The Victoria waterfalls, often called Vic falls, is a beautiful natural phenomenon on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. The waterfall is the largest continuous fall of water and is therefore the largest waterfall in the world measured in volume of water. This waterfall is twice as large as the famous Niagara falls, has been named World Heritage Site and has been named one of the 7 new world wonders (along with Table Mountain). This is surely for a reason, it is a beautiful place! The original name of the Victoria Falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke that Thunders”. This name is undoubtedly due to the fact that the thunder of the water often causes a mist of water around the falls, if you’re lucky you’ll see a rainbow in it! A lot of activities can be done around the Victoria Falls.
The Victoria Falls mark the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. The town on the Zimbabwean side is called Victoria falls, on the Zambian side it is Livingstone. The falls are about 85 kilometers (an hour’s drive) from the border of Namibia and Botswana. You have the best view of the falls from the Zimbabwe side. If you are a daredevil there is more to experience on the Zambia side where you can stand at the top of the falls or take a daring dive in the famous Devils pool.
The best time to visit the falls is when they are at their fiercest which often is February to May, this is just after the rainy season. The rainy season starts around November but since the water that fills the falls comes from Angola it takes a while before the water in the falls is really at full strength. However, other seasons are certainly worth the visit too. It still will be incredibly impressive. For example, when the falls are at its fullest you cannot go to Devils Pool.
One day to visit the falls itself (Zimbabwe side) is enough to enjoy all the beautiful viewpoints. However, there are so many activities around the falls that you may want to stay longer. You can take a nice helicopter ride to have a better view on the falls, you can go and test your courage in Devils Pool, go fot wildwater raftering on the Zambezi river or bungee jump from the bridge that connects Zimbabwe with Zambia.
Entrance fee to the park (the forest on Zimbabwe side) that gives you access to the view of the falls is USD30 per person per day.
Accommodations on both the Zimbabwe and Zambia side are very diverse, from basic backpackers to luxury hotels such as the famous Victoria falls hotel. There is something for every budget.
Currently the costs for eating out in Zimbabwe are quite high. The country has no stable economic situation. The own currency is not used and preference is given to foreign currencies. It is often not possible to withdraw cash, so make sure you have enough USD or a credit card with you.