Last updated on October 22nd, 2019
Victoria Falls is one of the top destinations in Africa with tourists traveling far and wide to set their sights on “The Smoke That Thunders”.
It’s a playground for adventure enthusiasts, whilst offering an idyllic setting for couples and those looking for an escape into Africa.
Here are my 14 top Victoria Falls activities and fun things to do on the Zimbabwe or Zambian side.
Victoria Falls Activities
1) Zambezi white water rafting
This adrenaline-pumping adventure activity includes paddling through some of the greatest rapids in the world!
Undoubtedly one of the top Victoria Falls activities, it includes flipping off your raft into the Zambezi River and enduring the natural washing machine. This, and surviving crocodile-infested waters, makes you a total badass!
What…. Crocodiles? Is white water rafting in Victoria Falls safe?
The Zambezi River is home to crocodiles and hippos, but these animals struggle to function in the fast-moving waters. Because of this, they aren’t found near the rapids as they choose to stay closer towards the calmer waters.
The white water rafting guides are extremely well trained and experienced in judging the safety of the water and no risks will be taken.
The best time to go white river rafting on the Zambezi
The Zambezi white water rafting season runs from late July to mid-January. The water levels are lower during these times which provides optimal rafting conditions and huge crashing rapids.
Cost for Zambezi white water rafting: $140 for a full day of rafting but click here for package options
2) See “The Smoke That Thunders” – Victoria Falls walking tours
The best Victoria Falls activity? Seeing the actual falls of course!
It’s the biggest sheet of falling water in the world and holds the title of being one of the 7 Natural Wonders. Walking along the cliff path in the Victoria Falls National Park is breathtakingly beautiful and awe-inspiring.
Check out this post for more details on seeing Victoria Falls and why the Zimbabwe side is said to offer better views.
Victoria Falls Lunar Rainbow or Moonbow
During a full moon and when the water levels are high, you will set your sights on the spectacular Lunar Rainbow or Moonbow. Seeing this rainbow at night is pretty magical so don’t miss out on it if you visit Victoria Falls between April and July.
The cost to enter Victoria Falls National Park: $30 and $14 for SADC passport holders (remember to bring your ID card to qualify for this discount)
3) Zambezi River cruise
The Zambezi River is just over 2 500 km long and creates a natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
It’s filled with crocodiles, hippos and an array of wildlife that live along the water’s edge.
The best way to take in this spectacular scenery is by joining one of the cruises along the Zambezi River, yet another Victoria Falls activity to include in your bucket list.
Sunset or dinner cruise along the Zambezi River
For a magnificent sunset, join one of the sunset cruises, or booze cruises as many call it. Enjoy an unlimited supply of cocktails whilst watching the sun slowly sink below the horizon.
There are also dinner cruises along the Zambezi River for those looking to pair a sunset cruise with a three-course dinner experience.
Cost: Sunset cruise $40; Sunset and dinner cruise $70
4) Vulture feed at Vic Falls Safari Lodge
Vic Falls Safari Lodge is a beautiful thatched lodge situated on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls.
It’s set on a high plateau overlooking the magnificent Zambezi National Park. These sights are better than most I’ve seen with unspoiled views and nothing but trees and wildlife in front of you.
The bar and dining area at Vic Falls Safari Lodge lead to a massive deck which overlooks a waterhole.
Here, you can watch the vulture feeding at 1 pm daily. You may even spot other animals such as elephant, water buck, and impala so keep your eyes open!
If you’re unable to make the vulture feed, don’t let that deter you from visiting Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. The sights and atmosphere alone are a worthy reason to visit.
How to get to Vic Falls Safari Lodge
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is situated just outside Victoria Falls.
The hotel offers a free shuttle service to and from their lodge. This shuttle makes stops outside “Wild Adventures” every hour on the hour for your convenience. It’s a 10-minute drive from Victoria Falls to Vic Falls Safari Lodge but the shuttle stops at various points along the way to pick up and drop off other guests.
