Best time to see Victoria Falls

Dec 11th, 2006, 07:15 AM
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Best time to see Victoria Falls

I've searched, but have been unable to find the answer.

What is the best times of year to see VF in action from the Zambia side? Thanks.
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Dec 12th, 2006, 11:51 AM
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Probably April or May. They get their rain in their summer.
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Dec 12th, 2006, 12:51 PM
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best time is BEFORE you visit Iguazu Falls !!

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Dec 15th, 2006, 07:42 AM
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Thanks, aby, that's a great help. It looks to me that the best time may not be in Oct-Nov, since the water is low and the temp is high. Will now consider Apr-May.

We missed Iguazu f\Falls when we were in Argentina, and probably will not go back. So we definitely see VF first.
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Dec 15th, 2006, 08:44 AM
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Most people combine game viewing with Victoria Falls. Unfortunately the best times for game viewing are opposite from the Falls viewing.

Game viewing is best when it is dry and the animals gather around watering holes. Also, it is easier to spot game when it is dryer since the vegetation is not as thick.

I was told by our tour guide at Victoria Falls that during the rainy season the spray at the falls is so heavy that you can't even see the falls. You just see "rain". I don't know if this is true since I was there during the dry season but the guide was from Zimbabwe so he should know.
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Dec 15th, 2006, 01:44 PM
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We visited in November and it was wonderful. At least you could see something. Of course, the Zim side was better, great photo ops. It was rather dry on the Zam end.

While it must be amazing during high-flow, you can't really see anything. You can hear the Falls from miles away, see the mist for miles, need raincoats to walk anywhere near the Falls. And, it's kind of difficult to take pics with all that water getting into everything.
Dec 15th, 2006, 03:01 PM
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We were there this past February and the the Falls were in full flood. I've also been there in August, when they were much reduced; the Zambian end was mostly dry. Even if you were staying in Zambia when the Falls were low, you could cross the bridge and view the Zim side of the Falls. In February, it was REALLY wet, but the mists parted enough to see the Falls and get a few photos. You can see those photos at
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Dec 15th, 2006, 09:35 PM
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Def want to view from the Zimbabwe side, it is much better. We saw the falls this past Oct. Water level was at 5% but still an amazing sight. I've heard the same as has been stated, when the water is plentiful the viewing is difficult due to 'rain' mist etc.. Even at 5% I keep my 'good' camera covered with a plastic bag and took pics with our smaller one. Enjoy!

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