“Mosioa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) is one of the seven wonders of the natural world and a must see to any visitor to Africa. Victoria Falls offers some high adrenalin activities such as heart-stopping bungee jumping, gorge swings, zip-lines and white water rafting. More sedate activities include a river cruise, scenic flights or game drives. Easily accessible from Victoria Falls is Masumu River Lodge (Binga, Lake Kariba). A 35 minute light aircraft flight or a 5 hour leisurely drive through the Tongan rural lands brings you to the spectacular Lake Kariba and our stunning lodge overlooking the many islands of Elephant Bay.
The Falls are 1,708 metres wide and 108 metres high – It is the largest curtain of falling water on the planet, one and a half times wider than Niagra Falls and twice as high.
Every minute, over 5 million cubic metres of water pour over the falls. During the wet season it cascades into a gorge over 100 metres deep. The opposing cliffs that comprise the gorge are made from basalt and rise to the same height.
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The Falls join the Great Barrier Reef, Grand Canyon, the Aurora Borealis, the Paricutin volcano, the Harbour of Rio de Janeiro and Mount Everest.
Victoria Falls also known as “Mosi oa-Tunya” (“the smoke that thunders”) is positioned almost exactly half way along the mighty Zambezi River’s 2700 km journey from it’s source to the sea.
The first European to see the falls was David Livingstone in 1855, but he had already heard tales of the mighty waterfall. In order to see them, he stood on a small outcrop on the edge of the waterfall, which was christened Livingstone Island. He renamed it Victoria Falls in honour of Queen Victoria. Interestingly, Queen Elizabeth visited the falls in 1947 and stayed in the famous Victoria Falls Hotel.
Best time to travel
In our opinion, there’s not one specific best time to visit the falls as each season has its own unique experiences depending on what you’d like to achieve in your visit.
December to March is the height of summer and the rainy season with dramatic thunderstorms in the afternoons, especially on hot days.
The Zambezi River is low in December. White-water rafting season usually closes around February due to high water levels
Livingstone Island and Devil’s Pool often close in January/February with high water levels.
April to June is peak high water season with the Zambezi River in flood and the Falls are at their most magnificent, the spray can be seen for miles.
Visibility from some lookouts can be limited by the abundance of spray and mist. The rafting season is normally closed because of high water levels, Livingstone Island and Devil’s Pool on the edge of the falls are also closed. Expect to get wet! Rainbows are a common feature.
July and August is peak season at Victoria Falls with lower water levels and less spray gives you excellent visibility of the falls, Livingstone Island and the rafting season opens as soon as the water drops to a safe level. Although it is classified as winter in Zimbabwe, you can expect warm and sunny days.
September to November is dry season at Victoria Falls with low water levels. There is excellent visibility from the Zimbabwe side with the falls possibly drying up almost completely on the Zambian side. Peak white-water river rafting season, Livingstone Island and the famed Devil’s Pool at the edge of the falls are open (Zambia side).