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From Victoria Falls: Sunrise to Sunset Chobe Safari

1. 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.

Victoria Falls: Private Guided Tour of the Falls

2. Victoria Falls: Private Guided Tour of the Falls

This cascading pillar of water powers its way down a 100-meter chasm, taking your breath away as you gaze in awe at its incredible strength and beauty. Victoria Falls is one of the largest and most famous waterfalls in the world, well-deserving of its nickname The Smoke that Thunders. Gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the World Heritage Site on this 2.5 hour guided tour of the falls, which includes a walking safari and information about the history and local wildlife of the area. This experience takes you through parts of the Victoria Falls Rainforest to the precipice opposite the massive cascade. From there, there are unencumbered views of the main falls. Get ready to witness the remarkable power of nature, and a spectacle you will remember for all your life. When Scottish missionary and explorer Dr. David Livingstone first clapped eyes on Victoria Falls, he was moved to write: “It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Since his visit, many poets and authors have been inspired by the mighty cascade. Now it’s your turn to see what the fuss is about and why the falls are recognized as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Feel the cool spray on your face and look down into the gorge to see rainbows forming. As an added bonus, you may spot wildlife such as birds and monkeys as you walk through the rainforest to reach the waterfall.

Zimbabwe & Zambia: Guided Tour of the Falls from Both Sides

3. Zimbabwe & Zambia: Guided Tour of the Falls from Both Sides

Get to experience the very best that Victoria Falls has to offer on a guided tour that takes you to see the falls from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides. Enjoy a convenient hotel pickup from Livingston or Victoria Falls, visit different viewpoints, and stop at a local market to buy souvenirs. Start your tour of one of the world's most dramatic waterfalls with a pickup from your hotel. Then, drive out to view this magnificent natural wonder from both sides of the border. The Victoria Falls are part of the Zambezi River, which runs 2,574 kilometers. The waterfall lies almost exactly halfway along the river, with the Zambezi continuing beyond the falls and flowing into the Indian Ocean. Join your guide as you travel to a scenic lookout and learn other interesting facts about Victoria Falls. Feel the power of the water flowing from the river above and discover why locals refer to this waterfall as the smoke that thunders. Take a guided tour of Victoria Falls from either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side (cost not included) and learn about the history of this important natural wonder. Round out your tour with a stop at a local market and pick out the perfect souvenir from one of the vendors. End your tour with a comfortable ride back to your accommodation. 

Hwange National Park Day Trip

4. Hwange National Park Day Trip

Be picked up at your hotel in the morning and drive to Hwange National Park to go on a Safari with some of the best game spotters in Zimbabwe. One of Africa’s top national parks, Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe’s northwest is comprised of vast savanna grasslands and woodlands. See the big five game species, lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and Cape buffalo. Discover more than 100 other species of mammals – the park has the biggest diversity of mammals out of the world’s national parks. The park is home to about 50,000 elephants and is known for regular sightings of cheetah, leopard and lion, as well as one of Africa’s largest populations of the endangered wild dog. If you are lucky, spot rare species such as roan and sable. Avid birdwatchers can see over 500 different bird species.  The park never gets crowded, which means you have space and peace to soak up the magic of a safari adventure. After spending the day in the park, be taken back to Victoria Falls or Livingstone respectively.

Victoria Falls Safari with Lunch and Sunset Cruise

5. Victoria Falls Safari with Lunch and Sunset Cruise

You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:00 AM and make your way to the Zambezi National Park where your game drive will take place in an open four-wheel drive vehicle. Your qualified guide will drive you through the unique Zimbabwean bush, covering a genuinely wild, unfenced wilderness area. You may be lucky enough to spot a variety of animals, including elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, buffaloes, leopards and much more. At 11:00 AM, you will go on a guided tour of Victoria Falls to witness one of the greatest shows on earth – the raging waters of the Zambezi River crashing into the Batoka Gorge. This experience takes you through parts of the Victoria Falls Rainforest to the cliffs opposite the massive cascade. From here, you will get the best view of the main falls. Get ready to witness the remarkable power of nature, and a spectacle you will remember for a lifetime.  At 1:00 PM, make your way to the Lookout Café where lunch will be provided with a spectacular view. Perched 120m above the turbulent rapids of the Zambezi River, this is undoubtedly the best view in Victoria Falls. You can select your lunch from the à la carte menu while you relax and take in the amazing views. Alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic drinks can be bought from the cash bar.  Your driver will then take you back to your hotel for a small break while waiting for the sundowner cruise. At 4:30 PM you'll be picked up again for the sunset cruise down the majestic Zambezi River. This is a fantastic time to be on the river to observe wildlife as they come down to the river for their last drink. You will slowly make your way along the Zambezi River and witness one of the most beautiful sunsets on the African continent. You can experience nature’s beauty and splendor while enjoying a refreshing drink from the cash bar. Return to your hotel at approximately 7:30 PM after what will undoubtedly be a fantastic day.

