- Big 5 Safari
- Open-vehicle game drives
- Night drives
- Mokoro traditional dug-out canoe
- Bush walks
- Kruger National Park
- Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Okavango Delta
- Chobe National Park
- Victoria Falls
- Sunset cruise on Zambezi River
- Rhino Walk
Thank You for all your help in making our African Experience a truly excellent time. Melissa and I thoroughly enjoyed our itinerary but if we had not wanted to go on the Walk with the Elephants we would probably have preferred to stay at Chief’s Camp which was highly recommended by a couple we met at Baines and Chobe Chilwero. Our favorite camps were Sabi Sabi Selati, which we luckily got upgraded to the Ivory Presidential Suite, and Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero. The Residence hotel in Johannesburg was superb and of course our stay at the Royal Livingstone with the intimate Monkey Tree dinner was excellent along with Helicopter ride over the falls.
We were happy to refer Cheryl D. to you for help on their trip. Knowing Cheryl and her husband they would not be interested in the Elephant walk and would probably prefer staying at Chief’s Camp instead of Baines’ Camp.. We have several other couples who are interested in our itinerary and if it is not too much trouble could you please forward me several of your business cards.
Thanks again for all your help and looking forward to our next trip to Africa with our teenage sons.
Tour Consultant's OverviewBill was referred to me by clients of mine, John & Carol B, who travelled in 2016. John & Carol had shared their itinerary with Bill, plus Bill had done some online research of his own, so he had a good idea of what he wanted to do. He also gave me a short list of his preferred lodges and hotels, but availability (especially in the Okavango Delta) was an issue, as he only contacted me in January and it is peak season in Botswana in July. I fortunately managed to find availability at Sanctuary Baines' Camp (his first choice) and then built the rest of their programme around that. Bill is extremely busy in his working life and said that he did not want to have to make any decisions during his holiday. Everything had to be pre-arranged. Because of this, I included many activities in the tour price. He also wanted to be taken care of every step of the way. Because of this, I decided to include a VIP meet & greet service every time they passed through an airport. This meant that someone was waiting for them as they exited each aeroplane and escorted them either to the door of their next flight or onto their road transfer service. Bill & Melissa flew business class, which meant that they were allowed to bring lots of luggage. However, I knew that they would only be allowed 20 kg per person on their light aircraft shuttle flights to Kruger and in Botswana. I suggested that they bring soft hold-all bags with them in addition to their large suitcases. By using The Residence in Johannesburg as a base, they packed for a few days in their hold-all bags and left their surplus luggage at The Residence while they went to Kruger. They packed in their hold-all bags for their stay in the Okavango too and I then arranged a road transfer from Maun to Kasane for their surplus luggage. Unfortunately, Bill & Melissa's flight out to South Africa from Orlando was delayed by 24 hours due to a hurricane. This meant some last minute scrambling to postpone his Johannesburg accommodation and road transfers by a day and to re-book his flights to Kruger, but everything was arranged by the time they landed and the rest of their holiday went off without a hitch.
Upon arrival at Johannesburg Airport, you are met by our representative and are transferred to The Residence in the leafy suburb of Houghton for an overnight stay.
Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city and is the financial and commercial capital of Africa. It is in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident – this is the “Rainbow Nation” at work.
Transfer time – Johannesburg Airport approx. 45 minutes
This morning you are collected from The Residence and are transferred to Johannesburg Airport for your flight to Nelspruit. You are met at Nelspruit Airport and are transferred to your lodge in the Kruger National Park. There is time to settle in before you depart on your first game drive.
The Kruger National Park was established in 1898 and is the oldest National Park in Africa. The 2-million hectare Park provides sanctuary to 147 mammal species, including the Big Five, as well as over 500 bird species. The Kruger National Park has more than its fair share of the Big Five, with an estimated 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 5,000 rhino. Cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog and many antelope species are also regularly seen on game drives. Boundary fences have been dropped between Kruger and its neighbouring private game reserves, such as Sabi Sand, Timbavati, Klaserie and Manyaleti, meaning that the animals are free-roaming over an area the size of Switzerland, resulting in an immense gene pool. Kruger is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
In addition to National Parks rest camps, there are several private concessions where sections of the Park are rented by private safari lodges, who have exclusive access to their area, ensuring superb game viewing with the level of luxury expected at a private lodge. One of these private concessions is operated by Ngala Tented Camp. The area of Kruger around Ngala Tented Camp is remarkable and is known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives - visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content.
