This deluxe 10 day tour of Zambia and Botswana takes you on a canoeing safari on the Zambezi River and an elephant back safari in Chobe, and finally rest on a houseboat on the Chobe River.
Ultimate Zambezi and Chobe Safari
Zambia Safari Vacation Package Highlights:
- Accommodation: Tented suite, luxury room, houseboat suite
- Activities: Boating safaris, canoeing, birding, game drives, guided bush walk, elephant back safari
- Destinations: Lusaka, Lower Zambezi National Park, Livingstone, Zambia, Chobe, Kasane
Day 1: Lusaka - Lower Zambezi National ParkView Lodge
From Lusaka Airport, you will board a flight to the Lower Zambezi National Park. At the airstrip, a lodge representative will meet you and escort you on an hour-long game drive to Sausage Tree Camp. Settle into your suite before exploring the lodge, its facilities and its nature. You can enjoy personalized service with a dedicated butler attending to your every need.
A trained guide will escort you into the bush for the first time during an evening game drive. Darkness brings a whole new side to the bush as it becomes active with nocturnal creatures that are on the prowl. Enjoy this exhilarating game viewing experience before returning to the lodge for a traditional African boma dinner.
Day 2 -3: Lower Zambezi National ParkWake up to the sound of birds chirping and the smell of a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Prepare for a day of adventure and game viewing that will exceed your wildest expectations.
An early morning game drive will venture into the bush as the wildlife awakens. Swop your morning game drive for a guided bush walk instead, where you will be able to try your hand at animal tracking. The Lower Zambezi National Park enjoys possible sightings of a variety of wildlife including elephant, buffalo and the mighty lion. An abundance of bird life will be an additional treat, with possible sightings being the Amathest Sunbird, Sadelbilled Stork and the African Skimmer.An alternative morning activity is game viewing from the Zambezi River, in the form of boating or canoe safaris. These excursions lead you into an abyss of picture-perfect views of the landscapes and the wildlife. After your morning excursion, you will return to the lodge for a hearty lunch and a siesta. Enjoy a good book while lazing on the viewing deck, or be pampered during an optional spa treatment.The river also allows for successful fishing trips. An afternoon of patience might reward keen fishermen with a catch of the fierce tiger fish. After a fishing trip or an afternoon game drive, you will return to the lodge and prepare for an evening of magic.
Pre-dinner drinks can be enjoyed around the campfire as you reminisce on the day's events. A romantic candlelit dinner can be enjoyed under a canopy of stars during an al fresco dining experience. Enjoy a peaceful night's rest in your comfortable suite and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for another day in the wild.
Day 4: LivingstoneView Lodge
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, you will be transferred to the airstrip where you will board a flight to Livingstone Airport. Your final destination will be The Royal Livingstone Hotel, situated on an island in the middle of the Zambezi River.
After settling into your suite, you will have free time to explore the hotel's facilities and to partake in activities offered outside the hotel. For those who wish to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the Royal Livingstone Gym is fully-equipped with the latest fitness equipment. The main attraction in Zambia is, of course, the famous Victoria Falls. The majestic waterfall can be reached via a short 15-minute walk from the hotel. Guests will enjoy unlimited free access to the Falls through a private entrance exclusive to the hotel. Optional activities can be enjoyed in close proximity to the hotel and options include a range of adventure and game viewing activities. Adventurists can enjoy watersports such as jet boating and white water rafting, or motorized excursions like quad biking, microlight flights and helicopter rides over the Victoria Falls. Game viewing activities include game drives, bush walks, canoe safaris, visits to Chobe National Park and Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. Wildlife encounters take place during cheetah interactions, horse riding and elephant-back safaris. Activities can be chosen and booked at the hotel's activity desk.
Upon return to the hotel, you can enjoy a snack and refreshing beverage before indulging in an optional massage or other wellness treatment offered by the hotel's on-site spa. Laze on one of the hammocks situated along the river, or take a dip in the swimming pool while watching the wildlife approach the river.
Day 5: LivingstoneView Lodge
Get ready for an action-packed day of new experiences after a warm cup of coffee at the lodge. Experience nature like never before during two preplanned safari activities. Your morning activity, a half day elephant interaction, will end with a full English breakfast.
The 4-hour activity takes you on an elephant-back safari, escorted by trained experts. Your guide will brief you on the behavior of these gentle giants before saddling you up on one of the African elephants. Walk within a herd as you view wildlife ranging from small bird species to the larger animals like lions and buffalos and giraffes.
Return to the lodge for a siesta before being collected for your afternoon activity. A guided tour of the Victoria Falls is an experience that will be engraved in your memory for a lifetime. Imagine strolling along the edge of this cascading waterfall as your guide explains the fascinating history of how it was discovered by famous explorer, David Livingstone, and introduced to the world. The refreshing splashes of the Falls can be felt as you follow your guide, who will introduce you to the unique fauna and flora in the areas surrounding the Falls. Return to the lodge for an evening of pure relaxation during an alfresco dinner and an early night's rest.
Day 6: ChobeView Lodge
Chobe Marina is located on the banks of the Chobe River in Kasane, a short distance from the Chobe National Park. After settling into your suite at this Botswana safari lodge, you will have some free time to explore the area. Adventurous travellers can enjoy an adrenaline-pumping bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge into the Batoka Gorge, or white river rafting on the Zambezi River.
An afternoon game drive in a specialized safari vehicle in the Chobe National Park is the ideal way to get acquainted with the fauna and flora of this wildlife-rich region. Alternatively, a sundowner cruise on the Chobe River will grant you spectacular vistas teeming with wildlife, and a refreshing sundowner cocktail.
The lodge offers a range of optional treatments at the Health and Beauty Spa. Following a relaxing session, visit the curio shop where you can purchase some hand carved souvenirs to take home
Day 7- 9: Chobe RiverAt the Kasane Immigration Office, you will sort out your paperwork and board the Zambezi Queen, a luxurious houseboat that floats along the Chobe River. For three nights, you will be accommodated in an en-suite room with a private balcony aboard the houseboat.
Guests can enjoy three meals per day, served in either a buffet-style or a la carte seating. Dining takes place at the restaurant on the upper deck, with superb views of the surrounding fauna and flora. The dining room is complemented by a comfortable lounge area and a bar. An on-board swimming pool and sunbathing deck allows for leisurely afternoons in the sun. Fishing on the Chobe River is an exciting activity that may result in a catch of the teeming tiger and bream fish. Bird watching can also take place from the boat and due to the prolific list of bird species, spotting numerous birds should come naturally.
A water-based game viewing experience can be enjoyed from a tender boat on the river. See the wildlife roaming on the banks of the river up close as your guide steers the boat closer to the shore. This is an opportune time for keen photographers to capture their Chobe River safari.
The Namibian banks of the Chobe River are transformed into a cultural fiesta as the locals set up markets displaying handmade crafts in the nearby local villages. Interact with the unique culture as you pick up commonly-spoken phrases and rituals.
Day 10: Chobe River - KasaneThe Zambezi Queen will return you to the Kasane Immigration Office to sort out your paperwork and you will then be transferred to Kasane Airport. At the airport, you will embark on your onward journey.
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