Known as the adventure capital of South Africa, Victoria Falls offers a variety of activities for all different kinds of adventure seekers. From calm river cruises to stomach-dropping bungee jumps, this adventure capital truly offers something for every type of traveler.
The first and obvious thing you should do at Victoria Falls, of course, is to see the falls themselves. Also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya (meaning “the smoke that thunders”), Victoria Falls is an awe-inspiring sight on the Zambezi River along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Simply seeing the fall is a breathtaking experience, but in order to really get up close and personal, you should pay a visit to Devil’s Pool, where you can swim right up to the lip of the falls. Devil’s Pool is the ultimate infinity pool, allowing you to look over the edge down the 100m drop. When water levels are low enough, usually for a couple months of the year, the natural rock walls of the pool reach the surface and form a barrier to prevent you from being swept over the edge.
This may sound terrifying, but it’s nothing compared to some of the other adventure activities in the area. If you’re in need of a stomach-dropping adrenaline kick, maybe you want to bungee jump, which includes a 110m freefall off the Victoria Falls Bridge towards the Zambezi River. You can also abseil, zipline, or swing across the Batoka Gorge down river. Or perhaps you want to experience the thrills of the river by jet boating or white-water rafting the river’s Grade 5 rapids, which boast names such as “Stairway to Heaven” and “Oblivion.”
At Victoria Falls, you’ll also have the option to take your adventure into the sky with a helicopter ride called the Flight of Angels. This flight is named after David Livingstone’s description of the waterfall, who said it was a scene so amazing that it must have been “gazed upon by angels in their flight.” A helicopter ride is the best way to get 360-degree aerial views of the area and marvel at the largest waterfall in the world from above.
While you’re in Africa, you’ll probably want to see some wildlife too. For an unforgettable animal packed viewing adventure, embark on an elephant back safari through the reserve, which ends with some time to interact with the majestic mammals one on one. Alternatively, check out Lion Encounter, an active conservation program that focuses on lion rehabilitation and release into the wild. Lion Encounter offers opportunities to walk with the magnificent species or to volunteer and actively contribute to their efforts to save the lions.
Regardless of which activities you choose to partake in, weather they be tranquil or exhilarating, you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life at the magnificent playground of Victoria Falls.