Zimbabwe-Zambia Victoria Falls South Africa
The Victoria Falls have created a fabulous playground for thrill seekers, as well as lovers of beauty, tranquillity and relaxing pursuits. Known by many as the ‘Adventure Centre’ of Southern Africa, there is no shortage of things for you to do. Many of the tourists visiting the Falls are in search of adventure-based activities. It is also a major safari hub and attracts visitors from all walks of life.
There is something to do for everyone. For the adrenaline junkies there is the wildest one day white water rafting trip in the world, the 111 meter high bungee jump, river surfing, kayaking, heart stopping gorge swings, zip wires and many more.
For the more sedate there is River cruises, elephant rides, rich local arts, crafts and cultural experiences, fishing, golf and game and safari adventures plus too many others to mention here…
Top 7 Most Popular Things to Do In Victoria Falls
1) Bungee Jump
Top of the list – the 110m freefall bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge headlong towards the raging waters of the mighty Zambezi River with Vic Falls in the background. If anything is going to kick-start your adrenalin then it’s this bungee dive, one of the highest and most spectacular in the world!
They say more than 50 000 people have safely jumped already, with a 100% safety record (which is reassuring).
Having taken the plunge from the Gouritz bridge on the Garden Route of South Africa – a mere 65 meters I’m pretty certain the Vic Falls bungee would be an experience of a lifetime!
2) High Wire Activities
A little downstream from the falls suspended across the deep Batoka Gorge is a range of fun activities to thrill all the senses! Go by yourself or with a friend in the tandem option.
The most gentle of these high-wire stunts, you get clipped in and descend at you own pace down the side of of a sheer 120m cliff into the remarkable gorges below the Falls.
b) Flying Fox
You get clipped into a harness which is attached to a pulley which then glides along an almost horizontal cable across the gorge, 125m above the valley floor. This gives you the sensation of flying.
c) Foofie Slide
This is similar to the Flying Fox but here the cable is not horizontal it is at an extreme angle so once you let go you accelerate down hill at speeds of over 100km/h. It is extremely exhilarating and unbelievably fast. This can be done single or tandem. It is also twice the distance as flying fox.
d) Gorge Swing
Leave your stomach behind, this is only for the totally insane. Your harness is attached to a rope, the rope is attached to the middle of a cable that runs across the full width of the gorge.
Once you are all set, you stand on a platform on the edge of a sheer 120m cliff, you jump off and free fall for about 70m straight towards the rocks and river below, then as the rope becomes taught you will start to arc and thankfully swing away from the rocks you were hurtling towards fractions of a seconds ago.
3) White Water Rafting
Considered one of the best places in the world to experience white water rafting this is a not-to be missed activity at Vic Falls.
The Zambezi River below the Falls offer a world class rafting experience as your guide steers your boat skilfully over 23 raging rapids. Or you can try surfing them on a river board. Kayaking in tandem or on your own is also available.
A fantastic canoe trip, but not half as adrenalin inducing as white water rafting down the Zambezi in the famous Batoka Gorge! Imagine hurtling down the 8m drop at the Stairway to Heaven rapid or down the three waves of Oblivion not to mention the most infamous Commercial Suicide rapid rated 5 to 6 in difficulty.
Rafting trips run from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides and operators on both sides are highly professional.
The water level of the Zambezi River is completely dictated by rainfall, and this has a huge impact on the white water rafting season.
4) Jet Boats
Thunder along the Zambezi River in one of the high-powered jet-boats and experience a fast-paced thrill along on the water’s edge.
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