Victoria Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the world, making it a must-see in southern Africa. Located on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, you can visit the falls from either country.
Zambia vs Zimbabwe
Which side is better? I only visited the Zambian side, but people say the Zimbabwean side is better. To go to Zimbabwe, it costs an extra $50USD for the visa (for Canadians) and $30USD for the entrance fee to the falls (it’s $20USD on the Zambian side), so at the time, about $100CAD extra to go to Zimbabwe for the day, which is why I chose to not go (sometimes, you can get a dual visa for both countries at a cheaper price, but they weren’t available at the Zambian border at the time. T.I.A.). More of the falls are located on the Zimbabwean side, resulting in a better view. The town in Zimbabwe is only 2km from the falls, which is walkable, while the town in Zambia is 11km from the falls, so you have to take an overpriced taxi every time you want to go to and from the falls.
Victoria Falls offers a ton of great activities: some of the best white water rafting in the world, bungee jumping, canoe safari, abseiling, river cruises on the Zambezi River, and Devil’s or Angel’s Pool, etc. Unfortunately, everything at Victoria Falls is horrifically overpriced, so choose your activities wisely and don’t stay too long in order to avoid extreme financial rape. I chose bungee jumping and Angel’s Pool, both of which are highly recommended must-sees, especially Angel’s Pool because it’s unique to Victoria Falls (I also went on the canoe safari, which I do not recommend). You can go bungee jumping from either country, but you can only go to Angel’s and Devil’s Pool from the Zambian side.
For visiting Victoria Falls, bring rain gear or a poncho or everything will get soaked, including your electronics (I wish I had known this). Unfortunately, the few photos I was able to take of the falls didn’t turn out well because of all the water. But it was a fun experience because it was like being in a torrential tropical downpour and there were rainbows everywhere! And wear insect repellent as soon as dusk hits. Since the river is nearby, mosquitoes are abundant and ruthless.Bungee JumpingAngel’s PoolThe Zambezi River at sunset