The recently introduced Shearwater Zambezi River Gorge Hikes are designed for hiking enthusiasts who wish to burn off some calories and explore the unique Batoka gorges below the Victoria Falls. All participants will have an opportunity to swim in the Zambezi without the unwelcome attention of Crocodiles and Hippos. The walk in and out of the Batoka Gorge involves a 250 metre climb which is quite strenuous but can be conquered by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.
Two hiking options available:
The Boiling Pot Hike – “Devil’s Delight” (approx August to December)
Armed with a walking stick, life jacket and helmet, you will hike down the Batoka Gorge and pass under the historic Victoria Falls Bridge to the “Boiling Pot” below the Falls where you will be ferried by a raft to the rocky outcrops below the Falls.
Swim in the rock pools, shower under the spray of the thunderous Victoria Falls and gaze up at the rainbows forming above you.
Known as “Devils Delight” this is a unique opportunity for the adventurous few to view the Victoria Falls from the bottom up!
The activity is only available during the low water season (approx. August to December).
Pick Up from Hotels/Lodges in Victoria Falls from 09h00; Return approx. 12h30-13h00.
Total time 3½ hours; Hike time 2½ hours.
Total cost : US$ 45 pp + US$ 10 pp Cash National Parks Fee.
The Batoka Gorge Hike and Ndebele Village Tour (All year)
A 40-minute off-road drive through the Zimbabwean countryside to the starting point of the hike offers a glimpse into timeless African rural life. The Hike begins about 20km downstream of the Victoria Falls. After a safety talk and procedural briefing, you will hike the steep descent down to the Zambezi River. An hour’s walk from Rapid 23 and to rapid 25 is followed by a swim in the Zambezi and a breather before the demanding climb out.
Once back at the top of the gorge, a short trail through the bush takes you to an authentic Ndebele homestead where you will get a chance to interact with the local headman and his family while having brunch under the thatched shade of their decorated mud huts. Your gracious hosts will explain their traditional culture and customs which have remained largely unchanged since humanity’s first footsteps.
This is activity can be enjoyed all year round.
Pick Up from Hotels/Lodges in Victoria Falls between 06h00 – 06h30; Back around 1h00-11h30.
Total time 4½ hours; Hike time 2 ½ hours.
Total cost : US$ 80 pp + $10 pp Cash National Parks Fee.
Minimum recommended age 12 years.
Children under the age of 18 will need signed authorisation from a parent or guardian.
Experienced guides carry communication devices and first aid kit and helicopter support is available in the event of emergencies.
Clients must have own travel insurance.
For more information and bookings contact : Shearwater Victoria Falls