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From Kasane: Victoria Falls Day Trip

1. From Kasane: Victoria Falls Day Trip

After pickup at your accommodation in Kasane, pass through the Botswana border then the Zimbabwe border. Once all immigration processes are complete, hit the road to spend the day exploring Victoria Falls, known by the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya — "The Smoke That Thunders." In the morning, visit and view the falls from the many different viewpoints, after which you'll be transported to a restaurant of your choice to enjoy lunch. Once you've eaten, discover the local markets and do some shopping or simply admire the local curiosities. Later, explore the Victoria Falls Rainforest and see how the never never-ending rain from the shadow of the falls supports the development of a rich and diverse plant community, which in turn supports a diversity of insects, amphibians, birds, and mammals. After you have taken in all the beauty and magic of the falls, you'll be taken back to Kasane and dropped off at the lodge where you were picked up.

Victoria Falls: Private Sunrise Cruise with Breakfast

2. Victoria Falls: Private Sunrise Cruise with Breakfast

Take an early morning cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Venture out onto the water before dawn and experience the African bush before it awakens. Marvel at the mirror-like waters of the Zambezi as you drift along, looking out for animals emerging into the new day. Relish the warmth of the rising sun while you enjoy a breakfast of fresh seasonal fruit, muesli with homemade granola, croissants and a selection of cheeses served alongside freshly brewed coffee. Bird enthusiasts are in for a special treat. Bring your binoculars and learn about resident varieties from your captain.

From Livingstone: Victoria Falls River Safari

3. From Livingstone: Victoria Falls River Safari

Discover the upper Zambezi River on a specially designed propeller-free safari boat that can operate in water as shallow as 20 cm. This increases the operational range to as close as 200 meters from Victoria Falls and allows you to cruise to amazing parts of the Zambezi that have previously been out of reach. Enjoy the thrill of speeding over rapids, before you slow down to spot game around the islands. Enjoy exceptional service, a spirit of adventure, excellent bird and game viewing, and extraordinary photographic opportunities. Your boat will have cushioned seats and is equipped with a bird book and route map for your convenience. An experienced skipper will lead your safari and share interesting information about the river, the wildlife you see, and the history of the area.

Victoria Falls: Guided Tour of the Falls from Both Sides

4. Victoria Falls: Guided Tour of the Falls from Both Sides

Get the full experience from both sides of the border on this deluxe tour of everything Victoria Falls has to offer. Guided tour of Victoria Falls gives you the opportunity to discover both the Zimbabwean side and Zambian side in one tour. Get as close as possible to the Victoria Falls on this escape to one of the world’s most incredible natural wonder. Feel the powerful rush of the falls from great views the land mark offers, overlooking the falls. You will start your tour at 8:30am and you will be picked up from hotel to guided tour of the falls. The tour start from either Zimbabwean side or Zambian side depends on which side you will be staying. This tour gives you the chance to view the water falls on both side that is Zimbabwe and Zambia in one day accompanied by professional guides. Food and beverages are at your own expense. Hotel pickup and drop off are all included.

From Livingstone: Victoria Falls Day Trip

5. From Livingstone: Victoria Falls Day Trip

Get picked up from your hotel in Livingstone at 9:00 for a guided tour of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The transfer takes approximately 45 minutes. Once you reach Victoria Falls, witness one of the greatest shows on earth, the raging waters of the Zambezi River crashing into the Batoka Gorge. Voyage through parts of the Victoria Falls rain forest to the cliffs opposite the massive cascade. From there, you’ll get a fantastic view of the main falls, as your guide reveals interesting facts about the wildlife, geology, and history of this famous African landmark. Get ready to witness the remarkable power of nature and a spectacle that you will remember for a lifetime.  At around 13:00, your local guide will take you to The Lookout Café, where lunch will be provided with a spectacular view. At the restaurant, select your lunch from a tasty à la carte menu as you relax and take in the amazing views. Alcoholic drinks as well as non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased from the well-stocked cash bar. After lunch, make your way to the local craft market. Here, you will be able to view and purchase gifts and souvenirs, such as skillfully carved wooden articles in the form of ornaments, dishes, and bowls, as well as many other attractive and useful objects. See the colorful dyed and painted tablecloths, aprons, cushion covers, and wall hangings. Marvel at life-sized metal sculpted wild animals. There are also smaller painted metal lifelike birds and animals, which are often used as features in gardens. Finally, at about 15:00, make your way back to Livingstone, accompanied by your guide.

