Livingstone & Victoria Falls
Livingstone and Victoria Falls are world renowned for their vast range and quality of adventure activities on offer. From sedate Sunset Cruises on the Zambezi river upstream from the Falls to the thrills and spills of the finest one day rafting trips in the world.
Guided Falls Tour
The Victoria Falls is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world and is arguably the greatest waterfall in the world. The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours, guided by a courier through the Rainforest along a 1.7Km ramble. After a briefing and explanation of the Falls, the guide walks with the guests along the path, stopping at the numerous viewpoints to gaze at the Falls. AM or PM trips.
Zambezi River Cruise
The Zambezi River is the 4th largest in Africa after the Nile, Zaire and Niger respectively. The cruises are shaded and gently make their way upstream towards the National Park, usually accompanied by a brief talk about the River and its wildlife by your skipper. Relax and enjoy the riverine vegetation one of which is the Mulala Palm - a tall attractive palm tree that produces a vegetable ivory fruit that grows to the size of a cricket ball. The bird life is excellent while you cruise past hippo and occasionally crocodile. In the drier months, wildlife such as elephant and many antelope species can be seen grazing on the Riverbanks or swimming across to the smaller islands. The cruises last approximately 2 hours.
Is a cultural experience as well as a restaurant, situated in Gusu Bush near the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. The Menu specialises in a range of traditional Zimbabwean dishes as well as a barbeque buffet so everyone’s tastes are catered for but also with the chance to try local delicacies such as mopani worms, game stews and traditional beer. Shangaan dancers and singers entertain you and the Restaurant has its own sangoma - a traditional storyteller. Join in the interactive drumming!
The Restaurant is open from 7pm and dress is casual. Prebooking is necessary.
Chobe Day Trip
Chobe Park in Botswana is renowned for its variety of wildlife and particularly the large herds of elephant that can often be seen, mainly in the high season. The safaris begin with a road transfer across the border at Kazangula (approximately 90 minutes from Victoria Falls). Your day includes a boat/pontoon cruise and game drive in open 4x4 vehicle, each activity usually lasting around 3 hours. Drinks and lunch are included. The day begins at 0730 hours from Victoria Falls, returning around 1700 hours depending on the time of year.
An ideal birds eye aerial view of the Zambezi River, the Falls and the Gorges by helicopter. For a different perspective, view the Zambezi from the air in all its beauty as it flows to the Falls and plunges over the precipice, throwing up a cloud that sometimes reaches 300 metres high. The excursion gives a better understanding of the zig zag gorge system and how it developed and ideally complements a ground tour of the Falls and Rainforest. Trips have no age restriction and there are no specific weight or health requirements. Options include a 13 or 30-minute scenic flight over the Victoria Falls. Please note that each helicopter has a middle seat and there is no guarantee of a window seat - it is on a first come, first serve basis.
An unusual excursion offered twice daily in the early morning or the late afternoon on private estate near Victoria Falls. This is an elephant experience rather than an elephant safari (although game and birdlife can be encountered while riding) and guests are encouraged to interact with the elephants and experience them close up as well as ride them through the african bush. The excursion lasts 3-4 hours and begins with a short transfera private wildlife Estate followed by a debriefing and short training session where you can witness the bond between each elephant and his keeper. Training is an integral part of the elephant’s life and the grooms are friendly and knowledgeable. The elephants are then saddled and follow game trails led by an armed guide on foot. Both the morning and afternoon excursions offer either a bush breakfast or sundowners and snacks respectively before the transfer back to the Falls and your hotel. You should wear long pants or jeans, a good hat and sensible walking shoes and there is an age limit of 16 years of age. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about these proud animals and actually touch an African elephant.
