10 Reasons to Visit the Victoria Falls in Zambia

If you are someone who loves to travel and explore new destinations, then you must add Victoria Falls in Zambia to your bucket list. This stunning natural wonder is a true gem of Africa, offering a wealth of experiences for visitors from around the world. With its breathtaking waterfalls, vibrant wildlife, rich culture, and adventurous activities, Victoria Falls is a destination that has something for everyone. Whether you are a nature lover, a history buff, an adrenaline junkie, or simply seeking a relaxing escape, this destination will leave you in awe. In this article, I will share with you the top 10 reasons why a visit to Victoria Falls in Zambia should be on your travel radar. So, get ready to be inspired to pack your bags and embark on an unforgettable journey to this stunning destination.

 

The Victoria Falls is one of the seven ‘Natural Wonders of the World’ and you will completely understand why when you see it for yourself. It is absolutely amazing and a mind blowing experience. It is located in Zambia’s Livingstone town and Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls town .

Here is a list of some fantastic things you can do in and around the Victoria Falls to help you plan your time there.

  1. White Water Rafting
  2. Boat Cruises
  3. Canoe Safaris
  4. Devils Pool
  5. Jet Boating
  6. Swinging along the Zim-Zam Bridge
  7. Lunar Rainbows
  8. Dinner on a Steam Train
  9. Shopping for Curios
  10. Bungee Jumping

 

Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is definitely one of the most spectacular Victoria Falls activities. It is a great place to test the boundaries of fear and experience the true sense of recklessness as one plummets 111 metres towards the Zambezi River. With a rope attached to you, the Victoria Falls behind you, Zambia to your left and Zimbabwe to your right, you can jump off the Zim-Zam Bridge which connects Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Boat Cruises

There are a lot of operators who run this type of trip from both sides. Some hotels even have their own boats too, but the most popular one is the African Queen. It is a luxury cruise on the Zambezi River with spectacular scenery of birds and animals. Going on a sunset cruise is an absolute must when you visit the Victoria Falls. The sights include the river regulars such as the hippo, crocodiles and elephants. The beauty of the luscious bush also provides a beautiful and peaceful experience. You can also sip on some delicious cocktails and freshly made snacks while the boat takes you around on the different islands.

Canoe Safaris

The canoeing trips take place on the upper, calmer part of the Zambezi River, which may sound a bit less hectic than the rapids, however you may come across hippos and crocodiles which will get your heart racing. Accompanied by a professional guide, you can enjoy the breath-taking scenery and great bird and game viewing.

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Devils Pool

The Devil’s pool is located near the edge of the Victoria Falls on Livingstone Island on the Zambian side. It is famous for being one of the most dangerous undertakings in the world …..  To experience it, one has to go for a swim in it. The pool is literary over the edge, just at the brim of the large curtain of falling water.  It is one experience that makes the Victoria Falls worth visiting.  This thrilling and exhilarating adventure is so worth it and feels just as incredible as it sounds.

The driest months (August to January are the ideal time to visit if you are targeting the Devil’s Pool, (to experience the magnificence of the falls, you have to visit immediately after the rainy months, March-June). The pool is closed from February to June when the rains cause higher water levels that make swimming in the Zambezi unsafe.

Once you’ve finished this daredevil adventure, you get a nice meal (breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea) depending on the type of tour you booked.

Jet Boating

These trips are so popular because they give an opportunity to see the Victoria Falls from below, a completely different perspective to viewing from above. Apart from the scenic appeal, it is also a thrilling adrenaline activity as the high powered jet boats accelerate through the rapids at tremendous speeds.

Swinging along the Zim-Zam Bridge

The activity is similar to bungee jumping. The only difference is that instead of being attached to a rope that is attached to the bridge, you are attached to a rope that is attached to another rope which stretches across the gorge, with a harness around your waist. You then jump off the Zim -Zam Bridge, drop and then swing through the gorge. This is operated on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side.

Lunar Rainbows

The lunar rainbow is a series of night-time rainbows visible in the mist of the Victoria Falls, caused by the refraction of the moon’s light, in the rising, swirling spray. Visitors get to experience the Victoria Falls, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, at night, it is a surreal and very enjoyable experience.

Dinner on a Steam Train

This is one experience you need to try- an amazing dinner on the luxurious   Royal Livingstone Express.

Though pricey it is one experience you will never forget and your ticket includes a stop on the Zim- Zam Bridge for sunset, a welcome drink upon arrival, a 5-course meal, drinks as well as transfers from your hotel.

 Shopping  for Curios

If you want to learn more about the local culture and way of life, consider taking an African village tour. You can visit a local village and learn about traditional customs and practices, as well as try local food and see local crafts being made. It’s a great way to gain a better understanding of the people who live in the area and their way of life.

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The curio markets offer very interesting stuff that is locally made like wooden carvings, jewellery, paintings, and clothes. They are usually located at the entrance to the falls. To find more stuff and at cheaper prices, visit Maramba market a few kilometres from Livingstone town centre.

 White Water Rafting

This is one of the most adrenaline filled activities at the Victoria Falls. The Zambezi is known for having the wildest white water in the world, with a number of grade 5 rapids on the route. The intensity of the rafting varies due to the fluctuating levels of water plunging through the gorges. The lower the level, the higher the thrill levels. This no doubt is a fun activity you can do if you have the courage for it.

 

 Tips for visiting Victoria Falls

  1. Prepare for the weather: Victoria Falls can be very hot during the day, so make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. However, it can also get chilly at night, so bring warm clothing as well.
  2. Bring insect repellent: The area around Victoria Falls is known for its mosquitoes, so make sure to bring plenty of insect repellent to avoid being bitten.
  3. Stay safe: Always follow the instructions of your guide and be aware of the risks involved in some of the more adventurous activities. Don’t take unnecessary risks or go off on your own without a guide.
  4. Support local businesses: There are many local businesses in the area that rely on tourism for their livelihoods. Consider supporting these businesses by buying locally-made souvenirs.

 

A visit to Victoria Falls  in Zambia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for adventure, natural beauty, or cultural experiences, you’re sure to find it in this stunning part of Africa. From the roar of the falls to the peacefulness of the rainforest, Victoria Falls is a destination that will stay with you forever