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Chobe National Park: Day Trip with River Cruise

1. 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.

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Chobe National Park: 3-Hour Game Drive

2. Chobe National Park: 3-Hour Game Drive

Take a private 3-hour game drive through Chobe National Park, so-called “Land of the Giants,” and discover a perfect destination for any wildlife lover full of many big game species. Marvel at Botswana's first and most biologically diverse national park, particularly known for its elephant populations which have grown from a few thousand to over 50,000 — the highest elephant concentration in Africa. After pickup from your accommodation in Kasane, travel to the Chobe National Park, aiming to be at the gates by 6 AM. Please remember to bring $10 for entry into the park. Once in the park, hop in a custom built 4x4 safari vehicle, with open sides offering exceptional views, then set off on your game drive with a qualified safari guide. With your guide's local experience and knowledge, learn about the park's distinct ecosystem and its diverse range of animals. Enjoy a fantastic opportunity for photographers to capture wildlife in a stunning landscape. As it is a private game drive, you are welcome to ask your guide to go searching for certain birdlife, wildlife, or unique areas within the park. Once your 3 hours are up, you'll be returned to your lodge in Kasane.

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From Kasane: Chobe River Sunset Cruise

3. 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.

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From Victoria Falls: Chobe National Park Safari and Cruise

4. 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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From Kasane: Full-Day White Water Rafting

5. From Kasane: Full-Day White Water Rafting

After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in an air-conditioned vehicle, drive to the Victoria Falls entrance where the tour will start. Receive a comprehensive safety briefing from your guide before you hike down to the Zambezi River. The hike will last about 10-15 minutes depending on your fitness level. Find your raft in the river, prepared by the raft crew. Then start practicing the techniques with the assistance of your guide. Tackle the first rapid of your day called the Boiling Pot. Paddle for the first 10 rapids, covering a throng of class 5 rapids that include the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travels, and Washing Machine. When you reach rapid number 10, stop for a snack break and a short rest. Tackle the remaining section of the river with rapids like Terminator, Mother All, and Oblivion. A the end of the adrenaline-filled trip, hike back through the Batoka Gorge. When you reach the top enjoy a delicious lunch and refreshments. Drive back to Kasane, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Receive videos and photos of your trip online.

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Chobe National Park Full Day & Overnight Safari

6. Chobe National Park Full Day & Overnight Safari

Enjoy a unique full day and overnight safari in the iconic Chobe National Park. Don’t miss this spectacular opportunity to experience the best of the Park with an unforgettable night’s sleep under the African sky. After a 1-hour drive to Kasane from Victoria Falls, your adventure starts with a 3-hour river cruise into the Park. This is sure to be a highlight of your trip, as you’ll get the opportunity to see elephants, Cape buffalo, and antelopes make their way down to the river to quench their thirst. Then, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at Chobe Safari Lodge that overlies the river. Jump back into the boat and sail through the Chobe River where you’ll have the chance to meet the hippos, grunting to protect their territory, while basking crocs relax on the edge of the river. Shortly after sunset, return to the hotel for dinner. Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep as you listen to the sounds of the surrounding bush. Awaken at 5:30 AM the next day for an exclusive game drive. Go on a mission to spot the nocturnal cats: depending on your luck omen, you might spot the leopard climbing a tree with a kill in its jaws. After a light breakfast, enjoy a final game drive before you make your way back to Victoria Falls for around 2:00 PM.

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Kasane: Chobe National Park Full-Day Game Drive Safari

7. 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.

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Chobe: 2-Day Mobile Camping Safari

8. 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.

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From Kasane: Scenic Helicopter Flight over Chobe

9. From Kasane: Scenic Helicopter Flight over Chobe

Start the tour by arriving at the airfield for a safety briefing. Then, proceed to the beautiful flight deck to see the operation up close and personal while you wait to board your flight. Climb aboard the helicopter to begin your scenic flight. Start your adventure with a complete circle around Chobe National Park and have your breath taken away by the spectacular panoramas. Then, fly over the Chobe River to see if you can spot hippos and elephants bathing. Get a bird's eye view of the luxury lodges, and marvel at the wildlife below. See if you can tell where the Chobe River meets the mighty Zambezi. Finally, head back towards Kasane, and get a different view of Kasane and its surrounding landscape, before landing back at the helipad.

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From Victoria Falls: 3-Day Chobe Camping Safari

10. From Victoria Falls: 3-Day Chobe Camping Safari

Start your 3-day camping safari adventure with a boat cruise into Chobe National Park where you can get up close and personal with bird-life, hippos, crocodiles, and, of course, scores of elephants and buffalo that make their way down to the river to quench their thirst. Then continue on an afternoon game drive, the best time to see Chobe’s large herbivores making their way down to the river. Wake up the next morning at dawn for your morning game drive, this time of day is best for seeing the big cats and the rare wild dogs. After brunch and a rest, start off for another game drive with cats and large herbivores such as elephants and buffalo. You can also see rarer game such as Puku, Eland, Sable, and Roan antelope along with many more common antelope.

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