Visit the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls is impressive. It basically a lush safari wonderland that surrounds one of the most iconic waterfalls on earth. The falls are known locally as Mosi a Tunya, or “The Smoke That Thunders”. Compelling stuff. The falls themselves sit between Zambia and Zimbabwe with Victoria Falls town on the Zimbabwean side and Livingstone on the Zambian side. There is often a debate over which side is better to visit, and the answer is invariably both. The Zambian side has more of a relaxed safari riverside feel, and the Zimbabwean side allows you to get into the mist and feel the power of the falls a lot closer.
The area has gone through somewhat of a renaissance since 2015 with improved infrastructure and government policies bringing in greater number of tourists. There are now also a larger number of incredible activities wot enjoy while in the area ranging from helicopter flights over the falls, traditional train dinners, eating with elephants, white water rafting, and of course swimming out to the edge of the falls at Devil Pools.
Because we are a safari company, we always try and mix some safari in to our tours. Victoria Falls makes this interesting. What is the best safari destination to mix with a visit to the falls? Well it all depends on the person and the budget. The Falls are a short drive away from Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, and likewise a relatively short drive to South Luangwa in Zambia. However, the closest and most pristine area is the Chobe National Park in Botswana which can be reached in little over an hour.
Malaria has been largely eliminated from the area (but not completely) making this a more worthwhile destination than ever before.
Best time of year to visit
The best time of the year to visit Victoria Falls is right after the heavy summer rains. Starting in February, the quantity of water that rushes over the falls increases dramatically as does the famous mist that shrouds the surrounding area.
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