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One of the great wonders of the world, this is the place where the Zambezi tumbles 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:

Scenic Splendour & Wildlife Wonders

This safari travels to Busanga Plains 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 Vitoria Falls. The final stop is wildlife-rich Hwange National Park, 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 assets. 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 river and floodplains of Mana Pools.

  • When to go: Jun-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,495 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 National Park, 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.

Ilala Lodge

Of all the hotels in Victoria Falls town, this is the closest to the falls – within easy walking distance. The 34 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 and situated 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 twentieth century, and all 160 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.