You’ve heard of Niagara Falls, Iguazu Falls and perhaps even Angel Falls, and though each offer a fascinating and unique take on waterfalls, they are mere bench warmers to Mother Nature’s star spectacle; Victoria Falls.
As the only waterfall to boast a spot on nature’s most elite and exclusive list (The Seven Natural Wonders of the World), Victoria Falls is a breathtaking oasis whose waters appear as ferocious as the wild animals spotted along its banks.
Nestled between the boarder of Zimbabwe and Zambia, the surging torrents of the falls cut through the Zambezi River, and are often heard before they can even be seen. Known to locals as “The Smoke That Thunders” this natural wonder and the encompassing town, offers adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies a myriad of exhilarating activities that will have hearts pounding and eyes bulging.
A zip line, gorge swing and bridge slide are only the beginning of the long list of near-death experiences dare devils can indulge in at the falls. However, bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge, 111 meters toward the swell of the Zambezi is surely the piece de resistance for any thrill seeker. (Did we mention the crocodiles lurking just below the Zambezi’s surface?)
Swim Above the Falls
For a different kind of thrill, brave swimmers can take a dip at the edge of the water fall. Known as Devil’s Pool, this natural phenomenon can only be enjoyed from August to January thanks to lower water levels that expose the lip of the cliff, which in turn keep swimmers from being swept over the hundred meter drop. Be prepared for a short but rocky trek and a quick swim through the murky waters of the Zambezi, if you want to take the perilous plunge.
Walk With Lions
If heights and free-falls aren’t your thing, a walk with lions may bring an adrenaline rush of a different nature. This close encounter allows you to walk, pet and pose with the King of the jungle… and live to post the selfie. This intimate experience with one of Africa’s most revered predators offers a unique memory that won’t easily be forgotten. A similar experience with cheetahs is also an option.
Careening through the black walls of the Batoka Gorge, in level 5 rapids, infested with crocodiles may sound like a scenario straight out of an Indiana Jones movie. But it’s actually an exhilarating adventure offered just below Victoria Falls. Experienced kayakers and novices alike will find river rafting expeditions for every comfort level. However, with rapids named “Gnashing Jaws of Death” and the “Oblivion,” every intrepid traveler who attempts this journey is bound to get their adrenaline pumping.
For those adventurers less inclined towards death defying activities and merely looking for a hint of danger, repelling down the steep cliffs of Batoka Gorge may be just the thing to quench the daredevil within. This slow and steady, harnessed descent along the black rock of the gorge is a tame yet formidable obstacle that offers dramatic angles of the Zambezi below.