There are plenty of activities to do at Victoria Falls and on the Zambezi River, delighting both thrill seekers looking for adventure and those who prefer a more sedate experience.
For the ultimate adrenaline thrill, head to the Victoria Falls Bridge. From here you can take a 111-metre free-fall bungee jump from the platform situated at the centre of the bridge, and plunge head first towards the thundering waters of the mighty Zambezi.
HIGHWIRE GORGE SWING:
If you don’t fancy hanging upside down, do the Gorge Swing instead. It’s higher than the bungee platform and an exhilarating way to see the gorge as you whizz down to the bottom.
Take on grade 5 to 6 rapids with terrifying names such as Stairway to Heaven, Oblivion, and Commercial Suicide on the mighty Zambezi River. It’s considered one of the best white-water rafting rivers in the world. The best time to go is from July to February when the water levels are low.
FLIGHT OF ANGELS:
One of the best ways to get a bird’s eye view of Victoria Falls and really appreciate its enormity is from a helicopter. Named after Dr Livingston’s famous quote, the exhilarating helicopter ride will take you right over the falls and even further upstream where you may get the chance to spot some wildlife on the ground if you’re lucky.
For an even bigger thrill, do the Flight of Angels in a microlight aircraft and feel the water spray and wind rush through your hair as you gaze down at the falls from an open cockpit.
DEVIL’S POOL SWIM:
Only available to do in the dry season when water levels are safe enough for swimming, a dip in this natural, deep pool on the Zambian side of the falls is an unforgettable and magical experience. Lie on the rock lip on the very edge of the pool and gaze into a 103-metre chasm. Although not for the faint hearted, experienced guides will ensure you stay safe.
For those who want a more sedate and relaxing Zambezi River experience, a sunset cruise is a wonderful way to end your day. Sunsets at the falls are spectacular and the perfect chance for some great photo opportunities. Sip on a cool drink and soak up the natural beauty of the mighty Zambezi. And don’t forget to look out for hippos along the way.
VICTORIA FALLS STEAM TRAIN:
See the falls as Dr Livingstone intended, from the vintage carriages of a beautifully restored authentic steam train. The round trip will take you across the historic Victoria Falls Bridge and on into Zambezi National Park. Equipped with dining and lounge facilities, the train stops halfway across the bridge so you can take photos and admire stunning views of the falls while sipping on a chilled glass of bubbly.
WITNESS A MOONBOW:
Every full moon, from sunset to sunrise, it’s possible to see a lunar rainbow or Moonbow. The light bounces off the moon, creating a rainbow in the spray that is spectacular. Victoria Falls is one of the few places on Earth where it can be witnessed. The best time to see a Moonbow is from April to July when the waters are higher.
DINNER AND DRUM SHOW:
There are plenty of fantastic places to eat on both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides of the falls. If you want a fun night out and want to try traditional Zimbabwean dishes then head to The Boma. The extensive menu gives you the chance to try warthog, impala, and even Mopani worms, a local delicacy. However beef, pork, chicken, fish and a variety of delicious vegetarian dishes are also available. Partially open to the skies, this lovely restaurant also features traditional African drumming, storytelling and dancing displays.