After a long wait, the Victoria Falls tram trips were launched in August 2018 by Pure Africa. Much like it's predecessor, the open-sided tram is a modern built replica of a classic 18th century model and seats just 21 passengers.
At the moment, there is only one trip offered daily - the Lunchtime trip with Historic Bridge Presentation. They have incorporated the classic tram experience, taking guests to the Victoria Falls Bridge, with an edu-taining presentation centred around the story of the bridge.
We recommend this trip as a completely novel experience. Step back in time, slow down and relax and get the opportunity to savor just a little bit more of the African countryside, at 25km/hr.
The tram runs every day except on Thursdays.
Drinks at the Victoria Falls Station before the Zambezi Tram trip - Zimbabwe The driver at the station before the Zambezi Tram trip - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Zambezi Tram rolling through the bush to the Victoria Falls Bridge - Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Tram Trip Begins The Zambezi Tram trip begins at the Victoria Falls Railway Station just opposite the Victoria Falls Hotel. Upon arrival, and check-in on the platform, you are served welcoming refreshments and finger snacks. You may help yourself to some of the freshly-made delicious baguettes, or pack your lunch for later.
Once everyone has arrived, and after an introduction to your hosts and drivers, and safety briefing, it's time to board the tram. Once aboard the tram begins it's gentle 20 to 25-minute ride down to the Victoria Falls Bridge, the railway track does a wide sweep through the African bush and game of different types including elephant, bushbuck and buffalo are often seen.
The track continues past the Victoria Falls Rainforest and at certain times of year you may now feel the cooling spray of the mighty Victoria Falls, this was exactly the intention of Cecil John Rhodes when he first conceptualized the Victoria Falls bridge in the early 1900's.
Border proceedings are taken care of by the driver, and after a 5- to 10-minute stop, the tram continues onto the historic bridge which spans the impressive Batoka gorge. It is the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and from here you get clear views of the Victoria Falls themselves.
On the Bridge
You may disembark the tram and take in the impressive scenery of 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.
You will be taken by your bridge hosts to the small museum on the Zambian side of the Bridge for a humorous and entertaining presentation on the construction of the Victoria Falls Bridge. After the talk, you are invited for more refreshments at a shaded private spot with a view of the bridge and the gorge.
Guests who wish to brave the bridge activities are free to stay and do so, but will have to make their way back into town. Otherwise, it is time to get back on the tram for the leg back to the station. The whole trip lasts about 2.5 hours and refreshments are available at the beginning and end.
Alternatives to the Victoria Falls tram trip are the Bushtracks Express (Zimbabwe) and the Royal Livingstone Express dinner experience (Zambia).
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We travelled with Falcon Safaris in Zimbabwe and Botswana for 16 days. Falcon designed a wonderful trip with private guide to the most interesting sites in both countries. The organization of the whole trip was excellent, flights within the country, accommodation and activites. The guides were very knowledgable and told us a lot about the countries, their history, people, economy and much more. Wevisited the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the Victoria Falls and a number of national parks in both countries.
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Our Consultant Vimbai was very helpful and accommodating. We stayed at the Elephant hills hotel which was nothing short of amazing.Our activities included a helicopter flight, dinner cruise as well as a morning game drive. All the activities were absolutely amazing.
We worked with Gertrude to schedule and organize everything and she did an excellent job. I asked a lot of questions via e-mail and she answered everyone in a timely helpful manner. Our guide at Victoria Falls was also great. He met us at the airport, provided a thoughtful tour of the Falls and got us to our next guide in Botswana. Our lodgings at River View Lodge were just as described- very comfortable and excellent food. All the staff were so pleasant and helpful. If I had to do it again I would arrange a morning boat ride as well. We only did the sunset boat rides and they were the high point of our entire trip- we saw so many animals and our guide was very knowledgeable. Just a great experience. Our lodgings at Oddball's Enclave was rustic and we loved it. So great to disconnect from the world for a bit. Leo, our guide, was the best - got us out and about, saw fantastic wildlife and got back to camp safely each time. Doc manages the camp so well. This whole trip was planned and organized by Falcon Safaris and we could not have been happier.
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