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A guide to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls is a town located in western Zimbabwe, a country in Southern Africa, where you can find the waterfall of the same name, on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.  Victoria Falls has a major international airport with frequent jet service.

The capital of Zimbabwe is Harare.

Victoria Falls is green, filled with wildlife, dramatic landscapes, waterfalls, unique birds and it’s also known as the Adventure Capital of Africa.We spent a wonderful week exploring the town and other bordering countries, such as Zambia and Botswana.  Why did we choose this part of the world to visit?  We were very interested to see the world’s largest waterfall, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  It was our first trip to “real Africa”.  We just got our feet wet.  We learned many things about Safaris, and about other interesting countries, which are already on our dream list of places to visit on another trip to Africa.

Our experience in Zimbabwe was with no doubt amazing!  The food is phenomenal and cheap.  You can even eat some of the more populous animals, such as Impala, Zebra, Ostrich and Crocodile.  The natural beauty is very special and unique.  We met very nice locals, and people from all over the world.

Here is our list of things to do in Victoria Falls:

High Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel: We had great times eating and drinking, while looking to the bridge, and watching the mist, or as the locals call it, “smoke”, from the waterfall.  Reservations are not required.

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Hike Along Victoria Falls: The world’s largest waterfall and one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  Victoria Falls is approximately 1700 meters wide, and 108 meters high, making it the largest waterfall in the world.  It is on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Tickets are available on site.

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Lion Encounters: Walking with lions was one of the craziest and most incredible experiences of our lives. These lions are not on drugs and they don’t live in cages. They live in a conservatory, until 18 months, whereafter they are taken to breed, then reintroduced back into the jungle or to the national parks.

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Zambezi River Cruise Sunset Dinner: On this cruise we saw Hippos, stunning views of the sunset, and we had a phenomenal dinner on board.  Not to mention there was an open bar.

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Sports: Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Zip Lining, Hiking and Fishing, are some of the most exciting!

Helicopter Flights or Ultra/Micro Flights over Victoria Falls.

Lunch with a view at Lookout Café

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Safaris in Zimbabwe: Zambezi National Park. Zambezi River tours. Rhino encounters at Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve.  Hwange National Park.

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Do you need a visa to go to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe?  You must check at the Zimbabwe government’s website, depending on your citzenship.  If applicable, a UniVisa or regular visas can be paid on arrival.

What is the Univisa?

The KAZA UniVisa, is a multiple-country, multiple-entry visa, that makes it easy to travel between Zambia, Zimbabwe and parts of Botswana.  You can get the Visa on arrival and it costs $50.00 U.S. Dollars.   Make sure you bring cash, as this will expedite your customs experience.

Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls:

The greatest volume of water is from February to May, the summer rain season.  You cannot always swim in the Devil’s pool on the Zambia side, due to heavy water flow.  The best time is during the dry season.

Currency: US Dollars (USD) and South African Rand (ZAR).

Official Language: English (It was British colony)

Tour company: Shearwater Victoria Falls

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