Southern African Highlights

Victoria Falls - Mosi-oa-Tunya
(The Smoke that Thunders)

Fact file:
one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
largest waterfall of the world - width of 1,708 metres
largest sheet of falling water in the World
average flow rate - 1088 m³/s
total height - 108 metres

Right on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia the Victoria Falls are one of the major tourist highlights of Southern Africa. Loads of things have changed at the Victoria Falls in last couple of years (due to the political situation in Zim), but the Falls never lost their attraction to travellers from all over the world.

But it is not just the natural beauty of the Falls which makes the people coming, it is also the endless adventure/adrenalin options. The Zambezi at the Falls is the best place on earth (as many people reckon) for white-water-rafting, you can do bungee-juming off the famous Zambezi Bridge, canoeing, kayaking, safaris, hang-around or just do whatever you want to do.

What to do?

The Victoria Falls are quite know worldwide for the adventure sports you can do there. People reckon that rafting on the mighty Zambezi is probably the best in the world. You can also do bungy jumping, abseiling, the Batoka Gorge Swing, whitewater kayaking, jet boating of microlight flights over the Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls Activities? (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, tours & activities »)

Elephant Ride, Lion Walk and Cheetah Encounter (Zambia)
Elephant Ride: a ride on an Elephant always comes with an exhilarating feeling, especially if it's the first time. What a priviledge to touch, smell and hear the sound of The African Elephant whilst seated high upon this mighty Creature. This part of your adventure will take an hour.
Lion Walks: Take a walk with ''The King of Beasts'', under guided supervision, through the African Bush. It's an experience of a lifetime. The activity lasts approximately one hour as well with the experienced and trained guides, guests will be instructed on safety rules before the activity.
Cheetah & Caracal Interaction: After your true African experience with the Elephant and the Lion you end this exiting safari with a cheetah and caracal interaction. Learn more about these wild animals and the preservation programmes from your guide.
 

Bungee Jumping (Zambia)
The bungee jump platform is off the Victoria Falls Railway Bridge, in no-mans land between the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia with the Victoria Falls as a backdrop. Here, participants will need their passport to jump!
This is arguably the best bungee jumping spot in the world. A great place to test the boundaries of fear and experience the true sense of safe recklessness as one plummets 111 m towards the Zambezi River.
 

Victoria Falls Guided Tour (Zambia)
Depending on where guests are staying in Livingstone, the drive from town to the entrance of Victoria Falls Park is approximately 10 km.
The itinerary includes an extensive tour of the falls and some time for shopping in the crafts market just outside the entrance gate.
Drinking water is provided on the tour.
 

White Water Rafting (Zambia)

The Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls is widely considered to be the best rafting river in the world. A deep Channelled high volume river, the Zambezi has class 3 to 5 rapids interspersed with tranquil pools. This enables you to marvel at the magnificent beauty of the Batoka Gorge between some of the most exciting and challenging rapids rafted anywhere on the planet. Trips on offer vary from only a couple of hours to a full six days adventure all the way to Lake Kariba.

 

Microlight Flights 15 Minutes (Zambia)
The 15-minute ‘Flight of Angels' takes off over the Zambezi River, circles over Victoria Falls and the islands and then returns to Maramba Aerodrome. Passenger weight limit is 100 kg. Overweight customers are requested to inform the operators before booking. Personal cameras are not allowed for safety reasons. Instead, the operators have a wing-mounted digital camera that is operated by the pilot.  

Sunset Booze Cruise | Bicycle Tours | Elephant Back Safaris | African Queen Sunset Cruise | Livingstone Island Morning Breezer | Helicopter tours | Canoeing tours | Quad Bike tours | Chobe day trip and more!

If you are staying in Zimbabwe and you are looking for tours, such as Sunset Cruise, The Booma Restaurant, Elephant Rides, Helicopter flights, Lion Encounter, Microlight flights, Rafting tours, Adrenaline High Wire, Canoeing on Upper Zambezi or Bungee jumping

How to get there?

The easiest way of getting to the Falls from South Africa is actually flying up there - either to Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). If you want to go by car, pls see google maps (to VicFalls in Zimbabwe | Livingstone in Zambia). Keep in mind that Zimbabwe is still pretty much struggled by the economic crisis in the country and that petrol is not necessarily available throughout the country. South Africa's bus company Intercape is running buses between Windhoek (Namibia) and Livingstone (Zambia).

Organised Tours?

Chobe & Vic Falls Camping Safari - NEW!
Duration: 4 days (ex Livingstone)
Locations Visited: Zambia, Botswana
Highlights: Feel the spray from Victoria Falls on your face, Spot wildlife while cruising the Chobe River's winding waters, Take game drives through the Chobe, Sleep beneath a great African sky, Feast on delicious African meals
 

Chobe & Vic Falls Lodge Safari - NEW!
Duration: 4 days (ex Livingstone)
Locations Visited: Zambia, Botswana
Highlights: Experience the power of Victoria Falls, Seek out the elephants of the Chobe National Park, Go on extensive game drives, Enjoy the serenity of the African bush, Cruise the Chobe River to spot famous African wildlife
 

3 day Victoria Falls to Johannesburg »
3 day Fly into Victoria Falls Special »
7 day Victoria Falls to Kruger National Park »
more tours, eg. combined with visits to the Okavango Delta, Chobe or Kruger »

You can also drive up there with a rental car - via Namibia or straight through Zimbabwe. Keep in mind, that whenever you are crossing borders in Southern Africa with a rented car you'll need the allowance from your car hire company and you'll have to pay a certain "cross-border fee".

South Africa based mainliners, such as Intercape, are connecting the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls with Namibia. Busses are leaving Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, every Monday & Friday (return Wednesday & Sunday).

Where to sleep?

Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the Falls, as well as the town of Victoria Falls are offering a great variety of backpackers, B&Bs, Hotels and campsites.

Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say about hotels in Victoria Falls

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