The Best Activities in Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls is bursting full of activities which cover a range of interests from nature enthusiasts to adrenaline junkies.
Victoria Falls is also known as the Adventure Capital of Africa and travelers can raise their heart rates while bungee jumping, white water rafting and enjoying helicopter flips just to name a few! There are also many options for travelers who are looking to take it slightly easier.
Most of the activities at Victoria Falls are year-round and there are some that are affected by the change in the season and the levels of the Zambezi River’s waters.
White Water Rafting
If you have the stomach to take on rapids with names like “The Terminator” “Oblivion” and “The Devil’s Toilet Bowl” then white water rafting is for you. The mighty Zambezi River plummets into the Batoka Gorge at Victoria Falls becoming a foaming mass of turbulent rapids that serves as the highway for white-water rafters. Aside from the heart-stopping excitement, the river corridor makes its way through the rugged terrain, thick with vegetation and offering spectacular scenery. Rafting on the Zambezi is the Wildest One Day Run in the World, added to its appeal is that it is beneath one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. For the more exciting rapids, go rafting in low water season from August to late December. During high water season which runs from January to March and May to July, the rapids are slightly less intense but still sure to get your heart pumping.
Devil’s pool is not for the faint hearted. Located on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, it is a natural pool that forms during low water season from September to January. Competent swimmers can paddle across the Zambezi River to reach the pool and lounge in the cool waters on the edge of the falls with a guide nearby to keep watch at all times. It is truly a unique swimming experience.
The Boiling Pot is situated under the Victoria Falls Bridge. A hike down into Batoka Gorge will bring travellers to the natural pool which offers the opportunity to see Victoria Falls from the base. It is only accessible during low water season between August and December and is an incredibly memorable way to experience the falls. The hike is relatively strenuous so travelers should be relatively fit to embark on the +- 3 ½ hour journey.
Year Round Activities
Guided Tour of the Falls
A tour of the falls is a must do for any visitor. Man-made walkways led the way through Victoria Falls rainforest to a number of viewpoints including Rainbow Falls Viewpoint, Devil’s Cataract Viewpoint, and Danger Point where travellers can marvel at the majesty of the falls. Tours can be done independently or with an experienced guide. Make sure to waterproof yourself and your belongings as this rainforest is the only one in the world that is home to constant drizzle!
Arguably the best and most memorable way to view the falls is from above. Nicknamed the “Flight of the Angels” helicopter flights take guests above the falls and over the Zambezi. The 13 min and 28 min flights depart regularly throughout the day and offer spectacular photographic opportunities. The 13 minute Flight of Angels includes a flight over the majestic Victoria Falls, whilst the 28 minute Game Flight also includes a flight over the Zambezi National Park.
Canoeing on the Zambezi
A great way to appreciate the serenity and natural beauty of the Zambezi .Choose between four unique experiences on the Zambezi River; the Zambezi Breakfast Drift, the Zambezi Drift Wine Route, the Half-day Canoe adventure, or the Full-day canoe adventure. Each of these options provides the opportunity to glide along the Zambezi River in a canoe, through the Zambezi National Park accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will share insights into the environment and wildlife. Great for birding and for spotting wildlife along the river banks and in the river!
This is definitely an activity for the adrenaline junkies. What could be more thrilling than a bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge with the falls in the background and water rushing through Batoka Gorge below you? It is 111m of sheer adrenalin, as you free fall towards the Zambezi below during one of the world’s most scenic bungee jumps. The minimum age is 14 years, with a minimum weight of 40 kgs and a maximum weight of 140 kgs.
High Wire Adrenaline Activities
Whether you're keen for a cable slide, gorge swing or a zip line over the Zambezi, these high wire activities are sure to set your heart racing! Soar over the dramatic Batoka Gorge where the Zambezi River takes a huge bend – fantastic scenery, especially from a bird’s-eye-view. The cable swing (also known as the Flying Fox) is a good introduction to the high wire activities where you are strapped into a harness and then soar horizontally over the gorge. The gorge swing may leave you breathless with a 70m free fall into the gorge before swinging high above the waters below and reach speeds of 106kms as you zoom across the gorge on a zip line.
Chobe Day Trip
Another fantastic aspect of a visit to Victoria Falls is that Chobe National Park in Botswana is only a few hours away by car. Chobe is famous for its herds of elephants and during an 11 hour full day trip, you can experience all the beauty of the park and its wildlife. Travellers will be transferred from Victoria Falls to the Kuzungula Border where they will be met by their Botswana guide before travelling into the park.
Bush Walks and Game Drives
Feel closer to nature while exploring the Zambezi National Park on walking safaris or game drives in open-backed vehicles. You'll experience magical wildlife sightings in the company of your trained guide who will share his knowledge of the wilderness and the animals that you encounter. There are a number of options for safaris including half-day, full-day, overnights and multiple days.
The mighty Zambezi is a great year-round fishing destination. With over 75 species of fish, including Tiger fish, bream, and nembwe, the Zambezi will not disappoint. Try your hand at fly fishing, Spinning, trolling and drift bait or live bait fishing from the fishing pontoon vessel with a maximum of 8 passengers (min 2). May, June and July are ideal for fly fishing, while spinning for Tiger fish and nembwe is best from August to December. Anglers will delight in not only the excellent fishing, but the birdlife and occasional sightings of hippo and elephant.
One of the most memorable ways to end off a day full of exploring the falls is with a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. Boats range in the number of passengers so the trip can be as private or lively as you choose depending on who you choose to travel with. Sit back, relax and take in the sights and sounds of the Zambezi as the sun dips below the horizon.