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Adventure awaits, things to do at Victoria Falls.

Rushing over the rapids, or lounging beside them in your infinity pool, Victoria Falls offers premium adventure and heartfelt relaxation. We welcome the very young, the very old, the first-timers and the every-weekenders - and we have magical experiences for everyone. 

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Victoria Falls has recorded over 415 species of birds. We are also home to a number of specialist birding guides who have decades of experience, passion and outstanding knowledge. Birding safaris can be tailored to suit your requirements and can be done by vehicle, by boat or on foot depending on the type of species that is sought.
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Every lunchtime a professional guide takes visitors to a viewing platform at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge to see wild vultures feeding. Guests will learn more about the plight of vultures across Africa and the crucial role they play in our ecosystem. A small donation is given to the Trust for each lunch that is purchased at the Vulture Culture restaurant, which helps to support the vulture conservation research. The experience is a collaboration between the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust and local tour operator Africa Albida Tourism.

Woodlands Community Conservation Area
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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A private community reserve on the outskirts of Victoria Falls town offers a wide range of activities, tours, breathtaking views and abundant wildlife that make for an adventurous safari. The Woodlands community reserve is just 16km from Victoria Falls, on 12,0000 hectares of land bordering National Parks and Forestry areas, with free flow of wildlife all year round. Currently Woodlands is offering a self-drive circuit, with a campsite on top of the ridge overlooking a waterhole and views of the reserve.

Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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The Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust (VFWT) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve wildlife and natural ecosystems in the Victoria Falls region of Zimbabwe. The VFWT work directly with communities to encourage good environmental stewardship, provide scientific solutions to today’s wildlife management challenges, and rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife injured through human interference. You are welcome to visit their wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center and forensics laboratory for a deeper understanding.
The Seduli Hide is a replica termite mound where travellers are able to experience up close encounters of wildlife from a unique vantage point. Perfect for photographers, small groups, and wildlife enthusiasts who yearn for an authentic, off-the-beaten-path experience, the Seduli Hide offers an immersive experience enveloped in the tranquility of nature.

Breakfast Cruises
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Start your day with the serene calm of the river in the early morning. A continental breakfast is usually served while admiring the abundant birdlife and the early rising wildlife. As the sun rises warm on your shoulders, the river offers real peace.
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One of the quietest times for boating on the river, this cruise typically serves a three course lunch of fresh seasonal ingredients. An ideal time to have the river to yourself, be lulled by the calm waters and soak up the incredible flora and fauna along the river banks.
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Capture the magic of our wildlife, culture and landscape through a lens. Victoria Falls is the perfect place to get creative and specialist photographic guides can bring this all to life. Specialists offer a half-day or full-day program for beginners, immediate or experienced photographers and can help you identify the best subjects and areas to see. Be sure to bring all of the equipment you need to Zimbabwe as specialist kit is not widely available. For wildlife and landscapes, tripods and a variety of lenses are important. Be aware that specialist permits are required to use drones in Zimbabwe.
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One of Victoria Falls’ most popular activities for good reason! The sunset river cruise delivers unforgettable sunsets and exceptional photographic opportunities for both scenery and wildlife or birdlife encounters. Refreshments are usually included. There are different offerings to cater to varied budgets and private sunset cruises can also be organized.
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Combining the experience of the sunset cruise with a three course dinner makes this cruise an idyllic end to the day. Enjoy the orange tinted skies of the most memorable sunsets before a romantic, lantern-lit dinner. Gaze at the star studded skies and listen to the sound of the roaring Mosi-Oa-Tunya and distant wildlife. The perfect end to another day in Zimbabwe.

Elephant Encounters
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Unobtrusively observe some of the biggest personalities in Africa, in a pristine wilderness environment. Spend time and connect with orphaned and rescued elephants and their handlers in a responsible manner, learning about conservation. For those looking for a more interactive creative activity, the Art of Africa Elephant Art Experience allows you to paint and sketch these beautiful creatures under the guidance of a local professional artist.

Victoria Falls Yoga

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Yoga is a natural fit with the energy of Victoria Falls, and is offered by a number of private teachers, and through many of the larger hotels. Practising yoga and guided meditations while immersed deep in our forests and falls will leave you energised, refreshed and with a new sense of balance.  

Golf

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Elephant Hills Resort offers a state of the art, 18 hole golf course which is regularly frequented by wildlife including kudu, waterbuck and impala. The course is open to all visitors and hires equipment, carts and caddies. Designed by world famous South African golfer Gary Player, the course is beautifully integrated into the surrounding natural environment and can also be walked for those not interested in golf.

Squash and tennis

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Elephant Hills Resort has two on-site squash courts to help you break a sweat, as well as two floodlit tennis courts. Rackets and balls are available for hire from the hotel.

Horse Riding Safaris

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Imagine riding along the wild banks of the Zambezi River, surrounded by national parks and wildlife. Zambezi Horse Safaris has access to rugged and varied riding country, providing a superb wilderness experience for all levels of rider. You can and canter through open bush veld, explore hidden game paths, ride on to secret islands and follow the natural pathways to the wilderness areas beyond. Qualified, licensed guides lead all rides and are accompanied by a back up rider. Riding ability is assessed beforehand to ensure the best experience for all riders.

