Cecil Rhodes, a businessman from England, wanted engineers to build a bridge across the Zambezi where “trains, as they pass [could] catch the spray of the falls.” And while he may have died before this dream was realized, the Victoria Falls Bridge was crossed by regular train traffic for more than 50 years. Today, this 650-foot long bridge, which stands 420 feet above the Zambezi River, is a destination for history buffs and extreme sports enthusiasts alike. Guided tours focusing on construction and history are a popular activity for those visiting Victoria Falls. Those in search of serious adventure can use the bridge for bungee jumping, gorge swinging and ziplining.
Walking under the bridge’s main deck offers unique views of not only the falls, but the bridge itself. There’s a small, free museum on the Zambia side where thirsty travelers can grab cool drinks.