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Livingstone: Victoria Falls Helicopter Flights

1. Livingstone: Victoria Falls Helicopter Flights

Take an unforgettable helicopter flight over the mighty Victoria Falls. See the falls from several different angles and take in once-in-a-lifetime views. Take phenomenal photos of the falls and the rainbows that arch above them. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your accommodations in Livingstone and brought to Maramba Airfields. Choose from three different options between either a 15-minute, 22-minute, or 30 min flight: 15-minute flight Depart from Maramba airfield and take in the incredible scenery surrounding the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. Circle over the Falls and the nearby islands before returning to the Maramba Airfields. 22-minute flight Take an exciting swoop into the Batoga Gore, in addition to seeing the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. 30-minute flight View the falls and then fly over the local villages to the Batoka Gorge, and follow the Zambezi River to rapid  26. Circle over the Victoria Falls and the islands, before returning to the Maramba Airfield.

From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

2. From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

Choose the adventure of a lifetime by rafting in the famous Zambezi River. After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in Livingstone, sit back and relax as you drive in air-conditioned comfort to the entrance of Victoria Falls, your starting point for the day. After a comprehensive safety talk from your guide, set off on a small hike down to the Zambezi River where you will pass through spectacular basalt rocks and have the opportunity to take photos of the splendid views. Then, take to the water to start practicing the techniques you will need to tackle the rapids.  Once you are ready, you will tackle the first rapid of the day, 'the Boiling Pot'. Get drenched as you continue through the rapids, riding the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travel and the Washing Machine in a non-stop heart-pumping adventure down the river. Once you reach the small rapids, you can choose to swim the Zambezi River for a final splash in the water. Finish the day by hiking back up the gorge where a delicious lunch and refreshments will await you before you transferral back to Livingstone. 

Livingstone: Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

3. Livingstone: Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

Climb aboard the impressive African Queen or the slightly smaller, but equally luxurious African Princess which are berthed upstream of Victoria Falls. Embark on a fully inclusive sunset cruise which departs daily. Admire spectacular views of the Zambezi River and surrounding nature reserves. Enjoy great cuisine and friendly, professional service which will ensure you have an unforgettable river cruise experience. Return road transfers from local Livingstone accommodation venues are included in the cruise rates. Guests are collected half an hour before the cruise departs.

Victoria Falls: Private Sunrise Cruise with Breakfast

4. Victoria Falls: Private Sunrise Cruise with Breakfast

Take an early morning cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Venture out onto the water before dawn and experience the African bush before it awakens. Marvel at the mirror-like waters of the Zambezi as you drift along, looking out for animals emerging into the new day. Relish the warmth of the rising sun while you enjoy a breakfast of fresh seasonal fruit, muesli with homemade granola, croissants and a selection of cheeses served alongside freshly brewed coffee. Bird enthusiasts are in for a special treat. Bring your binoculars and learn about resident varieties from your captain.

Chobe National Park: Day Trip with River Cruise

5. Chobe National Park: Day Trip with River Cruise

Spend a full day immersed in nature with a cruise on the Chobe River followed by a game drive in the world-famous Chobe National Park. Only 1 hour away from Livingstone, the Chobe National Park in Botswana is home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa.   The tour departs from Livingstone, where you’ll be picked up from your lodge or hotel for a transfer to the border. Your Botswanan guide will meet you after immigration procedures and take you first to the cruise on the Chobe River. This breathtaking river is famous for its rich elephant and lion population, so keep your eyes peeled to spot the wildlife in the water and along the banks. Enjoy a fresh buffet lunch with several options at a beautiful lodge situated on the riverbank.   Then, switch to a game drive in the National Park. Your open-sided vehicle will allow you to see 360-degrees around you and at great distances over the safari, which is populated with elephants, Cape buffalo, lions, antelopes, and more. Refreshments will be served throughout the tour to keep you cool. After a full day of experiencing the beauty of African nature, you’ll be dropped off back at your accommodations.

From Kasane: Victoria Falls Day Trip

6. From Kasane: Victoria Falls Day Trip

After pickup at your accommodation in Kasane, pass through the Botswana border then the Zimbabwe border. Once all immigration processes are complete, hit the road to spend the day exploring Victoria Falls, known by the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya — "The Smoke That Thunders." In the morning, visit and view the falls from the many different viewpoints, after which you'll be transported to a restaurant of your choice to enjoy lunch. Once you've eaten, discover the local markets and do some shopping or simply admire the local curiosities. Later, explore the Victoria Falls Rainforest and see how the never never-ending rain from the shadow of the falls supports the development of a rich and diverse plant community, which in turn supports a diversity of insects, amphibians, birds, and mammals. After you have taken in all the beauty and magic of the falls, you'll be taken back to Kasane and dropped off at the lodge where you were picked up.

