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Off-Season Travel to Victoria Falls

By Ilala Lodge on January 14, 2016

One of the best ways to avoid the chaos of the holiday period in popular tourist destinations is to travel during the off-season. Given the high volumes of people who make their way to Victoria Falls over Christmas and New Year, the same holds true for this popular tourist town.

Below, we list a number of reasons exactly why the months of January and February are a great time to visit Victoria Falls:

Unforgettable View of the Falls

As November and March mark the peak of the rainy season in Victoria Falls, January and February are two of the best months to see the Falls in all their glory. During the period from late January to early February, large volumes of rainwater gathered upstream descend upon the Victoria Falls. The amount of water making its way through the gorge and over the Falls more than doubles, and the level of the Zambezi River itself rises spectacularly.

Victoria Falls Pictures

All this contributes to one of the most amazing views of the Falls. Many parts of the 1.7m wide cliff face are exposed, while you can still witness the power of the water rushing over the edge. Often, you can also see all the way to the bottom of the 108m basalt wall, and hear the sound that earned the name “Smoke that Thunders”.

The spray, which coincidently can be viewed from Ilala Lodge Hotel year-round, is dense at this time of year and is accompanied by magnificent rainbows, and drenches all its observers. Make sure to bring along your raincoat, or umbrella, for a walk around the Falls.

 

Exciting Activities

Given the reasonably high water levels between January and February, there is a vast range of exhilarating Victoria Falls activities on offer. As white-water rafting generally shuts down in late February, before the onset of the peak flow period in April, now is still a good time to book this thrilling activity. The renowned Flight of Angels is also a stand-out experience at this time of year and offers stunning views of the water thundering over the Falls, the dense spray thrown high up into the air, and the lush surrounding foliage.

Image Credit - Sarah Depper

 

Fortunately for some, the gorge and bridge activities in Victoria Falls are in no way impacted by the water levels; feel free to attempt the Flying Fox, Gorge Swing, and Bungee Jumping at any time of year.

Fewer Crowds

As is the case with many tourist destinations during off-season, visiting Victoria Falls during January and February is a fantastic way to avoid the hordes of people who descend upon the town during November and December. In line with this, many Victoria Falls accommodation options run a number of exciting specials.

Notably, Ilala Lodge Hotel is running two exclusive online booking specials over this period. The Last Minute 2 Night Getaway only costs USD 470 per person sharing. This price includes free breakfast, one dinner, and a cruise onboard the incredible Ra-Ikane.

 

Ra-Ikane

 

The Last Minute 3 Night Package offers guests a fantastic experience for only USD 500 per person sharing in a Standard Room, or USD 700 per person sharing in a Standard Suite. Inclusive in the price is one dinner with a complimentary bottle of house wine, a Ra-Ikane cruise, and breakfast daily.

With so many reasons to visit Victoria Falls at this time of year, what are you waiting for? Contact Ilala Lodge on onlinereservations@ilalalodge.com or +263(13) 44737/8/9 to secure your spot today!

Image Credit
Sarah Depper

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