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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.

Livingstone: Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

2. 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.

Livingstone: Victoria Falls Helicopter Flights

3. 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 Guided Half-Day Tour

4. From Livingstone: Victoria Falls Guided Half-Day Tour

Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to appreciate the Victoria Falls in all their splendor. Admire this UNESCO World Heritage site on a half-day tour from Livingstone. Head to the Victoria Falls Bridge, as you learn about how the waterfall was formed, and the different types of vegetation and wildlife in the area.   Get up close to the waterfall on a walking tour of the cascades. The falls are spectacular at any time of the year. From April to August the water will be roaring. Between September and March, you can look down at the trickles of water flowing over the rocks.   At the Knife Edge Bridge you will have one of the best views of the eastern and main falls, as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads towards Batoka Gorge.

Chobe: 2-Day Mobile Camping Safari

5. 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.

Zambezi River: Full Day Whitewater Rafting Experience

6. Zambezi River: Full Day Whitewater Rafting Experience

After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in an air-conditioned vehicle, drive for about 30 minutes to the Victoria Falls entrance where the tour will start. Receive a comprehensive safety talk given by 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, find a delicious lunch with refreshments waiting for you. Drive back to Livingstone, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Receive videos and photos of your trip the next day online. 

From Victoria Falls: Hwange National Park Day Trip & Safari

7. From Victoria Falls: Hwange National Park Day Trip & Safari

Going on a day trip to the esteemed Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe affords tourists the unique opportunity of visiting one of the most diverse and vast wildlife parks in the world. The journey begins at your hotel in Victoria Falls town, from where you will be picked up for a sunrise departure. Your minibus will make its way to the Hwange National Park, which is located approximately 2 hours away from the hotel. Upon arrival at the Painted Dog Centre, you will be welcomed by a professional guide, who will tell you all about the Painted Dogs as you interact with them.  Your knowledgeable and experienced guide will then take you on an unforgettable two-and-a-half-hour-long game drive within the Hwange National Park in a comfortable, open-back vehicle. Next, you will be treated to a delectable lunch at the renowned Hwange Safari Lodge, where you can enjoy the tastes and smells of traditional Zimbabwean cuisine. After lunch, you may relax at the swimming pool.  As the suns heat cools most animals head for the water holes which allows us a great opportunity to see multiple species when taken on your second Game Drive. It has been noted that the best Game Viewing is when the sun sets and is a spectacular way to see Zimbabwe's unique wildlife. You will be transferred back to your hotel in Victoria falls, getting back at approximately 18:00.

Zambezi River: 3-Day Rafting Experience

8. Zambezi River: 3-Day Rafting Experience

Start your journey on a hike through the basalt rocks in the Batoka Gorge to the stunning site of the Victoria Falls, also known as the Devil’s Delight. Take a swim below the sprays and raft the top section of the Zambezi River starting at the Boiling Pot rapid all the way down to your camp site. Relax at the camp and refuel with some tasty snacks as you gaze at the breathtaking sunset over the Batoka Gorge. In the morning, enjoy a delicious full English breakfast to set you up for the day ahead tackling the next section of the Zambezi River. Make a splash as you take on The Mother, The Terminator, and the world’s most action packed rapid, The Oblivion. On Day 3, start the day with a paddle to Baby Victoria Falls and marvel at the stunning views. After lunch it’s time for another hike through the Batoka Gorge and a bus ride to the magnificent Makuni Village to donate food to the elderly as part of the Maano Social Responsibility Programme.

From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

9. 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. 

Victoria Falls: Scenic Microlight Flight

10. Victoria Falls: Scenic Microlight Flight

Take an incredible microlight flight over the Zambezi River and admire the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding National Parks. Keep your eyes peeled for a host of exciting game sightings, and shortly after takeoff, enjoy breathtaking views as you circle over the magnificent Victoria Falls. Choose between a 15-minute flight or a 30-minute flight. The shorter version is an exhilarating flight over the Victoria Falls, the islands near the Falls and thundering Zambezi River. Gaze in awe at the breathtaking views of the Falls and the spectacular gorge that the Zambezi River has carved into the surrounding landscape over many thousands of years. The longer version flies along the Zambezi River, circling the Victoria Falls and flying over the Mosi oa Tunya National Park. End the experience with a low-level swoop over the National Park to spot wildlife and birds. After your flight, the microlight will land and drop you off back where you started from.

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4.4 / 5

based on 10 reviews

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.

AMAZING! Whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River with Enoch and his team at Maano was the best rafting experience I have ever had! Heart pumping excitement, beautiful river gorges, class 5 rapids- I could not stop smiling!! I want to do it again and again and again. The team was very professional, safe and respectful. They took great care of my luggage while we were on the activity and saw me safely across the border. The hike down and then up from the river was a great workout- I needed it after many days of traveling.

A slight delay in picking you up at the hotel didn't harm the good organization on site. Nice staff who helped at the border crossing, we liked the boat tour best, saw great scenery and lots of animals. A small point of criticism: our voucher did not clearly state whether a pick-up at the hotel was possible. Our email request was not answered. We only received confirmation after a phone call to the provider.

Our guide, Henry, and the rest of the crew were great! It was a lot of fun and most importantly, they made us feel safe.

Amazing experience with the best crew! Many kudos to James, Clement, Andrew, and Sobgei who made this unforgettable!