Tips for First-Time Travelers to Victoria Falls

Planning a Trip to the Victoria Falls, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

The Mosi-oa-Tunya also known as Victoria Falls is one of the most magical attractions in the World. It is no wonder that Unesco inscribed these spectacular waterfalls as a World heritage in 1989. From the early days, travelers have journeyed from far away to experience this magic.

And, it is not just the sheet of falling water that marvels. The Victoria Falls Bridge also has a history worth exploring. It is remarkable to go back in time and learn how it was constructed in just 14 months.

In 1975 the Bridge was the site of unsuccessful peace talks aboard a South African Railway train. The train was parked halfway across the bridge with two coaches on each side. On the Zambian Side were the Pan Africans. These were representatives of the Zimbabwe people who were seeking inclusion in Ian Smith’s government whose team occupied coaches on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi. The mediation talks between President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and South African Prime Minister Mr. Foster never went through.

If you’re planning a trip to Victoria Falls, below are tips for a memorable experience.

#1 Decide on When to Visit

So, you have decided to visit Zambia and Zimbabwe. But, now you’re wondering; what is the best time to visit Victoria Falls? Which side is the most Scenic?

Best time of the year to go to Victoria Falls?

While most travelers prefer visiting between February and May, the best time to visit Victoria Falls depends on what you want to experience.

Every time is the Best Time because, during the rainy season, it’s easy to see the Vic falls at its greatest volume. However, during the dry season (like July), the skies are blue and there is sunshine which gives you a perfect panoramic view of the magical Mosi Oa Tunya.

Which side of Victoria Falls is better? (Visit Both Sides!)

The Victoria Falls is more scenic from the Zimbabwe side, especially during the low water season. However, this is also the best season to visit the famous Devil’s Pool, which is only accessible from the Zambian side. Besides, the KAZA UniVisa allows you to visit both sides.

#2 Get your KAZA UniVisa Zimbabwe Zambia

Once a traveler decides on a destination, the next step is to check for visa requirements. Entry into Zambia and Zimbabwe for tourists is smooth, especially with a KAZA UniVisa Zambia Zimbabwe. This is a special visa that allows tourists multiple entries into both counties for 30 days.

Can I get KAZA UniVisa online?

Visitors can get the KAZA UniVisa online through a reputable eVisa service like Evisa Express Zambia or eVisa Zimbabwe. Also, the Visa is available through online portals for either country.

Please note that you cannot extend the KAZA UNIVISA. However, a new one can be bought online. There is a provision of three UniVisa’s per year.

Kenyan Citizens do not require a Visa to visit Zimbabwe and Zambia.

#3 Decide on Activities and Experiences at Victoria Falls

Besides viewing the falls, there are other experiences & activities at Victoria Falls. These activities can be booked in advance from either side of the natural attraction. They include;

  • Exploring Livingstone Island and taking a dip in the Devil’s Pool.
  • Walking along the Knife Edge Bridge on the Zambian side.
  • Visit the Victoria Falls National Park.
  • Enjoy the African sunset with a boat ride on the Zambezi river.
  • Take a helicopter flight tour over Mosi Oa Tunya.
  • Go on a white water rafting on the Zambezi river.
  • Bungee jumping at the Victoria Falls bridge.
  • Zipling at the Zambezi.
  • Travel south and take a safari in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.
  • Explore the historical Livingstone town in Zambia.

#4 Prepare for your Adventure

Once have received your Visa, chosen the activities, and learned a few things about Mosi Oa Tunya, the only thing left is getting ready.

This part is equally important if you want to get the best out of the trip. It involves booking your flight tickets, tours, and accommodation facility.

Travelers to the Victoria falls arrive by flight either at the Victoria Falls town (Zim) or Livingstone town (Zam). It is also easy to travel from major towns and cities in both countries.

It is also important to pack light and check the latest travel advisories for Zambia and Zimbabwe before you go.

Enjoy your experience of the majestic Mosi-oa-Tunya – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’.

Featured Photo by Pius Mahimbi on Flickr