The adventure capital of southern Africa, Victoria Falls offers plenty of adventure activities, catering for a variety of tastes from the mildly adventurous to the raging adrenalin junkie (see our Victoria Falls Tours for options).
Top 5 Adventure Activities to Do on Safari at Vic Falls:
1. Bungee Jumping at Victoria Falls
Top of the list – the 110m freefall bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge headlong towards the rushing waters of the mighty Zambezi River with Vic Falls in the background. If anything is going to kick-start your adrenalin then it’s this bungee dive, one of the highest in the world!
They say more than 50 000 people have safely jumped already, with a 100% safety record (which is reassuring).
Having taken the plunge from the Gouritz bridge on the Garden Route of South Africa – a mere 65 meters I’m pretty certain the Vic Falls bungee would be an experience of a lifetime!
2. White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River
Considered one of the best places in the world to experience white water rafting this is a not-to be missed activity at Vic Falls.
The British Canoe Union has ranked the Zambezi at Victoria Falls as Grade 5 rafting with:
"extremely difficult, long and violent rapids, steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas".
Closest I’ve come to white water rafting is canoeing down the Orange River, forming the border between Namibia and South Africa. A fantastic canoe trip, but not half as adrenalin inducing as white water rafting down the Zambezi in the famous Batoka Gorge! Imagine hurtling down the 8m drop at the Stairway to Heaven rapid or down the three waves of Oblivion not to mention the most infamous Commercial Suicide rapid rated 5 to 6 in difficulty.
Choose from half day to full or multi-day rafting trips down the Zambezi River navigating some of the best rapids in the world! The best time to go is between July and February when the water levels are low. White water rafting operations are closed around April to May depending on the rains.
3. The Flight of Angels - Helicopter Flights over Vic Falls
A helicopter flight offers the best views to be had of the famous Victoria Falls and stunning scenery surrounding the Smoke that Thunders (Mosi-oa-Tunya).
Called “The Flight of Angels” after David Livingstone's first description of the waterfall as a scene so lovely that it must have been "gazed upon by angels in their flight". This thrilling activity gives you a bird’s eye view of the largest sheet of falling water in the world. Stare into the 108-meter deep chasm and get perspective on this huge natural wonder. Helicopter flights can also take you upstream to do some game viewing from this excellent aerial vantage point.
The Flight of the Angels can also be done in a microlight aircraft - a slower-paced trip with the wind blowing through your hair. Microlighting is arguably more thrilling, because of the open cockpit, smaller size and less powerful engine.
4. Devil's Pool - Swim on the Edge of Victoria Falls
Splash in a rock pool on the edge of Victoria Falls!
You can take a guided trip to Devil's Pool from the Zambia side of Vic Falls. This is one of the best spots for marvelling at Vic Falls and splashing in the pool is a really fun and exhilarating way to admire the natural wonder.
The Devil's Pool activity is only done during the dry season (from about September to December) and/or when water levels are low enough to be safe for swimming. You take a boat to Livingstone Island above the falls and from there you walk over rocks and swim to get to Devil's Pool. Once at the pool on the precipice you need to jump in from the rocks above it. The guides help keep you safe and can hold onto your legs as you lie over the rocky wall on the edge, peering into the misty gorge below. The drop from the pool is over 100 metres, so this isn't for the faint-hearted!
5. Zambezi River Sunset Boat Cruises above Vic Falls
Then there is the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise - if you’ve you seen photos of the sunset cruise then you’ll know why this activity is one of the best things to do at Vic Falls. The setting is magnificent and the sunsets spectacular. The boat cruise is a great way to unwind and relax on a Vic Falls safari after skyrocketing your adrenalin levels with the more extreme activities.
After an action-packed day you get to sit back and sip on sundowners, keeping an eye out for wildlife along the banks and in the shallows of the Zambezi. A Variety of birds are commonly spotted, along with hippos, elephants, antelopes and giraffes. The sunset cruises are run by a variety of lodges and operators throughought the year.
These top five activities at Victoria Falls are by no means the only worthwhile things to do at Vic Falls, the list goes on...
Not to be forgotten - a walk to the impressive Victoria Falls waterfall is a must. Go witness the spray up close and hear the thundering waters as they plummet into the narrow gorge below.
A horse-riding safari at Vic Falls is another fantastic experience, especially for horse-riding enthusiasts and nature lovers. Riding a horse through the bush on safari at Vic Falls is an unobtrusive and intimate way of game viewing and getting to know the wild surroundings.
You can take night game drives on Victoria Falls safaris that head into the bush at night in search of nocturnal animals with flashlights, a thrilling wildlife experience! Abseiling 53 meters down the wall of the Gorge above rapid 7 on the Zambezi River sounds like a thrilling activity not-to-missed. Gorge swinging and sliding across the gorge on the flying fox cable are also tempting options, as well as canoeing or kayaking on the Zambezi.
With so many amazing activities to choose from it’s easy to see why Victoria Falls is considered the adventure capital of southern Africa!
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