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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.

Victoria Falls: Tiger Fishing Trip on the Zambezi River

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

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.

Chobe National Park: Game Drive, Boat Tour, and Lunch

6. Chobe National Park: Game Drive, Boat Tour, and Lunch

Be collected from your accommodation in Victoria Falls at 7:00 AM and begin an 80-kilometer journey through the countryside to the Kazungula border. At the border with Botswana, you will change vehicles. After passport control, take a short drive to the Chobe Marina Lodge for a short break. Once in the National Park, you will go on a game drive in an open vehicle. At 12:30 PM, return to have lunch. This will be served a la carte or buffet style with a selection of traditional and modern meals to choose from. After lunch, depart for the afternoon activity. This time board a cruise and you will be able to admire the wildlife from the water. At the end of the activity, commence your journey back to Victoria Falls and be dropped at your accommodation in the late afternoon, in time for dinner around 6:00 PM. 

Hwange National Park Day Trip

7. 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: Scenic Microlight Flight

8. 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.

Victoria Falls Safari with Lunch and Sunset Cruise

9. 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 Victoria Falls: Hwange National Park Day Trip & Safari

10. 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.

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4.8 / 5

based on 21 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

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.

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!

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 very good. It was a lot of fun. I would of liked it to have been longer