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10 Adrenaline rushing things to do at Victoria Falls, in Zambia and Zimbabwe

Cheréne Pienaar 21 November 2011

Just by staring at the Vic Falls and feeling the water spraying on your face is enough to get the blood rushing, but what if you want to add on to this adrenalin rushing experience? Take on the rapids on a canoe or kayak and become one with the Zambezi or explore the region's wildlife on the back of an elephant.

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Having fun and finding things to do that get your adrenaline rushing at Victoria Falls is as easy as spotting rushing water. Here are some top things to do to get the adrenaline flowing through your veins in both Zambia and Zimbabwe.

1. White water rafting

Two things are guaranteed when you go white water rafting at the Victoria Waterfalls; you will get wet and you will remember it for the rest of your life. Rafting trips are run by highly professional operators. You have a choice between low water (August to early January) and high water (January to March, May to July) trips. The low water trip is the more exciting option, but requires a bit more rafting experience, as lower water levels means higher thrill levels.

Above: White water rafting is considered to be the most adventurous activity, seeing as the rapids are quite big, depending on the water levels.  Photo :djforth33

2. Tandem kayaking

Kayaking in the Zambezi is just as exciting, but you might feel a bit safer with a guide doing the steering work. You don’t need any experience for paddling the rapids and you’ll feel like you have successfully conquered the great river below Vic Falls!

3. Upper Zambezi canoeing

The canoe trail operates above Victoria Falls and is ideal for those who want to experience the tranquil side of the river. The upper Zambezi is regarded as free flowing because it is not controlled by the dam. This means that the water is subject to seasonal variation. In English, it means that the route varies as new channels open with the rise of the water levels.

4. Zipline

This is the longest Zip Line (Foofie Slide) ride in the world. Imagine the adrenalin rush traveling a speed of 106 km’s hurtling 425m across the gorge, while suspended 120m above the breath taking beauty of the Zambezi water below!

5. Bungee Jumping

The Victoria Falls Bungee Jump is undoubtedly the most scenic bungee jump in the World. With the Victoria Falls themselves as the backdrop, and the mighty Zambezi River flowing beneath you

6. River board/surfing combo trip

Take on the rapids with nothing more than a body board and a pair of flippers. If the water level is on your side, you can also roam the Zambezi’s waves with your surfboard! Half day and full day combos are offered.

7. River sunset cruises

A cruise down the Zambezi is the best way to take in the spectacular views of the sunset before disappearing below the majestic waterfalls: add your favourite spirit and a few snacks and enjoy of Africa’s most appealing attractions.

8. Tours and game drives

Victoria Falls is the most popular backpacking tour destination. Combining all the exciting activities, a tour will be the best way to get the best out of your trip.

9. Helicopter trip

Get a bird’s eye view of the majestic falls from a helicopter. When viewing the Falls by foot, there is simply too much spray and rain (both from above and below) and clouds to get a clear view, and you can’t see its enormity all at once.

Above: Get a bird's eyeview of the majestic water falls from a helicopter. Rides are affordable and can easily be organised. Photo: fragras

10. Horse trails

One of the finest ways to experience the African bush is on horseback. So, if you are trying to figure out which activities are best, contact us for advice on the top things to do to get your adrenaline pumping at Vic Falls.

Keen to experience Vic Falls for yourself? View our expertly crafted journeys which include Victoria Falls (all of which can be tailored to your particular needs).

Sources:

  • http://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/victoria-falls-white-water-rafting.html
  • http://www.zambiatourism.com/travel/greatvac/kayaking.htm
  • https://www.drivesouthafrica.co.za/car-hire/model/nissan-livina-sa-thr/
  • http://www.victoriafalls.net/elephant_back_safaris.htm
  • http://www.victoriafallsadventures.com/activities_water_combo_riverboarding_surfing.php
  • http://www.getyourguide.com/en/tours/zimbabwe-victoria-falls/zambezi-river-sunset-cruise/?id=9573
  • http://www.victoriafalls.net/victoria_falls_horse_trails.htm
     
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