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Exodus Safaris is thrilled to present Victoria Falls Safaris, inviting travelers to experience the awe-inspiring beauty and adventure of one of Africa’s most iconic natural wonders. Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke That Thunders,” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Situated on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is renowned for its breathtaking cascades, misty rainbows, and dramatic gorges, offering visitors a truly unforgettable spectacle of nature. Committed to providing exceptional experiences and responsible tourism, Victoria Falls Safaris curated by Exodus Safaris offer adventurers an immersive journey into the heart of this majestic natural wonder.

Boarding on a Victoria Falls Safari with Exodus Safaris promises an exhilarating adventure filled with exploration, discovery, and awe-inspiring vistas. Led by experienced guides with deep knowledge of the region, participants have the opportunity to witness the mighty falls from various vantage points, take thrilling helicopter rides for panoramic views, and embark on unforgettable sunset cruises along the Zambezi River.

With optional activities such as bungee jumping, white-water rafting, and wildlife safaris in nearby national parks, Victoria Falls Safaris offer travelers a chance to tailor their experience to their preferences while reveling in the natural beauty and wonder of Victoria Falls. With comfortable accommodations and personalized service, Victoria Falls Safaris with Exodus Safaris provide an unforgettable safari experience that celebrates the magnificence of Victoria Falls.

Why Go on Victoria Falls Safari

What to Do on the Victoria Falls Safari

Visit Victoria Falls

  • Viewing Points Explore various viewpoints like Knife Edge Bridge and Danger Point to witness the falls’ breathtaking beauty and hear the thunderous roar.
  • Rainforest Walk Take a guided walk through the rainforest near the falls, experiencing the lush vegetation and occasional rainbows created by the mist.

Adventure Activities

  • Devil’s Pool For the daring, take a swim in the Devil’s Pool, a natural pool right at the edge of the falls (seasonal and guided).
  • Bungee Jumping Experience an adrenaline rush with a bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge.
  • White-Water Rafting Navigate the turbulent rapids of the Zambezi River for an exhilarating adventure.

Wildlife Safari

  • Zambezi River Cruises Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along the Zambezi, offering opportunities to spot hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and diverse bird species.
  • Game Drives Embark on game drives in nearby national parks like Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe) or Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia) to see elephants, lions, buffaloes, and more.
  • Walking Safaris Guided walking safaris allow you to explore the wilderness on foot, encountering wildlife and learning about the ecosystem.
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Cultural Experiences

  • Local Villages Visit nearby villages to experience local customs, traditions, and crafts. Engaging with indigenous communities offers cultural insights.
  • Traditional Dinners Enjoy traditional African meals and entertainment, often accompanied by storytelling and music.

Scenic Flights

Helicopter or Microlight Flights Experience the falls from the air for a truly breathtaking perspective. Scenic flights provide panoramic views of the falls and surrounding landscapes.

Relaxation and Wellness

  • Spa Treatments Unwind with spa treatments and massages offered by luxury lodges, rejuvenating your senses after adventurous activities.

Photography

  • Capture the stunning landscapes, wildlife, and the falls. Some lodges and tour operators offer specialized photography tours for enthusiasts.

Shopping

  • Explore local markets and shops for souvenirs, traditional crafts, and artworks created by local artisans.

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Each Moment On Victoria Falls Safaris Promises a Breathtaking Adventure

When is the best month to travel to Victoria Falls?

Victoria Falls in January

  • Weather: Warm and rainy, with high temperatures.
  • Wildlife: Abundant birdlife, some migratory species.
  • Events: No major events, but ideal for birdwatching and enjoying the lush vegetation.

Victoria Falls in February

  • Weather: Warm and rainy, similar to January.
  • Wildlife: Great for birdwatching; some mammal sightings.
  • Events: No major events, but ideal for birdwatching and river activities.
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Victoria Falls in March

  • Weather: The end of the rainy season, still warm.
  • Wildlife: Excellent for birdwatching; some mammals visible.
  • Events: No major events, but ideal for birdwatching and early-season safaris.
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Victoria Falls in April

  • Weather: The end of the rainy season, temperatures cooling.
  • Wildlife: Ideal for birdwatching, early mammal activity.
  • Events: No major events, but perfect for birdwatching and safari trips.

Victoria Falls in May

  • Weather: Dry season begins, temperatures cool.
  • Wildlife: Increased mammal activity, good for safaris.
  • Events: No major events, but ideal for early dry-season safaris.

