Victoria Falls – The difference between the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides

The Victoria Falls, a World Heritage Site, cascade down a 355ft gorge where the Zambezi river continues it’s flow southwards through the valley below. Bordering both Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Victoria Falls offer the unique opportunity to witness the same natural wonder from one of two countries. But what is the difference between the Zambian side and the Zimbabwean side? We’ll have a look at each a little more closely below…

The Zambian Side 

The main town on the Zambian side of the falls is Livingstone, with access via Livingstone Airport (LVI). Livingstone is a mere 6.2miles  from the falls offers all the modern amenities that tourists require – shopping malls, banking facilities and plenty of local craftsmen selling curious. Livingstone also boasts the most popular full service 5 star hotel, The Royal Livingstone – the majestic lawns of which overlook the falls and feature zebras lazily grazing.

For the cultural types, Livingstone has several museums including the Victoria Falls Field Museum  the Livingstone Museum, the Maramba Cultural Museum and the Railway Museum. Livingstone also offers the best access to Livingstone Island – one of two large masses in the middle of the river – which has healthy populations of wildlife such as elephant and water buffalo.

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Sundowners at The Royal Livingstone.

The Zimbabwe Side 

The Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls offers something completely different to the Zambian side. Accessible from the Victoria Falls airport, the town is known as the adventure capital of Africa owing to the fact that it boasts some of the best white water rafting in the world, and one of the highest bungee jumps. A quaint town that is considerably smaller than Livingstone, Victoria Falls has no shortage of charm and welcoming attitude.

The town is said to have the best view of the falls, especially from the bridge that connects Zimbabwe and Zambia. During low water times, visitors are able to see right into the ‘skeleton’ of the falls – a truly remarkable site.

Victoria Falls also has one of the most famous hotels in Africa, the Victoria Falls Hotel. Steeped in colonial history, the 5 star Victoria Falls Hotel is fondly known as ‘The Grand Old Lady of the Falls’ and is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park.

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The colonial Victoria Falls Hotel.

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