Independent market research has revealed that nearly 9 out of 10 visitors would like to have stayed longer in Victoria Falls. For most of them it was too late to change their itinerary. The area has become the premier adventure resort of Africa and a vast range of activities are available to suit every traveler. Most activities can be done from either side of the Zambezi River, Livingstone in Zambia or Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Some of the most popular are:
Viewing the Falls
If you’re staying in Livingstone (Zambia) shared taxis and minibuses regularly ply the route to the falls. If you’re staying in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) just walk down to the park entrance from town. There are well-marked paths and many viewing points. You don’t need a guide or tour; just enjoy the spectacle at your own leisure.
Some of the best views of the Victoria Falls are from Livingstone Island on the Zambian side. This small island is owned by Tongabezi. A real thrill is to swim in a natural rock pool on the edge of the Falls (Devil’s Pool). You can only do this during the dry season.
Bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge is a highlight of many people’s visit to the Falls. Jumps usually run just under $100 and can be arranged from most hotels in both Zimbabwe and Zambia, or at any travel agency in town.
A jet boat ride allows you to experience the Victoria Falls from below. The very fast (and scenic) ride takes you to the “boiling pot” at the foot of the falls, with some hair raising turns en route. Regal Tours and Safaris run the fastest boat.
Rafting down the rapids of the Zambezi River is an incredible adventure. These are Grade 5 rapids, not a leisurely float down the river, so be prepared to get wet and work hard at staying upright. Trips usually include lunch at a beautiful spot along the river and end with a cold beer once you’ve climb back up the gorge.
Booze cruises are a popular pastime in this part of the world, and there’s something extremely pleasant about enjoying a beverage while watching hippos cavort in the Zambezi under a spectacular sunset. Cruises can be organized through the various travel agencies around town in both Livingstone and Victoria Falls.
There’s a surprising amount of wildlife to see just walking around the vicinity of the Victoria Falls on both sides. Baboons and warthogs are very common. Mosi-oa-TunyaNational Park (Zambia) is small but packs a punch with white rhinos, buffaloes, elephants and giraffe.
More extreme adventures
The Victoria Falls are an adventurers dream given the amount of activities available. You can Kayak, canoe, abseil, river board, swing through the gorge, and horse ride. See the recommended tour operators on page two and they’ll be able to book whatever activity you’d like to do.
Air Zimbabwe offers cheap flights to Victoria Falls from Johannesburg, South Africa, Harare International & Bulawayo International. Each year millions of tourists fly to this natural wonder also called the “The Smoke that Thunders” through Air Zimbabwe, South African Airways & Air Botswana. There are three direct flight departures of Air Zimbabwe from Johannesburg-Victoria Falls-Johannesburg i.e. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday’s and vice versa. Other than that the flights of Air Zimbabwe from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls connect via Harare International, the capital city of Zimbabwe. These are all morning flights that fly at around 9 am and take approximately 2 hours to reach Victoria Falls For more information visit http://www.cheapzimbabweflights.com/ or call reservation 02079936219 to book cheap flights to Victoria Falls.