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8 Recommended Activities in Victoria Falls

With an array of adrenaline-pumping activities in Victoria Falls, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Africa’s most visited attractions. It has thrilled visitors for centuries. Traditionally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘the Smoke that Thunders, Victoria Falls is a jaw-dropping spectacle. It covers a width of 1708m between Zimbabwe and Zambia and plummeting 107m into the gorge below.

Our team of travel experts has put together our latest recommendations on what to do around the Falls to ensure that your Zimbabwe or Zambia safari is unforgettable.

Traditionally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘the Smoke that Thunders, Vic Falls is a jaw-dropping spectacle, covering a width of 1708m between Zimbabwe and Zambia and plummeting 107m into the gorge below.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls aerial

01. Sunset Zambezi Cruise at Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Hippos wallowing in the Zambezi River

Upstream from the crashing waters of the Victoria Falls, discover the calmer waters of the Zambezi River on a 2 hour sunset cruise. This is also an excellent game viewing opportunity as you can often spot elephants drinking from the banks, hippos wallowing in the waters and crocodiles swimming past the boat. As you cruise down the river, catch the African sun dip below the horizon with a gin and tonic in hand. We do recommend booking a lunch or dinner cruise which is a superb way to relax and enjoy while showcasing the local cuisine in an unforgettable setting.


02. Victoria Falls Guided Tour

A guided walking tour of Victoria Falls, photo credit | Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel

One of the top activities in Victoria Falls is to join a 2 hour guided tour from either Zambia or Zimbabwe. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Victoria Falls covers a width of 1708m with a sheer drop of 107m into the gorge below. Known by the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya. Learn about ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ and the fauna and flora surrounding it alongside your dedicated guide. Make your way through the rainforest on pathways which lead to panoramic viewpoints and experience the tremendous spray rising from below. During the dry season (from November to December), the low water levels on the Zambian side becomes rivulets running over the edge. To witness the power of the falls during this time we recommend booking a tour on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. There are 2 daily departures, one in the morning and one in the afternoon and this is available all year round.

03. Scenic Helicopter Flip

Experience the Flight of Angels with breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls 

Grab your camera and witness the worlds largest sheet of falling water. From above on a 12 or 25 minute scenic helicopter flip over Victoria Falls. With multiple departure times throughout the day, a guide will collect you from your hotel and transfer you for a 15 minute road transfer to the helipad for a pre-flight safety briefing. Buckle up as the helicopter circles over the Falls, Batoka Gorge and loops over Livingstone Island towards Victoria Falls National Park. This must be pre-booked with one of our travel designer.

04. Devil’s Pool Tour

A view of Devil’s Pool

A visit to Devil’s Pool is one of our top recommended activities in Victoria Falls. Not your humdrum infinity pool – catch a glimpse of the sheer 100m drop of the Falls from the edge of Devil’s Pool on a 2 and a half hour tour to Livingstone Island on the Zambian side. Starting in Livingstone, join your guide on a boat journey up the channels of the Zambezi towards the island where Dr David Livingstone first witnessed “The Smoke that Thunders”. Once on the island, you will learn about the history of the Falls – from an ancient sacrificial site to receiving World Heritage status.

Please note: this is a seasonal activity and is available from mid-August to mid-January when it is dry season.

05. White Water Rafting

White water rafting in Bakota Gorge

Churning under the waters of Victoria Falls are the rolling rapids of Bakota Gorge. Leading down towards the Zambezi River, the gorge is 100 meters deep and the Grade 5 rapids are arguably the wildest white waters in the world. The adrenaline-fueled expeditions range from a short day trip down the white waters of the river to 5 day rafting and camp out adventure. Your guide will collect you from your designated hotel at 07h30. Transfer you to the Lookout Café for a safety briefing before taking on the rapids of the mighty Zambezi.

Please note that the minimum age is 15 years old. The activity is available all year round.

06. Horseback Safari

A horseback ride along the banks of the Zambezi River close to Victoria Falls
A horseback safari alongside the Zambezi River

Whether you are a novice or a pro, you can saddle up alongside your expert guide on a 2 hour horseback safari. Take to the trails within the Victoria Falls National Park and make your way towards the Falls and the Zambezi River, stopping for a refreshment enroute. Spot herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and giraffe before making your way back to the stables at the Falls Resort in Livingstone.  Minimum age is 12 years and this is available all year round weather dependent.

07. High Wire Adventure at the Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

A canopy tour through the gorge

Adrenaline junkies assemble! Set above rapid number 04 on the Zimbabwean side of the Falls, ‘The Big Eddy’ has 3 activities in store for you. First up – a ‘zero gravity’ gorge swing. After strapping your harness, launch into a 70m freefall before swooping 315m across the gorge with the turbulent Zambezi below. Too thrilling for you? Don’t fret, the ‘Flying Fox’ offers a similar experience, without the apprehension of a freefalls. Here, you can glide 425m across the gorge, strapped horizontally to the cable. Breathtaking views of the Zambezi ensured. Last, but certainly not least, get your adrenaline pumping on a zip line across the gorge reaching speeds of 106km / 65 miles per hour. Minimum age is dependent on the activity.

08. Dinner at The Boma

Drum show at The Boma restaurant, situated close to Victoria Falls
Drum show at The Boma

Considered a feast for the senses. The Boma at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offers guests an incredible four-course dining experience followed by an immersive drum show. Ask your LuxVenture® Designer to pre-book this memorable activity in Victoria Falls for you to enjoy local cuisine with a twist.