Victoria Falls is still a natural beauty

Vic Falls – Still a Natural Beauty!

One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World



Hi there 🙂

Are you looking to learn a little more about Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the town and things round about?  Then you’re in the right place!  Vic Falls is a natural beauty and a natural world wonder!  Did you read my welcome to this site?

On this page you will find interesting facts about Victoria Falls/ Mosi-Oa-Tunya in Zimbabwe/Zambia Africa…

Come, I will show you around.

 Natural Beauty!

Still natural and so close to being the same as when David Livingstone first clapped eyes on this majestic sight! 

Quotation from Dr David Livingstone
Quotation from Dr David Livingstone

This is significant, as there is a delicate balance, to preserving the environment and keeping tourists safe and comfortable.

Victoria Falls is one of those places that has to be seen to be believed!

It has a super charge of forceful power and yet invokes gentleness, has an atmosphere of electric excitement and yet is calming – a set of contrasts that can only be found in nature!

The sheer force and deafening roar of the water is overwhelming – who knew so much water was channelled into one place!   The fine mist or heavier spay wafts up from the gorge of churning waters.  It rises up to obscure or tease your viewing and is forced toward you by unpredictable breezes, wrapping you in an enchanting blanket of wonderment (albeit a soaking one too at times!)   


An unbelievable sight and magical experience – if you go in the right season. 




Victoria Falls still a natural beauty season matters

Do Seasons really matter?

If it is important to you to see the Victoria Falls at it’s best, make sure you plan your trip with this in mind – it dries up considerably in the summer months.

Two years ago, it seemed to go viral, that Victoria Falls had dried up completely!  We got messages and phone calls from friends and family, asking if this was in fact true…

The Zambezi River, never runs dry, there is always water flowing over – even in the dry season.  There have been a number of drought years and rainfall hasn’t been like it was back in the day, so this no doubt contributes to lower levels in the Zambezi river generally.  But it’s still flowing and rolling over the edge of the cliff face every second of the day.

Happily this year (2018) has been an excellent year for rain!  Let’s hope it keeps up.

Quotation from David Livingstone
Quotation from David Livingstone

When David Livingstone got his first glimpse of the Falls on his second trip out, looking for ‘The Smoke that Sounds” it was the in November.  This is usually one of the driest or lowest in terms of water flow.  It was only because of this drop in water levels that Livingstone was able to get his canoe to the middle island (now Livingstone Island) and was able to peer over the edge!

He later exclaimed that,

“…No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England,”

 “…The most wonderful sight I had witnessed in Africa”

“…it’s rather a hopeless task to endeavour to convey an idea of it in words.”

To be on the safe side, he was very conservative of the length and depth of the waterfall, he explains here why…

“Whoever may come after me will not, I trust, have reason to say that I have indulged in exaggeration.”

With this in mind, you can be assured that a visit in any season would be worth your while.



What are the pros and cons of the seasons?

Deciding when to visit may not be entirely yours to make.

Getting leave from work and planning around school holidays could have you visiting at a different season to what you had hoped.

But… if it was possible to have your holiday when you wanted, you would want to know all the possibilities of each month of the year.  So let’s do that now.


Victoria Falls is still a natural beauty Seasons Matter

  • I want to see the Victoria Falls at it’s best – the full (or there about) curtain of water, with the impressive spray and magical experience.
Victoria Falls is still a natural beauty seasons matter
The Main Falls will always have water flowing over regardless of the season.

February – March – April – May

The rain would have normally begun by November and this year we have had rain in the early days of March.  The rains higher up the Zambezi river as well as local rains, drain into the Zam and this raises the water levels over time and so by February more water is thundering over the precipice.

Pros to visiting between February and May

  • The weather is pleasant
  • The Falls are full
  • The Spray (Smoke) is high
  • The Thunder of the Falls is loud at night
  • You get wet on your tour
  • Both sides – Zambia and Zimbabwe are well worth doing, with the Zambia side being the most adventurous at this time
  • Everything is green and lush

Cons to visiting between February and May

  • At times, you can’t actually see the full Waterfall on the Zimbabwe share, as the spray obscures the view in places. And not at all by Danger Point
  • Photos are tricky to take (but you will get some), there is risk of water damage to your equipment
  • Animals have plenty of food and so have no need to move around – Safari is not that great anywhere
  • Many activities that involve the Zambezi River are not safe and so can’t be done.

Tip – If this is the only time you can come, aim for early February or late May.  April is about the peak month.