After your morning game drive, you are collected from your lodge and are transferred by road southwards to the Sabi Sand, also part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle in at your new lodge before you set off on the afternoon game drive in the Sabi Sand.
Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely between the Sabi Sands and the rest of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in the Sabi Sand is highly personalised because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area. The Sabi Sand Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives - visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content.
Today you bid farewell to this African wonderland. At a time to be announced by the Lodge Manager, you are transferred to the Sabi Sabi airstrip for your shuttle flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you are transferred back to The Residence for a 1-night stay.
This morning you are transferred back to Johannesburg Airport, where you check in for your flight to Maun. Upon arrival at Maun, you are met by the Sanctuary representative who will assist you to the Mack Air counter to hand them the suitcase which is to be couriered to Kasane. You are then assisted to the light aircraft which will take you into the Delta. Once in the Delta, you will be met at the airstrip and will be transferred to your lodge.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana with its richly diverse wildlife species is one of the premium destinations in the world for a dynamic safari experience. This 22,000 square kilometre area offers a truly unique wilderness safari in Africa. The Delta forms where the Okavango River disappears beneath the sands of Botswana. Although the periphery is semi-arid, the Okavango Delta itself is a patchwork of cool clear streams, lagoons, floodplains and forested islands. In the dry winter season vast numbers of wildlife flock to where the floodwaters infiltrate the delta, providing one of the world’s most spectacular sights. The world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve covers part of the Delta and is known as the 'predator capital of Africa'. It is also home to the Big Five and large herds of elephant and buffalo. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the Delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades.
Watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah. You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains. Wide grassy floodplains are host to a magnificent array of wild animals, including the specially adapted sitatunga and lechwe antelopes. Within this lacework of channels, game viewing and bird watching is frequently guided from mokoro (dugout canoes) or more commonly, environmentally-friendly fibreglass replicas. In these slender flat-bottomed craft, guests are propelled by expert polers, many of whom were born in the Okavango Delta and know the winding waterways and their inhabitants intimately.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to Kasane Airport. On arrival at Kasane, you will be met by the Sanctuary representative, who will transfer you to Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero. You will arrive in time for the afternoon game-viewing boat trip on the Chobe River.
Chobe National Park on Botswana’s north-west border is a pristine wilderness of open plains, baobab trees, ancient woodland, swamps and flood plains and is home to the greatest concentration of game in the entire southern African subcontinent. One of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe River forms the Park’s northern boundary. The Chobe riverfront area is most famous for its large herds of elephants and buffalo, which come down to the river in huge herds to drink during the dry winter months. During this season, one may see hundreds of elephants at one time. Other species include waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators: lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird Safaris. A highlight of Chobe is taking a river cruise, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to animals that come down to the river.
After your morning game drive in Chobe National Park, you are collected from your accommodation and are transferred by road and river ferry over the border to the Victoria Falls in Zambia. You check in at the Royal Livingstone. The rest of the day is at leisure to view the Falls.
Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available.
At 1708 metres wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these Falls and the Zambezi River are the central points in an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream, the rainforest adjacent and the stark jagged gorge downstream, the power and timelessness of nature's forces are evident throughout.
The Falls’ local name, Mosi-Oa-Tunya - "the Smoke that Thunders" - more accurately defines the essence of the place: the rising, shining spray that can be seen 30km away. This vapour has the effect of adding moisture in the form of humidity to the air in the "splash zone", so that a unique, small rainforest ecosystem clings to the edge of the Falls, providing a toehold for no less than 70 shrub and 150 herbaceous species, as well as trees such as pod and Natal mahogany, ebony, Cape and strangler fig and Transvaal red milkwood. There are two National Parks in the vicinity: the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and the Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park in Zambia, which means that herds of big game such as elephant and buffalo, as well as smaller species and even predators such as lion persist in the area.
Today is at leisure to catch a last glimpse of the Falls until you are transferred to Livingstone Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, you connect with your international flight home.
The Residence is an extraordinary boutique hotel that is truly one of a kind. A warm, hospitable welcome awaits you at The Residence, located in the historic suburb of Houghton, which is also home to many famous residents including former president Nelson Mandela. The Residence exudes a charming air of quiet dignity, with an abundance of bougainvillea blossoms cascading down the terraced gardens. This is a blissful oasis where guests are treated with personalised service and are invited to make themselves at home. No effort has been spared in creating the most sublime surroundings to surpass your greatest expectations. Take a stroll through the manicured gardens and enjoy a game of tennis or swim a few lengths in the outdoor pools. Guests can work out in the fitness room.
