Experience Victoria Falls
The spectacular Victoria Falls is the largest sheet of falling water in the world, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the incentive traveler it is a dream destination evoking wonder at the forces of nature, reminiscences of the adventurous and gracious colonial era, and awe at Africa’s stunning wildlife along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. As it forms part of the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls can be visited from both countries, each providing a unique viewpoint, and offering best quality safari-style accommodation, dining and activities that will ensure an African adventure your guests will never forget. Victoria Falls and its surrounds have been remarkably preserved as National Parks, and boast an abundance of African wilderness and wildlife. The stunning topography of the area also makes a wide range of expertly-managed adrenalin adventures and ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experiences possible.
- Victoria Falls is the largest sheet of falling water in the world
- One of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World
- Stunning wildlife along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River
What to Do
Arrive in style with a Zambezi Water Taxi ride to your hotel
Guests staying at the Royal Livingstone Hotel on the Zambian side of the Falls will arrive at Livingstone Airport and can choose to be transferred to the banks of the mighty Zambezi River from where they can catch a gracious Zambezi Water Taxi ride to their hotel! There’s no better introduction to this amazing Africa river and its wildlife.
Go on the Guided Walking Tours of the spectacular Victoria Falls
Marvel at the Victoria Falls on a guided tour that gives you brilliant views from the best vantage points, as well as fascinating facts about the history, formation, fauna and flora of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the Zambian side this includes views of the eastern cataract, the Main Falls and the Boiling Pot from Zambia’s best vantage points such as Knife Edge Bridge, the Falls Bridge and the Lookout Tree. On the Zimbabwean side, guests experience the magnificent spray-drenched rainforest with its extraordinary plants and birds.
Take to the skies on the legendary ‘Flight of Angels’
Over the decades the breath-taking helicopter rides over Victoria Falls have become known as the ‘Flight of Angels’, a title derived from explorer David Livingstone’s writing of the Falls: “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by Angels in their flight”. No words will aptly describe the incredible birds-eye views of Zambezi meandering through the game-filled bush, plummeting over the Falls and cutting a series of sheer zigzag gorges out of the African earth. Flights in small planes and micro-lights are also available.
Ride the wild, white waters of the mighty Zambezi River
With names of rapids such as Stairway to Heaven, Oblivion and Judgement Day, guests will soon experience why so many adrenalin addicts rate Victoria Falls as the best one-day white water rafting trip in the world. Other adventure water pursuits on the great Zambezi River include jet-boating, kayaking and canoeing.
Explore Stunning National Parks in an Open Vehicle Safari
Guests will enjoy rewarding safari experiences on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of Victoria Falls. In Zambia, the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park protects wildlife along the northern Zambezi shore. In Zimbabwe, the small Victoria Falls National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site protecting the Falls and the incredible rainforest that is sustained by the spray. The adjacent Zambezi National Park protects 40 kilometers of the southern side of the river, and links the game to other national parks, such as Hwange in the south.
Hold your breath, and then Jump! – off the historic Victoria Falls Bridge
It’s the ultimate thrill, a 111-metre Bungee free-fall headlong towards the rapids of the Zambezi River, against the powerful backdrop of the majestic Victoria Falls. For the Big Air experience, your group can combine this classic world-renowned Bungee jump with the Bungee Swing and the Bungee Slide. The latter is a fun but gentler adventure on a zip-line across the stunning Batoka Gorge from the Zambian bank to the bridge.
Day Trip to the sensational Chobe National Park
It is a short road trip from Victoria Falls over the border into Botswana where your group can go on a “Big 5’ game safari in the unspoiled Chobe National Park and revel in the magnificent wilderness of this continent. The luxury safari lodge will offer safari by riverboat and in open vehicles along the famous Chobe River, home to Africa’s largest concentration of elephants and an abundance of mammals and birds.
Makuni Cultural Village Tour
The village of Chief Makuni , home to the Tokaleya people, welcomes visitors who will appreciate a fascinating insight into their traditions, customs and contemporary lifestyle. Guests will be guided through the village by a resident, getting to meet the locals, seeing how their huts are built and decorated and witnessing day-to-day life.
Cruise the Zambezi River at Sunset on a luxury sunset cruise
There’s no better way to end the day at Victoria Falls than a 2-hour sundowner cruise. The luxurious river boat cruiser skims elegantly along the Zambezi River offering excellent game-viewing along the banks of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and spectacular views of the burnished African sunset. Your group is likely to see Elephant, Hippo, Crocodile and various antelope as they relax and enjoy cocktails and canapés.
Enjoy a Dinner Journey through the National Park on a lovingly-restored steam train
Guests can game-watch while enjoying sundowners and canapés in the luxury lounge of the gracious Royal Livingstone Express as it steams through the stunning Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. There’s a chance to see Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, numerous antelope species and Warthogs, Baboons and Monkeys. After the sun sets, an incredible 5-course meal is elegantly served in the train’s dining car before a gracious return to the hotel.
