Luxury Trips to Victoria Falls
It’s true when people say that Victoria Falls should be seen from every angle you can get to, and the Zimbabwean side, on the southern bank of the Zambezi River, exposes still further views and thrills. Indeed this is where the largest volumes of water in all the falls can be seen.
Only on this side can you visit the Devil’s Cataract, regarded as the area with the most impressive views of the Victoria Falls. With an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water passing over the Falls each minute here, it stands as the largest curtain of water in the world, and is a truly remarkable sight to see. You also get to marvel at First Gorge’s 110 meter wide (360 ft) cascades flowing down 150 metres (500ft) at a rapid pace, zigzagging in and out of a series of gorges.
If staying in Victoria Falls town you can walk down the pathways to contemplate the different viewpoints of the falls, with some of the very best seats at Knife Edge Bridge and the Victoria Falls Bridge. The views from low down by the Zambezi River are a good way to experience their power up-close, at certain times of the year it is even possible to enjoy a swim in pools on the very crest of the cataract.
For the adrenalin junkies there are a host of activities from bungee jumping (111 metre jump) off the Victoria Falls Bridge to enjoying a hair-raising white water rafting trip. For those that want their experience to be more relaxing we can arrange a private helicopter flight or a cruise along the Zambezi River, allowing you to view the diverse range of wildlife inhabited in this region of Africa.
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).
What to do
- Tour the falls on foot, by helicopter or by micro-light
- Experience the wildlife of the Zambezi river from a cruise boat
- Enjoy the arts and crafts markets in Victoria Falls town
Itineraries including Victoria Falls
Accommodation in Victoria Falls
Here are some of our travel designers' favourite options
Matetsi Victoria FallsSet within the pristine Matetsi Private Game Reserve along an exclusive 15km (9 mile) stretch of the Zambezi River a little upstream from Mosi-oa-Tunya, Matetsi River Lodge perfectly combines fine safari with easy access to the thrills and adventure of Victoria Falls. The River Lodge comprises of two intimate camps of just nine suites each, including two family suites. All the suites are modern yet of the vernacular, with clean lines softened by local craft pieces and repurposed materials. En suite bathrooms boast indoor and outdoor showers as well as a deep bath which looks out over the Zambezi. A private veranda offers a refreshing plunge pool and a peaceful sitting area that overlooks the river. At the heart of each camp is a communal area with a variety of dining spaces, an interactive kitchen, convivial bar area and an al fresco area that encircles a blazing fire bowl, all with unifying theme of a wood and copper, the ‘red gold’ of the country’s historical mining industry. There’s also a large central pool, massage sala, fitness centre and wine cellar. For the utmost privacy, Matetsi River House is an exclusive use villa with four bedrooms, its own kitchen, dining areas, pool and a complement of staff, including a dedicated guide, private vehicle, chef and butler, ensuring a tailor-made safari unlike any other. The 50,000ha (124,000 acre) private reserve is home to large herds of elephant and buffalo as well as an assortment of plains game and predators including kudu, sable and roan antelope, hippo, lion, leopard, African wild dog, spotted hyena, and 366 bird species. Explore the concession on expertly guided game drives, horseback safaris and bush walks, or head out onto the water on canoeing excursions, fishing trips and sunset river cruises. You can also discover Victoria Falls and the famous adventure activities that surround it such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, scenic flights and zip lining.