Victoria Falls Tram
An authentically styled 19th century tram service - Now known as the Bamba Tram
The Bamba Tram on the Victoria Falls Bridge
Since the stop of the previous tram trips, the operators of the hop-on hop-off Bamba Bus took over the running, and in April 2022, they introduced the Bamba Tram. Apart from the traditional bridge runs, they have created a few more options for you to choose from.
The experiences are at really good prices, and include a morning bridge run, sunrise bridge run (only on request), a sunset safari trip, and a dinner trip which confirms with at least 8 people. All trips begin at Three Monkeys, near the Victoria Falls Railway Station. Guests are required to be at the tram at least 10 minutes before departure, to allow for enough time for check-in. Transfers are not included, so you'll need to make your way there.
Morning Bridge Run
This regular first trip of the day takes off at 8:30am from where the tram is stationed. The tram meanders through the national park near the Falls, making a wide sweep through the African bush, and there is a chance to see some of the wildlife that roams through there. You may spot elephant, buffalo, waterbuck or bushbuck.
Buffalo seen in the national park on the bridge run trip
The tram continues towards the border, and goes on past the border post and on to the Victoria Falls Bridge. The bridge, which spans the Batoka Gorge in between Zimbabwe and Zambia. You may disembark the tram and take in the impressive scenery of the Victoria Falls, the gorge and the Zambezi River down below. Watch the adrenalin junkies take a leap off the bridge into the gorge via bridge swing or bungee, or zip across the gorge on the bridge slide.
Guests arrive at the Victoria Falls Bridge
From the bridge, there is easy access to the rail and bridge museum, and the trip includes and informative talk on the area's history, the railway & the bridge. Light refreshments are served on the bridge itself. After the experience, the tram will take you back to Three Monkeys. The total time for this trip is 1.5 hours.
Sunrise Bridge Run
Sunrise trips can be organised for a minimum of 6 passengers, and it departs at 6:15am. The tram takes the same route detailed above, and you can enjoy the wonderful sunrise on the Victoria Falls Bridge. It includes light snacks and warm beverages.
Sunrise on the Victoria Falls Bridge
This late afternoon trip sets off at 4:30pm in the winter, and 5pm in the summer, and takes you in the opposite direction into untouched African wilderness. The track heads in a south-west direction, and ends up running along the Masuwe River, which runs parallel to the eastern border of the Chamabonda Park (the southern section of the Zambezi National Park).
It is a longer trip with more chances of spotting wildlife along the way, while you enjoy the wonderful scenery on either side of the railway track.
Lion seen on a Sunset Safari trip with the
A few kilometres out in the wilderness, the tram stops at Jafuta Siding. Take in the scenery as the sun goes down while light refreshments are served. After some time, you will get back onto the tram for the ride back as the sky does it's dramatic change of colours. You will arrive at the station just after sunset.
Dinner With the Stars
For those who would like to make more of their tram trip, this one starts with the safari run into the wilderness, and all the way up to Jafuta Siding, and then you get to enjoy a freshly prepared 3-course dinner under the stars, and the sounds of the evening bush. The ride on the tram takes about 40 minutes, and may be longer if there is a lot of wildlife about. After you get to your destination, you will be seated at the table and served by a local chef who has mastered the art of meals in the bush - a sumptuous 3 course meal served al fresco at the romantic lantern lit railway siding.
Dinner at the railway siding
After dinner, the tram will take you back on a 40-minute ride looking out for nocturnal wildlife with a red filter spotlight.
Alternatives to the Victoria Falls Tram
Alternatives to the tram trips are the Bushtracks Express (Zimbabwe) and the Royal Livingstone Express dinner experience (Zambia). These offer trips to the Victoria Falls Bridge, a ride into the wilderness, and a splendid meal with drinks aboard the train.
What To Take
• Camera and/or binoculars
• Transfers are not included. Make your way to Three Monkeys restaurant
where you will find the tram parked.