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Victoria Falls, named after its main attraction, is the seventh wonder of the world. Located across the Falls from Livingstone, it is Zambia’s sister town. Victoria Falls offers bungee jumping, canoeing, whitewater rafting on class-5 rapids, river safaris, islands breezers, and sunset cruises on the Zambezi River. A microlight or helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls is another amazing way to experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site. We particularly love the town of Victoria Falls because it is more walkable and has more going on than Livingstone.

There are numerous accommodation options in Victoria Falls, with something to fit any budget and travel style. Some of our favorites are theVictoria Falls Hotel (for its proximity to the Falls and its sense of history – definitely stop by for tea even if you don’t stay there),Ilala Lodge (great value for money and perfect location), and Elephant Camp (a bit further from the Falls but offers elephant interactions and they have a famous cheetah named Sylvester! Not mention the tented rooms are gorgeous). Victoria Falls Safari Club is the most luxurious option on the Zimbabwe side of the falls.

A visit to Victoria Falls for 1-3 nights is a common add-on to a southern Africa itinerary. It is easy to do from Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, and is easy driving distance from Hwange National Park or Chobe Naitonal Park. It can also be combined with East Africa but the flight connections are not as direct, more so from Kenya than from Tanzania.

Victoria Falls is a year-round destination, although the water levels of the Zambezi impact when you’d chose the Zimbabwean side of the Falls over the Zambian. Between August and December water levels in the Zambezi are lower and may make the Zimbabwe side a better option because you are closer to the Falls. However, once water levels increase (May-July), the Zambia side is a better option because the spray and mist on the Zimbabwe side can be overwhelming. There are a few signature activities, like swimming in Devil's Pool at the edge of the Falls, that are only available on the Livingstone side and only when water levels are low, between roughly late August and early January each year.

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