Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls is the world’s largest sheet of falling water. It is significant worldwide for its exceptional geological and geomorphological features and active land formation processes with outstanding beauty attributed to the falls i.e. the spray, mist, and rainbows. These are among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi River, which is more than 2 km wide at this point, plunges noisily down a series of basalt gorges and raises an iridescent mist that can be seen more than 20 km away.
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  • Japhet M
    Nairobi, Kenya123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was thundering, it was wet, it was wild
    I was already miffed when the gate charges was quoted at $50 despite the guide informing us earlier that it would be $10. I decided to proceed nevertheless since I had come all the way. I decision I never regretted. The walk was quite a good exercise and to walk with the thundering sound of the falls and the awesome sights of waters thundering down was a surreal experience. Water bucks could also be seen grazing by the walking trail u unbothered by us. The last part at the end of the falls was the most exciting as one gets to stand by the rails and look down at the fast flowing waters more than 100 feet below. The wind also blows the water splashes showering you like in a rainfall. Gladly, we had hired water proof overcoats for the moment. This is a lifetime experience that is worthy every moment.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 1 August 2023
  • 16Bonnie
    Parker, Colorado406 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do Not Miss!
    Victoria Falls was absolutely stunning! The fees for getting into the park are very expensive—$50 per person. We did still really have a nice afternoon seeing these spectacular falls. Paths are very well marked, and there are many different viewing areas. We were even able to see across the falls to Livingstone Island where we had actually been IN the falls that morning! Very cool! I highly recommend getting a raincoat before going—you WILL get wet. We rented them from one of the vendors at the market across the street. I’d also recommend wearing shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Beautiful and not to be missed!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Neil B
    Evergem, Belgium398 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bit pricy but worth the visit
    You can't visit Zimbabwe without the falls! Site is pay to enter but nicely set up. Falls are self explanatory so you don't need a guide and you don't need to buy the ponchos on offer as even if you get damp with the mist you dry off in minutes in the sun. Watch out for baboons and don't wander around with food in your hands!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Lionel D
    Brussels, Belgium8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see.
    amazing site, visited from Zimbabwe, at 3 pm, when the sun rays play with the mist and create awesome rainbows. visited end of August: volume of water was just right (enough for the show; not too much so that the view on the falls and the cliffs is not limited by the mist). walking path and viewpoints well maintained. Unfortunately, entry ticket very expensive (usd 50 per person for non nationals, no family discounts, no children discounts if 13 yrs old). for that price, one could expect drinkable water to be provided for free (there is tap water available near the statue of livingstone but we did not dare drinking) and toilets to be clean. money paid to access the site is money that we do not spend to finance a guide (usd 25) or to buy a small souvenir (all overpriced anyway f.i. a postcard costs usd 3).
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Nightly Trader
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    The roar of that waterfall is like a thunderstorm on steroids. And the mist? You're basically walking through a rain cloud, no joke. But here's the kicker, you get wet. Like, really wet. So unless you're into the drenched explorer look, maybe pack an extra set of clothes. Still, if you want a front-row seat to Mother Nature's rock concert, this place is it.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Firefly78
    Ridgewood, New Jersey279 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Sight to Behold!
    Victoria falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world… and for good reason! The mighty waterfalls are breathtaking. Not only is the rushing water a beautiful spectacle, but the thunderous sound of the falls lends to the beauty of this place. There’s also the magical spray from the waterfalls, and when the sun shines through the mist one can glimpse rainbows. There are many beautiful lookout points including the bridge from Zimbabwe to Zambia. There’s also the majestic statue of David Livingstone. Vervet monkeys also add to the beauty of this place. One thing for certain is that you will get wet! You can easily become soaked by the spray from the falls. As such, I highly recommend bringing a poncho, and a waterproof case for your phone and any valuables. Also, make sure to have sturdy footwear as the paths can become slippery.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Slater1969
    Whickham, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Place. What a spectacle!
    Visited both the Zambian and Zimbabwe sides of the falls during our visit. We visited in September when the water levels were supposed to be relatively low. Viewed from the Zambian side there was not a lot of water flowing over the falls but the views of the cliffs were still incredible and there were still several significant waterfalls. You need to cross the border to visit the Zimbabwean side and when you enter the falls there is a $50 entrance fee for UK citizens. The volume of water flowing over the falls on this section was substantially more and there were about 15 separate viewing points which all gave amazing views. Even in this ‘low water’ period there was so much water going over the falls that at some of the viewpoints there was so much mist produced that it was actually ‘raining’. All in all a great must do experience. Only downside was that if you want to see both sides and go back to the side from which you started then you have to navigate 4 separate border crossings (took us about 1/2 hour to 40 mins all in all). I would still recommend to visit both sides.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Marion M
