Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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"Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by Angels in their flight," is how David Livingstone described the breathtaking falls in his diary when he first came across them in 1855. With good reason for the Victoria Falls are one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world: at its peak over 5 million cubic metres of water cascade over a drop of 100 metres.  Named by Livingstone in honour of his Queen, the Victoria Falls are perhaps best described by how they are known locally: "Mosi-oa-Tunya" literally meaning "Smoke that Thunders".

The town of Victoria Falls lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi and has become a focal point for action-packed fun including enchanting sightseeing flights over the falls, called 'The Flight of Angels', which can be done by light-aircraft, helicopter and microlight. Those seeking further thrills can bungee-jump over the Zambezi from the Knife Edge Bridge or raft down one of the world's toughest stretches of white water.

Close by there is a wide range of accommodation ranging from classic colonial hotel such as the Victoria Falls Hotel to luxurious camps including The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.


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Fly to

Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) via Johannesburg

Flying time

12 hrs 15 mins

time difference

GMT+ 2 hrs

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

The UNIVISA system (which allowed travellers to enter both Zimbabwe and Zambia using a dual visa) is currently suspended. If you’re travelling between Zimbabwe and Zambia (more than one entry either way), you should get a double entry visa for both countries. Both Zimbabwe and Zambia issue double entry visas at ports of entry.

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if travelling from an endemic area

Best time to travel

Apr-Jun when the water levels are at their greatest at Victoria Falls and large herds of animals can be seen in Hwange National Park. 

Weather

The best time to travel is between April and June, there is little to no rain and the Falls are at their fullest. These are the winter months therefore temperatures will only peak at around 20°C, although days are clear and bright.

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Zimbabwe

Nights: 12 | from £5,945pp

Zimbabwe offers authentic Africa on an enormous rugged scale. Experience its mighty waterfall, its expansive national parks, its huge herds of animals... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Safari & Wildlife

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Luxury Small Group Journey - Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail 2017

Nights: 14 | from £9,885pp

From cosmopolitan Cape Town to thundering Victoria Falls to the extraordinary Okavango Delta, experience the best of Southern Africa in one spectacular... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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The Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp is located only ten minutes from the Victoria Falls in a private concession within the Victoria Falls National Park. With an emphasis... Find out more

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The Victoria Falls Hotel

Established in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel is set in The Victoria Falls National Park and has provided the base for statesmen, royals, authors and celebrities.... Find out more

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Victoria Falls River Lodge

The tents at Victoria Falls River Lodge are luxurious and overlook the Zambezi River – it’s so close you can see the spray in the distance. ‘Tents’ is... Find out more

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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

West facing, this 72 bedroom lodge is set high on a plateau on the border of the Zambezi National Park and just four kilometres from the Victoria Falls.... Find out more

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