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The Top Five Experiences In Victoria Falls Town

By 6th September 2018 No Comments

Victoria Falls Town is the gateway to the mighty Victoria Falls: the largest falling curtain of water in the world spanning a spectacular 1,708 metres and dividing Zimbabwe and Zambia.  Only a short walk from the falls, the town offers a wide variety of unique experiences, plus a huge selection of accommodation and great shopping opportunities. Sample Zimbabwe’s colourful fabrics and unique artefacts in the many stores that line its main street or go people watching in the local cafés and bars.  Of course, if you want to pump up the adrenaline you won’t be short on an adventure – bungy jumping, white water rafting, bridge tours, gorge swinging, sunset cruises and village walks available nearby.

Victoria Falls_Zimabawe (4)Elephant Walk Shopping and Arts Centre.

The perfect place to purchase a souvenir, the Elephant Walk Shopping and Artist Village is home to a vast array of unique Zimbabwe pieces from jewellery and pottery to soapstone statues. Set in an idyllic tropical setting, at the African Café you can savour tasty local fare or wander through the organic herb garden and learn about traditional herbal healing. Alternatively, if you’re in search of history and culture, visit the Jaftu Heritage centre. This magnificent museum offers an insight into the history of the tribes – Shona, Ndebele and Tonga through visual Zimbabwean artefacts.

Victoria Falls_Zimabawe (2)Zambezi National Park

The Zambezi National Park together with the Victoria Falls National Park covers an area of 56,000 hectares and borders the Zambezi River that divides the two countries – Zimbabwe and Zambia. Many large mammals and all of the ‘Big 5’ (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and white rhino) are to be found here, as well as many of the smaller species of game and birds. For the best experience you should combine a game drive with a sunset cruise – and if you’re feeling more adventurous – a half-day canoe trip.

Victoria Falls_Zimabawe (3)The Boma – Dinner and Drum Show

Located at the Victoria Falls Hotel in a semi-open and thatched roof restaurant, this unique experience will captivate you from start to finish. On arrival, you are dressed in a Chitenga (traditional cloth) and welcomed by traditional dancers and drummers – a great photo opportunity. Once you are seated, you will enjoy a taste of the real Africa with an astonishing variety of meat dishes  – smoked crocodile tail, barbequed warthog, guinea fowl stew, ostrich kebabs, and a selection of local sides, broadening your culinary repertoire. A bucket list event, this is a great opportunity to mingle with the locals and enjoy an authentic evening of cuisine and dance in Africa.

Zim_Victoria_Falls _Sa_Lodge_Boma_05544Buffalo Bar

The Buffalo Bar is situated at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and is undoubtedly the best spot to enjoy sundowners whilst soaking up the African sunset. Set on a wooden deck overlooking a game watering hole in the Zambezi National Park, the bar offers a great game viewing experience, an extensive cocktail menu and delicious light meals. Sit back and enjoy the wildlife show, as the residents, including buffalo, elephant, warthog and zebra drop by for a drink while you sip yours.

Victoria Falls_Zimabawe (1)Victoria Falls Tram Tour

Board a 19th-century tram and enjoy a morning or afternoon tram tour. Departing from the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel, this magnificent activity will take you on a journey through Victoria Falls Town before entering the beautiful Victoria Falls Rainforest which is sustained by spray from the cascades of the mighty falls themselves. The tram stops right in the middle of the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge whilst suspended over the chasm of the gorge with the raging Zambezi 111 meters below. Here you will disembark from the tram and join a Historic Bridge Tour – an informative excursion covering the history of the bridge and the famous imperialist, businessman and politician – Cecil John Rhodes.  Light refreshments will be served on the train towards the end of this insightful adventure.