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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

Livingstone: Victoria Falls Helicopter Flights

2. Livingstone: Victoria Falls Helicopter Flights

Take an unforgettable helicopter flight over the mighty Victoria Falls. See the falls from several different angles and take in once-in-a-lifetime views. Take phenomenal photos of the falls and the rainbows that arch above them. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your accommodations in Livingstone and brought to Maramba Airfields. Choose from 3 different options, opting for a 15-minute, 22-minute, or 30 min flight. 15-minute flight Depart from Maramba airfield and take in the incredible scenery surrounding the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. Circle over the Falls and the nearby islands before returning to the Maramba Airfields. 22-minute flight Take an exciting swoop into the Batoga Gore, in addition to seeing the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. 30-minute flight View the falls and then fly over the local villages to the Batoka Gorge, and follow the Zambezi River to rapid 26. Circle over Victoria Falls and the islands, before returning to the Maramba Airfield.

From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

3. From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

Choose the adventure of a lifetime by rafting in the famous Zambezi River. After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in Livingstone, sit back and relax as you drive in air-conditioned comfort to the entrance of Victoria Falls, your starting point for the day. After a comprehensive safety talk from your guide, set off on a small hike down to the Zambezi River where you will pass through spectacular basalt rocks and have the opportunity to take photos of the splendid views. Then, take to the water to start practicing the techniques you will need to tackle the rapids.  Once you are ready, you will tackle the first rapid of the day, 'the Boiling Pot'. Get drenched as you continue through the rapids, riding the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travel and the Washing Machine in a non-stop heart-pumping adventure down the river. Once you reach the small rapids, you can choose to swim the Zambezi River for a final splash in the water. Finish the day by hiking back up the gorge where a delicious lunch and refreshments will await you before you transferral back to Livingstone. 

From Victoria Falls: Livingstone Island Tour & Devils Pool

4. From Victoria Falls: Livingstone Island Tour & Devils Pool

Relax as you are taken by minibus across the border into Zambia to the Royal Livingstone Hotel for a detailed safety briefing before a 5-minute boat ride to Livingstone Island. Your guide will navigate through the Zambezi River current heading towards the column of spray rising from the Falls. Once you get to rocky Livingstone Island, the staff will welcome you with a traditional African energy drink. Your guide will take you first to the eastern side of the island to view Rainbow Falls and the Horseshoe.  Discover the island’s western side to see the Main Falls, where you’ll enjoy the magnificent torrent of water cascading over the basalt edge of the falls.  This unique view of Victoria Falls offers a perspective completely different from that of the Zimbabwean side of the canyon. As the morning sun hits the mist rising from the falls, expect to see stunning rainbows. Have the chance to swim in the Devil's Pool, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your guide will lead as you swim upstream in a slow current. Sit at the edge of the falls and Devil's Pool, gazing at Victoria Falls, as immense water torrents flow just feet away.  When you return to Livingstone Island, fill up on a traditional bush breakfast before your journey back to your hotel.

Chobe National Park: Day Trip with River Cruise

5. 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.

Victoria Falls: Tiger Fishing Trip on the Zambezi River

6. Victoria Falls: Tiger Fishing Trip on the Zambezi River

Choose between a full or half-day (morning or afternoon) excursion and go out in search of one of the toughest fish on the planet. Listen to fishing tips from your experienced guide then try your hand at catching a Tigerfish on the Zambezi River, one of the finest fishing spots in Africa. Begin your unique experience with a pick-up from your accommodation. Morning trips include freshly brewed Zimbabwean coffee or tea and snacks, whilst afternoon tours feature sundowners and snacks. Full-day excursions include a continental breakfast and a delicious lunch served in the shade of a Natal Mahogany or Jackalberry tree., with hammocks close by. Cast your line into the Zambezi River and try and catch a bite from one of the 60 species of fish that inhabit the area. Aim to catch and release a Tigerfish as well as other species that thrive during different parts of the year.

