Victoria Falls is celebrated as one of the world's most beautiful sights, but it also is known as the adventure capital of Africa. With Victoria Falls being on most safari itineraries, it is good to know what to do and see when in town, whether you are staying on the Zambian or the Zimbabwean side of the Falls.
There are various activities in and around Victoria Falls, depending on your level of adventure and adrenalin desire. For the young and young at heart, activities like white water river rafting, bungee jumping and river boarding are available. There are sunset cruises, dinner cruises, and canoeing safaris all based around the upper Zambezi (the river above the falls) for those who want their adventure more restrained.
In a nutshell, there is something for everybody.
A full list of the most popular Victoria Falls activities.
5 Of The Best Adventure Activities In Victoria Falls
1. The Flying Fox
Flying over the Batoka Gorge on a zip line like a mad flying fox :) An experience that is suitable for all ages (2 years and above), with small kids being harnessed with their parent, a totally safe experience awaits.
2. Victoria Falls Gorge Swing
Experience "Zero Gravity" on a giant swing high above the Zambezi rapids below. Jump off the end of the gorge, free fall 70 metres before the pendulum 95-metre swing kicks in. All we can say for sure is "hold on to your hair and make sure the false teeth are glued in".
3. Zambezi White Water Rafting
You simply have to do it! There are various options available depending on your fitness level and time available with half-day and full-day options.
4. Zambezi River Boarding
This option is purely for the adventurous and for those who are relatively fit a tiring but exhilarating day's activity.
5. Victoria Fall Bungee Jumping
Most probably the adventure activity that Victoria Falls is most closely associated with. Throwing yourself off a bridge into the abyss of no man's land is not for the fainthearted but is designed for those who want to push themselves to their absolute limits. If you are not keen on throwing yourself off a bridge, you can always go down and watch.
5 Of The Best Victoria Falls Adventure Activities
- Matetsi Victoria Falls
Matetsi Victoria Falls, an exclusive, private and luxurious option when looking for a safari experience on the upper Zambezi River in Zimbabwe offers exceptional wildlife encounters, unparalleled river experiences, world-class cuisine and the utmost in luxury.
When it comes to luxurious safari lodges in Zimbabwe, very few can match or come close to Matetsi.
- Chundukwa River Lodge
Chundukwa River Lodge, a small intimate and luxurious lodge located within a 30-minute drive from Livingstone and 36 kilometres upstream of the Victoria Falls.
Owner run and managed, Chundukwa offers just six river-facing chalets all with views of the Zambezi.
- Royal Livingstone Hotel
The Royal Livingstone Hotel, stretching along the banks of the Zambezi River, consists of a series of 17 colonial-style buildings with deep verandas, set amidst indigenous trees and plants is only a few steps from the mighty Zambezi.
- Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is located just 4km from Victoria Falls, one of Southern Africa's must-visit destinations with excellent accommodation options and, most importantly, access to the Falls, the Zambezi River and the Zambezi National Park.
- Thorntree River Lodge
Thorntree River Lodge, located Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River, a mere 20-minute drive from Victoria Falls herself.
Thorntree offers guests 10 luxuriously appointed tented suites with numerous activities included.
- Stanley Safari Lodge
Stanley Safari Lodge is the exclusive oasis for explorers of this region.
From all the 10 cottages at Stanley's, one is able to see the distant views of the spray of the Victoria Falls drifting upwards towards the heavens.