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Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls: in detail

Victoria Falls safari holidays: the full story

'Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by Angels in their flight'

was the often-quoted note that David Livingstone made when he first saw this breathtaking waterfall. Victoria Falls was formed where the Zambezi drops 100m into a narrow gorge. During the wet season over 5 million cubic metres of water cascade over the falls every minute. From the road, you can hear the roar and see the spray of this immense waterfall rising up towards the sky as you approach.

A small town on the southern side of the falls, just across the river from the Zambian town of Livingstone, Victoria Falls is a crossroads for travellers who can participate in the many adventurous activities on offer, besides marvelling at the waterfall. These include enchanting sightseeing flights over the falls, called 'The Flight of Angels', which can be done by helicopter, microlight or ultralight. Those seeking further excitement can bungee-jump over the mighty Zambezi, zip-wire or gorge-swing across its vast width, canoe amongst its hippos and crocodiles, or raft down it on one of the world's toughest stretches of white water.

The town itself has grown as tourism has returned. With a new international airport opening in June 2015, it will inevitably develop further as a hub for the entire Kavango-Zambezi region which includes parts of Namibia, Zambia, Angola and Botswana as well as Zimbabwe. After years of bleak business prospects between 2000 and 2010, Victoria Falls is now a pleasant, lively little town to amble around, with plenty of options for souvenir shopping, from lively craft markets to a modern shopping mall, and the mighty Falls only a short stroll away.

Should you wish to explore the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, the new univisa which was introduced in December 2014 makes this far easier and cheaper.

Where to stay in Victoria Falls


There are several places to stay in Victoria Falls, across a range of budgets. Although many hotels closed during the last decade when tourism struggled, in recent years their numbers have increased and the town is enjoying quite a boom, with plenty of good quality options.

Ilala Lodge

Our favourite has always been a small, friendly, privately-owned hotel with one of the best locations in town. It's five minutes' walk from both the Falls themselves and Victoria Falls Town. Ilala Lodge has 32 rooms, all with en suite toilet. The lodge also possesses a pool, a restaurant, a comfortable lounge and a very pleasant atmosphere. Its service and food are attentive, and it's good value for money. (Read more about Ilala Lodge...)

Victoria Falls Hotel

Located close to Victoria Falls town, as well as the falls themselves, the classic old colonial Victoria Falls Hotel offers a wide range of facilities and activities as well as an elegant travel experience. The hotel has a commanding position overlooking Victoria Falls Bridge, built by Cecil John Rhodes, and the spray from the Falls themselves. The hotel has a range of rooms – from standard rooms and suites to executive suites and even a royal suite. There are three restaurants each with a very different feel. (Read more about Victoria Falls Safari Lodge…)

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Overlooking a waterhole on the edge of the Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has 72 rooms varying from standard rooms to deluxe suites. The lodge has its own restaurant and bar, where you can sit watching the game gathering at the waterhole. There is a free shuttle service transporting guests to the Victoria Falls and the town centre throughout the day. (Read more about Victoria Falls Safari Lodge…)

The Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp is just 10 minutes from Town and the Falls but situated on a private concession within the Victoria Falls National Park. There are 9 luxurious tented-chalets all enjoying views over the adjacent waterhole and onwards towards the Falls themselves and each with its own plunge pool. A shuttle service running between the camp and town and the Falls offers access throughout the day. (Read more about The Elephant Camp…)

Where to stay in Victoria Falls

Our suggestions for safari camps in Victoria Falls


Ilala Lodge

Ilala Lodge

Exceptionally well located between the Victoria Falls and the town of the same name, Ilala Lodge has comfortable rooms, a friendly atmosphere & great food.


93% (261 reviews)
Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Hotel

With its unique setting, authentic style and excellent service, the Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most iconic hotels.


94% (163 reviews)
Batonka Guest Lodge

Batonka Guest Lodge

Small, comfortable and in lovely gardens, Batonka Guest Lodge is a perfect base for exploring the Victoria Falls away from the bustle of the town.


96% (28 reviews)
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls Lodge

High on a plateau a short distance outside Victoria Falls Town, the comfortable Victoria Falls Safari Lodge overlooks its own waterhole.


88% (22 reviews)
Sprayview Hotel

Sprayview Hotel

In close proximity to both the town and the Victoria Falls themselves, Sprayview is a value-for-money hotel in a convenient location.


75% (16 reviews)
The Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp is a luxury tented camp in its own private concession within Victoria Falls National Park, just 15-minute's drive town.


94% (14 reviews)
Victoria Falls Safari Club

Victoria Falls Club

Just outside of Victoria Falls Town, Victoria Falls Safari Club offers an exclusive, relaxing and luxurious base to explore the area.


94% (10 reviews)
Old Drift Lodge

Old Drift Lodge

A lovely addition to the options in Victoria Falls, the stylish Old Drift has a great location in Zimbabwe's Zambezi National Park, with a range of activities.


91% (9 reviews)
Gorges Lodge

Gorges Lodge

Gorges Lodge has spectacular views from its perch on the edge of the Batoka Gorge. Although it is out of town it isn't too far from the main attractions.


98% (8 reviews)
Palm River Hotel

Palm River

Palm River Hotel offers a high-quality stay in a picturesque location on the banks of the Zambezi, with excellent food and a shuttle to the Victoria Falls.


100% (4 reviews)
Pioneers

Pioneers

Located a five-minute drive from the buzz of Victoria Falls town, the mid-size Pioneers offers a relaxing stay in one of Zimbabwe's most iconic destinations.


100% (3 reviews)
Little Gorges Tented Lodge

Little Gorges

Set high above the Zambezi River, Little Gorges Tented Lodge is a tranquil spot to watch black eagles and from which to visit the Victoria Falls.


100% (3 reviews)
Zambezi Sands

Zambezi Sands

Zambezi Sands is a stylish new camp with a range of activities on a remote stretch of the Zambezi River.


100% (3 reviews)
Matetsi River Lodge

Matetsi River Lodge

Situated in the private Matetsi Reserve, Matetsi River Lodge offers luxury suites, game drives and river activities within reach of the Victoria Falls.


100% (1 review)
Victoria Falls Safari Suites

Victoria Falls Suites

Just out of the town, Victoria Falls Safari Suites offers an exclusive, relaxing and luxurious base from which to explore.


100% (1 review)
528 Victoria Falls

528 Victoria Falls

528 Victoria Falls is a charming, owner-run, boutique B&B in a leafy suburb of Victoria Falls town, offering an oasis of calm in an often-busy location.


No reviews yet
Mpala Jena

Mpala Jena

In Zambezi National Park, Mpala Jena offers a luxurious but eco-friendly experience, within easy access of the Victoria Falls.


No reviews yet
Matetsi River House

Matetsi River House

Situated in the Private Matetsi Reserve Matetsi River House offers families and small groups privacy, game drives and access to the falls.


No reviews yet

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings in Victoria Falls

This is their success for sightings in Victoria Falls.
Click on a species for more detail. How we work this out.


Hippo

86% success

Giraffe

67% success

Elephant

50% success

Eland

43% success

Sable antelope

33% success

Wild dog

20% success

Wildebeest

17% success

Buffalo

15% success

Zebra

12% success

Lion

0% success

Leopard

0% success

Cheetah

0% success

Spotted Hyena

0% success

Aardvark

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Brown Hyena

0% success

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