4 Days 3 nights
This Victoria Falls Adventure Tour Package begins with collection from the international airport in Livingstone, Zambia. From the airport you are transferred to the Protea Hotel on the outskirts of Livingstone town, near the Victoria Falls waterfall.
Zambezi River Sunset Cruise
In the afternoon we head to the Royal Landing, to be greeted by a Marimba Band, from where we embark on a scenic sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Departing at around 15:30, the cruise takes about two hours, travelling downstream towards Vic Falls as far as Siloka Island and back along the edge of Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.
The leisurely Zambezi River cruise is the ideal way to end your first day at Victoria Falls, catching a spectacular African sunset over the tranquil river and bush. The laid-back boat cruise includes sundowners and tasty snacks to complete the experience. Hippos and crocodiles are commonly spotted from the boat, along with various other wild animals such as elephants, giraffes, buffalos and even rhinos. An amazing array of birds can also be sighted on this mellow-paced cruise in nature.
After our mellow sunset cruise we return to the hotel for an evening of relaxation.
We set out early today, 07:30, for our adventure in Chobe National Park, considered one of the best game parks in Botswana. We travel to the Zimbabwe border post (don't forget your passport) and once through there we head to the Botswana entry gate, stopping en route to step on a sanitised mat to prevent Foot and Mouth disease entering the country. On arrival in Botswana we transfer to an open safari vehicle for the trip to Chobe National Park and for game viewing in the park. We are headed for the northern section of the park, where the Chobe RIver forms the border in the north. Our adventure begins with a river cruise into the park providing an opportunity to view the many waders and animals that frequent the river banks, as this is a major watering spot, particularly in the dry season. This area is know for its dense woodland, which has attracted herds of elephant resulting in a huge elephant population, estimated to be about 50 000.
We take a welcome lunch break at the recently renovated Chobe Game Lodge, where a buffet awaits us. A complimentary drink and tea or coffee is served with lunch.
Feeling revived we set out on our afternoon game drive. Apart from the many elephants we are sure to see, we can expect to see up to 15 different animal species, including buffalo, giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Be sure to have your cameras ready and binoculars if you have them. It's also advisable to have sunscreen and a hat for this 3 hour game drive in the hot, afternoon sun.
After our exciting day in Chobe we head back to Victoria Falls, through the border posts arriving at our hotel around 18:00.
This morning we set off on our half day canoeing trip on the Upper Zambezi River, above the spectacular Victoria Falls. Canoeing is the best way to explore the scenic Upper Zambezi River area.
After a safety briefing by the professional river guide and a quick practice session on the water, the paddle begins. This is not a challenging paddle, navigating only small, easy rapids and no canoeing experience is required. We take a lazy paddle down the Upper Zambezi, looking out for hippos, buffalos, crocodiles, elephants, kudus, impalas and other untamed creatures along the banks. Canoeing along the river is also a great way to spot birds, look out for the powerful Martial Eagle, among the over 50 bird species commonly sighted. Canoeing along the river we pass national parks on the Zimbabwean banks and pristine bush on the Zambian side. This gentle paddle is all about soaking up the beautiful scenery and enjoying the local fauna and flora up close. Afterwards there's time for a picnic lunch on the riverbank.
Guided Victoria Falls Tour
This afternoon the adventure continues with a guided tour of Vic Falls, lead by an experienced and knowledgeable local guide. We walk through lush rainforests on the Zambian side of Vic Falls visiting vantage points for spectacular views of this natural wonder. The walk takes us across Knife Edge Bridge and through the forest, hosting plant species rarely found in other parts of Zambia or Zimbabwe. During peak season we can even feel the spray of the “Smoke that Thunders” as Vic Falls is called.
Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is an awe-inspiring sight to behold, especially when the Zambezi water levels are high. Considered the largest waterfall in the world, the falls plummet 100m's into the gorge below and span 1,5 km's across. About 550 million litres of water flow over Vic Falls per minute.
The skilled guide explains the geology of Victoria Falls and tells you more about this epic waterfall as you walk.
Cultural Village Tour
A knowledgeable guide takes us on the village tour, which provides insight into the lives of local Zambians and their rich traditions. We visit Mukuni Village to see how the Leya people live and find out more about their unique history and customs.
Founded in the 13th century, Mukuni village was the largest village on the Zambian side of Vic Falls before Livingstone was established. Formerly known as Gundu, the village was renamed after Chief Mukuni from the Congo, when he conquered it in the 18th century. Today this African village is home to about 7000 people and has its own clinic, school, two churches, shops, boreholes and bars. See how locals build and decorate their huts, engage in small-scale farming and create African curios. A fascinating glimpse into the mix of modern and traditional living in Zambia.
