Top 9 Adventure Activities in Victoria Falls

Top adventure activities in Victoria falls

The mighty Victoria Falls dissects the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and has become a playground for all those who want to push themselves to their physical limits. Across the two tiny towns of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Livingston (Zambia) there are more adrenaline charged adventure activities than anywhere else in Africa. Perfect for if you have ever wanted to Bungee Jump, White Water Raft or take a helicopter ride. And that’s not all. Join me as I run down the top adventure activities in Victoria Falls! Adventure Activities in Victoria Falls

Top Adventure Activities In Victoria Falls

Top adventure activities in Victoria falls

Welcome to Victoria Falls – Africa’s (somewhat unlikely!) Adventure Capital!

Victoria Falls – or Mosi-ao-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) – is the name of the waterfall which lies on the Zimbabwe/Zambia border in the heart of Southern Africa. It’s natural beauty has been the catalyst to propelling the very small towns of Victoria Falls (Zim) and Livingston (Zam) into two of the biggest tourist hubs in Africa. With the powerful water, deep canyon and limitless skies providing the perfect backdrop for some of the most amazing adrenaline activities that have ever been thought up!

Most are based on the Zimbabwe side – but can easily accessed from Zambia (and vice-versa), with the tour companies offering picks up from accommodation on both sides of the bridge.

RELATED: Can’t decide which town to stay in? Check out my post: Where is the best place to Stay to visit Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe or Zambia? Top adventure activities in Victoria falls

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1. White Water Rafting

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Operators: Wild Horizons
Cost: Approx $100 USD

Let’s start with a biggie – and one not for the physically unfit or faint of heart. White water rafting starts with a 100m walk down into the Bakota Gorge where (dependent on the season and water level) you set off on a journey through up to 24 Grade 3-5 rapids on the mighty Zambezi River. Physically demanding, you’ll be running on adrenaline all day – but remember to keep some in the tank for the 200m climb back OUT of the gorge. That’s right folks, the canyon gets deeper the further you go!

*TIP: if you do this from the Zambia side – they have a lift to get you back out of the canyon – or if you are feeling rich, you can get a helicopter to come collect you…)*

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2. Gorge Swing adventure activities in Victoria falls

Top Adventure Activities In Victoria Falls

Operators: Wild Horizons
Cost: Approx $100 USD (but when purchased as a combo package with the white water rafting the two activities are only approx $120)

Everyone loves a swing right?! Well this takes it to the next level. You stand on a platform 120m above the flowing Zambezi river below, attach yourself to a harness and simply, step off. (Or can can run, jump, dive – the possibilities are only limited by your ‘bravery/stupidity’!) After leaving the safety of the platform you then drop 70m straight down in free fall before the rope tightens and swings in a 95 degree arc. Pure adrenaline pumping awesomeness!

**There are more high wire adventures on offer at Wild Horizons and these include both the Flying Fox & Ziplining**

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3. Bungee Jump adventure activities in Victoria falls

Top Adventure Activities In Victoria Falls

Operators: Wild Horizons, Shearwater
Cost: Approx $160 USD

Still after some free fall action? Why not try the 111m Bungee Jump from the center of the Victoria Falls bridge? Consistently voted one of the Top 5 Bungee’s in the world – you get a whole 4 seconds to take in one of the 7 natural wonders of the world as you hurtle towards the flowing river below!

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4.Devils pool (Zambia side)

Top Adventure Activities In Victoria Falls

Operators: Shearwater
Cost: Approx $100 USD

Also known as Livingstone Island, the Devil’s Pool has long been a spot adrenaline hunters seek out when visiting Victoria Falls. It’s the spot where you can literally hang over the edge of the falls and peer into the 103m abyss below. Because of the danger of hanging off the edge of a waterfall, access is limited to certain months of the year (when it is deemed safe) and daily visitors as restricted to 12 at each time, with a maximum of 80 people per day.

If you don’t happen to be visiting when the Devil’s pool is open – never fear adrenaline seekers – the Angel’s Armchair offers practically the same experience in a different pool, in the same area above the falls.

Related: All tours run from the Royal Livingstone Hotel – which is absolutely beautiful and has a very reasonably priced lunch menu. Read more about it here (coming soon!)