Victoria Falls is still a natural beauty Seasons Matter

  • I want to go on a holiday safari when it’s cooler and see lots of animals – particularly the Big 5.
Victoria Falls still a natural beauty seasons matter
Regardless of the season – there will always be water flowing at the Devils Cataract or Leaping Water viewing point.

June – July – August

Pros to visiting between June and August

  • The rains should be gone
  • There is still a nice flow over the Falls and the view is better with not as much spray or mist, patches of the gorge are visible
  • The weather is cool to warm during the day and cool to cold at night
  • Safari is great!
  • Some river activities are now open

Cons to visiting between June and August

  • By August the water levels are starting to drop rapidly
  • The Zambia side of the Falls are just a trickle

Tip – I am yet to think of more lol!  It seems like these are the Goldilocks months – “Just Right!”


Victoria Falls is still a natural beauty Seasons Matter

  • I want to avoid the heat!
Victoria Falls still a natural beauty seasons matter
Gorge or cliff face on the Zambian side during the dry season.

September – October – November

Pros to visiting between September and November

  • You will see the entire waterfall with minimal spray as well as the gorge
  • Safari and game drives are excellent
  • The bush is dry and you feel like you are in Africa

Cons to visiting between September and November

  • It is hot – hot – hot
  • It’s malaria season
  • Some river activities have stopped as the water flow is low
  • The Zambia side of the Falls is now dry as well as part of the Zimbabwe side of the Falls.


Tip – Think you have malaria while you are on holiday? The Victoria Falls Pharmacy have a test that can be done immediately that will give you the answer straight away.  It will even tell you the strain of malaria you have.


Victoria Falls is still a natural beauty Seasons Matter

  • Humid with new green growth and hot with occasional rains
Victoria Falls still a natural beauty seasons matter
Rains bring the bush scrub to life, giving it a beautiful fresh green make over.

December – January

Pros to visiting in December and January

  • It is pretty to see the environment change from the dry blonde, to the bright green.

Cons to visiting in December and January

  • The Falls are starting to fill out a bit, with excellent views of the gorge
  • Many river activities have stopped
  • Safari is a bit of a hit and miss

Tip – bring an umbrella.


Victoria Falls still a natural beauty seasons matter
The time difference between these two waterfall shots is 4 months.


Personally, I love both seasons and the bits in between!  It’a been a fascinating watch, observing the Zambezi River as it rises and then drops, noting the changes in the landscape and seeing the birds and occasional wildlife, that wander into town.

Victoria Falls is still a natural beauty Sunrise
Sunrise on Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Main Falls and Zambia (view from the Victoria Falls Bridge).

And most of all? – Sunrise! It’s like a gift every morning. I must have hundreds of sunrise photos! Our flat window is positioned in prime view of the spray from the Falls (mostly only seen from there at sunrise), it’s a treat to watch every morning during breakfast. However, once the sun is up, it’s pretty hot, and in September/October, it can be quite unbearable.  Thank goodness for air con, fans and swimming pools! ☺


View the Victoria Falls from a drone’s perspective!

Want to get a real feel experience?  The following two videos from National Geographic – enable you to see 360 degrees.  Use two fingers to direct the video or use the arrow keys to direct the view.




The beauty is in its naturalness

The Victoria Falls has been kept quite natural. No huge built up fences or barriers to mar the beauty. Instead, the gorges are made safe using simple stick fences and are adequately secure at all the viewing points. From danger point on there is no protection, and obviously, caution will be needed. Signs clearly mark where not to go. Don’t be tempted to get any dangerously positioned selfies!

Natural fencing at Vic Falls.

The pathways along the waterfall front are made using stones and concrete. Though plain, they blend naturally into the environment and are practical and hard-wearing for all the frequent visitors.

Victoria Falls is still a natural beauty pathways
Natural and practical pathways for viewing the Falls.

Note though, that it rains 24/7 with the spray from the Falls and so the rainforest is damp to dripping wet (which is why the rainforest is so lush and green), this can and does make the pathways slippery.  While this is not always the case – the drier months are different, it is worth being careful at all times, especially down the stairs.

Victoria Falls is still a natural beauty pathways
Pathways can be damp to dripping wet – take care.

Be sure to:

–  wear shoes with a good grip
–  walk with someone
–  take your time!

On Google, it says that the average visitor to the Falls, only stays for 45 minutes!  You’ve spent a lot of money to visit this Natural Wonder – don’t rush through the experience, relax and enjoy!

Helpful Information

Victoria Falls during peak season
Victoria Falls during peak season

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Victoria Falls as you can see is still a Natural Beauty! 

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Victoria Falls clouds and spray

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Are you planning a visit to Victoria Falls and have a question or two?  Put them in the comments below and I will endeavour to answer them.  What I don’t know, I will find out for you.



