A Majestic Waterfall – Visit of the Victoria Falls
You can walk from Amadeus Garden; and you can visit the Falls and the Rain Forest reserve on your own. Duration: about 3 hours. Paved footpaths take you to the viewpoints. The horseshoe and rainbow falls as well as the eastern cataract dry up starting in September until December, when there is hardly any water flowing down. Once the Zambezi river starts flooding viewpoint 17 and the eastern cataract on the Zambian side provide a fantastic close up view of the falls.
Opening times of the Victoria Falls rain forest are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. National Parks Zimbabwe charges an entry fee of US$ 30 per adult. Recommended times are from 9 to 12 a.m. or from 3 p.m. onwards, because temperatures are pleasant and light conditions ideal to capture the rainbows. On full moon National Parks conducts a Lunar Rainbow tour.
Rain-jackets are a must unless you like to get soaked! During the high water period (January to August), approximately 250 Million litres of water a minute crush down 100 meters – that’s why the locals call it ‘Smoke that thunders’!
The Zambian side of the Victoria Falls is worth visiting during the high water period when it provides a close up view of the eastern Falls when in full flood. Water levels in the Falls depend on the rainfall in the catchment areas. Visitors can walk and visit the railway bridge.
Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River
Sunset Cruises operate on the broad Zambezi River above Victoria Falls with its palm treed islands. The afternoon Sunset Cruise is the most popular; when the magnificent Zambezi River is ablaze with colour as the sun sets over the Zambezi National Park. Transfers, beverages and snack service included. Prices start at US$ 50 plus $10 National Park Fee.
Cruises on the Zambezi River
The Zambezi Explorer Cruise provides guests with the best cruising experience on the Zambezi River through unparalleled service on board. The fantastic hospitality team includes an executive chef, barmen and host, who ensure guests are taken on a luxury cruise in comfort and style. All that’s left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy Zambezi style gourmet cuisine and the spectacular scenery.
Each cruise leaves from the Zambezi River Cruise Terminal and meanders through the islands, enjoying the abundant wildlife along the banks of the Zambezi River. Each cruise will take approximately 2 hours. On offer are scheduled cruises for Breakfast, Lunch, Sunset and Dinner. Prices from US$ 55 (lower decks) to $110.00 on the top deck luxury signature lounge. Add $10 National Park fee.
Dinner Cruise on the Zambezi River
Celebrate the Sunset as you cruise the Zambezi River upstream of the Victoria Falls. The Dinner cruise is a luxury safari on water. Departure from Amadeus Garden around 16h30, Price US$ 69 plus $10 National Park fee
Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls
There are 13min and 28min flights available that depart regularly throughout the day and offer spectacular photographic opportunities. The 13 minute Flight Of Angels includes a flight over the majestic Victoria Falls, whilst the 28 minute Game Flight also includes a flight over the Zambezi National Park. Price US$ 150 plus $12 National Park fee.
An extraordinary journey on the back of nature’s true “king of the beasts”! Experience an age old tradition whilst silently exploring the magnificent Victoria Falls National Park, part of a World Heritage Site in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Enjoy sightings of Waterbuck, Zebra, Giraffe and other forms of plains game as well as breathtaking gorge views from elephant-back. The unique view of the spray of the Victoria Falls, a mere 3km away, will ensure this moment stays with you for all time. Be witness to this mutually enriching and rewarding relationship between man and elephant in a modern day Africa.
Sunrise and sunset Victoria Falls Elephant Back Safaris are run daily, promising you much more than just a game-viewing experience, but rather a closer insight into the worlds largest land mammal, the African Elephant. Price US$ 150.00
White Water Rafting
Take on the Zambezi River with the wildest one-day trip on the planet, below one of the seven-natural-wonders, the Victoria Falls. The rapids on the Zambezi are officially defined as “Grade 5” by the British Canoe Union (Grade 6 being commercially un-run-able)! Hang on for a wild ride as the mighty Zambezi carves its way through one of the great river corridors of the world. This is the domain of the “Nyaminyami”, the River God of the Tonga people turned into a highway for rafts.
The best time to raft the Zambezi is October & November when the water is lowest, warmest and at it’s clearest. Rafting operations normally close when the water rises enough to make the rapids too dangerous to run safely. This generally happens in May to June and varies in length depending on the river level. Price US$ 120.00 plus US$10 National Park fee
Full Day Chobe National Park Safari – Botswana
The Chobe National Park Safari is a whole day activity that takes you into neighbouring Botswana. Departure from Amadeus Garden is at 07h30 a.m. (you’ll be back around 18h00). After about an hour’s drive through the Matetsi Safari area you arrive at the Botswana boarder. Here you change into safari vehicles that will take you to the Chobe River. The morning is spent cruising on the Chobe River. You’ll watch the prolific bird life found on the banks of the Chobe River; and of course obvious sightings of elephants, crocodiles and hippos.
Full Day Chobe Safari
After about 3 hours cruising you’ll have lunch at one of the lodges in Kasane. After lunch you continue game viewing by 4×4 open vehicles in the Chobe National Park before heading back to Victoria Falls. Price: US$ 150 to 170.00 per person; depending on the season and the number of travellers. Includes 2 safari activities, lunch, transfer. Note: Visitors to Victoria Falls intending to go on a Chobe Safari should purchase a double entry visa when entering Zimbabwe.
Canoeing Zambezi River
The canoe trails operate above Victoria Falls and are the perfect activity for those who want to experience the tranquility of the Zambezi River as they paddle downstream with the current in inflatable two-man canoes. The trip starts (7 am) with an hour and a half game drive (25kms) in an open vehicle through the Zambezi National Park. On arrival at the launch site a continental breakfast is served and the guide will give a thorough safety briefing which will cover; safety conditions of the river, rapids, canoeing instruction, and general information.The full day is spent canoeing (approximately 18kms) downstream on the Zambezi River, running small grade one and two rapids and exploring channels. Enjoy the amazing birding and bird and game viewing along the way! A picnic lunch is served on the mainland or on an island. Cold minerals and beers are served at the take out point at the end of the trip. Around 4:00 pm you are back in Victoria Falls. Routes taken on this trip can vary due to logistical, road and weather conditions. US$ 150 + $15 National Park fee
The lions are already waiting for you in the Bush, and you will join them as they learn about their natural environment, accompanied by our experienced guides, lion handlers and scouts. Price: US$ 150 pPerson