Africa Travel Articles
Victoria Falls Activities - Fly With Angels, Swim With The Devil
Author: Sandra Mallinson
Date: February 2013
The world's largest waterfall and its surrounding game reserves are just two of the many attractions which draw people to a Victoria Falls holiday. This iconic destination has also earned its reputation as the adrenaline capital of Africa; it has one of the highest – and definitely the most spectacular – bungee jumps in the world along with a long list of adrenaline-charged activities including abseiling, bridge-swinging, tandem parachuting and white-water rafting.
But if your idea of fun doesn’t involve seeing your life flash before your eyes, then the good news is that there are also plenty of truly unique Victoria Falls activities which are just as exciting but with a slightly lower scream factor.
The Flight of Angels
The best way to get to grips with the sheer size of Victoria Falls is to take to the sky in a helicopter or for the slightly more adventurous, a micro-light. Keep an eye out for plump pods of hippos in the Zambezi and elephants gathered at the river's edge as you skirt the column of rainbow-lit spray above the falls before zig-zagging through the Batoka Gorge. It's a massive experience and the only real way to fit everything in when trying to capture the falls in a single photograph.
Walking with Lions
Spending time with Africa's big players stirs those deep emotions that make you want to immediately quit city life and become a game ranger. Walking through the African bush beside a couple of unrestrained, very large and playful cats, you almost have to remind yourself you're with one of the world's greatest predators. You spend about an hour with the lions - habituated cubs and juveniles - who seem far more interested in each other than in people, although they're often fairly partial to rolling over for a bit of a belly scratch.
Swaying gently from side to side as you trundle through the bush atop the Africa's biggest animal is a truly unforgettable Victoria Falls activity. Spot other animals from your unique vantage point as your elephant carefully picks its way along ancient game trails, responding to the quiet commands of its experienced handler. After the safari, you have the opportunity to meet and feed orphaned babies and gain a greater insight into these incredible animals.
Cruising on the Zambezi
The Zambezi River flows at a leisurely pace above the falls and the ever-popular sunset river cruises are as relaxing as the raging rapids below are thrilling. Sit back with a chilled drink in one hand and binoculars in the other - there's always wildlife to look out for - but if you're looking for something a bit more adventurous, take to the river in a two-man canoe on a guided expedition.