 

5. Microlight Over the Falls (Zambia Side)

Top Adventure Activities In Victoria Falls

Operator: Batoka sky
Cost: Approx $155 USD

Once you’ve had enough on throwing yourself at, in and around Victoria Falls, why not take a flight above it – in an open air propeller powered giant kite?! It actually feels like you are flying. The wind is real, the height is real – the view is incredible. If you have already flown in a helicopter – this is the closest you can get to flying without putting on a wing suit! And if you haven’t flown in a helicopter…

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6. Helicopter Flight Above the Falls

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Operator: Shearwater (Zimbabwe Side) or Batoka Sky (Zambia Side)
Cost: Approx $150 – $165 USD

The “Flight of the Angels” is one of Victoria Falls most loved attractions. For 15 minutes you glide above the 1700m curtain of water that is the Mosi-ao-Tunya, taking in the very different views from both the Zimbabwe and Zambian sides.

related: This is the first stop on my Ultimate Budget Overland Southern African Safari. click the link to find out the rest of the route!

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7. Sunset Cruise adventure activities Victoria falls

Top Adventure Activities In Victoria Falls

Operator: Zambezi explorer (Zimbabwe)
Cost: Approx $55 USD

The absolute best way to round out any day in Victoria Falls – or in Africa for that reason – is on a sunset cruise, in a national park, with sundowners. Whilst all activity operators offer a sunset cruise option (often as an add-on), the Zambezi Explorer is just in a class above the rest. The top two decks are restricted in customers to ensure everyone has a riverside seat. Waiters serve unlimited drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a variety of canapes are served throughout the 3 hour round trip. From the boat you see hippos and crocodiles – and if you’re lucky – elephants and giraffes too! This is hand’s down one of my favorite experiences in the whole of Africa.

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8. Victoria Falls National Park

Top Adventure Activities in Victoria Falls

Operator: Zimbabwe Parks (Zimbabwe)
Cost: Approx $30-80 dependent on nationality

Visiting the Park is the best way to get up close and personal with the Falls. From several viewpoints you get the full force of the spray as you take in the 1.7km long waterfall. There is no doubt – you will get wet if you want to get close! It’s easy to spend a couple of hours here walking the trails and taking in one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. And for an additional entrance fee you can spend the twilight hours in the park and catch what is always an incredible sunset.

*TIP: Just after you have crossed the bridge into Zambia from Zimbabwe, there are walking trails on the right which are free to enter – and give you a view of the falls from a different angle. Some even say these views are better than in the National Park!*

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9.Lion encounter

Top Adventure Activities In Victoria Falls

Operator: Lion Encounter (Zimbabwe)
Cost: Approx $160 USD

Zimbabwe’s Lion Encounter offer a unique opportunity to walk with Lion cubs up to the age of 18 months old. These are captive bred lion cubs who are ‘trained’ only to the point that it is safe to walk with them. They are not pets and they will not sit on command! These walks help them become familiar with their surroundings (as they would in the wild) and become familiar with the other game that live in the park.

The cubs are part of an ongoing conservation effort to preserve the species (there has been a 90% decline in the species in the past 20-30 years). Their program runs over 4 stages, with two release prides currently being monitored in Antelope Park and Livingstone. Lion Encounter are proud to be the first organization to reintroduce the cubs of captive-bred lions into the wild.

**Please read this text to find out more about the program, the work they do, conservation stages and release prides**

Related: For more about the conservation of Africa’s magnificent animals, click here to read about Hwange National Park and their work to ensure the survival of Africa’s Painted Dogs.

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84 thoughts on “Top 9 Adventure Activities in Victoria Falls

  1. Arzo Travels says:

    Love the pictures Vicki. I have the Falls on my list forever and hope to make my dream come true soon. I would love to do all of the mentioned activities- they look and sound like a lot of fun (except for the bungee jumping :/ 🙂

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  2. Greg - OnthewaytoTV.com says:

    It’s all amazing and I would hands down do all of it! The only problem with this great activities is it’s get a bit expensive. Like about $100 for the devils pool seems slightly too much to be honest. Still it’s a great opportunity to see the same place in different perspective!

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    • Vicki says:

      I know what you mean Greg – we didn’t do the Devils pool because of the expense, particularly as most activities come with $100 price tag! The thing is there, you are a captive audience, and with only a few activity operators, they set the prices and everyone just has to pay it!

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  3. Indrani says:

    I don’t think I will ever be able to do bungee jumping there… even if they pay me to do it… never!
    Rest of the activities seem fine.I recently did river rafting 3 to 4 grade, so I will definitely enjoy it.
    The helicopter ride will burn a hole in my pocket and it seems to be the most attractive.

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  4. mark wyld says:

    Every one of these activities is a winner. What an amazing set of activities you have listed here. I would love to go rafting that would be top of my list. I have never seen the reason to jump off a perfectly good bridge but hay plenty seem to want to !

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  5. Angela says:

    Great list! I’ve never bungee jumped before and always wanted to, but recently went to a tree adventure course and had to blindly jump off a tree platform and could barely get myself to do it! It was exhilarating, but flippin’ scary!

