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Day Trips From Victoria Falls - Compare 20 Tours

Victoria Falls, which is shared between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is one of the most exciting destinations anywhere in Africa, and there’s so much to see and do here that it can be tempting to never want to leave. But Victoria Falls also stands in the heart of some fascinating country and there are numerous activities and excursions that take you beyond the Falls and into the surrounding area. With only 1 day at your disposal, you won’t want to stray too far away, but there’s still lots that you can accomplish in a day, from abseiling and bungee jumping to rafting, canoeing, hiking and so much more. An excursion to Zambezi National Park (which is in Zimbabwe) is another exciting possibility.

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5 Questions About Day Trips From Victoria Falls

 
 

5 Questions About Day Trips From Victoria Falls

Answered by Anthony Ham

What day trips are possible from Victoria Falls?

“Victoria Falls is such a spectacle that you could stand and stare at it for hours. Each change in angle of the sun offers a new perspective, and it really is true that it can be difficult to tear yourself away from any place with a view. But looking is just the start. Victoria Falls is a destination that is as much about experiencing the many activities as it is for seeing. As a general rule, there are more activities on the Zimbabwean side of the border. Some are about the adrenaline rush, such as bungee jumping, jet boating or crocodile-cage diving. Others, which can be done in both Zambia and Zimbabwe, are more sedate, such as a river cruise or a riverbank walk. Many of these activities may only take a few hours, but most operators will devise a package that fills a whole day, either on their own or as part of a combined day trip. For a different kind of day trip, consider Zambezi National Park, which is strung out along the Zambezi River and begins just 5km/3mi from Victoria Falls town on the Zimbabwean side of the border. If you get an early start, you could be in the park in time for an early morning game drive, which is the best time to see animals that might include elephant, giraffe, zebra and buffalo, and maybe even one of the big cats.”

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What parks can be visited as a day trip from Victoria Falls?

“Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe) and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia) are the most obvious candidates for a day trip from Victoria Falls. Zambezi National Park is right alongside the town, and is the only park in Zimbabwe that you can visit at an ideal time. That’s because the best time to see animals in any park is early morning or late afternoon, and I don’t recommend that you travel during darkness. You can be inside and exploring Zambezi National Park very soon after dawn. On the Zambian side of the border, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is also possible. It has white rhinos (among other wildlife) and it’s possible to also go on walking-with-rhinos excursions. For most other parks, even with an early start, the earliest you could arrive would likely be a couple of hours after dawn, and you would need to leave before the final hour or two of the day. If you’re happy to travel in this way, you could consider a day trip to Chobe riverfront (across the border in Botswana) or, if you’re willing to fly, Matusadona or Hwange National Parks; flying is expensive, and not ideal if you’re looking for cheap or affordable day tours.”

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How do I find a reliable operator for a day trip from Victoria Falls?

“Victoria Falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations anywhere in southern Africa, and there are countless operators and touts who are willing and ready to take you out on a day trip or on an even longer excursion. Some are excellent, some are not, so finding a reliable operator is one of the most important decisions you can make. The best place to look for a reliable operator for day trips from Victoria Falls is SafariBookings.com. Here you can see all of the activities and national parks that are possible and make a decision about what you’d like to see and do. The website also enables you to see reviews from other travelers who have actually done the activities and day trips. Comparing their reviews will help you choose an operator with both a good reputation and experience in organizing the kind of day trip you want.”

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What activities can I do at Victoria Falls?

“The list of possible activities at Victoria Falls is a very long one! When it comes to wildlife-related activities, you could go bird watching, take a wildlife safari in Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe), or walk with white rhinos in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia). Some of the more popular activities include canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Apart from the various viewpoints, sightseeing opportunities include river cruises or scenic flights. A cultural tour to a nearby village is also a good thing to do. If you have no fear of heights, try the bridge walk or, if you dare, go abseiling, bungee jumping, or bridge or gorge swinging. Zip-lining is another possibility. If you like to get the adrenaline flowing and you’d prefer something that doesn’t involve altitude, there’s crocodile-cage diving, quad biking, jet boating or white-water rafting.”

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How much does a day trip from Victoria Falls cost?

“It is impossible to answer this question precisely, because there are so many different variables at play. The simple answer is that so much depends on what you decide to do. The cost of activities varies greatly, with some day trips starting from around US$50 per person. If your day trip involves flying (whether on a scenic flight or to a national park), then the cost will increase significantly. A 15-minute scenic flight starts at around US$150 per person. If you’re involved in an activity, which could be anything from a kayaking or rafting excursion to a wildlife safari, the prices will also vary depending on whether you are taking a private tour (just for you and those in your traveling party) or going on a group safari where the costs of everything will be shared with other travelers.”

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