Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, converting the quiet Zambezi River into what is perhaps the most magnificent waterfall in the world. The closest town is also called Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe side only less than 2 miles or 5 minutes driving distance from the town center. So no matter where you are staying, it’s not going to be challenging to visit the falls, and the border crossing is very easy for day-trippers. The waterfalls’ views are great on the Zimbabwe side since you can see the front of the falls from a distance without getting soaked.

How To Get There

By Air

There are daily flights to Victoria Falls Airport (VFA), Zimbabwe from cities like Harare (HRE), Zimbabwe, or Johannesburg (JNB), check for discounted airlines ticket here.

Victoria Falls Airport
Victoria Falls Airport

How To Get Around

A small town with loads of charms, Victoria Falls, is not at all challenging to get around, and you can experience all that is offered under budget.

Private Taxi: You can pre-arrange airport pickup with your hotel. Victoria Falls Airport is about 22 km from the town, so good idea to have someone waiting for you with your name, and it’s not expensive.

Bicycle Rental: You can rent a bicycle on your own from the town and explore what it has to offer at your own leisure. During the day, it gets too hot, so the best time for cycling is very early in the morning or in the late afternoon. 

Map of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Livingstone, Zambia

Best Time To Visit

For the ultimate experience of the world’s most massive falling water at its highest volume, consider visiting Victoria Falls from February to May, right after the region’s summer rains. I visited in October, knowing that the falls might be less impressive, but it was my only option at the time. During October and November, which marks the end of the dry winter period, the water level is at its lowest, and the weather is hot and humid. However, there’s a silver lining – the low water levels ensure unobstructed and charming views without mist on both sides of the Falls. Keep in mind that while the Zambian side might dry up and reveal the bare rock face, the Zimbabwean side maintains a steady flow of water, although it recedes in volume with the changing seasons.

For those seeking the most popular and optimal time to visit Victoria Falls, aiming for the July through September timeframe is a great choice. During this period, the falls are gradually transitioning from a flooded state to a low-flow state, striking a balance between having fewer problems with mist and still enjoying an acceptable volume of water. The sweet spot ensures you won’t feel underwhelmed by the experience.

Between October – November:

October is hot, about 79 ºF (26 °C). Afternoons can be scorching, with average high temperatures reaching above 93º F (34°C ). Overnight temperatures are generally somewhat warm, with an average low of 65ºf (18 °C).

Between February – May

February is pretty hot, about 74 ºF (23 °C). Afternoons can be hot, with average high temperatures reaching above 85º F (23°C ). Overnight temperatures are generally somewhat warm, with an average low of 65ºf (189°C).

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Early morning view of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Visa

If you are traveling to Zimbabwe for tourism, business, or transit, you may obtain a visa at the airports or other border ports of entry. However, there is currently no option of getting a Zimbabwean tourist visa in advance through the Zimbabwean Embassy in Washington. During my travel, a single entry on arrival visa (for US citizens) was US$ 30.00, double entry US$ 45.00, and multiple entries US$ 55.00. Click here for visa requirements of any specific country

Top Things To Do In Victoria Falls

Game Drive in Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls

An early morning game drive is an excellent way to start the day, escape the mid-day heat, and also a great opportunity to see the Big 5 in Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls Game Drive in the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe will cost you about US$ 70.00 and up and the tour starts at 06:00 am and again in the afternoon at 3:00 pm.

Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls
Exciting Game Drive in Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls

Visit Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side

On the Zimbabwean side, the trails offer a remarkable vantage point opposite the vast waterfall that stretches for over a kilometer. The experience of admiring the breathtaking view of the falls varies depending on the season of your visit. When the water flow is at its peak, you’ll have the opportunity to witness several sections of the falls on this side, including The Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Horseshoe Falls. Prepare to be mesmerized by the grandeur and beauty of this natural wonder.

Victoria Falls
A view of Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side

Take a Helicopter Flight over the Victoria Falls

Helicopter flight over the falls is one of the most popular activities in Victoria Falls. There is nothing better than a bird’s eye view of the falls from both Zimbabwe and Zambian sides. 

Zambezi River
Bird’s Eye View of Zambezi River

Take The Sunset Cruise in the Zambezi River

In Victoria Falls, watching the sunset from a boat on the Zambezi River is a must-do. The 3-hour cruise offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enjoy the beautiful sunset and spot wildlife like hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and giraffes. You’ll be treated to unlimited drinks and delicious food during the cruise, making it a favorite experience for many tourists. We loved the remarkable scene of an elephant family crossing the river at the end of the day.

Zambezi river
Sunset Cruise in the famous Zambezi river

Day Trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana

Safari in Chobe National Park is doable as a day trip from Victoria Falls takes about 8-10 hours. But if time permits, I would recommend at least overnight trip to maximize the chances of seeing all the animals. That will also enable you to enjoy the Chobe River sunset cruise. It was a great experience to view wildlife from the river and later an exciting game drive through the park.

Chobe National Park in Botswana
Safari in Chobe National Park in Botswana

Try Bungee Jump from Victoria Falls Bridge

The coolest experience is bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls bridge. That was a thrilling adventure of a lifetime right at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia!

Victoria Falls Bridge
Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia!

Experience the Microlight Flights

The 30-minute flight over the mighty Victoria Falls, is a fantastic way to experience the falls. You will get to see the Beautiful Zambezi river, the Most-Oa-Tunya National Park, and the Batoka Gorge. You will be amazed by the breathtaking views of nature from the air. A great photo opportunity for nature lovers.  

Victoria Falls
Microlight Flights – a great way to view Victoria Falls from high above!

Dinner at Three Monkeys, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Three Monkeys features a full-service cocktail bar and a wood-fired and flame-grilled menu. The food there got quality taste and the best of local cuisine. I tried something exotic grilled meat of KuduImpala, and buffalo, but I definitely felt bad thinking about it.

Zimbabwe food
Dinner at Three Monkeys in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Enjoy Lunch – Have Something Local

There are plenty of restaurants in the town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and you definitely need to try a few. I could not miss my lunch despite our full-day activities. It was remarkable to have local fish from the Zambezi River along with a local Zambezi beer.

Zambezi beer
Buffalo steak is on my plate with a local Zambezi beer

Where to stay in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 

Cresta Sprayview Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Cresta Sprayview Victoria Falls is located in the heart of the town, a great place to stay, only 2 km from the falls and 3.5 miles from the Zambezi River Cruise Terminal. The accommodation got an outdoor pool and a great restaurant. Our rooms had modern furniture, a clean bathroom, and a comfortable bed. Only 12 miles away from Victoria Falls Airport.

Shongwe Lookout, Victoria Falls

With Victoria Falls reachable in 2.4 miles, Shongwe Lookout has accommodations, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and a shared lounge. Victoria Falls National Park is 1.8 miles from the accommodation, while The Big Tree at Victoria Falls is 1.9 miles from the property. The nearest airport is Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International, 12 miles from Shongwe Lookout, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

My Opinion and Last Word

Have you been to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe? Any cool tips to share?

I loved being in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and want to go back again. I hope my story has motivated you to visit Zimbabwe.

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