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Victoria waterfall, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the greatest attractions in Africa is a must-visit destination on your bucket list when planning a trip to Africa. Located on the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls is the fourth largest river in Africa which also defines the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The only waterfall in the world with a length of more than a kilometer and a height of more than a hundred meters, Victoria Falls is considered to be the largest fall in the world. You can easily hear the noise of Victoria Falls from a distance of 40 kilometers, while the spray and mist from the falling water that rises to a height of over 400 meters can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometers.
Victoria waterfall was named after Queen Victoria by the Scottish missionary and eminent explorer of Africa, David Livingstone (1813-1873) who was the first European to cross Africa from south to north. While he was in Africa preaching Christianity in 1855, it was then that he discovered this awe-inspiring waterfall. Until the construction of a railway to Bulawayo in 1905, there were hardly any people visiting the waterfall. After the construction, the Victoria fall quickly gained popularity and by the end of 1990 nearly 300,000 people were visiting the falls each year and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The water level varies throughout the year, being at its peak in April, when on an average 500,000,000 liters of water flow at the end of the rainy season and October and early November experience the lowest level of water. The Zambezi River faces a sharp drop in the water level during the dry season, and it becomes possible to walk through some parts of the waterfall. However, during the rest of the year, Victoria Falls is a roaring machine that strikes anyone with its power.
Arrival at Livingstone, Zambia
On your arrival at Livingstone (LVI) Airport, you will be picked up by a driver who will transfer you to your hotel.
Check-in and spend the rest of the day at leisure staying overnight at the Hotel.
Victoria Falls Tour & Zambezi river cruise
Start your Victoria falls tour with a hearty breakfast at the hotel after which your driver-guide will meet you in the hotel reception for your scheduled tour of the Victoria Falls.
Witness some of the spectacular views offered by Zambia and find out about its formation and the local customs and traditions that surround it. If time permits, this informative tour ends with a visit to the art and crafts center.
If you are traveling during high water season, you must carry appropriate clothes and wear shoes to avoid slipping. Once the tour ends, you will be driven back to the hotel to spend the balance of the early afternoon at leisure. After a little rest, you will be met by your driver-guide in the hotel reception in the late afternoon to depart to the Zambezi River on the launch site of your scheduled Sundowner Cruise.
Heed the call of Africa while sipping traditional cocktails and enjoying snacks. After the most memorable of experiences, you will be transferred back to your hotel in-between for the evening. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Livingstone Island tour
After an early leisurely breakfast, meet your driver-guide in the hotel reception to depart to
Livingstone Island Visit is scheduled for the day.
Located in the middle of the Zambezi River, Livingstone Island is right on the edge of the Victoria Falls just before the water thunders down a 103-meter drop. This unique Island is seasonally accessible and depends entirely on the water level in the Zambezi River (closed during high water season approximately February to June annually).
Continue to enjoy the Gorge Swing. Fling yourself over the edge in a body harness falling some 50 meters and swinging right across the gorge and back until the momentum runs out and you are lowered to the ground to walk out.
Return to the hotel and spend the balance of the afternoon at leisure.
Day is free to experience other activities
There are multiple activities one can do to spend the last day at Victoria Falls. Here are some of the key experiences that we recommend. Write 2-3 lines on each.
Devil's Pool - A natural pool of water situated atop of Victoria Waterfalls is a breath-taking experience that is a must in your bucket-list while in Africa. Swim in this pool straddling just at the edge of Victoria falls to get some mind-boggling adventure. It's a must-visit for even the most casual of thrill-seekers.
Swim under the Falls - Yes it's possible! You can Swim in the rock pools right underneath the waterfalls and from the bottom of the gorge, you can witness a spectacular view of the Victoria Falls. It's only possible during low water season and you can't miss a chance to be in the heart of one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Explore by Microlight - Get a bird's eye view of the Victoria Waterfalls with a short microlight flight. The flight carries a pilot and a single passenger who sits in an open cockpit and experiences the beauty of the Victoria falls come alive. You can choose if you want a short 15 min flight or a 30 min flight to view the full breadth of Victoria Falls, the islands, and neighboring rainforests.
Walk the Knife Edge Bridge - Get a view of the eastern cataract of Victoria Falls and the main gorge from the knife-edge bridge. Get ready to get soaking wet while walking on the bridge and get a worthwhile adrenaline rush along with a magnificent view of the Victoria Waterfalls.
Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls - Known as the ‘flight of Angel’, the helicopter ride is a perfect way of experiencing the true splendor of the Victoria Waterfalls. The pilot will fly left and right-hand circuits to offer you the best views possible of the falls. The flight will also take you up the Zambezi river and above the Zambezi National Park on your flight back.
White water Rafting - For all the adrenaline junkies, the white water rafting right below the Victoria falls enables you to gawk at the beauty of the Batoka Gorge between some of the most exciting and challenging rapids. White water Rafting can vary from only a couple of hours to a full six days adventure all the way to Lake Kariba with the Zambezi keeping you on the edge every step of the way.
Bungee jumping - With Victoria Waterfalls as the backdrop and Zambezi river flowing beneath, this is a must-do adventure to experience the most scenic Bungee-jump in the world. Leap off the bridge and move towards the rapids of the mighty Zambezi River and let the adrenaline flow.
Today, as per your flight timings, you will be transferred to the Livingstone airport for your flight back home or to the next destination, with pleasant memories of the Victoria Falls.