Guided horse riding excursions are available on both sides of the Falls and can be tailored to the riders' experience level. During the dry season, in particular, big game is often encountered and most rides afford a great views of the spray cloud of the Falls.
Gambling has been a feature of the Victoria Falls area since the regular poker sessions at Old Drift at the end of the 19th century. Today, the main casino in the area is the Kingdom Hotel on the Zimbabwean side of the river. Try your luck with blackjack or roulette.
Spas and massage
Most of the upmarket lodges and hotels offer massages and several have half- day and all-day spa experiences. The best massage experience in the region is probably that offered by The Royal Livingstone Hotel's Royal Spa in tented gazebos right on the banks of the Zambezi with views over the river.
Here, one can experience a Swedish, sportsman's or aromatherapy rub or the local speciality, the Zambian ukuchina. The Zig Zag in Livingstone has shiatsu and other massages, while in Victoria Falls a great massage can be had at the Kingdom Hotel, Elephant Hills, Victoria Falls Hotels and Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Check with your guest services or booking agent about availability.
Shop for Beautiful African Art and Crafts
There is a lively and dynamic art and curio industry in both Victoria Falls and Livingstone.
You are urged to explore the craft markets on both sides of the river.
The best places to buy curios are:
See the Craft Markets
- the Craft Village complex in Victoria Falls
- the Mukuni Craft Village close to the border post on the Zambian side of the river
- the Mukuni Park craft market in central Livingstone.
The Fun StuffCarriage Rides
Carriage rides in a Victorian-style carriage are at present offered from the Sun International Falls resort complex in Zambia. The carriage takes you around the grounds of the resort in style. The carriage can also be booked for special events such as weddings and engagements.
Bicycles are available to rent from a variety of operators on both sides of the river and are a great way to get around, particularly in the town of Victoria Falls. You can also take a ride into the National Park along the scenic Zambezi Drive.
Paintball is available at present only on the Zimbabwe side of the river. Booking is essential and availability may be based on numbers of participants. For team building and special events you can book paintball experiences by arrangement. Enquire with your booking agent on availability.
Quad bike rentals are available on the Zambian side of the river. Basic safety equipment is provided and guided rides are generally available on request. One of the quad biking experiences includes a tour to Songwe Traditional Village.Brett Hilton-Barber and Lee R. Berger. Copyright © 2010 Prime Origins.