Wonderful Victoria Falls Holidays
If you are thinking of going to Southern Africa would you want to miss its most iconic landmark?
The falls are known locally as Mosi oa Tunya or 'The Smoke That Thunders' because of the cloud of spray that rises above them, specially when the river is full, and the magnificent sound of the water pouring down into the gorge below.
This is a world heritage site and truly spectacular whether you see it from the Zambian side or the Zimbabwean side, from above or below.
Really, if you are going anywhere near it, it is worth including it in your itinerary. And there are many activities to be undertaken in the vicinity to make your visit an exciting and rewarding one.
We can work the Victoria falls into any holiday that you plan in Zambia, Zimbabwe or Botswana. You can even include it in a luxury train tour from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam and we can advise you on what is the best way to spend your time while you are there.
With ABTA and ATOL protection and with access to all the hotels, lodges, tour operators and activity providers through the Hays Travel Group we can assure you of a safe, fun, awe-inspiring visit to Victoria Falls.
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Wonderful Victoria Falls Holiday Options
The Victoria falls is neither the widest waterfall in the world, nor the highest, but, taking both dimensions together, it is the biggest. It is 354 ft high (more than twice the hight of Niagra Falls) and 5 604 ft wide. Only the Iguazu Falls in South America are comparable in size. While we're talking numbers, the spray from the falls normally rises more than 1 300 ft (sometimes double that) and can be seen from 30 miles away!
All of which is to say that this is a big, serious, impressive waterfall that you would really want to see!
The first thing to know is that you can see the Victoria falls either from the Zimbabwe side or from the Zambian side. On the Zimbabwean side there is a town called Victoria Falls very close to the falls. On the Zambian side the town of Livingstone is about 6 miles from the falls. On both sides there are national parks around the falls with walks, and viewpoints. The bigger part of the falls is in Zimbabwe and there are more viewpoints from that side, but you probably want to look from both sides. There is a bridge across the gorge below the falls and it is quite easy to arrange to have access to both sides.
There are also plenty of other things to do, depending on your inclinations...
Extreme Adventure Activities
There are numerous relatively extreme adventure activities to be had, including
- The famous bungee jump from the Victoria Falls bridge. If you want to spend about four seconds in 111 metres of free fall, then this is the best place to do it!
- Alternatively you can just swing on a bungee rope.
- There are several zip-lining options, some of them radical, but also some that can be done by younger and less extreme members of the family.
- There is superb white water rafting and also great canoeing.
- From the Zambian side, depending on the amount of water in the falls, you can swim in the pools below the falls behind the falling water.
- You can take a micro-light flight above the falls.
- You can skydive above the falls.
Less Extreme Activities
If you are looking for more sedate options...
- You can take a helicopter ride above the falls.
- There are river cruises from both sides above the falls, some offering dinner.
- Depending on the water levels, some river cruises offer the opportunity to swim in pools above the falls.
- You can take a sedate raft trip (not white-water rafting) on the Zambezi.
- There are guided walks along the rive banks.
- You can do a train trip across the bridge and back, including dinner on the train.
- There are many art galleries, craft shops, animal sanctuaries and so on that can fill in any time not devoted to your main activities.
There are also day trips from Victoria falls to Chobe in Botswana and Hwange in Zimbabwe.
We can combine a visit to the Victoria Falls with a holiday in Zambia, Zimbabwe or Botswana. Or you can couple it with a visit to Johannesburg or Cape Town or a beach holiday in South Africa or Mozambique. Anything is possible - what about a luxury train trip from Cape Town to Dar es Salaam that will stop at the Victoria Falls?
Are you bewildered by the opitions? That's what we are here for. We can advise on what would suit you best, plan it all with you, and make sure that your holiday is a time to relax and enjoy yourself, without worrying about the arrangements.
Just pop in an enquiry and we will get back to you for a no-obligation chat about your holiday options!