Welcome to Zambia, home to one side of the magnificent Victoria Falls, a marvel shared with its neighbor, Zimbabwe. Each side offers a distinct perspective of this natural wonder. Join us as we explore Zambia’s version of Victoria Falls and what to expect below.
What makes Victoria Falls in Zambia unique?
Viewpoints and Perspectives:
Zambia’s side of Victoria Falls presents a different view, especially during the high-water season (February to July). The Knife-Edge Bridge offers a close-up look, where visitors feel the spray and hear the Falls’ thunder.
A highlight of the Zambian experience is a dip in the iconic Devil’s Pool, a natural pool right at the edge of the Falls. Accessible during the low-water season (August to January), it allows for a thrilling swim at the brink of the cascades.
Boiling Pot Hike:
This physically demanding hike takes visitors to the base of the waterfall, providing an up-close view of the Zambezi River’s power as it enters the Batoka Gorge.
Situated on the Zambian side, Livingstone Island is the historic spot where David Livingstone first glimpsed Victoria Falls. Tours to the island are available, combining history with stunning landscapes.
While both sides offer adventure activities like bungee jumping and white-water rafting, Zambia provides unique experiences like microlight flights and walking safaris in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, where you can spot wildlife with the Falls as a backdrop.
During the dry season (September to December), the Zambian side sees a decrease in water levels, revealing more of the rock face and allowing access to certain areas like the Angel’s Pool.
When is the best time to visit Victoria Falls in Zambia?
The best time to visit Victoria Falls in Zambia depends on what you wish to experience, as the Falls change dramatically with the seasons:
High Water Season (February to July):
This period, especially from March to May, is when the Falls are at their most spectacular, with massive volumes of water spurting over the edge. The view from Zambia’s Knife-Edge Bridge is particularly impressive, as visitors can witness the full might of the Falls. However, the heavy mist can obscure views and make some paths slippery.
Low Water Season (August to January):
As mentioned, the water flow is considerably less during this time, revealing more of the rock face. This is the ideal time for activities like swimming in the Devil’s Pool, as it’s only accessible when water levels are low. The reduced mist during this season also offers clearer views of the attraction’s geological structure.
Dry Season (May to October):
This season is generally considered the best time for wildlife viewing in nearby national parks, with pleasant weather and little rainfall.
Rainy Season (November to April):
The landscape is lush and green, but heavy rains can lead to muddy conditions and less visibility due to mist.
What are the visa requirements for Zambia travel?
Visa requirements for Zambia vary depending on nationality. Travelers from the US don’t require a visa to visit Zambia or Zimbabwe.
Other nationalities that do require a visa can opt to apply for an e-visa to avoid airport queues, or obtain a visa on arrival – don’t forget to check the latest regulations and fees before traveling.
For those planning to visit both Zambia and Zimbabwe, the KAZA Univisa is a great option. This single visa allows multiple entries into both countries and is valid for up to 30 days. Citizens of eligible countries can obtain it on arrival or online.
Where to stay in Zambia?
Royal Chundu Island Lodge – Victoria Falls
Many travelers stop at Victoria Falls for a day before moving on to explore Zambia’s wildlife at a nearby reserve or national park, but if you’re keen to make this Wonder of the World the heart of your vacation, Royal Chundu Island Lodge or River Lodge is where you want to be. Located just 30 km from the Falls, Royal Chundu is Zambia’s first and only Relais & Châteaux property. Its Island Lodge boasts just four villas, each with an in-room mini bar and a private deck.
Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara – Victoria Falls
Located just a five-minute stroll from the Falls, Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara promises complimentary, unlimited access to Zambia’s most sought-after attraction. Sit back, relax, savor the dedicated butler service, and watch as wildlife freely roams the grounds. Choose from a river- or garden-view room or suite, both with complimentary, high-speed Wi-Fi and secluded outdoor spaces.
Lolebezi – Lower Zambezi National Park
With six opulent suites, two of which are suitable for families, Lolebezi is an ideal choice for a Zambian getaway. Each suite has its own private plunge pool and indoor and outdoor shower. Other attractions include thatched sala overlooking the river, a spa, and an open-air cinema. Enjoy catch-and-release fishing, canoeing, walking safaris, game drives, boating, and much more.
Shumba Camp – Busanga Plains
Shumba Camp promises a peaceful vacation in the remote Zambian wilderness when you’re ready to escape the crowds of the Falls. Open for just five months of the year, Shumba Camp is an exclusive hideaway known for its wildlife attractions, such as the region’s ‘flying lions’, often seen leaping over the drying channels. Get settled in one of six suites (including one family unit), built on raised wooden platforms for unrivalled views of your pristine surroundings.
Lion Camp – South Luangwa National Park
Get closer to nature with a stay at the unfenced Lion Camp, where you can settle into a luxurious safari suite on stilts with a private deck. Enjoy creature comforts like outdoor bathtubs, coffee stations, and evening-breeze cooling systems. The wildlife encounters within the national park are at the core of your African getaway, promising the best of both worlds when combined with a Victoria Falls adventure.
Sungani – South Luangwa National Park
Sungani is built on elevated decking for picture-perfect views of South Luangwa National Park. It’s a luxurious hideaway with seven custom-designed tents featuring a slipper bath, private plunge pool, outdoor shower, and a spacious deck.
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