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Zambia & Zimbabwe: Adventures in Africa

Imagine walking Africa’s most ferocious species through the jungle, soaring high above the roar and “smoke” of Victoria Falls, or swinging, literally, from one country to another with nothing but the incredible power of the Zambezi river below you!

These daring scenarios have two things in common: Zambia and Zimbabwe, two of southern Africa’s wildest adventures. Zambia and Zimbabwe are relatively easy to conquer in one trip. Separated by the Zambezi river and connected by Victoria Falls Bridge, exploring the sites of both countries requires little effort. Here are some must do activities that will surely make your visit memorable.

FIND YOUR PRIDE: LION ENCOUNTER

Zimbabwe’s Lion Encounter is a conservation program that ensures a secure future for the African lion. On a daily basis, they offer visitors the opportunity to support the efforts by joining their famous Lion Walk. Accompanied by trained guides and handlers, you’ll embark on an adventure of a lifetime where you’ll meet cubs as they explore and play in their natural environment. The photo opportunities and up close encounters are not to be missed.

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Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Tour Operator: Lion Encounter

Cost: $150 USD pp / DVD additional $30 USD

FEEL THE THUNDER AND POWER OF VICTORIA FALLS: MICROLIGHT FLIGHT

When was the last time you kissed an Angel?  One of the most memorable moments in Livingstone was cruising high above the breathtaking landscape surrounding Victoria Falls. Livingstone Adventures offers exhilarating Microlight flights across the falls and nearby islands surrounding the Zambezi River ranging from 15 to 30 minutes. Be daring and fly high enough… high enough where you just might kiss an Angel as you glide through the smoke of the Falls.

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Location: Livingstone, Zambia

Tour Operator: Livingstone Adventures

Cost: $155 USD pp (15 minutes) / DVD $20USD

THE ULTIMATE JUMP: GORGE SWING

Want to know what it feels like to drop 75 meters from Zimbabwe and swing 95 meters across to Zambia? A gorge swing across the Zambezi River is a must for all you thrill seekers out there. Be warned, this is not for the faint-hearted.

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Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Tour Operator: Book via your hotel

Cost: $95 USD (including transfer) / DVD $30

THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS: VICTORIA FALLS

You can visit Victoria Falls year round, but each season (rainy or dry) and points of entry (Zambia or Zimbabwe) offers a very different experience. My visit took place during the rainy season on the Zambian side. During the rainy season the Falls are more dramatic with a thick mist hovering over the Zambezi river. Be prepared to get wet as you make your way across Knife Edge Bridge, one of the best places to experience the Falls.

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If you’re feeling adventurous, take a hike down the side of the falls (Zambian side only) and make your way to the base of the river, underneath Victoria Falls Bridge. The hike back up is quite strenuous – be sure to walk with plenty of water.

Location: Victoria Falls, Zambia

Tour Operator: You can do this on your own!

Cost: Free

AFRICAN QUEEN CRUISE

Experience all the wonders of nature aboard the cozy African Queen vessel. Here you’ll easily spot crocodiles, hippos, and other wild life all while sipping a glass of wine, patiently waiting for the beautiful African sunset along the Zambezi River.

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Location: Livingstone, Zambia

Tour Operator: Book via your hotel

Cost: $75-$85 USD (snacks and drinks included)

The next time you’re in Zambia or Zimbabwe, be sure not to miss out on these activities. Remember, don’t regret trying new things. Scare yourself once in a while and make life less dull and a great adventure.

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