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Victoria Falls | The ultimate waterfall for your bucket list

Victoria Falls is a wonder of the world of unprecedented caliber and therefore definitely belongs on your bucket list! We visited the Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia en Zimbabwe with a day tour from kasane in Botswana. In this article we will tell you all about these immense waterfalls and the easiest way to visit them. In addition, we give you practical tips for a comfortable visit and we have some suggestions for things to see and do in and around the park.

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Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

About Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is on the border between Zambia en Zimbabwe in southern Africa. The falls are more than 1,7 km wide (!) and drop 108 meters deep into the gorge of the Zambezi River downstairs.

The falls are part of two national parks: Mosi oa Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe. The local name for Victoria Falls is "Mosi-oa-Tunya”, which means “the smoke that thunders”.

Chris in "The Smoke That Thunders" from Victoria Falls
Chris in "The Smoke That Thunders" from Victoria Falls

After a visit to the falls I immediately understand where that name comes from. Just look at the photo above. It is unbelievable how much 'smoke' (water vapour/mist) this waterfall produces. It is even so extreme that it feeds a mini-climate with clouds that form on the spot and also drop rain! The Victoria Falls mist can be seen from up to 50 km away.

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Which country has the best view of Victoria Falls?

In principle, the 'most beautiful' side of the falls is the side where the water falls. The side where you can best see the water falling. This mainly happens on the side of Zimbabwe and a small part in Zambia. Logically, the best place to admire the falls is from the side of Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

How do you get there?

Victoria Falls is located on a 4-country point, so you can get there in many different ways. The countries that have a direct view of the falls are Zimbabwe en Zambia. From Botswana en Namibia you can visit the falls through a day trip.

  • From Zimbabwe visiting the falls is the easiest. Travel to Victoria Falls Town (Location here), buy an entrance ticket at the gate and you can admire the falls.
  • From Zambia it's almost as easy. Travel to Livingstone (Location here), the town which is close to the falls. Then go to the entrance gate, buy a ticket and you can admire the falls.
  • From Botswana it's a little less easy, but still doable. kasane (Location here), is only 10 minutes from the border with Zimbabwe. You will have to purchase a visa for Zimbabwe here. This visa costs USD 30 (as of April 1, 2023: USD 50). After crossing the border into Zimbabwe, it is about a 35 minute drive to Victoria Falls. You can then just buy a ticket at the gate to visit the falls.
  • From Namibia, from the Capri Strip (Location here), the falls are also easily accessible. You will only have to travel a bit (+/- 30 minutes) through Botswana in the direction of Botswana kasane, before you can cross the border into Zimbabwe there. Fortunately, the visa for Botswana is easily (and free) available. However, you will have to purchase the visa of USD 30 (as of April 1, 2023: USD 50) at the border of Zimbabwe. You can then drive to the entrance gate to buy a ticket.
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
A bizarre amount of water comes down here every second. About 5 million liters per minute!
A bizarre amount of water comes down here every second. About 5 million liters per minute!

Tip:: There are organized tours available for the Victoria Falls from all 4 countries. Click here for the full offer. However, keep in mind that the prices are usually mainly about the transfers and sometimes include lunch or a guide. The entrance to the national park (30 USD) + any necessary visa of 30 USD (as of April 1, 2023: 50 USD) is not included in the price of the tour.

How much does a visit to Victoria Falls cost?

To discover the world you will also have to do something for it. After all, you get to see one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world here!

Malou and I visited Victoria Falls from Kasane in Botswana on a full day tour. We paid 30 euros for the day tour/transfer, 30 euros for the visa for Zimbabwe (as of April 1, 2023 50 USD), and 30 euros entrance to Victoria Falls National Park.

In total, a day at Victoria Falls costs 90 euros per person (as of 1 April 2023 this is 110 euros per person). This is not cheap for a day trip, but of course you don't come here every day.

