Whether from Zambia, Zimbabwe, above, below, or right on the edge of the Falls themselves, it’s impossible to take a bad photo of Victoria Falls— everywhere you look, there are double rainbows and droplets of water so sparkly that you’d swear they are falling diamonds. Here are just a few photos of this beautiful natural wonder that will make you want to book tickets immediately.
All the details: Victoria Falls
Cost: Entry to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia) is $20USD and entry to Victoria Falls National Park (Zimbabwe) is $30USD, both fees payable by cash or card at the entry gate.
Getting there: Get a taxi from Livingstone to the National Park on the Zambian side for about $5-10USD; from here, you can walk across the border to the Zimbabwean side of the Falls. Read more about crossing the border in this post.
Where to stay: Stay in pre-erected, glamping-style tents for $25USD per night at the Victoria Falls Waterfront, or opt for one of the more up-scale chalets. The property is situated right on the river, offers beautiful views, an on-site restaurant and bar, several pools, a full travel booking service, and countless other amenities. Spend your money on activities rather than fancy accommodation in Victoria Falls— you’ll spend hardly any time in your room, and the cost of excursions can quickly add up.
What to do: After visiting both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side of the Falls, white water raft Class V rapids on the Zambezi River; swim in Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool on the edge of Victoria Falls; enjoy a scenic river cruise to look for local hippo, crocs, and more; go bungy jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge; organise a lion safari nearby; visit the Elephant Cafe; or enjoy a million other activities in southern Africa’s adventure epicentre. Most of these activities can be booked directly through your accommodation upon arrival, and the staff will be able to organise any transfers, as well.
Top tips: Make sure you have plenty of USD, as this is the preferred currency accepted by tour agencies (and the only currency accepted at the border to pay visa fees).