Victoria Falls in June

  • Weather: Dry and cool, great for outdoor activities.
  • Wildlife: Peak season for game viewing; Victoria Falls in full flow.
  • Events: No major events, but perfect for safaris and waterfall experiences.

Victoria Falls in July

  • Weather: Dry and cool, similar to June.
  • Wildlife: Excellent for game viewing; Victoria Falls spectacular.
  • Events: No major events, but ideal for safaris and experiencing the full force of the falls.

Victoria Falls in August

  • Weather: Dry and cool, optimal for outdoor adventures.
  • Wildlife: Prime time for game viewing; Victoria Falls impressive.
  • Events: No major events, but perfect for safaris and enjoying the falls.

Victoria Falls in September

  • Weather: Dry, temperatures warming up.
  • Wildlife: Excellent for game viewing; last month for peak Victoria Falls flow.
  • Events: No major events, but ideal for safaris and witnessing the impressive falls.

Victoria Falls in October

  • Weather: Hot and dry, good for outdoor activities.
  • Wildlife: Good for game viewing; Victoria Falls still impressive.
  • Events: No major events, but perfect for safaris and enjoying the falls.

Victoria Falls in November

  • Weather: Hot and dry, some chance of late rain.
  • Wildlife: Migratory birds return; game viewing still good.
  • Events: No major events, but ideal for birdwatching and late-season safaris.
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Victoria Falls in December

  • Weather: Hot and beginning of the rainy season.
  • Wildlife: Good for birdwatching; some game viewing opportunities.
  • Events: No major events, but ideal for birdwatching and early-season safaris.
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FAQ about Victoria Falls Safaris

  •  Wildlife commonly seen on safaris near Victoria Falls includes elephants, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, various antelope species, and a rich variety of birdlife. Nearby national parks like Zambezi National Park and Chobe National Park offer opportunities to see the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros).

  •  Popular adventure activities include white-water rafting, bungee jumping, zip-lining, helicopter flights over the falls, micro-lighting, game drives, walking safaris, sunset cruises on the Zambezi River, and visits to Livingstone Island and Devil's Pool for a unique perspective of the falls.

  •  Yes, many safari operators offer family-friendly safaris with activities tailored for children, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for families. However, some adventure activities may have age and height restrictions, so it's essential to check with the tour operators beforehand.

  •  The duration of a Victoria Falls safari can vary based on the specific tour or package chosen. Safaris can range from a few hours for a single activity (such as a game drive or boat cruise) to multiple days for comprehensive safari packages that include various activities and accommodations.

  •  Yes, many safaris are conducted in open safari vehicles, allowing for better wildlife viewing and photography opportunities. However, the choice of vehicle can vary based on the safari type and operator.

  •  Essential items to pack include lightweight, breathable clothing, sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars, a camera, and any necessary medications. It's also recommended to pack a light waterproof jacket, especially during the rainy season.

  •  Yes, many tourists combine their Victoria Falls experience with visits to nearby countries like Zambia and Botswana, exploring attractions like Zambia's side of the falls (Livingstone), the Chobe National Park in Botswana, and the Okavango Delta. Various tour operators offer multi-country safari packages for a comprehensive African adventure.

5 Best Accommodations While On Victoria Falls Safaris

Victoria Falls Hotel

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  • Description: Known as the “grand old lady of the Falls,” the Victoria Falls Hotel is a luxury accommodation steeped in history and colonial charm. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the spray of the Falls from the hotel’s beautiful gardens. The hotel offers world-class facilities, including fine dining, a spa, and a private path to the Victoria Falls rainforest.
  • Approximate Price: $250 – $400 per person per night, depending on the room type and season.

The Elephant Camp

  • Description: Located just a short distance from Victoria Falls, The Elephant Camp offers an exclusive safari lodge experience. Guests can stay in luxury tented suites with private plunge pools and decks offering spectacular views of the wilderness. Activities include guided tours of the Falls, elephant encounters, and sunset cruises on the Zambezi River.
  • Approximate Price: $450 – $600 per person per night, inclusive of meals, selected drinks, and most activities.

Ilala Lodge Hotel

  • Description: Ilala Lodge Hotel is the closest hotel to Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side, offering easy access to the Falls. The hotel provides guests with comfortable rooms, a lovely dining experience, and the chance to see wildlife like warthogs and monkeys on the hotel grounds. It’s known for its friendly service and excellent cuisine.
  • Approximate Price: $200 – $350 per person per night, including breakfast.

Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara (Zambia Side)

  • Description: On the Zambian side of the Falls, the Royal Livingstone Hotel is a luxurious accommodation offering guests direct access to the Victoria Falls. It’s known for its elegant rooms, exceptional service, and the unique experience of dining alongside the Zambezi River. Guests can relax in the stunning infinity pool or enjoy a spa treatment with views of the mist from the Falls.
  • Approximate Price: $450 – $700 per person per night, including breakfast and access to the Falls.

Avani Victoria Falls Resort (Zambia Side)

  • Description: Also located on the Zambian side, Avani Victoria Falls Resort offers family-friendly accommodation with easy access to the Falls. The resort has a laid-back atmosphere, with rooms decorated in bright, African-inspired themes. Facilities include a swimming pool, a range of dining options, and activities for children.
  • Approximate Price: $250 – $400 per person per night, including breakfast and access to the Victoria Falls.

Types of Victoria Falls Safaris

Game Drives

Guided game drives in nearby national parks like Zambezi National Park and Chobe National Park offer the chance to see a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, buffaloes, hippos, and numerous bird species.

Walking Safaris

Walking safaris allow you to explore the wilderness on foot, accompanied by experienced guides. This intimate experience provides opportunities to learn about tracks, plants, and smaller animals often missed during game drives.

Boat Safaris

Boat safaris on the Zambezi River or the Chobe River offer a unique perspective of wildlife, especially hippos, crocodiles, and a myriad of birdlife. Sunset and sunrise boat safaris are particularly popular for their picturesque views.

Canoe Safaris

Canoe safaris on the Zambezi River provide a serene way to observe wildlife up close while gliding along the water. It’s an excellent opportunity for birdwatching and experiencing the riverine ecosystem.

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Elephant Back Safaris

Riding elephants allows you to see the world from their perspective while observing other wildlife. However, it’s important to choose ethical operators that prioritize the well-being of the elephants.

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Horseback Safaris

Exploring the wilderness on horseback offers a unique and quiet way to approach wildlife. Horseback safaris are often conducted in areas where larger vehicles can’t reach, providing a more intimate experience with nature.

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Photographic Safaris

Specialized photographic safaris are designed for photography enthusiasts. These safaris provide opportunities to capture stunning images of wildlife, landscapes, and the iconic Victoria Falls.

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Cultural Safaris

Cultural safaris allow you to interact with local communities, learn about their traditions, and experience their way of life. This can include visits to local villages, markets, and cultural performances.

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Helicopter and Microlight Safaris

Scenic flights over Victoria Falls and the surrounding wilderness provide breathtaking aerial views. Helicopter and microlight safaris offer a unique perspective of the falls and the Zambezi River.

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Everything About the Victoria Falls Safaris

Natural Wonder

  • Size Victoria Falls is approximately 1,708 meters (5,604 feet) wide and 108 meters (354 feet) tall, making it the world’s largest waterfall based on its combined width and height.

Location

  • Zambia & Zimbabwe The falls are shared between Zambia’s town of Livingstone and Zimbabwe’s town of Victoria Falls, both of which serve as popular tourist hubs.

Local Name

  • Known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” in the indigenous Lozi language, which translates to “The Smoke That Thunders.” This name aptly describes the powerful roar and mist created by the falling water.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Victoria Falls has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989, recognized for its exceptional geological and ecological significance.

The Zambezi River

  • The falls are formed by the Zambezi River, which is Africa’s fourth-largest river. It flows across six countries before reaching the falls.
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Activities and Attractions

  • Devil’s Pool A natural pool at the edge of the falls where adventurous visitors can swim during certain months.
  • Livingstone Island Offers guided tours and the chance to view the falls from a unique perspective.
  • Zambezi River Cruises Boat cruises on the Zambezi River for wildlife viewing and sunset experiences.
  • Adventure Sports Activities like white-water rafting, bungee jumping, and zip-lining are popular for adrenaline seekers.
  • Victoria Falls Bridge Built in 1905, this historic bridge offers stunning views of the falls and the Batoka Gorge.
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Flora and Fauna

  • The surrounding rainforest, sustained by the falls’ mist, is rich in biodiversity, featuring various plant and animal species, including colorful butterflies and unique birdlife.
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Best Time to Visit

  • The falls are most impressive during the rainy season (March to May) when the Zambezi River is at its peak flow. However, the spray can obstruct the view. The dry season (June to October) offers clear views and better opportunities for activities.
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