The Best Things to Do at Victoria Falls

Microlight over Victoria Falls
Microlight over Victoria Falls | © Emil Rensing / Flickr

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Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in Zambia, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. After taking in the view, check out our pick of the best things to see and do at the falls.

Walk the Knife Edge Bridge

The Knife Edge Bridge offers a view of the eastern cataract of Victoria Falls and the main gorge. Be prepared to get soaking wet if you walk the bridge without a raincoat (and if you visit the falls at the end of the rainy season), which are available for hire, as well as Crocs at the entrance to the falls. More often than not, the bridge is where you’ll spot a rainbow.

Knife Edge Bridge, Zambia

Knife Edge Bridge

Take a dip in Devils Pool

In the drier months of July and August, a rock pool forms on the edge of the falls, creating the ultimate infinity pool. To take part in this exhilarating activity, you’ll need to walk and then swim a short distance in the Zambezi River to reach the pool. Guides are available to make sure there are no accidents and to take pictures. There are three tours each day. The morning breezer and evening tour costs USD$98 per person (tour and swimming in Devils Pool), while the afternoon tour costs USD$158 per person (tour, swimming in Devils Pool and a three-course meal).

Devils Pool, Zambia

Devils Pool, Victoria Falls

See the view from Boiling Point

Walk down the steps to the boiling point to see the falls from below. You’ll have the perfect vantage point to see adrenalin junkies bungee jump. The hike back up is mild to intense depending on fitness levels. The entrance fee to the falls also covers the boiling point.

Boiling Point, Zambia

Swim under the falls

Enjoy the falls from below by walking down to the Batoka gorge, then take an inflatable raft and end up right under the rock pools of Victoria Falls. This activity is seasonal, taking place from August to January depending on water levels. It lasts approximately three hours and costs USD$75 per person with a 10% discount if booked online and at least two days in advance through Bundu Adventures.

Visit Livingstone Island

Livingstone Island is where David Livingstone, the explorer who was the first non-Zambian to view the falls, was standing when he made the discovery. Visitors to the falls can take a boat that goes to the island five times a day for a guided tour arranged by Tongabezi. The tour rates start from USD$105 per person.

Livingstone Island

See a lunar rainbow

The rainbow that can be seen on the Knife Edge Bridge can be seen in the evening as a ‘moon bow’. This occurs because the full moon is bright enough to have its light reflected by raindrops just as is the case for the sun. The next dates for the 2018 lunar rainbow are March, 2 and March, 31.

Go white water rafting

Conquer the 13 rapids of the Zambezi River when the river is high from February to July, or the 23 rapids when the water level drops. White water rafting can be booked as a half- or full-day experience, with the full day lasting approximately six hours via Bundu Adventures. It costs USD$150 per person with a 10% discount if booked online at least two days in advance.

Explore by microlight

View the Victoria Falls from above with Batoka Sky’s microlight experience. A fifteen-minute ride consists of a flight over the Victoria Falls, the islands near the Falls and the thundering Zambezi River. A thirty-minute ride includes the falls, the islands and a low level swoop over the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park for unique game viewing. The cost for the fifteen minute morning and afternoon ride is USD$179 per person, while the thirty minute ride costs USD$360 per person. A helicopter ride is also an option offered by Batoka Sky which does a similar route to the microlight. A fifteen-minute helicopter flight costs USD$189, while a 22-minute flight costs USD$250, and a thirty-minute flight costs USD$360.

Microlight over Victoria Falls

Swing across the gorge

Free fall seventy meters (230 feet) into the Batoka Gorge. A full body harness is attached securely from your back to the cable and you take a running dive off the edge of the cliff and soar across the deep gorge. It’s the ultimate adrenalin rush! The gorge swing costs USD$95 per person via Zambezi Eco Adventures.

River surf

This is also a seasonal offering from August to January. Surf the waves at rapid two on the Zambezi River with Bundu Adventures. The session lasts approximately three hours and is USD$70 per person with a 10% discount if booked at least two days in advance.

Bungee jump

Bungee jump from the highest bridge jump in the world! The Victoria Falls Bridge is 111 meters (364 feet) high and spans the Batoka Gorge with the Zambezi River below and the falls as the back drop. Wild Side Tours and Safaris offers bungee jumping for USD$160 per person. There is also an option to do a bungee swing for USD$160 per person, and the bungee slide for USD$45 per person. Don’t forget to carry your passport, as the bridge lies between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Bungee jumping off the Knife Edge Bridge

Ride the Royal Livingstone Express

Go back in time and enjoy a five-course meal on the 1922 and 1924 Royal Livingstone Express trains. The four-hour train ride begins from the Mulobezi railway offices and passes through the Mosi o Tunya National Park. The train makes a twenty-minute stop at the Victoria Falls Bridge. The trains operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4.30pm to 9pm in the winter, and 5pm to 9.30pm at other times. Tickets cost USD$189 per person. Children under 3 ride for free.

Royal Livingstone Express Train I

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