Thinking of adding a quick stop to see Victoria Falls to your African safari? Here are our top recommendations for what to do with 48 hours here.
The main reason for your visit is probably to see the falls themselves and while they are at their most spectacular after the summer rains, from March to May. However, if you want to combine a visit to Victoria Falls with a safari then it’s better to visit in July or August.
You can still enjoy good viewings of the falls throughout the year, even in the dry season, although the noise and volume of the water won’t be as dramatic.
What To See
Quite a few of the hotels located on the Zambian side of the falls are situated on private game reserves, so you don’t have to travel very far to see elephants, hippos and lions.
The Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe also offers a number of accommodation options and safari experiences for both day visitors and overnight guests.
If you really want to enjoy the safari experience at its best, head to Chobe National Park – many operators offer day trips into the park or extend your stay in the area and book on a few nights here.
It’s impossible to miss the large outdoor curio market located close to the entrance of the falls.
An array of wood carvings, sculptures and artwork are available to purchase here. Speak to the artisans and keep an eye out for the actual carvers or painters if you want to get an authentic product.
Also, be sure to bargain. Right next to the curio market you will find Elephant’s Walk Village – this upmarket centre which sells more luxurious crafts, art and furniture.
Where To Eat
An absolute must-do during your visit to Victoria Falls is to embark on a river cruise down the Zambezi. Look out for elephants, hippos and crocodiles as you glide down the river.
This experience is best done at sunset when the river reflects the setting sun. Enjoy a fabulous meal on board one of these boats after toasting the end of another stunning day in Africa.
Opt for one of the smaller operators with drinks included if you want to have the best experience.
High Tea at The Victoria Falls Hotel
Built-in 1904, this luxurious property features an old-world colonial style and some of the best views of the gorge and Victoria Falls Bridge.
High tea is served daily between 3 and 6 pm on the hotel’s Stanley Terrace – an opulent affair complete with cucumber sandwiches and scones.
Be sure to walk around the hotel’s manicured gardens afterwards, keeping a keen eye out for their cheeky resident warthogs!
For a unique dining experience, board the Victoria Falls Steam Train for a 5-hour dinner experience.
Travel over the famous Victoria Falls Bridge in style, stopping here to enjoy the view. An opulent three-course meal is served onboard the train, paired with some fantastic wines.
What To Do
Bungee Jump, Bridge Swing or Zip Line
Bungee jumping, gorge swinging and zip lining are all on offer on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side of the falls.
The bungee jump off Victoria Falls Bridge is often referred to as the world’s greatest bungee jump. However, if you want to really appreciate the magnificent views of the river on your way down, the gorge swing comes highly recommended.
The flying fox, bridge slide or zip line experience are better suited for those who prefer a little less adrenaline. Certain tickets allow you to combine a number of these activities together for one adrenaline-fuelled afternoon.
White Water Rafting
The Zambezi River below Victoria Falls offers some of the best white water rafting in the world.
While white water rafting in Jan/Feb or June/July is possible, the rapids are at their best when the river is at its lowest (in the dry season from August – December). You can enjoy a full rafting tour, an overnighter or multi-day adventure.
Rafting is done in inflatable canoes and falling out is guaranteed. Although not for the faint-hearted, this is an experience to remember – just be prepared for the steep climb out the gorge afterwards!
You can also get your kicks at Devil’s Pool. This natural pool is located right on the edge of the waterfall.
The pool is normally open during the dry season between August and January. The experience includes a boat trip out to the Livingstone Island, a guided tour and then a short swim to the pool.
Flight of Angels
This helicopter flip is the best way to see the falls – with amazing aerial views. From above you can really appreciate their vast size. The flight normally includes 4 passes over the falls (two on each side) and lasts approximately 15 minutes.
SAA flies directly to Livingstone daily. Book your tickets now!