Where to Stay
Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
Built in 1904, this 5-star Edwardian luxury hotel, which offers every modern convenience, is set in lush sub-tropical gardens within the Victoria Falls National Park. The Falls is less than a 10 minute walk away along the hotel’s private pathway, and is both audible and visible from the landmark hotel itself. Stanley’s Terrace, a famous rendezvous for Africa’s adventurers, offers clear views of the Victoria Falls Bridge, part of Cecil John Rhode’s ambitious plan to build a railway line from Cape to Cairo. Fondly known as the “Grand Old Lady of the Falls’, the Victoria Falls Hotel is one of Africa’s most celebrated and nostalgic hotels.More information
Royal Livingstone Hotel, Zambia
The Royal Livingstone Hotel is set in the Falls Resort situated in Zambia’s 46-hectare Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and it enjoys spectacular views of the river and the billowing spray from the Falls. This gracious hotel features an African architectural style blended with the colonial elegance that is so reminiscent of a romantic, bygone era. The spacious and tasteful en-suite rooms offer every modern convenience and private verandas. Enjoy lunch on the veranda, high tea in the Lounge, the Sun Deck, dinner in the Royal Livingstone Restaurant and a night cap in the Livingstone Bar.More information
Victoria Falls Safari Club, Zimbabwe
This exclusive new establishment is located within the magnificent grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort just four kilometres from the majestic Victoria Falls. Set high on a natural plateau, this highly acclaimed lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and offers uninterrupted views of pristine bushveld. The lodge also overlooks a private waterhole, offering game viewing in comfort. Guests at the Safari Club enjoy top-notch service that includes a private butler and thoughtful added extras such as complimentary afternoon tea with pastries as well as complimentary sundowners and cocktail snacks.More information
The Elephant Camp, Zimbabwe
Located within a private concession of the Victoria Falls National Park, The Elephant Camp is a mere 10 minutes away from the Falls and offers panoramic views over the cascading waters and beautiful Batoka gorge. All suites offer guests peace and quiet, with private decks and plunge pools. Adding to the luxury accommodation experience are indoor and outdoor showers, huge baths, private lounges, mini bar and tea/coffee stations, and air conditioning. In addition to the myriad activities on offer at the Victoria Falls, The Elephant Camp offers walking and birding outings.More information
Royal Chundu, Zambia
Royal Chundu is the first Relais & Châteaux property in Zambia. The two luxurious lodges, River Lodge and Island Lodge, are situated on a 15km stretch of private waterway just upstream from the mighty Victoria Falls, on the banks of the magnificent Zambezi River. Created in harmony with the natural surroundings, Royal Chundu offers a memorable blend of traditional and contemporary design with meandering teak walkways and serene river views. The service is world-class and the gourmet cuisine mirrors the rich heritage of the region and the hospitality of the Zambian people.More information
The Stanley and Livingstone, Zimbabwe
This sophisticated Victorian-style hotel is located in the Victoria Falls private game reserve within walking distance of the famous falls. This elegant boutique hotel is perfect for guests wanting to experience all the magic of Africa in glamour and style. Each Safari Lodge suite comprises a spacious bedroom, plush Victorian-style bathroom, living-area and secluded patio overlooking the African bush. The nearby waterhole invites a constant flow of wildlife that guests can view from the comfort of their suites.More information
Ilala Lodge Hotel, Zimbabwe
The gracious Ilala Lodge Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the magnificent Victoria Falls, which are within easy walking distance. Accommodation is plush and comfortable, and the hotel grounds are spacious and secluded to ensure guests have a private and relaxing stay. The National Park borders the front of the property and guests can often watch wild animals grazing on the hotel lawns. From the hotel restaurant, diners can see and hear the majestic roar of The Falls as they enjoy some of Zimbabwe's finest cuisine.
Toka Leya Camp, Zambia
Situated in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Toka Leya Camp overlooks the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands. Accommodation is in luxurious safari-style tents with en-suite bathrooms and spacious decks for endless river views and game viewing. Hippo, crocodile and elephant are regularly seen in or near the camp. The camp’s dining, lounge and bar areas are ideal for relaxing, or laze alongside the sparkling infinity pool. Meals are beautifully prepared and can be served on the sundeck, pool deck or in the dining room – all of which boast breathtaking views over the Zambezi.More information
Sanctuary Sussi and Chuma, Zambia
Built on a quiet bend of the Zambezi River close to the Victoria Falls, this unique lodge is named after Dr. David Livingstone's faithful friends Sussi and Chuma. Set on the edge of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, it is an ideal base for game viewing, with an array of elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and zebra to be seen in the area. The lodge itself is shaded by magnificent Jackalberry trees and Phoenix palms, and features luxury accommodation as well as an elevated bar, superb wine cellar, lounge and open air dining area.More information
Islands of Siankaba, Zambia
This luxurious five star retreat is located on two private islands in the remarkable Zambezi River, close to the Victoria Falls and world famous Chobe National Park. The secluded chalets are designed for the utmost comfort and privacy, each offering a breathtaking view of the river and its surrounding lush vegetation. Enchanting walkways and bridges connect the two islands and link all of the retreat’s facilities, adding to the captivating beauty of the riverine setting. This is the perfect getaway for discerning travelers who appreciate outstanding cuisine, exceptional service and quiet, unspoiled surroundings.
AVANI Victoria Falls Resort, Zambia
Reflecting the richness and diversity of Zambia’s heritage, the 4-star AVANI Victoria Falls Resort is warm, friendly and welcoming. It is located on the edge of the eastern cataract of Victoria Falls and is part of the Falls Resort situated in Zambia’s 46 hectare Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. With its earthy architecture inspired by an African Village, and décor and finishes reflecting Zambia’s striking arts and crafts, the ambiance is classically African, comfortable and convenient. Guests can enjoy the range of dining and bar options including the Theatre of Food, the Mukuni Boma and the Shungu Pool Terrace.More information
Tongabezi Lodge, Zambia
Just upstream from Victoria Falls, Tongabezi Lodge nestles on the banks of the Zambezi River, offering an exclusive ambience and the legendary warmth and hospitality of the Zambian people. Guests are accommodated in a selection of riverside cottages, each beautifully styled with furniture and décor from all over Africa. Guests can enjoy dining beside the river or on their own private terrace.More information
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