When to Visit Victoria Falls

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Planning a trip to Zambia

Visiting Africa and Victoria Falls is a dream vacation for just about anyone, including me. When I was planning my first trip to visit family in Zambia, I wasn’t sure what was the best time of year to visit Victoria Falls and also when to see safari animals.

The problem that I ran into was that the best time of year to see African animals is during my busiest time of year for work (North American Fall season).

Thanks to the opposite hemisphere season changes, I needed to find fun things to see and do in Zambia when I could take unlimited time off of my wedding photography business (January-April).

The Best time to visit Victoria Falls

Therefore, I enlisted help in the way of my Mom’s cousins who live in Africa. Yes, I’m super lucky to have relatives all over Southern Africa.

It was the driving reason for my trip….

Having a locals view of a location is so helpful. I learned that the best time to see animals in the wild is during their dry season when the African animals all go searching for water sources. This is during our Fall in North America. October specifically was recommended.

Unfortunately for me, that’s the one month a year that I work 12-14 hour days. So I was going to be in Africa in their rainy season and during my winter at home.

This time of year left stunning views of Victoria Falls at full force and you could see the rushing power of the waterfall from every vantage point.

The waterfall created nothing but spray! It actually made it hard to see the gorge, but it was cool to see the spray from miles away.

I hiked all of the hiking trails on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of the falls and got soaked. Especially on this bridge you see pictured below.

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What is it like to Visit Victoria Falls?

Victoria Falls is nothing short of one of the great Natural Wonders of the World. The mighty Zambezi River flows down to this beautiful gorge, which is cut right through the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

I was stunned at how long and thin the waterfall is and how narrow that gorge opening is as well. What I didn’t know ahead of time was what the gorge looks like after the Zambezi turns into this epic waterfall.

This was quite the sight to see from the air when I did the microlight flight over the falls.

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Plan a trip to Victoria Falls: Full Moon

Thanks to my Mom’s cousin, I knew to plan my trip to Livingstone, Zambia during the end of the month when the Moon was full. I was actually there on Earth Day, which seemed totally fitting.

Together, we went to the park at dusk and waited for the moon bow to appear. It was a beautiful sight to see!

–>> The Full Moon produces a rainbow at dusk over the waterfalls! They call this a Moonbow.

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Those lights on the other side are from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe ©2016 Heather McKay

The Full Moon produces a rainbow at dusk over Victoria Falls once a month. It is a sight to see, as you can see rainbows during the day frequently in the spray of these epic waterfalls.

Have you visited Victoria Falls?

I’d love to hear from someone who has visited during the dry season. Have you explored Victoria Falls? What was it like? Please share in the comments below or tag me on Instagram @aparallaxlife.

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