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Discover the Smoke that Thunders

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Victoria Falls, Mosi oa Tunya, the Smoke that Thunders: whichever moniker you go by, one thing is for certain – the Falls are magnificently, jaw-droppingly brilliant.

 

Located where the Zambezi River dissects Zambia and Zimbabwe, the waterfall is one of Southern Africa’s most iconic sights - but really, the views are just the beginning. Hover above the 650-million litres of water in a helicopter, hold your breath in the Devil’s Pool, or take a cruise along the Zambezi River… Adventurers, romantics, thrill-seekers – Vic Falls should be at the top of your travel list.

Zambia Vs Zimbabwe side

We wouldn’t say either side of the Falls is better than the other but each offers different excitement. The Zimbabwe side enjoys the lion’s share of the the Falls so offers the most viewing spots but Zambia has the closest and most adrenaline pumping viewpoints. You can cross between the two countries quite easily so you don’t need to choose!

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When to go

If you’re after the postcard perfect Falls at their overflowing finest (we’re talking 650 million litres of water per minute) then the high water season, February - May, is the time for you. During the low water season, you’ll still catch some of the falls in flow and have the benefit of being able to bathe in the famous Devil’s Pool on Zambia’s side.

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Where to stay

There are plenty of options on both sides of the Falls, if you’re just heading in and out then a ‘town’ property might be for you but if you want to explore more and enjoy some activities, we’d recommend a lodge along the banks of the Zambezi.

Zambia

Tongabezi Lodge

Enjoy some R&R, Zambian-style at this quirky and stylish lodge close to the Falls.

Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls River Lodge Island Treehouses

As close as it gets to having the Falls all to yourself.

What else to do

Victoria Falls is an adrenaline junkie's heaven, think white water rafting, helicopter trips, bungee jumping and gorge swings. There’s also plenty of life-changing experiences of a slower nature; game drives, tracking white rhino on foot, boat safaris and even sundowner cruises along the mighty Zambezi. You won’t be short of options!

Our favourite trips

Victoria Falls slots perfectly into so many itineraries and can be easily paired with safaris in Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe - so there isn’t really any excuse to miss out on a trip here!

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A classic Zambia trip

Experience the magic of Victoria Falls before exploring two of Zambia’s classic national parks on walking safaris, game drives and boat trips.

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The ultimate trip across Zimbabwe

Pack all the highlights into one: Victoria Falls, a classic safari in Hwange, walking in Mana Pools – and something different in Matusadona.

 

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