The world-famous Victoria Falls is also Africa’s adventure playground, offering an array of brilliant adrenalin-packed adventure activities plus Big Five safaris.
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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.
Getting there & doing it
There are private reserves and national parks on both sides of the Zambezi, with operators offering morning and afternoon game drives in the morning and afternoon. Return transfers from your hotel are usually included, and some tours offer breakfast or dinner out in the bush.
When to do it
Safaris run all year round, seven days a week. The bush is most beautiful in the rainy season, but if animals are your priority, the August to December dry season draws them from the bush for easy viewing at waterholes.
Start times vary by operator, but most will leave around 5am-5.30am. Night game drives depart around 4.30pm. There’s a reason game drives are only offered in the early morning and late afternoon: animals, like wise humans, avoid doing much in the heat of the day.
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