Victoria Falls

One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World!

Admire this mass of water coming down for yourself and travel to the Victoria Falls. Easily to be combined with a Big 5 safari or beach holiday!

Background information

The Scottish explorer David Livingstone, is believed to have been the first European to view the Victoria Falls on 16 November 1855. He named the falls after Queen Victoria, but the indigenous name, Mosi-os-Tunya – the smoke that thunders – is also commonly used.

The Victoria Falls are neither the highest, not the widest waterfall in the world, but it is classified as the largest, based on its width of 1,708 meters and height of 108 meters, resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water.

The Zambezi River, upstream from the falls, experiences rainy season from late November to early April and a more or less dry season the rest of the year. The annual flood season is from February for about 3 months. The spray of the waterfall is visible from up to 48 km away and rises to a height of over 400 meters. During the flood season it is almost impossible to see the foot of the falls and most of its face and walks along the cliff are in constant shower and shrouded in mist.

Getting there

You can arrive at Victoria Falls from the Zambia side (Livingstone airport) or via Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls Town). You can fly direct from Johannesburg and Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport.

The Zambezi river, which feeds the Falls, is the boundary between these 2 countries. Besides the majestic Falls, there are beautiful safari lodges to see the Big 5 plus you can visit nearby Chobe National Park.