Tour of the Falls – Visit the national heritage site and one of the 7th wonders of the world, “The Victoria Falls”. You will be accompanied by qualified guards who will impart to you their vast knowledge of the history of the Falls, the formation of the falls, the flora and fauna, birdlife, wildlife and other points of interest. The tour of the falls usually begins with a visit to the famous ‘Big Tree’.
There is nothing quite like the heart-pounding sensation of actually standing on the edge of these magnificent falls and being drenched by the never ending spray…
You may decide to take a guided tour of Victoria Falls with one of the tour companies or you might decided to explore and appreciate the sights, sounds and feel on your own.
For those that need a foreign language translation of the Tour of Victoria Falls, we recommend the audio guides which are available at the entrance to the National Park.
Available in 7 languages, the audio guides are a great and flexible way to learn about the Victoria Falls with 25 channels for the different areas of the walk.
The audio guide is available in English, German, Russian, Spanish, French, Mandarin and Italian. It is available at US$10 per person. Read more about the Audio guide
But no matter how you decide to visit “The Smoke That Thunders” very few people are ever really prepared for the incredible beauty and mesmerising strength and power of the mighty Victoria Falls.
The heart-pounding sensation of actually standing on the edge of the precipice above the raging Zambezi waters is something quite unforgettable.
Spray from the pounding water rises more than 60 feet into the air before tumbling down to create 24 hours of solid rain…
The Falls are literally at the end of the main street through the town centre. Of course the ever present ‘Smoke’ (rising spray) will very soon have you orientated as to its location. It is a very walkable distance from town centre and closer hotels (see our map) – Please bear in mind that in summer at mid day it can get very, very hot.
You will find that you are able to hire rain coats and maps of the Falls from vendors in the car park. If you do not have a good water proof cover for your camera or you really don’t want to get soaked raincoats are a good idea for the tour of Victoria Falls. But I personally love the feeling of being drenched by natures own rain from the Zambezi River.
Entrance is through the Victoria Falls National Park entrance gate – where you are required to pay a US$30 entrance fee per person ($20 for Regional visitors). If you are a local or regional visitor, they like to see your Zimbabwe ID or passport for proof of residence. So please remember to put it into a water proof bag for the rest of the trip as you really don’t want it getting wet.
The edge of the falls is reached through the cool, moist tunnels of the rainforest. Always shrouded in fine spray, the forest is a fairyland of exotic plants thriving in the humidity. Concrete paths, (the only obvious man-made intrusions since Livingstone’s day) have been made to stop sightseers trampling away the lip of the gorge.
Main falls Victoria Wonderful spray from the Victoria Falls
Tour of Victoria Falls Rainbow View Dean enjoying Rainbow Falls view
Tour of Victoria Falls -Cateract Falls View from the “chain walk” set of stairs
Tour of Victoria Falls Us with the falls in background
Victoria falls sunrise Sunrise over the Victoria Falls
Parts of the precipice opposite the falls have been cleared of undergrowth to give a clear view, but the falls can also be seen from the depths of the forest through glistening, dripping, spray soaked leaves.
Early morning is a magic time to see the falls, as the sun rises it tints the plumes of spray pink and gold. There is a statue of David Livingstone (Sculptured by Sir William Reid-Dick) on the western end of the chasm, over looking the Devils Cataract.
You will also find a set of stairs going down to a view point called the “Chain Walk”– where you will be able to look into the Devils Cataract – I would say this is definitely well worth doing and is personally one of my favourite places to enjoy the view on the tour of Victoria Falls.
You can make your way along the designated path which takes you to the various 16 view points along the edge – some of them are better than others and as you come along to the main falls some of them are wetter than others.
You might find the path a little slippery along the way and I would encourage you to where suitable walking shoes. The sheer magic of the Victoria Falls is that you will not find big barriers or walls to keep you away from the edge and one can really experience the sheer might of them – up close!
Danger Point is the far point at the end of the path and from here you can look across into Zambia – sometimes depending on the time of year you may be lucky enough to see a rafting trip starting far below in the gorge.
From Danger Point there is a path to the right that takes you to a view point of the bridge. It is a great place to see the structure of the Victoria Falls Bridge and also to see some of the bungee jumpers – from their platform which is in the middle of the bridge.
You are able to walk back along the path you came to the entrance or there is a back path on which you will find the toilets not far from the entrance gate. If you are lucky you may very well see some monkeys and a bush buck or two in the rainforest on your tour of Victoria Falls.
See a Moonbow…… A surreal and magical night experience awaits those who are lucky enough to plan their Victoria Falls trips to coincide with the full moon. For three nights each month (one on either side of the actual full moon date), the Rainforest is open for a dramatic lunar rainbow – a rare natural phenomenon (also known as a moonbow or lunar bow or white rainbow) produced by the moon rather than the sun (a solar rainbow).