Bungee Jumping at Victoria Falls
Top of the list – the 110m freefall bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge headlong towards the rushing 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 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
White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River
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 British Canoe Union has ranked the Zambezi at Victoria Falls as Grade 5 rafting with:
Closest I’ve come to white water rafting is canoeing down the Orange River, forming the border between Namibia and South Africa. 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.
Choose from half day to full or multi-day rafting trips down the Zambezi River navigating some of the best rapids in the world! The best time to go is between July and February when the water levels are low. White water rafting operations are closed around April to May depending on the rains.
The Flight of Angels – Helicopter Flights over Vic Falls
A helicopter flight offers the best views to be had of the famous Victoria Falls and stunning scenery surrounding the Smoke that Thunders (Mosi-oa-Tunya).
Called “The Flight of Angels” after David Livingstone’s first description of the waterfall as a scene so lovely that it must have been “gazed upon by angels in their flight”. This thrilling activity gives you a bird’s eye view of the largest sheet of falling water in the world. Stare into the 108-meter deep chasm and get perspective on this huge natural wonder. Helicopter flights can also take you upstream to do some game viewing from this excellent aerial vantage point.
The Flight of the Angels can also be done in a microlight aircraft – a slower-paced trip with the wind blowing through your hair. Microlighting is arguably more thrilling, because of the open cockpit, smaller size and less powerful engine.
Devil’s Pool – Swim on the Edge of Victoria Falls
Splash in a rock pool on the edge of Victoria Falls!
You can take a guided trip to Devil’s Pool from the Zambia side of Vic Falls. This is one of the best spots for marvelling at Vic Falls and splashing in the pool is a really fun and exhilarating way to admire the natural wonder.
The Devil’s Pool activity is only done during the dry season (from about September to December) and/or when water levels are low enough to be safe for swimming. You take a boat to Livingstone Island above the falls and from there you walk over rocks and swim to get to Devil’s Pool.
Once at the pool on the precipice you need to jump in from the rocks above it. The guides help keep you safe and can hold onto your legs as you lie over the rocky wall on the edge, peering into the misty gorge below. The drop from the pool is over 100 metres, so this isn’t for the faint-hearted!
Zambezi River Sunset Boat Cruises above Vic Falls
Then there is the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise – if you’ve you seen photos of the sunset cruise then you’ll know why this activity is one of the best things to do at Vic Falls. The setting is magnificent and the sunsets spectacular. The boat cruise is a great way to unwind and relax on a Vic Falls safari after skyrocketing your adrenalin levels with the more extreme activities.