Victoria Falls National Park


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Vic Falls on a full moon

Written on: November 28, 2013   |   I visited in April 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, but its worth every cent.

A typical visit to Vic Falls has walk around the top of the falls and across the bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia. In the dry season, I understand the bridge offers a great view. In the wet season, its a bit tough to process as sheets of water dump over you. Vic Falls from these vantage points are just as spectacular as you'd imagine.

It is worth however spending a few extra hours at the falls however to break out of this loop and walk to the bottom on the Zambian side. A slightly slippery hike down takes you to what feels like a vortex at the bottom of the falls, with a few safe swimming spots! Its an excellent location for a picnic before clambering back up to the top.

There are additional hiking trails around the Zimbabwe side, offering more views with less crows. The trade off is that the town of Vic Falls in Zimbabwe is not quite as lively as Livingstone on the Zambian side. If you can swing it, spend a few nights at both to get the full picture!

Also - if you're there in the dry season it is possible to take a cruise down the Zambezi to Livingstone Island in the middle of the falls! Unfortunately it is inaccessible in the rainy season so I couldn't make it but - it sounds spectacular.
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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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(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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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 29, 2013   |   Visited: Mar 2009.
There is mist EVERYWHERE! Victoria Falls strikes that same chord that a summer rain did as a child. The place is wonderful, the deep thrumming booms of the falls keep your innards a bit akimbo, and at times you're scrambling out along a slippery pedestrian bridge trying to protect your camera, giggling like a child.
It is quite an experience.
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