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Family activities in June

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Family activities in June

We will be in Vic falls with two teens (15 &16) and we're wondering what are the not to miss activities. Also, since we are four people the cost of the activities are very high, I.e. Helicopter tour $560. Is there any way to get discounts on the activities or do the tour operators give any breaks for families/kids? Don't want to miss anything since this is a once in a lifetime trip, but do need to keep the budget in mind. Thank you.

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We are going in June as well, how funny. I have the same questions you do. Hope someone answers.

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Hi there,

We visited Vic Falls last August. We too tried to find discounts for the activities, as we too are a family of four, with 2 kids.

We did not find any discounts, and paid full price for everything. Generally, all their prices were pretty firm, and we found Vic Fall more expensive than South Africa.

We did the 15 min long helicopter ride, and would recommend it. Victoria Falls is enormous, when you see it inside the park, you are walking from one section of the fall to the other, the only way to see all of it all together is from the air.

The chopper pilot was very good about moving the chopper in the best angles while giving all the passengers a good opportunity for viewing of the fall and good opportunity to take some great pictures. I got quite a few good shots of the fall from the air.

On the day you arrive, you should book a sunset cruise for that afternoon. It is 2 hours long, and they serve drinks on board. This activity is not too expensive, I think around $40 or $45 dollars per person.

Victoria Falls took about 3 to 4 hours to visit. We took our time, lingered a long time, and took lots of pictures. Inside the park, there is a Rainforest Cafe (not the Chain Rainforest cafe!) It offered a surprisingly good meal with great drinks, and very reasonably priced. You should plan to have lunch there.

If you have 3 days at Vic Fall, you should do a safari day trip to the nearby Chobe National Park. It offered a very different safari experience than South Africa's Kruger National Park. This included transportation, with a morning safari river cruise, lunch, and a afternoon jeep safari game drive. This was quite expensive, I think it was about $150-$175 per person. You will need to buy double entry visas if you plan to visit Chobe from Vic Falls.

If you still have some time, you can go have afternoon tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel. (If you like this sort of things.) It wasn't too expensive, I think $40 for 2 people. The service was great, and the restaurant has a nice view.

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Thanks so much for your advice. We did get in touch with Shockwave Adventures and booked the heli ride, elephant safari and sunset cruise. We only have two days and yes, it is much more expensive than SA. Hopefully the extra effort and money will be worth it. Leaving one week from today. So much to do, but so excited.

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Our family of 4 are going in August, and also plan on 2 days of activities, so it will be interesting to hear how you get on. We are staying at the Zambezi Sun. Thinking of doing the heli ride, rafting and a float, but still open to recommendation. Have a great time.

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Almost all companies charge same prices in Vic Falls but what I can say to all of you who wants to come and do activities in Vic falls please check on tour companies that are on Trip advisor and see comments from customers who have dealt with as this will help you to choose the right Tour Operator and very safe company to give your family the best time.

(tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g293761-Activiti…)

Thank you hope it helps

Philani Moyo- Owner & Rafting Guide Shockwave Adventures Victoria falls

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Hi,

firstly without wishing to sound too cliched - you are definitely going to have a fantastic and memorable trip, whatever you do and whoever you do it with. Most operators have firm prices - but the best way for discounts is to do combo's with them - so generally better to book most activities with one company - most offer combo deals. Some have up to 50% discounts for those under 16 - like our 'greet the people' open top bus tour.

Please excuse any flagrant commercialism - but Shearwater do some very god combo deals and own/operate a lot of activities in the falls. Be very happy to provide more info on anything that interests you - regardless of whether you use us, ensuring you have a great time here is the main priority as we are al linvolved in recruiting ambassadors for Victoria Falls. Best Kent

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We just returned from a weekend long trip (short!) to Victoria Falls as part of a trip to Africa. Knowing what I know now I would say the helicopter ride, self-tour of the Victoria Falls Park, and some kind of raft/canoe/cruise trip on the Zambezi river are the must-do activities. We did the canoe trip (half day) and had a great time (rafting was not available due to high water). The one thing we did that I would strongly advise against would be going out on the bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia. We had booked the bridge swing ride for a couple of us, as we are very adventurous/outdoor type people. The experience of trying to go through immigration on the Zimbabwe side to get a "pass" (or something along those lines) was very intimidating - people not friendly or helpful at all in terms of trying to find out what we were supposed to do, and then there is a walk along the road to get out onto the bridge. The walk along the road was alongside about 25 big transport trucks, all waiting in line to cross into Zimbabwe, and we were the only ones walking in the area and all eyes were upon us from the truck drivers - very, very intimidating. We did not feel safe at all. We finally got onto the bridge and started to walk out to see the view and get to the platform where the bridge swing and bungee jump are and we started getting very aggressively hustled by young men trying to get us to buy things. Despite the intense hustling we made our way to the platform area and saw some a couple men dressed with vests on that distinguish them as either associated with the bungee operation or bridge security or something clearly along that kind of role, but they sat there and did not even try to get the hustlers to stop bothering us. We were so intimidated and upset at this point after the immigration building experience, the very unfriendly people who "let" you pass over the border line by looking at your immigration "pass" (as if you are annoying them), the no-mans-land area you walk through where all the trucks were parked with the drivers watching you like hawks, and the hustling on the bridge that we just turned around and left as quickly as we could. It was a very bad experience - just the overall atmosphere put us completely on edge and we are city folk who have been in "sketchy" situations before. Everything else about our activities in Victoria Falls was great - but I would highly recommend you just skip going out onto the bridge.

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Thank you Lisa

Thank you very for this information and as Local tour operator who has been in this industry for 20 years I will take this to the following associations Tourism Authority of Zimbabwe, The head of Immigrations and the Vic Falls Head of Police so that we improve services such as in the Border. About lots of truck at the border its because it’s the only place that is used by truck coming from Congo, Zambia, Malawi proceeding to South Africa. As much as safety is concerned Vic Falls is still very safe for tourist to walk around without having any one stealing your belongings. Right in Town of Vic falls we have the police wearing yellow jackets written Tourism Police and their jobs is to make sure you are not harassed by the guys on the street trying to sell curios to you.

Thank you for that we will also try to asked more tourism police from the border to the bridge. Please note that if you have problems with the immigrations or police while list in Vic Falls do not hesitate to pop into our office or call us we will refer your matter to the top guys dealing with these kinds of problems.

On behalf of all Tour Operators we promise to provide all tourists with the best, safe and unforgettable memories of your holiday in Africa.

Philani Moyo- Owner and Raft Guide Shockwave Adventures Victoria Falls.

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