From Livingstone: Mosi oa Tunya Park Game Drive

6. From Livingstone: Mosi oa Tunya Park Game Drive

Get picked up from your accommodation in Livingstone and depart for the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The park covers 66 km-squared area along about 20 km of the Zambian Riverbank and makes up the boundary of the city of Livingstone. There are 2 main sections, each with separate entrances: a wildlife park at its north-western end, and the land adjacent to the immense and awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, which in the rainy season is the world's largest curtain of falling water. The park extends downstream from the falls and to the south-east along the Batoka Gorges. The park is home to plenty of bird species, palm forest, and an abundance of animals that include buffaloes, impalas, wild beasts, giraffes, zebras, elephants, amongst others. This tour includes the chance to drive along the Zambezi River where with some luck, you can take the opportunity to view hippos and elephants as they come and drink water in the river during the dry season. The activity also includes the chance to see the few remaining rhinos in the area, a protected species which has been affected by poaching.

Livingstone National Park: Half-Day Bird Watching Tour

7. Livingstone National Park: Half-Day Bird Watching Tour

Be picked up from your hotel and travel to Livingstone National Park to discover some of Zambia's estimated 750 bird species. With a professional guide, try to spot some of the rarest species of the area, including the Taita falcon, the elusive African Finfoot, the Brown Firefinch, and Schalow`s Turaco. In the wetland and swamp areas, find waterfowl such as herons, storks, ibises, as well as the stately crowned and wattled cranes. If you are lucky, catch a glimpse of Zambia's most sought-after wetland species, the shoebill stork. In drier terrain, learn about the country's only truly endemic bird species, the Chaplin's barbet, with its distinctive red eye patch. Other colorful highlights of birdlife here include Bohm's bee-eater, the racket-tailed roller, and the spotted creeper. After 3 hours in the park, be returned to your hotel or accommodation.

From Livingstone: Victoria Falls River Safari

8. From Livingstone: Victoria Falls River Safari

Discover the upper Zambezi River on a specially designed propeller-free safari boat that can operate in water as shallow as 20 cm. This increases the operational range to as close as 200 meters from Victoria Falls and allows you to cruise to amazing parts of the Zambezi that have previously been out of reach. Enjoy the thrill of speeding over rapids, before you slow down to spot game around the islands. Enjoy exceptional service, a spirit of adventure, excellent bird and game viewing, and extraordinary photographic opportunities. Your boat will have cushioned seats and is equipped with a bird book and route map for your convenience. An experienced skipper will lead your safari and share interesting information about the river, the wildlife you see, and the history of the area.

Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe: Scenic day Tour & Sunset Cruise

9. Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe: Scenic day Tour & Sunset Cruise

Join a knowledgeable local guide on a walk through the Victoria Falls rainforest, a journey with a view of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Your local guide will tell you of interesting facts about the geology, wildlife and history of Africa’s most famous landmark. Next on your trip, head to Lookout Café and sit down for a delicious lunch with a spectacular view. Enjoy your meal perched 120 meters above the turbulent rapids of the Zambezi River, undoubtedly the best view in Victoria Falls. Select your lunch from the à la carte menu while you relax and take in the amazing views. Alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic drinks can be bought from the cash bar. To end the day, go on a sunset cruise down the majestic Zambezi River. Share in the end-of-day ritual which sees wild herds streaming to the river banks for their last drink. Don’t forget to take a camera to capture the magical sunset over a magnificent skyline on the Zambezi River.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park: Half-Day Guided Nature Walk

10. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park: Half-Day Guided Nature Walk

Your tour starts with hotel pickup in Livingstone for the drive to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, where your nature walk takes place with your guide. Nature walks provide a more natural and eco-friendly way of viewing African game, birds, and plant life instead of a safari vehicle. Plus, on this walk, you have flexibility with your guide to spend longer than the standard duration of three hours, if you wish. This park is home to three of Africa's Big Five animals—elephant, buffalo, and a big part of Zambia's white rhino population. Your guide will also show you wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, warthogs, primates, and antelopes—to mention but a few—as well as the local tree varieties, including teaks, mahoganies, and the mopane and marula trees, a favorite of the elephants. During a mid-walk break, perhaps near the Zambezi River, aka Kasamba Bezi, you'll have the chance to observe hippos and ibis along the riverbanks. When your time ends, you'll be returned to your pickup location to end your tour. This walking safari through the park and surrounding area is suitable for active and adventurous participants.

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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

We had the most wonderful day with Sam, our guide. The process at the border crossing was easy with their assistance. Everything was well organized and they made special arrangements to collect us at our hotel. Booking communication and regular feedback and updates were provided. Sam was extremely knowledgeable and made the experience 5 star!! He took us to all the best views of the falls and nothing was too much of an ask. We have travelled the world and booking through Cuckoo was the most professional and seamless booking so far.

Picked up on time by tamuka travel rep Brighton. Taken to Victoria falls where we met our guide Locks. She was very knowledgeable and friendly throughout the full tour. Also organised a bridge pass to go over the bridge so we could stand one foot in each Zimbabwe and Zambia. Very hot, remember to bring a hat & sunglasses

Absolutely amazing experience. Highly recommend! We saw so many elephants, hippos, crocodiles and many more. Our guides were absolutely amazing and nice and the picnic set-up was super cute. They dropped us off at the Zambia/Zimbabwe border so I highly recommend this for anyone staying in Victoria falls Zimbabwe too.

The guide was excellent. He took pictures and explained everything I asked.