Helicopter Flight of Angels
Today we lift off on our thrilling helicopter flight. This Flight of Angels takes us on a scenic chopper ride over the thundering Victoria Falls waterfall, providing fantastic views and a whole new perspective of this natural wonder.
The 15 minute helicopter flight provides an uninterrupted bird’s eye view of the magnificent Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and surrounding bush. We fly upstream over Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, looking out for game below, and downstream over the impressive Batoka Gorge. This scenic Flight of Angels is conducted in a helicopter designed to offer each passenger superb views.
From above the falls it is easy to see why the helicopter flight over Vic Falls is called the Flight of Angels!
We transfer you to the international airport in Livingstone for your onward flight, bringing this action-packed Victoria Falls Adventure Tour to a close.
Livingstone Accommodation - Protea Hotel
Accommodation on this Victoria Falls Adventure Tour Package is on a bed and breakfast basis at the three-star Protea Hotel, located on the Zambian side of Vic Falls.
This affordable luxury accommodation offers a touch of comfort in en-suite rooms with air-conditioning, flat-screen televisions, wireless internet, and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel features a swimming pool, restaurant, lounge bar and poolside bar and is set in a beautiful garden. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful ensuring that you have a pleasant stay at this clean, well-maintained hotel.
The Protea Hotel is just 10kms from Victoria Falls waterfall and close to Livingstone town in Zambia, making it a good base for adventure activities and exploring. The hotel is also conveniently situated next to a shopping and entertainment complex, near the Railway Museum, Maramba Cultural Museum, and Livingstone Museum.
Alternative accommodation is at the Chrismar Hotel in Livingstone depending on availability.
Optional Adventure Activities (not included in the tour price):
Horseback Safari (3 hours)
Experience the African Bush along the banks of the Zambezi River on the back of a horse. This Horseback Safari will allow you to get up close and personal with several game species endemic to the area including duiker, bushbuck, warthog, elephants, hippos and crocodiles.
The outride is under the expert guidance of game rangers. The Horseback Safari is designed for inexperienced riders, and for those who have had considerable riding experience. You will be grouped with riders of similar experience to your own to ensure you get the most out of your outing. A perfect way to assimilate with the natural game of the area.
Rafting and Riverboarding
The ultimate place for riverboarding - the Zambezi River has the necessary volume of water and few exposed rocks in its rapids and pools, making it ideal for this exhilarating activity.
Riverboarding on the Zambezi can be done as a half or full day activity and is combined with rafting in an action-packed and thrilling adventure. Along the way stops are made to relax and play between rapids and clients always have the option of switching to the back-up raft. The riverboarding adventures are lead by trained and professional guides with first aid certificates to ensure your safety.
White Water Rafting
The White Water Rafting experience on the mighty Zambezi has been described as the best commercial white water rafting experience in the world. This exciting full day excursion on the mighty Zambezi River is a fantastic experience for those with a sense of adventure.
The day is all about clean water, a healthy helping of African sunshine and a dose of exercise; all this against the backdrop of one of the beautiful waterfalls in the world the spectacular Victoria Falls.
The day begins early with a briefing and breakfast. Its then off on your adventure where you will tackle some Grade 5 rapids under the expert guidance of world class guides. Lunch is included.At the end of the day you will be lifted out of the gorge where you will be met with cold drinks and beers. At the end of the white water rafting excursion you get to watch a DVD of your thrilling day of Zambezi rafting.
A truly exhilarating experience!
Plunge off the Victoria Falls Bridge, falling 111 metres into the Bakota Gorge below!
Experience a pure and extreme adrenaline rush as you plummet into the narrow gorge, flanked by Victoria Falls waterfall! More than 50 000 people have taken on the challenge of bungee jumping off this bridge where you dangle over the Zambezi River.
Both ankle and body harnesses are used and photograps or videos of your leap can be purchased to capture the heart-racing experience.
Explore Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park on optional 3-hour game drives with experienced guides. Mosi-Oa-Tunya is home to various wild animals; including the endangered white rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra and buffalo, among others.
You can also spot hippos and crocodiles along the Zambezi River, as well as an abundance of birds. You will be collected from and transferred back to your accommodation and refreshments, as well as park fees, are included in the optional game drive outing on this Victoria Falls Adventure Tour.
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