“THE USE OF TRAVELING IS TO REGULATE IMAGINATION BY REALITY, AND INSTEAD OF THINKING HOW THINGS MAY BE, TO SEE THEM AS THEY ARE” – SAMUEL JOHNSON
When I stayed in Zimbabwe I opted to do a Microlight Flight over Victoria Falls. Visiting Victoria Falls was always on the bucket list, but being able to fly above it was beyond spectacular and definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
The company I did the Microlight Flight with was Batoka Sky. They have two flight options – 15 minutes and 30 minutes. I went with the 15-minute flight as I mainly wanted to go over the Falls. The 30-minute flight ventures over the Falls and then heads further upstream for a low level swoop at Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park for a unique game viewing, but seeing as I was heading to Kruger National Park after Victoria Falls, I wasn’t too fussed.
The 15-minute flight is $179pp (only one person on a microlight with pilot) and the 30-minute flight is $360pp (2017 rates: 01/11/2016-31/10/2017). Be sure to book in advance to secure your spot. We were able to do this at our hotel and had a transfer collect us, take us over the border and bring us back at the end.
For safety purposes, they don’t allow you to take your own camera on the flight, but they do have a wing mounted action camera that captures images of the flight for you. From memory, the price for this was really reasonable – somewhere between $10-$20 for a memory stick with all of your photos on it for you to keep.
Since our accommodation was in Zimbabwe, we had to cross over into Zambia for the microlight flight. Be aware that you will need to obtain an entry VISA into Zambia, although this can be done at the border – just don’t forget to take your passport with you!
If you’re not completely confident in venturing over Victoria Falls in what is essentially a motorized hang glider, they offer helicopter rides as well.
Some other exciting activities to do near Victoria Falls include Devil’s Pool, sunset cruises, game drives, quad biking, river safaris and canoeing. We were also given permission to visit a traditional village which was a great cultural experience.