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.
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.
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 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.