Also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya(meaning the smoke that thunders), the Victoria Falls is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the world. The falls lie between Zambia and Zimbabwe (but most of the activities reviewed here are on the Zimbabwe side). Here’s my guide for things you can do whilst in Victoria Falls, in no particular order. This list, however, is by no means exhaustive. You can either book the activities at your hotel reception, or go directly to the adventure companies in town.
So, I didn’t actually jump, I kind of fell off the bridge! If you want to get that adrenaline rush, then you should definitely try this. Remember to carry your passport with you as you’ll need it to get on the bridge! The adventure companies in the area tend to have packages which include this. I would recommend doing a package of activities from the same company so you can get the bunjee included at a discounted price.
2. Crocodile Cage Diving
So unfortunately (or fortunately for some) this activity doesn’t take place in a river. It’s actually a (relatively) big pool with crocodiles swimming around, and the cage is lowered to the bottom of the pool. You get an opportunity to touch the crocodiles as well, which is quite exhilarating. And yes, I still have all 10 fingers!
3, 4 & 5. Gorge Swing, Flying Fox and Zipline
If you can’t stomach the bunjee, these activities will be easier for you to try out. Check out my video to see what each involves, it’s really not that bad (never mind that I did the gorge swing after some serious convincing from the operator). The flying fox involves you “flying” across the gorge, safely secured onto a cable that goes across the gorge. A minute away is the launch platform for the zipline. Slide down into the gorge, but don’t worry, you’ll be far away from the water. By this time, you’ll have gathered up your confidence. In which case, take a leap into the gorge and swing across the waters of the mighty Zambezi. Get the best value by booking these 3 activities together. Several of the adventure companies offer these in a package.
The thing with Vic Falls is, the falls are most majestic during rainy season,obviously. During the dry season, you’ll see more rock than water in the gorge, and wonder what all the fuss is about. However, the plus side of going during the dry season is that you get to go into the Devil’s Pool, and from the picture you can see why it is named as such. Located on the Zambia side, right on the edge of the falls, it’s a lot safer than it looks. You’d have to do lean beyond your waist to fall over. That being said,be careful. You will also be treated to high tea afterwards, making it the perfect way to spend a relaxed afternoon.
7. Sunset Boat Cruise
There’s a boat cruise for every budget, but you all ride along the same river and have access to a bar and snacks on the ride. So I wouldn’t break my bank on this one. A great way to view the hippos in their natural habitat, and just enjoy the beauty of the Zambezi River. Relax after a long day of activities.
8. Walk along the Falls
The easiest and most satisfying of these activities. Take a stroll along the falls, and enjoy their beauty. The falls are most beautiful during the rainy season ofcourse, so if you want to experience their true beauty, go during March to May. If you’re worried about getting wet, you can rent a raincoat to protect your camera. During the dry season, you’ll definitely see more of the rock in the gorge, but the upside is, you get to take a swim in the Devil’s pool!
9. Eat at the Boma restaurant
The best way to try out all the best of the traditional Zimbabwean foods. But remember to book in advance, they are almost always fully booked. There’s a buffet with a great variety of local foods for you to try. Make sure to try Macimbi/Madora (the mopani worm)! The evening will end with a tutorial on the traditional drums, and you can show off some of your moves before you head back to your rooms.
What other activities did you enjoy in Victoria Falls? Let me know in comments section below.
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