    Nyon District, Switzerland583 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a sight
    Our guide explained the background on the falls and then we wandered along the opposite edge at will. The sight is amazing, in September it is dry season and many parts have dried up, but there is still lots of water and in some places lots of spray. You can clearly make out the devils pool on the other side .
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Dennis K.
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Victoria falls. A real bucket list.
    I enjoyed the visit to Victoria falls, Zambia in August 2023. Had a hired person who guided me through the falls and crossing over to Zimbabwe. Best is to visit around April when the water levels are high.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 September 2023
  • woodmister
    Edmonton, Canada1,306 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply beautiful
    This was a beautiful adventure. The falls although not flowing at peak levels was just spectacular. There is, I would estimate a 2km walk from start to finish. The terrain is fairly level. The walks are paved. More importantly there are porters available with wheelchairs if you don’t think you can walk the distance. The first three stops are the most impressive but the remaining 13 are also good. Know, all viewpoints are railed so they are safe for small children being supervised. If you are in the area make the effort to visit the Falls. Also allot some time for shopping at the outdoor markets.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 September 2023
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Dawn F
Horsham, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
You can walk to the falls from the village and visit independently. There is a $30 pp fee to enter the park and you will need approx 2 hours fully appreciate this wonder.
We paid the extra money ($25 pp) and hired a guide through our hotel (Ilala lodge). I would recommend this as they are very knowledgeable and supplied full length rain macs and umbrellas which were definitely needed, as is non slip footwear. The best time to visit and catch the rainbows is early morning or late afternoon.
The exhilaration of visiting Victoria Falls can only be fully appreciated by those who have been - you just have to go and visit it for yourself!
Written 7 February 2020
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Popet70
Doncaster, UK84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited in January and there was loads of water - we got absolutely soaked and we had ponchos and umbrellas and could not keep the water out - my shoes even filled up! Don’t worry though, the wettest section is in the middle and you dry out very quickly once you move away from this part. We walked from our hotel (Ilala Lodge) on the Zimbabwe side and it’s an easy walk of about 10 mins. You do get harassed (if that’s how it makes you feel), by the hawkers so we walked back up by the side of the main road to avoid them and the verges are very wide so we felt safe from traffic. We didn’t have to queue to get in and it costs 30 US$ each. We were concerned that we wouldn’t be able to find our way around without a guide but it’s all laid out well with proper paths and signposts for each viewpoint so you can’t get lost. There are a few toilets, a souvenir shop, drinks vendor and a nice cafe. We hired ponchos inside for 3 US$. The falls themselves are awesome and certainly the best I’ve ever seen. We arrived around 8:45am and did the first walk around with photo stops and it was probably about and hour and a half. We had a pit stop in the cafe and then went around twice more to get different views, weather conditions etc. You can stay as long as you want; I think you have to be our before sunset.
Written 16 January 2020
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Karen
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Victoria Falls is one of our world's most beautiful and breathtaking natural wonders of the world! You will hear the sound of the falls and feel the mist before seeing the falls themselves. We recommend going on a guided or your own walk on BOTH SIDES of the falls to really get a sense of the size and drama of the falls. There is a clearly marked 2 km walk in the national park in Zimbabwe (see my review of the park in a different post). Recommended also is a guided walk on the Zambian side. The guide picked us up at our hotel, helped us with crossing borders, paying for park entrance fees, safeguarding items in a locked van, taking photos, and even offering advice for negotiating for things to purchase at the market located just outside the entrance of the park. We booked through the tour guide Off2Africa, who contracted out Bushtracks Africa, both highly recommended. On the walk, we learned a lot about the cultural history of the falls, which included indigenous and scientific knowledges. Our guide also provided rain ponchos, but we got completely soaked from the dramatic spray and mist of the falls, which shift depending on wind. (Either bring a waterproof camera or wrap your camera in plastic.) The rainbows are stunning, and as you walk, including on the suspended bridge, you get a different experience of the falls. The park closes at 6pm. You can end your walk by having lunch or a drink at the Lookout Cafe or at the Hotel Victoria Falls (for high tea).
Written 13 March 2022
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Tim M
Three Hills, Canada264 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
There’s no question, the falls are spectacular and the locals have capitalized on this stunning attraction to overprice and milk guests. I do recognize that tourism keeps this community afloat, but there is a tipping point (no pun intended) that makes this place rather unappealing.