The entrance hall leads through to the sumptuous lounge and sitting room with doors opening onto the long, spacious veranda offer a cool respite from the warm African sun. The air-conditioned suites are generously proportioned and designed for ultimate comfort and privacy, leading out to spacious balconies with tables, chairs and sun loungers shaded by large sun umbrellas. Here you can sit back and take in the views of the garden, tennis court and pool.
The Sky Bar on the top floor offers spectacular views over the surrounding suburbs and Johannesburg’s renowned urban forest towards the city skyline beyond. What better place to enjoy sundowners while taking in the spectacular African sunsets, or sipping stylish pre-dinner cocktails. The comfortable relaxation areas invite you to lounge away a few hours, interspersed with socialising in the Jacuzzi or cooling off with a refreshing dip in the swimming pools. Fine dining is offered throughout the day.
Ngala Tented Camp is in the 2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park. Sophisticated and intimate, Ngala Tented Camp sits sheltered under a cool tree canopy and overlooks the seasonal Timbavati riverbed. The Camp was constructed with a light footprint - built on platforms, each of the 6 spacious air conditioned safari tents was cleverly designed to incorporate existing trees. The Camp’s lap pool, merging with the contours of the riverbank, is perfect for idle afternoon game viewing. Theatrical al fresco dinners in the dry riverbed are unforgettable. As Ngala Tented Camp is situated between dense riverine forest and the sandy bed of the Timbavati River, the extensive decks give you front row views of game wandering down to drink. The excellent game viewing experience at Ngala is complemented by other activities such as stargazing, moonlit riverbed dinners and bush sundowners. While Ngala Tented Camp never lets you forget that you are in the wild, there is nothing primitive about this chic and contemporary camp. Each tented suite has a luxury en-suite bathroom and private deck.
In addition to meaning "lion" in Shangaan, Ngala lives up to its name as there are several prides of these powerful cats in the area. Night game drives provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the predators, particularly the leopard for which Ngala is renowned. In between game drives, take a leisurely walk within easy reach of your lodge and experience the sights, smells and sounds of the African bush. An armed ranger will accompany you and will share his vast knowledge of the local fauna and flora.
Since 1978 guests from all parts of the world have been enthralled by Africa’s fabled wildlife in their natural habitat at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. Set in the game rich Sabie River Valley, Sabi Sabi combines spectacular Big Five game viewing with uncompromisingly high levels of service and personalised attention, to ensure its guests have a memorable stay. Specially-trained Game Rangers and Trackers will take you on safari in open land rovers - both by day and night - and on walking trails, learning about some 300 bird species and 200 animal species, including lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant and cheetah, tracked and followed off-road, deep into the African bushveld - a Nature Wonderland.
Sabi Sabi’s intimate all-suite Selati Camp is the most unforgettable of all African experiences. Selati is furnished with a historic railway theme and colonial charm. Nights at Selati are quiet, intimate and possessed of a rare magic. Under the spectacular canopy of the Southern night sky the camp is still romantically lit by the gentle flicker of oil lamps and lanterns, and the warm glow of fires.
Fashioned in a colonial “Out of Africa” style, this exclusive lodge comprises seven opulent thatched suites, each with full bathroom en-suite and private alfresco shower under majestic indigenous trees. World-class cuisine is served on wooden thatched decks built alongside the Msuthlu riverbed, in the open air “boma” or in the “farmhouse kitchen”.
The premier accommodation at Selati Camp is the sumptuous and spacious Ivory Presidential Suite, which is a favourite amongst Kings, Queens, and those just looking for exceptional accommodation. It offers colonial grandeur in the form of original antiques, a draped four-poster bed, private terrace, and fireplace. The magnificent en-suite bathroom, complete with Persian carpet and antique chaise-lounge, also features a very private plunge pool. The separate dressing room features an antique wardrobe and matching dressing table. The Lourenco Marques Suite is a must for honeymooners or the romantic at heart. Whether it is the fragrant flower petals strewn on the exquisite bedlinen, or the candles illuminating the bathroom on return from the evening safari, a stay in this romantic suite will always be remembered.
Tracking Africa's big game including the Big Five in open vehicles by day and at night accompanied by qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers, and going off road for exceptional close wildlife encounters, make for a truly memorable experience - the highlight of your safari holiday in South Africa.
