A Guide to Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls Zambia
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If you don’t know, now you do. This is one destination in Africa you cannot miss.

Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage protected site that boasts the title as the world’s largest waterfall (based on width and height combined). You can visit Victoria Falls (the UNESCO site, not to be confused with the town of the same name in Zimbabwe) from both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Here’s a full guide to Victoria Falls to help you plan your trip to one of Africa’s most prized possessions.

Victoria Falls

How to Visit Victoria Falls

First things first: Zambia or Zimbabwean side?

This is the big question on most traveller’s minds – to fly into Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) or Livingstone (Zambia). Both airports are just a few minutes drive from the falls themselves, so it can be a little confusing if you don’t know some background info in order to make the best decision for your trip.

Two thirds of the falls and Livingstone Island (on top of the falls) are located in Zambia. You get a better ‘full view’ of the falls from the Zimbabwe side, but you an only walk down to below the falls from the Zambian side.

There is an option to purchase a dual visa on arrival to allow you entry into both countries, or you can enter one or the other on a single entry visa on the day, at the border. It’s all a little complicated and subject to change, but you can visit both sides for under $100 USD. Please note you can only use cash – ATM’s are available in the towns of Victoria Falls and Livingstone.

When to Go to Victoria Falls?

You can visit the falls year-round, but each season offers a very different experience.

You might as well say you have just two seasons – the rainy season and the dry season.

The Rainy Season (December to March)

The falls are more dramatic and full of water during the rainy season, so prepare to get yourself wet! This of course obscures your view as you walk across the bridge to view the falls, but it’s also a great chance to enjoy the experience of the falls themselves (these photosΒ were taken at the end of the rainy season in April).

The Dry Season (April – October)

The water begins to slow down from April onwards, offering a completely different experience of the falls toward October. You can still visit the falls in November, but you are likely to find them somewhat underwhelming as there will not be much water actually falling from the falls!

When Can You Go to Devil’s Pool?

One of the most popular activities at Victoria Falls is to swim in Devil’s Pool – right on the edge of the falls and accessed from the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. You can only swim here with a trained guide during the drier months, from May through October.

Victoria Falls

The Best Experiences at Victoria Falls

There are so many ways to enjoy the falls. Here are the most popular:

Microlight flight over the falls

Helicopter flight over the falls

Bungee jumping

Gorge Swing

River Rafting

To book these activities in Zambia, click here.

To book these activities in Zimbabwe, click here.

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Getting There:

There are direct daily flights to both Livingstone (Zambia) and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) daily from Johannesburg with South African Airways and British Airways.

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    May 17, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Your pics look pretty amazing.

    May 17, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Love this guide πŸ™‚ Victoria Falls was absolutely stunning in the dry season but I would absolutely love to experience it in the rainy season!

    Brittany Stopa
    May 15, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Oh my goodness! As if I didn’t already want to go here so badly…now it’s right at the top of my list!!

    May 15, 2015 at 3:41 am

    OMG! Looks all amazing.

    May 14, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Oh the Victoria Falls, I never knew that it gets significantly less “Waterfall esque” during the dry season! I hope i get to visit aftrica one day, and yes definitely hope to see the Victoria Falls at least once in my life!

    x, Carina

    May 14, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Yet another destination to add to my bucket list! Looks so amazing.

    May 14, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Oh wow, this just looks incredible! It’s insane how much there is to do when travel. None of these places had ever been on my radar before, but now they’ve become must dos on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing girl! πŸ™‚


    May 14, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I love waterfalls and this waterfall looks absolutely amazing! I need to go to this place πŸ™‚

    May 14, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Amazing! I love water falls <3 Rainbow pic is so beautiful <3 It looks so scary to ride that thing though πŸ™‚

    May 14, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    So glad you went this time! I really enjoyed it when I went, it was super relaxing! I couldn’t get enough people to go rafting with me though, was such a bummer. Should’ve done the microlight! Oh well, next time!

    May 14, 2015 at 10:13 am

    This is like a must-do in my bucket list! Gaahhh, so beautiful.. and a little scary! LOL.

    May 14, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Wow, this looks incredible! When I saw Iguazu Falls in Argentina I was blown away, so I can only imagine how you must have felt standing on that rock. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    May 14, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Seriously the coolest thing Ive ever seen! I have to do this at least once in my life and see this place!
    XO Janina

    May 14, 2015 at 7:17 am

    A truly magical place, and one of the most beautiful I have ever visited ( I have been to over 50 countries, so I should know :D)