The glorious Victoria falls also locally known as the Mosi-oa-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders” is located at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. With the height of 108 meters (354 ft) combined with a width of 1,708 meters (5,604 ft), Victoria Falls is classified as the largest waterfall in the world. The growing number of victoria falls activities has seen it become one of the popular destinations in Africa for adrenaline junkies. So if you ever wanted to do heart-throbbing activities, victoria falls is the place to be. From the famous flight of angels, bungee jumping, bridge swing to taking a bridge tour, there are many things to do at victoria falls for different types of adventure seekers.
Though you can experience the victoria falls from either the Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe or Livingstone in Zambia, this post is entirely about the Zimbabwean side since that’s where most of the Victoria falls activities are and you get to see 75% of the Falls. Needless to say, I also just experienced the Zimbabwean side of the falls, so sit tight as I list down the top things to do in victoria falls.
Victoria falls activities| Things to do in Victoria falls
1. Victoria Falls National park
Victoria falls national park is one that harbors the mighty Victoria Falls. Just a few minutes walk from the victoria falls town lies one of the seven natural wonders in the world. Though there is a chance of spotting some wild animals in the park, every tourist’s focus is on the Victoria Falls.
The national park has clearly marked out viewpoints and as soon as you enter you will be able to see a cobblestone pathway that leads to the first viewpoint. From there, all you have to do is follow through until the last viewpoint. Some viewpoints are closer to the falls than others meaning that it can get “rainy”. If you don’t mind getting a little wet, there is no need for a raincoat but if you do, buy this one before you go or you can even hire one at the crafts market outside the park.
The Victoria falls is indeed a natural wonder that you can spend hours gazing at as you admire its natural beauty and the stormy noise it makes. For just 30$ per person, you get to be blown away by the aestheticism the falls display, take amazing photos and get a little on edge when you see people getting too close to the viewpoints that have no barriers- It’s all part of the adventure. You can either visit the victoria falls national park on your own, or book a tour for a guided walking tour to get to know all about the falls.
2. Helicopter flight above the Falls
The helicopter flight above the falls commonly known as the “Flight of the Angels” is one of the amazing things to do at victoria falls that is literally everyone’s dream that visits the falls. For approximately 13 minutes, you’re flown over the victoria falls, Zambezi River and Zambezi national park offering amazing views from both the Zambia and Zimbabwe side.
The flight offers spectacular views, an opportunity to capture amazing shots giving you an experience of a lifetime. And it’s not just taking in the views, there is also a live tour guide who explains everything you see in real-time making it not just a journey to see but also to learn more about the Falls.
The flight of angels costs 150$ per person if booked alone but the price goes down if you book a combo. I booked with shearwater victoria falls company and I was completely satisfied with the service. You can aswell book this breathtaking experience with shearwater victoria falls to have an amazing experience as I did and get a great discount.
3. Bridge swing.
No, the bridge swing is not for the faint-hearted. I mean you must have lost your mind to go for a swing whose gorge “Batoka gorge” is 128 meters (420 ft) above the Zambezi river or you’re willing to push yourself to do even more adrenaline victoria falls activities.
A bridge swing is not your typical kind of swing, you step off the Batoka bridge, drop 80m straight down in a free fall and later swing as the ropes tighten you. Other than screaming loudly and losing your breath for a few seconds, the bridge swing offers amazing views of the Zambezi river and you also get to admire the architectural marvel of the bridge itself. If all you want is an intense adrenaline rush through your body, then the bridge swing is one of the things to do in victoria falls zimbabwe.
The swing costs 160$ solo or 240$ tandem with shearwater victoria Falls including a pick up from their office to the bridge.
4. Bungee jumping
If you didn’t get enough of the free fall action in the bridge swing or you just want to tick bungee jumping off your bucket list, then this is for you. At 111 meters high, victoria falls bungee jump may not be the highest bungee in the world, but it’s most definitely the most scenic with the mighty victoria falls behind you and the Zambezi river beneath you.
