Victoria Falls Safari Zambia
Victoria Falls Safari
The Victoria Falls is a massive waterfall also locally known as Mosi-a-Tunya which means “The Smoke that Thunders”. It’s located at the Zambian and Zimbabwe border on the Zambezi River in Southern Africa. It is a Natural Wonder with the largest falling water curtain in the world, it about 350ft tall and a more than a mile in width. Therefore, it has drown tourists from different parts of the world over the years.
In1989, This site was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is spectacular that you see the mist from the falls while you are far away from the waterfall itself.
The waterfall was discovered in 1855by a Scottish Explorer/Missionary known as David Livingstone. Some say he may not have been the first to set his eyes on the mighty falls, nevertheless, it is credited to him for naming the waterfall after the Queen of Britain- Victoria, and also for including it on the Map both figuratively and literally. A safari to the Victoria Falls is unforgettable and worth having it on your bucket list.
Things to do at Victoria Falls
Get closer to the Waterfall
As earlier said that the Victoria Falls are shared by two countries, to be exact they are situated in 2 National Parks where one can get up close to them. The parks include; Victoria Falls National Park(Zimbabwe) and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park(Zambia). The experience you get in either of the parks is quite different but either ways you can still get so close to the thundering water.
Depending on which time of the year you travel, the experiences from the Victoria Falls are also different. In months like April, May and June Zambia is at the peak flow, this time there are about 5 different sections of the falls roaring. And in the dry season around November, some of these sections dry up.
On the side of Zimbabwe, you will find a trail just opposite the large stretch of the water hence during the peak flow, 4 of the 5 different sections are spotted; the Main falls, Devil’s Cataract, the Horseshoe falls and the Rainbow falls.
Fly above the fall
When you visit Victoria Falls when the water flow is high it is fun but for those interested in flying above might miss out on the clear view of the falls since the smoke formed by the water covers the area. But you really need to fly above the falls.
The available options to fly above are two; fly by microlights or helicopters. All you get are amazing and the best views of this Natural Wonder, you can also view well the stunning scenery around the Mosi-oa-Tunya. A 15minute flight/ride above these falls is absolutely exhilarating!
Kick-start your Adrenaline
Victoria Falls is ahome of a number of adventurous activities and Bungee Jumping is one of them. Bungee jumping is done while you jumpfrom the Victoria Falls bridge (on Zambian side) towards the mighty moving waters of the Zambezi River. It is safe to jump off the bridge since record show its safety as 99.9% and over 50,000 people enjoy bungee jumping every year.
You can also opt for the Gorge swing from the bridge, it scary but notably cheaper than the bungee jump. You can do the two at once to double the fun!
Enjoy an adventure on the Zambezi
Victoria Falls is one of the best places to experience white water rafting in the world and this activity is not to be missed while on safari, it’s a thrilling experience.
Canoeing down the ZambeziRiver especially when the river is too high. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the river banks, you will spot some hippos, birds and other wildlife species.
A sunset cruise along the Zambezi can be opted for since this setting is truly magnificent with spectacular sunsets. In the evening after an action-packed day, you can sit on the boat with a drink and cruise along the river gazing at the sunsets plus looking out for different wildlife along the River banks.
Set out for a Canopy Tour on the Victoria Falls
This activity works for even those on family safaris since it is mild adventurefavorable for both children and adults. You take the Canopy walk through the forest over rivers and trees of the Zambezi gorge. During a canopy walk you can have great views of the Vic Falls Bridge, Zambezi River and the Curtain of The Victoria Falls. These tours usually take about 2 hours and 30minutes.
Swim in the Devil’s Pool
If your safari to visit theVictoria Falls is the dry season, you can have an opportunity to go swimming in the Devil’s Pool. This is a natural pool is formed at the top of the Victoria Falls when the water is low. You can jump in the pool for anexciting experience of swimming, it is only a small rock that separates and the deadly trembling water of the Zambezi.
Swimming in the pool is not for the faint hearted and it is very dangerous but rewarding.
Where to stay
Where to stay depends on which side of the falls you are, because in both countries, Zambia and Zimbabwe there are a number of guesthouses and lodges to spend a night it, they are with qualifies staff, good meals and above all comfortable. The accommodation options range from Luxury to budget lodges.
Some on the side of Zimbabwe include; Ilala Lodge, Batonka, Guest LodgeVictoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge,Sprayview Hotel,Bayete Guest Lodge, and The Elephant Camp.
Those on the Zambian side include; Avani Victoria Falls Resort Kayube Estate Zambezi River, Wateberry Zambezi Lodge, Camp Nkwazi, Victoria Falls Waterfront, Tongabezi Lodge and many more.
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