As cheesy and overused as David Livingstone’s famous quote is, it is probably as close as anyone has got to getting across quite how beautiful Victoria Falls actually is. Indeed if Angels did spend their days gazing upon the falls in their flight, one could hardly blame them as there are few sights so enchanting and stunning. One of the original 7 wonders of the world and also a world heritage site, Victoria falls is an absolute must-see add-on to any safari in Southern Africa. Indeed Vic Falls is so well connected now that even getting down from Kenya isn’t too much of a hardship.
The best time of year to see the falls themselves are February and March and then again from Late May to end of July. This is based on the amount of water going over the falls. Too much and the spray is so high and blanket coverage that you can’t actually see them, too little water and you are left with predominantly bare rock. They are at their fullest from late March to early May and at their least full from late August through to mid-January. In October it would be a stretch to call them waterfalls at all!
Importantly Victoria Falls has a lot to offer than just a visit to the waterfall. With several National parks and safari areas in close attendance, a host of adrenalin activities and the glorious Upper Zambezi river it is a destination in its own right and can easily warrant 3 or 4 nights. It combines especially well with Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest and hugely impressive, but the nearby Matetsi Safari Area, Zambezi National Park make for pleasant safari too.
There is a very large range of accommodations in this area to choose from however there are only a handful that are truly any good and have not suffered from becoming tacky and over commercialised. White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter flight, Microlight and river cruises are the activities mainly on offer and are really very well operated. High Tea on the balcony of Victoria Falls Hotel looking through the gardens to the falls themselves is also pretty cool.