Victoria Falls, Livingstone
The local name Mosi-oa-Tunya means ‘the smoke that thunders’. Victoria Falls (easy add on to any safari) offers a wide choice of accommodation from budget to luxury and lots of activities. Livingstone lodges upstream of the Falls overlook the Zambezi River and are the perfect luxury spot. Our favourites are Tongabezi and its island sister Sindabezi, The River Club, Islands of Siankaba, Chundukwa, Thorntree Lodge and Waterberry Lodge. Closer to town and the Falls is David Livingstone Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Waterfront and the Royal Livingstone. West of Livingstone are some excellent fishing lodges.
The Falls are 1,688m wide and average just over 100m in height. Up to 750 million litres of water cascade over the edge every minute, making this one of the world’s greatest wonders. The small rainforest and its plants next to the Falls are sustained by the clouds of spray which blanket the immediate area. Monkeys and baboons can be tricky so please don't feed them.( Livingstone’s lourie)
Best time to visit the Victoria Falls is when the flow and spray, is greatest at the end of the rainy season – March -May (depending upon the rains). It then decreases gradually until about December. September to December is when there is less water you will be able to see the rock formation of the Falls on the Zambian side .
Activities include-Victoria Falls guided tours, sunset/sunrise cruises, adrenalin pumping activities like bungee-jumping and white-water rafting, scenic flights by helicopter or microlight flights over the Falls, fishing, game drive in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (white rhino), cultural village and market tour, 5 course dinner on the Royal Livingstone steam train, lunch at Elephant Café , dine on Livingstone Island or the popular Chobe National Park day trip into Botswana. Birders prize would be swallows, kingfishers, African skimmers and a chance to see the elusive Taita Falcon which is rare and found near the Batoka Gorge.