Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

General Info

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country of 12m people sandwiched between South Africa to the south and Zambia to the north.

Other borders are with Botswana and Mozambique. Formerly the British colony of Rhodesia the country attained independence in 1980. English is the official language. Zimbabwe is – and always has been – a safe destination of outstanding and varied natural beauty.

Accommodation

  • From in-depth personal knowledge and 25 years experience in the area Glen Byrom of twiice endorses only hand-chosen properties in and near Victoria Falls for small and large groups.
  • For International Incentives and Weddings: The Victoria Falls Hotel (5 Star); The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (4 Star); The Victoria Falls Safari Club (5 Star).
  • For exclusive VIP safari retreats (9-18 rooms):  Elephant Camp; Stanley & Livingstone; Victoria Falls River Lodge.
  • For  conferences (70-300 rooms):  Elephant Hills Resort;  The Kingdom; A’Zambezi River Lodge.

Victoria Falls - The Town

It was here, on the Zimbabwe side of the Zambezi River border with Zambia, that blue-chip global group incentive travel and conferences were founded in 1991 by Glen Byrom of twiice. Testimonials abound as to the astonishing power of this resort destination – commanding centre stage is the world’s most awe-inspiring waterfall (a mile wide when in full flow), surprising  Big 5 wildlife and an impressive array of more than 50 activities that make Victoria Falls the unchallenged Adventure Capital of Africa with an enviable safety record for visitors.

The Big Attraction

Words cannot portray the magnificent beauty and power of Victoria Falls, the largest curtain of falling water in the world and at 108 metres more than twice the height of Niagara. It is a “must-see-in-a-lifetime” phenomenon that always surpasses expectations. It’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and aptly called “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) by the locals.

Explorer and missionary Dr David Livingstone, the first European to see the Falls in 1855, exclaimed: “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Similarly the legendary and pristine Zambezi River is a massive drawcard – a lifeline for wildlife and location for several key adventure activities.

To add to the attraction for group experiences all activities are encapsulated within a 15-minute drive and the major wildlife and fishing centres of Lake Kariba (Zimbabwe) and Chobe National Park (Botswana) are an hour away for ideal dual destinations.

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Climate

Victoria Falls offers an average of eight hours of daily sunshine year-round and a perfect time-frame for escaping the long, cold winter months of the northern hemisphere.

Winter (May - August) is mild and dry. Average temperatures are (high) 25-27°C (77-81°F); (low) 7-10°C (45-50°F). Beautiful days, no rain.

Summer (September - April) . Hot to very hot and wet during the rainy season (November - March). Average high  32-34°C (90-93°F); low 15-19°C (59-66°F).

Best time of the year

Victoria Falls is a year-round destination, though various time frames are best for specific requirements. For example, best time to raft the Zambezi : August-December; best blue-sky weather and ideal temperatures for weddings: April-August; best months to view the Falls in full-flow: March-June. Some notable points:

March-May: Massive volume of spray makes viewing and photographing of the falls from the ground difficult but a superb time for aerial viewing by helicopter.
November-December: Low water level of the Zambezi River sees parts of the Falls dry up The physical structure of the basalt gorge is still hugely impressive.