Where to See Victoria Falls: Zambia or Zimbabwe?

Before experiencing the majestic Victoria Falls, we did a bit of research in an attempt to determine which country provided the best views of the falls: Zambia or Zimbabwe. Quite a few bloggers are convinced that Zimbabwe is the best side. But is this really true? We had to find out for ourselves. Here is our assessment, along with some helpful information.

Zimbabwe

Pros:

Better signage. The path meandering through the rain-forest was well-marked with vista points that corresponded to the map. Each look-out point was obvious.

More to see – literally. Zimbabwe boats about three-quarters of Victoria Falls. Plus, it gives you the iconic views you’ve seen in pictures.

Cons:

More expensive. The cost of entry is $30.

Zambia

Pros:

Get up-close and personal. The Zambian side (at least during the wet season*) will bring you very close to the falls, drenching you in the process.

The Knife-edge bridge. Walking across this old and creaky bridge, through the mist, getting completely soaked from the falls, was an experience I won’t soon forget. This was one of my favorite parts of the falls, even though it was so wet that we could barely see.

Knife-edge bridge in Zambia

Less expensive. The cost of entry is $20.

Cons:

Less iconic views. Yes, you still get great views of the falls, but I think the views from the Zimbabwe side can’t be beat.

But hey, the view ain’t bad

Weather

*Which side is better will also depend on when you go. If you go during the wet season, February – May, you will get the wet experience I described.

Rain or water from the falls? We never could tell

If you go during the dry season, October or November, you won’t have the same thrilling experience from the Zambia side. However, if you do go to Zambia during the dry season, you’ll have the opportunity to take a dip in the Devil’s pool, an adventure I’d personally love to experience.


Conclusion

As I described in my other post, it’s absolutely worth it to see both sides of the falls, if only to give you the chance to make your own assessment! Walking between the two falls is really easy, as long as you purchased the uni-visa. The walk between the two parks is quick, but just a warning: you can expect some hawkers to approach you as you walk across the bridge between the two countries.

Bonus: watch bungee jumpers dive off the bridge, or even participate yourself!

Bottom line: unless you’re very lucky, you’ll likely only visit the falls once. Why not see it from both sides, in all its glory?

Do you agree or disagree with my assessment? Do you feel strongly about seeing the falls from one side or the other?

4 Comment

  1. Craig says: Reply

    I agree. Its once in a lifetime so why not try both sides. There’s nothing on the Zambia side as powerful and as contained as Devils Cataract! Great pictures ????

    1. Brittany says: Reply

      You’re the one we can thank for convincing us to see both sides!

  2. Janice THOMPSON says: Reply

    Agreed!! I am super glad we decided to view it from both sides. I would also recommend a boat tour ( another blog) as it was so peaceful being on the river on top of the falls.

    1. Brittany says: Reply

      Agreed! 🙂

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