Victoria Falls is a town in western Zimbabwe and the gateway to the same name’s massive waterfall – The Victoria Falls. The falls are one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and an official World Heritage Site.
The Main Falls are the highest, most expansive sheet of continually falling water globally – twice as high as Niagara Falls and about 500 meters wider.
The falls are situated almost halfway along the Zambezi River straddling Zambia and Zimbabwe and known as Africa’s Adventure Capital.
Victoria Falls Safari lodge is a great option for accommodation, as it offers travellers a range of exciting experiences that will thrill even the most hardened adrenaline junkie – from Adrenaline High Wire, white-water rafting to scenic helicopter rides – there is no time to get bored when visiting Victoria Falls.
Things to see and do in Victoria Falls
Walk along the cliff path to see the Falls
Walk along the cliff path to see the Victoria Falls up close to appreciate the five separate waterfalls. First, just beyond a statue of Livingstone is the Devil’s Cataract – a roiling cauldron of water comes thundering over the edge of the Falls every second. From the Devil’s Cataract, the path flows past the Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls and Angel’s Armchair Falls.
Guided Tours of the various Falls and the surrounding rain forests are offered at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, and it is best to go for a guided tour if it is your first time at Victoria Falls.
Zambezi River Cruise at Sunset
Enjoy a spectacular sunset cruise hosted by Victoria Safari Lodge along the Zambezi River.
You will probably spot some crocs and hippos, and if you go in the dry season, you could see elephants or other wild animals coming to drink at the river.
Fly over the Falls in a Helicopter
Sign up for a once-in-a-lifetime bird’s-eye perspective of the magnificent Victoria Falls and its environment.
A 15-minute flight takes you above the Victoria Falls, a 22-minute journey also takes you over Batoka Gorge and the Zambezi River, and a 25-minute trip provides wildlife watching chances above the Zambezi River.
High-wire activities are available from the ‘Look-Out,’ which is located on the beautiful cliffs of the Batoka Gorge, barely 300 meters from Victoria Falls.
Enjoy a variety of mind-blowing extreme adrenaline sports, including the gorge swing, zip line, flying fox, and canopy tour, all of which are suited for families and children as young as six years old.
Dancing and Drumming
Visit the Boma restaurant at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for an evening of lively dancing and drumming entertainment.
You will be entertained by the music and traditional dancers as well as enjoying great food.
Rafting the huge Zambezi River, perhaps the world’s most dangerous whitewater, is the ultimate adrenaline experience. The Zambezi rapids are classified as Grade 5 by the government (Grade 6 being commercially un-runnable).
The rafting adventure starts at 7 a.m., when you are picked up from your accommodation.
Save some energy for the steep hike out of the gorge at the conclusion of an action-packed morning, when you’ll be rewarded with an ice cold cola or beer and a well-deserved lunch.
Swim in Devil’s Pool
Do a tour of Livingstone Island in the middle of the Zambezi River – swimming in Devil’s Pool at the Falls’ edge. This is the ultimate infinity pool, where you can peep over the rim of the massive curtain of water as it tumbles into the gorge below.
This activity is available in the dry months – usually mid-August to mid-January – when water levels are low, making it safe. You must have a guide with you, and no children under 12 may swim in the pool. This tour operates from the Zambian side of the Falls in Livingston.
Visit Siduli Hide
Siduli Hide is disguised as a termite mound on the edge of a waterhole at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.
It is enriching in the early morning or late afternoon. You will meet your guide at the lodge and take a five-minute walk to the hide where you will sit quietly for approximately two hours. You might see basking crocs and wading birds, some antelope, warthogs, baboons, or elephants coming to drink during this time.
Chobe National Park – Full-Day Safari
Chobe National Park is in neighbouring Botswana and only 80km from Victoria Falls. This is an excellent add-on to your Victoria Falls holiday. It is best to plan your African safari day trip in the dry winter months when wildlife needs to come to the Chobe River to drink – increases your chances of spotting animals like elephants, buffalo, lion and antelope.
In summary –
While it’s not the world’s widest or highest waterfall, Victoria Falls is regarded as the world’s most significant because of the amount of water rushing over its precipices.
Listed as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site
It is situated almost halfway along the Zambezi River, straddling Zimbabwe and Zambia.
A mecca for adrenaline junkies with activities ranging from white-water rafting to bungee jumping.
A great destination all year round, with distinct seasons offering vastly different
Take one last safari with a day trip to Chobe or Hwange National Parks.
The Victoria Falls is a fantastic spectacle, something you need to see at least once in your lifetime. The Falls are accessible either from Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe or Livingstone across the Zambia river. Victoria Falls is a bustling little town with ample accommodation, restaurants, markets and shops and the hub for loads of adventures and activities.