All transactions are done in USD (no problem here), but grossly overpriced.

With every step you take around the town, street vendors harass you to buy their products. A simple ‘no’ has no effect and they continue to put things in your face, desperately trying to sell you anything from souvenirs to activities (best price promised, of course). We found that ignoring them seemed to be the best way (albeit rather rude) to ward them off.

Would I come back or recommend this place to others? NO - without question.

I have no problem with locals making a living off of tourism. I do have a problem with hugely inflated prices and obnoxious street vendors.

Sorry Vic Falls, I will not return or recommend this place to anyone.
Written 28 February 2020
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Patrick & Thandi Food and Travel
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK2,218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
One of the 7 wonders of the world. Now that restrictions have been lifted, people travel from all corners of the world to see it. I have been here before and every time I visit, I am blown away by the sight.

Some people choose to use a guide, we didn’t, it’s easy to find your way around.

The people responsible for this park have clearly made an effort to maintain the surroundings. The walkways are made of durable tar and stone, they are well maintained with no over growth. They have also made sure that the vegetation and trees beyond the barriers are cut back to allow for a great view of the falls. There are about 9 or 10 viewing stations all offering different angles. We went in the afternoon, the weather was great and there were no queues and the staff were pleasant.

Everyone is expected to pay entry fees and the staff insist on seeing identification documents. The entry fees are US7 for locals and US30 for internationals. I do get that tourists bring money to attractions like this but the price difference is excessively high to those who hold foreign passports.
Written 29 August 2022
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Natalie M
London, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We visited Victoria Falls in the high water season from the Zimbabwe side. It’s very impressive and definitely worth to see, but the visit needs some preparation.
There is a huge amount of water falling down from the height of 100 meters which creates much mist and also some effect of a short strong shower just for 2-3 minutes, but it’s long enough to make you soaking wet. Even if you don’t worry about being wet, you still probably need to take care of your camera. The ponchos, if you don’t have your own with you, they are available outside of the site, but the tickets are only for a single entry. We have seen some people who wanted to get some ponchos, but that were asked to pay USD30 each again if they leave!

Another tip for that visit in the high water season would be not to get disappointed if it’s too misty at some viewpoints. We just continued to the next view point and returned after a few times. Every time the conditions and visibility were different, so we have still managed to see a lot and take some nice pictures.

The tour to the Falls can be self-guided, but we have found the guide’s presence helpful. Unfortunately, we were abandoned by the person Pastor Maswanganyi from Swangs safaris, who was our original guide for the 10 day tour from Johannesburg, and who has escaped with our money in Botswana (a long story, see the details in a separate review), so we have found a lovely guide from Zimbabwe, Mufudzi Nyoni, who was very nice and helpful.
Written 4 July 2020
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Sean B
London, UK200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is one place I had to make sure I visited while in Zambia. The hostel i stayed at had a free bus service to the falls which was useful and it was worth the $20 to get in. The views of the falls were amazing. One downside was there was ramdom people there who don't work for the park trying to get you to follow them and let them guide you. Otherwise this is a must do
Written 31 January 2020
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Rc1
Folsom, CA453 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
The falls itself are 5 stars and amazing, with breathtaking views from the vista points along the trail. The 4 star is for the management of the attraction. When we visited only one ticket counter was open so we had to wait for 20 minutes standing in line to get our tickets. They require some form ID so they know how much to charge you. They don't advertise that requirement and there are absolutely no signs anywhere, other than a sign saying Victoria Falls, which is also sponsored by a local gin company do it has a message about alcohol, which made no sense. Can't the government make their own proper sign?! At the time of our visit, USA residents have to pay $50 per person entrance fee. But not even a map or any information is provided - just a receipt. If you don't have ID they spend a lot of time figuring it out and keeping everyone behind waiting. So take your ID and a rain jacket, as the vista points get pretty wet from the spray, and ask your hotel for a map which has vista points marked. We walked to all 16, which took us a little over an hour and then we revisited the ones we really liked. Oh yes- they also have NO seating anywhere on the trail for people who might need to sit and take a break. For the amount they charge, they definitely need to provide more
Written 2 July 2023
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Somedosomedont
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The Victoria Falls is one of the places, that once visited, you will always remember it. Apart from its beauty it was disturbing to see litter in the area. One would think for the huge entry fee, this would have been taken care of. The Zambians know its beauty and they kill the visitors from other countries with entry fees. Camping fees around the falls are very reasonable and very good value for money.
Written 5 January 2020
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Ppsflyer
Brisbane, Australia399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
truly one of the seven amazing wonders of the world. the sheer size is breath taking and the falls require some planning to experience and exploit all its beauty.

1. view from both sides (Zimbabwean and Zambian)
2. Allow ample time (at least 3 hours on each side: and different days for each side)
3. view from the air (helicopter)
4. take a rain coat so that you can spend plenty of time where it’s always raining because of the fall
5. view the gorges too
Written 21 January 2020
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