Walking Safaris

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Awaken your senses as you get out to explore on foot. Whether in Zambezi National Park, the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve, the Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Forestry Areas and the Woodlands Community Reserve, there are many options for stretching your legs. Zimbabwe is renowned for having some of the best professional guides in Africa, so you can expect a deep and remarkable level of insight as you encounter flora and fauna such as elephant, lion, painted dogs or buffalo.

Gyms and Personal Trainers

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Many accommodations in Victoria Falls have state of the art gyms for in-house residents. In addition the Victoria Falls Boxing Academy has a small gym with personal trainers available for those visiting the destination.

Gorge Hikes

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Hike the trail at the top of the Gorge, and take a refreshment with local herdsmen. This is a half-day experience that will start with a scenic drive through the countryside to the top of the Gorge, at rapid number 23. After the safety briefing, you will enjoy the hour long walk at the top of the gorge, along the river to rapid 25. The hike continues to a beautiful and authentically decorated Ndebele homestead to share a light refreshment with your graceful hosts. The hike includes navigating some steep slopes and a basic level of fitness is required.

Fishing

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The Zambezi River is the fourth longest in Africa with some of the best fishing in Africa. With over 60 species inhabiting the Upper Zambezi, there is variety all year round. All fishing is ‘catch and release’ as part of a responsible tourism practice. Fishing guides are well versed in the flora and fauna of the surrounding areas, and going fishing offers great opportunities for wildlife and birdlife sightings. Fly fishing can be catered for on request and river usage and fishing permits are normally included in the price.

Game Drives

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At the heart of the largest conservation area on earth, Victoria Falls has many different national parks, wildlife corridors and private reserves to explore. These offer some of the best and wildest opportunities for wildlife sightings in Africa, including large mammals, predators, rare birds and endangered species.  Zimbabwe is world-known for its knowledgeable and passionate guides who can bring even the smallest leaf to life with engaging stories and science. 

Bicycle Tours

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Guided bicycle tours are available three times a day. Led by a guide, small groups are able to explore the city, craft markets and Zambezi River, visit the Big Tree and enjoy spectacular views of the Batoka Gorge and Victoria Falls Bridge. The terrain is relatively flat with a few mild inclines but a basic level of fitness is advised.

E-bikes

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Electric bikes (e-bikes) are available to rent at selected properties around Victoria Falls or through the Bamba Victoria Falls Team for delivery. The Bamba E-Bikes provide a great opportunity to explore the city in your own time and offer an ecofriendly independent adventure. Riding in and around Victoria Falls should only be done in daylight hours with close vigilance of your surroundings given the proximity of wildlife.

Quad Biking

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Get off the beaten track by exploring the remoter areas of Victoria Falls on a quad bike. Guided small groups adventure off-road to explore the natural environment or local villages, embracing the dust and the rugged terrain. Different routes and options are available, offering breathtaking views and a chance to experience the unique ecosystem, cultures and natural heritage of the area.

White Water Rafting

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Embark on one of Victoria Falls’ signature adventures on one of the most magnificent white water rafting corridors in the world. Choose between an “oar boat” (controlled and manoeuvred by the guide) or a “paddle boat” (in which participants actively assist the guide with rafting). It’s a white-knuckle experience for both experienced rafters or beginners, and is popular for families and groups. Spark your adrenaline on rapids such as ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘the Terminator’, and ‘the Washing Machine’.

Upper Zambezi Canoeing

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The Upper Zambezi is a spectacular stretch of river. The canoeing experience is a magical blend of adventure and tranquillity as the flow of the river fluctuates from a slow meander to fast-flowing rapids. Almost the entire river bank along the Zimbabwean side is National Parks, allowing for captivating encounters of wildlife and birdlife along the river’s edge whilst paddling one of Africa’s oldest rivers.

Canopy Tour

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Observe the riverine forest around the Batoka Gorge from a variety of different vantage points; above, below and within the canopy itself. The Victoria Falls Canopy Tour offers a network of 9 slides, trails and rope bridge walkways within the canopy of the hardwood forest. It’s a family focused, safe and fun activity with a unique birds-eye view of one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Forest birdlife is rich and you may spot the Knysna and Purple-crested Turaco (Lourie) and Peregrine Falcon. There are two guides on each tour.
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Art of Africa is an operator that provides a range of unique art experiences for travelers. Through Art of Africa you can work alongside local artists on painting excursions, observing and interpreting what you see in oils, pastels, watercolors and charcoal. Materials are provided. The team will take you to the best spots along the river, in the markets, or to encounter elephants close-up, and work with you to create memorable pieces to take home. They also organise art-cruises, creative cultural art tours and tailor each excursion to your requirements.

Exclusive Black Rhino Game Drive
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Search for endangered black rhino after an immersive talk with an expert guide. Alongside black rhino, you may also see the rest of the Big Five and an abundance of thriving bird species. The Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve became a designated rhino Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) and the More Community Foundation established a Black Rhino Conservation Programme with a thriving rhino population.
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