Zambezi River: 3-Day Rafting Experience

7. Zambezi River: 3-Day Rafting Experience

Start your journey on a hike through the basalt rocks in the Batoka Gorge to the stunning site of the Victoria Falls, also known as the Devil’s Delight. Take a swim below the sprays and raft the top section of the Zambezi River starting at the Boiling Pot rapid all the way down to your camp site. Relax at the camp and refuel with some tasty snacks as you gaze at the breathtaking sunset over the Batoka Gorge. In the morning, enjoy a delicious full English breakfast to set you up for the day ahead tackling the next section of the Zambezi River. Make a splash as you take on The Mother, The Terminator, and the world’s most action packed rapid, The Oblivion. On Day 3, start the day with a paddle to Baby Victoria Falls and marvel at the stunning views. After lunch it’s time for another hike through the Batoka Gorge and a bus ride to the magnificent Makuni Village to donate food to the elderly as part of the Maano Social Responsibility Programme.

Zambezi River: Full Day Whitewater Rafting Experience

8. Zambezi River: Full Day Whitewater Rafting Experience

After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in an air-conditioned vehicle, drive for about 30 minutes to the Victoria Falls entrance where the tour will start. Receive a comprehensive safety talk given by your guide before you hike down to the Zambezi River. The hike will last about 10-15 minutes depending on your fitness level. Find your raft in the river, prepared by the raft crew. Then start practicing the techniques with the assistance of your guide. Tackle the first rapid of your day called the Boiling Pot. Paddle for the first 10 rapids, covering a throng of class 5 rapids that include the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travels, and Washing Machine. When you reach rapid number 10, stop for a snack break and a short rest. Tackle the remaining section of the river with rapids like Terminator, Mother All, and Oblivion. A the end of the adrenaline-filled trip, hike back through the Batoka Gorge. When you reach the top, find a delicious lunch with refreshments waiting for you. Drive back to Livingstone, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Receive videos and photos of your trip the next day online. 

Victoria Falls: Scenic Microlight Flight

9. Victoria Falls: Scenic Microlight Flight

Take an incredible microlight flight over the Zambezi River and admire the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding National Parks. Keep your eyes peeled for a host of exciting game sightings, and shortly after takeoff, enjoy breathtaking views as you circle over the magnificent Victoria Falls. Choose between a 15-minute flight or a 30-minute flight. The shorter version is an exhilarating flight over the Victoria Falls, the islands near the Falls and thundering Zambezi River. Gaze in awe at the breathtaking views of the Falls and the spectacular gorge that the Zambezi River has carved into the surrounding landscape over many thousands of years. The longer version flies along the Zambezi River, circling the Victoria Falls and flying over the Mosi oa Tunya National Park. End the experience with a low-level swoop over the National Park to spot wildlife and birds. After your flight, the microlight will land and drop you off back where you started from.

From Livingstone: Victoria Falls Guided Half-Day Tour

10. From Livingstone: Victoria Falls Guided Half-Day Tour

Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to appreciate the Victoria Falls in all their splendor. Admire this UNESCO World Heritage site on a half-day tour from Livingstone. Head to the Victoria Falls Bridge, as you learn about how the waterfall was formed, and the different types of vegetation and wildlife in the area.   Get up close to the waterfall on a walking tour of the cascades. The falls are spectacular at any time of the year. From April to August the water will be roaring. Between September and March, you can look down at the trickles of water flowing over the rocks.   At the Knife Edge Bridge you will have one of the best views of the eastern and main falls, as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads towards Batoka Gorge.

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What people are saying about Matabeleland North

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 15 reviews

We had the most wonderful day with Sam, our guide. The process at the border crossing was easy with their assistance. Everything was well organized and they made special arrangements to collect us at our hotel. Booking communication and regular feedback and updates were provided. Sam was extremely knowledgeable and made the experience 5 star!! He took us to all the best views of the falls and nothing was too much of an ask. We have travelled the world and booking through Cuckoo was the most professional and seamless booking so far.

It was unbelievable and the most incredible experience of our life’s! My wife and adult son loved it too! It was an experience of a bygone era! Wonderful staff - friendly, fun and helpful! Food and drinks were fabulous! Definitely more than 100% perfect! A definite must when travelling to Victoria falls or Zambia!!

Incredible experience; noting beats seeing the beautiful falls at sunrise. Mesmerising. Out tour guide was incredibly helpful and knowledgable. Smooth pick up and return home. Highly recommend!

Amazing experience with the best crew! Many kudos to James, Clement, Andrew, and Sobgei who made this unforgettable!

Very well organised, nice staff and excellent drink and snacks