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Chobe Day Trip from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

1. Chobe Day Trip from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Botswana’s Chobe National Park, located on the banks of the scenic Chobe River, is home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa. Experience the thrill of a game drive on the lookout for elephants and lions that populate the park. This full-day package from Victoria Falls, includes return transfers, breakfast and lunch, park entrance fees, local refreshments, a boat ride on the river, and a game drive. 7:30 AM: Transfer from Victoria Falls to the Kazungula border 8:30 AM: You’ll be met by a representative from the Botswana company at the border and assisted through immigration procedures, followed by transfer to the jetty 9:15 AM: Boat cruise on the Chobe River (cool box with mineral water and soft drinks on board) 12:30 PM: Lunch at any selected lodge in Kasane 1:30 PM: Game drive in Chobe National Park, with complimentary drinks on board 4:30 PM: Return to border for the transfer back to Victoria Falls 6:30 PM: Approximate arrival time in Victoria Falls

From Kasane: Chobe River Sunset Cruise

2. From Kasane: Chobe River Sunset Cruise

Celebrate the end of the day as the sun sinks into the Chobe River on a 3-hour guided sunset cruise. Enjoy this special time of day in Africa as you cruise upstream into the Chobe National Park and see massive herds of elephants streaming to the river banks for their last drink. After pickup from your centrally located Kasane accommodation, transfer to the Chobe River Jetty to board your boat. Make the most of the best time of day to view the abundant wildlife on the banks of the Chobe River. As the temperature cools, large herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe, and impala can be seen making their way down to the river. Hippos and crocodiles are also common sightings on the Chobe River Sunset Cruise. Elephants frequently cross the river to the islands where the lush green grass is available year-round. At the end of the cruise, you'll be transported back to your accommodation in Kasane.

Chobe National Park: Day Trip with River Cruise

3. Chobe National Park: Day Trip with River Cruise

Spend a full day immersed in nature with a cruise on the Chobe River followed by a game drive in the world-famous Chobe National Park. Only 1 hour away from Livingstone, the Chobe National Park in Botswana is home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa.   The tour departs from Livingstone, where you’ll be picked up from your lodge or hotel for a transfer to the border. Your Botswanan guide will meet you after immigration procedures and take you first to the cruise on the Chobe River. This breathtaking river is famous for its rich elephant and lion population, so keep your eyes peeled to spot the wildlife in the water and along the banks. Enjoy a fresh buffet lunch with several options at a beautiful lodge situated on the riverbank.   Then, switch to a game drive in the National Park. Your open-sided vehicle will allow you to see 360-degrees around you and at great distances over the safari, which is populated with elephants, Cape buffalo, lions, antelopes, and more. Refreshments will be served throughout the tour to keep you cool. After a full day of experiencing the beauty of African nature, you’ll be dropped off back at your accommodations.

Kasane: Chobe National Park Full-Day Game Drive Safari

4. Kasane: Chobe National Park Full-Day Game Drive Safari

Delight in a game drive safari perfect for every wildlife lover in the Chobe National Park. Discover Botswana's first and most biologically diverse national park, popularly known as “The Land of the Giants” due to the number of big game species that call the park home, including the highest elephant concentration in Africa. After pickup from your accommodation in Kasane, travel to the Chobe National Park boat launch. Pay $10 for entry into the park, then get in your custom built viewing boat with comfortable chairs and open sides offering exceptional views. Set off with a qualified safari guide who will keep you in safe hands as you navigate through the park. With the guide's local experience and knowledge, learn about the park's distinct ecosystem and its diverse range of animals. Spot some of the more than 50,000 elephants that reside in the park, as well as buffaloes, hippos, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles, and more. Take advantage of a fantastic opportunity for photographers to capture wildlife in a stunning landscape. You are always welcome to ask your guide to go searching for certain birdlife, wildlife, or unique areas within the park. Once your safari in Chobe National Park has come to an end, you'll return to your lodgings in Kasane.

From Victoria Falls: Sunrise to Sunset Chobe Safari

5. From Victoria Falls: Sunrise to Sunset Chobe Safari

The first region to be created into a national park by Botswana was Chobe as it is the most biologically diverse with a huge concentration of game. As you’ll be among the first to arrive into the park on this early morning trip, you’ll have the best chance of seeing a large range of wildlife. The park is commonly known for its remarkable elephant population. Follow big cats across the wilderness, edge up to herds of elephants, buffalo and giraffes, and cruise down the Chobe River for water-based wildlife encounters. The day trip to Chobe takes you deep into Botswana’s big game country, a vast and diverse terrain that supports a huge assortment of creatures. Get ready for an adventure that excels in location and excites with its animal experiences. Your expert guide will take you to the places where big game and other wildlife sightings are guaranteed. Among the animals that you might see in Chobe National Park are elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, sable, and hundreds of bird species. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5:00 AM. The drive from Victoria Falls to the park takes just over an hour, and the day trip includes pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Zimbabwe. Getting into the park early increases your chances of seeing lions and other wildlife that are less active in the heat of the day. The game drive into Chobe National Park will start soon after the gates open. Your driver will be a professional guide with extensive knowledge of the park and its inhabitants. The park is especially known for its massive elephant population, huge array of bird species, and big cats such as lion and leopard. You will discover some of the park’s distinct ecosystems with dense woodland, extensive savannahs, and rolling grasslands while traveling along the Caprivi floodplains. After your game drive, you’ll be treated to lunch at the Chobe Safari Lodge, before a 3-hour boat cruise on the Chobe River. This will give you ample opportunities to enjoy the gorgeous river scenery and extraordinarily close views of lots of animals, including elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and birdlife. This is a highlight for most, which ends with a view of the sunset over the river. After the river cruise, you will return to your hotel in Victoria Falls late evening.

