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Last updated: 02 March, 2023
Expert travel writer: Richard Holmes

Where to go and what to see in Victoria Falls to get the most from your trip – a 4-day itinerary from destination expert and travel writer Richard Holmes.

Editor note – Richard has not included specific recommendations of where to stay each day unless it’s necessary. Instead, see the ‘Where to stay’ section in our Victoria Falls destination guide.

Day 1

5

Spend a morning marvelling at Mosi-oa-Tunya. The Zimbabwean side offers the best views, from stone pathways that meander through lush rainforest. It’s worth the extra walk to Danger Point, to see the thunderous Eastern Cataract.

Afterwards, learn more about wildlife conservation at the Victoria Falls Elephant Sanctuary, before relaxing at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel for lunch or afternoon tea.

Then take to the skies in a helicopter, for a quick flight to admire the cascades from above.

Enjoy dinner at your riverside lodge or, on the Zimbabwean side, the colourful ‘Boma Dinner & Drum Show’.

Victoria Falls Waterfall

Zimbabwe

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Water tumbling down from the Victoria Falls waterfall

This 108-metre-high waterfall is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. It’s impossible not to be awed and humbled by Mosi-Oa-Tunya, the ‘smoke that thunders’.

Best for ages 4+

Victoria Falls Elephant Sanctuary

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe

Woman with a playful elephant raising its trunk

Enjoy a close-up experience meeting Loxodonta africana in their natural environment, at this respected elephant sanctuary.

Adult price: £15

Best for ages 4+

Duration: 2-3 hours

Boma Dinner & Drum Show

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe

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three men performing in traditional dress at the drum show

Vibrant outdoor restaurant steeped in African decor, with local entertainment and terrific barbecue buffet.

Adult price: £25

Best for ages 4+

Duration: 3 hours

When: Daily

Frequency: daily

Victoria Falls Hotel

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

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Victoria Falls Hotel

A historic hotel – Victoria Falls’ grand dame – that combines classic charm with unrivalled location, steps from the Falls.

Average £520

Extra beds

Pool

2+ bedrooms

Beach

Kids menu

Fitness center

Kids club

Day 2

5

Step out for a walking safari in Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, tracking endangered white rhinoceros.

Next, head into Livingstone for souvenir shopping at the Dambwa Market, before lunch at the Zambezi Waterfront.

After lunch, brave a cliffside swim in the Devil’s Pool above the Falls. If water levels are too high (it’s safest August-December) head upstream for a canoe safari on the Zambezi River.

End the day with a trip on the Royal Livingstone Express, enjoying sundowners aboard a vintage steam train.

Guided bush walks to see white rhinos

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Southern Province, Zambia

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White rhino

Excellent guided bush walks that will get you up close and personal with the endangered white rhinoceros in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.

Adult price: £82

Min age 14

Best for ages 14+

Duration: 2 or 4 hours

Dambwa Market

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia

Traditional African wooden masks

Enjoy a taste of local living at the Dambwa market in Livingstone. This is where locals come to shop, and you’ll find everything from fresh produce to wooden carvings. Guided tours are available if you’re unsure about exploring on your own.

Best for ages 13+

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Swim in the Devil’s Pool

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia

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

Take a dip in the small lagoon on Livingstone Island – right on the lip of the 103m-high Falls. Not for the faint hearted.

Adult price: £115

Min age 12

Best for ages 12+

Duration: 2 hours

Kayak the Zambezi River

Zimbabwe

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Bucket List Experience
The Zambezi river shot from above

Paddle down the mighty Zambezi, spotting birds and big game including hippo, elephant and crocodile.

Adult price: £120

Min age 12

Best for ages 12+

Duration: 5 hours

Royal Livingstone Express

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia

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The Livingstone Express train with steam locomotive

Fine-dining aboard a lovely colonial-era steam train as it chuffs for 15km through the game-rich Zambian bush.

Adult price: £150

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 4 hours

Day 3

5

Make this a day for adventure! The Zambezi River is home to some of the most extreme white-water rapids on the planet, and river rafting should be top of your list. Water levels will determine how many rapids you can tackle.

Alternatively book a jet-boat excursion, for a thrilling ride and a different perspective of the Falls from below.

If time (and courage) allows, bungee jump from the famous railway bridge across the Batoka Gorge. If that’s a step too far, try zip-lining across the gorge instead.

After a day of adrenalin, relax with a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River.

White-water rafting on the Zambezi River

Zimbabwe

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Bucket List Experience
People in a raft in the white-water rapids on the Zambezi

Take courage in both hands and raft the world-class white-water rapids of the mighty, crocodile-infested Zambezi River, funneling through the Batoka Gorge at Victoria Falls. And remember to look out for the crocs!

Adult price: £100

Min age 15

Best for ages 15+

Duration: 5-10 hours

Jetboating on the Zambezi

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia

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

Exhilarating jetboat adventure that powers up the rapids of the Zambezi River for a few hours of adrenaline-fuelled fun.

Adult price: £80

Min age 12

Best for ages 12+

Duration: 2-2.5 hours

Bungee jump from Victoria Falls Bridge

Zimbabwe

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Bucket List Experience
The iconic bridge Victoria Falls bridge spanning the gorge with rainbow

A historic bridge over a famous gorge sets the scene for one of the most impressive and famous bungee jumps on the planet. Seriously white-knuckle aerial adventure.

Adult price: £130

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 2 hours

Zip-line across the Zambezi River

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

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

One of the world’s greatest zip-lines – 425 metres across a scenic Gorge, over the churning Zambezi River, passing the dramatic spectacle of one of the world’s biggest waterfalls.

Adult price: £65

Min age 6

Best for ages 13+

Duration: 1-2 hours

Cruise on the Zambezi

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe

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Bucket List Experience
cruise boat on the river zambezi

Scenic cruises and game spotting on one of Africa’s greatest rivers, just made for sundowners.

Adult price: £35

Best for ages 4+

Duration: 1+ hours

Day 4

3

Leave early to make the most of a full day in Botswana’s Chobe National Park; an hour’s drive from Victoria Falls.

Chobe excursions include transport to the Park and safaris in open vehicles, with the chance to spot all of the ‘Big Five’.

A boat trip on the broad Chobe River delivers close-up encounters with elephant, rhino and buffalo.

Return for sundowners at The Royal Livingstone Hotel, followed by dinner in their restaurant, Kubu. The impressive Falls views and riverside setting make it worth the hefty price tag.

Safari in Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Central African Republic (CAR)

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Safari in Chobe National Park

Explore one of Africa’s most spectacular wilderness areas, famed for its huge herds of elephant and elephant-eating lions.

Adult price: £120

Best for ages 5+

Duration: Full day

Sundowners at the Royal Livingstone Hotel

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia

Sundowners at the Royal Livingstone Hotel

With the spray rising downstream and the sun dipping below the Zambezi, enjoy the best sundowner G&T in Africa from the Kubu Bar at the Royal Livingstone Hotel. Non-residents are welcome, and the views are worth the price tag.

Adult price: £12

Min age 18

Best for ages 18+

Duration: 2-3 hours

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Royal Livingstone Hotel

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia

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Royal Livingstone Hotel

A five-star hotel with an unrivalled Falls location, luxury rooms and modern facilities… at a price.

Average £460

Extra beds

Pool

2+ bedrooms

Beach

Kids menu

Fitness center

Kids club