You have your trip booked and are now officially heading to the home of one of the seven natural wonders of the world in Victoria Falls. It is an impressive sight when you first lay your eyes on this magnificent waterfall without a doubt. It’s judged the largest waterfall in the world with a width of over 1.7km and a maximum height of 108m. Today though I wanted to offer some travel advice that focuses on the best activities to do in Victoria Falls.
More specifically I want to focus on the best adrenaline activities available. If you’re interested in some more leisurely paced options I have travel advice on those also at the “best family activities at Victoria Falls” blog. It has 9 great excursions that will be more than likely to keep your heart rate under control. But today is all about getting your heart pumping while on holidays in Zimbabwe.
Best adrenaline activities at Victoria Falls
Looking to get your heart level racing and possibly go a little bit out of your comfort zone while in Victoria Falls? Then this list of the best adrenaline activities is sure to do exactly that. Did you know this town is home to the “wildest whitewater rafting” in the world, possibly the scariest swimming pool and much more? Let’s take a closer look at the 9 best adrenaline activities and see if you’re up for the challenge.
- Zambezi River Canoeing Trips at Vic Falls
- White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River
- Helicopter & Microlight Flights over Vic Falls – Flight of Angels
- Abseiling at Vic Falls
- High Wire Activities – Zipline, Gorge Swing & Flying Fox
- Tandem Skydiving at Victoria Falls
- Bungee Jumping at Victoria Falls
- Victoria Falls Canopy Tours
- Devil’s Pool – Swim on the Edge of Victoria Falls
Zambezi River Canoeing Trips at Vic Falls
This is the ideal activity to start things off and get a general feel for being on the Zambezi River. It is actually done above the falls (far enough away don’t worry) and therefore you won’t need to deal with any rough water or strong currents.
Overall it’s a pretty tame trip but for some, it still borders on the wild side especially when you throw in the prospect of sharing the waterways with the African hippos, crocodiles and elephants.
Most companies offer a day trip as the standard service but if you fancy contacting them there are many variations to the itinerary. You can even look at making the trip an overnight experience and camp next to the river, away from the crocodiles of course.
Things to know:
- You don’t need to have previous canoeing experience
- Most trips will include the option of lunch
- They will pick you up from your accommodation
- Most tour companies enforce a minimum of 7 years of age
- Dry bags will be supplied for personal belongings
- Wear shorts, shirt, sunglasses, shoes and a hat
- Remember sunscreen and if possible mosquito repellent
Find the right tour company for your day out on the water.
White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River
Zambezi River is commonly referred to as the best white water rafting river in the world and as you would expect, it’s packed with incredible grade 3-5 rapids, sure to have you holding on tight from beginning to end. The trip starts from right underneath the bridge separating Zimbabwe and Zambia and a small glimpse of the waterfalls is possible from here. You will also get an incredible appreciation for just how enormous the Batoka Gorge is from being at ground level with the Zambezi River.
This is a trip that at times can test you but when you arrive at the end you will be smiling from ear to ear. The guides running all trips here are complete professionals and ensure that all safety procedures are followed and the best equipment is used. Your trip will include a BBQ styled lunch at the end with sides. This is a great chance to talk about the amazing experience you just had with other travellers before driving back to the town of Victoria Falls.
Find current prices for a rafting trip.
Things to know:
- Lunch is included in your trip
- Tours will organise your pick up from your accommodation
- A safety video and meeting will be done before you go on the raft
- Weather conditions can impact your trip as can water levels on the river, find out more details on the best time to white water raft
- Be prepared for your raft to flip or end up in the river at some stage of the trip
- There is a steep climb out of the Batoka Gorge when the rafting is finished, this involves some uneven steps at times
There are also multi-day rafting trips:
Helicopter & Microlight Flights over Vic Falls – Flight of Angels
The option to see Victoria Falls from the air is certainly one of the best activities to do in Victoria Falls. There is literally no other way you can visually witness the largest waterfall in the world dropping continuous sheets of water from its 108-metre edge. The experience is called the “Flight of Angels” after David Livingstone’s first described Victoria Falls as a scene so beautiful it had to of been “gazed upon by angels in their flight”.
There are a couple of different options you can choose from when wanting to get a birds-eye view of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. You can choose to fly over it by helicopter which has the option to also include an additional flight further upstream of Victoria Falls, which will give you the chance to spot game animals from the air.
There are many different flight companies you can choose to do this with but the best and safest are found here. It is also a good idea to book this before arriving at Victoria Falls if possible as any large expense in Victoria Falls can be tricky with the financial issues the country faces.
The other option if you fancy feeling some wind (and possible mist) in your face is to enjoy a Microlight plane ride. There are some advantages and disadvantages with this option compared to a helicopter ride that are worth weighing up and finding which is best for you.
- Slower paced ride
- More time to enjoy the view
- Private trip
- No windows to ruin video footage or photos
- More of a thrill-seekers experience
- Can be colder and windy
- Might be harder to take photos with the wind
- Can’t add the game sighting experience
- Not great for families or couples
Whichever flying experience you decide though there is one absolute certainty, you will see Victoria Falls from an angle that needs to be seen to be believed.
Abseiling at Vic Falls
How does rappelling down the rock face of the largest waterfall in the world sound? If it appeals to you then your in luck with this tour. Begin your day by heading for a short jungle tour while making your way to the side of Victoria Falls, stop there for a complete safety demonstration and to be assigned your body harness. From here it is over to you to take that first step over the 108-meter edge and descend to the bottom of the falls.
