Ultimate Safari at Victoria Falls: Things you should definitely do:
Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Based solely on its width, it is the largest sheet of falling water on earth. Also called Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), the falls can be viewed from either Zambia or Zimbabwe. The Victoria Falls have created a fabulous playground for thrill seekers, as well as lovers of beauty, tranquility and relaxing pursuits. Known by many as the ‘Adventure Centre’ of Southern Africa, there is no shortage of things for you to do. Many of the tourists visiting the fall are in search of adventure-based activities. It is also a major safari hub and attracts visitors from all walks of life. Apart from endlessly staring at the magnificence of the fall from all angles, there are a number of high actions or leisurely things to do during your time here. Here are things you should definitely do on the Zimbabwean side at Victoria Fall:
Explore the falls:
About two-thirds of the Victoria Falls frontage is on the Zimbabwean side and most of the fall plunges down this section. Walk around and make your way through lush rainforest before emerging on to 16 viewpoints along the gorge edge, starting with the one with a statue of David Livingstone on the western edge of the chasm, before passing the thundering Devil’s Cataract and the Main Falls. Danger Point is the last point on the path from where you can take a path to the right for a view of the Victoria Falls Bridge, where you may even see some bungee jumpers. In the wet season, the spray from the falling water is so dense that it’s almost like walking in a tropical thunder storm. If you are lucky to be there on a full moon day, take a night tour to see a lunar rainbow.
Bungee Jumping at Victoria Falls:
Top of the list, the 110m free fall bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge head long towards the rushing waters of the mighty Zambezi River with Vic Falls in the background. If anything is going to kick-start your adrenalin then it’s this bungee dive, one of the highest in the world! They say more than 50 000 people have safely jumped already, with a 100% safety record (which is reassuring). Best done off the Victoria Falls bridge (one of the highest and most spectacular in the world), the plunge will see you heading straight down towards the raging Zambezi River.
Take the plunge:
Victoria Falls is also a popular adventure sports hotspot. For the ultimate thrill, fling yourself over the Victoria Falls Bridge 111m above the Zambezi River. For a white-knuckle ride, take a white water rafting trip along violent Class V rapids and gorge swing (fling yourself off the edge on a body harness) or zip-line across the gorge. Finish with a 12-minute helicopter ride called the Flight of Angels, which takes you high over the falls, giving you an incredible view of the Devil’s Cataract, Eastern Cataract and swirling mist.
White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River:
Considered one of the best places in the world to experience white water rafting this is a not-to–be missed activity at Vic. Falls. The British Canoe Union has ranked the Zambezi at Victoria Falls as Grade 5 rafting with: “extremely difficult, long and violent rapids, steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas”. Imagine hurtling down the 8m drop at the Stairway to Heaven rapid or down the three waves of Oblivion not to mention the most infamous Commercial Suicide rapid rated 5 to 6 in difficulty. Choose from half day to full or multi-day rafting trips down the Zambezi River navigating some of the best rapids in the world! The best time to go is between July and February when the water levels are low. White water rafting operations are closed around April to May depending on the rains. The Zambezi River below the fall offer a world class rafting experience as your guide steers your boat skillfully over 23 raging rapids. Or you can try surfing them on a river board. Kayaking in tandem or on your own is also available.
Walk with lions:
Getting up close and personal with the king of beasts is the ultimate experience offered by an ambitious conservation and preservation project aimed at repopulating lions into the wild. Imagine walking with year-old free-roaming lions, accompanied only by guides and handlers. And if you’re really lucky, you may even witness the lions stalk and hunt bushbuck, impala or wildebeest. Don’t leave without a photograph with the lions. Priced at Rs8, 076
Getting up close and personal with Africa’s iconic predator, the lion is said to be an incredible wildlife experience. You can spend around an hour with lion cubs in either the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe or in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia. On lion encounters at Vic Falls you walk with young lions as they roam freely without collars or leads in their natural habitat. Growing up in South Africa I’ve seen these big cats up close on game drives but never walked with lions as you can on Victoria Falls safaris – it must be amazing to get so close!
Have afternoon tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel:
This is the Grande dame of hotels around Victoria Falls. Built in the early 1900s, Victoria Falls Hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens and lily ponds and has a great view over the Zambezi Gorge and the railway bridge from its large terrace. Over the years, famous celebrities, actors and royalty including Queen Elizabeth have stayed here. The rooms have been recently refurbished with charming colonial details like chintz curtains, old-fashioned bath tubs and antique wooden furnishings. Have high tea at the terraced Stanley’s Bar with its elegant spread of sandwiches, scones and cakes. (www.victoria-falls-hotels.net)
Ride an Elephant – Elephant Back Safari at Vic. Falls:
Elephants are remarkable social creatures and riding these intelligent animals is an opportunity not to be missed on any Victoria Falls safari. Taking an elephant back safari in the bush and along the Zambezi River is not only a great way to appreciate the African scenery but also offers fantastic game viewing opportunities. Perched on the back of an elephant you get to see wild animals such as buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and other game, as well as a variety of birds. Elephant rides at Vic Falls last for about an hour and are available on the Zambian and Zimbabwean side of Vic Falls. If riding an elephant isn’t your thing there are also elephant interactions available, where you spend time with the elephants without riding them.
More Vic. Falls Adventure Activities
These top five activities at Victoria Falls are by no means the only worthwhile things to do at Vic Falls, the list goes on… and on… there is the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise – if you’ve you seen photos of the sunset cruise then you’ll know why this activity is one of the best things to do at Vic Falls. The setting is magnificent and the sunsets spectacular. The boat cruise is a great way to unwind and relax on a Vic Falls safari after sky rocketing your adrenalin levels with the more extreme activities. Sip on a sundowner and keep an eye out for wildlife along the banks and in the shallows of the Zambezi.
With so many amazing activities to choose from it’s easy to see why Victoria Falls is considered the adventure capital of southern Africa!Google+ image
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