Tourists often get confused when it comes to Victoria Falls. It is basically a small town which is mainly visited by tourists in order to see the majestic waterfalls of the same name, Victoria Falls. The town lies on Zambezi River’s southern bank which is located at the western end of the water falls. The town is connected by railway and road to Bulawayo and Hwange. Victoria Falls is located in Matebeleland North which is a province of Zimbabwe. Tourists usually book their flights to Victoria Falls first and then continue their Zimbabwean tour.
Without a doubt, Victoria Falls are amongst the major African attractions located in southern part of the continent. Named by an English Explorer “David Livingstone” in 1855; the falls are situated between Zambia and Zimbabwe. These falls are known as the largest sheet of water falling on the planet and are located at a height of over 100 metes and are 1700 meters of width. The majestic falls lies between Zambia and Zimbabwe and halfway between the source and the mouth of the Zambezi River. Victoria Falls are tourists favorite and the main reason tourists from all around the world visit Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls are mostly visited by adventure lovers; there is a lot that an adventure buff can do at this Zimbabwean magical location. Adventure lovers from all parts of the world book their Victoria Falls flights as this Unesco World Heritage Site offers the highest bungee jumping and the breath taking hiking opportunities. It’s an ultimate address for thrill seekers. Other exhilarating experiences such as wildlife viewing, cruising, white river rafting and taking helicopter rides are also amongst the highly preferred by discern adventure fanatics. The great panoramic view of the falls can be experienced from Zimbabwe however; the falls are actually located in Zambia. The flora and fauna around the falls are awe-inspiring and the breath-taking landscapes make the location a must visiting destination.
Hwange national park:
Hwange National Park is one of the world’s most prestigious nature reserves and is located on main road between Bulwayo and Victoria Falls. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife which includes the big five (lion, African elephants, Cape buffalo, leopard and black rhinoceros), zebra, wild dog, antelope, gemsbok and kudu. In addition to these, there are more than one hundred wildlife species in the national park.
Hwange National Park is known to be a paradise for bird watchers as it houses more than 400 species of birds. Many of these birds are native to the area while others are migrants and together they provide for endless opportunities of bird watching. However, what makes Hwange National Park special is its elephant population, which is one of the largest in the world. The beautiful landscapes of the area comprising desert, woodland, acacia scrub and ancient fossil make it simply spectacular.
Lake Kariba came into being with the construction of Kariba Dam and is one of the world’s largest man-made reservoirs. It is located near the Zambezi river and can easily be accessed from Victoria Falls and Bulawayo. The tranquil lake is set in a way that magnificent mountains provide it with a picturesque backdrop while sun shines over it to provide the Nile Crocodiles with warm comfort. Herds of hippo are concentrated towards the lagoons while elephants linger around in the shallower regions of the lake. Beautiful water birds like fish eagle and cormorants inhabit the lake’s woodland shores while many species of fish, such as the famed tiger, reside inside the lake.
Game viewing and boating along with many types of water sports can be freely practiced there, so much so, that even the furthest parts of the lake can be surveyed through a house boat. This entertainment in addition to the mind blowing scenery, fishing and boating makes up for an unforgettable trip to Lake Kariba.
During the first quarter the maximum temperatures usually are equivalent. In the months of January, February and March, the temperatures are at highest at around 29-30 degrees Celsius. However, in January and February, the temperature can be as low as 18 degrees Celsius while in March, the area sees the lowest temperatures around 17 degrees. By the end of these months, Victoria Falls has received an average rainfall of 364mm. If you’re aiming to experience the best white water rafting in the Zambezi River, you can visit the area at anytime of year except in February and March. This is the time when rafting season is closed because of the high water level of the river.
The highest temperature that the region faces during the month of April is around 29 degrees Celsius while the lowest can be as low as 14 degrees Celsius. During the month of April, about 24mm of rain falls. In the month of May, the temperature is at its highest at 27 degrees Celsius with 1 rainy day (3mm precipitation). The temperature (during May) falls down at 10 degrees Celsius every year. In June, the temperature can be as high as 25 degrees Celsius and lowest at 6 degrees with scanty rain.
During the third quarter, the maximum temperatures are high resulting in hot weather conditions. In July, the highest temperature is a high as 25 degrees Celsius with no rain. However, nights are cool with the temperature of 6 degrees Celsius. In the month of August, the temperature is as high as 28 degrees Celsius and can be as low as 8 degrees Celsius. The last month of this quarter (September) sees the highest temperature that is 32 degrees Celsius. During this month, the temperature can be as low as 13 degrees Celsius with a scanty rainfall of 2mm.
The last quarter can be the hottest for many tourists. The highest temperatures can be as high as 33 degrees Celsius. Getting flights to Victoria Falls in the cooler months will be the perfect idea. The highest temperature that the area faces during the month of October is around 33 degrees Celsius with a rainfall of 27mm. The temperature during this month can be as low as 17 degrees Celsius. In the month of November, the temperature is 32 degrees Celsius during the day and 18 degrees Celsius during the nights with a moderate rainfall of 64mm. The month of December sees a heavy rainfall of 174mm having a highest temperature at 30 degrees Celsius and lowest at 18 degrees Celsius.
NOTE:If you’re aiming to experience the best white water rafting in the Zambezi River, you can book your cheap flights to Victoria Falls at any time of year except in February and March. This is the time when rafting season is closed because of the high water level of the river. The best months to visit the Zambezi River for rafting are August, September, October, November and December as the water level is low and rafting is safe.