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Tour of Victoria Falls

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  • Bill Fleming and family on safari courtesy www.SafariBill.org
  • Victoria Falls at dawn

Tour of Victoria Falls at a glance


  • Two hour tour with local guides
  • Explore the verdant rainforest
  • Gaze upon Victoria Falls
  • ...take a raincoat!

Tour of Victoria Falls

Experience a two hour guided tour through the lush local rainforest, emerging upon breath-taking views of Victoria Falls!

Whether you are staying in Zimbabwe or Zambia, we have an option for you to experience the guided tour of Victoria Falls.

Mosi-oa-tunya, or "The Smoke That Thunders" was first documented by a European explorer in 1855, when David Livingstone 'discovered' it. Formed by the erosion of sandstone from harder basalt rock, the unexpected 108m drop of the Falls from the tranquil Zambezi River above is breathtaking.

The guided tour takes two hours, and includes a walk through the rainforest sustained by the spray from the longest waterfall in the world. As well as a brief history of the Falls, you will have a chance to learn about the amazing plants, animals and birds that inhabit the area.

With plenty of photographic opportunities along the way, you will come upon the incredible sight of millions of litres of water tumbling into First Gorge below, sending up a plume of mist that can be seen from as many as 50km away. The sight is mesmerising - you will get wet - and your guide is on hand to take as many photographs as you require.

Return to the town inspired - why not see what other adventure options we offer!

Zimbabwe side US$20  Zambia side US$44 (from Zimbabwe)

Zambian side from US$19.50 (depending on where you are staying) Zimbabwe side from US$41 (from Zambia)

 

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  • Enquiries and bookings

    Contact the Zambezi team

    Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

  • All the facts
  • Background

    At this point in its course, the Zambezi River cuts between Zimbabwe and Zambia, with the northern bank being the Zambian side, and the Zimbabwean side on the south. As a result, Victoria Falls, which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is 'in' both countries, with the exact border somewhere in the middle of millions of litres of fresh water.

    Victoria Falls itself is millions of years old, and tourism in this area was kick-started by the building of Victoria Falls Bridge, connecting the two countries. This was completed in 1905, at which point the seeds of adventure were sown. This fledgling tourism industry blossomed into the Adventure Capital of Africa, with Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia growing to the bustling towns we see today.

    The action centres around the Falls, which is formed by the erosion of soft sandstone rock. Underlying the sandstone is a layer of incredibly hard basalt rock, which erodes much more slowly as the Zambezi River flows over it - over millions of years the Falls were formed. These are the largest falls in the world, so classified because the combination of width and height, neither of which are record-breaking in themselves, results in the largest sheet of falling water on Earth. On average, over a million litres falls over the lip of rock per second, with peak flow in May, and the water level is at its lowest in November and December. Victoria Falls does occasionally run dry, so if you wish to see it, do not plan for these months!

    A thriving rainforest exists on the land surrounding the Falls, the result of excellent weather, the correct soil conditions, and the moist atmosphere provided by the spray that shoots into the air, can can be seen from 50km away on a clear day. This is protected on the Zimbabwean side in the Victoria Falls National Park, and on the Zambian side by the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Plants, animals and birds live here in abundance, with particular specialities being some of the rainforest species that you won't find in other parts of Southern Africa.

    Mosi-oa-Tunya is the local name for the waterfall, and means "The Smoke That Thunders", a statement you will certainly agree with the minute you get within hearing distance of the Falls.

    Tour the Victoria Falls

    We offer two options for touring the Falls; one on each side of the river.

    Zimbabwe

    The Zimbabwean Tour starts in Victoria Falls Town, where modern day explorers are picked up from their accommodation and taken to the Victoria Falls National Park. A two hour walk through the rainforest with an experienced local guide will tell you all you need to know about the natural history of the area. There are photographic opportunities aplenty, and we advise that you carry something waterproof as the spray will get you wet!

    Explore Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe for just $20 per person.

    Includes

    • Transfer to Victoria Falls
    • Experienced local guide
    • Waterproof clothing

    Excludes

    • National park fees ($30pp, subject to change)

    Zambia

    Starting in Victoria Falls Town, or with a transfer from Livingstone, this tour takes in the Zambian side of the Falls and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Walk along the path at the edge of the forest learning about the flora, fauna and birds, and have a chance to purchase some local curios from the stalls set up in adjacent open-air markets. With different views to the Zimbabwean option, this is a good alternative or additional tour to take of the Falls.

    This option gives excellent views of the Boiling Pot, the point at which the river turns after its descent and heads away from the area via Batoka Gorge.

    Explore Victoria Falls on the Zambian side from $19.50 (subject to accommodation).

    Includes

    • Transfers to the start of the tour
    • Experienced local guide
    • Waterproof clothing
    • Chance to explore the open-air market

    Excludes

    • National parks fees ($20pp subject to change)
  • Choices
  • As well as the standard guided tour of Victoria Falls, there are several other options you can explore.

    Falls Tour and Lunch

    Combine the full tour of Victoria Falls with lunch at the Lookout Cafe. Price at $47.50 per person, national parks fees not included ($30pp, subject to change).

    Lunar Tour of the Falls

    There are very few places in the world where 'moonbows' can be seen. These are rainbows caused not by the rays of the sun, but by the action of the light from the moon on the water vapour in the air. Victoria Falls is one of these places!

    There are only three days every month when a lunar tour can take place, as moonbows are only visible at full moon. Meet your guide at a location arranged nearer to the time, and head into the rainforest for the full tour experience, with the added bonus of the potential to see the moonbow!

    Lunar tours may be cancelled due to bad weather. The 2017 dates are:

    • 11,12,13 January
    • 10,11,12 February
    • 11,12,13 March
    • 10,11,12 April
    • 09,10,11 May
    • 08,09,10 June
    • 08,09,10 July
    • 06,07,08 August
    • 05,06,07 September
    • 04,05,06 October
    • 04,05,06 November
    • 02,03,04 December

    A lunar tour is $27 pp (Zimbabwe side), and does not include national parks fees (currently $40pp, subject to change). US$36pp (Zambia side).

    Victoria Falls moonbow

Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

Background

At this point in its course, the Zambezi River cuts between Zimbabwe and Zambia, with the northern bank being the Zambian side, and the Zimbabwean side on the south. As a result, Victoria Falls, which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is 'in' both countries, with the exact border somewhere in the middle of millions of litres of fresh water.

Victoria Falls itself is millions of years old, and tourism in this area was kick-started by the building of Victoria Falls Bridge, connecting the two countries. This was completed in 1905, at which point the seeds of adventure were sown. This fledgling tourism industry blossomed into the Adventure Capital of Africa, with Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia growing to the bustling towns we see today.

The action centres around the Falls, which is formed by the erosion of soft sandstone rock. Underlying the sandstone is a layer of incredibly hard basalt rock, which erodes much more slowly as the Zambezi River flows over it - over millions of years the Falls were formed. These are the largest falls in the world, so classified because the combination of width and height, neither of which are record-breaking in themselves, results in the largest sheet of falling water on Earth. On average, over a million litres falls over the lip of rock per second, with peak flow in May, and the water level is at its lowest in November and December. Victoria Falls does occasionally run dry, so if you wish to see it, do not plan for these months!

A thriving rainforest exists on the land surrounding the Falls, the result of excellent weather, the correct soil conditions, and the moist atmosphere provided by the spray that shoots into the air, can can be seen from 50km away on a clear day. This is protected on the Zimbabwean side in the Victoria Falls National Park, and on the Zambian side by the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Plants, animals and birds live here in abundance, with particular specialities being some of the rainforest species that you won't find in other parts of Southern Africa.

Mosi-oa-Tunya is the local name for the waterfall, and means "The Smoke That Thunders", a statement you will certainly agree with the minute you get within hearing distance of the Falls.

Tour the Victoria Falls

We offer two options for touring the Falls; one on each side of the river.

Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean Tour starts in Victoria Falls Town, where modern day explorers are picked up from their accommodation and taken to the Victoria Falls National Park. A two hour walk through the rainforest with an experienced local guide will tell you all you need to know about the natural history of the area. There are photographic opportunities aplenty, and we advise that you carry something waterproof as the spray will get you wet!

Explore Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe for just $20 per person.

Includes

  • Transfer to Victoria Falls
  • Experienced local guide
  • Waterproof clothing

Excludes

  • National park fees ($30pp, subject to change)

Zambia

Starting in Victoria Falls Town, or with a transfer from Livingstone, this tour takes in the Zambian side of the Falls and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Walk along the path at the edge of the forest learning about the flora, fauna and birds, and have a chance to purchase some local curios from the stalls set up in adjacent open-air markets. With different views to the Zimbabwean option, this is a good alternative or additional tour to take of the Falls.

This option gives excellent views of the Boiling Pot, the point at which the river turns after its descent and heads away from the area via Batoka Gorge.

Explore Victoria Falls on the Zambian side from $19.50 (subject to accommodation).

Includes

  • Transfers to the start of the tour
  • Experienced local guide
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Chance to explore the open-air market

Excludes

  • National parks fees ($20pp subject to change)

As well as the standard guided tour of Victoria Falls, there are several other options you can explore.

Falls Tour and Lunch

Combine the full tour of Victoria Falls with lunch at the Lookout Cafe. Price at $47.50 per person, national parks fees not included ($30pp, subject to change).

Lunar Tour of the Falls

There are very few places in the world where 'moonbows' can be seen. These are rainbows caused not by the rays of the sun, but by the action of the light from the moon on the water vapour in the air. Victoria Falls is one of these places!

There are only three days every month when a lunar tour can take place, as moonbows are only visible at full moon. Meet your guide at a location arranged nearer to the time, and head into the rainforest for the full tour experience, with the added bonus of the potential to see the moonbow!

Lunar tours may be cancelled due to bad weather. The 2017 dates are:

  • 11,12,13 January
  • 10,11,12 February
  • 11,12,13 March
  • 10,11,12 April
  • 09,10,11 May
  • 08,09,10 June
  • 08,09,10 July
  • 06,07,08 August
  • 05,06,07 September
  • 04,05,06 October
  • 04,05,06 November
  • 02,03,04 December

A lunar tour is $27 pp (Zimbabwe side), and does not include national parks fees (currently $40pp, subject to change). US$36pp (Zambia side).

Victoria Falls moonbow

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