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One of the great wonders of the world, the spectacular Victoria Falls offer visitors the chance to see the Zambezi tumble over a geological fault in a terrifying torrent and casts asunder anything in its way.

Sunshine on the clouds of spray creates gleaming rainbows above the dripping rainforest and whilst the views are spectacular from both sides of the border, the very best views are undoubtedly from the air. Unlike Livingstone on the Zambian side of the border, the town of Victoria Falls is a short walk from the Falls themselves and plays host to an array of accommodation, as well as extensive activity options.

Throughout the year you can find a variety of wildlife in the tributaries, as well as good birdlife. A visit to the Falls makes a great combination with safaris in Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana or Zambia. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: common waterbuck, African elephant, hippo, black eagle, Taita falcon
  • Where: Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

African Adventure: Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia

Journey through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to observe southern Africa’s iconic wildlife in some of the continent’s finest national parks. Starting at the magnificent Victoria Falls, highlights include excursions in Hwange, Matobo, Moremi, Chobe and the serene Okavango Delta.

  • When to go: Jun-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,095 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Mana Pools: Wild Dogs & Elephants Photography

Join us for a unique safari for close encounters and unrivalled photographic opportunities of the wild dogs and bull elephants of Mana Pools National Park. Accompanied by wildlife photographer Bret Charman, you will also view the majestic Victoria Falls as part of this Zimbabwean adventure.

  • When to go: Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,945 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

On the Trail of Elephants

This 18-day group tour focuses on the elephant hotspots of Namibia and Botswana, followed by a night at the world-famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Explore a variety of landscapes from desert to coast and grassland to wetland, to marvel at southern Africa's beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.

  • When to go: Apr-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,595 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Scenic Splendour & Wildlife Wonders

This safari travels to Busanga Plain in the northern sector of Zambia’s Kafue National Park, home to huge herds of lechwe and puku and an exceptionally high density of lion, before taking in the mesmerising Victoria Falls. The final stop is wildlife-rich Hwange, Zimbabwe’s largest national park.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Scenic Wonders of Kafue & Hwange

This journey takes in some of Africa’s finest wilderness: Kafue is one of Zambia’s best kept secrets and it is home to an incredibly diverse range of wildlife, and Hwange National Park in neighbouring Zimbabwe teems with impressive fauna and flora. The mesmerising Victoria Falls provide a suitable end to this stunning trip.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wild Zimbabwe

Enjoy game drives, walks and canoe safaris in Zimbabwe's two principal wildlife parks. Your first base is luxury tented camp in Hwange National Park, home to huge numbers of elephants, before experiencing a completely different perspective exploring the rivers and floodplains of Mana Pools.

  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,425 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Wings over Zimbabwe

This trip idea makes the most of your time by flying between comfortable safari lodges and tented camps. From the imposing spectacle of Victoria Falls, head to Hwange National Park, renowned for its elephant and buffalo herds. Continue with spectacular aerial views of Lake Kariba to Mana Pools in the Lower Zambezi.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,895 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Zimbabwe Highlights

This flying safari is a combination of some of the most diverse and spectacular wildlife areas in Zimbabwe. The journey starts at the unforgettable Victoria Falls, before taking in the country’s foremost national park, Hwange. The final stop is Mana Pools, famed for its scenery and magnificent wildlife viewing.

  • When to go: May-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Bayete Guest Lodge

Situated in lush tropical gardens, Bayete Guest Lodge is a relaxing family-run retreat just a short drive from the almighty Victoria Falls. The lodge boasts 25 comfortable rooms set in a tropical garden, a large teardrop swimming pool, and a central dining boma adjoined to the characterful Ingwezi Tavern.

Ilala Lodge

Located in Victoria Falls town, this hotel is less than ten minute from the falls themselves. The 56 beautifully appointed rooms and suites offer distinguished, yet affordable, accommodation in warm elegant surroundings. Wildlife is often seen grazing on the lawns against a backdrop of spray.

Matetsi River Lodge

Located just a short drive from Victoria Falls in a 50,000-hectare private concession, the luxurious Matetsi River Lodge consists of two camps, each with nine river-facing suites. Guests can relax in the private plunge pool and observe wildlife across the spectacular Zambezi River.

The Victoria Falls Hotel

This stately Edwardian-style hotel was built in the early 20th century, and all 161 rooms are decorated to suit the grandeur of the hotel’s architecture. Located just a ten minute walk from Victoria Falls, beautiful manicured gardens offer fine views of the infamous bridge and the rising mists from the gorge.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Standing in an elevated position outside the town of Victoria Falls, this safari lodge provides captivating views and sunsets over the Zambezi National Park. Many of the rooms overlook a nearby waterhole, so you can observe a variety of wildlife from the comfort of your balcony.