Victoria Falls National Park

Victoria Falls is not only a World Heritage Site, but also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. The majestic falls are also known as the "smoke that thunders" or "Mosi-Oa-Tunya" by the locals. This massive waterfall lives up to its name as you can hear the roaring water and see the mist from miles away. Victoria Falls is a truly spectacular site to behold and is definitely worth the visit.

In addition to the waterfalls, a luscious rainforest spreads through the park and is home to a diverse array of wildlife and birdlife. From calm walks along the banks of the Zambezi River and sunset cruises to flights over the magnificent Victoria Falls and river rafting, there are many thrilling adventures to be had in Victoria Falls National Park.

  • Best Time To Go

    May - October (game viewing)

  • Average Safari Cost

    $200-$700 pp/day. Park fee: $15 (Victoria Falls: $30)

  • Highlights

    The spectacular Victoria Falls, the Devil's Cataract, river rafting, elephant-back safaris, game drives, night drives, walking safaris, sunset cruises, beautiful scenery, great wildlife viewing, bungee jumping, canoeing, walking with lions, the Big Tree and many more!

Why Visit Victoria Falls National Park?

The Victoria Falls National Park offers a multitude of exciting activities and opportunities that will make your safari experience unforgettable. Wander through the rain forest or along the banks of the beautiful Zambezi River for stunning scenery and incredible photographic opportunities. See the mighty Victoria Falls from up above in helicopter flights or from the Cataracts Viewpoint where you can descend into the gorge for a completely different perspective.

This park is perfect for thrill-seeking adventurers as there are many activities that will get your adrenalin pumping. River rafting, bungee jumping, walking with lions and crocodile cage diving are some of the most popular activities.

Victoria Falls National Park also offers great wildlife viewing and bird watching opportunities with game drives, night drives, elephant and horse-back safaris, canoeing and guided walks through the bush land. Travel to Victoria Falls National Park for a truly memorable experience as there are many breathtaking sights to see and exciting activities to do!

Pros And Cons

  • See the spectacular Victoria Falls
  • Many activities, such as canoeing, walking safaris and game drives
  • Elephant-ride safaris
  • Walks with lions
  • Four of the Big Five
  • Great place for fishing
  • Excellent birdwatching
  • Limited accommodation options - consult your safari operator
  • Victoria Falls gets very crowded and busy during high season

Best Time To Go

The best time to visit the Victoria Falls National Park for wildlife viewing is from May to October, which is during the dry season. This is when the vegetation is more sparse and animals are easier to spot. The dry season is from April to October consisting of sunny days and an average temperature of 81˚F (27˚C) as well as cold nights that average 45˚F (7˚C). There is a lower risk for malaria during this time as there are fewer mosquitoes.

The wet season is from November to March. Daytime temperatures average about 90˚F (32˚C) with nights cooling down to about 66˚F (19˚C). While the vegetation is more lush and green, the wildlife viewing is not as good during the wet season. Victoria Falls is most impressive from February to May but many people visit between June and January because the spray of water is less so the views are clearer.

For more details about when to visit broken down by months/seasons see our Zimbabwe Safari - Complete Travel Guide.

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Wildlife And Birds

The Victoria Falls National Park is home to many animals, including four of the Big Five. Hippos, crocodiles and many different species of fish can be found in the Zambezi River while elephants, buffalo, lion and leopard can be found around the land. Elephant-back safaris and walks with lions allow for some close up photographic opportunities and very special memories.
List Of Animals
  • Lion
  • Elephant
  • Leopard
  • Hippo
  • Buffalo

Rare Animals

  • Leopard

Frequently Seen Animals

  • Elephant, hippo, buffalo


There are over 400 recorded species of bird found in Victoria Falls National Park, which makes this an excellent birding destination. The birdlife thrives along the river and in the rain forest areas of the park. Cormorants, African darters and egrets are commonly found along the shoreline of the Zambezi River as well as Pel's Fishing Owl, the Western banded snake eagle and many more can be spotted in the surrounding area. The best time to visit the park for bird watching is from November to April because migratory birds can be found.

Endangered Birds

  • African skimmer

Getting There And Safety


Most foreign visitors fly to the Victoria Falls Airport before driving to Victoria Falls National Park which is only a short distance away. Transport between airports and accommodation is often included in safari packages so check with your operator.

If you are based in the UK and Europe, check out these flights to Zimbabwe

If you are based in the USA and Canada, check out these flights to Zimbabwe

All foreign visitors must have a passport, with a minimum of 3 blank pages, that is valid for at least 6 months after their visit. Foreign visitors of most nationalities may obtain a visa upon arriving in the country. You can check whether you can obtain a visa upon arrival or if you need to apply for one in advance here.


The vaccinations recommended for Zimbabwe are cholera, typhoid, hepatitis A and hepatitis B. There is also a risk for malaria, especially from October - May, so anti-malarial drugs are advised as well as bringing insect repellent.

It is better to check with your local medical authority which vaccinations are required.

For more details about vaccinations see our Zimbabwe Safari - Complete Travel Guide.

Travel Insurance

Going on a safari in Africa comes with obvious risks. Zimbabwe lacks good health care facilities so if anything happens you would need to be airlifted out of the country and taken to South Africa to be treated. We recommend you get travel insurance for all safaris in Zimbabwe. Make sure your insurance has full medical coverage, emergency air evacuation, repatriation and the standard travel insurance for cancellations, delays and luggage cover.

Check World Nomads’ travel insurance calculator to see the cost of the safari trip cover.

What To Pack

Pack clothes for both warm and cool weather as it can get very hot during the day and quite cold at night depending on what time of the year you go. Try to pack neutral, earthy toned clothes and avoid bright colours and white. Other essential items are a hat, sunglasses, sun screen, toiletries, closed shoes, torch, batteries, insect repellent, first aid kit, binoculars and camera. A raincoat and waterproof clothes are essential when visiting Victoria Falls.

For more details on what to pack see our Safari Packing List.

Zimbabwe or Zambia for Victoria Falls?
Views of the Victoria Falls are better all year round from the Zimbabwe side. There are more hiking routes on the Zambia side.
Wheelchair Access
The walkways are well maintained and most viewpoints have wheelchair access.