Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of only seven natural wonders on the planet with the widest curtain of falling water on earth. When planning your Victoria Falls safari holiday, it's vital to take into consideration that the Falls look completely different in the dry season.The best time to see Victoria Falls is from February to April, when the Zambezi River is at its most powerful. On the other hand whitewater rafting doesn't occur when the Zambezi River is in full flood - so when you choose to travel should depend on your priorities.
Indulge on a Victoria Falls safari holiday combining the majesty of Victoria Falls with great game viewing. The Zambezi Sun and Chobe Safari is an excellent option for a family holiday, or stay at the luxury Royal Livingstone hotel before setting off on a wildlife adventure with On safari in Livingstone & Chobe.
The Falls are on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. The closest towns are Victoria Falls Town (in Zimbabwe) and Livingstone (in Zambia). The border crossing is relatively quick and easy, allowing you to sample the best of both worlds.
These are among the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The Zambezi River, more than two kilometres wide at this point, plunges noisily down a series of basalt gorges and raises an iridescent mist that can be seen more than 20 kilometres away. The Victoria Falls are the most significant feature of the Victoria Falls National Park and when the Zambezi is in full flood (usually February or March) they form the largest curtain of falling water in the world. During these months, over 500 million litres of water per minute go over the falls, which are 1708m wide and drop 99m at Rainbow Falls in Zambia.
At low water in November the flow can be reduced to around 10 million litres / minute and the river is divided into a series of braided channels that descend in many separate falls. Below the falls the river enters a narrow series of gorges which represent locations successively occupied by the falls earlier in their history.
Since the uplifting of the Makgadikgadi Pan area some two million years ago, the Zambezi River has been cutting through the basalt, exploiting weak fissures and forming a series of retreating gorges. Seven previous waterfalls occupied the seven gorges below the present falls and Devil's Cataract in Zimbabwe is the starting point for cutting back to a new waterfall that will eventually leave the present lip high above the river in the gorge below.