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Best Time to Visit Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is spectacular throughout the year but the best time to visit is from February to May - after the rainy season. This is when you'll see the greatest flow of water although it may be a little difficult to photograph the falls up close without getting your camera wet!

The lowest water levels occur at the end of the dry season - October and November - the time of year when temperatures remain uncomfortably hot throughout the day and night. Panoramic views of the falls are guaranteed but if you go on a Victoria Falls holiday during the late dry season, you may find that the Zambian side has dried up. If this is the case, be sure to view the ever-flowing Main Falls from Zimbabwe. Crossing the border between the two countries is a relatively quick and easy process.

However, late dry season is also peak safari season in Zimbabwe and neighbouring Botswana - the nearby Chobe River in particular offers sensational game viewing at this time of year - so you'll need to balance the two experiences in deciding when to go on a Victoria Falls safari holiday.

As a compromise, we'd suggest visiting during the June - August period as the best time to combine Victoria Falls and a Chobe safari: you'll get great game viewing on your safari, warm days and cool nights, little to no rain, and plenty of water thundering over the falls.


Planning on combining a visit to Victoria Falls with other Southern Africa safari destinations? Read our advice on the:

 

Victoria Falls

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It's not just the thundering waterfall that'll take your breath away - Victoria Falls is Africa's adventure activity capital and combines easily with big game safaris in Botswana and Zambia.

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