The African Travel and Tourism Association says the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls does come close to dying up with just a small amount of water flowing over in some places, just before the rainy season.
Association Chairman Ross Kennedy says this is a result of the Falls being slightly lower on the Zimbabwean side.
Mr Kennedy said media speculation that Victoria Falls may be drying up is entirely false.
He said according to local river experts, there would always be water in Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side between the Livingstone statue and Livingstone Island.
“Victoria Falls is at its driest at this time of year and, often before the rainy season begins, the Zambian side does come close to drying up, with just a small amount of water flowing over in some places. This is simply because the Falls are slightly lower on the Zimbabwean side,” said Mr. Kennedy.
Mr Kennedy added that, due to exceptionally low rainfall in the catchment area during the last rainy season, the water level was at its lowest since 1996 and the water levels would continue to drop as usual until the rains started in the catchment area north of Victoria Falls.
“Victoria Falls will never become ‘Victoria Walls’, as locals self-deprecatingly joke,” said Mr Kennedy.
And Chief Marketing Officer at Wild Horizons Shane White said despite the lack of rain at Victoria Falls, the low water levels are not out of the ordinary.
The rainy season normally begins in mid-November and the river this year is tracking the same levels as 1998.
Shane said that neither Wild Horizons, nor any other operator, had cancelled activities at the Falls due to the water levels. “It is normal for the river to be at its lowest at this time of the year, just prior to the arrival of the rains. Normally the river starts to rise again between November 12 and November 20, this is obviously dependent on rain in the catchment areas.”
All activities are continuing as normal, including white water rafting confirmed Shane.