I personally didn’t have the courage to bungee jump 111m high off the victoria falls bridge but if you’re looking for that activity to give you a massive rush of adrenaline, then free-falling down river Zambezi will be a piece of cake for you- (no, I’m just kidding, it’s pretty scary). Shearwater also has bungee jumping, so you can book your activity here for 160$.
5. Bridge tour
If you’re not one of the adrenaline junkies (who briefly lose their minds by jumping off the bridge), but still want to explore the bridge but in a less scary way, then one of the Victoria falls activities to go for is the bridge tour.
The bridge tour offers insights on the history of the bridge, how it was built and the people that constructed it back in 1904. Just because you hear bridge tour, it doesn’t mean that it’s boring as you’ll get an opportunity to walk on the catwalks beneath the bridge. It also offers spectacular views of the falls and the Zambezi river. The tour is 65$ per person.
6. Sunset cruise
What better way to round up the day than taking a sunset cruise on Zambezi river? The sunset cruise which is on a 2 deck boat not only offers amazing views of Zambezi River but also an opportunity to spot hippos, crocodile, giraffes and some other animals. Actually, it was on this cruise that I saw the biggest crocodile in my life.
This 2 hours cruise also comes with refreshers to unwind as you watch out for the sunset. So if you’re wondering what to do in victoria falls, a sunset cruise is one of the Victoria falls activities. Don’t forget to book it here before you go.
7. Bridge slide
If your stomach can’t contain a free fall from a 111-meter high bridge or you just can’t even embrace the thought of doing it but still want the experience of being above the Zambezi River, then the bridge slide is your gem. Ziplining across the Batoka gorge is less scary compared to bungee or the swing but it also provides scenic views of the mighty Zambezi and the falls from the opposite end.
For just 45$ per person or 65$ tandem, you get to have the most scenic zipline ever. The best part is that it can literally be done by all ages. Don’t miss out on the fun, book the bridge slide.
8. White water rafting
When I was planning my trip to the victoria falls, I thought I might go for white water rafting on the Zambezi river. I mean I had done rafting before on River Nile in Uganda (the longest river in the world)- so I thought it would be easy for me. That was before I actually saw the falls and how strong and mighty the water falls. When I saw the boiling point and knowing that white water rafting starts at that very point, I swore never to do it. I believe white water rafting on the Zambezi river is one of the most adrenaline things to do in victoria falls.
Not to scare you but I personally applaud anyone that goes for white water rafting on river Zambezi since it is considered to be extremely difficult, long with violent rapids and that explains why the British Canoe Union classified it as a Grade 5.
But if you’re an adrenaline junkie that is always up to measure how much adrenaline rush your body can handle, then white water rafting is one of the Victoria falls activities you should not miss. Book it from here for amazing discounts
9. Zambezi National park
Visiting the Zambezi national park can be an amazing day trip since it is right next to victoria falls. Apart from the views of the Zambezi River on the northern border of the park, game drives offer an opportunity of spotting four of the big fives although it is easier to spot Elephants and Buffalos- Lions and Leopards are a bit rare. Other animals that can be seen within the park include; African wild dogs, Antelopes, Giraffes, and many others.
Considering I had previously had amazing game drives in Chobe National park during my self-drive safari in Botswana, I opted not to visit the Zambezi National park. But if you’re looking for what to do in victoria falls, this is an amazing option for either a half or full-day trip.
10. Jafuta Heritage centre
Located at the Elephant’s walk building in the centre of victoria falls town is the Jafuta heritage centre, a small museum that houses a private collection of Zimbabwean artifacts that showcase the culture and history of some tribes in Zimbabwe.
If you’re a history lover, or just want to learn more about the history of the country, a visit to the Jafuta Heritage centre will take you back in time before Zimbabwe became what it is now. The museum displays cultural artifacts of the Shona, Ndebele, and the Tonga people plus different photos of how these people used to live their lives. If you have time, there is also a small library where you can sit and read more about the Zimbabwean culture.
With this list of the things to do in the victoria falls, I hope you’re now inspired to take part in any of these Victoria falls activities as you continue to seek out more adventure.
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