"Victoria Falls, this famous landmark undoubtedly lives up to its hype as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Today, it is the focus of a booming tourist industry on both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides of the Zambezi river. While aspects of this development may not appeal to purists, much of the surrounding area nonetheless remains unspoilt, with abundant wildlife along the river, around the falls themselves and upstream in Zambezi National Park. There is also an interesting cultural dimension, with the famous old hotel and bridge, and the legacy of Livingstone.”

- Mike Unwin

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is the largest cascade in the world by volume. When in full spate, the Zambezi river dumps some five million cubic litres of water per minute over a fault in the earth’s crust that measures 1.7 kilometres across and over 110m deep, before thundering eastwards through many miles of zig-zag canyons. Both visible and audible from several miles away, it is an awe-inspiring spectacle by any standards and justifies its status as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

In 1855, when David Livingstone became the first European to lay eyes on the falls, he was standing in one of southern Africa’s wildest corners. Today, however, a major tourist hub has arisen on both the Zambian side (to the north) and the Zimbabwean side (to the south). The attractions of river, waterfall, famous bridge and historic hotel thus now often take second place to such adventure activities as white-water rafting and helicopter rides. Accommodation, eateries and souvenir shopping have mushroomed accordingly.

Amid all this bustle, it is easy to forget that the surrounding country remains pretty wild. Baboons and warthogs saunter through the small town of Victoria Falls, and driving back after dark I’ve encountered elephant, buffalo and hyena within a mile or two of the centre. Stay a little way outside and you’re likely to meet plenty of wildlife around your accommodation: during my last stay, kudu, buffalo and elephant all visited the lodge waterhole while I scoffed my full English on the terrace.

The falls traditionally form the end-piece to a safari: a chance for some fun and frolics before heading home. For those still chasing wildlife, however, there is plenty to see. Victoria Falls National Park, on the lip of the cascade, protects a microcosmic rainforest created by the permanent spray, where bushbuck tiptoe the trails while trumpeter hornbills feed on the fruiting trees above. Boat cruises upriver generally produce hippos and crocodiles and often elephants coming to drink, while birdlife includes such specials as African finfoot and rock pratincole. These trips skirt the banks of Zambezi National Park, which extends west along the river to Botswana. This is the region’s largest protected area and protects decent numbers of mammals, including impala, waterbuck, kudu, zebra, buffalo and elephant, plus a few sable. Game drives occasionally turn up lion or leopard – though never for me.

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WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

The wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. During this period parks transform into a lush green landscape, a stark contrast to the dry season.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

The wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. During this period parks transform into a lush green landscape, a stark contrast to the dry season.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

The wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. During this period parks transform into a lush green landscape, a stark contrast to the dry season.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

WET SEASON – ‘EMERALD SEASON’

April can be a real gem of a month to visit if you are not necessarily looking for that classic safari – this is the best month of the emerald season. Temperatures are pleasant, and the rains are beginning to ease.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

DRY SEASON

May is the beginning of the dry season, although the landscape will still be many shades of green following the rains. Midday temperatures are pleasant, but the mornings can be surprising cool, so be sure to pack a warm fleece.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

DRY SEASON

The landscape continues to dry up, with game sightings becoming more likely. Midday temperatures are pleasant, but the mornings can be surprising cool, so be sure to pack a warm fleece.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

DRY SEASON

The landscape continues to dry up, with game sightings becoming more likely. Midday temperatures are pleasant, but the mornings can be surprising cool, so be sure to pack a warm fleece.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

DRY SEASON

Clear skies still dominate, the landscape has now become quite parched; ultimately making this the perfect time for game viewing. Midday temperatures are hot, morning temperatures are pleasant, though occasionally cool.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

DRY SEASON

Clear skies still dominate, the landscape has now become quite parched; ultimately making this the perfect time for game viewing. Midday temperatures are hot, morning temperatures are pleasant, though occasionally cool.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

DRY SEASON

Game viewing can be spectacular during October; however, temperatures continue to rise before the start of the rains, with midday temperatures over 40°C/104°F not uncommon. We suggest early morning starts during this time to make the most of the more pleasant temperatures!

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

WET SEASON

The first rains arrive, usually in the form of sharp afternoon showers. The temperatures remain very hot, while the humidity adds an additional level of discomfort. Game viewing can still be great, but just be prepared for a little heat. We suggest early morning starts during this time to make the most of the more pleasant temperatures!

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

WET SEASON

The wettest time of the year, with rain falling most days of the month, although rarely prolonged in nature. During this period parks transform into a lush green landscape, a stark contrast to the dry season.

Zimbabwe has very distinct wet and dry seasons; rain is common, usually in the form of sharp thunderstorms from November through to early May, the rest of the year clear skies dominate. As Zimbabwe is predominately a safari destination we would generally recommend visiting during the peak of the dry season; as the landscape dries up wildlife becomes more concentrated around the rivers and watercourse while at the same time thinner/ drier vegetation improves visibility.

Having said this, there is a lot to be said for the ‘emerald season’; beautiful green scenery, fantastic birding, large flowing rivers and fewer tourists can make for a wonderful and unique experience.

One more consideration is Victoria Falls and the annual flow of the Zambezi River. Generally, the falls are at their most spectacular from February through to July, whilst November marks the falls at their lowest. Even at lowest water levels the Falls are still a sight to behold, the lower water levels also make for ideal white water rafting as well as allow access to the famous Devil’s Pool.

Experiences

Glide over the falls in and microlight, to capture so truly awesome views

Take in the magnificent wildlife of the Zambezi or Victoria Falls National Parks

Take a leap, and bungee jump off the world famous Victoria Falls bridge

Capture the Falls from the best angle, just be prepared to bring a waterproof!

Enjoy the Zambezi at your own place on a sunset river cruise

Sample the famous High Tea at Stanley’s Terrace, Victoria Falls Hotel

Explore Victoria Falls Properties

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