One of the natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls straddles the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Aside from just visiting and walking around the park where the falls can be found, there are lots of other activities to do in the area. Here then are my best tips for visiting Victoria Falls from Zambia.
During the dry season, the Zambian side of the falls may not be the best spot to get the full impression of this massive natural wonder. It does, however, give you the best view of the unique geology of the rocks and surrounding area, which during the wet season cannot be seen. The Zambian side is also where risk-takers can visit the Devil’s Pool – a natural occurrence at the top of the falls where, in dry season when water flow is lighter, you can swim in it right up to the edge of the falls (at your own risk.)
Visit the statue of Livingstone
There is also a model of the falls on the Zambian side, with information placards, stalls where local artists sell souvenirs, and even a statue of David Livingstone, the Scottish explorer who named the falls after Queen Victoria. Livingstone Island, the town of Livingstone and many of the lodges and hotels nearby are named after him.
Plan your visit by the season
The falls are at their driest in November and December. This is partly due to the weather and also largely because of a Zambian hydro-electric plant that harnesses the power of the falls to power parts of the four surrounding countries. The falls are at their mightiest in March and April, when so much mist is created that it’s almost impossible to see them when you’re on foot. Instead, you see only a big white wet cloud and you get soaked. The best way to see the falls at this time is by plane. No matter what time of year you see them, bring a change of clothes because you’ll get wet.
Sunset cruise on the river
The river that creates the falls is the Zambezi River and there are many companies that offer sunset river cruises above the falls each evening. Music and drinks are provided and it is a nice and relaxing way to enjoy the river. You’ll also likely get the chance to see some hippos in the wild hanging out in the water.
For the more adventurous, there are also whitewater rafting tours available below the falls, with the intensity of the river changing by the season. Rafters sometimes have the chance to get up close to hippos and crocodiles. (Make sure not to fall out.)
Between the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe there’s a large “limbo” area where you must cross over the Victoria Falls Bridge to get from one side to the other. You can also risk it all and go bungee jumping from the bridge, ride a zipline from one country to the other or do a bridge swing.