More quiet and less developed, the Zambian side offers a closer but less scenic view of the falls. Base camp for Falls visitors in Zambia is Livingstone. Most activities covered below are also available in Zambia.
Although Zimbabwe has had more than its share of troubles in recent years, the Victoria Falls area has been safe and secure, unless you’re in the money changing business! Base for visitors here is Victoria Falls Town, a touristy but friendly place with plenty to see and buy.
After a half day or so taking in the beautiful falls, we recommend getting out of town and enjoying some of the fantastic activities available in the area. Top tips include:
White Water Rafting
With names like “Devil’s Toilet Bowl” and “Gnashing Jaws of Death” the rapids of the Zambezi below the falls are big, fast and furious enough to thrill any sane person. The views through the Zambezi Gorge are fantastic and its safer than you might think as the water is very, very deep. Downstream, the water flattens out and you can enjoy a relaxing ride, except for the hippos and crocs! Multi-day trips are available.
Canoeing & Kayaking
See above. Note: We also recommend boogie boarding on your raft trip.
It’s a long way down from the Zambezi Bridge. This is reportedly the highest commercial bungee jump in the world. Nuff said.
Victoria Falls National Park and Matetsi Game Reserve are excellent places to see some wildlife if you’re in the area. Matetsi is definitely on the luxurious side.
Checking out the falls from the comfort of a small plane or helicopter isn’t for everyone, but the scenery is fantastic.