Victoria Falls: Sunrise to Sunset Safari Experience

6. Victoria Falls: Sunrise to Sunset Safari Experience

The day begins with pickup from your hotel at 6:00 AM before you head to Zambezi National Park. Upon arrival, embark on an exciting game drive in an open 4WD vehicle. As you drive through the park's impressive landscape, keep an eye out for native wildlife and learn about the array of African flora and fauna. Expect to see majestic animals including elephants, lions, buffalo, leopards, giraffes, zebra, and more. At 11:00 AM, arrive at Victoria Falls where the raging waters of the Zambezi River crash into the Batoka Gorge. Marvel at this impressive feat of nature whilst soaking up the view and listening to your guide share fascinating insight about the area's wildlife, history, and geology. After you've enjoyed a guided walk in the Victoria Falls rainforest, you will have worked up a bit of an appetite. Take a break for lunch. Your guide can recommend a place to eat and your driver will transport you there. After lunch, it's time for your sunset cruise along the majestic Zambezi River. Onboard, you'll be treated to some tasty snacks and drinks as you meander along the river. Gaze upon the lush landscape that surrounds you as it is transformed by the colors of the sunset. During the cruise, you’ll also see plenty of hippos and crocodiles as well as an abundance of birds. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

From Victoria Falls: Chobe National Park Private Tour

7. From Victoria Falls: Chobe National Park Private Tour

For the full-day tour, meet your driver at your hotel in Victoria Falls at 7:30 AM. Embark on a day of fun, excitement, and adventure at one of the great game parks on the African continent, the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Travel for 1 hour until you reach the park. Upon arrival, set off on a guided game drive, which lasts for approximately 4 hours. Explore the vast terrain of the park and keep an eye out for Africa's Big 5 game animals: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo. Take in the fantastic views of the park, with several fantastic photo opportunities. After the game drive, stop for a delicious lunch, before embarking on an afternoon boat cruise. During the cruise, sail gracefully down the river and enjoy the spectacular river scenery and up-close views of species such as giraffe, antelope, hippo, and crocodile, as well as a variety of wild birds. After the cruise, be returned to your hotel in Victoria Falls, arriving back at approximately 6:30 PM. Alternatively, pick the half-day tour which is exactly the same to begin with, however, it does not include lunch and the boat cruise. The other option is to upgrade your tour to the extended day tour which is the same as the full-day tour but has an earlier pick up (at 5:30 AM) so you have the chance to watch the sunrise over Victoria Falls National Park. With this option, you will also be able to watch the sunset over Chobe National Park. Both lunch and breakfast are included in the extended tour.

Victoria Falls: 2-Hour Zambezi River Lunch Cruise

8. Victoria Falls: 2-Hour Zambezi River Lunch Cruise

Admire the beautiful Victoria Falls as you cruise along the Zambezi River. Choose a shared or private experience for this 2-hour journey aboard a boat where you will be served a three-course lunch. Relax and enjoy seasonal, fresh food and drinks as you admire panoramic views along the Zambezi River, the fourth-longest river in Africa. Sip on African wines while keeping a look out for elephants, and hippos, and basking in the midday quietness of the river.

From Victoria Falls: Chobe National Park Safari and Cruise

9. From Victoria Falls: Chobe National Park Safari and Cruise

Your tour begins with a pickup from your hotel in Victoria Falls by a professional tour guide who will make the border crossing into Botswana effortless. Arrive at the Kazungula border post for an assisted crossing where another guide will meet you at the Botswana side. Commence to the Chobe River and board a game viewing boat for a momentous wildlife cruise. Look out for animals such as hippos, flamingos, and aquatic birds in their natural habitat. The wildlife cruise will be followed by a hearty buffet lunch at a riverfront restaurant. To finish off an incredible day, take an afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park on a safari vehicle. Your guide will help you spot animals such as elephants, lions, and much more during the adventure. At 4:30 PM, you’ll be safely returned to your hotel in Vitoria Falls via the border crossing at Kazungula.

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What people are saying about Matabeleland North

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We had the most wonderful day with Sam, our guide. The process at the border crossing was easy with their assistance. Everything was well organized and they made special arrangements to collect us at our hotel. Booking communication and regular feedback and updates were provided. Sam was extremely knowledgeable and made the experience 5 star!! He took us to all the best views of the falls and nothing was too much of an ask. We have travelled the world and booking through Cuckoo was the most professional and seamless booking so far.

We had such a wonderful experience with Cuckoo tours on a day trip to Chobe from Livingstone. The border/transport process was all managed by Simon's team and we spent the day in Chobe with Gaba who was an incredible guide through the park. His expertise allowed us to see so many different animals as well as Lions! This trip included a game drive as well as a boat tour on the river. Highly recommend their service!

This trip was amazing, the staff were great and the service was excellent and the food was excellent. We would highly recommend booking this trip. We did get to see some hippos but regretfully nothing else. Nonetheless this trip was 5 star. Thank you.

Incredible experience; noting beats seeing the beautiful falls at sunrise. Mesmerising. Out tour guide was incredibly helpful and knowledgable. Smooth pick up and return home. Highly recommend!

Our guide was very friendly, professional and helpful. I would recommend them any time.