Senior Victoria Falls Reporter
ONE of the leading tour and adventure operators in Victoria Falls – Shearwater Adventures – has introduced a new product – Zambezi River gorge hikes. The new product, which allows guests to explore the Batoka Gorges below the mighty Zambezi River is now one of the 50 activities that are now on offer in the resort town.
Shearwater group public relations manager, Clement Mukwasi said as the tourism sector anticipates an upsurge in tourists arrivals this year, they were now offering a new product to add to the already existing cartel of activities in the resort town.
“The gorge hikes give participants the opportunity to swim in the Zambezi without the unwelcome attention of crocodiles and hippos. The walk in and out of the Batoka Gorge involves a steep 250 metre climb, which is quite strenuous but can be conquered by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.”
Mukwasi said there were two hiking options available which are the Boiling Pot Hike and the ‘Devil’s Delight’ which is available during the low season from approximately August to December.
“Participants hike down the Batoka Gorge and pass under the Victoria Falls Bridge to the ‘Boiling Pot’ below the Falls where they are ferried by raft to the rocky outcrops below the Falls,” he said.
Mukwasi said the Batoka Gorge Hike and Ndebele Village Tour were now available all year round.
“The activity includes a 40-minute off-road drive through the Zimbabwean countryside to the starting point of the hike. The hike begins about 20km downstream of the Victoria Falls and is followed by a swim in the Zambezi before the demanding climb out.
Atop the gorge, participants take a short trail through the bush to an authentic Ndebele homestead where they can interact with the local headman and his family while having brunch under the thatched shade of their decorated mud huts,” he said.
Other activities in Victoria Falls include elephant interaction, gorge swing, bungee jumping, lion walk, tour of the Victoria Falls Rainforest, cruises, white water rafting, kayaking, Victoria Falls bridge tour, helicopter ride over the rainforest also known as the Flight of Angels, horse trails, game viewing among others.
Source: Shearwater introduces new product (19/02/14)