Top 5 Destinations to Combine with Victoria Falls

Top 5 Destinations to Combine with Victoria Falls

Listed as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”, Victoria Falls is a destination that on its own offers a rewarding and unforgettable experience. Victoria Falls is considered by many as the ultimate “Adventure Capital” of Africa. From scenic helicopter rides over the mighty Zambezi River and magnificent Victoria Falls, to river cruises at sunset and thrilling white water rafting adventures. 

Much like Victoria Falls, there are several destinations across Southern Africa that offer a unique and exciting experience but there are a select few that tie in perfectly with Victoria Falls. Promising an unforgettable African vacation, here are our picks for the Top 5 destination to combine with Victoria Falls.

Top 5 Destinations to combine with Victoria Falls

1. Cape Town

Table Mountain from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
Table Mountain is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature: a flat-top mountain that stands 3,563 feet above sea level.

Cape Town is a destination loved by many around the world because it delivers when it comes to breathtaking scenery, cultural experiences and adventure activities. It is for this reason that Cape Town has been crowned “The Best City in the World” by the UK Telegraph for four consecutive years. 

With the introduction of a non-stop flight operating from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, visiting both destinations has never been easier.  

The city has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and offers an exceptional standard of accommodation and service. From guest houses to hotels and countryside estates, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes and budget. Cape Town is also a foodies paradise and wine lovers’ dream, with plenty of award-winning restaurants and wine estates. 

Among the activities on offer in the Mother City, the most popular are the Table Mountain Cableway ride and hikes, visits to the historical Robben Island, wine tastings in the Cape Winelands, scenic tours of the Cape Peninsula with a stop at Boulders Beach to visit African Penguins, and cage diving with some incredible species of shark. 

With its gorgeous scenery and wide range of activities, Cape Town is one of the best destinations to combine with Victoria Falls which is equally just as beautiful.

2. Kruger National Park

Sunset in the Kruger National Park
Afternoon game drives in the Kruger are not without a stop in a unique location where guests can enjoy a refreshing beverage and watch the sun set over the bushveld.

The Kruger National Park is one of the most loved safari destinations in Africa, recognized for offering incredible value for money safaris, and up-close encounters with the famous Big 5 and other incredible wildlife such as hyenas, wild dogs, giraffe, cheetah and various antelope species. There are also over 500 resident and migrant bird species to be seen in the Kruger. 

The Kruger spans across two million hectares and is split into three distinct regions: Southern Kruger, Central Kruger and Northern Kruger. 

There are several private game reserves surrounding the park and are referred to as the greater Kruger, sharing an unfenced border that makes it possible to encounter various animals species whilst enjoying a more private safari experience. 

Non-stop flights operate from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport to Livingstone Airport daily but there is also the option of flying via Johannesburg to Victoria Falls Airport. 

Activities on offer in the Kruger include guided morning and afternoon game drives, night drives, bush walks and bird watching. Offering an unforgettable experience, the Kruger is one of the best destinations to combine with Victoria Falls. 

3. Chobe National Park

Chobe river cruise
Chobe River cruises are great for seeing herds of elephants cross the Chobe River to the islands, whilst hippos and crocodiles like to bask in the sun next to the water’s edge.

Chobe National Park is well-known for having the largest population of elephants in the world. With the Chobe River being the primary source of water that runs through the park, one is able to see an abundance of wildlife. 

Chobe National Park is dominated by wild dogs, lions, leopards, hyenas and cheetahs. The park also sees large herds of elephant and buffalo seeking out water. 

Although Chobe National Park is open to the public during the day for self-drives, there are a few private lodges that nestle within the park. Staying at one of these lodges has the advantage of getting out into the bush before the gates open and once the park closes in the evening, one then has the opportunity to explore further and enjoy sightings of those animals most active at night, particularly the lions who prefer to hunt at night.  

The private lodges offer the experience of open-vehicle game drives, walking safaris and boating safaris. Boating safaris are an incredible means of viewing hippo and aquatic birds, and elephant herds that love to bath and play in the river. Boating safaris are also the best way to photograph and admire the gorgeous African sunset.

Reached by road, Chobe National Park is one of the most popular destinations to combine with Victoria Falls.  

4. Hwange National Park

Elephant in Hwange National Park at sunset.
Hwange is well-known for its biodiversity, huge herds of elephants and incredible game viewing in the winter months when animals congregate around water sources.

Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe, spanning across 1 465 100 hectares of untouched wilderness. 

The Park is home to over 100 mammal species and 400 bird species, and it is the only protected area in Zimbabwe where gemsbok and brown hyena appear in healthy numbers.  Hwange is an untouched wilderness worth seeing and is most certainly one of the top destinations to combine with Victoria Falls.

Hwange is believed to offer sanctuary to one of the largest surviving group of wild dogs in Africa, so chances of seeing this endangered species are high. 

Elephants have also been successful in Hwange, with as many as 80 000 seen at a particular time of the year. 

Hwange boasts various lodges and tented camps and is one of the top destinations for a mobile safari experience. There are a number of lodges and camps scattered around the park but the more private accommodations are found in the Linkwasha, Dzivanini, Shakwanki and Tsamhole wilderness areas.

5. Okavango Delta

Mokoro trip in Okavango Delta - destinations to combine with Victoria Falls
Mokoro excursions offer tranquility and the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Okavango without disturbing the wildlife.

The Okavango Delta is a bucket list destination for most travelers visiting Africa, renowned for its myriad of wildlife and unique safari experience, making it one of the top destinations to combine with Victoria Falls – two incredible natural wonders. It is the one place where you can explore the world’s largest inland river delta in a boat or in a mokoro (traditional dugout canoe) and take to the sky in a hot air balloon ride – gaining a whole new perspective. 

The Delta spans across 1 500 000 hectares during the dry season and when the floods arrive, the Delta stretches across 2 200 000 hectares. The Delta is home to almost 200 species of mammals, over 150 species of reptiles and more than 400 resident and migrant bird species. It is a wildlife wonderland, offering incredible up-close encounters and photographic opportunities. 

The Okavango boasts a variety of luxury lodges and camps that offer incredible comfort, exceptional cuisine, a personalized service, and an exclusive and unforgettable safari adventure. 

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It can be tough deciding which destination is a good fit for you, so let one of our Travel Experts help you plan that perfect Victoria Falls vacation that affords you the opportunity to explore more than one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.