What makes Victoria Falls unique?
It doesn’t get much more unique than the biggest and most dramatic waterfall on the planet: Victoria Falls definitely deserves its mantle as one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site, in all its powerful glory, is enough of a bucket list sight to be a unique place to visit in itself, but the addition of the extraordinary diversity of outdoor activities on offer around Victoria Falls is what makes Victoria Falls truly unique.
The adventures are seemingly endless: go bungee jumping in one of the world’s most spectacular locations, fly like a bird in a tiny microlight plane, track down endangered white rhinos on foot, swing like a human pendulum across the steep gorge, abseil down a cliff, zip line through the treetops and go cage diving with crocodiles – and that’s just for starters.
On the mighty Zambezi River, you can experience some of the best white-water rafting on the planet. Tackle rapids face-first on a bodyboard, shoot across the water on a jet boat, swim in a natural infinity pool on the edge of Victoria Falls.
Or go under the spray at the base of the falls and go on relaxing multi-day canoeing safaris where you’ll be immersed in wilderness, spotting elephants from just a few metres away and sleeping on riverside beaches under the stars.
Then there are lots of ways to explore the area around the falls, from cycling tours and horseback rides to game drives in the two national parks on either side of the border.
Another reason why Victoria Falls is a unique destination is that in just a small area on either side of the falls, there’s really something for every kind of traveller. In terms of budgets, there’s a huge range of lodging – everything from riverside campsites to high-end luxury hotels.
Families are well catered for: hotels are child-friendly and there’s a host of activities for all ages, while solo travellers will find it easy to meet other people and have fun on group activities. Luxury lodges offer lots of special touches for romantic couples and honeymooners, and adventure-seekers will be in their element with the amount of adrenaline-inducing fun on offer.
Travellers who prefer serene activities will discover that there are plenty of quiet pleasures at Victoria Falls: high tea on manicured lawns, relaxing spa treatments, sundowner cocktails on sunset river cruises, gourmet dinner onboard an old steam train as its chugs its way through a safari park, and sipping wine while being paddled on an inflatable raft down the Zambezi.