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      Victoria Falls Car Hire & Travel Information

      Victoria Falls is a town in the western portion of Zimbabwe, across the border from Livingstone, Zambia, and near Botswana. The town lies immediately next to the falls. They are the major attraction, but this popular tourist destination offers both adventure seekers and sightseers plenty of opportunities for a longer stay.


      Mosikalamosikala (meaning "The Smoke That Thunders"), commonly known as Victoria Falls, is one of the most amazing sights in the world: twice as tall as Niagara Falls and several times longer. Although not the highest, the widest or the greatest volume of water, they have the largest sheet of water for any fall in the world and are a sight not to be missed.


      It took thousands of years of erosion for Victoria Falls to appear as and where it does now. Mosi-oa-Tunya, or "the smoke that thunders” became known to the western world as Victoria Falls only after David Livingstone first set eyes on this astonishing natural wonder in 1855, a heartbeat ago in geological time.


      Over at least 2000 years, the falls have receded 8 km upstream, as the Zambezi carved its way through seven gorges. This geological history can be seen in the dark basalt in the series of rocky gorges below the falls. It is believed that the Devil's Cataract, which is presently the lowest point of Victoria Falls, will eventually become the next gorge as the river continues to cut its way back upstream.

      During the Jurassic Period, volcanic activity resulted in thick basalt deposits covering large parts of Southern Africa. As the lava cooled and solidified, cracks appeared in the hard basalt crust, which were filled with clay and lime. Erosion and the course of the mighty Zambezi River cut through these softer materials, forming the first of a series of waterfalls.

      Essentially, the river falls into a gorge directly in front of the falls, and then flows through a narrow cutting. You can view the falls straight on from across the gorge.


      Scottish missionary David Livingstone first heard about Victoria Falls, known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, four years before he arrived there. The area was a sacred site for the Batoka and other local tribes. 

      When to visit

      The park is open year-round, but you will get a very different experience depending on the season in which you visit.

      In the rainy season (December to March), the water volume will be higher, and the falls will be more dramatic. You are guaranteed to get wet if you cross the bridge or walk along the trails winding near the falls.

      In the dry season, (April to October), the water volume will be lower, and by October, Victoria Falls might just be a trickle. You will get a clearer view of the rocky ledge beneath the falls, which is pretty spectacular by itself, but the falls might be somewhat underwhelming. 

      Get in

      By plane

      British Airways and South African Airways offer daily flights between Johannesburg (JNB) and Victoria Falls Airport (VFA). Air Zimbabwe also offers flights between Victoria Falls Airport and other destinations within Zimbabwe - NB please check whether Air Zimbabwe is operating at the time of your visit, as recently their schedule has not been reliable, and they ceased operations for a period of time. Cheaper flights from South Africa are often available to neighbouring Livingstone.

      Direct flights can be had from Nelspruit Airport (Kruger National Park) to Livingstone three times a week. Any flights from Kruger to Victoria Falls must go through Johannesburg.

      There is Proflight in Zambia who offers last minute cheap flights from Lusaka Airport to Livingstone Airport if you are lucky.

      By train

      The classic way of reaching Victoria Falls is by the overnight train from Bulawayo, now back to running daily again. This train still uses lovely but somewhat downtrodden British 1950s coaches.

      Trains from Zambia across the spectacular Zambesi bridge have been suspended for a few years time now, however catching a train to Livingstone and then continue by taxi is a possibility.

      By car

      The roads within Zimbabwe are not very good, with potholes commonplace. The most direct way to Victoria Falls overland is from Bulawayo. There is a good road network from the South African border at Beit Bridge right through to the falls.

      Coming from Namibia or Botswana. the best road is from Kasane in Botswana using the Kazungula border post. Distance to Vic Falls is 70 km.

      Get around

      If you stay in the swanky hotels downtown, or even some of the budget accommodation options just outside the downtown area, walking is manageable. Most of places are no more than 3 km away from Victoria Falls.

      Some of the hotels in Victoria Falls are not really in Vic Falls, but most of these have their own transfer services.

      What to see & Do

      Perhaps you have seen postcards, holiday snaps, or film footage of the seventh wonder of the world, Victoria Falls. But have you actually been fortunate enough to stand beside the "smoke that thunders" watching and listening as the roar of 546 m³ of water, minute by minute, plunge down into a 100 m deep gorge below.

      Besides the falls themselves there are numerous land and water based activities to keep you busy for a day or two. There are several tour operators in town, who all take bookings for various activities, all are on commission, and you can only seemingly haggle over the size of the commission rather than cost of the activity. Wild Horizons offer many of the activities, so it may be better to negotiate direct with them rather than with a tout / agency. Alternatively, you can use sites such as to compare prices of activities between tour operators, book and pay securely online before you travel to Zimbabwe.

      Water based

      Canoeing on the river above the falls, is a nice way to see some wildlife and relax. Canoeing is best described as "drifting" at walking pace with the flow of the river. If you want to cover some distance and do the paddling yourself, make it clear when you book.

      White water rafting, on the river below the falls, spectacular and quite hair raising. Whitewater rafting day trips sell for about $110. The price includes a full day of shooting some of the best rapids in the world (including some Class V rapids); lunch, eaten on the water and all the beer you can chug after the climb out. Note that it is a tough decent on foot down the gorge to the launch point so wear no flip flops.

      Sunset cruises on the Zambezi River, which is beautiful above the falls. A few drinks tend to be included. The "sunset cruise" is a bit of a misnomer as all boats have to be off the river by Sunset. You will see most of the sunset after you are back in the dock.

      Victoria Falls Bridge-based

      Bungee-jumping / bungee swing, fling yourself off, either solo or tandum
      Gorge-swing, a huge swing over the gorge
      Flying fox / cable slide, described as "mildly adventurous", it is the cheapest activity that involves jumping in to the gorge
      Abseiling / rappelling, descend in to the gorge and climb back out.
      Vic Falls Tram / Bridge tour, an old tram carriage from Cape Town has been brought back to life to give tourists a slow trundle down to the bridge where you get a tour and a glimpse back at the history of the construction.
      Canopy Tour, The canopy tour, with 9 slides offers amazing views of the turbulent rapis, the falls spray and the Victoria Falls bridge.


      Visit the grand Victoria Falls Hotel for high tea. For about $30, you get tea, scones, a three-tiered sandwich platter, and a magnificent view of the Victoria Falls Bridge and gorge.
      From wherever you stay you can easily arrange for a safari (prices vary), a sunset cruise (around $50), or a helicopter ride(for about $150) over the falls.
      The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has a no knock-out casino on site.
      For a casino, the Kingdom Hotel does have something to offer.
      For something different try an elephant ride, or a horseback safari offered by a variety of tour operators in town.
      Chobe Day Trip will take you Chobe National Park, Botswana side known for its prolific wildlife. Trip Included breakfast, cruise, gamedrive & transfers from Victoria Falls is part of Ecommerce Group NV., which offers a range of Ecommerce services. Our holding company is based in the Netherlands Antilles with support offices in several countries.
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