Victoria Falls, known as Mosi-Oa-Tunya – or, ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ – is one of southern Africa’s most celebrated natural spectacles. Considered the largest falling sheet of water in the world, it is also well known for its high plume of spray that can rise a few hundred metres into the air, especially during the wettest months of March and April, and which can be seen for miles around.
Sandwiched between Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls is a favourite stop on most southern Africa itineraries; it’s easy to fly into, and it caters well to visitors with plenty of hotels, restaurants and activities. Here are our top 3 adventures in Victoria Falls:
Take a Tour of the National Park
One of the first things to do when arriving in Victoria Falls is to enjoy either a guided or a self-guided walk through the rainforest which makes up part of the Victoria Falls National Park. Accessible from the Zimbabwean side, the highlights include the 15 viewpoints which start from Livingstone’s statue all the way to the original old bridge which spans Batoka Gorge.
During the rainy months, the volume of spray and mist can impact the visibility of the Falls, and you will most definitely get very wet. Hiring a waterproof poncho is a must! Conversely, the dry months of October and November see only a small amount of water coming into the gorge; the Zimbabwean side is usually still flowing, but in drier years the Zambian size tends to dry up completely.
TOP TIP: Ensure you wear grip-proof shoes as the area can get quite wet, and make sure you have a cover of sorts for your camera or mobile phone.
Take a Swing on the Wild Side
Victoria Falls is known as the “adventure capital of southern Africa” and is undoubtedly the go-to destination for many adrenaline junkies. There is a wide range of exciting activities on offer, all which test your nerve and thrill-factor!
For the ultimate adventure seekers, the famous Victoria Falls Bungee is a must. Leap from the bridge that connects Zimbabwe to Zambia to plummet into the gorge above the swirling river below. Other thrilling activities include the gorge swing, zip line and flying fox.
TOP TIP: Make sure you spend some time at The Lookout Café for spectacular views of the gorge and to watch the antics of the bold and the brave.
Take a Leisurely Sunset Cruise
One of the more sedate yet fully immersive experiences at Victoria Falls is a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, upstream of the Falls. Set off in the late afternoon, a glass of sparkling wine in hand and enjoy the sounds of the hippos grunting, the birds chirping and the cicadas calling. You may even spot a herd of elephant disappear among the trees on the river bank.
The boats usually include a fully stocked bar and a small kitchen on board; book an inclusive trip so you can sit back without having to worry about bringing out your credit card each time you wish to enjoy a drink or snack.
TOP TIP: Bring along a sunhat, even though this is a sunset cruise. Often the late afternoon is still quite bright, so it’s best to be prepared.
From thrilling adventure to colonially inspired high teas and trips on the Zambezi River, there’s so much to do and see at Victoria Falls. If you’re interested in a guided safari journey that includes The Smoke that Thunders on your itinerary, then get in touch with us now.