If you’re travelling to Zambia, the chances are you’ll be swinging by Victoria Falls and want to know what the water levels will be like during your trip. The flow over the falls is at its most impressive after the wet season, when the powerful Zambezi River waters are tanking along, feeding the cascade. So, come between April and June for a truly awesome sight.
Photo Credit: Royal Chundu Island Lodge
However, do consider that during these peak flow months, spray from the falls is ever-present, making photography a little challenging at times. This period is also low season for safaris, so wildlife viewing will not be at its finest. Therefore, we recommend visiting the falls a little later, between June and August, when the flow is still pretty impressive, the spray a bit more manageable, and the game viewing is excellent.
From August through until November, Victoria Falls are at their driest, with the cascade being much reduced. Yet the sight is still dramatic, and without the spray you will have a much better view of the gorge itself. Towards the end of the dry season the flow is sometimes reduced to a trickle, so try and come a bit earlier in the season for the best of both worlds.
If you want to swim in the famous Devil’s Pool on the rim of the cataract, you’ll need to visit the falls between October and January. It’s only open during these months when reduced water flow allows safe entry. For rafting, the best time to visit Victoria Falls is between August and September, just before the river levels drop after the high-water period.
Photo Credit: Tongabezi Lodge