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Victoria Falls (town)

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Introduction

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Zimbabwe Vic Falls 3 [1024x768]

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Victoria Falls is the name of the town in Zimbabwe and is located next to the famous Victoria Falls. During the late 20th and early 21st century, the town became less popular with tourists because of the ongoing problems in Zimbabwe. Nowadays, things are almost back to normal again and tourism is on the rise.

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Sights and Activities

Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls are undoubtedly one of Africa’s major attractions. At a height of over 100 metres and a width of about 1,700 metres, the Victoria Falls are the largest sheet of water falling in the world. Located within the boundaries of Mosi-oa-Tunya NP in Zambia and Victoria Falls NP in Zimbabwe, the falls are one of the most impressive landmarks of Africa and travellers from around the world are highly attracted by the opportunities near the falls.

Vic Falls

Vic Falls

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Hiking, wildlife viewing, bungeejumping, cruising, whit water rafting the Zambezi river and a helicopter ride to have a bird's eye view of the falls, all are very popular. As the falls are mainly located in Zambia, the best panoramic view is from Zimbabwe, viewing the falls head on. Even better would be the view from the air. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site. If you visit the falls during or just after the rainy season, when the water levels are high, make sure you wrap all your belongings into a plastic bag, or leave it at the hostel - it will all get wet, and umbrellas and raincoats help very little!

Victoria Falls Bridge

The Victoria Falls Bridge is located along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, spanning the Zambezi River. It connects the two cities/towns of Livingstone, Zambia, and Victoria Falls. It's almost 200 metres long with a span of over 150 metres and with its height of 128 metres also is a popular place for bungee jumping.

Rainbow bridge

Rainbow bridge

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Cecil Rhodes initially was the masterpiece behind the bridge, as it would be part of a desired railroad between Cairo and Cape Town. The bridge was designed by George Anthony Hobson and construction eventually started in 1904, after which it took just 14 months for it to be officially opened by George Darwin, son of Charles Darwin, on 12 September 1905. Although trains technically can still cross, there are no official passenger connections and most people either cross by car or on foot.

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Getting There

By Plane

Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) offers flights to/from Maun, Windhoek, Johannesburg, Harare, Bulawayo and Kariba. There are charters to Pretoria and Budapest.

By Train

There are nightly trains to and from Bulawayo on a daily basis.

By Bus

Buses regularly go to Bulawayo and Harare. There are also private transfers possible to Kasane in Botswana.

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Getting Around

By Foot

Most of the town and to the Victoria Falls itself is easily covered on foot.

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Sleep

Also check accommodation options in Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the falls.

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Pamusha Lodge583 Manyika Road P.O.BOX 82 Victoria FallsGuesthouse-
Savanna Backpackers LodgeCourtney Selous Crescenthostel-
Shoestrings Backpackers12 West Drivehostel77
Tokkie Lodge224, Reynard RoadGuesthouse-
Victoria Falls BackpackersP.O.Box 151, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 357 Gibson RoadHostel85
The Villa Victoria165 Courtney Selous Crescent Victoria FallsGUESTHOUSE-
The Adventure Lodge954 Spencer Rd ChinotimbaGuesthouse77

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