Impressive 72 Hours in Victoria Falls – The Epic Story of my Trip

Published on: December 26th, 2019 at 7:15 am

I recently had the chance to finish an African Safari in Victoria Falls and took an extra 2 nights there to have a good look around. For a small place, it certainly offers plenty to do and it would come as no surprise to hear that most feature around the Victoria Falls themselves and the mighty Zambezi River.

How to spend 72 hours in Victoria Falls

When we first arrived at our accommodation, the best accommodation in Victoria Falls, for our last few official nights on safari, we were greeted by the very friendly staff at Shearwater Explorer Village. They provided us with information and a video on all the different activities available to do while we were in Victoria Falls. The list included bungee jumping, cable gliding, bridge swing, white-water rafting, devil’s pool visit, cruise/dinner on the river, animal safari, rhino conservation visit, Falls visit, and the list goes on. All activities were reasonably priced, and you had the chance to sign up as a group or individual for some activities. You also had the chance to think about the options and come back to them later to book, they certainly weren’t pushy with sales. Find the “9 Best adrenaline activities” on offer in Victoria Falls as well as the “9 most family friendly or tame activities” I’ve featured in other parts of my blog.

I decided to have a go at the white-water rafting which, I’ve written a separate blog about, check it out, visit the Falls which was included in our safari and complete the cable gliding across the Zambezi River. I thought this was more than enough to keep me busy for a few days.

That first afternoon a group of us that had been travelling together decided it was the perfect time to check out Victoria Falls. We were taken down to the entry gate by our guide as he had to purchase the tickets for us, luckily it was literally a 10-minute walk from our accommodation. Once there you can immediately hear the roar from the water gushing over the famous waterfalls. We were visiting in early December and it turns out that this is one of the best times of the year to visit Victoria Falls to be able to enjoy the waterfalls and take pictures as the water flow was not at its highest.

Other times of the year during and after the wet season is almost impossible to take pictures as the mist from the falls is so strong you literally end up soaking wet and can hardly see the waterfalls at all. The low water also meant the waterfall was broken up into a collection of smaller waterfalls rather than one large one. During the wet season, it is best to observe the falls from the air via a chartered helicopter flight. I was lucky enough to have already seen the Falls from the air when flying to Cape Town to start my safari. We made a stopover in Victoria Falls and the pilot was kind enough to do a fly over the Falls for both sides of the plane to enjoy. You don’t often get that with commercial flights these days and I was certainly pleased.

You can wander along and admire Victoria Falls at your own pace and there are viewing platforms strategically placed along the way so you can take those beautiful photos and selfies to prove that you have ticked off one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. The sheer size of the falls and the amount of water, even in low season, that is falling over continuously is amazing. It really is a special place and one you need to remember to enjoy and fully take in while visiting.

That evening we had a group dinner as a kind of send-off to end the tour as some people were leaving the next day. We ate at the accommodation where we were staying, Shearwater Explorer Village. The meals were all very tasty and everyone left full and satisfied. We enjoyed a few beers around the bar and shared a couple of our highlights and special memories from the previous few weeks. 

The next morning was the day to tackle the mighty Zambezi River by raft. It didn’t sound the smartest thing to do after we had witnessed the day before just how much and how fast the water was following. Nonetheless, we were picked up from our accommodation, had an introduction of what to expect and safety procedures then drove to just below Victoria Falls, where the rafting began. I’m not going to go into too much detail here about the day but please check out my blog “here” to find out more. I will just end by saying it was a great day out.

white-water rafting in Victoria Falls
Rafting the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls is one of the most sought after activities for visitors to the area

That evening I had dinner at a local Thai restaurant called Nam Took that had been recommended to us by our guide. It was very affordable, the food tasted fresh and full of flavour. After over 3 weeks on safari, it was a real change from the African dishes I had gotten used to, a list of the best restaurants in Victoria Falls is available on my website as well.

The next day was a chance to sleep in, well as much as possible when sleeping in a tent in the Zimbabwean heat. I then had the cable gliding from one side of the river to the other booked in for 10 am. I know this is the softest of the options to complete but my confidence in heights or lack thereof didn’t allow me to consider jumping from a perfectly stable bridge.

It was a very calm and easy experience, to be honest, and nowhere near the frightening experience, I was half dreading, the harness was great and made me feel incredibly secure. As soon as my feet left the safety of land, I felt relaxed and was able to enjoy the view while sliding from the Zambezian side of the river to the Zimbabwean side. It was really a cool moment and something I think I’ll remember for a long time. It gave you a real appreciation of just how high the falls are and the sheer drop of the cliffs on either side of the river.

After completing my slide, I had the option to purchase some GoPro footage of it, I decided it was better to just keep it in the memory bank. I then watched some of the braver men and women jump off the bridge doing the bungee jumping and bridge swing. It looked cool if I was, to be honest, but something I just couldn’t bring myself to complete. I then caught the supplied bus back to the accommodation and spent the afternoon enjoying the pool in the 40-degree heat. A really nice way to unwind and reflect on my time in Africa.

Later that night I caught up with a couple that had completed the trip with me from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. Would you believe they were big Asian fans and had heard that Nam Took was a nice place to eat? We went there again as I told them of the lovely meal, I had enjoyed the night before. We said our goodbyes and I had my last sleep in the tent I had called home for over 20 nights before packing up for the last time the next morning and heading off to the Zimbabwean airport and therefore ending my time in Africa and Victoria Falls. I can’t wait to return to visit other areas of Africa as I had a great month exploring this beautiful continent.

The impressive rainbow that appears above Victoria Falls waterfall when the mist and sun hit
If you manage to see Victoria Falls with the “rainbow” over it then I think you can determine your trip was a successful one

I have been to a few other places throughout Africa during my travels and have always had a great time. I have visited the Sahara Desert, learnt to surf in one of the best spots, visited the amazing Pyramids, fished for Tuna many miles of Cape Town’s coastline plus much more. Find all my African stories, hints and tips. If you are particularly interested in learning all about Victoria Falls and the best options available in the area I have a selection of highly informative blogs waiting for you here, I’ve constantly linked to these for your reference throughout this blog as well.

Organise Your Trip: Travel Advice and Tricks I Personally Use

Book Your Flight

Heading to either Skyscanner or Momondo are my methods of choice for this. They are my favourite as they search for flights from different companies all over the world. You can filter the results to suit your needs and ensure you land the best price every-time.

Book Your Accommodation

This is an important part of any holiday you’re going on. Read all the reviews and get the right accommodation via TripAdvisor. They even show you the best prices available at the time for that room from suppliers like Booking.com.For booking a hostel your best bet is to start with HostelWorld or possible even use CouchSurfing if you’re on a real budget.

Recommended Accommodation in Victoria Falls:

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is a must these days so you have a piece of mind you’re covered for anything that could go wrong while on your trip. I now never go on a trip away without travel insurance. I’ve been using World Nomads for the past few years.

My favourite companies that offer the best service and value are:

  • SafetyWing (cheaper option to just cover you for health issues)

Looking for the best companies to save money with?

As I have been travelling frequently over the last few years I’ve learnt some great tools to use for saving money when travelling. I have a travel resource page that lists all the trusted companies I personally use and rely on. I think you will find them good as well.

I also have a couple of great blogs that share quick and easy ways to save money on flights or accommodation. Take a look and save some cash on your next trip.

The Best Place To Book Your Tours

If you are someone you likes to have the best tours in one place and read reviews from other travellers about their personal experiences of each different tour then the best platform to use is GetYourGuide.

They offer the best tours, have money-back offers in case your trip is cancelled and ensure the price of each tour is the lowest possible.

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