Let’s talk about Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls is the biggest sheet of falling water in the world! The falls are twice as high and 1.5 times wider than Niagara Falls in the United States. And at just over a mile wide and over 100 meters high, the spray of water from Victoria Falls is visible from up to 43 miles away!
So it’s no wonder that visiting the iconic Victoria Falls is on the bucket list of many of our travelers.
Interestingly, Victoria Falls has also become the “adrenaline capital of Africa” in recent years. From white-water rafting, bungee jumping, and abseiling to canoe-based safaris and helicopter trips around the area, there is also SO much to do around Victoria Falls making it a great destination for travelers who need to keep busy (like families!).
To be clear, “Victoria Falls” is the name of the waterfall itself as well as the town and National Park on the Zimbabwean side of the falls. Victoria Falls (the waterfall) is shared between Zimbabwe and Zambia, forming the border between these two countries. The town on the Zambian side is called Livingstone.
If visiting Victoria Falls is on your bucket list, here is what you need to know to start planning!
What is the best time of year to visit Victoria Falls?
If you want to experience the falls at it’s greatest volume, consider visiting from February to May. These months immediately follow the region’s heavy rains and the falls are at their most thunderous.
But… if you are planning on combining Victoria Falls with other destinations in Southern Africa, you may be looking at other months. June – August is a great time to explore neighboring Botswana AND experience the falls, during which time you can expect great game viewing, warm days, cool nights, little to no rain and still have plenty of water thundering over the falls.
During the dry winter period, October through November, the water level of Victoria Falls is at its lowest and the weather is hot and humid. While low water levels guarantee you’ll have the best views of the falls, with no misty spray obstructing views, some areas of the falls (especially on the Zambian side) can dry up completely during the dry season.
Where are the best places to stay when visiting Victoria Falls?
There are a number of fabulous places to stay on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side of the falls. A few of our favorites include Ilala Lodge, and the Victoria Falls River Lodge, and Tongabezi Lodge.
However, regardless of where you stay, be sure to see the falls from both sides, which is easy to do in the same day. Just make sure you have a multiple-country visa in your passport. The Zimbabwe side tends to offer better, more iconic views of the falls.