Tours & Safaris
One of the world’s most loved iconic landmarks and natural wonders, Victoria Falls is regarded as the largest waterfall in the world due to it’s combined 1,7 metres width and 108 metres height. The Falls roars like thunder as the water belts down over the edge and creates a spray that resembles a mist of smoke, heeding the name Mosi-oa-Tunya which translates to “The Smoke that Thunders”.
Victoria Falls can be viewed from both Zambia and Zimbabwe, and both regions offer an incredible selection of activities, including scenic helicopter flights over the falls, river cruises, white water rafting, and day trips to the world-renowned Chobe National Park.
Zambia has the added attraction of Livingstone Island where those daring enough can swim on the edge of the Falls.
Find out when is the best time of year to visit Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls experiences a hot and humid climate during the month of January, with temperatures averaging at a high of 30°C (86°F) and a low of 19°C (66°F). As a result, Victoria Falls receives its highest rainfall and several dramatic thunderstorms. The vegetation is beautifully lush, with the rainforest flowers in full bloom, birds nesting, and newborn babies in sight. The animals in the surrounding national parks do tend to spread out during the rainy season, so it may not be the best time for game viewing but is a great time for travelers wanting to experience a canoeing safari on the Upper Zambezi River. Regarded as “Green Season”, many lodges and hotels will offer their lowest rates during the months of January to March, making it the best time to visit Victoria Falls for travellers on a specific budget. Providing the water levels remain low, visits to Livingstone Island and Devil’s Pool in Zambia are also still possible.
This is the best time to visit Victoria Falls if you are looking to not only admire one of the world’s natural wonders, but experience the thrill of white water rafting. The Zambezi water levels have risen dramatically and the rapids have become more intense - a dream come true for thrill seekers. The climate remains much like January; with hot and humid days, consistent rainfall and thunderstorms, and some of the most beautiful rainbows. The spray of the falls is spectacular and is best admired from the air. In surrounding parks such as Hwange, sable and waterbuck are calving and lions can be seen dashing across the submerged plains. With the greater supply of water to Victoria Falls National Park, bird watching is at its very best, with as many as 470 species to be seen.
The rainy season is coming to an end but the days remain hot and afternoon thunderstorms frequent. The river levels are very high and rafting season often closes in March due to safety reasons. The Zambezi River is pumping at full volume, sounding much like thunder as the water beats down the 120 meter drop. The spray from the falls is dramatic and makes viewing from the ground difficult, so it’s the best time to visit Victoria Falls if you plan on booking a helicopter excursion. The month of March offers the last opportunity to take advantage of the green season rates offered at several lodges and hotels. In the surrounding game parks, kudu and buffalo are at the peak of their breeding season, migrant birds start to depart, and the gorgeous baobab trees start to bare fruit - a favorite snack for baboons.
It is now the end of the rainy season but the water from the catchment area, the point where the Kafue River and Zambezi River meet in Zambia, has arrived and flows at an average of 500 million liters of water per minute. The views are spectacular from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of the falls, and it is now a great time to book a helicopter flight over the falls. Livingstone Island tours are now closed but fishing in the Zambezi River is at its best from April to November. In the surrounding parks, the last few migrant birds have now left and male impala, wildebeest and warthog are seen rubbing their antlers or horns on trees or shrubs and fighting with each other. This is known as the “rutting period”. April is an excellent time to safari in Zambia, with lodges accessible after the rainy season, and accommodation rates are lower.
Autumn has officially arrived and although the days are relatively hot, the evenings bring with them a cool breeze. The Zambezi River is still flowing strong and the falls can be seen in all its glory. For the keen fisherman, May is the best time to visit Victoria Falls, with the lower Zambezi offering opportunities to catch vundu, bream, and tiger fish; whilst the clear water on the upper Zambezi offer the opportunity for both fly and lure fishing. With the impending dry season, trees start to lose their leaves and flowers start to shrivel up. In the surrounding parks, animals start to congregate around the waterholes and wild dogs begin to breed. It is also the start of the white backed vulture breeding season. Vultures can be seen up-close on the Vulture Culture Experience offered at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.
