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Victoria Falls 4-day Itinerary

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Last updated: 06 June, 2024

Where to go and what to see in Victoria Falls to get the most from your trip – a 4-day itinerary from destination expert and travel writer Richard Holmes.

Editor note – Richard has not included specific recommendations of where to stay each day unless it’s necessary. Instead, see the ‘Where to stay’ section in our Victoria Falls destination guide.

Day 1

5

Spend a morning marvelling at Mosi-oa-Tunya. The Zimbabwean side offers the best views, from stone pathways that meander through lush rainforest. It’s worth the extra walk to Danger Point, to see the thunderous Eastern Cataract.

Afterwards, learn more about wildlife conservation at the Victoria Falls Elephant Sanctuary, before relaxing at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel for lunch or afternoon tea.

Then take to the skies in a helicopter, for a quick flight to admire the cascades from above.

Enjoy dinner at your riverside lodge or, on the Zimbabwean side, the colourful ‘Boma Dinner & Drum Show’.

  • Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Central African Republic (CAR)

  • Official star rating:

A historic hotel – Victoria Falls’ grand dame – that combines classic charm with unrivalled location, steps from the Falls.

Average £520

Extra beds

Pool

2+ bedrooms

Beach

Kids menu

Fitness center

Kids club

Day 2

5

Step out for a walking safari in Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, tracking endangered white rhinoceros.

Next, head into Livingstone for souvenir shopping at the Dambwa Market, before lunch at the Zambezi Waterfront.

After lunch, brave a cliffside swim in the Devil’s Pool above the Falls. If water levels are too high (it’s safest August-December) head upstream for a canoe safari on the Zambezi River.

End the day with a trip on the Royal Livingstone Express, enjoying sundowners aboard a vintage steam train.

Dambwa Market

  • Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia

Traditional African wooden masks

Experience

Enjoy a taste of local living at the Dambwa market in Livingstone. This is where locals come to shop, and you’ll find everything from fresh produce to wooden carvings. Guided tours are available if you’re unsure about exploring on your own.

Good for age: 18+

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Day 3

5

Make this a day for adventure! The Zambezi River is home to some of the most extreme white-water rapids on the planet, and river rafting should be top of your list. Water levels will determine how many rapids you can tackle.

Alternatively book a jet-boat excursion, for a thrilling ride and a different perspective of the Falls from below.

If time (and courage) allows, bungee jump from the famous railway bridge across the Batoka Gorge. If that’s a step too far, try zip-lining across the gorge instead.

After a day of adrenalin, relax with a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River.

  • Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe

  • Bucket List Experience

Scenic cruises and game spotting on one of Africa’s greatest rivers, just made for sundowners.

Adult price: 35

Good for age: 4+

Duration: 1+ hours

Day 4

3

Leave early to make the most of a full day in Botswana’s Chobe National Park; an hour’s drive from Victoria Falls.

Chobe excursions include transport to the Park and safaris in open vehicles, with the chance to spot all of the ‘Big Five’.

A boat trip on the broad Chobe River delivers close-up encounters with elephant, rhino and buffalo.

Return for sundowners at The Royal Livingstone Hotel, followed by dinner in their restaurant, Kubu. The impressive Falls views and riverside setting make it worth the hefty price tag.

  • Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Central African Republic (CAR)

  • Bucket List Experience

Explore one of Africa’s most spectacular wilderness areas, famed for its huge herds of elephant and elephant-eating lions.

Adult price: 120

Good for age: 8+

Duration: Full day

Sundowners at the Royal Livingstone Hotel

  • Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia

Sundowners at the Royal Livingstone Hotel

Experience

With the spray rising downstream and the sun dipping below the Zambezi, enjoy the best sundowner G&T in Africa from the Kubu Bar at the Royal Livingstone Hotel. Non-residents are welcome, and the views are worth the price tag.

Adult price: 12

Min age 18

Good for age: 18+

Duration: 2-3 hours

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  • Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia

  • Official star rating:

A five-star hotel with an unrivalled Falls location, luxury rooms and modern facilities… at a price.

Average £460

Extra beds

Pool

2+ bedrooms

Beach

Kids menu

Fitness center

Kids club