The mighty Victoria Falls rank as one of the most spectacular sites in all of Africa. As the mighty Zambezi River crashes over sheer cliffs onto the rocks below it sprays a cloud of water high into the air that has earned it the local name of Mosi-oa-Tunya (literally translated as ‘the smoke that thunders’).
Livingstone is the town found on the Zambian side of the water, and luxury hotels either in the town or somewhere alongside the Zambezi upstream are a great base from which to fully explore this magnificent spectacle. Whether on privately guided tours of the falls, spotting hippos on river based safaris, soaring over the spray on scenic helicopter flights, white water rafting in Batoka Gorge or visiting the famous Livingstone Island, we’ll make sure that you make the very most of your stay here.
From a picnic on a private island to enjoying a glass of bubbles while cruising on the Zambezi river, Livingstone is a great place to start or end your trip to Africa. For those who have not been on safari yet, to see your first elephants and hippopotamus snorting in the river will be a real delight and create memories to cherish for years to come.
What to do
- Tour the falls on foot, by helicopter and microlite
- Take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi
When to go
The falls can be enjoyed all year round, though the levels of the waters can vary quite a lot. Both low and high water have their own advantages (though the high water is more spectacular, the spray can make the falls harder to see).