Victoria Falls has been a part of my bucket list since I was amazed by Igaucu Falls in Brazil and I knew the moment we discovered the need to journey to South Africa, we would visit the falls.
We took a taxi from our guesthouse to the Falls, which is on the far north end of the city of Livingstone, hugging the Zimbabwean border.
Not wanting to return to the guesthouse, we had our bags with us and were hoping for a place to store them at the falls. Our taxi driver was helpful and upon arriving at the park entrance, flagged down a friend who worked there who agreed to let us keep our bags in the custodial closet between the two bathrooms. Not the safest place to store a laptop, but we had no other choice – and it all worked out fine in the end. No charge either.
Admission was $20 and cash only. Once tickets are purchased, you walk through a monkey-infested area, passing by many local handicraft shops, before coming to the main entrance in which your ticketed is validated. The trip was in October, just before rainy season, and so the falls were at a low level…but they were still impressive.
It was raining a bit throughout our time there, but that made the hot day a bit more bearable. If you are an adventurous type, during the dry season you can wade across much of the falls (only from the Zambian side we were on) and get an even better view—
Or go fishing—
Warning: Beware of the Monkeys
You are warned not to carry food with you as you enter the park because monkeys smell it and will take it – sometimes even attacking you to get it. We only brought water bottles in, but at one point I set my camera bag down to snap a photo and seconds later a monkey had snatched it and was pawing through it. In cases like this, do not chase after the monkey or your possession will be gone. Calmly wait and if there is no food, the monkey will eventually drop it and leave. She did and good thing…there was a very expensive camera lens inside.
Heidi is not really into things like this, so we only stayed about 90 minutes and did not bother to check out the falls from the Zimbabwean side the next day. I suppose that was not necessary – we had seen the mighty falls and I had captured some great pictures.
Even during the dry season, Victoria Falls is worth a visit – the falls are magnificent and scenery picturesque.
One final note. The Falls literally straddle the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and we stamped out of Zambia just outside the park gate. A no-man’s-land exists for about 1km before you come to the Zimbabwe border.
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