White Water Rafting
Half and full day trips are offered for an exhilarating day’s adventure, beginning with a descent into the 100 metre Batoka gorge (remember you have to climb out again later!). The trip begins with a briefing and assistance with your life jackets, safety helmets and other equipment. Techniques are also demonstrated. The white water section of the Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls extends for 24 Km, winding between the steep sided cliffs soaring up to 200 metres high - a beautiful and savage gorge which took some 300 million years to develop. The River consists of a series of turbulent rapids, some classified as grade 5 which is just under the impossible, and calm, placid stretches in between to catch your breath. Lunch stop is usually in a shady spot with a small beach. Water levels vary throughout the year and affect the type of trip that can be run. Generally speaking, high water runs for approximately 15Km (high water) are from March to June and low water runs are from July to January for approximately 24Km. The rafts are 16ft inflatables that accommodate a maximum of 8 per raft and are guided by your expert oarsman who is familiar with the ferocity and fickleness of the River. Your rafting trip ends mid afternoon with a steep walk out of the Gorge Collection is usually from 0730 hours to the various de-briefing points. Half day and full day trips offered depending on season on both sides of the River – Zimbabwe and Zambia. Remember US$10 for river usage fee.
Spend an Exhilarating morning or afternoon with a pride of lions on private estate close to Victoria Falls. The lions are all captive orphans that are in the process of being rehabilitated so that they can be naturally released back into the wild. During interaction, the guide will give an informative talk on the lions and their relationship with man. Above all, guests will be advised about long term plans for rehabilitating the lions back into the wild.
Within view of the mighty Vic Falls themselves spend an adrenaline filled morning or afternoon at the highwire, where you have the option of free falling into the gorge, doing the flying fox or doing a tandem gorge swing. Not for the faint hearted or those that fear heights. A collection of five mind-blowing extreme adrenalin activities set on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, 300m from the Victoria Falls. There is something for every age, level of madness and courage.
A death-defying leap into the Gorge off the Victoria Falls Bridge, between the Zimbabwean and Zambian border posts. The bridge is 111 metres from the water level and this is one of the highest jumps in the world. Guests are issued with a gate pass at the border (remember your passport) and must allow an hour before a jump for customs formalities and walking time. Prior to jumping guests are given a safety talk, explained how the harness system works and what to expect as well as the recovery procedure. Age restriction is 14 years although children under 18 years need their parent’s written consent and each guest is screened by the crew for fitness. Medical problems must be advised. The minimum weight limit is 40Kg, maximum 140 Kg and the jumps operate daily from 0900 hours although this may change depending on the spray and the rains. The cords are safe and the ankle harness has 2 components.
Upper Zambezi Canoeing
Departing daily, this activity is conducted on the Upper Zambezi, above the Victoria Falls, with a qualified Canoe Guide. Clients are transferred into the Zambezi National Park where they will have a safety briefing prior to the canoe trip commencing. As clients drift gently down the Zambezi River, this activity provides the perfect opportunity for them to enjoy the trees, plants & wildlife with their Guide. A Continental breakfast is served on one of the Islands along the way.
Afternoon Wine Route
Departing daily on the Upper Zambezi River, clients are transferred into the Zambezi National Park where they will have a safety briefing prior to being paddled gently downstream by a guide/paddler. A sunset cruise with a difference, this is a perfect photographic opportunity, and clients can enjoy the selection of soft drinks, beer, wine and snacks provided in their canoes.
Full Day Canoe Trip
Departing daily, this safari starts further upstream to the Morning & Afternoon canoe safaris. Clients are transferred into the Zambezi National Park where they can enjoy a Continental breakfast on the banks of the Zambezi before they set off for the day. On these trips clients paddle their own canoes, following their qualified Canoe Guide as he leads the way, stopping for a light picnic lunch on an island before making their way to the dis-embarkment point at approximately 16.00hrs.
Multi Day Canoe Trips
The Upper Zambezi River is a vast contrast from the rapids of the Gorge below Victoria Falls. The Upper Zambezi Canoeing offering Two and Three Day trips; these diverse safaris are inclusive of game drives in the Zambezi National Park, riverside (fully backed up) camping, Grade 1 and 2 rapids, picnics on remote islands and exploring secret overhung channels. The silence of our inflatable two-man canoes make them unbeatable for bird and game viewing. This is novice canoeing and no previous experience is required.
African Village Tour
Visit Monde Village is to an authentic African village in the nearby communal area where people actually live and guests are invited into their homes and fields to see how the fields are tended and daily chores are carried out. Collection at 1000 or 1400 hours, lasts approximately 2 hours.