Length: 6 nights / 7 days, but we will amend to suit your needs
Group Size: Flexible – you tell us how many in your party
Location: Victoria Falls + Chobe + Khwai
Departure Dates: To suit you
Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.
We do not charge you for our services. We generate revenue from our lodge suppliers, based on the volume of business that we generate for them.
This classic safari will allow you to experience three iconic African destinations in three magnificent riverine settings. Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi. Chobe National Park on the shores of the broad, sluggish and thirst-quenching Chobe River, and the Khwai Conservancy which is drenched by the Khwai River a species corridor and lifeline that spills into the world re-known Okavango Delta.
Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River is one of Africa’s most iconic destinations and deservedly on many bucket lists. That awe-inspiring vertical drop of 108m into the chasm below, as well as the mist spray curtain during the full flood that can be seen and heard from afar (its local name is ‘Mosi-oa- Tunya’, which means ‘the smoke that thunders’), make for a truly unforgettable experience. Just wandering the streets of this quaint town is a special experience as you negotiate for souvenirs, dodge warthogs (and elephants!), hang out with locals and sample a range of restaurants and bars.
Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It’s also an adventure centre of note. You could stay for ages and enjoy a different activity every day, from bungee jumping, gorge swinging and white water rafting, to helicopter and microlight flights (a.k.a the flight of angels), sunset boat and steam train cruises, horse riding, game drives, canoe trips, and so much more.
During your stay on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls, walk across the bridge and also visit the Zambian side, which offers an exhilarating walk across the ‘Knife-edge Bridge’, a close-up view of the ‘Boiling Pot’ (a scary whirlpool at the base of the falls) and, for the really adventurous, a dip in the famous ‘Devil’s Pool’.
**October and November can be an ideal time to plan a visit Devil’s Pool Victoria Falls, as those months provide the best odds for water levels being lower, which is necessary. Visitors must plan a trip to Devil’s Pool based upon lower water levels in the Zambezi River
The Chobe River waterfront near the town of Kasane attracts massive herds of elephant and buffalo in the dry season, offering fantastic photographic opportunities as they bathe and drink in the late afternoon sunlight.
Perhaps the most relaxing way to spend the afternoon, after hours in the game drive vehicle exploring the river banks and deeper into Chobe National Park, is to take a sunset cruise down the river in pursuit of that perfect photograph and to look for Chobe bushbuck, a localised race of the more common bushbuck. And of course, birdwatching adds another level of enjoyment as you drift downstream, with a cold G&T in one hand and binoculars in the other. For those in the know, there is a Pel’s fishing owl to be seen in the area …
Wildlife includes four of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo – only rhinos are absent), many antelope species (including the only population of puku in Botswana), zebras, giraffes and good populations of cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs, as well as a plethora of smaller species such as serval, aardwolf, pangolin, aardvark and bat-eared fox.
Birding in northern Chobe can be rewarding, with over 450 species including slaty egret, Bradfield’s hornbill, wattled cranes, pennant-winged nightjar, broad-tailed paradise whydah, collared palm-thrush, miombo rock-thrush, Allen’s gallinule, lesser jacana, rock pratincole, Schalow’s turaco, racket-tailed roller and rosy-breasted longclaw.
“The Khwai Concession is a game-rich 180,000 ha gem on the fringes of the Okavango Delta – sandwiched between Moremi Game Reserve and the Savute plains of Chobe National Park. This is one of the best places in Botswana to see wild dogs and other predators and, with no fences separating Khwai from its larger and better-known neighbours, you are likely to see just about everything that northern Botswana has to offer.
The Khwai River flows through the concession and in places spreads out to form marshy areas and in others is a mere narrow channel that animals step across as they migrate between Moremi and the Linyanti section of Chobe National Park, via Khwai. The water channels, engineered and maintained by hippos and elephants, have good populations of crocodiles, waterbuck and lechwe, and the dry woodlands away from the river host good populations of sable and roan antelopes, zebras, impalas, giraffes, buffaloes and many other species.
Wildlife includes the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino) – although rhinos are rarely seen, many antelope species, zebras, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and good populations of cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs, as well as a plethora of smaller species such as serval, aardwolf, pangolin, aardvark and bat-eared fox are likely seen. Wild dogs often den in the area during the winter months and can then be observed with pups.
You will see more wildlife in areas like Khwai that are not permanently flooded.
A bucket list safari activity unique to this area is gliding down the myriad of waterways on a mokoro (a traditional dugout canoe). Video: sunset mokoro. Your poler guide will expertly slide the mokoro along channels surrounded by tall papyrus and reeds, giving you a unique perspective and photographic opportunity as you silently sneak up on birds, frogs, chameleons and possibly even larger animals such as hippos, crocodiles and elephants. A lucky few will see the elusive and wary sitatunga antelope.
Birdwatching can be spectacular, with over 400 species including avian jewels such as Pel’s fishing owl, slaty egret, pygmy goose, crowned and wattled cranes, Western banded snake eagle, coppery-tailed coucal and colonies of incandescent carmine bee-eaters.”
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