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22 Best things to see & do in Victoria Falls

  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Last updated: 15 June, 2024
Expert travel writer: Richard Holmes
  • Zimbabwe

Widely regarded as some of the best white-water rafting in the world, running the rapids formed by the Zambezi funnelling through the Batoka Gorge, is far and away the most popular adventure activity at Victoria Falls.

These are among the largest commercially rafted rapids in the world, and not for the faint-hearted. However, rafting companies take safety incredibly seriously and guides are trained in swift-water rescue and accredited by the International Rafting Federation.

Adult price: £100

Min age 15

Good for age: 15+

Duration: 5-10 hours

  • Zimbabwe

Water tumbling down from the Victoria Falls waterfall

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Victoria Falls Waterfall

Straddling the border of Zambia & Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is the world’s largest sheet of falling water – an incredible spectacle that sees the entire 1.7km span of the great Zambezi River tumble off a vertical ridge, sending clouds of mist into the surrounding forest.

First ‘discovered’ by David Livingstone in 1855, Victoria Falls – at a whopping 108m high – it is one of the largest waterfalls on the planet.

From the raw power of summer floods to the delicate cataracts of the dry season, it’s impossible not to be awed and humbled by Mosi-Oa-Tunya, the ‘smoke that thunders’.

Good for age: 4+

  • Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia

Man jumping into Devil's Pool right on the lip of the falls

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Swim in the Devil’s Pool

Livingstone Island, a small island in the centre of the flow, was opened in 1995 to offer a unique, and truly mind-blowing picnic spot – right on the edge of the Falls.

Yet increasingly the real draw for many to the island has become the Devil’s Pool, a small lagoon, enclosed by rock, right on the lip of the 103m-high Falls, where a lucky (crazy) few, at the right time of year, can go for a dip. The pool is chest-deep and calm, so you don’t need to be a strong swimmer, but you’ll want a good head for heights.

Adult price: £115

Min age 12

Good for age: 13+

Duration: 2 hours

  • Zimbabwe

The Zambezi river shot from above

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Kayak the Zambezi River

If rafting the Grade V white-water rapids of the Batoka Gorge are too intimidating, a sedate canoe safari on the Zambezi River above the Falls is a good fallback option.

Using stable inflatable canoes, you’ll paddle through a selection of small rapids, viewing both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side of the river. Big game sightings – including hippo, elephant and crocodile – are commonplace, ensuring your fair share of adrenalin.

Adult price: £120

Min age 12

Good for age: 12+

Duration: 5 hours

  • Zimbabwe

A J Hackett invented the craze of jumping off bridges attached to a stretchable ‘bungee’ at Kawarau Bridge, New Zealand. Today, bungee jumping is fairly ubiquitous, but it’s the setting that makes it an extra special bucket list experience.

It may not be the highest or the oldest, but Victoria Falls’ 111m historic railway bridge spans a spectacular gorge over the churning, crocodile-infested Zambezi. Jump to the thunderous soundtrack of the mega-waterfall behind. It’s unquestionably one of the world’s greatest bunjee jumps – if not the greatest?

Adult price: £130

Min age 18

Good for age: 18+

Duration: 2 hours

  • Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Central African Republic (CAR)

Man smiling on zip-line across the Zambezi with the Victoria Falls Waterfall in the backdrop

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Zip-line across the Zambezi River

If you can’t face the prospect of bungee jumping from the famous Victoria Falls Bridge, the adrenalin-pumping zip-line is a fine way to get your thrills above the Batoka Gorge. The zip-line stretches for 425 metres across the gorge, and stepping free of terra firma will see you hurtling along at more than 100km/h.

If you have the presence of mind, look upstream and you’ll be rewarded with dramatic views of the Falls and the iconic iron railway bridge. Afterwards, catch your breath with a drink at the scenic Lookout Café.

Adult price: £65

Min age 6

Good for age: 13+

Duration: 1-2 hours

  • Zimbabwe

A jeep on safari

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Safaris around Victoria Falls

While the waterfall is the main attraction, the game reserves around Victoria Falls offer some decent sightings, and are a bucket list inclusion if you have not yet been on safari.

You might not see the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) but to experience the African bush – in vehicles or on foot – is unforgettable and unmissable. The best reserves for sightings are Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve, and Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park – home to the protected white rhino.

Make sure you book a night drive. They cost more, but are tremendously exciting (especially for kids) and offer the chance to spot lesser-seen nocturnals like porcupines and aardvarks.

Adult price: £120

Min age 5

Good for age: 8+

Duration: 3-4 hours

  • Livingstone, Southern Province, South Africa

David Livingstone wrote of the Victoria Falls that ‘scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in flight’… so perhaps it’s no surprise that flying over the falls is one of the best way to appreciate the great spectacle.

Short flips have you over the Falls and back in under 15 minutes, while longer chopper excursions drop into the gorge to skim above the rapids. Choose between helicopters, or, for the truly daring, microlights.

Adult price: £150

Good for age: 10+

Duration: 1.5 hours

  • Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe

cruise boat on the river zambezi

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Cruise on the Zambezi

While most of your Victoria Falls trip will be spent on adventure and adrenalin, a cruise on the upper Zambezi is all about relaxing with a few drinks.

Cruises take place throughout the day, but the sundowner trip is hard to beat: while the sun burnishes the waters of the Zambezi, keep an eye open for elephant swimming between the banks, and an ear alert for the ‘ho-ho-ho’ of a grumpy hippo.

Adult price: £35

Good for age: 4+

Duration: 1+ hours

  • Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia

A jetboat with people on the Zambezi river alongside the base of a waterfall

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Jetboating on the Zambezi

Why go down the surging Zambezi when you can go up? Where the white-water rafting ends is where the Jet Boat Extreme begins, powering up the rapids courtesy of a 700-horsepower engine that makes short work of the raging river.

It’ll shake your fillings loose and leave you soaked, but this white-knuckle ride is ideal for visitors who can’t ­– or won’t – brave the rapids by raft.

Adult price: £80

Min age 12

Good for age: 13+

Duration: 2-2.5 hours