Top 10 Things to Do near Victoria Falls Area

 

A World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most majestic wonders, The Victoria Falls and the area surrounding it is rich in natural beauty offering a wealth of  activities for all adventure levels.

Experience the falls from the sky, on foot or from the Zambezi plus take adventure of safari adventures right within the Most Ao Tunya National Park. Here’s a few activities to choose from when visiting the Victoria Falls area…

Lock eyes on the ‘Smoke that Thunders’

Driving towards the falls it will appear as though you’re making your way towards a bush fire. With all the ‘smoke’ and mist rising up from the powerful waterfall, you can certainly understand why it appears this way.

Try get to the park as early as possible. Before 7am, hardly any tourists have already arrived and you’ll have a combination of the best light and space to take great photographs.

April and May when the falls are at the strongest, the zambia side is a wonderful place for viewing. While many viewing spots are dry, be sure to take a rain coat ( and waterproof poncho if possible) as you will get drenched.

Make sure your valuables, phones and cameras are safe in waterproof cases too) But more than anything soak in the beauty and spray of this awe-inspiring beauty.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.victoriafalls-guide.net

Address: Victoria Falls, Mosi-o-tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

River Rafting

Various operators will offer river rafting trips and start from the gorge and go from the ‘boiling pot’ through various rapids of the Zambezi and close to the falls. This is certainly an activity to get your adrenalin pumping and is heaps of fun plus it’s a unique angle at which to view the falls.

Contact: + 263 (0) 8328 44471 (Shearwater Victoria Falls)

Website: http://www.shearwatervictoriafalls.com/victoria-falls-activities/zambezi-rafting/

Address: Zambezi, Zambia.

 

www.shearwatervictoriafalls.com
www.shearwatervictoriafalls.com

Bungee Jumping from the Zambia-Zimbabwe Bridge

If you’re keen to kick up your adrenaline-junkie status and not scared to scream, fly or fall a little; then don’t miss out on bungee jumping here.

Very few people get to say that they bungee jumped on the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe in view of the falls. Make sure you are one of them.

Contact: +263 (0)13 44471 (Shearwater Bungee)

Website: http://shearwaterbungee.com/

Address: Victoria Falls Bridge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe/Zambia.

Vic Falls from a Helicopter

Get the bird’s eye view of Victoria Falls from above. Fall over both the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides and take in this spectacle from the skies. This is most certainly a life changing experience and one you won’t soon forget.

Contact: +263 (83) – 2844571, 2844426, 2842313, 2842029 (Wild Horizons)

Website: http://www.wildhorizons.co.za/see-and-do/victoria-falls/helicopter-flights/

Address: Victoria Falls, Mosi-o-tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

Microlighting

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Turn up the adventure levels a notch and you’ll find yourself somewhere in between paragliding and a tiny plane. Microlighting is a thrilling experience in itself with you seated behind the pilot who guides the micro lighting in various directions with the use of a single engine and light wings.

With nothing separating you from the air, water and elements and the wind in your face,  this is one of the most thrilling things you can do. And being above the world’s largest falling sheet of water, this is a must-do.

Contact: +263 83 284 6213 (Victoia Falls Guide)

Website: https://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/victoria-falls-microlight.html

Address: Victoria Falls, Mosi-o-tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

Game Drives in Mosi-oa-tunya National Park

Most lodges will offer game drives within the park and even though there are no big cats in this Zambian national park, you’ll will find elephants, rhinos, hippos, wildebeest, zebras, giraffe and more here.

Head out on a game drive at sunrise or around sunset when the animals are most active and when temperatures are milder.

Contact:+27 10 600 0520 (Pure Africa), +27 11 469 9300 (Bushtracks Africa)

Website: www.zambiatourism.com/destinations/national-parks/mosi-oa-tunya/

Address: Mosi-oa-tunya National Park, Zambia.

Zambezi Sunset Cruises

www.wildhorizons.co.za
www.wildhorizons.co.za

To fully take in the splendor and bird life on Africa’s fourth largest river, jump aboard a river cruise at sunset.

Head up and down the river on the calmer parts of the river with a guide who will point out hippos, crocodiles and the burgeoning bird life. Plus there’s almost always promise of sundowners aboard the boat.

Contact: +263 (83) – 2844571, 2844426, 2842313, 2842029 (Wild Horizons)

Website: www.wildhorizons.co.za

Address: Zambezi River, Zambia.

ZQ SL-17Canoe Down the River

This is only permitted with a knowledge guide as the Zambezi is home to crocodiles and hippos who are both very dangerous creatures.  

Choose a day trip or a canoeing expedition over a few days where you can canoe, stopping off on the riverside with guides for lunch and camping.

Contact: + 263 (0) 8328 44471 (Shearwater Victoria Falls)

Website: www.shearwatervictoriafalls.com/activities/canoe-zambezi/

Address: Zambezi River, Zambia.

Visit a Local Village

Many lodges and operators will have this activity during your stay. Do your research before and select an operator who values sustainable interactions with locals and who contributes to the upskilling, education and entrepreneurial advancement of the locals in the village.

Educate yourself on the structures of villages in Zambia; the way they are built, run and what they do to earn a living.  If there are ways for you to donate or contribute in a meaningful way then do so through your lodge or tour operator.

Contact: N/A

Website: https://pickyourday.com/activity/2483

Address: Various, Zambia

Shop a Local Market

Get your bargaining hats on and bring cash. There are wonderful markets right near the falls or in town where you can buy jewelry, bowls, bags, toys and decor.

