“It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in Africa”- David Livingstone
The Victoria Falls – one of the seven natural wonders of the world that straddles the border between the city of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone (Zambia). In 1855 the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone was the first traveller to this place and named it in honour of his queen. When the Zambezi River becomes perhaps the most majestic waterfall in the world, you just can’t avert your gaze from it.
Most travellers combine a trip to the Falls with a safari holiday either in Zimbabwe or Zambia, or one of the neighbouring countries, and they usually have 1-2 days to explore the area – a weekend in Victoria Falls. But how can you explore the amazing nature and surroundings of Victoria Falls in just 48 hours? Here are some tips!
Starting in the town of Victoria Falls, take a trip to Elephant’s Walk Shopping and Artist Village and enjoy hours of browsing around some of the best specialty shops and studios Zimbabwe has to offer. Meet local artists and craftsmen at work, creating uniquely Zimbabwean pieces and enjoy a delicious homegrown Zimbabwean coffee and tasty treats in the afternoon.
You could also explore the beautiful landscape on your own at the Victoria Falls National Park. There you can take your time to see the Falls from the Cataract Viewpoint, explore the Rainforest, that is filled with many unique species of flora and fauna or just visit the famous Bridge.
After spending the day getting to know the area, you’ll probably be hungry. A great experience is dinner at the Boma Restaurant, where you can enjoy an unforgettable evening of African hospitality which includes a buffet dinner, face painting, and an interactive traditional African drumming experience
Today you might want to try out some adrenaline-pumping activities. Thrill-seekers can get another view of the Victoria Falls as they bungee-jump off the bridge, zip-line nearly 1,000 feet across a gorge, or experience a bridge swing that has them dangling over the Batoka Gorge. Alternatively, you could try white river rafting on the Zambezi River.
If you prefer to stay on the ground, you can explore Livingstone Island in Zambia. This is the island that David Livingstone had his first sight of the falls from. If the season and water levels are favourable, you’ll embark directly from the Livingstone Hotel. The excursion lasts about 3 hours and includes a hike across the island, breath-taking views from the top of the Falls, and possibly even a spine-tingling dip in the infamous Devil’s Pool, at the very edge of the Falls.
For dinner, you could visit the popular 3 Monkeys Restaurant in Victoria Falls Town, a great place to enjoy a good drink and have some good-quality grilled meat.
To catch a lasting view of the natural wonder, we recommend a “Sunset” Cruise on the Zambezi, a great time to reflect on your last fantastic 48 hours at the Victoria Falls.