The Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls are an impressive and beautiful vacation destination between Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia. They are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and they are the most powerful waterfalls in Africa. Called “Mosi-oa-Tunya” by the locals, which means “thundering smoke”, the Victoria Falls offer an impressive natural spectacle. There are a total of 19 viewpoints from which you can admire the Victoria Falls.
What is the climate at Victoria Falls?
Victoria Falls has a temperate, subtropical steppe climate. The fine mist that rises from Victoria Falls provides enough moisture that a lush rainforest could form around the waterfalls. Instead of the classic four seasons, the weather is divided into three phases:
The hot rainy season lasts from November to around the end of March. Now it is summer at Victoria Falls, it can be sultry and oppressive. Most rain falls between December and February. After that, the Zambezi swelled heavily due to the heavy rainfall and the water masses pour into the gorge even more violently than usual. But even in most other months of the year, the “largest water curtain on earth” is an absolutely impressive experience. The cooler dry season lasts from early April to early August. Especially at night, the temperatures can drop significantly below 10 ° Celsius, but during the day it will still be warm to a comfortable 26 ° Celsius. The warm dry season then follows from mid-August to the end of October. Towards the end of the dry season is the only time of the year when the waterfalls can actually be a little less lush. But from September to December, the water level of the Zambezi is relatively low, so you can now swim in the Devil’s Pool very wonderfully. The Devil’s Pool is a small, natural pool right on the edge of the waterfall – so if you can swim there, don’t miss it!
The best time to travel to Victoria Falls
The best travel months for the Victoria Falls include March, April and May, with an optimal climate at the Victoria Falls and a peak of the Zambezi – thundering waterfalls included! June, July, August and September are also a very good climate and travel time for the Victoria Falls. In October and November, the water level of the Zambezi can drop after the dry season, making the waterfalls a little less lush. It can also get very hot. However, you can now bathe in the Devil’s Pool. In December, January and February there is a rainy season in addition to low water, especially in February the water level rises again due to the rainy season.
The spectacular Victoria Falls are located in the extreme south of Zambia and western Zimbabwe and form a natural border between the two countries. In both states, there is a town near the falls with accommodations, shopping, and an airport: Livingstone (Zambia) and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). The mighty waters of the Zambezi River plunge up to 110 meters deep over a width of about 1.7 kilometers, leaving a spray that rises up to 500 meters and can still be seen 60 kilometers away.
Flora and Fauna
The Victoria Falls are known for their exceptional panoramas, the lush green surroundings and the enormous amounts of water that you can see during a visit. A small rainforest runs parallel to the falls, and there is also an almost 1,500-year-old giant baobab tree with a circumference of 16 meters and a height of 20 meters.