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.
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!
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
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.
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