When you decide that a holiday to Zimbabwe is safe and as wonderful as all the images make it out to be, you have to and I mean HAVE TO visit Victoria Falls (Zimbabwean Side).
It is a hidden gem that is like nowhere else in Southern Africa. The best way to describe Victoria Falls is like an oasis in a desert. There is so much life in this small city that you will not want to leave. It will leave a mark on your soul.
The whole of Victoria Falls has been built around tourism. It is about sharing the wonders of the mighty Vic Falls and everything else that you can think of doing in the small city and if you have the time you can do so much. The problem is “time” and what to do with it while travelling through Victoria Falls.
There are adrenaline activities or more relaxed activities, it honestly depends on what you are looking for. So I have put together a solid, well-experienced list of my Top 5 Activities to do in Victoria Falls.
It is pure adrenaline pumping through your veins from start to finish and you will be wet the whole trip.
Back in the 1980’s people from around the world would travel to Victoria Falls to go down what is voted as the “best one-day rafting trip in the world”.
To give you an insight as to what to expect while white water rafting in Victoria Falls, here are some of the names of the rapids… Stairway to Heaven, The Terminator, The Washing Machine, Judgement Day, Devils Toilet Bowl and Oblivion. It really is a rush…
White Water Rafting in Victoria Falls depends greatly on the rainfall across Southern Africa as dictates the rafting seasons.
In Zimbabwe the low water trips (approx. August through to late December), during this time you can run rapids 1 through to 19. This is a full day of rafting starting at about 6.30 – 7am. During High water (May, June, July and Jan, Feb, March) you will miss out the first 10 rapids as they are not safe to raft at the high water level. So on these rafting days, you do rapids 11 to 23 which is a much shorter day.
Note that rafting is not as exciting during the high water season as it is during the low water season. So if rafting is your main objective when coming to Victoria Falls plan to come from August – December.
The backdrop of this intense, beautiful and adrenaline surge which is bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls bridge. It is by far the most incredible feeling and it is this that makes it a must to do activity while in Vic falls.
This is not the highest bungee jump in the world but leaping off the bridge and falling 111m and relying on an elastic cord will get you pumped.
If this is your first jump, you will normally do a head first dive and watch the water coming towards you. If you are an experienced bungee jumper then you have many more options, front flips, backflips and inward tucks and more. Watching them is a rush in itself.
If you are not comfortable bungee jumping on your own, you can do a tandem jump with a friend or with one of the experienced jumpers.
If you are looking for the “rush” while in Victoria Falls, I highly recommend bungee jumping, you will love it!
Book a Bungee jump in Victoria Falls: Shearwater
The Smoke that thunders will show you how beautiful and raw mother nature can be. It is always a surprise to see the expression on peoples faces when they see the Victoria Falls for the first time. I still get that excited feeling as I walk towards the gates.
I still get that excited feeling as I walk toward the gates.
As you walk from view point to view point, you will feel the 60-foot spray falling over you like tropical rain. It is amazing and very wet (remember this when you take big cameras and electronic equipment).
Walking around the falls you will go through rain forests and have the opportunity view of the falls from every angle. The edge of the falls is reached through the cool, moist tunnels of the rainforest. Always shrouded in a fine spray, the forest is a fairyland of exotic plants thriving in the humidity.
The edge of the falls is reached through the cool, moist tunnels of the rainforest. Always shrouded in a fine spray, the forest is a fairyland of exotic plants thriving in the humidity.
A viewpoint that you must check out is Chain Walk. You walk down a set of stairs where you will be able to look right into the Devils Cataract.
In total, there are about 16 viewpoints along the falls walk. Some viewpoints are the same therefore it is not necessary to see them all. However, the majority of the viewpoints are breathtaking and will leave you standing and staring in awe, seeing the mighty Zambezi river cascading over the falls.
The tour of the Victoria Falls is a once in a lifetime experience and truly amazing. Everyone will enjoy this activity and will come away with great memories… so be sure to camera ready!
Dining at The Boma is fast becoming a must-do when you are in Victoria Falls. This unforgettable experience with traditional themed entertainment and Zimbabwean cuisine is truly a night to remember.
The whole dining experience is set partially under the African skies with stars so bright giving you a true experience of Zimbabwean hospitality with the tastes and smells of Africa. The Boma offers a four-course meal of traditional Zimbabwean dishes with a majority of it being cooked on open fires which give the whole restaurant this wonderful aroma.
The Boma offers a four-course meal of traditional Zimbabwean dishes with a majority of it being cooked on open fires which give the whole restaurant this wonderful aroma.
The food served will cater for everyone’s taste buds from soups, BBQ meat (pork, chicken, fish and steak), and a wide variety of salads and deserts. You will also have the chance to experience foods that you may have never come across such as Mopani worms and their house special warthog.
What makes this restaurant very unique, besides the food, is the traditional greetings when you arrive and the chitenges (traditional robes) which are worn throughout dinner.
During dinner, you will be entertained by traditional dancers, storytellers and a Sangoma (traditional healer). All of this makes the evening incredibly special and something to tell your friends about.
The Boma restaurant is situated within the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge grounds.
Book a dinner at The Boma
David Livingstone came up with the phrase when he first discovered the falls deeming it “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by Angels in Flight“. This is a great analogy for what you will experience.
The helicopter flight flies around the falls showing you how vast and beautiful this natural wonder of the world is leaving you with a sense of awe.
Experiencing the falls by foot will have you seeing the sheer power and volume of water as it drops down the gorge but viewing the falls from above will give you a sheer sense of the enormity of the mighty Victoria Falls.
While in the air, you will see for miles upstream seeing many islands and also fly over the National parks that are along the Zambezi river. You will fly over the falls in both directions from Zimbabwe to Zambia giving you the perfect birds eye view of what the fall has to offer.
The first is about 15 mins long from start to finish.
The second is 30 mins long and this option will take you further upstream and fly over the national parks where you can see wildlife in their natural habitat.
Both options will leave you stunned, as you view breathtaking scenery. This truly is a one of a kind helicopter experience.
Book a Helicopter ride over the falls: Shearwater
There are numerous activities that you can do in Victoria Falls but these are my top 5 activities. If you have the time, here are some other activities that you can do while in Vic Falls:
Personally, I love the falls and anyone that has visited the beautiful border city will do as well.
Out of all the activities, I have mentioned which is your favourite, leave a comment below.