Victoria Falls & Zambezi River

Victoria Falls is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has been described by CNN as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world.

Seeing Victoria Falls from which side was a question that we had in mind for a while when planning. So, we decided to see the falls from BOTH sides. Cause why not? :p

Visa on arrival for us for Zimbabwe – make sure you have dollars cash with you for the visa fees and for Zimbabwe Zimbabwe has a bank/liquidity problems so most likely you will NOT be able to get cash from the banks or any ATM machine, make sure you’re prepared with enough cash on you for your stay. Zambia on the other hand does NOT accept USD’s, they have their own currency which you could exchange at the airport, or at the borders after the bridge.

Time of visit: October 2017

Reason of choosing this time, is because the water is low. Main reason is for the Devil’s pool. The water right about now, starts rising! By December, its also an amazing time to go as the falls will be increased and much more beautiful. But the Devil’s pool will not be accessible.

There is something to do for everyone. For the adrenaline junkies there is the wildest one day white water rafting trip in the world, the 111 meter high bungee jump, river surfing, kayaking, heart stopping gorge swings, zip wires and many more.

For the more sedate Victoria Falls activities there is River cruises, elephant rides, rich local arts, crafts and cultural experiences, fishing, golf and safari adventures!.

The Bridge

For those who would like to cross the bridge walking, you could do that! Make sure you have the proper papers, your passport and your carry on. You could also contact a taxi, and get picked up from the borders side.

For us, I’ve arranged a drop off and pick-up from both hotels in both sides. Transition and crossing was super easy! We had big bags, so we needed help and hence our pre-arrangement.

Victoria Falls Activities

The activities in Victoria Falls whether they’re from the Zimbabwe or the Zambia are pretty much the same.  I will list here the list of activities that you could do in BOTH, and below, i’ll type under each what I personally decided to do what in where.

  • White Water Rafting
  • High wire activities (Gorge Swing, Flying Fox, Zip Line)
  • Bungee Jumping from the Bridge
  • Devil’s pool swimming
  • Boiling Pot Hike
  • Zambezi Canoeing
  • Microlight Flight (15 minutes)
  • Helicopter Ride over the waterfalls

Zimbabwe Side

  • Victoria Falls Tour
  • High wire activities (Gorge Swing, Flying Fox, Zip Line)
  • Helicopter Ride over the waterfalls
  • Ziplining

When in Zimbabwe, checkout

  • The lookout Cafe
  • Three Monkeys Restaurant
  • BOMA experience/dance

Zambia Side

  • White Water Rafting (Adventure/Adrenaline)
  • Devil’s Pool Swim
  • Microlight flight
  • Victoria Falls Tour

In Zambia we stayed at the national park itself,  also known as “Mosi oa-Tunya” (“the smoke that thunders”).

Zambezi River

The Zambezi is the fourth-longest river in Africa, the longest east-flowing river in Africa and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. The area of its basin is 1,390,000 square kilometres, slightly less than half of the Nile’s. Wikipedia

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