Activities: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The wide range and astonishing variety of activities is a major attraction for groups, especially as there are no long and dreary distances between them. Victoria Falls is acclaimed as the Adventure Capital of Africa, though the activities range from rousing adrenaline to soft and gentle adventure.

From the wildest one-day white water rafting trip in the world to sedate ”gin and tonic” sunset cruises on the Zambezi  it all happens in an eco-wonderland that delights groups. Here’s a snapshot:

  • Zambezi white water rafting (half-day or full-day)
  • River boarding and river surfing
  • Vintage steam train for sunset cocktails on the bridge with the Falls as a backdrop
  • Tour of nature’s masterpiece, Victoria Falls (also lunar rainbow tour at full moon)
  • Zambezi River breakfast, lunch, dinner or sunset cruises
  • Elephant-back safaris or walk with the elephants
  • Walking with the lions
  • Horse-back safaris
  • Canoe the wild Zambezi
  • Golf on 18-hole championship course
  • Helicopter and micro light flips over the Falls, gorge and the river
  • Historical bridge tour
  • Rich local culture and crafts
  • Fishing for tiger in the Zambezi
  • Bungee jump off the Victoria Falls bridge (111m)
  • Gorge swings and zip wires
  • Walking safaris
  • 4 x 4 safaris and night game drives
  • Overnight camping in the wilds
  • Visit to the crocodile ranch
  • Day trip to Botswana’s famous Chobe National Park 90 minutes by road
  • Casino
  • Traditional Dancing

Some notable points:

  • The rafting season generally closes around February/March due to the dangerous high-water level of the Zambezi River. It usually re-opens around mid July, but can be earlier.
  • This is acclaimed as the best one-day white-water rafting trip on the planet.
  • The finest rafting experience is August-December when the lowest water level makes the rapids more exciting, though less threatening.
  • Optimum game viewing is the dry season from August through to the first main rains usually in mid-November. The sparse vegetation makes sightings easier and, as there is precious little water inland, the animals must use the Zambezi River as their lifeline.
  • For birders the migrant birds arrive around September, including the spectacular carmine bee-eaters.