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  • Excellent aerial shots!
  • 12' flips over the Falls
  • 25' game flights include wildlife & Batoka

Helicopter rides

Get a bird’s-eye view of Victoria Falls with a short helicopter flip or spot wildlife from the sky with a full game flight over the Batoka Gorge.

Nothing compares to observing and experiencing the impressive Victoria Falls from the air. As Dr David Livingstone eloquently jotted down in his diary in 1855: 'scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in flight'. A mile wide (1708 metres), the Victoria Falls are the world's largest curtain of falling water. 

The 12/13 minute helicopter flips ($150 Zimbabwe/$189 Zambia)  with window seats for all provide an outstanding photographic opportunity to capture the full breadth of Victoria Falls, the islands and neighbouring rainforests.  It's absolutely amazing to witness how spray blasts out of the chasm as the full volume of the Zambezi crashes down 108 metres.

The 25-minute game flights ($284 Zimbabwe/$360 Zambia)  continue down to the Batoka Gorge and offer an opportunity to spot wildlife from the sky as well as take in the beautiful scenery of the Batoka Gorge. You'll witness the wildlife areas of the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe) or the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia).  

Flights take place every day (weather permitting) from dawn to sunset.

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  • Enquire
  • Enquiries and bookings

    Contact the Zambezi team

    Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

  • All the facts
  • The 12' helicopter "flip" over Victoria Falls provides a bird's-eye view of the 5 separate waterfalls making up the full brink of the Zambezi River.

    The 25' "game flight" offers a scenic flight over game parks while also providing an aerial perspective of the 7 gorges that zigzag their way down the Zambezi River.

    • Flights take off from helipads in both Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone (Zambia). 
    • Prices vary for flights from Livingstone and include transfers from all lodges and hotels in both town centres. 

    Season

    • Flights are available year round weather permitting.  Storms can occur during the summer months from mid-November to April.
    • The Falls feature their heaviest flow between February and May.  Spray will rise up to 550m and this plume is visible at ground level from about 50km away at peak.
    • The dry season from September to November produces the least flow over the falls.  During this time water is reduced to a trickle over Zambia's Eastern Cataract.  Devil's Cataract in the west on the Zimbabwean shoreline of the Zambezi has a strong flow all year round.

    What to bring

    • Come casually dressed
    • Photographic gear
    • Sunglasses are optional

    Don't bring

    • Valuables (leave them in your lodge or hotel)
    • Any extra baggage (space is limited)

    No age restrictions

    • Youngsters under 12 must be accompanied by parents or an adult guardian.
    • Children under 3 fly free of charge strapped on the parent's lap.

    Booking arrangements

    • All bookings must be made in advance.
    • We require 2 guests to confirm a 12' flight, 4 guests to confirm a 25' flight.

    Pick-up times 

    • All pick-ups are half an hour before flying time

    Excludes

    • Government fees and fuel surcharges
    • Pay direct on day in US$ cash
    • Approximately US$14 to US$20 per person
  • Choices
  • An adventurous alternative to the regular helicopter "flip" or the scenic "game flight" is the "chopper extraction" offered after any white-water trip.  Whether you choose this option after a one-day trip or any of the multi-day rafting expeditions, we'll bring you up in style and save you the trouble of trudging out of the gorge!

    From Zambia we operate micro lights for the ultimate open-cockpit flying experience. Soaring above the falls with the wind in your face.

    zambezi_batoka_micro2.jpg

    Whichever option you choose to view the falls from the air, we strongly recommend that you take a few hours to explore the rainforest in Zimbabwe.  You'll get a close-up ground view perspective on the full width of the falls from the Devil's Cataract in Zimbabwe to the Eastern Cataract in Zambia.

    Victoria Falls from the air or the ground

    Zimbabwe lies on the western bank of the Zambezi and holds 4 of the 5 waterfalls - the Devil's Cataract, the Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Horseshoe Falls.  The Eastern Cataract cascades down onto the Zambian shoreline.

    The Devil's Cataract  

    Derives its name from the adjacent island where local tribesmen performed sacrificial ceremonies during the time of the early missionaries.  These acts were referred to as "devilish".  Hence the name of the western-most cataract over which water cascades 70m.

    Main Falls

    This is the largest of the waterfalls. The massive volume of water produced by this fall is converted to mist by strong rising winds before it hits the ground of the gorge 93m below.

    Horseshoe Falls

    Shaped like a horseshoe this 95m waterfall is the first to stop flowing as the dry season takes hold of the Zambezi between October and November.

