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VICTORIA FALLS - PHOTO SAFARIS

A GUIDE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Victoria Falls stands as one of the esteemed Seven Natural Wonders of the World and holds the prestigious title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and rightfully so. Known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya – The Smoke that Thunders, this breathtaking marvel straddles the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was first encountered by the renowned explorer David Livingstone in the late 1855, who promptly dedicated it to his sovereign of the time, Queen Victoria.

While not claiming the title of the largest waterfall globally, Victoria Falls boasts the largest curtain of cascading water, particularly impressive during its peak in April and May. At this time, the thunderous roar of the falls crescendos as floodwaters from the upper Zambezi and Chobe rivers converge, charting their course toward the Mozambique Channel and ultimately, the Indian Ocean.

The Victoria Falls spans a width of 1,342 meters (4,090 ft) and plunges down a height of 108 meters (354 ft) into the Batoka Gorge, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. The spray from the falls rises high into the air, often forming rainbows that shimmer in the sunlight. The surrounding area is home to lush rainforest, teeming with diverse wildlife.

The best time to visit Victoria Falls for photography is during the dry season, which falls between April and November. During this time, the water levels are lower, and there is less spray, making it easier to capture clear shots of the falls. 

 

If you're planning a helicopter tour, be sure to book a window seat for unobstructed views of the falls.

Victoria Falls is a photographer's dream, offering endless opportunities to capture breathtaking images. With its dramatic scenery, diverse wildlife, and awe-inspiring power, Victoria Falls is sure to leave a lasting impression on you.

Domestic/International Airport - Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA)

Economic Stability - Stable

Crime - Low

Currency - US Dollar

Health Care - Private Hospitals are well equipped.

Malaria - Yes

Vaccinations - Recommended (consult your medical professional) 

Photographic Highlights

Exploring Victoria Falls by Foot:

Embark on an unforgettable journey along the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls, where a picturesque footpath stretches along its entire length, offering unparalleled vistas of the cascading waters. Experience the awe-inspiring sight of the water plunging towards you, often accompanied by the enchanting presence of a rainbow amidst the mist—a photographer's dream composition.

It's crucial to consider that while the peak flow occurs in April and May, the sheer force of the water can create a thunderous roar and dense spray, obstructing the full view of the falls. Even the most weather-sealed cameras may struggle amidst the mist. We highly recommend bringing a waterproof bag to shield your equipment during the mistiest segments of the journey.

Under the glow of a full moon, and under favourable conditions, Victoria Falls unveils its beauty on select evenings, offering photographers a rare opportunity to capture the ethereal phenomenon known as a "moonbow" amidst the mist.

Exploring from the Zambian Side:

Witness Victoria Falls from a distinct perspective on the Zambian side, where the water descends away from your vantage point. Enjoy the advantage of a closer proximity to the falls, providing unparalleled photographic opportunities as the water cascades into the gorge below. For an extraordinary experience, consider indulging in a lunch or high tea on Livingstone Island, offering a unique perspective. However, please note that this option may not be available during periods of full flood.

Photo Safari Activities in Victoria Falls

Flight Of The Angels

Experience breathtaking views of Victoria Falls with our exhilarating helicopter tours! Choose between our 15 or 25-minute rides for an unforgettable aerial adventure that showcases the entirety of this natural wonder.

 

Our helicopters circle both sides of the falls, providing unparalleled perspectives for up to four passengers per flight. Secure your window seat today for the best views and avoid being stuck in the middle of the back row!

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Sunset Cruise on the Mighty Zambezi River

Step onboard one of our unforgettable adventure with our exclusive photographic safari sunset cruise along the majestic Zambezi River in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. 

 

Capture breathtaking moments as the golden sun dips below the horizon, whilst enjoying a sundowner beverage, all whilst the sun paints the sky in hues of orange and pink. Our expert guides will navigate you through the tranquil waters, providing unparalleled opportunities to photograph the diverse wildlife that thrives along the riverbanks, including elephants, hippos, and exotic bird species.

 

Immerse yourself in the splendour of Africa's natural beauty while optimizing your photography skills in a pristine, unspoiled environment.

 

Join us for an extraordinary journey on one of our safaris which includes the Zambezi River sunset cruise.

Sunrise Cruise on the Mighty Zambezi River

Experience the thrill of our captivating photographic safari early morning boat cruise along the mesmerizing Zambezi River in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

 

Marvel at the stunning sunrise views as we navigate the pristine waters, capturing striking images of the abundant wildlife in their natural habitat. From majestic elephants to colourful bird species, every moment presents an opportunity to capture the essence of Africa's unparalleled beauty. Our seasoned guides provide expert insights into the region's diverse ecosystem, ensuring you have the best chances for remarkable photographic moments.

 

Immerse yourself in the adventure, blending the excitement of safari exploration with the artistry of photography, all set against the backdrop of one of the world's most renowned natural wonders.

 

Reserve your sport on one of our photo safaris today. All of which include the sunrise photographic cruise on the Zambezi.

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Black Rhino Conservation & Photography

Discover the unparalleled conservation efforts at one of our exclusive partner's private game reserve in Victoria Falls, where the critically endangered black rhino are protected within an Intensive Protection Zone.

 

You will have an extraordinary up-close and personal experience with these extraordinary animals. During this activity, you will have the opportunity to photography these majestic rhinos in their natural habitat.

 

This adventure will be led by our knowledgeable wildlife & photographic guides, ensuring a remarkable game drive experience with plenty of photo opportunities.

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SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER

Hot & Dry Season

Summer

TEMPERATURES

September - November | Hot

Hottest months.

WEATHER

Temperatures are cooling down.

Early mornings temps 14°C

Afternoons Mid/high 30°C

Nights 15°C.

GAME VIEWING

September - November | Exceptional

Best time of the year to see game.

BEST PHOTOGRAPHY TIMES

Early mornings & late afternoons.

Night times for nocturnal animals, especially cats and hyena.

GAME MOVEMENTS

The bush is very dry. Water sources in the bush are scarce, therefore game frequent viewing waterholes throughout the day & night.

ANIMALS

Big 5 (Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino,  Leopard)

Elephant | Antelope | Cats | Hyena | Wild Dog | Birds | Reptiles

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