The dry winter climate has arrived and the Zambezi River levels drop, officially opening up Livingstone Island in Zambia, and offering panoramic views from either side of the falls. The days are considerably warm but the evenings can become cooler, so travelers are always urged to bring along some warm attire. June and July is the best time to visit Victoria Falls if you looking to include a safari experience in Chobe National Park or one of the incredible game parks in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Game viewing is at its prime during the months of June to October. The bush is less dense and water sources are few, causing animals to congregate in larger numbers around the remaining waterholes. Raptor courtship displays are also more evident in parks such as Hwange.
The peak of the dry season sees no rain, chilly evenings and early mornings, and leaves of mopane tree in a distinct hue of burnt orange. The month of July is regarded to be the best time to visit Victoria Falls, with the presence of clear skies and very little mist which afford uninterrupted views of the falls. July is also a great time of year for game viewing and walking safaris in the Zambezi National Park and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Elephants arrive in Hwange in huge numbers for the winter, and the Chobe Riverfront offers up-close sightings of Africa’s largest elephant herds. With the courtship period over, raptor breeding season also begins in July.
There is a distinct shift in the seasons, with warm days and slightly cooler evenings. There are considerably more windier days and an incredible drop in the water levels of the Zambezi, often exposing the Eastern cataract in Zambia. Devil’s Pool generally opens in August, affording visitors the rare and thrilling experience of looking over the edge of the falls. Low water rafting and canoeing is also available for travelers to enjoy. The Zambian side of the falls is a popular feeding ground for elephants that have traveled from the far north reaches of Zimbabwe and Botswana, so elephant sightings are incredible. The first migrant birds arrive in Hwange and one can witness some of the best sunsets to be seen in Africa.
Spring has sprung as trees begin to flower and temperatures rise considerably, averaging at a high of 32°C (89°F) during the day and a low of 14°C (57°F) in the evenings and early mornings. September marks the arrival of the first migrant birds from Europe and other African countries, offering the most incredible bird watching opportunities. With the water levels very low, the rapids are more exposed, affording the most incredible rafting experiences. September is the best time to visit Victoria Falls if you are a keen birder, or wish to venture out into one of the surrounding parks like Chobe and Hwange for a sensational safari adventure. It is important however to note that it will be under very hot climate conditions.
Generally regarded as the hottest month of the year, Victoria Falls occasionally experiences thunderstorms as a result of the heat. It is also highly likely that that eastern cataract in Zambia will dry up, causing poor visibility of the falls from the Zambian side, and views of a bare rock face. It is our recommendation that you consider booking a visit to the falls on the Zimbabwean side as the low water levels here will still offer gorgeous panoramic views. Low water rafting on the Zambezi still remains excellent and various bird species enter into courtship and begin to breed, offering incredible bird watching opportunities. October is an excellent month for game viewing in the Zambezi National Park and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, as crowds are fewer and the safari experience is more exclusive.
November marks the beginning of the rainy season, with the water level of Victoria Falls at its absolute lowest. The days are extremely hot with daytime temperature as high as 33°C (91°F), often resulting in a thunderstorm which brings with it much relief from the intense heat. White water rafting is excellent in November, with the water levels so low that the rapids become that more challenging. The month of November is considered to be low season, with favorable accommodation rates and a gorgeous landscape of newly sprouted trees and flowers in bloom. Migrant bird species start to arrive in Victoria Falls, elephants make their way back to Zimbabwe and Chobe, and the impala calving season begins.
December is hot and humid, with the rainy season starting to peak and water levels which are at their lowest, slowing beginning to rise. The eastern cataract in Zambia is still exposed, so viewing of the falls from the Zambian side is still not favorable. Low water rafting however remains excellent, and game viewing in surrounding parks is relatively good, with the wildebeest breeding season attracting a sprawl of predators. Being the second wettest month of the year, there is less demand for waterholes and animals tend to spread out within the parks. Birdwatching is exceptional during the month of December, particularly on a boat cruise along the Zambezi River.
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