Set in a grove of trees, and surrounded by papyrus beds, Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is built on raised platforms high above the Boro River in a private concession bordering the Moremi Game Reserve, in the heart of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Baines’ Camp is a small, intimate camp and has only five luxurious suites. With star baths and sky beds on your private deck, this is a romantic oasis. The camp encouraged the local community in Maun to collect empty tin cans, with a fee paid for every can, which were recycled to form the backbone of the camp’s structures. The five suites at Sanctuary Baines' are opulent and luxurious, with ensuite facilities and four-poster beds. Traditional safari ceiling fans create a cooling breeze at even the hottest times of the year. Should you wish, your bed can be wheeled out onto the private wooden deck for a night under the stars, overlooking the shimmering waters of the Boro River where hippo can often be spotted. Or take an indulgent soak under the stars on your own private viewing deck in our opulent star bath. At Baines' Camp, the sky's the limit.
There is a communal swimming pool, and the wide wooden deck that surrounds the main dining and sitting room is the ideal place to relax while observing the varied wildlife present here. See prowling lions looking for prey at the edge of the lagoon that the camp overlooks, or watch one of the many elephants who live in the area.
In addition to offering game drives and mokoro trips, Baines’ is also one of only two camps to offer you the opportunity to walk with elephants.
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero is a luxurious riverside retreat in the heart of the bush on the edge of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, home to the world's largest remaining population of elephants. Sitting above the Chobe River, the lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across the islands and floodplains as far away as Namibia. This is an incredibly luxurious lodge with just 15 guest cottages, as well as the only full spa on the Botswana safari circuit. Relax in the split-level swimming pool, unwind with a pampering session in the spa’s treetop treatment room or enjoy the gourmet food that the lodge has become known for.
Each of the air-conditioned thatched guest cottages has two showers, one inside and one outside. The en suite bathroom also has a large free-standing bath. After a day of game viewing, what better way to relax than in your own private garden with a cocktail? Or if the fancy takes you, why not have your gourmet dinner served right here under the African sky.
The honeymoon suite features a private plunge pool and deck area where guests can enjoy private dinners for two under the stars (weather permitting). Guests booking this room will automatically receive a private vehicle and guide for all game viewing activities.
A stay at Chobe Chilwero includes a morning game drive in Chobe National Park and a game viewing boat trip on the Chobe River in the afternoon.
The Royal Livingstone is a luxurious 5*plus Hotel situated on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. The Royal Livingstone Hotel is carefully designed to be in harmony with the majestic landscape and brings a level of luxury and sophistication to the Victoria Falls. The Royal Livingstone is situated along the banks of the Zambezi River and is just a short walk from the entrance to the Falls. The Royal Livingstone Hotel consists of 17 colonial-style buildings, with large verandas. The main hotel incorporates the lounge, a restaurant and a bar. The interiors are designed to capture the opulence of a bygone era and inspired by the grand estate houses.
There are 173 spacious en-suite rooms. Each room has its own private balcony offering a spectacular view of the great Zambezi River and beyond. All guestrooms are luxuriously furnished, with crisp white linen and large comfortable beds to welcome and offer the perfect sanctuary to retire to, after a day spent exploring the mysteries and challenges of this remarkable retreat. Bathrooms feature spacious showers and Victorian style baths, with wildlife pencil sketches adorning the cool ivory-washed walls, reflecting the textures and moods of the Zambezi River.
The Royal Livingstone Dining Room is a fine dining à la carte restaurant. Light meals and a sumptuous High Tea are served in the Lounge. End the day with a cocktail on the Sundeck right on the edge of the Zambezi River. There is an in-house spa.
A spectacular diversity of wildlife moves through this immense wilderness, including breeding herds of elephant, leopard, spotted hyena, giraffe, large buffalo herds and white rhino. With its name meaning lion in Shangaan, the local language, Ngala lives up to its promise, supporting several large prides of these powerful cats. &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve is home to all of the Big Five, but is particularly known for its elephant, buffalo and rhino, as well as its packs of wild dog. Leopard and cheetah are also often encountered. The largest of all land mammals, the African elephant, is most often spotted leisurely browsing on the vegetation. Elephant, as well as buffalo, are often encountered in the reed beds around the Timbavati River.
