The Victoria Falls are located near the cities of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia and form the natural border between the two countries. We have looked at the waterfalls, which have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989, from both sides of the country.
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The Zimbabwe & Zambia side of the Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls can be seen from the Zimbabwe side as well as from the Zambia side. For clarity, we have drawn on a map the location of the different national parks on the Zimbabwe side (red) and Zambia side (green).
The Victoria Falls on the Zambia side
From our Hotel Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe we walked about 45 minutes to the waterfalls on the Zambia side. Just before the Victoria Falls Bridge is the border station between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Upon entry, we got a day tripper visa for USD 20.
The waterfalls were discovered by missionary David Livingstone in 1855 and he named them after Queen Victoria of England. In 1989, the Victoria Falls was declared a UNESCO World Heritage. Entrance to the Zambia side to the water barrels is USD 20. The waterfall is called Mosi-oa-Tunya by the native Kololo population, which means “The smoke of thunder”. This is not surprising given the rising spray mist, some of which can still be seen 30 km away. Around the falls, a tropical rainforest has developed.
The drop edge is interrupted by two islands, Cataract Island and Livingstone Island. The water flow is subject to strong fluctuations, in case of flooding in May it can be 5,000 m3/s, in November is usually low water, then often fall less than 500 m3/s into the depth. The drop edge is not horizontal, it lies a little deeper on the western side (Zimbabwe), so that at low water on the eastern side only a few sparse gutters fall into the depths and one can go from Zambia from almost dry foot to Livingstone Island in the middle of the falls.
The depth of the Victoria cases is not the same everywhere. At Devil’s Cataract in the west it is 70 m, the Main Fall between Cataract Island and Livingstone Island varies between 72 meters and 93 meters. This is followed by the Horseshoe Falls with 95 m, at Rainbow Falls the drop height is 107 m, finally the Armchair Falls with 101 m and the Eastern Cataract with 85 m.
From the Zambia side of the cases, we then went to the Zimbabwe side of the cases.
All travelogues from South Africa & ZimbabweAll travel reports from our trip through South Africa and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Day 01 Travel planning for South Africa, Zambia & Zimbabwe (Africa) (Südafrika)
Day 02 Cape Town – The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (South Africa)
Day 03 Cape Town – The colourful district of Bo-Kaap (South Africa)
Day 04 Cape Town – Table Mountain, Signal Hill & the Noon Gun (South Africa)
Day 05 Cape Town – Hout Bay & Chapman’s Peak Drive (South Africa)
Day 06 Cape of Good Hope – The Southern Tip of Africa (South Africa)
Day 07 Muizenberg – The colorful beach houses & World of Birds (South Africa)
Day 08 Simons Town – The Penguins at Boulders Beach (South Africa)
Day 08 Cape Town – Swimming with sea lions in Hout Bay (South Africa)
Day 09 The Imhoff Farm – Riding on the beach of Noordhoek (South Africa)
Day 09 Betty’s Bay – The Penguin Colony at Stony Point (South Africa)
Day 10 Cape Agulhas & De Hoop Nature Reserve (South Africa)
Day 11 Garden Route – The Gondwana Game Reserve in Mossel Bay (South Africa)
Day 12 Gondwana Game Reserve – Safari & the Big Five (South Africa)
Day 13 Oudtshoorn – The Cango Wildlife Ranch (South Africa)
Day 14 Panorama Route – God’s Window & Blyde River Canyon (South Africa)
Day 15 Kruger National Park – Safari & Lower Sabie Restcamp (South Africa)
Day 16 Kruger National Park – Safari & Olifants Restcamp (South Africa)
Day 17 Kruger National Park – Safari & Shingwedzi Restcamp (South Africa)
Day 18 Kruger National Park – Safari & Punda Maria Gate (South Africa)
Day 19 Pretoria – Nelson Mandela Statue & Union Buildings (South Africa)
Day 19 Johannesburg – Tourist Attractions & Things to Do (South Africa)
Day 20 Victoria Falls – Arrival in the City of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Day 20 Victoria Falls – The Waterfalls on the Zimbabwe Side (Zimbabwe)
Day 20 Victoria Falls – A boat trip on the Sambesi River (Zimbabwe)
Day 21 Victoria Falls – A helicopter tour over the waterfalls (Zimbabwe)
Day 21 Victoria Falls – The waterfalls on the Zambia side (Zambia)