Victoria Falls, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, is a mile-wide gorge where the mighty Zambezi River roars over a ledge and drops 400 feet to the valley floor below. Victoria Falls itself can be viewed from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and the falls are part of two national parks, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe.
To take advantage of the time of year and experience holidays to Victoria Falls during the rainy season from March to May, when the falls are at their most impressive. During this time 500 million litres of water plummets over the edge into the Zambezi River. The name Mosi-oa-Tunya (Smoke that Thunders) comes from the incredible amount of spray that the falls generates. This shoots up to 1000 feet into the sky and can be seen 20 miles away! If you are at the falls during the dry season (September to December) it is definitely worth taking a look from the Zimbabwean side, which will still be quite spectacular despite less water flowing.
From the Zimbabwean side you can simply walk down to the park entrance from town of Victoria Falls. There are well-marked paths and many viewing points. You don't need a guide or tour; just enjoy the spectacle at your own leisure. You can visit the Falls from both sides, there is a border post you can cross quite easily and day passes are given out so you don't need to get a visa in advance.
There are numerous activities on offer at the Victoria Falls including: flights over the Victoria Falls in a helicopter or micro light; cultural village visits; shopping; bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge; jet boating; white water rafting; sundowner cruises; horseriding; elephant back safaris and wildlife viewing.
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Set on the banks of the Zambezi River, stay in luxury and comfort with an open plan lounge and dining area, safari chic tents and exciting activities.
Matetsi River Lodge is a luxurious safari lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River with easy access to Victoria Falls.
Set in lush grounds in the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve and only a 15 minute drive from Victoria Falls itself, this is a superb property from which guests can enjoy Big 5 game viewing and comfortable accommodation.
Delivering views of thundering Victoria Falls and the Batoka gorge from Elephant Camp's 12 luxury tents visit the nearby elephant sanctuary to get up close with the gentle giants and enjoy a cruise along the Zambezi River.
Only a 10 minute walk from Victoria Falls, enjoy the traditional style and sophistication of this property - a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group. Boasting over 100 years experience accommodation guests expect strong service and a range of activities nearby, including helicopter flights.
Located nearby to the stunning Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwean side, the Safari Club is a 20 room boutique hotel offering a host of experiences.
Voted 'Best Safari Lodge' in Zimbabwe for 17 consecutive years, this property is only a short distance from Victoria Falls and borders the Zambezi National Park. Enjoy superb game viewing and a range of comfortable room types.
Located adjacent to the exclusive Victoria Falls Safari Club are 6 modern Safari Suites, adding an inspired variety of rooms to the flagship Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.
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