Set out on the morning game drive in an open 4x4 safari vehicle in the company of a ranger and tracker team. After breakfast you can go on a short walk near the Lodge, accompanied by your ranger, who will share his insight into the smaller animals and vegetation in the area. Alternatively, take a swim in the camp’s lap pool, which follows the contours of the riverbank, and is perfect for idle afternoon game viewing. A massage sala adds a touch of pure indulgence. Lunch is served on open air decks within sight of the river. The evening game drive begins in the late afternoon and lasts until after dark, when spotlights are used for spotting nocturnal animals. Drive down to the Timbavati River to watch the animals drink and bathe or watch out for predators getting ready for the hunt and enjoy sundowners in a scenic location.
Western section of the Kruger National Park. It is a wildlife oasis, where you can observe at close quarters the age-old natural relationship between predator and prey. The diverse habitat is home to spectacular wildlife including the Big 5 - lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant - as well as cheetah, wild dog and some 200 other animal species indigenous to the area. There is nothing quite as stirring as the sight of a lion, elephant or rhino roaming free in the bush; as haunting as the sound of a hyaena laughing in the dead of night; as electrifying as the tension one feels when following spoor along a dry riverbed. Sabi Sabi is also home to a remarkable 350 species of birds. On a single summer's day, a visitor from the Northern Hemisphere will probably see more bird species than he is likely to see in a lifetime in his home country.
Day and night safaris in open Land Rovers, led by highly trained Game Rangers and qualified Trackers, follow the animals on and off-road, deep into the heart of the wild African Bushveld. The morning safari starts at first light, when the bush is already alive, the air filled with birdsong as the rising sunlight dances off beads of dew on spiders' webs. The tracker will watch the road for spoor, leaning forward intently to find any print left by a predator during its hunt in the dark. You return to the lodge for a grand brunch. After brunch walking safaris allow guests to feel the pulse of untamed Africa through the soles of their feet. As evening falls you depart on the night safari. As the fierce heat of the day cools, the inhabitants of the bush become restless, and the animals move out of the shade of the trees. As the sun dips behind the horizon your Ranger will choose a spot where you can stretch your legs and enjoy sundowners alongside the vehicle. There is a lull as the animals sense the transition into a time of increased danger. It is during evening safaris that the nocturnal hunters start stirring, and their prey needs to be alert for survival through the night. You return to the lodge for a safari cuisine supper.
Famed for its big cat and bird population, the Okavango Delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades and know they will not be disturbed. The annually flooded grasslands of the Okavango Delta are locally referred to as 'melapo' and offer seasonal viewing of elephant, giraffe, impala, sable antelope, kudu, zebra, common waterbuck and reedbuck, tsessebe, wildebeest, red lechwe and Cape buffalo. Encounters with hippo and crocodile are common in the waterways. Predators include the African Wild Dog, several resident prides of lion, leopard, cheetah and the African wildcat. The birding in the Okavango is as varied as it is exceptional all year round. In the summer many migrant species are present. Pel's Fishing Owl is regularly seen, with other specials including Wattled Crane, Slaty Egret, Chirping Cisticola, Little Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Widowbird and possibly Rosy-throated Longclaw.
At Baines' Camp, you have the opportunity to see animals up close with your expert guide on morning and evening game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles. A night game drive is the perfect means to see some of the nocturnal animals one wouldn't see during the day time. During higher water levels game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions. (Night drives are seasonal, depending on water levels.) Because the camp is set in a private concession, there is the opportunity to get very close on foot in perfect safety with one of our guides. Find out how to track and follow even the most elusive of animals in the Okavango.
One of the best ways to see the wildlife around Sanctuary Baines' Camp is in one of the locally made dugout canoes, known as mokoros. These used to be carved from ebony but are now made from commercially grown wood and fibreglass to protect the fragile environment of the Okavango. In one of these traditional crafts it is possible to float around the waterways and lagoons that make up the delta, looking for hippos and crocodiles in the water, but also getting a remarkable view of the plains game from a new and exciting angle. For the less intrepid, the camp also has motorised speedboats that can be used when the rivers are in flood.
Sanctuary Baines’ Camp also offers its guests the opportunity to interact with the elephants in its elephant sanctuary – at an additional charge.
Elephants feature largely on any activity at Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, as the largest population left in Africa occupies this northern corner between Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Game drives in open-sided 4 x 4 vehicles bring these grey giants into easy reach as they drink and frolic at the water's edge in their boisterous herds. Thrilling game drives lead by our qualified professional guides bring you close to hippos, buffalos, puku and other animals that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. The puku, a small rusty-brown antelope, alongside impala, kudu and red lechwe, are only a few of the common antelope found here. Naturally, lion and leopard are also found in the area.
