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Victoria Falls National Park

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Gaze in awe as the largest sheet of falling water on Earth slides over the edge of the precipice and drops an incredible 915mt to the floor of the gorge below.  Be deafened by the roar, be blinded by the beauty and be drenched by the mist, and know that in this moment, you are part of one of Nature’s most incredible wonders.  Welcome to the Victoria Falls.

 

Best Time to Visit:

Come after the summer rains when the Falls are at their best – April to September.
 

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Mesmerizing Victoria Falls

Mosi-oa-Tunya, the local name for the Victoria Fall (or simply Vic Falls) translates as “the smoke that thunders”, and is a wonderfully descriptive name for this remarkable Natural Wonder that is without doubt one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.  At this point on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe the mighty Zambezi River, over 2km wide,  plunges almost a kilometer down a series of gorges and sends a sparkling tower of mist into air that can be seen from more than 30km away.  Not only is Vic Falls a place of spectacular beauty, but also the Adventure Capital of Zimbabwe...Come and share the wonder.

 

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The Waterfall, the Game Reserves and other Highlights

The Waterfalls are undoubtedly the prime attraction and thousands of people come to witness the sheer majesty and scale of the world’s largest body of moving water.  These Falls are as old as Time itself, although their existence only became known outside of the local area after 1855 when the adventurer David Livingstone came upon them during his journey through Africa.  They were formed during the Jurassic Period when volcanic activity caused thick basalt deposits to cover large areas of Southern Africa.  As the lava cooled, cracks appeared which were filled with softer material which has been gradually eroded by the mighty Zambezi River.  Of course, it is still a work in progress as year-by-year the erosion continues, and the course of the water is constantly changing.  Come and learn all about the fascinating geological processes at work.

 

The Game Reserves

The Zambezi National Park and the Victoria Falls National Park together cover an area of 56,000 hectares.  Here you will be able to view four of the Big Five, namely Lion, Leopard, Elephant and Buffalo and many species of antelope and small mammals.  Just 20 minutess away is the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve where the 5th member of the Big Five, the Black Rhino has successfully been re-introduced.  This private game reserve is involved with many conservation projects and is a must on your game viewing itinerary.

 

The Mighty Zambezi River

This remarkable river is the 4th longest in Africa and flows through six countries on its long journey from north-western Zambia to the Indian Ocean, a distance of 2,700kms.  It remains one of the world’s most pristine and least-explored rivers and is an absolute life-line in Southern Africa where 2 hydroelectric projects harnessing the power of this body of water supply a large portion of power to Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.  At Vic Falls there are many water-based activities on the river.

 

The Victoria Falls Rainforest

The constant spray produced by the falling water is not only responsible for incredible rainbows, but also means that the immediate surrounds have a never-ending supply of rain.  You can walk to the edge of the falls through glistening green tunnels through the heart of this forest.

 

 

Safaris in Victoria Falls

There are almost unlimited options for Safaris in Victoria Falls!  Not only do all the Lodges in the National Parks offer morning and evening Game Drives, but the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve also has Night Drives (with a bush dinner).  Then there are specialized Walking and Tracking Safaris, Birding Safaris, Horse-back Safaris and even day-trips to the Chobe Game Reserve in neighbouring Botswana.

 

 

Other Activities at Victoria Falls

Tell your Tour Agent how much time you have and they will fill every moment with non-stop thrills and spills.  There are exciting but relatively sedate activities like Helicopter and Micro-light flights over the Falls (which are an absolute must to give you an aerial perspective of the Falls), fabulous Upper Zambezi River cruises, Canoeing excursions, Steam-train tours, Jetboat rides, Fishing and Golf.

 

Adrenalin Junkies have a whole menu of heart-stopping activities to thrill themselves with...Choose from White Water Rafting, River Boarding, High Wire Gorge Swing, Abseiling, Bungee Jumping, a Canopy Tour or a Devil’s Swim (on the Zambia side).  Never a dull moment at Vic Falls!

 

 

Accommodation at Victoria Falls

There is a huge range of accommodation in Victoria Falls.  You can opt to stay in the town, within walking distance of the Falls, shops, restaurants and bars, or you can choose a more intimate experience at one of the Lodges in the game reserves and National Parks.  One of the Lodges has a great view of the gorges and the famous bridge, while several of the Lodges in the National Parks and private concessions are the utmost in luxury, African style, and are in very scenic locations with stunning views over the river.  Enjoy your sun-downer while watching some of the Big Five enjoy theirs!

 

 

How to Get There

International visitors can fly direct to Harare Airport in Zimbabwe from several destinations world-wide and then transfer to Victoria Falls airport.  Another option is to fly to Johannesburg, South Africa and then fly to Vic Falls on one of the daily scheduled flights on British Air, South African Airways or Air Zimbabwe.

 

 

Best Time to Visit

To witness the Falls at their spectacular best you need to come after the rains, with March to September being the best time – bring some warm clothing as the nights can be chilly!  Rafting only operates from July to December when water levels are lower. In March and April – land-based viewing could be difficult due to huge volume of spray, but it is a great time for aerial viewing as the water volume is at its most impressive.


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