Despite Zimbabwe’s difficult social and political past, Victoria Falls continues to attract travelers from across the globe. Three days is just enough time to experience the diversity this town has to offer. Whether it’s getting wild, getting in it with the locals, or getting out into nature, Victoria Falls has what you’re looking for.
Day 1: Get Crazy
Start your morning with a hike through the forests of Victoria Falls National Park. Then meander across the 420-foot bridge straddling the roaring Zambezi River. Take a leap of faith and bungee jump into the open air at one of the world’s most-sought-after bungee destinations. Then relax in a dugout canoe and paddle through a calmer pass of the otherwise rushing river. End your day with a sunset cruise on the Zambezi, where hippos and crocodiles are easy to spot.
Day 2: Get Local
Spend the morning wandering through expansive craft markets and local shops that sell items like marimbas, tribal jewelry and Shona soap stone carvings. Afterwards, enjoy 3 p.m. high tea on the terrace at the 100-year-old Victoria Falls Hotel. End the day with a traditional dinner at the restaurant, Boma, a Victoria Falls favorite that serves crocodile, beef and other local dishes. Afterwards, relax with a cocktail while you watch the post-meal music and dance performance put on by local artists.
Day 3: Get Out
After experiencing the rush of the Zambezi and the wonder of local culture, take a day trip to Mana Pools National Park, one of Africa’s best game-viewing destinations. The park is home to one of the largest concentrations of hippos in the country, as well as nearly 400 different species of birds. Hire a guide and take a walking safari through the scenic wilderness and untouched forests, or hop in a 4WD vehicle and ride across the grasslands in search of big game.