Victoria Falls Helicopter Tour!

On our final afternoon visiting Victoria Falls, Dan and I decided to go all out and take a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls!  As this was right after our Livingstone Island/Angel’s Armchair tour, this day was reallllly crazy!

Helicopter tours are offered from both the Zimbabwe and Zambia sides of the Falls.  We signed up at our hotel the morning of the tour.  The helicopter tours are quite expensive, running approximately $160 a person for a 12-15 minute ride!  While expensive, the views were stunning and we really enjoyed our 15 minutes!

The tour started with a transfer to the take-off site, followed by a short safety lesson.  After that, it was off to the chopper (as Dan said!).  Here is our trusty ride:

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Note – the helicopter seats four guests, one in the front and three in the back.  On our trip, it was only Dan and I and one other person, so we all got a window seat!  However, if there are four people, someone will have to sit in the middle.  Here is Dan in the front and me in the back!

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The tour started with a fly over Victoria Falls.  The pilot pointed out the relevant sites, such as Livingstone Island, and gave a bit of history.  Everyone wore a headset, so questions were welcomed!  Again, the views were absolutely stunning!!

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Livingstone, Zambia – A Local Alternative to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

After staying in the upscale and traditional Victoria Falls Hotel, Dan and I crossed the border to Livingstone, Zambia and spent two nights there!  Why did we change?  Well, I really wanted to see both sides of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe and Zambia!), and I really couldn’t resist the chance to see another country…Plus I had to try their local beer…Mosi Lager.  Not great, not great.  Zambezi from Zimbabwe was much better!

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Livingstone was a much different experience than Victoria Falls.  Livingstone is an actual town, where people work, shop and live.  It’s not just a tourist destination.  The town is located about 10 minutes from Victoria Falls, and you will need to take a cab there.  The walk is not safe, due to wild animals and some shady individuals looking to rob tourists.  There are a number of hostels and low-mid range hotels right in Livingstone, and quite a few very upscale hotels closer to Victoria Falls, including some with on-site animals (Royal Livingstone pictured)!

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