May 29

Expert Advice: Victoria Falls in the Dry Season


May 29, 2018

Straddling two Southern African countries and lauded as one of the bucket list items to tick off on an African itinerary, it’s no surprise there are countless reasons why Victoria Falls is Africa’s greatest natural wonder. Travellers come from all parts of the globe to marvel at the sheer size of her and to be doused in her misty plumes of spray.

That said, any visit to the region can provide distinctly different experiences depending on what period you’re visiting in. Let our experts unpack Victoria Falls in the dry season for you.

When Is It? | Victoria Falls in the Dry Season

The dry season falls mainly between the months of July and December. This is also winter time in the southern hemisphere but the region around Victoria Falls is dry, warm to hot, and sunny during these months.

Victoria Wasserfälle in Simbabwe und Sambia
Visiting Victoria Falls during the low water period allows for trips to Devil’s Pool.
Photo Credit: usuário i_pinz / Flickr

What Can You Do? | Victoria Falls in the Dry Season

July and August

The Falls are at their most spectacular at the beginning of the dry season as the summer rains spur the Zambezi River’s rushing waters onwards and over the sheer precipice of the Falls themselves and into the gorge below. The sheer power of Victoria Falls is in full ‘view’, making it a superb time of year to enjoy lunar rainbows.

You won’t see much of the Falls themselves as they’ll be hidden behind plumes of spray. Whitewater rafting starts up again around July after being closed for the wet season and Devil’s Pool is normally open for swims from August.

A rainbow shown in the midst of the falls
Rainbows in Victoria Falls
Photo Credit: Dietmar Temps

September and October

Activities abound! Whitewater rafting, dips in Devil’s Pool, game drives in the neighbouring parks, and migrant birds flocking to the area dousing Victoria Falls with an array of colour. October is also the month of sunsets, the weather is comfortably warm and there aren’t as many as mosquitos. Enjoy microlight flights and helicopter flips to see the gorge in all her glory or take the plunge and bungee jump off the Victoria Falls bridge.

Bungee jumping from Victoria Falls Bridge
Bungee jumping off Victoria Falls Bridge
Photo Credit: Adrenaline hunter

November – December

The Dry Season has been in full swing for some months now and the water levels around Victoria Falls will be at their lowest. The weather is also hot and humid with the wet season slowly starting to become visible. This time of year is a great period in which to get clear views of the Victoria Falls’ cataracts from both Zimbabwe and Zambia‘s side because there will be no spray. The Zambian side of the Falls may have dried up completely.

Vista aérea de las cataratas Victoria
An aerial view of Victoria Falls in the Dry Season.

Have you been to Victoria Falls? What was your favourite part of the trip? Let us know in the comments section below!


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About the author 

Melanie Du Toit

Jozi-born, Knysna local, and recovering yachtie, Melanie decided that she missed being land-based after 18 months sailing the seas. Now that she lives in the most beautiful city in Africa (she is adamant about this fact), you will find her trying out new things around Cape Town, dreaming about her next holiday, and using Wikipedia to enhance her skills as an encyclopaedia of useless information.

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