Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe vs Zambia

Victoria Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world and one that should most definitely be on that bucket list of yours. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime destination that will stay with you for the rest of your days!

Elephant Camp Vic Falls Safari

The Falls or as the locals call it “Mosi oa Tunya” (The smoke that thunders) is situated 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. Here are a few pointers on the pros and cons of each side:

Zimbabwe

• The Zimbabwean side definitely offers the most iconic view of the falls with 75% of the incredible “world wonder” visible. (This is quite a view as the mighty Zambezi River plunges 93m down a rock face)
• There are 16 different viewpoints within a beautiful tropical rainforest
• There is 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
• There are loads of fun exciting and extreme activities on offer for the adrenalin junkies out there
• 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)
• There is exceptional game viewing in the Victoria Falls National Park, Hwange and Mana Pools
• For almost 80 kilometres the banks of the river remain natural and are overflowing with wildlife as development upstream of the Falls has been carefully controlled.

Zambia
• From the Zambian side you can only properly see a quarter of the Falls (also known as 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) This is only for the adrenalin junkies, who like to live on the edge (so to speak) 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.
• 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 is fantastic.
• The town of Livingstone is approximately 10kms from the Falls

Remember you can cross over the border very easily (just don’t forget your passport) so if you have time you can still see both sides. It is definitely worth a trek over the bridge!

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