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Victoria Falls High Wire Activities

Have you ever looked up into the sky and thought that you would love to be able to fly like a bird! Glide through gorges or swoop down over the river. Well this no longer needs be a fanciful dream.... 

Gorge swing Victoria falls

Gorge Swing Leap of Faith

These High Wire activities like the bungee jump are for the total Adrenaline Junkie. The gorge swing especially is terrifying and why people pay to do it I am not quite sure, but they do...It will simply blow you away!

Basically there are four main high wire activities..

Victoria Falls Abseil

Abseiling

Flying Fox Victoria Falls

Flying Fox

Zip Wire Vic Falls Gorges

Foofie Slide or Zip Wire

Victoria Falls gorge swing

Gorge Swing

Abseiling: The most gentle of these high-wire stunts, you get clipped in and descend at you own pace down the side of of a sheer 120m cliff into the remarkable gorges below the Falls.

Flying Fox: You get clipped into a harness which is attached to a pulley which then glides along an almost horizontal cable across the gorge, 125m above the valley floor. This gives you the sensation of flying. It looks tame in comparison to the Foofie slide and Gorge swing, but I promise you this is still a thrilling experience, and requires great courage.

Foofie Slide: this is similar to the Flying Fox but here the cable is not horizontal it is at an extreme angle so once you let go you accelerate down hill at speeds of over 100km/h. It is extremely exhilarating and unbelievably fast. This can be done single or tandem. It is also twice the distance as flying fox.

Gorge Swing: leave your stomach behind, this is only for the totally insane. Your harness is attached to a rope, the rope is attached to the middle of a cable that runs across the full width of the gorge.

Once you are all set, you stand on a platform on the edge of a sheer 120m cliff, say a quick prayer and jump off - How crazy is that, you jump off and free fall for about 70m straight towards the rocks and river below, then as the rope becomes taught you will start to arc and thankfully swing away from the rocks you were hurtling towards fractions of a seconds ago.

Although it looks like the most insane thing to do, everyone who does it, is on such a high afterwards.

There are two separate companies

Offering high wire activities in Zimbabwe, both of which are extremely good and professional. Their standards of safety are exemplary, they use only the best equipment available, and strict records are keep as to how many times each rope, harness etc has been used. The equipment is then replaced at the required intervals.

The Zambezi Adrenaline Company (also do the Bungee and are affiliated to Shearwater they operate off the Victoria Falls bridge (passport required) and Wild Horizons whose operation is in the gorges a little further down river (no passport required)

The pictures shown here and the descriptions I have given are all for the Wild Horizons High Wire operation.

The Shearwater Big Air operation is slightly different in that it is operates off the Victoria Falls Bridge so it doesn't have the Foofie slide or the abseil, but it does have the Gorge swing, (called by them bridge swing - see video below) and flying fox (called by them a bridge slide) and of course it has the bonus of the Bungee Jump.
 


 

 

A few photos of us having extreme fun at the Wild Horizons High Wire

Gorge swing
Wild Horizons look out

 

Facts

* Minimum age 10 years
* Minimum 1, maximum 20 clients
* Soft drinks and iced water are available during the day·
* All clients are covered by MARS (Medical Air Rescue Service)
* Transfers to and from your hotel are included in the price
* You are pulled back up so there are no walk outs
* Available daily, all year round
* Half day combo packages are available.

 

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