Contrary to most, I found Victoria Falls itself to be a disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, they were beautiful and powerful, but they weren’t as captivating as Iguazú Falls in my opinion. It was a hazy day and the mist was strong, so unfortunately we didn’t get our perfect view of Vic Falls that we’d hoped.
After exploring the Falls, we met a Wild Horizons employee at the entrance and were shuttled to the Gorge Swing. Unfortunately there was a mix-up in time and, by the time we were picked up, we had to fly through the excursion in order to make it back in time to catch our flight. We asked our driver how long the swing would take and he told us 20 minutes to an hour, but when we explained the situation he said it’d be a nonissue and not to worry. As soon as we arrived to the gorge, a swarm of employees rushed over to us to to harness us up and get us to the jumping platform. They were so efficient and genuinely wanted us to have time. They ran through the safety procedures and rushed us to the platform. Within seconds, Michelle was standing on the platform for her first jump ever. She jumped, screamed, and swung into the absolutely beautiful gorge.
I was next up, and not too concerned as I’ve done jumps before. They hooked me up to the rope, but it was far more uncomfortable than my other jumps because the rope tugs you forward. Normally, it’s entirely up to you to jump but, with the gorge swing, it’s like you’re going off the edge whether you want to or not. On the count of three, I free-fell 170 m before swinging through the outstanding, lush gorge.
Such an adrenaline rush. I had the biggest grin plastered on my face and my heart was pumping out of my chest.
I was so thankful for the efficiency of Wild Horizons, as the gorge swing was a big highlight of my trip. I was so impressed with the company; from readily organizing a private whitewater rafting experience for us, to rushing our gorge swing so that we had time to make our transfer, to our transfer to the airport itself, they proved a notable company.