Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park

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Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park

Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park
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"The smoke that thunders" is a local name for Africa's most famous waterfall thundering over a 100m-high cliff.
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Karen
14 contributions
Feb 2022
Victoria Falls is one of the most breathtaking natural wonders of the world! The national park on the Zimbabwe side is well-maintained, offering beverages, rain gouchos/covers, and other helpful items before you stop. It costs about 30 USD, but it is well worth it, both for the amazing views along a safe and clearly marked set of stops, as well as to support the maintenance of the park. Once inside, a great information exhibit provides short but nice geological and hydrological panels, along with information on biodiversity, plants, comparisons with other natural water falls, and cultural historical information. (Before going too far, there are also toilets near the entrance to the left.) There are clearly signposted stops along the 2 km walk, which weaves through a rainforest, but be prepared to get very wet from the dramatic spray and mist of the falls, which shift depending on wind. Either bring a waterproof camera, or an umbrella and wrap your camera in plastic. The rainbows are stunning. The park is very clean, with trash bins along the way, so everyone should also do their best to make sure and not throw rubbish/trash in the park. The park closes at 6pm.
Written March 13, 2022
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M Theresho C
Roodepoort, South Africa399 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Believe everything you've heard about Victoria falls! The majestic natural wonder,literally took my breath away!

Getting in is seamless and there's a discounted price if you come from the SADC region.
Prepare to walk for about 2-3 hours to take it all in and to go to all the viewing points.
We had a tour guide , not necessary though, that explained the history of the falls and took us to all the corners :-)

And take a raincoat with and a waterproof case for your phone as the water makes it "rain" closer to the falls

It's a must see!
Written August 26, 2020
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Simon C
88 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This the translation of the local name of the falls which are now called Victoria Falls since David Livingstone named them after his queen.
We had seen the spray from the falls from afar and it really does resemble smoke rising hundreds of metres into the air. When you get up close the sound of the water is indeed like thunder and so the name is very apt.

The falls are the widest and highest continuous falls in the world stretching across nearly 2km and falling 108m at the highest point. The width of the falls makes if difficult to see them all in one go from the ground and so we also took a helicopter flight which is recommended to get the full view.

The Zambezi river is the boundary between Zambia to the north and Zimbabwe to the south. VF Park is on the Zimbabwe side and provides a short trail where you can view the falls from a number of viewpoints. Entrance fees are $30 per person and they do take cards.

The amount of water coming over the falls varies greatly depending on the season. At the end of the dry season in Oct, Nov the water can nearly dry up completely. In Feb, Mar in the rainy season there is a torrent of water that fills the air with spray and you will get wet viewing the falls! One tip is wear light shoes or water shoes that will dry quickly - heavier boots will get very wet. Also bring a dry bag for your iPhone or camera if you don’t want to spend the next few days trying to dry them out. There are lots of vendors with ponchos for hire just outside the entrance or many tour operators and lodges will provide them for you.

The trail itself is flat and well maintained and is wheelchair accessible for the majority of it. Viewing points are all well fenced but there is one point where the adrenaline seekers can get close to the edge if they wish.

The falls themselves are one of the natural wonders of the world and it’s easy to see why. They don’t have as much flow of water as Niagara Falls but the scale of the cataract in the wide Zambezi river is breathtaking and the sight of rainbows (or even moon bows if you go in the evening) over the falls are stunning.
Written February 14, 2020
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Ken F
Koenigsbrunn, Germany389 contributions
Mar 2020
We were here in February of 2020.
We've heard alot about these falls, but nothing can describe them better than standing in front of them!!! There is an entrance fee (about US$20-30). Not sure how much, since we didn't have to pay. Please note the opening hours when planing to visit the falls:
Summer (1st September to 30th April) - Opens 6am and closes 6 pm
Winter (1st May to 31st August) - Opens 6:30am and closes 6 pm
The weather was not as good as we had hoped. So the pictures are not as good as we had wanted them to be.
Bring time with you when coming here. Also bring your rain gear (Poncho), as it can get very wet and windy (spray from the falls). You can rent a poncho from the dealers at the parking lot. Be careful, they say that you will get your money back, when you return the poncho, but that is not true!!!
There are several (about 15 or 16) points of view, all of which are spectacular.
Whenever we come back to Zimbabwe, we'll come back here for sure!!!
Written February 22, 2021
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Craig L
54 contributions
Feb 2020
The Zambia side, in some ways its better than the Zim side as you can get up closer to the falls this side. It has a longer path alongside the falls, and the rainbow in the afternoon is amazing to look at, also its 10 bux cheaper than Zim side. You will get soaked if you go down to the path and across the bridge, no need to spend money on a rain jacket as getting soaked is part of the fun, just take a waterproof bag to put essentials in. I spent 5 hours in the park took a packed lunch with me and basically chilled watching and hearing the falls.
Written February 29, 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,766 contributions
Aug 2019
This is a UNESCO site and also one of the largest waterfall in the world and certainly the largest in Africa. Whilst the waterfall is impressive especially with the rainbows over it, the forested pathways as well as the birdlife here are great as well.

It is best to visit early in the morning before the sun becomes to high up and also become the crowd comes in. Part of the long stretch of path could be wet due to the sprays from the fall.

A definite must visit.
Written June 2, 2020
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lindadownunder
Perth, Australia2,858 contributions
Nov 2019
Even though the water flow in the falls are low they are still spectacular.
The walk along the path is very easy with great views of the falls and river below from the many vantage points.
It took my husband and I about 2 hours to do the Loop with many photo stops along the way.
Written January 7, 2020
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Aaron G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands609 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
The park grounds are beautiful and natural which is a plus. For any worries about the difficulty of the walk/hike, do not be. It’s a mild walk that takes no time at all. There are many viewpoints and all offer a slightly different perspective of the falls. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and maybe some that are water proof (this was my regret) as you will get wet. The falls are powerful and the mist is more like a heavy shower. It is about 30 dollars to get into the park but well worth it.
Written February 11, 2020
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London_John_Jane
London, Canada123 contributions
Sep 2021
Walked over to the Park from our hotel. The multiple view points for the Falls accessed by paths in the park give one unparalleled views of the falls from from one end to the other. We went during September (the end of the dry season) and the views of the falls were spectacular - not sure what it would be like during the wet season with higher water flow and a lot more mist - there was still a pleasant amount of mist when we visited and one gets wet walking along parts of the edge of the cliffs.
Written October 6, 2021
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Nuestrademus T
Pretoria, South Africa18 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
I have visited here several times and recently brought a foreign friend. She was impressed. They must just monitor that only sober people access the place as we came across a couple of drunk and noisy groups inside of which l was saddened to know later that one fell into the water!
Written January 3, 2021
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