Imagine standing next the largest waterfall in the World, being showered with it’s mist like a rainy day while catching glimpses of the rainbows that often settle over top of it. Not only is Victoria Falls a natural wonder to be admired and photographed, it is also the home to many adrenaline producing activities and endless adventure.
Touted as the adventure capital of East Africa, it should come as no surprise that there is a wide array of adventures to get up to from the soft to the extreme. Here’s a look at our recommendations to get your blood pumping and give you an adventure you won’t soon forget from the mighty Victoria Falls.
Whitewater Rafting on the Zambezi River
If jumping off things isn’t for you but you still want an adrenaline rush, hop into a raft. The Zambezi River touts some of the best commercially rafted class 5 rapids in the industry and can take you for a real ride depending on the season and water levels.
We timed our visit just right where the water was not too high but the river was still producing surges to class 5. It was our best rafting trip to date and we even fell out a couple of times when the water got rough.
A proper visit to Victoria Falls wouldn’t be complete unless you threw yourself off something. Why not bungee jump from the bridge that connects Zambia and Zimbabwe with a view of the world famous falls? It has often been said that the river at the bottom is full of crocodiles and they still offer the option of touching the water, despite this. If that isn’t enough to get the heart racing, I don’t know what is.
The jump here will find you at the end of one of the top 5 tallest bungee platforms in the World. Set inside a gorge, you get a day pass for a visit to Zambia and walk yourself right to the center of the bridge where you’ll find the small platform that will send you plummeting towards the water below.
On the softer side of the adventures is an opportunity to go horseback riding within Hwange Naitonal Park. Being on horseback allows you the chance to get up close to some of Africa’s big game that you’ve been seeing from those safari vehicles.
We went out on a 3 hour safari that gave us an up close look at the flora of the area and even found us riding among herds of Kudu within the park. Towards the end of the ride we encountered a couple elephants but maintained our distance. It is a great way to experience Africa and I can recommend it for horse and non-horse people alike.
Livingstone Island Tour- Devil’s Pool
Aligning with the adrenaline theme is a visit to Livingstone Island on the Zambia side. It is the only place you can access the Devils’ Pool and Angels Armchair. Both are small rock pools that have been naturally formed at the lip of Victoria Falls, just before the edge.
A trip out to the island gives you a chance to visit these pools and have your photos taken at the very edge of Victoria Falls with nothing separating you from the pool and a 128m drop. The water levels will determine which of the two pools will be open during your visit but please note, during high water it is not possible to visit them at all.
Helicopter Ride over Victoria Falls
Hands down the best experience you can have at Victoria Falls is by hopping into a helicopter for a birds eye view. The experience will give you a whole new respect for the world’s largest waterfall. In case that wasn’t enough you’ll also get a great thrill from being inside a helicopter.
The helicopters used are posh with leather seats, legroom and large windows that open for clean views of the falls. See how the mighty Zambezi flows towards the falls and then widens before it gets there to spread the water over the massive area before dropping and continuing on through Batoka Gore. It’s an experience not to be missed on your visit to Zimbabwe.
Endless Adventure Options in Victoria Falls
Of course the few we have named here are just the beginning of what is on offer here, these are just our favorites and the ones we feel you shouldn’t miss! You can’t really go wrong on your visit to Victoria Falls, so grab your bathing suit, your camera and get ready for the time of your life.
Need help figuring out what to do? Joy over at Backpackers Bazaar in downtown Vic Falls, Zimbabwe can get you set up with all the adventures you can think of and some of the tamer stuff too. You can also find them on Facebook to check out the latest adventures on offer.