Flying over Victoria Falls in a Microlight

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You know that bucketlist you’ve been ticking off? Well, you can now add one more “must do in Africa” to it. Flying over Victoria Falls in a microlight is without a doubt one of the coolest experiences you will find in the world and perhaps the closest you will come toΒ mimicking what it must be like to be a bird…. or at least, the true definition of a “birds-eye view”. Here’s how it went down…


Flying Over Victoria Falls

For those unfamiliar, Victoria Falls is located in southern Africa at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is one of the world’s mostΒ recognisableΒ waterfalls, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and stands tall at 355 ft. This does not make it the highest waterfall in the world, nor is it the widest, but its’ combined height and width make it the world’s largest waterfall. Thus, it should be all means be on that travel bucket list of yours.

There are many popular activities to get up to both at the Victoria Falls and on the Zambezi River (where the falls run through), but the most popular of these is to fly over the falls – either by microlight or helicopter. Eager to get a real feel for the falls from above, I chose the microlight.

…In a Microlight

First of all let me start with with just…. “WOW”. This is one of the best experiences you will have in your lifetime and for sure the best way to experience the falls.

You can go on a 15 minutes or 30 minute ride, with the latter including an additional 15 minutes viewing game (wildlife) from above. However, the 15 minute ride also includes ample opportunity to see the below wildlife – including elephants, crocodiles, and plenty of impalas. If you’re lucky, you might even see some cats as you fly over the Zimbabwean side of the falls.

The cost is $170 USD for the 15 minute flight. You’re not allowed to take your own camera, but you can purchase photos after the journey for a reasonable $20 (which are much better anyway as they include the microlight in the frame)!

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Over to you! What is THE best travel experience of your life?

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    Heather Savino
    July 18, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Hi Brooke, I just want to thank you so much for this post. I’ve just returned from my own trip to Southern Africa and had my own microlight flight over the Falls while I was there. It was absolutely amazing! I never would have known about this incredible experience if it weren’t for you. Thanks again for the inspiration!

    Eunice Musuamba
    June 26, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Have swom in the Devil’s pool? It’s on my bucket list as well but then you have to go there between Septembre and December

    Grace Blake
    May 26, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Wow! Definitely added to my bucket list. Looks incredible Brooke!

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    May 17, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Wow, this is amazing! I’ve added this one to my bucketlist πŸ™‚ Did you also get close to the waterfalls or did you only flew above it?

    May 17, 2015 at 4:52 am

    I’ve seen some beautiful shots of Victoria Falls, but this takes the cake! I’m heading to Africa in 2016, I should definitely stop here πŸ™‚

    May 17, 2015 at 3:34 am

    Omg that looks amazing! I normally avoid that kind of tourist activities because they are so expensive and I’ve often had a great experience for free, but that Victoria’s Falls one for sure seems to be worth the money!

    May 17, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Ahhh omg, I want to try that! I have been trying to convince myself to go hang-gliding or sky-diving this year, but I’m such a baby when it comes to heights. This maybe looks doable though. I went on a seaplane tour in Seattle recently and loved it, so I think maybe I could handle this πŸ˜‰


    May 16, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Wow such an amazing experience!

    May 16, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    This is by far one of the coolest things you’ve done Brooke!

    May 16, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Incredible! Definitely one for the bucket list!

    May 16, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Looks incredible! You look so comfortable on the microlight!, like a bird with your arms out like that! I want to know how they strap you in so you can’t fall off! Were you nervous at all about it?

    May 16, 2015 at 8:06 am

    What an incredible experience- another one for my never-ending bucket list
    Georgia x

    May 16, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Your microlight experience looks AMAZING! I didn’t even know those things existed, I wonder if you can ride them in the US!


    Malena Permentier
    May 16, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Wooohooo this looks incredible!

    X Malena

    Saakshi Kumar
    May 16, 2015 at 2:55 am

    On my bucket list. This looks so exciting. πŸ™‚

    May 16, 2015 at 2:42 am

    This sounds amazing! I am definitely adding this to my bucket list. I still have a ton of travel experiences I want to have like skydiving and bungee jumping, but I think my best experience so far was the first time I climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower!

    Vivek S
    May 16, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Hi dear,
    My self vivek, from Bangalore India.
    I have dream of touring the world have to explore n see each n every corner of world. But I’m from poor economical back ground. I don’t know what to do from where I should start but I should see this world before I die. I’m ready to do anything for this can u help me out.

    Vivek S

    May 15, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I don’t know if I’d have the courage to do this but it looks truly incredible.


    May 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    truly amazing! Ive sent this link to my friends and I keep telling them we need to do this haha
    XO Janina

    Jennifer Stevens | Adventurous Appetite
    May 15, 2015 at 11:44 am

    This is INSANE and has definitely been added to my bucket list!!! What an incredible experience πŸ™‚

    May 15, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Wowwwwwwww great experience dear…

    May 15, 2015 at 8:45 am

    That looks like the craziest/scariest thing ever but I’m sure it’s worth it in the end!


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    May 15, 2015 at 7:41 am

    wow that looks like an amazing experience!

    Daisy @ Simplicity Relished
    May 15, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Unbelievable! This is gorgeous! It reminds me of helicopter-ing over the Great Barrier Reef. That was incredible too. x

    Emily Thompson
    May 15, 2015 at 6:46 am

    That looks like so much fun, it is most definitely on my bucket list!

    Stephen & Jess
    May 15, 2015 at 6:33 am

    Oh wow, ever since I saw this picture appear on your Instagram I wanted to know more. Sounds like an experience I would go out of my way to do.