Our goal is to help you to have the best trip ever to this amazing waterfall!




  1. This place does look amazing! The scenery looks amazing and I can well imagine that the seasons do matter! Would you say that winter is the best time to visit? I’ll be sure to grab a cake while I’m there 😉

    As well as Victoria Falls, does Zimbabwe have more interesting things worth seeing?

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      Hi Stephen,

      It is beautiful! The water flow is getting stronger and from my window, the “smoke” or spray is a pillar in the sky – stunning with the sunrise tinting it a golden pink. To answer your question, you need to know what is important to you about your visit. Are you coming for the Falls? The white water rafting? The safari experience? If it’s for the Waterfall (at it’s best) the end of January through to the end of April, will give you that full curtain of water, or close enough.

      Sure there are definitely other worthwhile stops in Zimbabwe. Top of our own personal list is Mana Pools. But there is also the Matopos National Park, Hwange National Park, The Great Zimbabwe Ruins and Chinhoyi Caves, just to mention a few. Each is unique and different.

      I look forward to making you that cake!

      All the best with your travel plans.


  2. Would you suggest a sunrise or sunset at Victoria Falls and where to view it from? Traveling next week, January 25! Nervous about mosquitoes, but want to maximize our 3 days there! Should I wear normal tennis shoes or maybe some water shoes? Is there a lot of hiking or just viewing points? Thanks in advance! I cannot wait! I LOVE waterfalls!

    1. Author

      Hi there Lindsey. Oh my you must be so excited!
      You know both times are fantastic. Sunrise and sunset. My favourite is sunrise over the Main Falls. Perhaps you could just see what other activities you are wanting to fit in. A sunset cruise is also special. And a few of the other activities are are later in the day. So a nice bright early start at the Falls would be ideal! If your hotel package includes breakfast, get them to pack you up a little picnic and pop it into your backpack. Or if not the rainforest cafe has an awesome menu. I love their coffee!!! Tennis shoes would be perfect!

      Don’t worry too much about mosquitoes – most places have the spray on hand – just ask for it. If you do react to bites generally it might be a good idea to include a few anti histamines with your toiletries. ☺ If you have been in a malaria area for more than 7 days and think you have it – The Victoria Falls Pharmacy has a $5 test that you can get done straight away, and it tests for two strains of malaria. But we have been here 5 years and never had it, so don’t stress too much! 😊

      The Zimbabwe side has the great viewing points, it’s the Zambia side that has the hiking trail of sorts down to the boiling pot beneath the Vic Falls Bridge.

      Well if you need to know anything else just ask! 😊

      Have a fantastic holiday!


  3. Awesome looking falls. Would love to see the Victoria Falls in real life and take some photos from all different angles. I wonder what they look like at both sunrise and sunset? I see you mention being there at sunrise. Is it also good at sunset as well? I’m thinking more from a photography viewpoint. Which would be better? Sunrise or sunset?

    1. Hey Darren glad you stopped by.

      The Victoria Falls Nation Parks are open from 6 am – 6 pm.  Today sunrise was exactly at 6 am, but will start getting a few minutes earlier till December.  If you got to the Park, to be the first in, you could get some awesome sunrise photos. Remember though that sunrise happens very quickly, so you will have to have your wits about you and your equipment ready to go!  As for sunset, it sets a few minutes after 6 pm. 🙁 

      However, there is a Photographic Tour of the Falls that you could take. There are three options – Sunrise Tour, Rainbow Tour and Sunset Tour. The Sunset Tour is done from the Zambian side, while the Sunrise Tour and Rainbow Tour (which actually can also be booked and done together for a bit more money) are both done on the Zimbabwe side. 

      It’s well worth doing though – the colours on the Falls make it quite enchanting. Hope you get to come visit. 🙂

      Hope it works out for you.


  4. Hello,
    Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is absolutely beautiful and truly a wonder! It would be tough to decide whether to see them in full force or when you can explore the pools at the base in the calm season. Are the rafting excursions an all-day event or are there different options? Also, what would be the youngest age you’d recommend for children on the walk to see the falls during peak season? This sounds like a wonderful trip well worth the effort! Thank you so much for the information!

    1. Hey Steve and Chris,  

      Yes it is a tough decision – which season to come in…

      The rafting is basically a day event. Starting from 7 am – 2:30 pm. You are going to be exhausted after it, and will just want a hot bath and bed! The rafting is grade 5 rapids. In the low season you cover rapids #1 through #19, in the high season rapids #11 through #24. 

