The Victoria Falls is literally the greatest tourist attraction in Zimbabwe and Zambia and one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. It is one of the biggest and most awe-inspiring waterfalls on the planet. It is a sight to behold.
In 2019, around one million tourists visited Victoria Falls. Due to COVID-9, visitor numbers were severely down in 2020. It is estimated that Between January & June 2020, only about 14,000 tourists were recorded.
Sadly, as is the case for many industries across the world, businesses that rely on tourism to Victoria Falls have suffered as a result of COVID-19. With many facing a very uncertain future.
However, it isn’t too late. Borders are re-opening, vaccines are rolling out and the general public is following COVID protocols to keep each other safe.
Let’s flow back to Victoria Falls!
The best time to visit the spectacular Victoria Falls is from February to May, soon after the region’s summer rains. This is the time when you can witness the world’s largest sheet of falling water flowing at its greatest volume.
This February Vic Falls hit its highest peak in years for the month of February following heavy rains that have pounded major catchment areas of the Zambezi River in parts of the SADC region.
Not only is this a great sign for the region but it’s fantastic for tourists who intend to visit the Falls. More rain means greater volumes of water flowing over the world’s largest waterfall. Which means a more awe-inspiring sight for you.
When visiting Victoria Falls, you definitely want to take the time to enjoy the view and your surroundings. You can visit various points to enhance your experience. And get amazing photos, even your most-traveled friend will be envious of.
One special vantage point is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include Livingstone Island, the Falls Bridge, Devils Pool and the Lookout Tree, both of which command panoramic views across the Main Falls.
The excitement doesn’t stop once the posing stops.
There are many different ways to enjoy the Falls. As well as being a natural wonder, Victoria Falls is a hub of activity. There is something for everyone. For the adrenaline junkies, there is white rafting, kayaking, the 111-metre high bungee jump, river surfing, gorge swings and zip wires.
For the more cautious person, there are river cruises, local cultural and craft experiences, fishing, golf and safari activities. One activity that is highly recommended is seeing the Falls from above, you can soar above the Falls by helicopter or microlight – each of these activities lasts around 15 minutes and costs about $150.
On top of a lot of people’s bucket list when visiting Vic Falls is Devil’s Pool. From mid-August to mid-January, when the water level in the Zambezi is low, it is possible to walk along a small section at the top of the falls (on the Zambia side) and access the pool that forms there. Daredevils can take a short and rocky walk to the pool where they can take a dip and peek over the edge.
If Devil’s Pool isn’t open and you want a slightly less scary experience, try Angel’s Pool. Generally open when Devil’s Pool isn’t, the best time to pop in at Angel’s Pool is just before the water levels get too high (mid-March to mid-June). This is right when the falls are at their most impressive and you can experience the full force of the mighty Zambezi River.
Once you have seen the magnificent Victoria Falls from every vantage point don’t jet back home, the region has so much to offer.
If you have the time to stay longer, here are 3 things you should do:
It would be a shame to visit Southern Africa and not go on safari. There is the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve where you can embark on a game drive in the hope of spotting Africa’s Big 5 aboard one of the open-top safari vehicles.
Another option, just two hours’ drive from Victoria Falls Is Hwange National Park. This park is Zimbabwe’s largest and most historic game reserve. It is an incredible park full of wildlife. It is home to more than 100 species of mammals including wild dogs and leopards and 400 different bird species.
Another nearby national park is Chobe National Park. Also a 2-hour drive from the Falls. This national park, founded in 1968, includes floodplains, forest, swamps and rivers. Visitors here can embark on a river safari, where large floater boats move quietly among tall grasses or hire a traditional makoro and paddle up close to hippos and crocodiles. Chobe is home to the largest concentration of elephants in the world.
One of the more luxurious experiences in Livingstone and Vic falls is to dine on either the Bushtracks Express or the Royal Livingstone Express.
Although these aren’t cheap activities it will be an experience you won’t forget. Your ticket includes a stop on the Zim Zam Bridge for sunset, a welcome drink upon arrival, a 5-course meal, drinks (with some exclusions – spirits and champagne are extra) and transfers from your hotel.
A Zambezi River Cruise is arguably one of the best ways on earth to soak in the magnificence of this iconic river and its surrounds.
A sunset river cruise is an experience that should not be missed while visiting Victoria Falls. There will be plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife while on this relaxing cruise from crocodiles to elephants. Sit back and watch one of Africa’s golden sunsets with your favourite tipple in hand. Paradise!
It is understandable to be anxious about traveling during a global pandemic however you can rest assured in the knowledge that strict protocols are in place to keep guests, staff, partners and the local community safe.
Each hotel and activity provider will have its own specific measures but they will generally consist of the following:
Read our COVID-19 protocols article for more assurance about how our partners will keep you safe.
Now is a great time to book your trip to Victoria Falls and take advantage of offers from lodges and airlines, therefore making your trip cheaper. As well as cheaper prices, there will be fewer people visiting Victoria Falls which will make the experience even more magical.
We would love to help you arrange your trip. If you have any questions, our team is on hand to help.
If you like to travel with a group, we have several scheduled safaris planned for this year that includes Victoria Falls.