- One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s greatest geographical features. At 1700 metres wide and over 100 metres in height visitors cannot fail to be inspired and amazed by the sheer size, power and beauty of the thundering curtain of water which can be gazed upon from 16 view points along a network of trails through the surrounding rainforest. Statistically speaking it is the largest waterfall in the world due to the combination of width and height making it the largest single sheet of water. Known as Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “smoke that thunders” and when you visit you will understand why.
- Enjoy wildlife viewing from the land and boat as you journey around Chobe National Park, known for large herds of Cape Buffalo and for having one of the largest elephant populations in Africa with an estimated 50,000 in number. In some instances, you may see hundreds of elephant at one time, as the road becomes impassable while scores of family herds make their way to the river to drink, bathe and play. One of the most popular activities of this region is to go on a river cruise, where you can experience the game viewing from a different vantage point, accompanied by the unmistakable and spine-chilling call of the Fish Eagle.
- The Okavango Delta is the best known and most visited tourist attraction in Botswana. The Okavango Delta is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin, and is often referred to as the ‘jewel’ of the Kalahari. Shaped like a fan, the Delta is fed by the Okavango River, the third largest in southern Africa. It has been steadily developed over the millennia by millions of tonnes of sand carried down the river from Angola. The Okavango extends across an area of 2,315 to 5,791 square miles and while not the largest delta, it is the only one of 3 deltas that is accessible and which brings a concentration of wildlife to its life-giving waters. Take a flight over the Okavango to appreciate its sheer size and beauty.
Day 1: Victoria Falls to Illala Lodge
The iconic town of Victoria Falls, which is affectionately known as “Vic Falls”, is set on the southern bank of the Zambezi River, at the western end of the mighty Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe’s prime tourist destination and a magnet for visitors from around the world Vic Falls has a rich and romantic history. Discovered in 1855 by explorer and missionary David Livingstone, the railway from Cape Town arrived in 1904 and the landmark 198 metre long Victoria Falls Bridge, spanning the immense Zambezi River gorge and linking Zimbabwe with Zambia, was built in 1905.
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s greatest geographical features. At 1700 metres wide and over 100 metres in height visitors cannot fail to be inspired and amazed by the sheer size, power and beauty of the thundering curtain of water which can be gazed upon from 16 view points along a network of trails through the surrounding rainforest. Reaching their zenith in April/May, the Falls are at their most powerful and impressive between the months of February and July. At high water the dense plume of spray can rise up to 500 metres into the air and is visible from as much as 20 kilometres away, justifying why the falls are still commonly referred to by their local name of Mosi-oa-Tunya – “the smoke that thunders”. Even during the low water months of October and November when the Falls become dry for much of their length the view from the Zimbabwe side won’t disappoint.
With its welcoming small town atmosphere Vic Falls is home to a seemingly endless number of activities – there is literally something for everyone. The world’s wildest white water rafting, canoeing, helicopter flips, elephant back safaris, canopy tours and adventure slides, river cruises, golf and bungee jumping. An impressive array of arts and crafts is showcased by talented local artists in the open air curio market as well as at a number of gallery’s and shops throughout town.
Ilala Lodge Hotel Accommodation
- 2 nights in a Standard Room
- Bed & Breakfast
Situated in Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe, the boutique Ilala Lodge is actually the closest hotel to Victoria Falls. A secluded setting overlooking green lawns (with periodic grazing wildlife) and the bordering lush National Park vegetation, Ilala Lodge has views of the “smoke” of Victoria Falls.
Ilala Lodge accommodation includes 32 rooms and two suites furnished with railway sleeper teak. With plenty of light from the patio doors, rooms lead onto either a communal garden or a balcony, where rooms on the upper level afford a view of the spray of the Falls. Standard in each room are two . beds, en-suite bathrooms with a shower, bath and bathroom amenities, air-conditioning, fan and tea and coffee facilities. Suites are larger and include a king size bed. With warm and elegant decoration evoking an era of early adventure, the main guest facilities include the a la carte Palm Restaurant and verandah which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner; the Safari Salon, a swimming pool, terrace and bar and WiFi.
From its prime location guests at Ilala Lodge can enjoy high adrenalin activities like bungee jumping and white water rafting, to scenic helicopter flights and interactive elephant back safaris.
Day 2: Tour of the Falls & Sunset Cruise
Tour of the Falls: Scheduled 2 Hours
The Victoria Falls reaches its zenith in about May each year. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell and the humbling feeling that here indeed, is Natures Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality and nothing prepares you for your first sight. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon and is 2 hours in duration. You will be accompanied through the Rainforest by a qualified Guide, who gives a brief history of the Falls and the surrounding flora, fauna, bird and wildlife. Raincoats and camera protective bags are provided when needed.
Includes: Transfers from hotels in Victoria Falls town
Extras included: VFA Entrance fee
Please note: Victoria Falls entrance fee is USD30.00 per person. Subject to change without prior warning.
Sunset Cruise: Scheduled 2 Hours
This afternoon you are transferred to the jetty, where you board a comfortable vessel with plenty of seating, open sides and a canopied roof. From here you cruise along towards Palm lsland and Kandahar lsland to enjoy a picturesque African sunset on the Zambezi River. This cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River, with the opportunity to see a variety of game; including hippo, crocodile, elephant and many different bird species.
Includes: Finger snacks, a selection of local brand drinks and transfers from hotels in Victoria Falls town
Extras included: River Usage Fee
Please note: River usage fee is USD10.00 per person. Subject to change without prior warning.