      There is no age limit to view the Falls. However, if your child can fit in a stroller, I would highly recommend this. Alternatively, carry them around or pack a child carrier according to their age. If you go along together as a family and look out for each other taking extra care it should be fine. 

      Hope you get to visit us in Vic Falls 🙂

  5. Hi Tracy,

    This looks like an amazing place to be! Beautiful scenery! I haven’t done any traveling lately but I would definitely keep Victoria Falls in mind. The beauty of this falls is too beautiful to pass by. When do you think is the best time to visit Victoria Falls to avoid the heat?

    Thanks for sharing this post.

    1. Hi Rosa,

      It is such a lovely place.  At the moment it is going into the summer season.  The days are hot and hazy.  The haze is very pretty though.  I know the heat isn’t easy to adjust to.  The best time for you to come is probably a bit after the rains. Late January through to April is best.  It’s cooler and the Victoria Falls have a lot more water flowing due to the rains filtering into the Zambezi River.  Glad Vic Falls is on your bucket list!  Don’t forget to order an Art Cake when you come! 

  6. Wow, simply amazing place to visit, I really want go those places, I will never be bored, I do always search for a place like that for every vacation, but its too far for me, I wish I could make it, Anyways I have added this place to my most wanted place to go list, if I go there, I can’t stop pressing my camera capture button.
    It is really feel good to see the images even. Look forward to hear more like this.

    1. Hi Shareef,

      There are so many amazing places in the world – you are right, one can never get bored!  So glad to know that Victoria Falls is now on you bucket list!  If you are into adventure then this is the place for you!   Be sure to remember to come back to Cake at Vic Falls when you are ready to get your holiday plans going.  All the best with your travels.

  7. Wow! I have always wanted to go to Victoria Falls…. and so finally have saved enough funds for a trip with my friend out there. I was wondering though, are there any reasonably priced guided tours around the falls? Or is this just something most people do on their own? For instance, will me and my friend easily be able to just hike around and go for an early morning walk by the falls to see nature and things?

    Thanks! 🙂 I’m really excited to go!

    1. Hello Mei,

      You must be getting really excited for your upcoming trip!  

      Victoria Falls is a very small town, and you will easily be able to walk around and see it at your own pace, or you could hire a bicycle. 

      There is A Guided Tour of Vic Falls – knowledgeable guides will take you around, it takes about 3 hours – it includes transport both ways from your accommodation. 

      You can also get a guided tour of the Town itself and includes seeing curio markets and shops – but you may find it more fun exploring together with your friend. 

      An early morning walk in the Falls at sunrise would be an awesome experience. As it is almost Summer, the Victoria Falls National Park will be open from 6 am to 6 pm till May.  You could always grab a coffee or have breakfast at the Rainforest Restaurant at the Victoria Falls Entrance Gate. 

      The Victoria Falls Bridge is free to walk on, you do need to get a gate pass and show your passport.  We love watching sunrise from there  – it’s really beautiful.  The Bridge Café would be a great stop for refreshments and there is the Historical Bridge Tour that you wouldn’t want to miss!  Wishing you all the best on your plans!  If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them below.

  8. That is beautiful I was there back in 2009 and raft on the Zambezi River and Bunji jumped off of the Vic Falls Bridge. It was amazing. Seeing this makes me realize I would love to go back. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Author

      Hi Corinne, sounds like you had a great trip! The weather is perfect right now, in fact it’s my favourite time of year.  All the best with planning another trip!  Shout if you need help.

  9. Wow, Victoria Falls seems like an amazing place to visit!
    The scenery looks amazing as well!
    When is the best time of the year to visit the Zambezi River are that the falls are in?
    I cant wait to check out the discounts when you post them
    I love to travel and I love discounts for traveling so I will check back soon!


    1. Hi Brendon, yes, Victoria Falls is very scenic – the best time to visit the Falls themselves are end of February through to July/August.  The waterfall is at it’s peak in April/May. But it really is an amazing site regardless of the time of year you manage to get here.  The rock face gorges are just as beautiful! Check back for sure!

  10. What a beautiful scenery! Sunrise is indeed a gift to mankind, and to be in a position to welcome its beauty every morning is a blessing. I hope I will be able to take a visit in the near future, and to enjoy cake at Vic Falls. Do you cater for international orders?

    1. Author

      Hey Carol, I hope you visit us soon too! It is a beautiful place, and the seasons bring their own unique beauty. Right now, it’s just about perfect – not too hot, still a good amount of water coming over the Falls and the trees are changing colour.
      Sadly I don’t do international cake orders. Be sure to get in touch when you visit! ☺

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