The Victoria falls spans almost 1.7 kilometres and split between Zimbabwe and Zambia. In Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls is located within the Victoria Falls National Park and in Zambia, it is located in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. In order to see the entire length of this the largest waterfall in the world, you will need to enter via two gates in two different countries although people will generally choose one Victoria Falls entrance based on which country they are staying.
The two entrance gates are close to both border posts, with the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting them. Apart from these two entrances the only other way to see the Falls is from Livingstone island, from the air, from below either rafting or a boiling pot hike or a small section from the bridge.
The entrance to the rainforest is on the left side of the road. You will need to check in at the booth on the left of the gate, produce your passport or identification card (if you are SADC or Zimbabwean), and the parks cashier will let you know the charges. This payment covers a single entry to the Victoria Falls. So if you decide to exit, you will need to pay again to re-enter. Payment can be made in cash or via credit/debit card – (MasterCard or Visa).
Current Victoria Falls Entrance Fees Zimbabwe
|International visitors||US$ 30|
|SADC visitors||US$ 20|
|Zimbabwean visitors (Cash and Swipe only)||RTGS$60|
|Evening viewing including during the Lunar tour (all visitors)||US$ 40|
|*All children between 6 and 12 years old pay 50% of the adult fee, and children under 6 enter free of charge|
* These fees are for a single entry, if you exit you have to pay again. Your day ticket does not cover your night entry fee
* Zimbabwean visitors must provide a Zimbabwean Identity Card or passport to gain access into the falls upon paying the amount.
Summer (1st September to 14th May) – Opens 06h00 and Closes 18h00 – reopens at
19h00 till 22h00
Winter (15th May to 1st September) – Opens 06h30 and Closes 18h00– reopens at 19h00 till 22h00
The park has early opening hours, which during some times of the year (February to September) allows you to catch the sunrise from inside the park. This is a highly recommended, as not only is it a spectacular sight but the park is often very quiet at that time of day and you can end up having a natural wonder of the world all to yourself. Specialised sunrise photographic tours are also available.
During the morning the rainbows are excellent over Devils Cataract as the sun is behind you looking east to west, but the best time to catch rainbows in the perfect position over main falls is between 2pm and 4pm (pictured below). These are the classic rainbows as seen on postcards. Specialised photographic rainbow tours are also available, whereby the guide knows the position of the rainbows throughout the year and can guide and place you in the perfect spot at the right time.
During the middle of the day the sun is overhead so the rainbows are not clearly visible and would only be seen right at the bottom of the gorge.
After 4pm the sun is getting a bit low and the rainbows are high in the sky or not visible at all and shadows are starting to be cast on the Falls themselves. Although it’s a magical time of day, if you are only visiting the Falls once then don’t go in after 4pm as you are not seeing them at their most glorious.
The best place to view the late afternoon is from Danger point (#15) but remember that the gate closes at 6pm and you are at the most furthest point from the exit gate, so allow enough time. You will not be able to watch the sunset from this point, as there is just not enough time.
The Victoria Falls is essentially a safe place as long as you use your good judgement and don’t break the rules or do anything silly..
There are wild animals in the Victoria Falls National Park, and that includes
the rainforest. While there aren’t any common predators, you may come across the
more nervous species such as warthog and bushbuck, or the cheeky monkeys and
baboons (hide your food!). Be sure to keep your distance and never feed the
animals. Keep an eye out for snakes along the path as well but generally they
are more scared of you than you are of them.
• Stay on the designated paths at all times.
• The barriers along the way are there to keep you safe, so do not cross them. Beyond the barriers, you risk falling down a sheer cliff.
• Make sure that you have a protective kit for your cameras and passports because you will get wet while walking through the rainforest.
• Some spots along the path are slippery and are at a gradient, so wear shoes that have good grip and are comfortable to walk in. You will be walking at least 2kms from point #1 to the edge near the bridge, so avoid anything too tight and/or heavy.
• At Danger Point, there are no barriers and during high water season, the rocks are very slippery. Exercise extreme caution at this point of your tour.
• Like all nature reserves, Victoria Falls National Park is protected area. Therefore, you are not allowed to take samples of the natural habitat. Take nothing but photographs, and leave nothing but footprints.
• Don’t use Drones, if you are caught you will face a hefty penalty and a lot of red tape.