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Children at Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Activities
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  • Kids at Victoria Falls guide
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A guide to taking kids to Victoria Falls

We often get asked about taking kids to the Falls and "will adults still be able to experience Vic falls with a child around."
You should know first up that the Falls themselves are not a toddler or small child-friendly destination at all. Outside of the viewing point area's, there are no secure fences and many wet steps that go down a very long way.

We went with our kids when they were aged 5 and 7 and although there were few nervous moments, they were warned enough times and understood where the dangers were. Much younger than 5 and I would recommend not letting them off the end of your arm until you are well away from the Falls area.

The good news is you have a holiday town where all the adventures and activities are relatively close to each and within a relatively close driving distance.

There is a lot of exploration to be done with kids in the area. The obvious one is the walk along the paths surrounding the Victoria falls which are quite well signposted and pretty safe if rules are adhered to. There are great vantage points all along the paths and kids will stand for ages just staring t the sheer volume of water all going into the gorge. They will also love the running around in the "rain forest" getting soaked by the mist coming off the waterfall.

Malaria and Yellow fever for children

The one drawback to Vic Falls is obviously the Malaria issue and if you fly in through Livingstone on the Zambia side you need to have had a Yellow fever Jab at least 10 days before you arrive too. You need to consult your local travel clinic to get advice on what Malaria medication best suits your family. medication usually needs to be started a few before your trip and needs to be continued a few weeks after as well.
Be sure to take plenty of mozzie spray as well and we found that the electronic deterrents available from the local camp shop also worked very well. the clipped onto the kid's shirts and kept the mozzies away.

---- No longer a problem as of 2016 (
Zambia has a small problem with Yellow fever in the far north of the country and they are looking for a solution that will allow people just going to the Vic Falls area to be held exempt from getting the Jab but this is all still under discussion
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So what can children do at the Falls?

You can see our kids guide here to get an idea of the age restrictions for the various activities. Writing with personal experience I can tell you that while my kids loved the helicopter flip (The flight of Angels) the 2 things they still talk about 2 years later is The Elephant Back Safari they did and the squeaky sand on the sand Island in the middle of the Zambezi we had breakfast on

The Kingdom Hotel in Zimbabwe and the Zambezi Sun in Zambia are the most child-friendly of the hotels in Victoria falls but I am also going to add Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.


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Zimbabwean Activity and Touring Policy - Min Age and Charges

 SERVICE  Min Rate Rate Rate Comment
  Age Req 0 - 2 years 3 - 11 years 12+
years
 
 White Water Rafting           
 Full Day Rafting - Low Water  14 N/A N/A 100% See minimum age restriction
 Half Day Rafting  14 N/A N/A 100% See minimum age restriction
 Rafting and Riverboarding Combo  14 N/A N/A 100% See minimum age restriction
 Full Day Rafting and Overnight  14 N/A N/A 100% See minimum age restriction
 Multi Day Rafting - Two Days Two Nights  14 N/A N/A 100% See minimum age restriction
 Multi Day Rafting - Six Days Five Nights  14 N/A N/A 100% See minimum age restriction
           
 Upper Zambezi Canoing           
 Full Day Canoe  7 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Half Day Canoe  7 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Overnight and One Day Canoe  7 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Two Day and One Night Canoe  7 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Two Day and Two Night Canoe  7 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Zambezi Drift - Wineroute  7 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Zambezi Breakfast Drift  7 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Three Day and Two Night Canoe and Waking Safari  7 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
           
 High Wire and Bungi           
 Flying Fox (Includes 2 Flying Fox Slides)  7 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction and must fit into safety harnesses
 Zip Line (Includes 2 Zip Line Slides)  7 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction and must fit into safety harnesses
 Gorge Swing (Includes 1 Jump, buy DVD & get 2nd Jump Free)  7 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction and must fit into safety harnesses
 Half Day High Wire (A combo of the above 3 products)  7 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction and must fit into safety harnesses
 Full Day Adrenalin Day (Incorporates all of the above all Day)  7 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction and must fit into safety harnesses
           
 Bungi Jumping  15 N/A N/A 100% Minimum weight requirement - 40kgs
           
 Scenic Flights over the Falls           
 15 minute Helicopter Flight  3 N/A 100% 100% See minimum age restriction
 30 minute Helicopter Flight  3 N/A 100% 100% See minimum age restriction
           
 Bush - Ultra Light Flight 15 minutes  8 N/A 100% 100% See minimum age restriction
           
 15 minute Microlight Flight (Zambia)  9 N/A 100% 100%  
 30 minute Microlight Flight (Zambia)  9 N/A 100% 100%  
           
