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Wings of freedom over Vic Falls

Having the opportunity to view the majestic Victoria Falls is a wonderful sight in itself. However, having the chance to admire the falls from above is an experience like no other; one that you will cherish for the rest of your life! 🙂

Me ready for take-off! 🙂

How much does it cost to do a microlight flight over Victoria Falls?

On the Runway!

This breathtaking adventure is not the cheapest of activities. A 15 minute flight will cost you $ 135 (Batoka Sky rates, Zambia).

For 30 minutes, expect to pay twice as much ($ 270). The same prices apply for helicopter rides.

Helicopter Ride or Microlight?

That’s it, we made it! 🙂

Advantages of Microlights:

– 360° panoramic view

– Much closer to nature

– Stimulates your senses and gives you a great adrenaline rush

Can you see the spray from the falls?

Any Disadvantages?

– Microlight rides are relatively noisy

– Things can get a little shaky up there, especially when the wind is blowing 🙂

– If you are afraid of heights, the helicopter might be a better option for you

Not for the faint of heart!

How Safe are Microlights?

Worth every penny, believe me!

While safety cannot be guaranteed 100%, the first thing you can do in order to minimize risk is to choose a serious microlight company. Do a little research and only deal with the most popular businesses out there.

In the case of Batoka Sky for instance, security is the number 1 priority on their check-list:

Batoka Sky Adventures Ltd operates the only microlight flight training school in Zambia, approved by the Zambian Department of Civil Aviation and the highest standard of tutoring is offered. Our resident commercial pilots are carefully selected and are all Instructor Rated. Highly qualified engineers of many years experience, carry out all aircraft servicing providing an excellent safety record.

The guy I flew with was an ancient pilot from the Air Force of Zimbabwe. A very interesting chap with lots of things to say and anecdotes to tell you about (both the pilot + passenger usually wear headphones with a mic, which enables easier communication).

Victoria Falls is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world!

Are Personal Cameras Allowed Up There?

Vic Falls are 108 m high and over 1.7 km long!

No, for safety reasons no cameras are allowed. However, companies usually offer a wing-mounted digital camera that takes pictures at regular intervals. You can buy those pictures after the flight. This makes the experience even more enjoyable as you don’t have to worry about taking photographs yourself. 😉

On average, over 1 million liters of water fall every second!

How Much Does it Cost for the Microlight Photos?

View of the falls and the nearby islands!

From what I remember, it costs approximately $ 40 for pictures of your personal flight.

Short vs. Long Flight?

Gives me the chills just by looking at the picture! 🙂

The short flight only includes a circuit over the Zambezi river + Victoria Falls and back to the landing strip.

The longer microlight flight includes the short circuit + a view of Kalai island and a flight over the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park for good game viewing opportunities.

Can you see the hippos?

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2 Responses to Wings of freedom over Vic Falls

  1. Carina August 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Wow this really sounds like an amazing adventure and the view you’ve had looks absolutely breathtaking Michael! Would love to try it on my own now! Thanks for sharing this experience!

    • Michael Theys September 5, 2011 at 10:01 am #

      You’re very welcome Carina! 🙂 A microlight flight over Victoria Falls is definitely something worth experiencing whilst in the region.

      When’s your next trip to Africa planned? 😉

      Keep well,

      Mike

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