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A First-Timer’s “Must-Do List” in Victoria Falls

By Ilala Lodge on June 30, 2023

If you are looking for an adventurous holiday, Victoria Falls is the perfect destination. This natural wonder attracts visitors from all over the world each, and for good reason! Whether you are a seasoned wildlife enthusiast, an adrenalin junkie or a honeymooner, Victoria Falls offers an unforgettable experience for all. In this blog, we have curated a list of must-do activities for first-time visitors to Victoria Falls.

Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

A sunset cruise on the Zambezi River should be on every visitor’s bucket list. Relax and enjoy the stunning views of the sunset while sipping on a cocktail. You might also spot a few hippos or crocodiles along the way. The Ra-Ikane river boats allow you to relive the historical journey taken by David Livingstone on the mighty Zambezi.

Named after his guide, the boats are full of old-world charm, setting a romantic and intimate scene whilst you sit back and absorb the incredible views. With a maximum of 16 seats available, the Ra-Ikane offers a unique vantage point for viewing birdlife and wildlife up-close on the islands along the river.

Take a Dip in Devil’s Pool

This heart-racing activity is not for the faint-hearted. Located on the edge of Victoria Falls, Devil’s Pool is a natural rock pool that allows swimmers to float on the very edge of the waterfall. You will have a guide to ensure your safety but be prepared to take a dip in the Zambezi River.

NOTE : Only available during dry season (mid-August to mid-January)

Victoria Falls Activity, Ilala Lodge Hotel,
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Get ‘That’ Poncho Pic

A visit to Victoria Falls is incomplete without a visit to the infamous ‘Smoke That Thunders’. Walking the cliff path gives visitors a panoramic view of Victoria Falls in all its glory. You will witness the sheer power and force of the falls, and if you are lucky, you might even spot a rainbow. Top off the trip with the iconic “poncho” picture in front of the waterfall.

Image Credit: Instagram | a2asafaris

‘Flight of Angels’ Helicopter Trip

Experiencing the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls from above is truly a thrilling and unforgettable adventure in Africa. The “Flight of Angels” helicopter tour over the Falls is undoubtedly the top choice among visitors, offering once-in-a-lifetime views. The standard ‘flip’ is 12 – 13 minutes long, but for those seeking a longer tour there is also a 25-minute helicopter flight available.

Dine Next to the Zambezi River

Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind dining experience along the serene and peaceful banks of the Zambezi River, surrounded by twinkling stars. The Riverside Dining Experience offers an authentic African barbecue-style dinner, complete with traditional Zimbabwean flavours and freshly prepared dishes grilled over open coal fires. With a little bit of luck, you may even share your meal with curious buffalos, hippos, or elephants.

This exclusive dining experience is available year-round, weather conditions permitting, for all guests staying at Palm River Hotel and Ilala Lodge Hotel. Be sure to book in advance to secure your spot under the stars. To make a reservation, please contact us at fnb@palmriverhotel.com or call +263 867 7196873.

Stroll the Historic Bridge

Connecting Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls Bridge spans 156m across the Zambezi River, just below the Victoria Falls. Construction began in 1903 and today, it is both an essential roadway and a fascinating attraction. Whether you choose to simply stroll the length of the bridge, take the Historic Bridge Hour, hop on the Bamba Tram or opt for the more adrenalin-pumping Bungee Jump, a visit to this famous landmark is a must.

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A trip to Victoria Falls is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should be on every traveller’s bucket list. With an array of activities from sunset cruises to helicopter trips, there is something for everyone. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture these unforgettable moments. We can’t wait to welcome you to our beautiful slice of Africa!

If you’re staying at Ilala Lodge Hotel and would like to arrange any of the above activities (and more!) simply make your way to our Activities Desk and a friendly member of staff will be more than happy to assist you.

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