Located along the Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s most enthralling attractions and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The world’s largest curtain of falling water, Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of Niagara Falls in the USA.
Known to locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya – “The Smoke That Thunders” – the sound of the falls can be heard up to 40 kilometres away. During high water season, the enormous spray and clouds of mist can rise to a height of over 400 metres and can be seen from 50 kilometres away. Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see for anyone visiting Zimbabwe or Zambia.
Victoria Falls is a year-round travel destination, and the ideal time to travel depends on what you would like to experience. Peak flood season takes place from around April to March when mammoth mists tower above the falls. While it is a spectacular sight to see, the all-encompassing sprays can make sightseeing a little trickier.
The best time to view the impressive cliffs and rock formations is during the dry season from September to November, with certain activities such as a swim in Devil’s Pool (right on the edge of the falls) only taking place in low water.
The Zimbabwean side of the falls boasts 70% of the viewpoints, and the newly introduced KAZA UNIVISA, available at all major ports of entry into both countries, allows multiple entries into both Zimbabwe and Zambia, making it easier than ever to experience both sides of the falls. A 3-4 night stay in Victoria Falls is a great addition to any Southern Africa itinerary and is well worth the visit.