Victoria Falls National Park


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Aerial view of Victoria Falls
Aerial view of Victoria Falls
About Victoria Falls National Park
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  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Bungee jumping and helicopter rides
  • Close proximity to Zambezi National Park

Victoria Falls National Park is located in Zimbabwe on the Zambian border. It is a highly-visited park due to its proximity to Victoria Falls, which attracts an estimated half- million visitors each year.  A famous feature of this small park is its rain forest that has resulted from the spray / mist of the nearby falls. In this forest, one can find a wide variety of ferns and palms, as well as a wide variety of birds and smaller animals. There is also an elephant camp that can be visited here, with overnight lodging facilities. For those wishing to view larger game animals, a trip to nearby Zambezi National Park is highly recommended. 

Victoria Falls: The smoke that thunders

Also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means ‘the smoke that thunders’ in the Kololo Tribe language, Victoria Falls is the third most visited waterfall in the world, after Niagra Falls and Iguazu Falls, respectively.  
The source of the mighty Victoria Falls is the Zambezi River, which starts in Zambia, runs through Angola and on to form the northern border of Botswana and on to be the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe before getting to Mozambique. It runs through Mozambique and into the Indian Ocean. 

A UNESCO World heritage site, Victoria Falls can be visited from the Zambian or Zimbabwean side. Victoria Falls National Park falls entirely in Zimbabwe. 

Victoria Falls is comprised of five separate waterfalls: Armchair Falls, Devil's Cataract, Horseshoe Falls, Main Falls and Rainbow Falls. The waterfalls together measure 1700 meters wide (slightly over 1 mile wide), and the waterfall with the highest vertical drop is Rainbow Falls at 108 meters / 354 feet.   

When is the best time to Visit Victoria Falls?

To view the falls when water levels are at their highest, it is recommended to visit them between February and May. Visiting during this time also means you will most likely be shrouded in a large cloud of mist, and may have a harder time taking photos of the falls, but the volume of water will be higher.  October and November are when water levels are at their lowest, but it may also mean photo opportunities are more abundant. 

Victoria Falls activities

Victoria Falls offers a wealth of activities for all types of visitors. It has a well-developed tourist infrastructure, and one can find lodging and dining options that range the full gamut. Helicopter rides and microlight flights over the falls are available for those wishing to get an aerial view, while bungee jumping is also available for the more adventurous.  

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jan 21, 2016   |   Visited: Dec 2015.
While on our honeymoon in South Africa, my husband and I made a trip up to Zambia / Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls and we are so glad we did! My husband and I felt it was well deserving of "the seven natural wonders of the world" placement and were amazed by the amount of water that rushes over the falls.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 13, 2015   |   Visited: May 2014.
This is the most famous of the mighty waters. At the height of the wet-season, five hundred and fifty million cubic meters of water roars over the edge of a cliff into the dramatic gorge, over one hundred meters below. What a sight to see!! This area is becoming known for adventure-sports. White-water rafting and bungie jumping are both available for those seekin... read more

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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jul 31, 2014   |   Visited: Feb 2014.
I'm a bit of a waterfall fanatic. I've been to Iguazu, Niagra Falls and Khone Falls in Laos. I found the falls impressive, but would rank them after Iguazu, which to me was absolutely amazing.
There was a lot of water going over but it was also very misty and hard to see. Also, beware of the baboons, who can be very aggressive!
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jul 17, 2014   |   Visited: Apr 2014.
Vic Falls is a MUST for anyone who loves an adrenaline rush. You have to do the Vic Falls BUNGEE jump to do it justice. I went during high water time and was wet and happy. Would gladly return for another jump. read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 16, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2009.
Victoria Falls can be viewed from two different countries (Zambia and Zimbabwe). I happened to be working on an African lion research project at the time, and had some time off to take a side trip somewhere near Livingstone. I had briefly seen the falls on my way up on an overland tour, but I hadn't visited the park itself. I'd heard conflicting opinions about whic... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 16, 2014   |   Visited: Dec 2013.
I have been to Victoria Falls a couple of times. Each visit has left me awestruck. Being Norwegian, I am used to waterfalls, but the power and beauty of the Victoria Falls is stunning.

The best way to experience the falls is by walking the trail in the national park on the Zimbabwean side. The path takes you along the gorge, and lets you get glimpses of differen... read more

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(3/5 stars) Written on: Jan 08, 2014   |   Visited: Apr 2011.
I initially planned on just seeing the falls from the Zambian side, since that's where I was staying and it was expensive to cross over a bridge, into another country, so I could see the same water only from a different angle. I eventually decided that we're only going to be here once, so I did it. I really recommend doing both sides. Yes, it's expensive, but the Z... read more

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Nov 28, 2013   |   Visited: Apr 2010.
Victoria Falls is impressive on the worst of days. Catch the falls over a full moon, when the park stays open in the evening (Zam side), and prepare to have your mind blown. The power, the noise, and the beauty is exponentially increased when you sit beside the rushing Zambezi under the light of the moon. It costs a little extra to extend your day into the evening,... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 16, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2013.
To my right the sign says “Welcome to Zimbabwe.” To my left “Welcome to Zambia.” Behind me, the Victoria Falls. Waterfalls can be higher, wider, and longer. But this is the officially most powerful in the world. It's estimated that 1000 tonnes of water drop over the edge, every second. I can hear the crash of the water from almost 10 kilometres away and it more tha... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 12, 2013   |   Visited: May 2013.
Spend the money and tour Victoria Fall by helicopter first. It is an amazing view and really gives you the full layout of the river and delta below. Then put on your rain gear and prepare to get baptized. We were there in May when the water and spray drenched us. It was all part of the experience. Wear shoes you don't mind getting wet or you can rent plastic ... read more
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