Ever wondered what it would be like to stand in the spray of the magnificent Victoria Falls? Known locally as 'the smoke that thunders,' it's as breathtaking as everyone has told you!
Surprise! Even from the airplane you won’t miss the spray rising from ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. There are tons of ways to take in this natural wonder – from hikes to rafting, swims to flights. The ways you can experience the falls are numerous – just make sure you pick more than one!
Breakfast at The Royal Livingstone
For just US$12 you can get an all-you-can-eat breakfast fit for a king and based in a scene straight from Out of Africa. On the banks of the Zambezi you can overlook the spray of Victoria Falls as you delve into cheeses, fruits and pastries you won’t get your hands on elsewhere in Livingstone.
Satisfy the adventurer in you by hanging over the 100m drop off the side of the falls. Not for the faint of heart, the best way to take a dip in Devil’s Pool is to first hike across the falls – not take the boat ride. This way, you’ll experience the incredible transformation the falls undergo during dry season.
Under the Spray
After you hang over the edge, why not experience what it’s like at the bottom by taking a boat and trek to underneath the falls. Only available a few months of the year (August – December), swimming under the spray is a thrill you don’t want to miss.
Head to the markets
Food, crafts and incredibly decorative textiles await at markets across Zambia, all reasonably priced for any traveller. Our best tip for you – take textiles home as a souvenir and make them into pillows upon your return – it saves space in your suitcase and they make great gifts!
The museum is a must-do while in the town of Livingstone, which got its name from the famous explorer. For less than US$5 you can retrace Livingstone’s quests through Africa culminating in his ultimate sacrifice to the land he loved. Learn about the cultures, history and heritage of the country in this spacious museum – it only takes an hour, but it’s worth every minute!
Get up close and personal with lion cubs or walk alongside their more mature feline counterparts at the Lion Encounter opportunity at Victoria Falls.
Fly above the falls
Microlite, helicopter, airplane – you pick! Take in the world’s largest sheet of falling water and really get a feel for why ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ is a natural wonder of the world and a World Heritage Site not to be missed.
Volunteer in the community
African Impact in Livingstone and Vic Falls offer ‘interact’ opportunities, which include mornings or day trips onto their community projects. Get to the heart of the country by teaching, interacting and playing with local kids on an experienced, long-term development project.
Eat local foods
And don’t just try some nshima at your backpackers! Ask the locals where they eat and get someone to take you for real Zambian cuisine in the heart of the communities that surround the main town. You won’t regret trying the local Kapenta (fried fish) and countless fried vegetables that will be on offer.