Chris at the Victoria Falls
Chris at the Victoria Falls

What to see and do in Victoria Falls

It probably won't surprise you, but we found it national park a great place to visit! Victoria Falls National Park, as it is officially called, can easily be admired in one day. There are good hiking trails to walk with many viewpoints.

The hiking trail and one of the signs with the viewpoint, the 'Horse Shoe Falls'.
The hiking trail and one of the signs with the viewpoint, the 'Horse Shoe Falls'.
The hiking trail at Victoria Falls
The hiking trail at Victoria Falls

Those looking for a bit more of a challenge can also choose to walk down, so that you can admire the enormous natural force at the foot of the falls. I don't think it's necessary to add that you won't come out of that dry, right? The nebulae can be clearly seen in the photos below. If you want to take a picture at the bottom of the falls you really need a waterproof camera, like one GoPro.

Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
These are the huge mist clouds that you sometimes suddenly walk through
These are the huge mist clouds that you sometimes suddenly walk through

Malou and I didn't walk down. We already filled the day well with visiting the various viewpoints along the edge. We visited each viewpoint twice, because the view here can really change in a matter of minutes. One moment you can't see anything because of the huge fog and a minute later it opens and you see the falls in all their glory. So it pays to walk back the same route.

Malou walks to the next viewpoint at Victoria Falls
Malou walks to the next viewpoint at Victoria Falls

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The Fujifilm X-T5 with 16-80 is the ultimate all-round world travel camera† This camera has been declared several times by both the consumer association and Tweakers.net the best system camera you can buy.

Even on the automatic mode you suddenly feel like a professional photographer! You can effortlessly shoot the most beautiful photos, and thanks to the versatile zoom range of the 16-80 lens, you can easily get closer to the action anywhere in the world.

Pros:
  • The best tested camera
  • Fantastic photos
  • 6.2K video
  • IBIS image stabilization
  • 5 year warranty
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Malou at the Victoria Falls in her Wereldreizigers.nl T-shirt!
Malou at the Victoria Falls in her Wereldreizigers.nl T-shirt!
Victoria falls
Victoria falls
Horseshoe Viewpoint
Horseshoe Viewpoint

Don't give up immediately if you can't see the falls from a specific viewpoint. Visit another viewpoint and just come back later to try again.

Victoria Falls Bridge

To admire the Victoria Falls Bridge, you can walk to the last viewpoint in the park. From here you have the best view of the bridge. Bungee jumpers regularly jump from the bridge here, with a bit of luck you can see them jump!

Victoria Falls Bridge
Victoria Falls Bridge

Tip:: The middle of the bridge in the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. If you walk out of the park and immediately turn left, you can get a piece of paper with a stamp and walk up the bridge. At the border crossing, indicate that you only go up the bridge and come back. You can then admire the falls from a different angle. You can also step across the border into Zambia, then you've been there for a while!

For the daredevils: on the bridge you can pay for bungee jumping on the spot. The bungee jump vendors are only too happy to have a chat with you to persuade you. They also sell all kinds of souvenirs. You soon get one offer after another.

I declined the offer. Which didn't stop the seller from making me another offer right away. 'Let's trade something', he said with a broad smile on his face. He really liked my cheap black sunglasses and he was willing to trade them for a handmade giraffe made of wood. I found his enthusiasm contagious and accepted his offer. Nice souvenir for home!

Chris with the giraffe and the salesman with Chris's sunglasses
Chris with the giraffe and the salesman with Chris's sunglasses

The Lookout Cafe

End your visit to Victoria Falls National Park with a delicious lunch with a view from The Lookout Cafe (Location here). When you leave the park, turn immediately left. It is then about a 10 minute walk to the café. Treat yourself to a wine or beer and enjoy the beautiful view of the Victoria Falls Bridge.