The best way to end a day of safari here is sipping on a cocktail while watching an African sunset over the still waters of the Chobe River from the comfort of the lodge’s specially designed riverboats. Sundowner cruises are also a great way of seeing buffalo up close as they come out of the shade to graze in the cooler evenings and elephants as they wade in the river. Chobe is renowned for its abundance of dramatic sable and roan antelopes with their impressive horns. Sitatungas - antelope with splayed feet to help them run in swamps - are often seen here, as are the wild dog and lion that prey upon them.
As you approach the Falls and hear the water pounding and witness the vapour rising, you quickly understand why local tribesman called the Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) and why the explorer David Livingstone exclaimed that a scene “so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow. Because the Victoria Falls fall into a chasm, rather than falling down an escarpment, it is possible to walk along the opposite side of the chasm, at the same height as the top of the Falls. From the unique walking trails the magnificence and glory of the Falls are head on and only about 60 metres (200 feet) away. The spray falls on the trails like soft rain, feeding the lush vegetation.
Follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and travel up the Zambezi River above the Falls. There are several companies offering boat trips on the Zambezi River. Especially recommended is an evening sundowner boat cruise or a dinner cruise. As afternoon fades into twilight, animals come down to the river to drink as you go by.
Early in the morning a backup vehicle with trackers enters Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park to search for the Rhinos and their position is then relayed to the Professional Guides. Guests are collected from their accommodation in Livingstone and are then driven to Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park where they are transferred to safari vehicles and introduced to their guides and scouts. After they have been driven to the position where the trackers located the rhinos, guests receive a briefing by their guides regarding the procedures and safety aspects of the walk. They then have the opportunity to walk near to and photograph the rhinos. The professional guides give commentary on the rhino as well as wildlife, flora and spoor encountered during the walk. The walking segment is approximately 2 hours in duration.
Guests are then transported to the picnic site reserved exclusively for the walking safaris where they are provided with Sandwiches and cakes. After their picnic they accompanied by the professional guides to the Park exit where they are transferred by vehicle back to their accommodation. Bottled water and soft drinks are provided.
The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park encompasses the Victoria Falls and stretches some 12 kms along the riverbanks of the upper Zambezi River. White rhino, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, zebra and several antelope species flourish here. Elephant also often visit the park swimming back and forth across the river. Game drives in open safari vehicles with a knowledgeable guide set off in the morning and afternoon from the Day Activity Centre (Livingstone) and last about 3 hours. The early morning drive begins at 07h30 and the afternoon game drive begins at 15h00.
The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to the mighty and spectacular Mosi-oa-Tunya — ‘The Smoke Which Thunders’ — known worldwide as VictoriaFalls on the Zambezi River. The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park stretches from the Songwe Gorge below the falls in a north-west arc along about 20 km of the Zambian river bank. It forms the south-western boundary of the city of Livingstone and has two main sections: 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. It extends downstream from the falls and to the south-east along the Batoka Gorges. The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park boasts five White Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra and various Antelope. Although small by African standards (1600Ha), this increases the chance of seeing game. Guests are also shown some historic sites such as the Old Drift where the original white settlers lived before 1904.
Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. Here is our selection of the best:
Spend a half day on the Zambezi River fishing for one of the great freshwater game fish - The Tigerfish. These powerful, swift predators are truly thrilling to catch.
Paddle slowly down the Zambezi River in a canoe with some of the best wildlife guides in Africa and enjoy the beauty, peace and wildlife of this unique place. Explore islands and waterways and learn about the birds and animals you come across along the route.
Flight of Angels Helicopter Flip over the Falls:
At ground level you can feel the enormous power of the Victoria Falls as tremendous volumes of water pound into the chasm below. But it is only when you take to the air that you can take in the whole panorama and enormity of this mighty spectacle.
Bungi jump off the 111 metre high railway bridge into the Zambezi gorge, stopping just metres from the rushing water of the Zambezi River. This is a wild jump! There are two bungi options: A single jump on your own or a tandem jump with a partner.
White Water Rafting:
White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River is acclaimed as the best one day white water rafting trip available in the world. There are different options for rafting depending on the time of year and the level of water in the river.
Jet Boat Extreme:
Speedboats powered by huge jet engines shoot down the rapids below the Victoria Falls at 100 km an hour. Enjoy a thrilling half hour spent “flying” over the water.