My answer to this question is definitely yes. In fact, not only worth it, but it was the best holiday of our lives. Victoria Falls has so much to offer and there are so many activities you can do on both Zambia and Zimbabwe sides, whether you are interested in nature, animals, or adrenalin attractions. Let us not forget about Victoria Falls itself, which is one of the seven wonders of the world. Do you need more details to be sure whether Victoria Falls is worth visiting? Then read my story.
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Victoria Falls-one of the seven natural wonders of the world
Once we finished our job as volunteers in Zambia, which I was talking about in my previous article, we started our holiday in Zambia and Zimbabwe. The first day early in the morning we went by taxi to the Zambian border, from where we walked to the Zimbabwe border. It is a nice walk, where we walked on the Victoria falls bridge which crosses the Zambezi River. The view from the bridge is amazing. We could also see people canoeing on the Zambezi River, one of the activities offered here. The second one is bungee jumping from this bridge. Which is one of the adrenalin activities. We didn’t do any of these.
Once we arrived at the Zimbabwe border we took a taxi to our hotel, which was like 1 minute by taxi, so we could easily walk there. The hotel is called N1 hotel and is close to the border, to Victoria Falls, and to the shopping market. We didn’t waste our time and after checking in we went to see the Victoria Falls (on the Zimbabwe side). It is a national park Mosi-Oa-Tunya, where you pay an entrance fee and you can walk around to see the beautiful nature, the statue of Mr. Livingstone, and the falls from different angles.
We were there during the dry season in October, but still, the power of the water was incredible. In some parts we even got wet. During the rainy season, when the water is very high, you need a raincoat, otherwise, you can get completely wet. To see this wonder of the world was so fascinating. We were walking through the forest and I was thinking about Mr. Livingstone how he walked here for the first time, hearing the water, and suddenly found this beauty. And he named this beauty Victoria Falls after Queen Victoria. There were parts of strong water falling and dry parts, where we could stand on the side and see down the valley.
We spent three-quarters of a day there, took a lot of pictures, and still didn’t want to leave. It was such a good and harmonious feeling there.
From the park, we went to eat our lunch at a restaurant called Three Monkeys, which was close to our hotel. The restaurant is very nice, you can sit outside and the food is delicious. I tried a crocodile burger, but I didn’t like it very much.
In the late afternoon, we went for a cruise on the Zambezi River, where we had some food, drinks, and we peacefully watched the nature around us. We could see a lot of hippos in the water, some crocodiles and also elephants crossing the river. I have never seen elephants swimming before. With the sunset, it was an astonishing experience.
We arrived quite late back to the hotel, but the snake museum next to it was still open. For sure my husband wanted to go inside to see the black mamba. The guy in the museum was very nice telling my husband stories about snakes and he gave him one harmless snake on his hands. Finally, with so many experiences of a day, we went to sleep to get ready for another day.
Safari in Zimbabwe
Early in the morning, we went for our whole day safari. After going on a safari in Kenya, it was a big disappointment for me. We were riding the whole day and we hardly saw any animals. I felt sorry for our guide as he kept his eyes wide open searching for animals, but nothing. He did his best and he must have been exhausted. However, it was a nice day in nature. In the beginning, our car broke down, but the guide called his colleague who came with a new car and in the meantime, he opened his table with coffee and biscuits at the back of the truck, so we could enjoy the breakfast while waiting. In the middle of the day, we had lunch next to the river and this was the best thing of the day. Our guide took chairs, a table and prepared lunch which we ate in the wildlife next to the river. We were making fun that maybe some hippos or crocodiles will come to join us or maybe a lion.
I have to mention one activity we did in Zambia during our volunteering program and it was watching rhinos. It was an amazing and little bit of an adrenalin experience. We arrived at the park and the guides with guns took us to see rhinos from a very close distance. Also, they remind us to look on the ground while walking to watch the black mamba and to walk only in the row. We could see the rhinos interact in the wild environment so close to us. Two of them got into a fight. This was so much better than the whole day safari.
Back to Zambia to meet lions and cheetahs
The next day in the morning after we bought some souvenirs from the market, we went back to Zambia. We had lunch in Cafe Zambezi, located in Livingstone town. The staff is so nice and the food is delicious there. Lots of choices and huge portions. We had to ask for a takeaway as we couldn’t eat it all.