View from The Lookout Café with the Victoria Falls Bridge in the background
View from The Lookout Café with the Victoria Falls Bridge in the background

Victoria Falls Hotel

Another point of interest just outside the park, it is Victoria Falls Hotel. This beautiful 5* hotel was built in 1904 with a unique view of the Victoria Falls Bridge. Staying here will cost you about 700 euros per night (prices and availability here), but the hotel is free to visit during the day and you can also go there for a cup of coffee or lunch.

Victoria Falls Hotel
Victoria Falls Hotel
The courtyard garden of Victoria Falls Hotel
The courtyard garden of Victoria Falls Hotel
The courtyard garden of the Victoria Falls Hotel
The courtyard garden of the Victoria Falls Hotel

Many tours stop here so you can admire the hotel. The chance that you will run into celebrities here is certainly present. The hotel is known for hosting celebrities flying in with their helicopters or private planes from the nearby airport.

The backyard of Victoria Falls Hotel
The backyard of Victoria Falls Hotel
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The backyard of Victoria Falls Hotel
The view of the Victoria Falls Bridge from the Victoria Falls Hotel
The view of the Victoria Falls Bridge from the Victoria Falls Hotel

The Big Tree Baobab

Many tours end the day with a short stop at the huge Baobab tree just outside the park. The official name of this large Baobab tree is simply The BigTree and you can also visit the tree itself. You can get the exact location here find on Google Maps.

The Big Tree, the large baobab tree just outside Victoria Falls National park
The Big Tree, big baobab tree Victoria Falls National park

Practical tips for Victoria Falls

As you can see in the photos, it sometimes rains heavily at the falls due to the enormous mist. It's just how the wind blows. Sometimes you rain completely wet for two minutes and then you are back in the full sun. A bizarre but oh so nice experience! Still, it is something you should keep in mind. Therefore, bring the following:

Comfortable shoes: It can be slippery, because there is a lot of moisture here! Sturdy walking shoes are necessary on the landscaped hiking trails, but we regularly slipped on the slippers. We therefore put on our sneakers, which was really a lot more comfortable.

A quick-drying towel: Even if the sun is shining, if the wind shifts, you can be completely wet within one or two minutes due to the extreme mist of the falls. It's nice to be able to dry off afterwards.

Quick-drying clothes or extra clothes: Good preparation is half the job. Go in quick-drying sportswear so that you dry faster if you do get wet. If you don't like wet clothes on your body, you can also choose to put an extra set of clothes in your bag.

Malou at the Victoria Falls
Malou at the Victoria Falls

A poncho: Want to stay really dry? Then bring a poncho or buy/rent one on site. However, you have to take into account that you will get very hot. It is usually very warm here. As soon as the sun comes through you will want to take off your poncho within minutes. We saw many people constantly taking off their ponchos, which looked very clumsy and annoying. Our experience: You are really better off with quick-drying clothing and possibly a towel…

A waterproof bag: Do not underestimate the amount of mist and water at Victoria Falls. Your telephone, camera and other electronic devices will also have to be properly protected against moisture. Fortunately, Malou and I both have very good waterproof daypacks (Malou de GOT BAG, Chris de Peak Design) that can withstand it, but it is something you have to take into account if you don't have this. For example, I saw some people wrap a poncho around their backpack, which can also work well.

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Conclusion

We have another beautiful place of ours bucketlist. can cross off. We love waterfalls but have to admit that we have also become a bit spoiled over the years. Fortunately, at Victoria Falls, our mouths fell open again in amazement. What a force of nature!

Victoria Falls National Park
Victoria Falls National Park

Admittedly, it does cost a bit to get here. At about 90 to 110 euros per person, it is definitely not a cheap waterfall to visit. Nevertheless, we can recommend it to everyone. You are looking at a natural wonder of the world of unprecedented caliber. An experience never to be forgotten.

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  • Hi there, awesome article about my home, thank you 🙂 If you happen to come back I've recently opened a co-working space for digital nomads like yourself called “Nomad's Land” in town – hope to see you! Brad

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