Tailor-Made Holiday

Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park

10 days

from £2,995pp (excluding flights)

Showcasing wonders of nature – both zoological and geographical, this journey combines some of the best of Botswana and Zambia.

  • Hear the thunder and feel the spray of the vast Victoria Falls
  • Cruise the swirling waters of the mighty Zambezi
  • Drive amongst the enormous elephant herds of the Chobe National Park

Begin on the banks of the Zambezi, at the activity-packed Waterberry Lodge. The smooth-flowing waters of the river offer many distractions. Cruise the Zambezi as the sparkling light of dawn illuminates the surrounding landscape or as glowing dusk turns to blackness. Visit the river’s descent into crashing oblivion – the iconic Victoria Falls. Walk below the tumbling white water, as the spray and sound cascade downwards.

Continue across the Zambezi and into the safari lands of northern Botswana. Here, the Chobe National Park spreads south from the Chobe River, encompassing large swathes of verdant savannah and woodland. Home to the Big Five, this huge park is dominated by its vast herds of ambling elephants. Nowhere else in Africa are these slow-moving pachyderms seen in such concentrations.

But Chobe is not just renowned for its megafauna. A diverse range of wildlife roams through this varied landscape, including wildebeests, impalas, kudus, waterbucks, giraffes and wild dogs. Drive and walk – led by expert guides – across plains, past ancient baobabs and through dense woodland, in search of plants and animals. After the sun sinks below the horizon, set out by 4x4 and seek out some of the park’s more elusive, nocturnal inhabitants. And for a more tranquil wildlife-spotting experience, take to the waters of the Chobe River – a fantastic place to spot thirsty fauna.

WHY WE LIKE IT

For those who love travelling, but dislike having to travel, this is a wonderfully relaxed itinerary. Free from domestic flights and requiring only a minimum of road transfers, it takes advantage of Chobe’s proximity to Victoria Falls.

Flexibility is also key. Not only do both lodges employ a pick-and-mix approach to activities, but there are numerous additional excursions available. For the intrepid, white-water rafting or canoeing can be arranged on the Zambezi, whilst those who prefer airborne adventures might consider a helicopter or microlight flight over Victoria Falls.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 2995 £ 1100

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Johannesburg overnight

Day 2

Fly Johannesburg to Livingstone


Livingstone is the main town on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls and a great base to explore the area.

Described by the Kololo tribe as 'Mosi-oa-Tunya', the Smoke that Thunders, the Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Aside from the Falls, there are many activities on offer here, from adrenalin sports like white water rafting to elephant back safaris, sunset cruises down the Zambezi and historic train journeys.


You will be staying at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge, Full board

Day 3

Typical Day of Activities at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge
Spend time exploring the Livingstone area. Choose from a range of activities on offer at the lodge. These include a visit to the thunderous Victoria Falls ($20 entrance fee must be paid locally); cruises on the Zambezi River at dawn, during the day or at sunset; fishing excursions, picnics on tranquil islands, bird watching with an expert guide, a cultural walk through a nearby village; and a tour of Livingstone, including the traditional Maramba Market.


You will be staying at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge, Full board

Day 4

Spend another day at Waterberry Lodge, taking advantage of the activities on offer.


You will be staying at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge, Full board

Day 5

Drive from Livingstone to Chobe National Park (Road Journey)


The Chobe River area has one of the largest concentrations of game in the African continent. Chobe National Park alone is home to 50,000 elephants. The open floodplains around the river make ideal viewing for a boat or vehicle safari. Chobe National Park is a great gateway location to other Botswana highlights, situated only two and half hours from Victoria Falls and Livingstone.


You will be staying at Muchenje Safari Lodge, All inclusive

Day 6

Days at Muchenje Safari Lodge
Spend time exploring the area surrounding the lodge and set out on wildlife-spotting excursions. Options include half-day or full-day game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles, led by knowledgeable guides; boat trips along the Chobe River, with the chance to spot elephants, birds and other animals; bush walks through the national park, learning about trees, plants and insects; night drives through the lodge's private concession, spotting buffaloes, elephants and other mammals by torchlight; and cultural visits to a friendly nearby village.


You will be staying at Muchenje Safari Lodge, All inclusive

Day 7

Spend the day exploring the park. Perhaps cruise down the Chobe River or visit a nearby village.


You will be staying at Muchenje Safari Lodge, All inclusive

Day 8

The last full day in the park. Consider a nature walk in the bush or a final game drive.


You will be staying at Muchenje Safari Lodge, All inclusive

Day 9

Drive to Kasane Airport, which is around one hour away.

Fly Kasane to Johannesburg

Fly Johannesburg to London overnight

Day 10

Arrive London Heathrow

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Muchenje Safari Lodge

Muchenje Safari Lodge

Situated within the Chobe Forest Reserve on the quieter western side of Chobe National Park, Muchenje Safari Lodge sits high on an escarpment with extensive panoramic views over the Chobe River and Caprivi floodplain....

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Waterberry Zambezi Lodge

Waterberry Zambezi Lodge

Just a 30 minute drive from Livingstone town and upstream from the mighty Victoria Falls on the banks of the Zambezi River, is the informal and friendly, Waterberry Zambezi Lodge....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Destination Experts

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Bridget Cohen, Travel Expert

"Bridget had a great knowledge of the areas being looked at and given I have spent time in both countries, it required someone who completely understood the type of camps preferred."

"Bridget's service was very personal and friendly whilst maintaining a professional manner. All my questions were dealt with promptly and efficiently."

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Jackie Devereux, Travel Expert

"Every part of our trip was the highlight and it is not possible for us to point out just one thing, event or place."

"However, we received a magnificent surprise of a helicopter ride between camps in Botswana which meant a flight over the delta and an opportunity to see the delta and how it is formed. It was a wonderful surprise organised by Jackie and we were both absolutely overjoyed with the opportunity. I do not believe that there was more that could have been done as we had a magnificent trip."

"Jackie was excellent- she listened and was very knowledgeable."

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