Mosi oa Tunya… the smoke that thunders. One of the world’s largest and most beautiful waterfalls that has gained legendary status due to being “discovered” by Sir David Livingstone, who named Victoria Falls after his country’s queen. But did you know there’s so much more to Victoria Falls town itself than the eponymous natural phenomenon?
The town has become quite the bustling centre of activity for visitors who come to see the famous Falls. Most itineraries have a free afternoon in Victoria Falls for guests to spend as they wish and we have compiled a list of the very best ways to do just that. From heli-flips and historic bridge tours to posh high tea and a visit to the Big Tree…
Classic Victoria Falls highlights
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park – if you want to see the famous Falls on foot, this is where you’ll need to go. Walk along the edge of the gorge and explore the lush rainforest that is watered by the mist from the Falls.
Historical Bridge Tour – Did you know the entire bridge was constructed in England and then shipped in separate parts to Zimbabwe and assembled there in 1905? Learn this and much more on this interesting tour.
Bungee Jump – Plunge into the abyss while strapped to a bungee cord, the perfect activity for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies.
White Water Rafting – Navigate the rapids and earn the ultimate bragging rights, how many people can say they white-water rafted on the mighty Zambezi?
Heli-flip – Fly above the Falls and observe them from the sky. It’s an excellent way to truly take in their magnitude.
Zambezi River Sunset Dhow Cruise – An intimate journey on a beautifully peaceful East African dhow. True barefoot luxury and sublime serenity.
Curio Market – A bustling market selling the uniquely African handcrafted curios that make excellent keepsakes to take back home. Browse, bargain and bring a bit of Africa home with you.
Off the beaten track: activities for those in the know!
Visit the Comesa Market – a little further out of town, this is a real market for locals, where you strike great deals on things like beautiful Chitenge fabric.
Big Tree – one of the biggest baobabs in Zimbabwe and a great place to buy baobab seeds.
Meet a Zambian – take a walk on the Vic Falls Bridge and strike up a conversation with one of the Zambians who cross the bridge on bicycles ferrying maize back and forth over the border.
In-Da-Belly restaurant at the public rest camp – if you’re looking for great value and good food this is the place, plus there’s a swimming pool!
Shoestrings Backpackers bar – a truly great local vibe, the best music, cheapest beer and friendliest locals.
High tea at Vic Falls Hotel – Cucumber sandwiches and cakes, a posh British tea experience in heart of Africa. Pinkies up!
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