Victoria Falls – Do I REALLY need to visit? What’s all the Hype?

by Sandy Salle on April 10, 2017


We, at Hills of Africa Travel, always get asked “is it really worth visiting Victoria Falls?” and “why should I visit Victoria Falls?”.

Well, we’re going to share with you why we think you should DEFINITELY include Victoria Falls in your travel plans if you are visiting Southern Africa.

The Victoria Falls itself – one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.  Seeing the Victoria Falls is just as David Livingstone described “Scenes so lovely must be gazed upon by angels in their flight”.  Seeing the expanse of the main falls, which is not the entire falls, and the immense amount of water flowing over is just magic.  Every time I go, and I visit at least 2 x per year, I come away with a sense of “life will continue, just as the water will keep flowing”.  For me, the Victoria Falls is a must do, and it doesn’t matter how many times you see the falls, I always include it on my trips.

The People – The smiling happy faces of Victoria Falls are always what makes a traveler feel the love.  Take the time to get to know your guides and ask lots of questions – they want to share their knowledge and they want you to tell your friends to come and visit.  Spend some time learning from your waiter/ress about his/her life, their family and what their lives are like.  I promise you, spending time listening and talking and getting to know others will change and enrich your life (as it will theirs).


More on the people – Aunt Flatter is the most amazing person.  I encourage you to step out of your little box and experience a traditional meal with Aunt Flatter.  Flatter grows all her own vegetables in her garden, and you’ll be able to go for a little wander around her yard to see her bounty.  She’s had to make some changes, just in case the elephants want to eat her favorite veggies.  Flatter and her children cook up traditional Ndebele food which includes roasted maize (corn) ground up and then cooked with water to make pap, sorghum, a lot of peanut butter which they mix with spinach and kale, Mopane worms (yes you have to try them – a bit crunchy, but it’s all part of the experience).  Meats that they love are chicken, beef, lamb all made into stews with lots of sauce or gravy, which is served with the pap.

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Soak in your surroundings – get up early and see the sunrise.  One of my favorite times of the day is sunrise – no one else is awake and you have the view to yourselves.  At the Victoria Falls Hotel, you can sit on these beautiful comfy rockers with a cup of tea or coffee and watch the world come awake.  The sunrise is so spectacular, because it is mixed with the spray of the Victoria Falls and creates a beautiful surprise for you.  Beware of the monkeys, they might come and join you.


Get Active – Victoria Falls is known as the Adrenalin Capital of the world.  You can partake in all kinds of exciting and hair rising activities, from bungee jumping to zip-lining to throwing yourself off a cliff with a harness attached to your body (it’s called the Gorge Swing).

You could also try White water rafting on the mighty Zambezi River, starting just after the Falls.  The rafting is considered to be one of the most intense and wildest experiences you’ll have, with a high concentration of number 4 and 5 grade rapids.  Best time to do the rafting is during the low water levels, when the river is very fast.

Afterwards, you can always calm yourself with an ice cold beverage at The Lookout Cafe, which has beautiful views looking down the gorge towards the falls.


Of course there are so many activities that you could go on and on with suggestions.  The Sunset Cruise is always a must do, dinner at The Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge should also be added to your list.  Whatever you choose to do, I know that Victoria Falls must be on your bucket list.

Get your guide here – we have everything you need to enjoy the mighty Victoria Falls.


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