get unparalleled views from the private verandas of the light and spacious chalets. The lodge has long been involved with the local community and offers a school tour, village visit and local dancing in addition to the usual Victoria Falls activities.

Most Romantic: Sindabezi Island

Most Romantic: Sindabezi Island

Victoria Falls

Sindabezi is an idyllic retreat on one of the Zambezi's islands which will take you light years away from it all, whilst keeping you close to the Victoria Falls and the many activities on offer. Romance and relaxation are the order of the day - at Sindabezi you can do as much or as little as you like.

Splurge: The Elephant Camp

Splurge: The Elephant Camp

Victoria Falls

The only problem with starting your safari at The Elephant Camp is that it's a tough act to follow! Located in a bush setting, the camp offers amazing views across the gorge and of the 'smoke that thunders' in the distance. Luxury units with private plunge pools set the tone, complemented by wonderful food and hosting.

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