Victoria Falls – Choosing Sides

Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world and one that should most definitely be on that bucket list of yours.

The Falls sit directly on the Zambezi River which is also the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia and so it is often difficult to decide which side to visit or to stay on.

As we have a patriotic Zimbabwean in our midst we may be slightly biased however we will do our best shot to give you a fair comparison!

Zimbabwe

  • Definitely offers the most iconic view of the falls with 75% of the world wonder visible. (This is quite a view as the mighty Zambezi River plunges 93m down a rock face)
  • 16 different viewpoints within a beautiful tropical rainforest
  • An exquisite rainforest where true to its name it rains 24hrs, 365 days of the year, from the falling spray created by the powerful Falls
  • The water flows all year round
  • Loads of fun exciting and extreme activities on offer for the adrenalin junkies out ther
  • The Hotels are relatively cheaper than the Zambian side due to lower government levies and taxes.
  • Most hotels are easily accessible and within walking distance of the Falls
  • Victoria Falls is much smaller than Livingstone (on the Zambian side)
  • Exceptional game viewing in the Victoria Falls National Park, Hwange and Mana Pools
  • For almost 80 km’s the banks of the river are remain natural and overflowing with wildlife as development upstream of the Falls has been carefully controlled.
  • Although Zimbabwe has had some negative publicity in the last decade it really and truly is a beautiful and safe destination – and I can assure you that the people will wow you with their kindness and charm from the minute you arrive

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Zambia

  • From the Zambian side you can only properly see a quarter of the Falls (the Eastern Cataract)
  • There are some activities that you can only do on the Zambian side such as Devil’s Pool. (a section right at the top of the Falls that has pools you can swim in) Only for a crazy few and only in the dry season. Other activities that you can only do from the Zambian side are Micro light flights and Livingstone Island Tours.
  • Exceptionally close-up views of the waterfalls
  • There is no rainforest
  • In the height of the dry season the eastern cataract has been known to dry up completely.
  • Prices on the Zambian side are slightly higher but there are some incredible spots right on the river.
  • Game viewing in Mosi-Oa-Tunya, South Luangwa or the Lower Zambezi National Parks
  • The town of Livingstone is approximately 10kms from the Falls

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Remember you can cross over the border so if you have time you can still see both and it is definitely worth a trek over the bridge!

Whichever side you decide to stay click here for more on the leading luxury destinations the Mighty Zambezi has to offer. Let us tailor you the perfect visit to this incredible natural wonder, a visit you most definitely won’t ever forget!

To learn more about when is the best time to visit Victoria Falls click here.

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