Family Friendly Victoria Falls

Wild Horizons • 29 September 2015

Victoria Falls is a great family friendly destination. However with a full gamut of activity options it can be overwhelming to plan your trip. To make it easier Wild Horizons has rounded up some of the best activities for families.  Of course every family is different; if you have any questions or need advice feel free to contact Wild Horizons who are happy to help.

Although it can seem like Victoria Falls only offers adrenaline based activities there is actually far more to do and see here - and some pretty exciting options are safe and friendly for even young children. The town also offers a convenient 'home-base' from which many exciting activities are easily accessible whilst you have comfort and convenience.

ACTIVITIES:-

A Cultural Tour is a great way to expose your children to different cultures and ways of life whilst still having fun. You can choose from many different options- such as a rural village tour, a township tour or a home hosted meal. In any of these your children will likely get to meet and interact with local children while learning about their culture. Contact Wild Horizons for more details.

The Boma Experience is a fantastic night out for children and adults alike. With a huge buffet that includes local delicacies and Western fare everyone will find something they like. And the evening will be filled with entertainment from traditional dancers to a local story teller and a fortune teller. After dinner you can join in the drumming lesson- something your children will love.

A Zambezi Sunset Boat Cruise is a must do and a fantastic family activity. Cruises last on average 2 hours which is just right- not too long for kids. The boat will leave the jetty and meander through upstream through islands, while you enjoy the views and potential bird and wildlife along the banks. Most vessels serve snacks and beverages. Have your camera ready to capture one of the most amazing sunsets in Africa.
Tip: Ensure that you book the right cruise for you- some larger boats have a party atmosphere, others are smaller with an emphasis on relaxation. We recommend The Zambezi Royal. There is no minimum age on this cruise and children pay 50%.

There are also some activities you may not have expected would make the 'family friendly list' but I recommend many of the high-wire activities for a safe thrill. My favourite for families is The Canopy Tour which lasts between 2 to 2 and a half hours. Depending on their age and size children can be harnessed in with their parents or go alone. The Tour consists of 9 different slides, varying in length and 1 cable bridge. Friendly and experienced staff will give  a detailed safety briefing before the canopy tour and there are two guides on each tour so you will feel comfortable before you depart.  It offers amazing views of the turbulent rapids, the Victoria Falls Bridge and spray of the Falls.

Of course while you are here you will want to visit the Victoria Falls! A Victoria Falls Tour itself is a fantastic activity for older children in particular (10+). The safety precautions around the edge of the Falls are limited; older children will appreciate the beauty of the Falls whilst being able to also stay away from the canyon edge. For children small enough to be carried you should also be fine although be prepared to walk for a distance.

• Can be a long walk for very small kids so be prepared with a stroller or baby carrier.

• Safety precautions are scant along the edge so it's important to keep you children close if they are young or to arrange for a half day of babysitting whilst you view the Falls.

(Text by Sarah Kerr.  Thanks to Wild Horizons for the original article and photographs which appeared in their Sept 2015 news) 

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