The Must-Try Extreme Sports and Adventures in Zambia

While some tourists are happy with climbing onboard a safari vehicle and taking a drive into the bush to spot animals and to enjoy the sights and sounds of the wilderness, there are other tourists who yearn to do more than just sit and be driven.

For those who are looking for a different kind of Zambia tour, booking one of the many extreme sports on offer is one way to not just participate in something that you will remember for the rest of your life, but it is also something that will give you a completely different way to see the country.

Here are just a handful of extreme sports and outdoor adventures that you can book when you are visiting Zambia, but keep in mind that tours don’t usually include the activities mentioned below. If you want to include an activity, you will need to book and pay for it in addition to your tour.

Test your adrenaline when you go White Water Rafting on the Mighty Zambezi River

Zambia shares the Zambezi River with its neighbour, Zimbabwe, and this vast and powerful river is famous for being home to some of the world’s most exciting white-water rafting experiences!

If you’re looking for that unforgettable rush of adrenaline that only time spent out on the water can provide, then there’s no better place than the Zambezi.

The river’s turbulent rapids, like the infamous “Ghostrider” and “Oblivion,” are designed to test even the most seasoned rafters and there are also parts of the river that are more suitable for the first-time white river rafter.

Scream your lungs out when you go Bungee Jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge

The iconic Victoria Falls Bridge, standing 111 meters above the Zambezi River, is one of the most renowned bungee jumping locations on the planet, and the thrill of plunging towards the rushing waters of the Zambezi below is an experience you’ll never forget. Whether this is the first time you have bungee jumped, or if you have done it before, this particular experience is one that will have you screaming from start to end.

Go Abseiling Down the Batoka Gorge

The Batoka Gorge, which is just below the Victoria Falls, offers a one-of-a-kind abseiling experience.

The experience starts at the very edge of the gorge, where the adventurers will descend over 100 meters down sheer rock faces. On the way down, while the rush of adrenaline is coursing through your body, you will get to enjoy the most dramatic and beautiful sights from a vantage point that few others get to see.


Leave your fear of heights behind with Microlight and Helicopter Flights over the Victoria Falls

If you want to witness the absolutely breathtaking beauty of the Victoria Falls from a completely different perspective, a microlight or helicopter flight will provide you with a bird’s-eye view of this natural wonder. The experience is as serene as it is thrilling, and be sure to bring along your camera so that you can take the sorts of photos that will have your friends wanting to book a room too!

See the wildlife in a different way when you go on a Canoeing Safari on the Lower Zambezi River

If you’re looking for a more relaxed yet adventurous experience, booking a canoeing safari down the Lower Zambezi River is an absolute must.

Paddling gently through the meandering waterways, all while observing the diverse wildlife that congregates along the riverbanks for a drink, is both immensely exciting and an utterly relaxing experience. Some of the wildlife you can look forward to seeing include elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species.

See the wildlife up close with a Walking Safari in South Luangwa National Park

For a more unique way to connect with Zambia’s wildlife, going on a walking safari in South Luangwa National Park is a must.

This park is world-famous for its up-close wildlife encounters, and walking among the animals makes for an intimate experience. Led by expert guides, who are passionate about the Zambian ecosystem, you’ll have the opportunity to observe everything from big cats to colourful birdlife.

Indulge in an educational Cultural Experience with Local Tribes

For those who want to connect with the locals and learn more about the tribes, a cultural trip is a must. You can visit local tribes, such as the Tonga, Lozi, or Ngoni, and engage in cultural exchanges. You could also participate in traditional dances, learn how to make local crafts and experience authentic village life. After a tour like this, you will have a greater appreciation for the people, history, and culture of Zambia.