On the way down you will have the chance to soak up the incredible views of the river, falls and jungle. You will finish the tour overlooking the special landmark known as the “boiling pot” somewhere incredibly exclusive and witnessed by those you choose to abseil Victory Falls.
High Wire Activities – Zipline, Gorge Swing & Flying Fox
If you’re not quite silly enough to decide to jump headfirst off the Zambezi River bridge bungee jumping then the smarter, I mean, other options are the zip lining or flying fox and the gorge swing. The zipline and flying fox options are a great medium level activity that allows you the chance to fly high above the Batoka Gorge while taking in the amazing views beneath you.
The gorge swing is a little similar to its big brother, the bridge swing, but you start the 70m free-falling sensation by jumping from a 120m high platform on the side of the Batoka Gorge. Once you have reached the bottom of the 70m plunge, expect to then swing out 95m from the cliff edge. One activity that will get the heart skipping a beat or two quicker for sure.
If you are looking to do multiple activities of the options above look at purchasing a package ticket on the Zimbabwean side of the river. This will ensure you get the best possible price.
Tandem Skydiving at Victoria Falls
The mother of all the best adrenaline activities has to be the tandem skydiving over Victoria Falls. This one I’m talking purely from other people’s points of view, as the idea of jumping out of a perfectly good plane at 10,000ft just doesn’t scream fun to me. What about you?
If your interested though and can overcome the fear then the trip would undoubtedly be one to remember. You not only get the chance to take in the incredible view once your parachute opens up but also have the chance to see the views from the air during your flight. On top of this the outstanding views of Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Horseshoe Falls are all bonuses. You could even get the opportunity to spot wildlife game from the plane before you jump or while you’re floating back down if you open your eyes.
If you’re braver than me, get a price today and let me know in the comments section below how the experience was.
Bungee Jumping/Bridge Swing at Victoria Falls
Another of the “are you crazy” items featured in the best activities to do in Victoria Falls is the bungee jumping or bridge swing.
The bungee jumping is from the centre of the Victoria Falls Bridge that separates Zimbabwe and Zambia. It has one of the best safety records for this activity in the world, with only one incident recorded, coincidently to an Australian woman, out of an average of 50,000 jumps per year. It is also commonly talked about as being one of the best places to do bungee jumping anywhere in the world. The mighty Zambezi River roaring underneath you as you plunge headfirst towards it sound fun?
Get the best price for bungee jumping here.
The bridge swing is done in the same location as the bungee jump and offers a similar buzz sensation, so I’ve been told. The main difference between the two is that with the bridge swing you are facing the right way up with a full-body harness rather than leaping headfirst with a strap around your ankles. If your a little unsure still or are travelling with a friend, it is also possible to do this as a tandem jump. Maybe this is enough to leave the fear behind and take the 111m leap? It wasn’t for me.
Find out the latest prices for both of these activities.
Victoria Falls Canopy Tours
The canopy tour is a great change of pace to some of the others in this list, it is even kid-friendly if you are travelling with an adventurous little one or more. You will spend around 2 and a half hours soaring above the Zambezi Gorges on a mixture of bridge walks and elevated slides.
This is the perfect chance to enjoy a view of the Victoria Falls, Jungle and Zambezi River. You might even land a bit of mist on your face if the falls are flowing fast enough.
The elevated slides range from around 40m to 85m in length and a variety of different heights. Find out more information here.
Devil’s Pool – Swim on the Edge of Victoria Falls
One of the most popular tours available at Victoria Falls is the Devil’s Pool swim. You will make your way to the Zambian side of the Zambezi river before taking a quick boat ride to Livingstone Island located in the middle of Victoria Falls. From here you are required to walk a small section, over some rocks, to where Devil’s Pool is located at the edge of the waterfall.
With the assistance of the local guides, you will enter the pool and have the chance to literally lay over the edge of the falls and gaze downwards towards the bottom below, some 108m to be exact. The guides will offer all the support you need during this process but the feeling of the strong water flow passing by your body does mean it’s not an activity everyone is going to find enjoyable.
The Devil’s Pool swim is only available when water levels are suitable. This is usually from mid-August through to December but can go into January if the dry season runs longer. Find out the best time to travel to Victoria Falls.
As mentioned, Devil’s Pool is accessed from the Zambian side of the river so if you are planning to do this then make sure you plan your visa correctly when entering Zimbabwe, not sure what I mean, find more information on Visa requirements in Zimbabwe before arriving.
Fancy taking a swim in this extreme pool?
There it is, the best adrenaline activities in Victoria Falls
Are these activities a little too extreme for you or are you travelling with your family? No problem, I have made a list of the “9 best family activities at Victoria Falls” for you to check out as well. There are literally so many amazing options you can choose to do while staying here. Why not mix and match a few from each list. Please let me know in the comments section below if you have done one of these activities for yourself and how you enjoyed it.
All this adventure is sure to leave you with a huge appetite. Check out some of the best restaurants in Victoria Falls. You can find incredible local food, traditional favourites or even Asian restaurants in Victoria Falls.
If your in the middle of planning a trip that features Victoria Falls, then you will find a collection of useful blog resources throughout my website. Africa is an incredible country rich with nature, beauty and wildlife that left such an everlasting impression on me. I hope you feel the same after your trip.
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:
- The best-valued accommodation option in Victoria Falls is without a doubt Shearwater’s Explorers Village
- See other top-rated hotels 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:
- World Nomads (little more expensive but covers everything)
- 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.
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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