Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Tourism

 

Victoria Falls is an unforgettable top holiday resort  on the Zambezi River  border of  Zimbabwe and  Zambia in Southern Africa.

Roughly over 650 million litres of water cascade per  minute making Victoria Falls the world’s number 1 waterfall in terms of volume and length. To get a picture of this, just imagine something twice the size of  Niagara Falls.  Victoria Falls is the largest single sheet of falling water in the world. It is about 1,700 metres  long.

 Victoria Falls is also a wildlife zone with species that include big game like buffalo, elephant, hippopotamus and lion. It is very close to Zimbabwe’s largest game reserve, Hwange National Park. Discovered by local African tribes many years before European travellers came, Victoria Falls is one of the most visited waterfalls in the world. David Livingstone was the first recorded European to visit the place in 1855. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is rightly regarded as among the top 7 must see tourist destinations and resorts in the world.The main attractions and things to see and do include the waterfall, wildlife and adrenaline activities.

Useful Information For Visitors

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Opening Times

  • Winter (20th May to 20th August) 0630hrs to 1800hrs
  • Summer (20th August to20th May)0630hrs to 1800hrs

Victoria Falls Park Entry Fees

  • $10 Zimbabwe residents
  • $7 Zimbabwe citizens
  • $30 Internationals
  • $20 Regional visitors from SADC countries

 

Personal Safety

Like any resorts in the world, it is good to make sure you are not alone in secluded places especially at night. The governments of Zimbabwe and Zambia take this issue very seriously and we can say the resort is not known for crime. You still need to be very careful though.  There are occasional reports of thefts pertaining to valuables, for example cameras and wallets left in unsecured places while the owners are somewhere else. It is best to have these things with you all the time! Please be aware that you may encounter wild animals in and around Victoria Falls. In 2014, a herd of buffaloes was chased into Victoria Falls town by lions. These are real wild animals, not the tame ones we see in zoos. Some local people have lost lives to lion, buffalo and elephant attacks. This rarely happens but we have to be aware of the fact that this area is inhabited by big wild animals. They often stray from game parks surrounding the falls.

Transportation

  • Zimbabwe side: Victoria Falls International Airport in Zimbabwe serves local, international and regional visitors. Travellers from far countries often get to Victoria Falls via connecting flights from Harare, Bulawayo and South Africa. The resort city’s airport is about 22 km from Victoria Falls town and waterfalls. The 24 minutes drive makes it easy to do airport transfers. At the airport, there  are taxis that will cost about $30 per trip. You can pay much less if you are in a group. The charge is per taxi. The place can also be reached via a 441 km tarred road from Bulawayo. If using a coach from Harare you might need a break in Bulawayo as the journey is about 8 hours and Bulawayo is halfway between Harare and Victoria Falls.There are roads linking the town to Zambia and Botswana. If you are staying at Victoria Falls Town, the falls are just some 10 minutes walk.
  • Zambia side: The nearest airport is in Livingstone Town,Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport( a.k.a Livingstone Airport).  It gets flights from Nelspruit, Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Lusaka and Lower Zambezi National Park. Livingstone town is about 10km from the Falls and very long enough to walk. Livingstone is to Zambia what Victoria Falls town is to Zimbabwe. The only difference is that the Zimbabwean town is right at the falls.  Taxis will cost about $20 for journeys between Livingstone and Victoria Falls.  If coming from Lusaka by road you will need to get a car or a coach that will take you approximately 6 hours to Livingstone.

Accommodation

 Victoria Falls offers a wide selection of accommodation to cater for the needs of different travellers. These range from budget, affordable, exclusive and luxury 3, 4 and 5 star overnight and long stay accommodation in and around the town. There is a selection of hotels, safari lodges, game lodges, bush camps, bed and breakfast, guest houses, backpackers, caravan parks and self catering accommodation. If you are staying on Zambian side, it is lot cheaper to get accommodation in Livingstone town. There are hotels and lodges near the falls in Zambia but you may get more options in Livingstone. The Zimbabweans side has more options largely because of the town near the falls.

Victoria Falls Tour Guides

There are some visitors who travel on their own without the use of any professional tour companies and operators. This is very common especially with solo travellers trying to save money. If you are in this situation and you need to use cheap and affordable local guides, the best advice is to ask staff at hotels or lodges upon your arrival. These will recommend the best and most trusted private local guides who know well that you have unique needs and expectations when you travel. These can be useful as they are affordable and flexible.  It is recommended that you use registered tour guides so you get the best for your time and money.

The whole scene was extremely beautiful; the banks and islands dotted over the river are adorned with sylvan vegetation of great variety of color and form…no one can imagine the beauty of the view from any thing witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight. David Livingstone

British Missionary 1855

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