Tip: Their cocktails are delicious, and their food is even better!
Costs for the vulture feeding experience: free
5) Local community tour in Zimbabwe or Zambia
Africa is beautiful, and the people are partly to thank for this. Being South African, I immediately promote my country and continent as it truly is the most beautiful and unique place I’ve been to.
You can‘t visit Africa and not take a walk along the paths that the locals do every single day. Township tours can be arranged through tour agencies where you learn more about life in these communities, the history, traditions and have the opportunity to feast on the local cuisine.
However, I opted for the route less taken.
After an adventurous day along the Zambezi River, I joined a group of friends from our backpackers who were visiting a few local taverns in the townships near Victoria Falls. Of all the Victoria Falls activities I did, this was by far the most memorable.
But is it safe? And what made it so unique? Read about my experience here.
Cost for an organized tour into the communities: $25-$50 p/p
6) Tiger fishing along the Zambezi River
If you’re an avid fisherman, the Zambezi River is a prime spot for tiger fishing
These fishing trips can be arranged through most tour companies from either the Zimbabwe or Zambia side of Vic Falls. They’ll provide you with all the equipment needed to make that big catch and you’ll enjoy a stress-free day on the Zambezi River.
However, I managed to find a more affordable fishing experience. A Zimbabwean gentleman we met offered to take us to his local fishing spot along the banks of the Zambezi River which we happily accepted!
After driving through the Zambezi National Park and passing numerous elephants, we turned off onto a small path that led to the Zambezi River. Whilst the fish weren’t anything to write home about, the peacefulness and beauty were incredible. Elephants, giraffe and many other wild animals roam around this park so be vigilant as they may decide to join you.
There are also crocodiles and hippos in the river so don’t even think about putting your feet in the water!
Cost: $100 – $200 for an organized fishing trip. If you’re arranging a private tour you need to pay entrance to the park ($12 p/p) and a $3 fishing fee.
Tip: Be friendly to the locals and take a genuine interest in their lives. They may invite you to join them on one of their daily fishing trips.
7) Devil’s pool
Devils Pool is a naturally formed rock pool located near the edge of Victoria Falls.
This infinity pool is one of the many thrilling Victoria Falls activities and can only be accessed from the Zambia side of the Zambezi River.
When is it the best time to do the Devil’s Pool tour?
Devil’s Pool is yet another Victoria Falls activity which is largely dependent on the time of year.
During the wet season from January to July, the Zambezi overflows making a trip to Devil’s Pool impossible due to the risks involved.
September to December offer optimal conditions to experience Devil’s Pool with daily tours leaving from the Royal Livingstone Hotel.
Cost for Devil’s Pool: $110
8) Views of the falls from Victoria Falls Bridge
Take in the spectacular views of Victoria Falls along with the lunar rainbow which is one of the most impressive sights.
The Vic Falls Bridge connects Zimbabwe and Zambia and is a short walk from Victoria Falls. If you’re coming from Zambia, it’s advised to take a taxi as the border is a bit further from Livingstone.
If you’re watching your funds, then this is one of the best Victoria Falls activities that allows you to see the falls, and possibly catch a few elephant sightings whilst not burning a hole in your pocket!
Here’s a detailed guide on how to cross the bridge and visa requirements for moving between Zambia or Zimbabwe.
9) Sundowners at the Royal Livingstone Hotel
The exquisite Royal Livingstone Hotel is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, just a few kilometers outside Livingstone.
It offers a grand experience in contrast to the untouched and rugged areas of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zebra, giraffe, and buck roam freely throughout the grounds and they enjoy the occasional close-up selfies with guests!
The Sundeck at the Royal Livingstone Hotel
The highlight of the Royal Livingstone Hotel is the sundeck which is the perfect place to watch the setting sun whilst enjoying a drink or two (or three)!
