Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls
To discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them it is well worth taking a guided tour. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre. Tours may be conducted from the Zambian or Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River and last for 1½ hours in Zambia and 2 hours in Zimbabwe
Mists of Time Tour
This excursion is a Half Day Tour that focuses on Africa’s Historical and Cultural legacy. You will be accompanied by Russell Gammon, a Specialist Guide with 19 years experience. Russell’s family has been living in Africa since 1870 and he is a Specialist in the field of African Heritage and a wonderful Raconteur and Master Story Teller. This Tour is aimed at giving our visitor a unique insight into Africa’s past, present and future.
You will be collected from the Royal Livingstone Hotel reception at 08h30 by Russell Gammon, your Specialist Guide for the morning. This Half Day tour will include a visit to the Victoria Falls as well as a visit to the near by African Village where you will be shown around by the local residents. Along the way Russell will regale you with stories of Earlier Explorers, Indigenous People, Adventurers, Missionaries and other colourful characters that have passed this way in time.
His unique understanding of Africa combined with his excellent storytelling make him a fascinating and entertaining companion. During the course of the morning you will gain a unique insight into Africa’s past and present as Russell brings to life the many people’s and culture’s that have shaped the destiny of this extraordinary continent. Your tour will end at 12h30 when you will be dropped back at the Royal Livingstone reception.
The price includes
Transport, Park Fees and Bottled Water
Tour of Victoria Falls
Meet guests at either the Day Activity Centre or their hotel for a short walk/ short Drive to the Falls. Tours may be booked in the morning or afternoon and times are flexible.
The Tour includes National Park fees, the services of a qualified guide and bottled mineral water. Children under 12 are ½ price, and children under 2 are free.
When the moon is full, the sky is relatively clear and the Victoria Falls are at their peak flow, (Jan to May) huge rainbows appear through the mist at night
This unique event is visible the day before, the day of and the day after the full moon. The lunar rainbow is best seen at times of high water Jan to July. The months of March, April, May, June and July are ideal as clear skies are normal and the waters have subsided.
It is then that the light of the moon is refracted through the mists that rise up from the base of Victoria Falls.
During high water on the Zimbabwe side you will be soaked with spray as sheets of endless water thunder into the Zambezi below. The sound is deafening as over ten million litres of water a second plunge 100 metres over the edge. (Jan to March)
At the rising of the full moon the park stays open late, on both sides of the falls and tour operators also offer special tours.
Under the Spray
You have seen the amazing Victoria Falls from the top. But the most breath-taking and awesome perspective is from the bottom of the gorge. The rock faces tower more than a hundred metres all around you; cascades of water tumble down from where the black basalt meets the blue sky. This is an unforgettable adventure right in the heart of one of the most beautiful places on earth!
Pick up from your accommodation and transfer to the Victoria Waterfalls. The tour starts at the top of the gorge where you have a good view of the Falls. You then descend down the gorge to the boiling pot where the rafts have been prepared and are ready to leave. The guide gives instructions on the do’s and the don’ts before you paddle into the boiling pot. From here you already have a spectacular view of the vertical cliffs all around you and the waterfalls tumbling into the gorge. The ‘minus rapids’ thundering in from the west create a strong but smooth current that will carry the raft to the other side, right underneath the Victoria Falls. At certain times of the year it is possible to get out of the raft and walk along the rock face to the cascades on the western side. Swimming in the rock pools below the Falls, surrounded by the massive black basaltic rock towering up above you and the water cascading down, seemingly out of the sky, is certainly one of the most breath-taking experiences you will ever have. It is possible to get right underneath the waterfalls (depending on water levels). Under there you will feel and understand how the power of water, over millions of years, carved out this wonder of the world out of solid rock.
Depending on water levels (and wishes of our clients) there are two options on offer:
Option 1: Paddle across the boiling pot and a short walk (some easy rock climbing is required) to the cascades (no ‘canyoning’ and swimming in the rock pools). This tour will take about one hour. At the start of the season clients may not go on a walk as the cascades will be right there in front of them.
Option 2: The more adventurous option will take you across the boiling pot and then start ‘canyoning’ through a series of rock pools to the cascades. It is possible to swim in the rock pools right underneath the waterfalls. This option will take approx. 2 – 2.5 hours (two or two and a half hours).
Victoria Falls Bridge Tour
Pick ups are from the Day Activity Center at the Falls Resort.
The Victoria Falls Bridge lies in “no man’s land” between Zimbabwean and Zambian Boarder Posts. The tour includes a Meet-and-Assist service whereby our staff will help clients though the Border procedures.
Please note: The guest will have to carry his/her passport to cross the respective Border. A visit to the Bridge does not affect the clients’ visa status. Carrying of passports is merely for identification purposes at the respective Border. Passports should not be stamped.
The Tour begins with registration and signing of indemnity. Once the formalities are done, a guide walks the Guests down to the Bridge Tour Viewing Deck where a presentation is given by a trained guide on the History of the Bridge.
A guided walk around the Visitors Centre is done as the “visual” part of the tour where the guide shows you what was mentioned in the verbal presentation.
After the Visitors Centre walk is completed, there is an “optional” physical under the Bridge tour. This entails a briefing on the route, the safety and what to expect on the physical tour. Guests are then provided with the necessary safety equipment. Before proceeding to the bridge, a safety demonstration and a safety training is provided to ensure guest safety.
Before departure, Guests are given to opportunity to enjoy wandering around the shop or the Visitors Centre in their own time for approximately 30minutes before they are returned to their respective pick-up points.
We currently offer 3 departures per day, one early-morning (at 09.15), one-midday (at 12:15), and one mid-afternoon (at 15.15). Due to weather conditions, we will advise departure times on confirmations.
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