Overview: Microlight Flight
Sometimes called the ‘Flight of Angels’ (though this more often refers to the helicopter flight), after David Livingstone’s famous description of the falls as ‘scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight’, a trip in a microlight is quite possibly the best way to view the falls from above.
Perhaps not for the faint-hearted, you’ll have the opportunity for an exhilarating 15 or 30 minute flight. With the shorter flight, the pilot will circle the microlight high over the Victoria Falls, sometimes close enough to feel the spray from the water crashing into the gorge below. You’ll fly over the Batoka Gorge and the nearby islands, with a short sweep down the Zambezi River.
The longer flight allows the same, though you’ll also be flown over the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, with the opportunity to see some of the wildlife below. It’s common to see hippos in the river, or elephants coming down to the river to drink. The morning flights tend to be smooth but the afternoon flights can be bumpy if the winds pick up. We’ve found that travellers on the afternoon flights can sometimes have delays or cancellations due to adverse wind conditions.
The maximum weight to take part in the microlight flight is 100kg, and this is quite a strict rule. If you're close to this weight or unsure, perhaps rather consider a helicopter flight over the falls as an alternative option.
It's possible for couples to fly at the same time in separate microlights, though this generally needs to be booked in advance. Your pilot on the microlight will have a mounted camera, and photographs are available to purchase after your flight.
The minimum age requirement for the microlight flights is 10 years old.
Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.
- Start location
- Any of Expert Africa's hotels or lodges in the vicinity of Livingstone
- End location
- Back at your hotel
- Meals included
- No meals are included
- 15 or 30 minutes
- Maximum group size
- One person per microlight
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