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Victoria Falls is making a name for itself with a series of annual activities and special events

Victoria Falls, this amazing Adventure Capital of Africa - has so much to offer! Not only is it a natural wonder of the world and renowned for having some of the best activities to be found anywhere on our planet, it now has some of the most spectacular and exciting events to boot.

We have rafting, mountain biking and a marathon!

Throughout the year there are many exciting and interesting activities and Victoria Falls events – not all requiring us to be ‘Ironmen’! And then at the end of the year there’s the annual Vic Falls Carnival (ex Falls Fest) - an entertainment packed New Year’s celebration, with live music from some of the tops bands around, even from across the borders.

Due to the limited nature of accommodation availability in Victoria Falls, it’s best to plan early if you are focussing you energies on one of these special Victoria Falls events.

Package deals are often put together for these events so contact us and we can tell you what's available.


Current Annual Victoria Falls Events


Victoria Falls Carnival 2023 - annual event in Victoria Falls

Vic Falls Carnival -

Previously known as Falls Fest, this 3 day affair takes place right before New Years. In the past the New Years' bash in Vic Falls took place over two days, but two days of partying is not enough.

More info on the Vic Falls Carnival here...

2017 Victoria Falls Fun enduro - a motorcyle bush race in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls Enduro - 27 and 28 April 2024

This annual fundraising event is hosted by the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust (VFWT) in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. It is a two day off-road trail where motorcycle and quad bike riders zip through the wilderness over 80kms on day one, with the second day being the actual race day.

All proceeds from the event goes to the VFWT and the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU).

Read more about it here.

The logo for Victoria Falls Marathon annual event

Victoria Falls Marathon - 7 July 2024

Started in 2006 the Victoria Falls Marathon is organised in conjunction with the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe and is an AIMS (Association of International Marathon and Distance Races) registered event.

The marathon race provides a platform for both local and international runners to pit themselves against the best! The marathon route is fast and relatively flat and is well supported by regular water points and cooling down sections, all ably managed by the sponsors. A full 42.2km marathon race, 21.2km half marathon run and a 7.5km fun run are available.

For full details and updates on past and future races, click here - VF Marathon

Zambezi Cyle Challenge - annual event in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Zambezi Cycle Challenge - 12 to 14 July 2024

All for a good cause, and an exciting event through the surrounding areas of the mighty Victoria Falls, the Zambezi Cycle Challenge takes riders through some of the less known parts, down the Zambezi gorges, along the upper Zambezi River, through nature reserves and back into town.

Read more about the Zambezi Cycle Challenge here.

Pumping Legs for Water  (Hwange National Park) - 25 to 28 July 2024

The Pumping Legs for Water is usually a 2 day event where mountain bikers ride through parts of Hwange National Park for the purpose of raising funds to maintain and develop water sources inside the national park, but this year, there is also a virtual ride for those who would like to participate around the world.

More on then next Pumping Legs for Water event here


Previous Annual Victoria Falls Events

Zambezi White-Water Festival (Livingstone, Zambia)

White-water rafting on the Zambezi River is one of the best in the world, and this 2 day festival is a celebration of the fun and rapids that you will find in Victoria Falls. Teams of six compete in a variety of challenges for the title of Zambezi Champion!

More on the Zambezi White-water Festival here...

The logo for the Victoria Falls Mountain Bike Challenge annual event

Victoria Falls Mountain Bike Challenge

This event established in 2010, was operated by the same organisers of the successful Victoria Falls Marathon, Zambezi-Man and also the Kilimanjaro Marathon. The three day event was an iconic event for adventure cyclists the world over and comprised of a combination of single track, rural roads and a small amount of tar.

Note that most of these areas are not generally accessible to the public and as such are unique to this event. From the base of Elephant Hills Hotel, in Victoria Falls – competitors cycled over three days in different areas of this beautiful region.

Total distance travelled is estimated to be in the region of 270km. Each night cyclers were in complete comfort in their hotel rooms, with access to swimming pools and maybe a round of golf. The event was fully backed up, marshalled, and controlled to world standards.

Whilst the Victoria Falls Mountain Bike race was a challenge for the fast, competitive riders, it would also be a great event for social riders. Well spaced refreshment points along the way, good marshalling and sweep bikes and cars, as well as some spectacular, un-ridden sections would allow riders some great views of one of Zimbabwe's most scenic areas.

For full details and updates on the past races click here - VFMTB Challenge


The Zambezi-Man was a unique event, which took place in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe at the end of August each year, to coincide with the Victoria Falls Marathon. It was a multi-day challenge in some of the most beautiful and rugged terrain in Africa, and included a 50km raft/paddle event, 100km mountain bike cycle and marathon to finish. In its final year, over 50 competitors attempted this gruelling three day event.

This exciting event would test rafting skills on the Grade 5 rapids of the Zambezi River on day one, followed by a timed mountain bike race on day two, and a full 42.2 km run on the third and final day. It was fully supported and backed up by the Event Crew - with the cycle and run sections having regular water points along the way.

Kayak Festival

The Zambezi River Festival was a week (towards the end of October) packed full of awesome races, competitions, prizes and parties, on one of the greatest rivers in the world.

More details about the 2014 event Click Here Kayak Festival

Falls Fest

New Year in Victoria Falls was celebrated in grand style with what used to be called the annual Falls Fest over the 30th and 31st December (see information about the Vic Falls Carnival for the upcoming new year's festival). This really became an iconic event with over 4000 people attending the last party in 2010  (not a single bed was available in the Falls). The rafting companies saw their busiest day ever with over 600 people rafting in a single day!

If you were thinking about going (see information on Vic Falls Carnival), it is vital that you book early because by the middle of the year most hotels are fully booked for New Years holidays. So please contact us and we can normally find something for you in those not so well known places.

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