From Victoria Falls: Chobe Day Safari with Buffet Lunch

6. From Victoria Falls: Chobe Day Safari with Buffet Lunch

You will be picked up at around 7:00 AM from your hotel in Victoria Falls or Livingstone before being transferred to the Kazungula border, where you'll meet your Botswanan guide. Head straight to the Chobe River for the morning game-viewing by boat, where you will be able to see crocodiles, hippos, elephants, and some wildlife on the banks of the river. The first safari ends at 12:30 PM. Following, go to a hotel on the riverbank for lunch. A buffet lunch, drinks, and mineral water are provided at no extra charge. After lunch, jump into a Jeep for the second safari. The afternoon game drive starts at around 2:00 PM and it ends around 4:00 PM. You will be taken through the main sightseeing areas of the Chobe National Park where you stand a good chance of seeing the Big Five, as well as loads of antelope and other game species that live in the region. Afterwards, you'll be taken back to the Kazungula border. At the border, meet with your Zimbabwean guide for the return transfer to your hotel, where you will arrive around 6:00 PM.

From Kasane: Chobe National Park Overnight Camping Safari

7. From Kasane: Chobe National Park Overnight Camping Safari

Discover Chobe National Park in northern Botswana near the vast, inland Okavango Delta. The park is known for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo, which converge along the Chobe Riverfront in the dry months. Lions, antelopes, and hippos inhabit the woods and lagoons around Linyanti Marsh. The floodable grasslands of the Savuti Marsh attract numerous bird species, plus migrating zebras. Start the tour with pick up from your hotel and drive to the Chobe National Park. First, embark on an exciting riverboat cruise. On the cruise, see hippo, crocodile and other wildlife that come to the shores for a drink. After the cruise, enjoy a game drive along the Chobe River as you make your way to the campsite in the national park. Once settled in at camp enjoy dinner and an overnight stay. In the morning, take another game drive after which you will be transported back to Kasane where your safari will end.

From Victoria Falls: Chobe National Park Safari and Cruise

8. From Victoria Falls: Chobe National Park Safari and Cruise

Your tour begins with a pickup from your hotel in Victoria Falls by a professional tour guide who will make the border crossing into Botswana effortless. Arrive at the Kazungula border post for an assisted crossing where another guide will meet you at the Botswana side. Commence to the Chobe River and board a game viewing boat for a momentous wildlife cruise. Look out for animals such as hippos, flamingos, and aquatic birds in their natural habitat. The wildlife cruise will be followed by a hearty buffet lunch at a riverfront restaurant. To finish off an incredible day, take an afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park on a safari vehicle. Your guide will help you spot animals such as elephants, lions, and much more during the adventure. At 4:30 PM, you’ll be safely returned to your hotel in Vitoria Falls via the border crossing at Kazungula.

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What people are saying about Chobe River

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 122 reviews

This was an excellent trip but there was a few hiccups at the start. We were late being picked up and then there was an issue at the border when passing us onto the transfer at the Botswana side. The guide at chobe also didn’t know we were supposed to be on a cruise after the game drive either. Although he did sort this for us. People make mistakes though and we weren’t going to let it ruin our holiday. The border is around 45/60 mins form vic falls and is open between 06:00-20:00. The trip itself is amazing. The game drive with Brave was excellent and he was very informative. Sitting in the 4x4 surrounded by hundreds of passing elephants is something you will never forget. Brave was also able to spot not one but two different leopards at two different times during the drive. One was up a tree and we were able to get some brilliant photos. We also saw lions charging elephants and all the other animals. The cruise was also good seeing elephants make the river crossing

Pamela was timeous and very friendly. Fetching us from our hotel and delivering us to the Botswana border. Then met us again after the days activity to drop us off at the hotel. The cruise and game drive was excellent. Plenty to see. Our guide, George, was terrific. Very knowledgeable. Plenty of laughs and good conversations. Lunch was plentiful and delicious served by the lovely ladies back at the office. A day we'll spent. 100% recommend.

Thoroughly enjoyed the entire day. The hotel pick up was prompt and friendly. We saw so many animals on both the game drive and cruise. Our guide, George, with his excellent safari eyes made sure we never missed any animal, like a sleeping lion under a bush. He was very knowledgeable and brilliant at what he does. The ladies at the office serving us lunch and morning coffee were equally as friendly. I highly recommend this activity.

This was an amazing experience! Sam our tour guide was absolutely fantastic and made this an amazing experience we will never forget! He showed us all the animals up close including lions that were only 4 meters away but he made us feel so safe through his experience!! If you are planning to do a trip to Chobe DEFINITLY do this one! Food for lunch was also amazing!

Excellent day trip from lodge pick up and transfer to the Zambia/Botswana border where our excellent guide for the day (Phil) met us and guided us through immigration. Great morning game drive, followed by an excellent 3 course lunch and then a boat / river trip in the afternoon. Saw all of the big 5 except for the elusive leopard!