    Rainbow Falls

    These are the highest waterfalls at 108m and can be found opposite the rainforest in Zimbabwe.  The name is derived from the rainbows that take shape when the Zambezi flows at its strongest between February and June.  This is the spot to capture lunar rainbows on a full moon. 

    The Eastern Cataract

    This waterfall in Zambia is the second highest at 101m and reduces to a very light flow during the dry season.  Danger Point within Zimbabwe's rainforest offers tremendous views of the Eastern Cataract at ground level.

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Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

The 12' helicopter "flip" over Victoria Falls provides a bird's-eye view of the 5 separate waterfalls making up the full brink of the Zambezi River.

The 25' "game flight" offers a scenic flight over game parks while also providing an aerial perspective of the 7 gorges that zigzag their way down the Zambezi River.

  • Flights take off from helipads in both Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Livingstone (Zambia). 
  • Prices vary for flights from Livingstone and include transfers from all lodges and hotels in both town centres. 

Season

  • Flights are available year round weather permitting.  Storms can occur during the summer months from mid-November to April.
  • The Falls feature their heaviest flow between February and May.  Spray will rise up to 550m and this plume is visible at ground level from about 50km away at peak.
  • The dry season from September to November produces the least flow over the falls.  During this time water is reduced to a trickle over Zambia's Eastern Cataract.  Devil's Cataract in the west on the Zimbabwean shoreline of the Zambezi has a strong flow all year round.

What to bring

  • Come casually dressed
  • Photographic gear
  • Sunglasses are optional

Don't bring

  • Valuables (leave them in your lodge or hotel)
  • Any extra baggage (space is limited)

No age restrictions

  • Youngsters under 12 must be accompanied by parents or an adult guardian.
  • Children under 3 fly free of charge strapped on the parent's lap.

Booking arrangements

  • All bookings must be made in advance.
  • We require 2 guests to confirm a 12' flight, 4 guests to confirm a 25' flight.

Pick-up times 

  • All pick-ups are half an hour before flying time

Excludes

  • Government fees and fuel surcharges
  • Pay direct on day in US$ cash
  • Approximately US$14 to US$20 per person

An adventurous alternative to the regular helicopter "flip" or the scenic "game flight" is the "chopper extraction" offered after any white-water trip.  Whether you choose this option after a one-day trip or any of the multi-day rafting expeditions, we'll bring you up in style and save you the trouble of trudging out of the gorge!

From Zambia we operate micro lights for the ultimate open-cockpit flying experience. Soaring above the falls with the wind in your face.

zambezi_batoka_micro2.jpg

Whichever option you choose to view the falls from the air, we strongly recommend that you take a few hours to explore the rainforest in Zimbabwe.  You'll get a close-up ground view perspective on the full width of the falls from the Devil's Cataract in Zimbabwe to the Eastern Cataract in Zambia.

Victoria Falls from the air or the ground

Zimbabwe lies on the western bank of the Zambezi and holds 4 of the 5 waterfalls - the Devil's Cataract, the Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Horseshoe Falls.  The Eastern Cataract cascades down onto the Zambian shoreline.

The Devil's Cataract  

Derives its name from the adjacent island where local tribesmen performed sacrificial ceremonies during the time of the early missionaries.  These acts were referred to as "devilish".  Hence the name of the western-most cataract over which water cascades 70m.

Main Falls

This is the largest of the waterfalls. The massive volume of water produced by this fall is converted to mist by strong rising winds before it hits the ground of the gorge 93m below.

Horseshoe Falls

Shaped like a horseshoe this 95m waterfall is the first to stop flowing as the dry season takes hold of the Zambezi between October and November.

Rainbow Falls

These are the highest waterfalls at 108m and can be found opposite the rainforest in Zimbabwe.  The name is derived from the rainbows that take shape when the Zambezi flows at its strongest between February and June.  This is the spot to capture lunar rainbows on a full moon. 

The Eastern Cataract

This waterfall in Zambia is the second highest at 101m and reduces to a very light flow during the dry season.  Danger Point within Zimbabwe's rainforest offers tremendous views of the Eastern Cataract at ground level.

"Deals" that include helicopters

Chobe elephants, courtesy Chris Worden

Safari Pass

A Chobe day-trip plus one other safari activity: canoeing, horseback trail or walking trail, Big 5 night drive and dinner and save 10%.

Zambezi rafting

Super deals

Simply pre-book selected activities or a safari to claim a free sunset cruise or qualify for a free helicopter trip over Vic Falls

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Tick-it to Adventure

Depending on how much free time you have, take a cruise and select extra activities from a list to qualify for several discounts