 Day Trips           
 Imbabala 4 Countries Day Trip  2 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Chobe Day Trip - Botswana  2 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Livingstone Day Trip - Zambia  2 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Excludes any Visa Requirements           
           
 Wilderness           
 Half Day Elephant Back Safari  5 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Game Drive AM or PM - Zambezi National Park  4 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Night Drive  4 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Lion walk  15 N/A N/A 100% Minimum height restriction 1.5metres
           
 Wild Horizons Specials           
 Adventure Pass          Depends on Activates chosen
 Safari Pass          Depends on Activates chosen
           
 Tours in Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe           
 Tour of the Falls (Excluding NP Entry Fee)    N/A 50% 100%  
 Craft Village     N/A 50% 100%  
 Tour of the Falls and Craft Village (Excluding NP Entry Fee )    N/A 50% 100%  
 Zambezi Nature Sanctuary (Croc Farm)    N/A 50% 100%  
 Meet the People (2.5 hrs)    N/A 50% 100%  
 Shopping    N/A 50% 100%  
 African Spectacular Dancing Show (2 hrs)    N/A 50% 100%  
 Boma Dinner including Transfers    N/A 50% 100%  
           
 Zimbabwean Cruises            
 Sundowner Cruise (Excluding NP River Usage Fee)    N/A 50% 100%  
 Lunch Cruise (Excluding NP River Usage Fee)    N/A 50% 100%  
 Breakfast Cruise (Excluding NP River Usage Fee)    N/A 50% 100%  
           

Zambian Activity and Touring Policy - Min Age and Charges

 SERVICE  Min Rate Rate Rate Comment
  Age Req 0 - 2 years 3 - 11 years 12 - Above years  
 White Water Rafting           
 Full Day Rafting  15 N/A N/A 100% See minimum age restriction
 Half Day Rafting  15 N/A N/A 100% See minimum age restriction
 Rafting and Riverboarding Combo  15 N/A N/A 100% See minimum age restriction
           
 Jet Boating in the Gorge  7 N/A 100% 100% See minimum age restriction
           
 Upper Zambezi Canoing           
 Full Day Canoe  12 N/A 100% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Half Day Canoe  12 N/A 100% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Overnight and One Day Canoe          No longer operational
 Two Day and One Night Canoe          No longer operational
           
 High Wire and Bungi           
 Abseil Half Day  11 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction and must fit into safety harnesses
           
 Bungi Jumping  15 N/A N/A 100% Minimum weight requirement - 40kgs
           
 Scenic Flights over the Falls           
 15 minute Helicopter Flight  5 N/A US$80.00 100% See minimum age restriction
 30 minute Helicopter Flight  5 N/A US$160.00 100% See minimum age restriction 
           
 15 minute Microlight Flight   9 N/A 100% 100% See minimum age restriction
 30 minute Microlight Flight   9 N/A 100% 100% See minimum age restriction
           
 Day Trips           
 Chobe Day Trip - Botswana  2 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Victoria Falls  Day Trip - Zimbabwe  2 N/A 50% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Excludes any Visa Requirements           
           
 Wilderness           
 Half Day Elephant Back Safari  10 N/A 100% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Game Drive AM or PM - Mosi National Park  2 N/A 100% 100% See minimum age restriction
 Rhino Walk 2.5 hours  12 N/A N/A 100% No longer operational
           
 Tours in Livingstone - Zambia           
 Tour of the Falls - Sun Int Guests    N/A 50% 100%  
 Tour of the Falls     N/A 50% 100%  
 Mukuni Village Tour    N/A 50% 100%  
 David Livingstone Museum    N/A 50% 100%  
 Railway Museum    N/A 50% 100%  
 Maramba Market    N/A 50% 100%  
 Any Two Tours    N/A 50% 100%  
           
 Zambian Cruises            
 Sundowner Cruise - Zamcruiser    N/A 50% 100% No longer operational
 Lunch Cruise - Zamcruiser    N/A 50% 100% No longer operational
 Breakfast Cruise - Zamcruiser    N/A 50% 100% No longer operational
           
 Sundowner Cruise - African Queen - Excludes Wines    N/A US$44.00 100%  
           

 

National Park Fees Policy - Zimbabwe

 SERVICE  Rate Rate Rate  Comment 
   0 - 5 years   6 - 11 years   12 - Above years   
 Rainforest         
 International    Free                        10.00                       20.00  
 Regional   Free                          8.00                       15.00  Only the Rainforest has a Regional Rate 
         
 Upper Zambezi Sundowner Cruise   Free                          2.50                         5.00  
         
 White Water Rafting   Free   N/A                        10.00  
         
 Upper Zambezi Canoing   Free                          5.00                       10.00  
         
 Zambezi National Park - Game Drive   Free                          7.50                       15.00  
         

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