The Royal Livingstone Express ($180)
The Royal Livingstone Express offers discerning guests the ultimate fine dining experience going back in time to the age of Steam Train travel.
On the scheduled Wednesday and Saturday runs this old fashioned steam train, which has been restored to its former glory, travels down through the Victoria Falls World Heritage Site and Game Park, with wild animals such as elephant, kudu, impala and duiker occasionally being seen en-route.
After the opportunity to witness a fine sunset, the train then departs for dinner at the Palm Grove siding. Here the train manager will announce dinner and lead guests through to the dining carriages, where a superb five course meal awaits, following which the train finally returns to Livingstone.
For further details take a look at the Royal Livingstone Express website
Bushtracks Express ($120)
A similar experience to the above can be had in Zimbabwe, departing from Victoria Falls Town This equally rejuvenated train jaunts onto the famous Victoria Falls Bridge which was built by Cecil Rhodes in 1905. He wanted a crossing “at the point where the spray from the Falls would fall on the train carriages crossing the bridge." And this is exactly what you can experience, at the right time of year, together with Edwardian grandeur.
Horseback Safaris ($100)
On the Zambia side amazing horseback rides from the Falls Resort take place along trails within the National Park. These trails offer magnificent views of the Victoria Falls. Animals are less disturbed by a person on a horse and it is quite possible to watch (non-dangerous) game at very close quarters in a particularly peaceful manner. Experienced guides lead these trails, and riders are put with friends or groups of similar riding abilities.
A similar horseback activity can also be undertaken from the Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls Town) side.
Other modes of travel ($50-100)
It is also possible to hire a car locally, on both sides of the border, if you would like to explore by yourselves. Alternatively, if you are looking for more exertion, you could go for a pushbike. A recent introduction here is that of quad (four wheeled, motorised) bikes. Organised tours include bush track riding, (whilst experiencing the local village life) to quad bike eco tours, all accompanied by a qualified guide. The Victoria Carriage Company also operates Victorian style horse drawn carriages in and around Sun International’s Falls Resort complex, transporting you back to a former era of grace and charm.
Even more recent is the introduction of Segway tours. The Segway is similar to a battery operated scooter which is controlled by the movement of the rider’s weight. In this way you can glide effortlessly along the footpaths between the Victoria Falls Resort and the Royal Livingstone Hotels, an expert guide pointing out places of interest, birds, trees and game along the way.
Although not usually thought of as an activity whilst out on safari, the keen golfer can experience this on the Zimbabwe side, situated in the grounds of the Elephant Hills Resort hotel, which boasts an 18 hole golf course. This course was designed by Gary Player and is renowned for unusual obstacles such as wild antelope, impala, water buck and kudu as well as warthog. Bunkers encourage accurate approach shots, and at eight of the holes, water shots are incorporated, where one might potentially come across the odd crocodile – be cautious retrieving balls! In fact, on one occasion, a lioness had cubs just off one of its fairways, and the advice was given that if you hit your ball into the rough, you should take another shot instead of trying to save a point by following up on it!
Chobe Day Trip ($250)
Finally there is the opportunity to take a full day excursion from Victoria Falls Town into neighbouring Botswana, visiting the Chobe National Park, which is said to have the world’s largest elephant population. The game cruise on the Chobe River brings you close to brilliant bird life, pods of watering hippos, primeval crocodiles and elephants, breath-taking in their sheer number. Then the afternoon’s land-based safari heads deeper into the Park to spot the elusive big cats that make Chobe their home.
Hiking etc ($100)
In addition to being able to undertake a classical walking safari within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park itself (and, of course, walking with lions and cheetahs!), you can also undertake hikes of various degrees of strenuousness in the area around the Batoka Gorge, below the Falls. Specialist Birding and Photographic activities are also available.