5 Extreme Activities At Victoria Falls
At Fred.\ River Cruises, we have a number of sailings along the Chobe River available with AmaWaterways. As well as getting to see the amazing wildlife within the Chobe National Park, some of these African River cruises also offer the chance to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world – Victoria Falls.
Situated on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, this breathtaking sight is over a mile wide and is definitely one of Africa’s must-see sights. Here’s a look at some of the adrenaline-filled activities you can do during your stay in the area.
White Water Rafting
If you love the thrill of white water rafting then this experience has to be at the top of your list. The rapids below the falls are some of the most ferocious in the world and many are categorised as Grade 5. With experienced guides at the helm, you will navigate through rapids with daunting names such as ‘Gnashing Jaws of Death’ and ‘Oblivion’. If that all sounds a bit much, opt for the high water rafting instead. This takes place in January, February, June and July and isn’t quite as treacherous.
If you want to combine adrenaline-filled thrills with fantastic views of the Batoka Gorge, this activity is perfect. It is not for the fainthearted though, as it involves free falling for around 70m before the rope attached to your harness pulls taught and swings you backwards and forwards above the Zambezi River. You can choose to do this from the Victoria Falls Bridge or further along the gorge, depending on the company operating the activity. There’s also the chance to up the ante with a bungee jump or choose the slightly less daunting prospect of the zip line.
Devil’s Pool Swim
The Devil’s Pool is a small, natural plunge pool at the top of the falls, close to Livingstone Island and surrounded by rocks. During low water season it is possible to swim here, just inches from the 103m drop into the depths below, and even sit on a rock known as the Devil’s Armchair. This is possibly one of the coolest things you can do in Victoria Falls and allows you to feel the force of this natural wonder up close. Access is restricted to just a small group of people at any one time and we recommend booking with a trusted and experienced company.
Perhaps the best views of the falls can be had from the seat of a helicopter, allowing you to look down and see the full extent of this amazing place. The helicopters used have specially designed bubble shaped windows that are perfect for taking great photos. An extended scenic tour can also take you downstream to see the Zambezi before it transforms into a raging river, where you can spot animals such as elephants, giraffes and hippos.
If you want to learn the history behind the engineering marvel that is the Victoria Falls Bridge, then this tour is perfect. Built in 1905, the structure used methods that were way ahead of their time to create a route for steam trains, cars and pedestrians to cross the gorge. After an interesting talk, you will be strapped to the bridge with a harness and explore the walkway underneath. From here, you get amazing views of the falls, the rainbows and the bungee jumpers taking the plunge from above.
If you would like to visit Victoria Falls as part of a Chobe River cruise, we have various different itineraries available. Call us on 0808 231 3351 for more information.