Victoria Falls

Mosi oa Tunya translates to “The Smoke That Thunders” and is the Lozi name by which the local Zimbabweans refer to the UNESCO world heritage site that is The Victoria Falls.

Arguably the largest sheet of falling water in the world the Falls are famous around world and an excellent place to start or end a safari itinerary. We use a selection of hotels and lodges in Victoria Falls Town and surrounds (Livingstone in Zambia is across the border) each picked for their different merits and rates but all excellent.

Being a very popular destination there are all manner of things to do while there the most popular of which are exploring the falls on foot or from the air in a helicopter. If you are lucky enough to be there in a full moon there is also the opportunity to see a lunar rainbow which can sometimes be seen in the spray at night!

Victoria falls is a short transfer from The Chobe by road so another option to visit could be on a day trip from The Pangolin Chobe Hotel.

Victoria Falls Hotel

The Vic Falls Hotel exudes plenty of old-world charm throughout. With beautiful wood panelled reception and dining areas a glorious terrace and views across the lawn down to the Falls it’s a great place to start or end an itinerary. It’s a relatively large hotel with 162 rooms but being on such a huge property you rarely feel crowded.

Old Drift Lodge

Nestled on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River a few kilometres up from Victoria Falls you will find the little piece of paradise that is the Old Drift Lodge. Being just outside of the town itself is more relaxing and a great way to start or end a safari itinerary. The spacious tents are super comfortable with their own deck, a private plunge pool a free-standing bath which can be filled to the brim with bubble bath on request!

Victoria Falls Safari Club

The Safari Club is the exclusive wing of The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge which is situated just outside the town of Victoria falls and about ten minutes (by hourly complimentary shuttle) to the Falls themselves. This has the distinct advantage of feeling much more like a safari destination with fantastic views across the bush from every room.

Pamusha

We adore this cosy, suburban 17-roomed bed and breakfast for its warm hospitality and budget friendly rates. The restaurant is open twenty-four hours a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try the ‘chesa nyama’ (barbequed meat), usually served with a side of tasty ‘moroko’ made from a local green vegetable called ‘kovo’. It’s delicious!

Ilala Lodge

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a family run hotel. Ilala Lodge, like Pangolin Photo Safaris, has a long history of dedication to providing a quality hospitality experience. Aside from the friendly staff the setting of Ilala Lodge is truly wonderful. The wildlife, including elephants, wander right up on to the lawn of the sprawling gardens. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed with amazing beds!

Victoria Falls Activities
Below you will see a selection of things to do in Victoria Falls

Helicopter Tours

The best way to see the immensity of The Falls is from the air and we like to add a 25 min helicopter flight to your itinerary as this is a must do activity. We also book these in advance and request time slots closer to sunset for the best light.

Tour of Victoria Falls

Access to the Falls is through the small nature reserve and you can chose whether to have a guides tour or explore yourself. There is a path that runs along the edge of the path with several vantage points along the way for great photo opportunities. Whenever there is a full moon the park stays open for those wanting to see a unique lunar rainbow in the mist.

Adrenaline Rush

For those wanting more of an adrenaline rush during your stay Vic Falls offers plenty for the adventurous. There is white water rafting and bungy jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge – this is visible from the end of the path at The Falls should you want to just to watch people plummeting rather than jump yourself!

All our safaris that include Victoria Falls

Ultimate Pangolin Photo Safari (14 Days)

Travelling from Victoria Falls to the shores of Cape Town is the quintessential Southern Africa safari itinerary. This safari takes in the glorious Victoria Falls, the best of Botswana and the beauty and energy of The Mother City in one seamless photo safari itinerary. From $6,500

Vic Falls, Chobe and Okavango Delta (9 Days)

The quintessential Botswana safari itinerary with two world class photographic destinations and two UNESCO world heritage sites over 9 days. This package is available throughout the year with easily arranged optional add-ons to Madikwe and Cape Town. From $4,350

Vic Falls, Chobe and Madikwe (11 Days)

This relaxed safari itinerary visits two wonderfully different safari destinations as well as the mighty Victoria Falls either at the start or the end. For clients wanting to try and photograph all the Big 5 species in one trip this is the perfect itinerary. From $6,550

Pangolin Places

Pangolin Chobe Hotel

Perched on a plateau overlooking The Chobe River and Caprivi Floodplains the Pangolin Chobe hotel is designed around a wildlife photography gallery. With only 14 rooms it is an intimate property and the base for our iconic photo safari experiences on water and land.

The Pangolin Voyager

Our floating lodge is actually moored on the Namibian side of the Chobe and is the perfect base for families and groups to charter on an exclusive basis. With 5 cabins the Pangolin Voyager can accommodate up to ten guests cruising along the Chobe River.

Chobe Mobile Camp

Nestled in the North Westerly region of the Chobe National Park our mobile camp makes use of private campsites deep in the bush. The camp can accommodate up to eight guests at a time and is hosted by a Pangolin Photo Host who is on hand to assist you.