We stayed in Maramba River Lodge, located in Mosi-Oa-Tunya national park overlooking the Maramba River. We were basically inside the park where all the wild animals could come. There is a nice terrasse where we could sit and watch some elephants on the other side of the river. There is also a pool which we used to relax on our last day. We were told not to go out from our lodges at night as some hippos may wander around, which we can confirm. One night we heard a strange noise next to our lodge. I asked my husband:” Did you hear that?” He said yes. I told him that it was a hippo. He didn’t believe me, so I went to look through the window, which had a green cover and grids and I could see a huge hippo eating grass right next to our lodge and then continue his walk. Another WOW experience.
Anyway, it was another day, in which we were going to walk with lions and cheetahs. We were so excited about this activity. When we arrived at the place, we got instructions on what to do and not to do and how to behave around the animals. First, we met the lions. They were not fully grown up yet, one male and one female. One by one we went to take pictures with one of them. I don’t know why, but I was not scared at all. I had a very good feeling next to the lion. I’m an animal lover and I make friends with them easily. So I started to stroke him and speak to him and he got so comfortable, he closed his eyes, enjoyed my massage, and even yawned. After taking the pictures we went for a walk with them.
Next, we met cheetahs. There were two female cheetahs. They are one of the most amazing, beautiful, adorable cats in the world. We stroked them and took pictures and then we went for a walk. I didn’t want to finish the day. It was the best thing in my life. We were told that they also do volunteering programs with the animals. Imagine going to sleep and waking up with a lion’s roaring. We told ourselves that next time we have to volunteer with animals.
On our way back, there were some giraffes in the middle of the road eating from trees. So we had to stop the car and wait till they finished their dinner. We were at their home anyway.
On the last day Devil’s Pool
It was our last day and we planned to go to Devil’s Pool. Devil’s Pool is located on the Zambian side of the falls and you can get there from Livingstone Island. “The Devil’s Pool itself is a deep natural pool that has been created by thousands of years of erosion, but what is unique about it is that there is a rock ledge on the lip of the Falls, where the water is only a few centimeters deep. This natural barrier is what allows you to jump into the deep pool but not get swept over the edge.” (Victoria Falls guide)
We were picked up and taken to the most luxurious 5* hotel Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls, from where we went by boat on Zambezi river to Livingstone island. We took some pictures with Victoria Falls on the Zambian side now and a rainbow behind us. After the pictures, we put our swimming costumes on, and with the professional guides, we entered the Zambezi river and walked to the Devil’s pool. Wow, wow, wow, this was such an adventure. We were a group of people sitting on the side and one by one, couples, or friends were going inside the pool with one of the guides while the other one stood on the edge taking pictures of us with our camera.
This was an experience of a lifetime that I can’t even describe. You are lying on the top of the edge of Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. How spectacular is that? You can see the running water and a rainbow. Once you are done, you swim back to one point, which is like a jacuzzi and take some selfies and go back to the others. Everything is so well organized and very safe. When we came out from the river, tea and cakes were waiting for us at the table. It is like a fairy tale.
On the way back from the hotel there were some zebras and antelopes on the side of the road, so we stopped and went out of the car to take some photos.
In the hotel, we just relaxed next to the pool and absorbed all the wonderful experiences we had in the last few days. The next morning when we were leaving, we could see a lot of elephants behind the fence next to the lodge. They came to say goodbye to us.
What else can you do in Victoria Falls?
There are still many things to do there, for example, Boma dinner which I wanted to do, but didn’t have enough time. It is a dinner consisting of traditional food and entertainment. Dancers and singers are performing traditional dance and there are also drummers. Guests can join and have fun.
Other things are Helicopter flight or microlite flight over the falls, historical bridge tour, steam train tour, swimming with crocodiles, lunar rainbow tour, upper Zambezi canoeing. From the adrenaline ones, there is a zip line, bridge slide, flying fox, George swing, water rafting, and more.
Victoria Falls-the top destination to visit
What do you think now? Is Victoria Falls worth visiting? I hope you answered yes and you will have one of your best holidays in life as we did. My husband didn’t want to go to Africa and at the end of our trip, he told me it was his best experience ever and asked me where shall we go next. Everything we did, saw, and taste formed unbelievable memories, which we can talk about to our friends and families. I can’t forget to mention the most friendly and kind people in both Zambia and Zimbabwe.