The Victoria Falls is located right between neighboring countries Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa. It is located near a synonymous town that is situated in the western part of Zimbabwe and near a town named Livingstone in eastern Zambia. Botswana is also located close to the falls. As such the falls is one of the biggest tourist attractions on the continent itself. The beauty of the Victoria Falls is that it has something for all – there is plenty to see for people who wish to take in the sights and sounds over here. There is also enough thrills to be had for the adventure seekers and thrill riders.
A few things that you need to understand
In one of the local languages spoken in Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls is referred to as Mosikalamosikala, which in English means the smoke that thunders. It indeed happens to be one of the most amazing sights in the whole world. Its height is double of that of the Niagara Falls. It is many times longer as well.
As such this is not the highest or the widest waterfall of the world. Nor does it have the greatest volume of water as such. However, among all the waterfalls of the world, it does have the biggest sheet of water and this is what makes it a sight that should not be missed at all.
Reaching to The Victoria Falls
Obviously, the easiest way to access the Victoria Falls is by flight. There are daily flights between Johannesburg in South Africa and the Victoria Falls Airport. These flights are operated by the likes of South African Airways and British Airways. However, if you are somewhere in Zimbabwe you can get to Victoria Falls with an Air Zimbabwe flight. However, before you decide to fly Air Zimbabwe, kindly check if the airline is operating at all or not.
What to see and do over here
The Victoria Falls is reputed to be the seventh wonder of the world and it is possible that you may have seen it in postcards, film footage, and snaps taken by people while they are on their holiday. However, the real deal is standing beside this waterfall that is reputed to hold 546 cubic meters of water. It is then that you get a proper hang of why it is known as the smoke that thunders. Seeing that massive amount of water plunge down 100 feet below into a deep gorge can be a life-changing experience as well.
You may not know this but there are plenty of opportunities for shopping at the Victoria Falls. It is also highly possible for you to get a good deal as such. The area has some decent curio markets that are located just next to the local post office. There are plenty of tourist shops over here that deal in stone and wood carvings. Apart from that, you can buy jewelry, books, T-shirts, postcards, curios, and artwork. There are some sculpture markets over here where you would be able to do something that you may have never done in your life – barter.
Eating over here is quite easy. As such, you do not get any food within the park, which means that you need to get your own food. Also, please be careful with the monkeys over here. They are known to snatch food in case you are not looking. The best option for eating over here is The Boma at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. It has a buffet that allows you to stuff yourself to your heart’s content. The best mid-range options are The Livingstone Room, the Palm Restaurant, Makuwa-Kuwa, and the Rainforest Café. The finest budget options over here are In Da Belly and The Garden of Eat’n.
As such, the Victoria Falls is not a place known exactly for its nightlife. In the downtown area, you would find a few bars but they are not really that well lit. Stepping in might seem like a lot of fun but you need to be careful as well. The best options to drink are the hotels that have huge bars, which are pretty well stocked too. However, the prices here are a bit on the higher side and as such, you may no longer feel you are in Africa.
Finding an accommodation at The Victoria Falls
There are different kinds of accommodation to be found at the Victoria Falls. It is pretty easy to find the kind of accommodation that you want over here. However, before you book, please do make sure that they are located in the town. A budget hotel charges less than 10 dollars for a standard double room. A mid-range hotel costs you between 10 to 200 dollars a night, and the high-end ones are costlier than 200 dollars a night. The best hotels here are the Azambezi River Lodge, the Ilala Lodge, the Victoria Falls Hotel, and the Victoria Falls Safari Hotel.
For starters, it is better to avoid walking back from the falls to your hotel after it has gone dark. There are dedicated tourist police officers at this town. You will meet them when you arrive here – in fact, thanks to their yellow vests it is pretty easy to identify them. There are lots of them and they are trustworthy as well. These days, Zimbabwe is making all the efforts to keep the tourists safe following a period of tourist instability and lull in tourism.
The beauty of the Victoria Falls is that it is located pretty close to countries such as Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia. It is thus pretty easy to get access to these countries from here apart from the chance to explore the remainder of the wonderful country that is Zimbabwe. The most notable tourist destination from here is the Chobe National Park that is located in Botswana. This one happens to be a rather common destination. Most hotels at the Victoria Falls would help you book a safari over there for a day or two.