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    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Angela! Bungee’s are scary, but I saw a sign at one that said ‘Fear is temporary – regret is forever’ – it’s made me more determined to do the scary things!

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    • Vicki says:

      They are all good choices Rhonda – for the rafting, he would have check the water levels at the time you visited. There are quite a few Grade 5’s when the water level is high!

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  6. Lauren West says:

    I have yet to visit this part of Africa, but you’ve given me a ton of wanderlust inspiration for when I do finally venture there. White water rafting does seem immensely cool, but I think my favorite suggestion has got to be the helicopter ride. What an adrenaline rush and fantastic opportunity to get great photos! Thanks for the great tips!

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  7. Kerri says:

    Haha, I feel like a giant wuss now that I have seen all of these and freaked out at most of them. Did you do them all yourself? I love the idea of several of them but others frighten the living daylights out of me. Full credit to everyone who has no fear for these as they would be epic, especially hanging over the falls. I would love to hike through the area around the falls, the Sunset Cruise and the Lion Encounter. They are definitely more my style. Great list Vicki of all of these adventure activities!

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    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Kerri!
      We did the Rafting, the Gorge Swing, Microlight, Sunset Cruise, National Park and Lion Walk. We’ve Bungee-d and been in a helicopter before (both in NZ) so skipped those and the Devils Pool wasn’t open because the water level was too high. So yeah – we had a good crack at them all! 😀

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  8. Jenna says:

    All of these sound so amazing, especially with the surroundings of the falls nearby! I would love to try out that microlight adventure–I never knew such a thing existed! White water rafting and helicopters are always so fun, too. Great list!

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  9. Drew says:

    Heights terrify me, so that the thought of doing the rope swing or bungee jump is making me nervous just seeing the pictures! The Devil’s Pool would probably my choice, even though that terrifies me as well!

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  10. Lisa says:

    How beautiful! Has alot of activities I love to do so looks like a great place to explore. I probably wouldn’t bungee jump but I would definitely fit in some hiking. Thanks for sharing your wondrful adventure.

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  11. Allison says:

    I have long been in awe of Victoria Falls and I love that it spans two countries but I had no clue all though adventure activities were in offer. The gorge swing looks amazing and I would certainly give that a go. I’m not sure about the Devils pool though I would be very nervous of that one!

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  12. Kassie says:

    This sounds awesome! So many cool adventurous things to do. I’ve always wanted to try swimming in the Devil’s Pool, even though I’m afraid of heights. Definitely bumped Victoria Falls up on my bucket list!

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  13. Janine Good says:

    This is making me really want to head to Victoria Falls! I am excited to read about all the adventurous activities that travellers can enjoy 🙂 I would love to do the Devil’s pool! I have seen so many photos of daring travellers posing at the edge of the falls. The lions look incredible as well!

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  14. Wandering Carol says:

    I thought Victoria Falls was an amazing adventure destination. I’d love to do the rafting, but I’d prefer to take the lift up. Ha. After doing Devil’s Pool, however, I feel like I’ve done the most frightening adventure of all. Amazing, but scary.

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  15. Gina says:

    A lot of these activities look super pricey, but I think I would definitely take up the white water rafting and do the gorge swing. It looks scary, but thrilling at the same time. Devil’s Falls looks amazing too.

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  16. anto says:

    Wow, I’d love to do any of those! I have yet to visit the Vic Falls (Just came from Iguassu) and heard they are super impressive. Had no idea there were so many cool adventures to do around it though …

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  17. Rachel Pearson says:

    Ok, I am totally hooked on visiting now! I was planning a trip earlier this year when I was in Kenya and Tanzania but just ran out of time. Wish I’d have made it. I literally want to do each and every one of this things! I did bungee jump in Cairns but it wasn’t as high as this! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  18. Diana - MVMT Blog says:

    I feel like my heart rate has gone up from reading this post – I have never seen or heard of anything like the gorge swing, and I can only imagine the adrenaline you get when stepping off the platform. Bungee jumping would be incredible with that view. I never even knew there were so many activities to do around the falls, so thank you for sharing!

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  19. Vyjay says:

    The mere sight of the Victoria falls is in itself awe-inspiring. On top of that these adventures are surely a prescription for an adrenaline rush. I would love to do the helicopter and Micro light flights. It would be an out of the world experience to get close to the falls this way.

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  20. Ryan Biddulph says:

    Hi Vicki,

    Epic! IN on the lion cubs, sunset cruise and park stroll. OUT on everything else LOL! Bungee makes me puke from in front of my Chromebook 😉 But I’d spend 10 hours with the lions; they’d need to kick me out. Also way cool that the visit and fees go toward an awesome cause. Preserving these beautiful guys and gals (for lioness readers) only makes an African experience, a REAL African experience.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

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