Visiting Victoria Falls - Beautiful places

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A little bit of background (In short)...

The Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, translates to ‘The smoke that thunders’ in the local language. This majestic waterfall spans an impressive width of approximately 1,700 meters (5,600 feet), generating such powerful noise that it can be heard from as far as 40 kilometers (25 miles) away. Named after Queen Victoria by explorer Sir David Livingstone, who first laid eyes on them in 1855, the Victoria Falls is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Zambezi River (feeding the Victoria Falls) is the longest river in Zambia and the lifeline to many animals.

Where to find the Victoria Falls

The falls are situated on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.  Therefore, you have a choice of entering from either country.

Closest Town:

On Zimbabwe’s side your travel destination will be the town named Victoria Falls and from the Zambian side it would be the town named Livingstone.

The town closest to the Victoria Falls is the tourist town named Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.  It also offers a bit more options on food and accommodation.  On the other hand Zambia is slightly less expensive.


Citizens from most countries will need a visa to visit either Zimbabwe or Zambia. You can usually obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport, but it’s always best to check the latest requirements before you travel.

How to get there:

The easiest way to get to Victoria Falls is by plane. There are two airports that service the area:

  • Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) in Zimbabwe
  • Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) in Zambia
    There are daily flights from Johannesburg, Cape Town and other major cities in South Africa to both airports. From either airport, it’s a short taxi ride to the town of Victoria Falls or Livingstone, depending on which side of the border you’re staying on.
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The currency in Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean dollar (ZWD), while the currency in Zambia is the Zambian kwacha (ZMW). While credit cards are becoming more widely accepted, it’s still a good idea to bring some cash with you, especially for tipping and national park entrance fees. US dollars are generally accepted.

Which side to visit (Where to stay): Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) or Livingstone (Zambia)

Let us inspire you with some beautiful places to stay…

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

You might want to stay close to the actual waterfalls, so in that case the Victoria Falls area in Zimbabwe would be the best option for accommodation.  Here you also have the option of the Royal Livingstone Wellness Hotel, which is a real treat.  Also read more about the possibility of staying on a house boat on the Kariba Lake.

The following are good options and they all offer airport shuttle services. You can click on the link for photos and more information on each venue:

Insika lodge - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

best places to stay near the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

WHY WE RECOMMEND:  The lodge offers cozy accommodations, a delightful restaurant serving up mouthwatering meals, and an inviting outdoor swimming pool where you can cool off after a day of adventure.  With its convenient location (approx. 4 miles from the falls) and charming atmosphere, it’s the ideal retreat for anyone looking to experience the magic of Victoria Falls.

Unique places to stay:

Victoria Falls River Lodge - Zimbabwe

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WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS PLACE?  The property features two unique accommodation options. The luxury thatched tents as well as the Island Treehouse Suites. Each of the luxury tents is air-conditioned, constructed of canvas, glass, and wood and each leads onto a private deck with a private plunge pool boasting views of the Zambezi River and natural bush. The Island Treehouse Suites are set upon stilts, raised into the treetops from the waters below. The double story Superior Stilted Suite appears suspend above the Zambezi River.

If you love fun, extreme activities – Visit The Town of Victoria Falls 

  • Bungee Jumping with the mighty Zambezi River and the Victoria Falls as backdrop.
  • At Batoka Gorge you can go abseiling, Zipline or Gorge Swing
  • Do white water river rafting
  • Go on a jet-boat experience and high speed trill on the river
  • Walk with Lions in the African bush.
  • You can book a Helicopter Flight over the falls 
  • Horseback Trails or Elephant Back Safaris are popular  

Livingston (Zambia)

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Photo above with courtesy of Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara

Zambia is a beautiful country with 20 National Parks.  Although you cannot access all of them, you will definitely be able to go on magnificent safaris and game drive adventures.  If you visit the Kasanka National Park you will be able to see about 10 million fruit bats descending into a small patch of evergreen swamp (called the Fruit Bat Migration).  This migration only takes place for about 90 days from late October to mid-December.

