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The enormous Victoria Falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe is a popular stop for many people visiting South Africa. It’s not something you can do in a quick day trip from Johannesburg, but it’s certainly possible to see Victoria Falls on a brief side-trip from Johannesburg - which is what most people do.

Victoria Falls is often called the “world’s largest waterfall,” but that name can be deceptive. It’s not the widest nor the tallest waterfall in the world, but when you combine its width and height it creates the largest sheet of falling water. The falls were named to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1989. The name locals had given to the waterfall before explorer David Livingstone arrived in 1855 and named them after the Queen of England was Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means “the smoke that thunders.” This is a reference to the fact that the volume of water crashing over the falls creates such a constant mist that it’s always raining in a mist-like way (the “smoke”).

Visiting Victoria Falls in the rainy season means that there will be more water falling over the edge, which means the falls will be much more impressive-looking (and -sounding). The drawback to a winter visit is that there will be so much of that “smoke” from the water hitting the river below that you may see mostly mist and not waterfall.

You can visit Victoria Falls from either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side, but because most of the falls actually are in Zambia you get a better view if you visit from Zimbabwe. You can take either a 3-day tour of a 5-day tour from Johannesburg to see the falls, along with other activities. Tours can include Zambezi River cruises, rainforest hikes, and “Big Five” game drives in national parks.

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3-Day Victoria Falls Tour with Round-Trip Flight from Johannesburg

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Visit Africa’s breathtaking Victoria Falls on this 3-day trip from Johannesburg with flights and two nights of 3-, 4- or 5-star hotel accommodation included.  ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $1,298.00

5-Day Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park Tour with Round-Trip Flight from Johannesburg

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Visit Victoria Falls and Botswana’s Chobe National Park on a 5-day tour from Johannesburg, and enjoy non-stop thrills from start to finish! After flying to ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $2,174.00

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