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Basic information

  • Area: ~20 km2 (7.72 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +263
  • Currency: United States Dollar, other
  • Population (EST): over 17000
  • Official language: Shona, English, Ndebele, other
  • Time Zone: CAT (UTC+2)

10 Reasons to Visit Victoria Falls

1. The Falls

There's a reason why this beautiful city of Africa is known as Victoria Falls, and that's because it is home to...... the stunning Victoria Falls. This is clearly needs to be at the top of the list of any itinerary. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and is something that no traveler to Africa should ever pass up. The locals know it as Mosi-Oa-Tunya, and this means "the smoke that thunders". The immense volume of water that the falls dispense every single day is mind-boggling. Just about 625 million litres of water flow from the falls every minute. This is an adrenaline-drenched, soulful site that will never be forgotten.

2. Devils Pool

The Devils Pool is a favourite spot of Victoria Falls, and for those who are adventurous and courageous, it's possible to take a swim. Though the water requires a bit of strength, those who dive into its depths are rewarded with what is perhaps one of the most exciting sites in all of Victoria Falls. Year-round, the Devils Pool is quite popular, but it does not get its name for nothing. Be sure that you're physically fit and prepared for your plunge into one of the most exciting pools in all of Africa.

3. Victoria Falls Bungee Jumping

For those who like a thrill, Victoria Falls offers some of the most fun and exciting activities for adrenaline junkies. Take for instance the popularity of Bungee jumping. It's not uncommon for travelers to take the plunge off of the Victoria Falls bridge, and glide down for 111 metres, head-first towards the Zambezi River. In the background of your dramatic free-fall is the stunning Victoria Falls. For anyone who really wants to dive into Vic Falls head-first, there's no other way to go. Keep in mind, like some other activities in Victoria Falls, this one is not for the faint of heart. But if you're open to having one of the most exciting, beautiful, and memorable experiences of your life, then this should definitely be on your itinerary.

4. Victoria Falls Elephant Safari

One of the great draws of Victoria Falls is the number of bush adventures and safaris it provides. Perhaps the most unique way to see the Big 5 in Victoria Falls is to ride on one. The unique Elephant Safari experience is something that you'll never forget. Not only does Vic Falls have some of the most exciting vistas and local mammals in all of Africa, but imagine seeing it all while sitting atop one of the most enchanting creatures of the wild. The Elephant Safari is fantastic for people of all ages, and much more memorable than a traditional vehicle-led safari. The landscape of Africa comes to life from the height of the Elephant's back, offering a memorable point of view, and the chance to look at Africa from the perspective of one of its most beloved mammals.

5. Sunset Cruises on the Zambezi

The Zambezi river is remarkable on its own, but when the sun goes down in Victoria Falls, the river comes to life under the gentle African sunset. Rich colours and the gentle sound of birds is what you'll experience, and taking a sunset river cruise puts you in perfect proximity to the unique atmosphere at dusk. Whether you want to cruise to simply take in the beauty, or would like a more comprehensive package that includes meals and drinks, there are a number of options to choose from to make your sunset cruise as memorable as possible.

6. White Water Rafting

Rafting is extremely popular in Victoria Falls, and the Zambezi river is known for its beauty, but also for its waves. There are wonderful and challenging day trips that allow you to white water raft down the great river, and for most rides no experience is required. Whether you want to go out for a half day, or even as long as a 5 day trip that includes hotel accommodations or camping, you can find a package that fits your needs. This is one of the best adventures that Victoria Falls offers, and is a wonderful way to put yourself right in the heart of nature.

7. Flight of Angels over Victoria Falls

There's no better way to see the Falls in all its towering glory than by riding a helicopter over the spectacular site. It's called the Flight of Angels because you get to view this African World Heritage Site from the perspective of the angels, and they seem to have truly blessed this display of water and light. Should your budget permit you to take an afternoon flight, soaring above one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, then you should not pass up this unforgettable experience.

8. High Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel

In Colonial times, high tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel was a must, and it still is today. You need not be a guest at the hotel to partake of the fine tea and cakes that are being offered. While enjoying your tea, you also get an amazing view of the Falls, and the exquisite rainbow that arches the sky, refracted from the thundering waters. From about 15:00-17:00 is the time to go, and it's not uncommon for businessmen to stay at this hotel, and enjoy a splash of tea when the day is done.

9. Tiger Fishing on the Zambezi

From September to November you can get some great fishing in at the lower portion of the Zambezi River. The most popularly caught fish is the fighting tiger fish, and they don't call it that for nothing. It's incredibly challenging to catch this fish, and those who are avid fisherman like that kind of a challenge.

10. Livingstone Arts Café

Popular amongst tourists and locals, the Livingstone Arts Cafe is a new and trendy establishment that offers workshops in handicrafts, as well as traditional music and readings. It's a delightful and relaxing place to sit back and enjoy some really great coffee and pastries. In fact, there's no better companion to culture, than good coffee.

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