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The Best of Vic Falls - Top 5 Bucket List Activities

The Best of Vic Falls - Top 5 Bucket List Activities

Top 5 Bucket List Activities at Victoria Falls

The array of activities available at Victoria Falls, the Adventure Capital of Africa, is so extensive that choosing what to do can be overwhelming. Here are Five Top Bucket List Activities not to be missed at Vic Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia:

1. Microlight Flight over Vic Falls

Soar over Victoria Falls in a microlight, seeing this unforgettable natural wonder in its full glory from a whole new perspective. With the microlight aircraft you get to feel the wind in your hair from the open cockpit as you soak up breathtaking views of Vic Falls. 

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Half hour trips fly over Victoria Falls, the Batoka Gorge, Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, giving you the chance to spot game from above. The Flight of Angels by microlight carries one passenger, a wing-mounted camera and the pilot over the roaring Zambezi up close to Vic Falls.

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Microlight flights take off from the Zambian side, but flights can be arranged from the Zimbabwean side too (check passport and visa requirements). To book a Microlight Flight, contact Batoka Sky & Livingstone's Adventure, in Zambia.

2. Take an Elephant-back Safari and Get Close to Elephants 

Ride along the banks of the Zambezi on the back of an elephant! Explore the wild grasslands of Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe or Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia.

At Elephant Camp, located in a private concession within the Victoria Falls National Park of Zimbabwe you can take elephant-back safaris, game viewing from your perch. Thorntree Lodge in Zambia also offers elephant-back safaris and experiences in the  Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Riding on the back of a gentle giant is an unforgettable way to experience the wilderness and soak up the scenery, following age-old game trails through the bush.

The best times to take elephant-back safaris are early in the morning or in the late afternoon, when animals are at their most active in the game parks. The elephant rides can easily be combined with elephant interactions, and include either refreshments, and / or breakfast, lunch or dinner (depending on the time of day).

Get up close to African elephants in their natural habitat on the elephant interactions, walking alongside these massive animals and touching them. The elephants are well-trained and so accustomed to people that some of them will even feed out of your hand. The elephant encounters give you the special chance to bond with these pachyderms and learn more about them and their natural environment.

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Embark on an elephant-back safari with Thorntree River Lodge in Zambia, or with The Elephant Camp in the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary, Zimbabwe.

3. Ride the Royal Livingstone Express

View Vic Falls from the comfort of one of the first class lounges or the cocktail bar on this old-era Victorian steam train.

Crossing the historic Victoria Falls Bridge the steam train stops, allowing passengers to fully appreciate the spectacular views of the mighty Vic Falls. Stopping on the bridge you can tuck into gourmet treats and sip on champagne from some 111 metres above the floor of the deep gorge. Sunset trips across the more than 100 year old bridge take you into the Zambezi National Park in Zambia to spot game, including Africa's Big Five.

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A ride in this authentic steam train, dating back to 1953, is an elegant journey that transports you back in time! There are moonlight, sunset and game viewing train trips across the Victoria Falls Bridge and into the Zambezi Park. To truly feel like royalty you can book private journeys in this plush vintage train for special occasions.

The Royal Livingstone Express is operated by Sun International and Bushtracks Africa, who together with Rovos Rail restored this grand old train. The gourmet cuisine served onboard is prepared by the five-star Royal Livingstone Hotel, Sun International's flagship hotel in Zambia.

To book a nostalgic trip on this timeless steam train contact Royal Livingstone Express.

4. Catch a Tigerfish in the Zambezi River

The Zambezi River is one of the best places on the planet to go big game fishing and is particularly renowned for its superb tiger fishing opportunities. The Tiger Fish is considered the greatest fighting fish of all the fresh water species in the world.

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The Zambezi is an angling and flyfishing enthusiast's paradise with great fishing year-round, although the warmer months (September to March) are best. For the ultimate fishing experience you can try your hand at flyfishing for the fierce tigerfish, with professional guides. Amateurs and experienced hands can choose from half-day, full-day or multiple-day fishing safaris from Vic Falls, heading upstream or down below the Falls. In the Victoria Falls area, you catch and release fish back into the Zambezi, which hosts over 75 species of fish, including bream, catfish, barbel and pike. 

Whether you choose the tamer channels above Vic Falls or the more challenging spots in Batoka Gorge at the base of Victoria Falls, you can look forward to fishing in incredible scenery. Whilst fishing from boat or riverbank an abundance of wild animals and birds can be spotted, with your guide skillfully avoiding the hippos and crocodiles that lurk in the waters.

Just Do It! is an excellent resource for finding the best fishing trips on the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of Victoria Falls. Bushtracks Africa offers top notch fishing packages and Shackletons Tiger Fishing Lodge is a leading destination for big game fishing in Zambia.  

5. Visit Livingstone Island & Swim in Devil's Pool

Go to Livingstone Island, located in the middle of the Zambezi River just above the mighty Victoria Falls. A twin engine boat carries you across the Zambezi to this small island, where you can enjoy some of the best views of Vic Falls. 

Livingstone Island is the spot from which the great explorer Dr David Livingstone first laid eyes on The Smoke That Thunders, or Mosi-oa-Tunya as the local people call it.

Back in November 1855 locals paddled Dr Livingstone out to the island, which he then named in honour of Queen Victoria. Today you can follow in Livingstone's footsteps with a guide and skipper during the low water season (mid-July to late-January), departing from the Zambian side of Vic Falls.  The speedboat ride takes about 10 minutes, transferring a limited number of visitors to the historic island which extends to the edge of the Falls and is incorporated into the World Heritage Site.

Arriving at the exclusive island, your guide takes you on a tour telling you about the history and geology of Vic Falls, as well as the fauna and flora of the local habitat. Tour options include breakfast, lunch or high tea under canvas on Livingstone Island, which once served as a sacred site.

From about August to December Devil's Pool, the ultimate infinity plunge pool, can be visited from Livingstone Island. This natural pool is on the edge of the Victoria Falls, allowing visitors to take a dip in one of the most spectacular settings on earth.

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From Devil's Pool you can lean over the rim of the waterfall and peer down over the massive curtain of water and the boiling pot far below. Swimming in Devil's Pool is a once--in-a-lifetime thrill, experiencing the Falls from the very lip of the plunge!

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Collection and dropoff for these Exclusive Livingstone Island Trips is at the luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia. You can choose one of five daily trips to Livingstone Island with Tongabezi Lodge, which can also be booked through Bushtracks.

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