Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders, can be viewed, and experienced, from two countries; Zambia & Zimbabwe. The 2-kilometre (1688m to be exact) curtain of falling water forms the border between the two countries.
In the 1800’s the Kololo tribe described the falls as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. This is likely due to the body of spray that can be seen from miles away, long before you set sights on the magnificent falls themselves. At the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge into a gorge over one hundred meters below.
Livingstone is just minutes away from the Victoria Fall, on the Zambia side, and is a popular hub for visitors to the destination. Livingstone offers a wide range of accommodation options making it a great base for exploring the area. The town was named after the Scottish explorer, David Livingstone. You can learn about David Livingstone and the local history at The Livingstone Museum.
As Zambia’s entry to the Falls, Livingstone is the place to discover and book activities to truly experience the wonder of the Victoria Falls. As well as activities, there are plenty of restaurants and bars in Livingstone to keep you busy in the evenings.
Here are some of the most popular activities you can do on the Zambia side of the Victoria Falls.
The Zambezi River is an exhilarating white water rafting destination. The river drops about 400ft over the 24km covered and the depth of the river can reach 200ft. Part of the river is classified as Grade 5 (“extremely difficult, big drops and pressure areas”) with the rest being less challenging and is of a lower grade.
Highly qualified and experienced guides ensure you enjoy a fun and safe action-packed day on one of the most famous rapids in the world.
The Victoria Falls is one of the few places you can find white rhino in Zambia. Looked after 24/7 by rangers, it is a unique area to get up close and personal with one of Africa’s most famous prehistoric giants, the rhino. You will drive into the park with your guide, before meeting up with the rangers where you will enter the sighting on foot. Getting very close to these rare animals you can see the beauty and power as they go about their daily life in front of you. A must do activity in the heart of the falls.
The Victoria Falls bungee jump in one of the most scenic in the world with the Victoria Falls as the backdrop and the mighty Zambezi River beneath you.
“5-4-3-2-1 – BUNGEE!” You will experience 4 seconds of freefall and 111 metres of pure adrenaline.
If the bungee jump doesn’t appease your thirst for adrenaline try the gorge swing too. This is done from the same spot as the bungee; you fly out over the mighty Zambezi River in an upright position for an 80-metre freefall then swing in a huge arc with the waterfall rumbling by your side.
Devil’s Pool is the world’s ultimate infinity pool. You can swim and even lean over the edge of Africa’s famed Victoria Falls. Before reaching the pool, you will visit the island where you will be given a guided tour, learning about its history from the ancient time when it served as a sacrificial site to the present day and it World Heritage status.
Devil’s Pool is open during the drier months of the year, usually between mid-August and mid-January, when water levels are low enough for swimmers to take the plunge.
Nicknamed “The flight of Angels” after David Livingstone documented the phrase “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. A helicopter flight over the magnificent Victoria Falls is a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed.
At ground level, you can feel the enormous power of the Victoria Falls as tremendous volumes of water pound into the gorge below. But it is only when you take to the air that you can take in the whole panorama and enormity of this mighty spectacle.
There are no shortage of things to do in Livingstone and at the Victoria Falls, especially if you are an adrenaline junkie!