To the left of the sundeck is Vic Falls where you can see and hear the mighty falls thundering in the distance.
High tea at the Royal Livingstone
Every afternoon at 3 pm, tea is served along with all the bells and whistles which make it an extremely popular high tea for tourists.
However, after having an underwhelming meal at their restaurant, I opted for their delicious cocktails instead and spent my afternoon admiring the views of the Zambezi River as it flowed relentlessly toward the falls.
Cost: High tea $30; Cocktails: $8
10) Microlight or helicopter flight over Victoria Falls
If budget isn’t an issue, then treat yourself to a flight above Victoria Falls. This Micro flight is arguably the most scenic flight in the world. Here’s why you shouldn’t miss out of this once in a lifetime experience!
The “Flight of Angels” as it is commonly called is a quick 12-15-minute flight with breathtaking views of Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River. It offers the best aerial experience where you can see and feel the power and beauty of mother nature.
11) Canoeing and camping safaris
Canoeing along the Zambezi River is a calmer way to take in the beauty of Victoria Falls as well as the nature and wildlife that surrounds the Zambezi River.
During this full day tour, you may see crocodiles, hippo’s, and a variety of fish as well as several species of birds.
Before you begin your tour, you are given a full safety briefing. The guides will ensure you do not have any life threatening encounters with hippos or crocodiles as safety is their primary concern.
Camping along the Zambezi River
If you’re a camping enthusiast, this one’s for you! After a day of canoeing, you set up camp along the water’s edge where you’ll enjoy a few beers and a good ol’ braai.
The thought of spending the night along the Zambezi River, surrounded by hippo’s, elephants and crocodiles is terrifying, but what an experience it would be!
Cost for a canoeing safari: Full day canoe tour: $150; 2-day canoe tour and overnight camping: $285
12) Bungee jumping over the Zambezi River
Only for the brave!
If you’re a thrill seeker, then jumping 111 m off the Victoria Falls Bridge and landing just above the raging Zambezi River is the perfect adventure activity for you!
I, on the other hand, would much rather watch from the side as many people do.
13) Safari at Chobe National Park
Botswana is home to Chobe National Park which is about a 1h30min drive from Victoria Falls.
This full-day tour offers magnificent sightings of the many lion and elephant in the park as well as a cruise on the Chobe River.
However, if you don’t have the time (or budget) for this activity, give it a miss as you’ll see a decent amount of wildlife in Zimbabwe or Zambia.
I spotted elephants roaming around Victoria Falls, there were giraffes and buck at the Royal Livingstone Hotel and crocodiles and hippos were common sightings along the sunset cruise.
Cost for a safari at Chobe National Park: $170
14) Dinner at the Boma restaurant at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
The Boma is a popular restaurant at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offering guests a truly unique African experience.
You’ll be treated to a four-course meal including a few local delicacies such as mopane worms and game stews.
Guests are entertained throughout the night with traditional dancing, drumming and singing and are later invited to take part in these activities.
Cost for dinner at The Boma: $45 excluding alcohol
Tour and booking information for your Victoria Falls activities
- Make sure you read this guide before you start planning your trip. It will answer all your questions!
- Tours and activities can be booked in Victoria Falls and so it’s not necessary to make your reservations prior to arrival
- Most activities include transfers to and from your lodge
- The prices are more or less the same between the different companies
- If you don’t have much time in Vic Falls, look at choosing a packaged option that includes a combination of various Victoria Falls activities in one day
- Ensure you have local currency on you before you arrive in Victoria Falls as the ATM’s and banks won’t be able to exchange (I learned this the hard way!)
Looking for more Victoria Falls travel information? Check out my other posts!
- Zambezi River Cruise
- Visit Victoria Falls National Park
- Victoria Falls Township Tour
- Shoestring Backpackers in Vic Falls
- Crossing the Victoria Falls Bridge from Zambia into Zimbabwe