From 30km away, you will first see it, as far-flung columns of white mist stretch up from the hard, hot horizons. As you get closer, you’ll hear it – a consistent white noise that interrupts the lazy sounds of an African afternoon, drumming its beat into your senses. And finally, you’ll feel it; droplets cling to your skin as you walk through the clouds to another world, where, finally, you’ll experience it- the majesty of Victoria Falls.
Mighty and magnificent, Victoria Falls is an epicentre of biodiversity and breath-taking landscapes. The relationship between the towering cliffs of the volcanic plateau and the lakes of water that thunder into earth’s jagged gorges has created a tropical rainforest that is lush in birdsong and exotic vegetation. Encasing this emerald green oasis are the harsh golden velds of the National Parks, abundant in wildlife and wild adventures. Dotted between, you’ll find the amusing town of Victoria Falls, with its manicured lawns peppered with foraging warthogs. And feeding them all- the fearsome Zambezi river, a pristine and unexplored body of water that visits 6 countries along its 2 700 km journey.
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Wildlife in Victoria Falls
Within the tropical paradise of the waterfalls, you will encounter a huge variety of birdlife- hornbills, Goliath Herons and Paradise fly-catchers add song and colour to the scenery, while vervet monkeys and chacma baboons play above. If you’re in the town of Victoria Falls, you’ll be able to spot giraffe, warthogs, and zebra on the lawns of homes and hotels- or wandering through the streets!
With 3 national parks (Victoria Falls National Park, Zambezi National Park, and Hwange National Park) close to the Falls, you can expect to see an impressive amount of wildlife. Beautiful mopane forests and thousands of hectares of plains are home to elephants, lion, buffalo, leopard, wild dogs, giraffe, a vast assortment of buck and antelope, and plenty of hippos and crocodiles in the waters.
With over 400 types of birds and 75 types of fish, including the toothy Tiger Fish, the pristine spaces surrounding Victoria Falls are a haven to nature’s greatest wonders and wildlife.
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Experiences in Victoria Falls
Whether you’re after adrenalin or escapism, Victoria Falls has so much to offer! The town offers a quaint, but eclectic setting. Art galleries line the streets, trendy nightspots capture the nights, and exquisite local cuisines beckon from unexpected environments.
Lose yourself on the cliffs of the Victoria Falls as you plummet into the gorges via a bungee jump or swim at earth’s edge in the Devil’s Pools. Ride rapids, get up close with baby crocodiles at the crocodile sanctuary or cruise along the Zambezi with a sundowner in hand, as hippo heads peek up from the depths.
If you’re searching for wild adventures, don’t pass up the opportunities for a privately guided game drive at sunrise or sunset. Witness incredible encounters against everchanging landscapes or capture the sheer enormity of the Falls with an aerial view from a helicopter. Track the rare White Rhino on foot and take a guided walking tour into the untamed to experience ‘Wild Africa.’
Climate in Victoria Falls
Different times of the year will provide completely different experiences, meaning that Victoria Falls is a year-round destination. The full glory of Victoria Falls can be seen from April to June, as every minute 500 million cubic meters of water plummet below, however, the voluminous spray means that the key viewpoints are clouded- but the aerial views are fantastic!
DRY SEASON | APRIL TO OCTOBER
Victoria Falls enjoys mild and warm winters, from April to August. Expect great game viewing with warm days and cool nights and virtually no chance of rain. As April and May close in, summer and its last rains end, but the falls are in their full glory of height and speed. June, July, and August bring cool mornings, but warm and sunny afternoons. From September to October, just before the first rains, the environment experiences some of its hottest temperatures- sometimes reaching 45. The falls are at their lowest, but the visibility from Zimbabwe’s side is excellent, as is the game viewing in surrounding national parks.
WET SEASON | NOVEMBER TO MARCH
Starting in late October or early November, the ‘Green Season’ begins, inviting the first rains and transforming dust into a reprieve. Between the months of December to March, Victoria Falls is at the height of its summer and its wet season, while the Zambezi river begins collecting traction, building and swelling in size. Afternoons can bring excessive and dramatic downpours, which are often immediately replaced with blue skies. Adventurous activities, such as the Devil’s Pools and river rafting are closed due to the height and speed of the water, and much of the falls is hidden in spray, but rainbows perch like butterflies on every angle.
Nights are cool and clear | 12°C (53°F)
Nights are warm and clear | 20°C (68°F)