While going to see the iconic waterfall is something you have to do in Victoria Falls, there are many other activities that you also need to look into. These activities will allow you to enjoy the natural beauty of Victoria Falls and have fun. It is important to note that not all activities will be suited to everyone.
White Water Rafting On The Zambezi
One of the activities that you should not miss when visiting Victoria Falls is white water rafting on the Zambezi River. The Zambezi has been ranked as Grade 5 rafting which means that it is extremely difficult with long and violent rapids. There are also big drops and pressure areas that you need to be aware of.
When whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River, you should ensure that you are in the famous Batoka Gorge. Along the way, you will be able to tackle the 8-meter drop at the Stairway to Heaven and take a turn at the infamous Commercial Suicide rapid. This particular rapid should only be considered if you are an experienced rafter as it carries a 5 to 6 difficulty grade.
If you choose this activity, you will be able to choose between a full day rafting trip or a multi-day trip. It is also important to note that white water rafting operators may be closed at certain times of the year depending on the rains. You should check this before you head out to the river.
Bungee Jumping At Victoria Falls
Any adrenaline junkie visiting Victoria Falls needs to look at bungee jumping. This activity includes a 110-meter freefall bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge. You will be falling toward the waters of the Zambezi River and the majestic Victoria Falls will be your backdrop.
If you are worried about safety, it is reassuring to know that there is a 100% safety record for the jump. Over 50,000 people have made this jump before and there have been no injuries. This is an experience of a lifetime that you should not miss out on when you are in the area.
Swimming In The Devil’s Pool
If you are looking for an activity that is thrilling, but will not require you to do much, you should look at swimming in the Devil’s Pool. The Devil’s Pool is a natural rock pool that is on the very edge of the Victoria Falls. This will give you a great photo opportunity while allowing you to get up close to the waterfall.
If you want to take a swim in the Devil’s Pool, you will have to take a guided trip from the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. You can also visit the Devil’s Pool from the other side of the waterfall, but the view going there might not be as impressive. It is important to note that the Devil’s pool is not open all year and will only be open during the dry season. This is the only time that it is safe to swim without the risk of being drawn over the waterfall.
To get to the Devil’s Pool, you will need to take a boat to Livingstone Island which is above the falls. From there, you will walk over the rocks until you reach the Devil’s Pool. There will be guides there who will help you navigate the pool and ensure that you are safe. They will also hold onto your legs while you lie over the rocky wall on the edge of the pool to peer into the gorge below. It is important to note that this is not for the faint-hearted as the drop from the pool is over 100 meters.
The Flight Of Angels
The flight of angels is a helicopter flight that offers the best views of the famous waterfall. When you take this flight, you will also be able to take in the amazing surroundings of the Smoke that Thunders. The helicopter tour is called the Flight of Angels after the first description of the waterfall by David Livingstone.
This activity is one that you should not miss as it offers you a thrilling bird’s eye view of the largest sheet of falling water in the world. During the flight, you will be able to look into the 108-meter chasm and offers you perspective of the natural wonder. It is also possible to complete this flight with a micro-light aircraft which offers you a slower trip with the wind blowing through your hair. It is arguable that the micro-light is more thrilling because of the smaller size and less powerful engine.
There are a number of activities that you can complete when visiting the Victoria Falls. These activities will allow you to see what the waterfall has to offer and get the burst of adrenaline that you may want. At the end of a fun day of activities and adventure make sure you have booked one of the fantastic Victoria Falls Hotels in the area, so you can relax and unwind and enjoy some of Africa’s beauty.