The following are good options for places to stay, and they all offer airport shuttle services.  You can click on the link for photos and more information on each venue:

Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara

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WHY WE RECOMMEND:  Located in Livingstone, this 5-star hotel offers an amazing location, with incredible views of the Zambezi River, and the fabulous addition of wildlife roaming the grounds.  It is situated within a short, safe walk to the falls. The Royal Livingstone Hotel embodies sophistication and refinement, providing guests with an exquisite blend of luxury and comfort while enjoying nature at its best.

Radisson Blu Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort

The best hotels to stay at near the Victoria Falls in Livingstone Zambia Africa

WHY WE RECOMMEND:  Perfectly located by the river in Livingstone, 6.1 miles from Victoria Falls, with beautiful views from your room.  A beautiful hotel, with stylish rooms, and excellent service.  You can’t go wrong.  From the moment you step into the resort, you’re greeted with warmth and hospitality. The stylish and contemporary design of the rooms and suites ensures a comfortable and luxurious stay, with modern amenities and stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

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WHY WE RECOMMEND:  Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, it’s only a brief 10-minute drive from the magnificent Victoria Falls. The luxurious rooms exceeded all expectations, offering a perfect blend of comfort and elegance.  You can enjoy the private river cruise boat, and one of your most memorable moments might just be enjoying a spectacular sunset from the balcony of your room…

What to pack:

  • Comfortable walking shoes – The paths on both sides of the falls can be wet and slippery.
  • Rain gear – Especially if you’re visiting during the high-water season.
  • Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses – The sun can be intense year-round.
  • Insect repellent – Mosquitoes can be a nuisance, especially during the rainy season.
  • Camera – You’ll definitely want to capture photos of this spectacular natural wonder.

When is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit Victoria Falls depends on your preferences and what you want to experience.

  • During the high-water season from February to July, the falls are at their most magnificent, with water flowing over the entire width, creating a breathtaking spectacle. However, this period is also the busiest and most expensive for tourists. You should expect to get wet, regardless of which side you choose to view the falls from.
  • On the other hand, the low-water season from August to January offers a different experience. While the falls are less powerful during this time, you’ll enjoy closer views and can engage in activities like white-water rafting and swimming in Devil’s Pool, particularly on the Zambian side. This period might be more suitable if you prefer less crowded conditions and want to participate in specific activities.
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Travel tips for your visit to victoria falls:

  • Health Precautions: Victoria Falls is located in a malaria-endemic region, so it’s essential to take appropriate precautions against mosquito bites. Consult with your healthcare provider about malaria prophylaxis and consider using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved clothing, especially during evenings and early mornings.

  • Photography Tips: Victoria Falls offers stunning photo opportunities, so don’t forget to bring your camera or smartphone. Consider bringing waterproof protection for your gear, especially during the high-water season when mist from the falls is prevalent. Additionally, early morning or late afternoon light can provide ideal conditions for capturing the beauty of the falls.

  • Local Cuisine: Explore the local cuisine and try traditional dishes during your visit. Both Zambia and Zimbabwe offer a variety of culinary delights, including local specialties such as nshima (a maize-based staple), biltong (dried meat), and various grilled meats and fish dishes. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations from locals or your accommodation providers.

  • Souvenir Shopping: Take some time to browse through local markets and shops for souvenirs and handicrafts. You’ll find a range of unique items such as traditional artwork, hand-carved wooden sculptures, beaded jewelry, and colorful textiles. Remember to bargain politely, as haggling is common practice in many markets.

Things to do

  • Activities and Tours: Research and plan ahead for the activities you’d like to experience at Victoria Falls. Whether it’s a guided tour of the falls, adrenaline-pumping adventures like bungee jumping or zip-lining, or cultural excursions to nearby villages, booking in advance can help ensure availability and save time during your visit.