After Will Smith’s recent visit to the Victoria Falls, the adventure hub is surely one of the hippest and happening destinations in Africa – the A-list actor fulfilling his 20-year long dream of bungy jumping from Victoria Falls Bridge.
Watch the Fresh Prince getting “Jiggy Wit It” on his heart racing free-fall here.
We’d recommend seeing both sides of the falls and this is now even easier thanks to the reintroduction of the KAZA Univisa; a single visa that covers Zambia and Zimbabwe. Priced at US$50, the Univisa is available to some 40 nationalities including Brits, Americans and Australians.
You can cross between both countries using the Victoria Falls Bridge. Make sure to check out the stunning waterfall views and see how the bungy jump measures up as you’ll catch sight of the many adrenaline junkies hoping to throw themselves 111 metres towards the river below.
When it comes to capturing the Falls on camera, Zimbabwe excels on the number of viewing points as two-thirds of this natural wonder lie in the country. The Victoria Falls National Park has several easy to follow paths opening up onto viewpoints of the Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Rainbow Falls.
On the Zambian side, a visit to the wilds of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park will get you up close and personal with the rushing water. Our tip, walk across the Knife-Edge Bridge. A major highlight, if the Zambezi is in full flow prepare to get soaked to the skin (ponchos are a must!) as the spray will come at you from all directions.
Victoria Falls town is closer to the Zimbabwean side of the falls at a distance of only two kilometers. It’s a great location for nosh-ups with plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants on offer. Remember to leave some space in your backpack for a few souvenirs as there’s also a large outdoor market selling sculptures and wooden carvings. The popular Elephant’s Walk Shopping and Artist’s Village sells more expensive carvings, silver jewelry and hand-painted fabric, but it’s still worth a look, even if you’re only window shopping.
Livingstone Town is further away from the falls (10 kms), and as its larger some people find they get a better feel for local life. There’s also a museum and a handful of casual restaurants where you can go people watching.
Adrenaline-charged it’s worth spending a few days in the area so you can make the most of the available adventure activities. Most pursuits, for example, sunset river cruises, bungee jumping, helicopter rides, white-water rafting and zip lining are available in both Zimbabwe and Zambia, but if you want to indulge in Microlight flights, the Devils swim and Livingstone Island tour, you’ll need to visit the Zambian side.
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