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Victoria Falls: Best Time to Visit
Victoria Falls is spectacular throughout the year, but the best time to visit is after the rainy season. This is when you'll see the greatest flow of water. A guide to the water levels of Victoria Falls will to help you plan your African safari and
By: Mark Benson
Peak Water: March to May
At its peak in April, you can barely see your hand let alone the falls. The spray is so thick it rains upwards - forget about an umbrella, you need spectacles. Through gaps in the mist you'll snatch glimpses of a wall of water thundering down with a terrifying roar. It's an amazing feeling if a little low on close-up visuals. Take to the sky in a Flight of Angels trip and you'll be rewarded with the full force of the world's mightiest waterfall in its ground-shaking magnificence. Also the view from a little way off is awesome and there are full-circle rainbows everywhere; the sunset through the rain cloud is almost supernatural.
Medium to High Water: January, February; June to August
Though there is great variance during the medium and high water periods, conditions are generally best for viewing the falls and enjoying the water-based activities. Parts of the mile-wide cliff face are exposed and you can see all the way to the bottom with a decent amount of spray and thunder to make the spectacle suitably impressive. Rainbows, so-called moon bows (full moon rainbows) in the towering plume of spray make excellent photographers of even the most inexperienced of us.
High water is the happy medium between too much water and too little with the full range of activities on offer to boot. If a safari is on your agenda, choose the latter half of the peak to high water period when temperatures drop, the bush thins and wildlife concentrates around permanent water sources.
January to March is the peak rainy season in Victoria Falls. Temperature and humidity rise and tropical thunderstorms are common.
Low Water: September to December
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Zambia is the sashimi of African wildlife safaris. Raw and exquisite, the overgrown wilderness of a Zambia holiday is a taste that sets a standard not easily satisfied by the potted safari holidays of its northerly neighbours. side, diverted for hydro-power, is all but dry. Photography is good though allowing close up and spray-free shots with all the components nicely assembled: tree-lined river, cliff-face, and elegant stream of water, blue cloud-studded sky, and partner in foreground.
Forays down to the gorge are not as terrifying and the knife-edge walks on the Zambian side aren't quite so precarious. White-water rafting is at its best during low water levels when the rapids are at their most vicious.
October is the hottest and driest times of year in Victoria Falls, the rains, which begin their return in November are a welcome coolant.
At any time of year, Victoria Falls is spectacular. If you're going to make a mistake, however, rather experience too much than too little water. Game viewing safaris are generally best in our winter from May to September, which is, hey, look at that, peak and high water levels at Victoria Falls.
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