Day 3: Chobe National Park & Boat Cruise
Scheduled Transfer Victoria Falls Illala Lodge to Kasane Airport
Shared Road Transfer – Kasane Airport to Muchenje Safari Lodge
Please note: Transfer cost is included in the nightly rate. Min 2 pax
Welcome to Chobe National Park…
The Chobe National Park was established in 1968. It covers approximately 11 700km2, encompassing floodplains, swamps and woodlands and the Chobe River forms its northern boundary with Namibia.
The riverfront is most famous for its large herds of elephant and Cape buffalo, which rely on the river for water during the dry winter months. In some instances, you may see hundreds of elephant at one time, as the road becomes impassable while scores of family herds make their way to the river to drink, bathe and play. One of the most popular activities of this region is to go on a river cruise, where you can experience the game viewing from a different vantage point, accompanied by the unmistakable and spine-chilling call of the Fish Eagle.
Muchenje Safari Lodge
Accommodation: 2 nights in a Cottage
Meal basis: Fully Inclusive
From its elevated position within the Chobe Forest Reserve, owner-operated Muchenje enjoys panoramic vistas over the Chobe River and seasonal Caprivi floodplain. It is 50 kilometres away from Kasane and the busy riverfront, the setting a haven of tranquillity. Built of thatch and stone, 10 cottages, and 1 family cottage offer all the comforts of a home-away-from-home. Private decks ensure guests can spend quiet moments gazing out over the spectacular scenery. Shaded from the sun by the trees, the open-sided lodge provides spaces where visitors can savour delicious buffet meals, relax with sundowners on viewing decks or cool off in the pool. Muchenje prides itself on the variety of safari experiences and activities it offers, including morning and afternoon game drives, full day safaris with a Chobe boat cruise, seasonal morning walks, night drives and a community and school visit.
Includes: All meals, local brand drinks, unlimited scheduled safari activities daily, park fees, return transfers to Kasane Airport and laundry.
Day 5: Okavango Delta
Shared Road Transfer – Muchenje Safari Lodge to Kasane Airport
Please note: Transfer cost is included in the nightly rate. Min 2 pax. Kasane Airport to Gunn’s Camp airstrip: Seat in Plane Please note: Luggage is strictly restricted to 20 kgs per person including hand luggage in a soft bag. There may be up to 3 stops en-route to camp.
Welcome to the Okavango Delta…
The Okavango Delta is the best known and most visited tourist attraction in Botswana. The Okavango Delta is situated deep within the Kalahari Basin, and is often referred to as the ‘jewel’ of the Kalahari. Shaped like a fan, the Delta is fed by the Okavango River, the third largest in southern Africa. It has been steadily developed over the millennia by millions of tonnes of sand carried down the river from Angola. The Delta has no outlet to the sea and as a result its water run into the Kalahari Desert. Each year, during and shortly after the rainy season, the Delta irrigates about 15,000 sq km of desert. However, the high temperatures of the Kalahari causes much of this excess water to quickly evaporate. Floodplains and islands disappear under the rising water and then reappear in an ever-changing landscape at the end of each wet season. Access to the Delta is via Maun, with its frequent flights to Gaborone and Johannesburg. There are many light aircraft operators to fly you directly to your bush camps from Maun. One of the most popular activities in the Delta, is to go on an enchanting mokoro ride, where a qualified guide silently poles you through the reed-lined waterways.
Accommodation: 2 nights in a Tent
Meal basis: Fully Inclusive
An affordable tented camp, Moremi Crossing is located on the southern part of Chief’s Island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Situated on a small palm and tree fringed island called Ntswi, Moremi Crossing is surrounded by far reaching vistas of the game-rich seasonal Moremi floodplains and overlooks Chief’s Island.
Accommodation consists of 16 spacious and airy vintage style tents (including a family and honeymoon tent) on raised decks each with a private wooden deck and magical views. Tent interiors are simple with splashes of colour and en-suite facilities include a basin, shower and toilet. The camp has 24 hour solar powered electricity and lighting and features eco-friendly waste disposal technology. The central half-moon shaped mess area is built on different levels to give you a feeling of space. The large open-plan deck has spectacular views, the dining room, bar and lounge are covered by a thatch roof that hugs the riverine tree line, there are various small private lounges and a shaded deck that leads to the secluded swimming pool.
This permanent water camp offers half or full day mokoro excursions, powerboat excursions, sunset cruises and bush walks (guide availability dependent).
Includes: All meals, snacks, tea/coffee, local brand drinks, 2 scheduled safari activities daily, park fees and laundry.
Day 7: Gunns Camp to Kasane airstrip
Gunns Camp to Kasane airstrip: Seat in Plane
Please note: Luggage is strictly restricted to 20 kgs per person including hand luggage in a soft bag and camera equipment. There may be up to 3 stops en-route to camp.
- $2,976 per person sharing in double room
- $3,137 for single (assuming 2 people already booked)
- 2 nights Illala Lodge, standard rooms BB
- 2 nights Muchenje Safari Lodge, cottage, FI
- 2 nights Moremi Crossing, tent, FI Private Transfer from VFA Airport to Illala Lodge
- Scheduled Tour of the Falls including Park Fees
- Scheduled sunset Cruise including River Useage Fee
- Scheduled Transfer from Illala Lodge to Kasane airport
- Complimentary transfer by Muchenje from Kasane to Muchenje – Kasane
- Moremi Air Seat in plane flights Kasane – Moremi Crossing – Kasane
- Flights to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- Flight from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg