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Town Tours

  • there's a great big smiling face lurking behind that tongue!
  • Baobab in wire, Elephant's Walk, Victoria Falls
  • Stone carvings, Victoria Falls
  • 1954-vintage 14a Class Garrett steam locomotive
  • Bushbuck in the Rainforest - Victoria Falls
  • Sites and people around town

Fast Facts


  • Vic Falls and Livingstone
  • Chinotimba township village tour
  • Meet the people
  • Soak up the atmosphere

Town Tours

Experience the true frontier town spirit on one of our town tours....stroll, listen, watch, eat, shop and just soak up the atmosphere

Victoria Falls has been "hyped up" ever since 1855 when David Livingstone first set eyes on the "smoke that thunders". The towns on both sides of the river have since been transformed by explorers, hunters and missionaries.

A mere stroll through the Victoria Falls village will give you a sense of this true frontier town. But, if you take just a little more time to absorb the atmosphere, you'll soon get a greater sense of the African cultures and the history that have shaped Victoria Falls.

It needn't cost a dime and you can explore on foot, by bicycle or cab - with or without a guide. You'll find the streets are safe, the people are friendly and the smiles are warm wherever you go.

Don't forget to take your camera to capture the colourful assortment of markets, the hustle, the bustle and most importantly - the people.

The excursions on offer in and around town could keep you busy for days if you wish!  

Whatever your tastes find out more about your options or explore the map below...

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  • Victoria Falls Tours

    Zimbabwe lies on the western bank of the Zambezi and features 4 of the 5 waterfalls - Devil's Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Horseshoe Falls. The Eastern Cataract flows on the Zambian shoreline.  (Whilst you're doing some research from home find out more about why Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.)

    You have 3 options to get a great perspective of this amazing spectacle:

    • Take a stroll through the rainforest in Zimbabwe where you'll find 16 different viewpoints of the Falls. This 1,5 km walk will take you about 2 hours and is best done early morning or later afternoon. Raincoats will be handed out for use free of charge. There's an interesting visitor centre and a tea room at the entrance. The car park features a little open-air market.  ($20 Guided Tour plus Park fees $30)
    • The smaller rainforest in Zambia offers access to the "Knife's Edge" with an excellent view of the Eastern Cataract, the chasm and the Rainbow Falls. This section of the falls is at its best in the late afternoon. ($44 Guided Tour plus Park fees $20)
    • The aerial options by helicopter or microlight offer an amazing bird's-eye view of Victoria Falls.

    Lunar Rainbows over Victoria Falls 

    A lunar rainbow (moonbow, white rainbow, lunar bow, or space rainbow) appears when light is reflected off the surface of the moon instead of sunlight. 

    Vic Falls is one of a few places on earth where you can witness this phenomenon. Conditions are best when spray is at peak during high water from January to July with the latter few months ideal as they guarantee clear skies. For a unique experience, head to either the  Zimbabwean or the Zambian rainforest during full moon. During this time, the parks are opened for 3 nights. 

    The best viewing spot is in Zambia from the Eastern Cataract after sunset with the moon rising in the east and the moonbow forming over Rainbow Falls. The Zimbabwean rainforest offers several good viewpoints - Devil's Cataract between 7 and 10 pm and the Main Falls from midnight to dawn.  You'll need a tripod and warm clothing. Raincoats are available on entry. ($27 plus Park fees $40)

    Livingstone Island - access from Zambia only

    On Livingstone Island, David Livingstone first saw the chasm below Victoria Falls on 16 November 1855. This amazing view inspired his well-known diary entry: "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight."

    Between mid July and January, you can retrace Livingstone's canoe route and rediscover Livingstone Island on any of the daily 2-hour trips made from the Zambian shoreline by twin engine boat, price from $100 (breakfast, lunch and high tea options)

    Devil's Pool is a natural rock pool adjacent to Livingstone Island.  Between September and January, when the water levels are low, you can swim right to the edge of Victoria Falls. It is undoubtedly the wildest infinity pool on the planet. You'll even get a chance to sit in the 'Angel's Armchair', a recess on the very edge of the falls.

    Crocodile Ranch, Zimbabwe

    The Sanctuary and Ranch will give you a unique insight into the Nile crocodile's life. During hatching season, you can even get up close and personal and touch baby crocodiles.  Various crocodile by-products are on display and for sale as gifts and souvenirs at the Ranch Gift Shop.

    Steam Train Tours - Zimbabwe and Zambia

    This tour will take you back to the romance of the steam era in Victoria Falls and Livingstone. Take a trip on a 1954-vintage steam train with an authentic 14a Class Garrett steam locomotive. Enjoy the lap of luxury  with beautifully restored first class coaches, lounges and dining cars.

    The "Bridge Run" operates from the Victoria Falls Station (Zimbabwe) and includes sundowners on the Victoria Falls Bridge.  This experience takes 2 hours at sunset ($125)

    The "Moonlight Dinner Run" continues from Victoria Falls Bridge into the Zambezi National Park. The five course dinner service ends at 9pm. (price on request) Advance booking essential, available subject to demand only.

    In Zambia the "Royal Livingstone Steam Train Dinner" runs daily from the Old Mulobezi Railway Offices ('Kilometre 0' of the Mulobezi Line) into Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Service starts at 5pm and ends at 9pm.  A five-course dinner will be served. (Price on request)

    The Bridge Tour, Zimbabwe and Zambia

    The Bridge Tour is a wonderful experience for all ages taking visitors on an adventurous exploration of history. The tour includes an entertaining theatrical presentation on the history of the Bridge and the men who built it.  Visitors over 10 years of age who don't have a fear of heights will have the rare opportunity to walk along the catwalks used during the 1904 construction. $65.

    The Boma at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe

    This isn't just another ethnic restaurant but rather a unique cultural experience.  Sample some outstanding traditional Zimbabwean cuisine while being entertained by traditional dancers as well as a Sangoma (story teller). The local witchdoctor is also available to throw the bones and tell your fortune. ($65) including transfers.

    Chinotimba Township Tour, Zimbabwe 

    Observe township life from the oldest houses to the taverns, the local market and churches. This  daily tour will give you a glimpse into the life of the locals. Chinotimba township has a population of around 60 000 inhabitants, the majority of whom are Nambya and Tonga people - the original people of the Victoria Falls area. (The word Chinotimba itself describes the roar of the water from the falls in the local Nambya language. ($33.50)

    High Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel

    Get a taste of colonial life at the Victoria Falls Hotel, an establishment that epitomizes the romance of grand travel. The hotel's traditional high tea is served on the Stanley terrace, offering a spectacular view of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the start of the Batoka gorge.

    Cycling Tours - Zimbabwe

    Two group tours run from the Victoria Falls Hotel daily. (Price on request)

    • The Sunrise Cycle departs at 7am (summer) and 7:30am (winter), returning at around 9:30am for a well-deserved breakfast overlooking the Falls.
    • The Sunset Cycle departs at 4pm (summer) and 3:30pm (winter), returning at around 6pm as the sun sinks below the horizon.  (High tea is an optional extra.)

    "Mists of Time"

    Join our history guide for a riveting presentation on Victoria Falls and its place in Africa's history. He'll vividly describe the colourful characters that were part of the town's development, from the earliest residents to the first European visitors of the Victoria Falls Hotel. This is a fascinating slice of Africa's story that'll leave you with a deeper understanding of the continent's past, present and future. (Price on request)

    Village Tours from Livingstone

    Immerse yourself into the local culture and seize the opportunity to experience rural African life first hand.  You can visit local homes, farms and fields and meet some of the locals as they go about daily life. (From $50)

    • Mukuni Village is home to around 5000 Leya people. They'll be happy to share their interesting culture with you and show you around the village homes and Chief Mukuni's Palace. Don't miss the food and local beer.
    • Simonga Village is home to approximately 3000 inhabitants from Lozi and Tonga tribes. It is one of the few Zambian villages ruled by a Headwoman. Inonge Imusho Samachila was chosen by the local Royal Family to rule in 1970.

    Traditional Markets - Zambia

    Maramba Market is a large and colourful market that offers everything from fresh home-grown produce, to second-hand clothing, traditional African clothes, hand-made pots and pans, live chickens, wire toys, dried beans and hand-crafted furniture.  Freshly roasted peanuts are standard fare. (From $50)

    The Dambwa market will give you a glimpse into the way local people buy and sell goods such as traditional foods, basic housewares, fabrics and livestock.

    David Livingstone Museum - Zambia

    The Livingstone Museum is one of a kind in this area. It contains the most comprehensive memorabilia of Dr. David Livingstone and showcases authentic maps and diaries. It covers the history of the region from the formation right up to the present day. The museum also features Anthropological, Natural History and African Culture sections. (From $50)

    Livingstone Town Tour - Zambia

    Learn everything there is to know about Livingstone. Did you know Livingstone was moved from its original site at the Old Drift in 1905 as a result of malarial outbreaks to its healthier location on Constitution Hill? On this tour, you'll see some of the original architecture of this carefully planned town with its wide tree-lined streets. You'll visit the Livingstone Museum and the bustling, colourful Maramba Market. You'll stop by the Salaula market with its large displays of second-hand clothes, an absolute favourite of the locals. (Price on request)

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Victoria Falls Tours

Zimbabwe lies on the western bank of the Zambezi and features 4 of the 5 waterfalls - Devil's Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Horseshoe Falls. The Eastern Cataract flows on the Zambian shoreline.  (Whilst you're doing some research from home find out more about why Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.)

You have 3 options to get a great perspective of this amazing spectacle:

  • Take a stroll through the rainforest in Zimbabwe where you'll find 16 different viewpoints of the Falls. This 1,5 km walk will take you about 2 hours and is best done early morning or later afternoon. Raincoats will be handed out for use free of charge. There's an interesting visitor centre and a tea room at the entrance. The car park features a little open-air market.  ($20 Guided Tour plus Park fees $30)
  • The smaller rainforest in Zambia offers access to the "Knife's Edge" with an excellent view of the Eastern Cataract, the chasm and the Rainbow Falls. This section of the falls is at its best in the late afternoon. ($44 Guided Tour plus Park fees $20)
  • The aerial options by helicopter or microlight offer an amazing bird's-eye view of Victoria Falls.

Lunar Rainbows over Victoria Falls 

A lunar rainbow (moonbow, white rainbow, lunar bow, or space rainbow) appears when light is reflected off the surface of the moon instead of sunlight. 

Vic Falls is one of a few places on earth where you can witness this phenomenon. Conditions are best when spray is at peak during high water from January to July with the latter few months ideal as they guarantee clear skies. For a unique experience, head to either the  Zimbabwean or the Zambian rainforest during full moon. During this time, the parks are opened for 3 nights. 

The best viewing spot is in Zambia from the Eastern Cataract after sunset with the moon rising in the east and the moonbow forming over Rainbow Falls. The Zimbabwean rainforest offers several good viewpoints - Devil's Cataract between 7 and 10 pm and the Main Falls from midnight to dawn.  You'll need a tripod and warm clothing. Raincoats are available on entry. ($27 plus Park fees $40)

Livingstone Island - access from Zambia only

On Livingstone Island, David Livingstone first saw the chasm below Victoria Falls on 16 November 1855. This amazing view inspired his well-known diary entry: "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight."

Between mid July and January, you can retrace Livingstone's canoe route and rediscover Livingstone Island on any of the daily 2-hour trips made from the Zambian shoreline by twin engine boat, price from $100 (breakfast, lunch and high tea options)

Devil's Pool is a natural rock pool adjacent to Livingstone Island.  Between September and January, when the water levels are low, you can swim right to the edge of Victoria Falls. It is undoubtedly the wildest infinity pool on the planet. You'll even get a chance to sit in the 'Angel's Armchair', a recess on the very edge of the falls.

Crocodile Ranch, Zimbabwe

The Sanctuary and Ranch will give you a unique insight into the Nile crocodile's life. During hatching season, you can even get up close and personal and touch baby crocodiles.  Various crocodile by-products are on display and for sale as gifts and souvenirs at the Ranch Gift Shop.

Steam Train Tours - Zimbabwe and Zambia

This tour will take you back to the romance of the steam era in Victoria Falls and Livingstone. Take a trip on a 1954-vintage steam train with an authentic 14a Class Garrett steam locomotive. Enjoy the lap of luxury  with beautifully restored first class coaches, lounges and dining cars.

The "Bridge Run" operates from the Victoria Falls Station (Zimbabwe) and includes sundowners on the Victoria Falls Bridge.  This experience takes 2 hours at sunset ($125)

The "Moonlight Dinner Run" continues from Victoria Falls Bridge into the Zambezi National Park. The five course dinner service ends at 9pm. (price on request) Advance booking essential, available subject to demand only.

In Zambia the "Royal Livingstone Steam Train Dinner" runs daily from the Old Mulobezi Railway Offices ('Kilometre 0' of the Mulobezi Line) into Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Service starts at 5pm and ends at 9pm.  A five-course dinner will be served. (Price on request)

The Bridge Tour, Zimbabwe and Zambia

The Bridge Tour is a wonderful experience for all ages taking visitors on an adventurous exploration of history. The tour includes an entertaining theatrical presentation on the history of the Bridge and the men who built it.  Visitors over 10 years of age who don't have a fear of heights will have the rare opportunity to walk along the catwalks used during the 1904 construction. $65.

The Boma at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe

This isn't just another ethnic restaurant but rather a unique cultural experience.  Sample some outstanding traditional Zimbabwean cuisine while being entertained by traditional dancers as well as a Sangoma (story teller). The local witchdoctor is also available to throw the bones and tell your fortune. ($65) including transfers.

Chinotimba Township Tour, Zimbabwe 

Observe township life from the oldest houses to the taverns, the local market and churches. This  daily tour will give you a glimpse into the life of the locals. Chinotimba township has a population of around 60 000 inhabitants, the majority of whom are Nambya and Tonga people - the original people of the Victoria Falls area. (The word Chinotimba itself describes the roar of the water from the falls in the local Nambya language. ($33.50)

High Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel

Get a taste of colonial life at the Victoria Falls Hotel, an establishment that epitomizes the romance of grand travel. The hotel's traditional high tea is served on the Stanley terrace, offering a spectacular view of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the start of the Batoka gorge.

Cycling Tours - Zimbabwe

Two group tours run from the Victoria Falls Hotel daily. (Price on request)

  • The Sunrise Cycle departs at 7am (summer) and 7:30am (winter), returning at around 9:30am for a well-deserved breakfast overlooking the Falls.
  • The Sunset Cycle departs at 4pm (summer) and 3:30pm (winter), returning at around 6pm as the sun sinks below the horizon.  (High tea is an optional extra.)

"Mists of Time"

Join our history guide for a riveting presentation on Victoria Falls and its place in Africa's history. He'll vividly describe the colourful characters that were part of the town's development, from the earliest residents to the first European visitors of the Victoria Falls Hotel. This is a fascinating slice of Africa's story that'll leave you with a deeper understanding of the continent's past, present and future. (Price on request)

Village Tours from Livingstone

Immerse yourself into the local culture and seize the opportunity to experience rural African life first hand.  You can visit local homes, farms and fields and meet some of the locals as they go about daily life. (From $50)

  • Mukuni Village is home to around 5000 Leya people. They'll be happy to share their interesting culture with you and show you around the village homes and Chief Mukuni's Palace. Don't miss the food and local beer.
  • Simonga Village is home to approximately 3000 inhabitants from Lozi and Tonga tribes. It is one of the few Zambian villages ruled by a Headwoman. Inonge Imusho Samachila was chosen by the local Royal Family to rule in 1970.

Traditional Markets - Zambia

Maramba Market is a large and colourful market that offers everything from fresh home-grown produce, to second-hand clothing, traditional African clothes, hand-made pots and pans, live chickens, wire toys, dried beans and hand-crafted furniture.  Freshly roasted peanuts are standard fare. (From $50)

The Dambwa market will give you a glimpse into the way local people buy and sell goods such as traditional foods, basic housewares, fabrics and livestock.

David Livingstone Museum - Zambia

The Livingstone Museum is one of a kind in this area. It contains the most comprehensive memorabilia of Dr. David Livingstone and showcases authentic maps and diaries. It covers the history of the region from the formation right up to the present day. The museum also features Anthropological, Natural History and African Culture sections. (From $50)

Livingstone Town Tour - Zambia

Learn everything there is to know about Livingstone. Did you know Livingstone was moved from its original site at the Old Drift in 1905 as a result of malarial outbreaks to its healthier location on Constitution Hill? On this tour, you'll see some of the original architecture of this carefully planned town with its wide tree-lined streets. You'll visit the Livingstone Museum and the bustling, colourful Maramba Market. You'll stop by the Salaula market with its large displays of second-hand clothes, an absolute favourite of the locals. (Price on request)

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...people we'd like you to meet

Russell Gammon

Russell Gammon

Our old friend Russell is a 4th generation Zimbabwean who’s guided trips through southern and East Africa over the last 25 years. Based in Vic Falls he’s a respected historian and specialist in African heritage. A wonderful raconteur and Master StoryTeller.

Tujatane kids

Tujatane kids

The Tujatane Trust School is one of Vanessa Parker's projects across at Tongabezi just 20km upstream from Victoria Falls. These are conscientious youngsters always happy to greet visitors with broad cheesy smiles and great big enthusiastic thumbs-ups!

Washington

Washington

Washington is one of the many friendly characters you're likely to come across in town. He spent a few years studying in South Africa and he loved it but he regards himself "100%BABWE" so he's even happier back home. If you meet him you'll find that smile infectious!

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Flamelily (Zimbabwe's National flower)

Retail Therapy

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...obstacle at Elephant Hills Golf Course

Golf

Put your swing and concentration to the test with some unique obstacles at Elephant Hills and Royal Golf and Country Club

Spa at Elephant Camp, Zimbabwe

Spa Seeker

Get pampered after an adrenaline-filled day with a relaxing massage or get rejuvenated with a spa package - the perfect surprise treat