Locally made and designed you will be assisting locals in earning a living and also take a momento from Zambia home with you.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.discoverafrica.com/safaris/zambia/shopping-and-markets-in-zambia/

Address: Various, Zambia

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Safari in Kafue National Park

Kafue National Park covers a massive area in western Zambia. It’s known for its abundant wildlife and the Kafue River, running north to south through the park.

In the north, the fertile Busanga Plains are home to lions, zebras, abundant birdlife and the sycamore fig trees of Busanga Swamps. In the more remote south, elephants and antelopes roam the Nanzhila Plains, and hippos swim in the waters of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi.

Contact:  +27 21 712 5296 (Sun Safaris)

Website: www.zambiatourism.com/destinations/national-parks/kafue-national-park/

Address: Kafue National Park, Zambia.

Fish and Boat Cruise on Lake Kariba

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Go fishing, cruising or overnight on a houseboat on Lake Kariba. Sunsets are all kinds of splendid and no matter how hot it gets, don’t be tempted to give into the cool lake. Hippos and crocodiles call it home.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.victoriafalls-guide.net/zambezi-cruise-safaris.html

Address: Lake Kariba, Zambia.

Lower Zambezi National Park

A private game reserve until 1983, the park was declared national property to curb poaching and currently covers 4,200 sq km (1,622 sq mi).

Go on a game drive within this park and find elephants and hippos at Lower Zambezi National Park, a protected wildlife viewing area along the northwestern bank of the Zambezi River.This park is home to the big cats including lions, leopards, cheetahs as well as buffalos, zebras, baboons, and bushbucks.

Contact: +260 97 4424013

Website: www.lowerzambezi.com

Address: Sud di Lusaka, Lusaka, 10100, Zambia.

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Game drives in Mosi-oa-tunya National Park

Most lodges will offer game drives within this world heritage site park and even though there are no big cats in this Zambian national park, you’ll will find elephants, rhinos, hippos, wildebeest, zebras, giraffe and more here. Head out on a game drive at sunrise or around sunset when the animals are most active and when temperatures are milder.

Contact:+27 10 600 0520 (Pure Africa), +27 11 469 9300 (Bushtracks Africa)

Website: www.zambiatourism.com/destinations/national-parks/mosi-oa-tunya/

Address: Mosi-oa-tunya National Park, Zambia.

Livingstone Museum

The museum was formerly known as the David Livingstone Memorial Museum and Rhodes-Livingstone Museum.

It is the largest and the oldest museum in Zambia, located in Livingstone near Victoria Falls and well worth a visit if you didn’t have guide taking you to the falls.

Contact: +260 213 324 429

Website: www.victoriafalls-guide.net/david-livingstone-museum.html

Address: Livingstone Museum,  Plot 567, Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

Shop at Pakati Sunday Market

At Pakati Sunday Market, shop to your heart’s content and choose from Zambian masks, paintings, traditionally colored fabrics, wooden cutlery, bowls and carvings, malachite and copper jewelry, and knitted garments. Feel free to bargain get the best price.

Contact: +260 21 1256729

Website: N/A

Address: Arcades Shopping Centre, Lusaka 10100, Zambia.

Modzi Arts Gallery

Visit the Modzi Arts Gallery where various artists will have their works on exhibition.

Modzi Arts aims to support the growth of contemporary art and cultural scene and make it more visible within and outside the Zambian society, by creating a space that is easy to access, offering education, gallery space, events and promotional for artists.

Contact: +260 95 5783992

Website: www.modziarts.com

Address: Modzi Arts, 2499/M Ibex Hill Road, Lusaka, 10101, Zambia

Victoria Falls

Microlight-flight-over-the-Victoria-Falls

Driving towards the falls it will appear as though you’re making your way towards a bush fire. With all the ‘smoke’ and mist rising up from the powerful waterfall, you can certainly understand why it appears this way. Try get to the park as early as possible. Before 7am, hardly any tourists have already arrived and you’ll have a combination of the best light and space to take great photographs.

April and May when the falls are at the strongest, the Zambia side is a wonderful place for viewing. While many viewing spots are dry, be sure to take a rain coat ( and waterproof poncho if possible) as you will get drenched.

Make sure your valuables, phones and cameras are safe in waterproof cases too) But more than anything soak in the beauty and spray of this awe-inspiring beauty.  For the adrenalin junkies you can go river rafting, on a helicopter ride/microlight flight over the falls or bungee from the bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Contact: N/A

Website: www.victoriafalls-guide.net

Address: Victoria Falls, Mosi-o-tunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia.

Zambezi Sunset Cruises

www.wildhorizons.co.za
www.wildhorizons.co.za

To fully take in the splendor and bird life on Africa’s fourth largest river, jump aboard a river cruise at sunset. Head up and down the river on the calmer parts of the river with a guide who will point out hippos, crocodiles and the burgeoning bird life.

Plus there’s almost always promise of sundowners aboard the boat. For those wanting to get more active, opt for a kayaking trip down the river with a guide.

Contact: +263 (83) – 2844571, 2844426, 2842313, 2842029 (Wild Horizons)

Website: www.wildhorizons.co.za

Address: Zambezi River, Zambia

Visit a Local Village

Many lodges and operators will have this activity during your stay. Do your research before and select an operator who values sustainable interactions with locals and who contributes to the upskilling, education and entrepreneurial advancement of the locals in the village.

Educate yourself on the structures of villages in Zambia; the way they are built, run and what they do to earn a living.  If there are ways for you to donate or contribute in a meaningful way then do so through your lodge or tour operator.

Contact: N/A

Website: https://pickyourday.com/activity/2483

Address: Various, Zambia