Extreme Victoria Falls: Adventure Holiday in Zambia

April 30, 2019

Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River’s impressive crescendo, is the ultimate destination for an unforgettable adventure holiday in Zambia.

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Victoria Falls © Patrick Shah

It is for good reason that Victoria Falls has been titled ‘The Smoke That Thunders’. As the Zambezi River plunges into the Batoka Gorge below, plumes of smoke-like mist billow into the sky above and the constant roaring water can be heard from miles away. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and a top priority destination on many people’s bucket-lists, for both its magnificent beauty and wide range of extreme sports.

If you fancy yourself a thrill-seeker, then take a look at all the activities you can include on your adventure holiday in Zambia:

Bungee-jumping, abseiling and flying fox: Whether you are excited to plunge face-first into the great abyss of the gorge, rappel backwards with the rushing water behind you or fly across the sky on a zipline, Zambia has a high-wire activity for you and all with Victoria Falls as the backdrop to your adventures – very photo-worthy moments indeed! These are year-round activities that are only closed off to the public when it rains.

White-water rafting and kayaking: Taking on the Zambezi River is not for the faint-hearted, particularly if you have your sights set on tackling the 23 sets of rapids that make this a favourite spot for white-water rafters. For an easier ride, kayaking will give you the physical workout whilst still being able to soak in the natural beauty around you. These activities are only allowed during low water time between July and February.

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Kayaking on the lower Zambezi River © Time & Tide

Devil’s Pool: If your thrill is great heights, then book a swim in Devil’s Pool at Livingstone Island. Located on the top of Victoria Falls, when you take a peak over the edge from within the pool, you will feel on top of the world! For many, a trip to Victoria Falls is incomplete without taking a dip here so avoid booking your Zambia holiday between March and May when the pool closes due to high water levels.

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Swimming at Devil’s Pool at the top of Victoria Falls © Tongabezi Lodge

Boiling Pot hike: There is a magical experience waiting at the bottom of the falls for anyone keen on a challenging hike down into the Batoka Gorge. The 30-minute descent starts from a height of 110m and takes you over steep steps and rocks, so hikers need to be relatively fit to take on this strenuous trek. It doesn’t end there as you will need to go rafting to reach the base of the falls. Once you reach the pools of the Boiling Pot, you will realise it was completely worth the effort.

Helicopter and microlight flights: For a ride that will literally blow your hair back, take flight into the sky above the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls on a small helicopter or microlight. Both these flights are exhilarating and guarantee breath-taking views from up high – you will definitely want to bring your camera (and a steady hand!) along for this adventure.

A trip to Victoria Falls and the lower Zambezi can be easily combined with a safari in Zambia’s premier wildlife destination, the South Luangwa National Park. Contact us for expertly crafted tailor-made safaris and adventure holidays in Africa.


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