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“Excellent Views - discriminating prices”

Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls National Park
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Owner description: "The smoke that thunders" is a local name for Africa's most famous waterfall thundering over a 100m-high cliff.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Vic Falls on the Zimbabwe side is the only way to go - and yes - you will have to pay much more than locals, which discrimination based on nationality is not something i support - which is why Vic Falls is a one and done place in my opinion. The Park was nice - however, they have nothing to maintain and the cost of $30 US per person with a Zimbabwe citizen paying only 7 of their dollars (you do the math with the conversions - more like 1 cent US) is a bit much. The whole city is profiting off of and exploiting Americans and Europeans. I would much rather support an area that doesn't exploit everyone!

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

If you're in Zambia or Zimbabwe, this is a must see. Yes, there is debate over what makes the world's largest waterfall, but just enjoy the beauty and spectacle - this one has a pretty good claim!

By day, the Zimbabwe side is the much more spectacular, plus has better facilities. Approx 1.3km of the falls 1.7km are in Zimbabwe, so you can walk most of that length. It's worth taking a rain jacket, as you will get utterly drenched, but the views are worth it. When you walk back up, at the top of the 'dry path' are toilet facilities, as well as a nice modern cafe which has heaters, towels and blankets available. Food in the cafe was expensive for Africa, but high standard and delicious.

Cost: entry fee to the falls on Zim side is $30. If you're staying in Zambia, a Zim visa is another $30. Then to get back into Zambia you either need a double entry visa ($80 instead of $50single entry) or if you have just walked over to the Falls for the day, there is a a special $20 re-entry visa available. So it does add up, but for most this is a once in a lifetime experience and you've paid a lot more to get there, so don't complain and just enjoy! Both borders can take some time, but most of the people crossing are truck drivers and there should be a separate (smaller) queue for tourists if you look/ask.

Bridge/border: the Rainbow Bridge between the two countries borders gives another view of the falls, and is the place for bungee jumping, although this seems to be a lot less popular than it was 5 years ago, possibly due to the Australian girl whose rope broke a few years ago! There is now a tram that goes across the bridge, not sure of cost, but its a pleasant walk. There will be plenty of guys trying to sell tourist trinkets both sides, and they enjoy a good laugh as well as a competitive barter. My theory is if you see something you like and pay what you think it's worth you come out a winner - you will never 'beat' them at the bartering game but that's not the point.

If you're in town around the full moon, both sides of the falls are open for three nights each month - night before, of and after the full moon. This is so you can witness the "lunar rainbow" and it is well worth another visit. For this, the Zambian side is preferable as the moon will be behind you at the right time. The night entry is $25 and there are toilets but no other facilities open (and no tourist trinket sellers which is a nice change).

We went in June and arrived not long after dark, which seemed a good time to go. You can walk to the first viewing platform and see the side of the falls, with the rainbow arcing over them despite the dark night sky. This is a good spot for photos, although you'll need a decent camera to capture it and even then, none do it justice. Most people left after seeing this. However, come prepared with a flashlight and rain jacket, and continue on down to the little bridge across to the 'island' and you will see even better angles and more lunar rainbows. Standing on the bridge (you will get wet) the rainbow is 360 degrees above, around and below you! We loved this, and were amazed that no one else came to see it!

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

A beautiful place to see at least one in your lifetime! We took an extra side excursion and did the Devil's Pool which is the small little pool on the edge of the Falls....surly an experience not to be forgotten. We had a wonderful lunch afterwards with some cocktails and it was a perfect day wrapped up with a river cruise. Lot to do so spend some time in VF if you can.

Thank Gail L
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

It was worth traveling from Canada to see Victoria Falls - and I live close to Niagara Falls which does not compare. The falls spreads over 1.6 km and the views from the park are unmatched. As others have stated, plan on getting wet, so don't wear you're hiking boots - flip flops will do. There is one spot in the park where you can stand on a rocky outcrop and with one slip you'd be history. This would never exist in Canada, as there would be a net, a wall and nasty signs warning you of potential doom. I guess that's why we all stood on the point including my 12 year old son.

Thank donaldjohn4
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Taking the complete tour of Victoria Falls was an awesome experience from seeing the falls close-up to getting wet (even with a raincoat). But Victoria Falls is not complete unless you see the falls from the helicopter as well.

Thank CentauraHouston
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