One of the most iconic Natural Wonders of the world is Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya translating into ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. Whilst exploring this unique land back in 1852 and 1856, Dr. David Livingstone named the falls after the reigning British monarch at the time; Queen Victoria.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site has the largest curtain of falling water in the world, over 1708 m wide and up to 500 million litres of water cascades over the basalt rocks per minute at certain times of the year. There are 8 spectacular gorges that the water flows over and there are several islands in the core zone that serve as breeding sites for endangered and migratory bird species, including the Taita Falcon.
Through the changing seasons, the falls can change dramatically, from powerful swells and magnificent mist, to a trickling stream, revealing it's intricate rock formations carved by the velocity of the falls. Some of the falls activities close depending on the time of year so it's best to choose the best month suited to your trip - see in our 'When To Go' section >
December - March - Otherwise known as the ‘Emerald Season’ these are the rainy months around Livingstone and also the height of summer. The mighty Zambezi River will slowly start rising from January and the falls itself will begin to pick up in power. Dramatic thunderstorms are present some afternoons. The weather is hot and humid, with temperatures reaching well over 30 °C in the daytime. The white-water rafting season usually closes around February due to high water levels and the famous Livingstone Island and Devil's Pool often close in January/February due to the dangerously high water levels.
April – June - The Falls is at its fullest at this time of the year and is also the only time that the Lunar Rainbow can be viewed. The spectacle lasts from sunset to sunrise and is one of Africa's best kept secrets. During these months the Zambezi is in flood and the Falls are at their most magnificent, however visibility on foot from some of the lookouts can be limited by the abundance of spray and mist. Temperatures during the day are warm at 25-30 °C. This is also the best time for a helicopter flight over the falls.
July – August - These months bring the peak season in Zambia, with low water levels and less spray, allowing for excellent visibility of the mighty falls. Activities such as Livingstone Island, rafting and devil’s pools open once again. Although this is peak wintertime, you can expect warm and sunny days 20-28 °C, but it’s best to bring warm layers for the cool evening temperatures.
September – November - These months mark the end of the dry season and this is when the falls are at their lowest, drying up to reveal the intricate rock formations. However, there is still excellent visibility from the Zimbabwe side where day trips and falls visits can be arranged from the lodge. This time of year is perfect for white-water river rafting and the Livingstone Island and is best booked in advance. The weather is very hot, averaging at around 35-40 °C.
Taita Falcon Lodge is an ideal base to explore the falls and experience the many activities offered around this iconic World Heritage Site.
Some of the falls activities are dependant on the time of year, such as white water rafting, Livingstone Island Tours and the famous Devil's pool. However there are many ways to experience the falls and we have listed some of our favourite below.
The most popular ways to explore the famous falls include:
Some activities we recommend combining in a day trip and others we suggest booking in advance. Please contact our reservations office for our full activity price list.