The Victoria Falls are a wonder to behold, and the main attraction of Victoria Falls town. However, for travellers with a little extra time and a passion for new and unique activities there are a variety of options to choose from. From helicopter flips to painting in the bush and hands on conservation activities, read below to see how you can make the most of your Victoria Falls visit.
- High Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel
Enjoy some refined elegance with a sumptuous platter of delectable treats and a soul restoring pot of tea on the Stanley Terrace at the Victoria Falls Hotel. High Tea takes place every afternoon from 15.00 to 18.00 and you don’t need to be a guest of the hotel to enjoy this posh activity. In the distance you can spot the mist from the Falls as well as the Victoria Falls Bridge, while this quintessentially British pastime in an African setting.
- Helicopter Flip
Most guests to Victoria Falls experience the waterfall either on land or on the water but did you know it is also possible to view it from the air? Try the thrilling opportunity to see the immense beauty of the falls from high above on a helicopter trip. Trips are 15 to 30 minutes depending on which option you choose, the longer trip goes down to Batoka Gorge as well and views from every seat in the helicopter are amazing.
- Removing Snares
Conservationists in Africa and especially Zimbabwe have identified illegal bushmeat poaching through the use of wire snares as a critical issue. When this strip of wire ending in a loop, formed by a slip knot, gets caught around an animal’s neck, the animal is trapped and any attempts to escape only tightens the noose. Travellers with a passion for conservation have the opportunity to take part in a Conservation Field Trip with the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching unit in the Zambezi National Park. The trip takes a half day and refreshments are provided. This is a great activity for people who want to make a difference while on holiday.
- Historical Bridge Tour
While adrenaline junkies like to throw themselves off the top of the bridge into the chasm below on a bungee cord, they probably know very little of the interesting history and impressive feat of engineering it took to create the 105-year-old bridge itself. Built as part of Cecil John Rhodes’ Cape to Cairo railway dream the bridge was first built in England and each piece was shipped individually to Africa with the specific instructions that it was assembled in a location where passing trains would be sprayed by the mist to add a thrilling experience to the passenger’s journey. The tour is given by a very entertaining character dressed up as Georges Imbault, the chief engineer. After the talk guests are strapped into harnesses and explore the underside of the bridge. Anyone with an interest in history or even engineering can’t miss the historic bridge tour with a twist.
- Painting with Elephants
There is a very special and artistic activity in Victoria Falls. The Elephant Art Safari is a wonderful opportunity for anyone to release their inner Monet. Easels and palettes are set up beneath the trees in front of a waterhole where the elephant herd is going about its business of drinking, splashing, and spouting. Any level of creative skill is welcome and there is a private tutor on hand to assist with technique, ensuring that you create a beautiful elephant artwork to take home as the perfect souvenir.