UNESCO World Heritage Site Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya), on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, represents the world’s largest sheet of falling water, though not the widest or tallest. Dr. David Livingston named the falls after the Queen of England. On a clear day, you can see the mist generated by the falls from up to 30 miles (48 kilometers) away.
While it’s possible to access the falls from both sides of the border, the Zimbabwean side typically offers the better experience, including the Devil’s Cataract and plenty of viewpoints. There’s plenty to see and do within the national park, such as swimming in the waters of the gorge beneath the falls or cycling to the falls along the Zambezi River.
Visits to Victoria Falls, along with Chobe National Park, are often included in multi-day tours from the town of Victoria Falls or Johannesburg.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Victoria Falls are a must-see for adventure travelers, photographers, and first-time visitors.
- Don’t forget to bring a raincoat or umbrella, especially during the high-water season.
- Bring waterproof protection for your camera and other electronics to protect them from the spray.
- Many of the viewpoints on the Zimbabwean side of the falls are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe and Livingston in Zambia serve as the gateways to Victoria Falls. You can easily walk to the falls themselves from the center of Victoria Falls town. The most convenient way to see the falls is to join a guided tour.
When to Get There
While the falls are spectacular no matter when you visit, they’re at their most stunning during the rainy season (April to June) when waters swell the river and some 2 million gallons (7.5 million liters) of water cascade over the edge each second. Plan your visit during a full moon, and you might get lucky and see a moonbow (lunar rainbow).
Swimming in Devil’s Pool
While the Zimbabwean side is the more popular, the Zambian side offers one of the most thrilling experiences available at the falls—the chance to swim in Devil’s Pool. Situated on Livingston Island, this natural infinity pool leads right to the edge of a sheer drop. The pool is only safely accessible during the dry season, between mid-August and mid-January.