Chobe: 2-Day Mobile Camping Safari

7. Chobe: 2-Day Mobile Camping Safari

Combine a visit to Chobe National Park with an exploration of Chobe River on this 2-day camping safari for the perfect budget wildlife experience.   You’ll be picked up from your hotel and make your way through Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park. Explore the wildlife of Chobe on a riverboat, offering spectacular views of the river and grassland flood plains. This will be followed by a 4x4 game drive safari where you can see the large concentrations of animals who will be grazing and drinking water. Admire the spectacular sunset over the fields for a perfect end to the day.   Spend the night in a tented camp in the wilderness of the Chobe National Park. Your cook will prepare typical “bush cuisine” on open fires for dinner.   The second day will be full of more game drives and wildlife explorations. All game drives will take place in 4x4 safari vehicles with local Botswanan guides who will offer their excellent knowledge of the area. At the end of the second day, you’ll make your way back to Victoria Falls and Livingstone where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

Victoria Falls: Night Game Drive and 3-Course Bush Dinner

8. Victoria Falls: Night Game Drive and 3-Course Bush Dinner

Game viewing at night by spotlight offers a whole new experience in Victoria Falls that most tourists don’t get to see. Your journey begins with being picked up from your hotel at around 4:00 PM. You’ll be taken to a private reserve located approximately 7 miles from the center of town, here you will enjoy a late afternoon game drive until sunset. Meander in an open, well-kitted 4X4 vehicle through a changing landscape of scenic basalt plains, to the Kalahari sands, and teak forests of the Nakavango Private Game Reserve. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will share fascinating facts about the African bush, along with their experiences of living here. At sunset, you will stopover at a splendid vantage point to enjoy some drinks and snacks, stretch your legs and chat about the afternoon’s adventures with fellow travelers. At dusk, the spotlight comes out to give you the opportunity of seeing what happens at night in the African bush. The guided safari will take you through the natural African bush where you might spot species such as lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalos, leopards, jackals, hyenas, civets, servals, genets, night apes, honey badgers and more. This is the time to observe active predators and their constantly alert prey. If you are very lucky you might spot a lion on the prowl under the cover of darkness.  After approximately 1.5 hours, depending on the time of year, your guide will bring you back to a traditional open-air enclosure for a lovely dinner under the stars. The 3-course BBQ meal is complemented by wine, cold beer and light refreshments. Relish the atmosphere as you listen to wildlife calls and see the animals come to drink at the waterhole nearby. It’s one of the finest experiences, sitting outside under the star-studded African night sky, relaxing around an open fire with a delicious meal, a couple of drinks and good company. Your driver will drop you back to your hotel once the group is ready at around 10:00 PM.

Livingstone: Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

9. Livingstone: Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

Climb aboard the impressive African Queen or the slightly smaller, but equally luxurious African Princess which are berthed upstream of Victoria Falls. Embark on a fully inclusive sunset cruise which departs daily. Admire spectacular views of the Zambezi River and surrounding nature reserves. Enjoy great cuisine and friendly, professional service which will ensure you have an unforgettable river cruise experience. Return road transfers from local Livingstone accommodation venues are included in the cruise rates. Guests are collected half an hour before the cruise departs.

From Victoria Falls: Sunrise to Sunset Chobe Safari

10. 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.

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It was an exceptional day with James and the crew making us feel safe and comfortable. Paddling through the Zambezi with everyone was a great day and would recommend this to everyone! We felt looked after and the videographer would go to great lengths to ensure he got the right shots. The effort everyone put into the day was phenomenal. The guides are all locals (being a local company compared to some other places) and were able to provide a lot of information about the area. If you are thinking about going white water rafting - choose manu adventures! If you are staying on the Zimbabwe side please make sure you have the UniVisa.

Whilst this was our most expensive trip in Zambia, it was an amazing experience. The guides really look after you and give clear instructions and support to keep you safe. Really nice lunch too. For info, this trip is on the Zambian side, so you can organise your own transfer if needed for about $10 from Livingstone.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The guides were professional and extremely helpful. Water shoes with good rubber soles are recommended.

Amazing experience huge rapids, was a thrilling experience. The guide was great and prevented us falling out a few times!

Unforgettable experience with breathtaking views. Really enjoyed it!! Our guide David was outstanding!!!!