Victoria Falls Town is small with a compact town centre which offers lots of souvenir shops, restaurants, takeaways and a host of travel agents and tour operators to enable you to book the huge variety of activities and excursions that are available for all age groups. This is Zimbabwe’s busiest tourist destination.
A phenomenon of the town is the wildlife that is often seen wandering through the streets. Warthogs are a common sight, as well as monkeys, and occasionally elephants stop the traffic as they stroll through to their destination, with tourists and residents alike waiting for them to disappear back into the bushveld.
There are plenty of opportunities to find a bargain, and with a little haggling you will be able to negotiate a good deal from the many curio sellers. The curio markets have many stalls from which you may select wood and stone carvings, paintings – from both the local artists and from the more internationally well-known Zimbabwean artists from around the country, jewellery made from local stones, seeds and natural materials, as well as the tourist t-shirts, books, postcards.
In the Elephant Walk Shopping Centre you will find upmarket curio shops and eateries with come local craftsmen displaying their wares in the central area. There is also a market area at the entrance to the Victoria Falls National Park which is the portal to the Waterfall Walk and its views. There is a good selection of curios with very friendly and helpful traders plying their goods.
Sculptors in the sculpture markets are extremely talented and you will definitely find something to suit your budget from small intricately carved ornaments to large sculptures that will have to be shipped to their country of destination. Zimbabwe is famous for its Shona stone carvings and you will find plenty of examples at the markets. Traders are generally happy to negotiate – so try your luck!
Explore the town as it hosts many shops and a few central activities to pass the time. One of them being the Crocodile Cage Diving located in the centre of the town, a little further afield is the Crocodile Farm which takes you through the fascinating life of the crocodile from the eggs, hatching and then to viewing very large crocs. From the Victoria Falls Hotel, you can start a bike tour that will take you on a 13km cycle around the sights of the area. Play a game of golf at the 18 hole golf course at Elephant Hills Hotel, designed by Gary Player. It is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. Don’t let the kudu, warthog, waterbuck and other animals wandering the course put you off your swing!
Another excursion to consider is visiting Livingstone in Zambia. It is a historic colonial town situated 10 km south on the opposite bank of the Zambezi River. You can easily access it over the bridge with a day pass.
The town has a large variety of places to eat, ranging from upmarket restaurants to traditional African buffets for the adventurous, coffee shops and fast food outlets. You will certainly find something to suit your budget and tastes.
Most of the accommodation is in the town or within easy walking distance from the suburbs. Taxi cabs are plentiful and affordable, though. There are some lodges and hotels that are on the outskirts of the town but there is a shuttle service that runs regularly on this route to the town, allowing for easy and regular transportation. There are various types of accommodation available to suit all budgets with camping and self-catering chalets being plentiful. Backpacking is well catered for as well as bed and breakfasts and hotels ranging through all the star ratings, both in the town and on the outskirts, taking advantage of the natural bush views and the wildlife.
The entrance to the waterfall is also an easy walk from the town centre making it extremely easy to visit Victoria Falls.