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Chobe National Park: Day Trip with River Cruise

1. Chobe National Park: Day Trip with River Cruise

Spend a full day immersed in nature with a cruise on the Chobe River followed by a game drive in the world-famous Chobe National Park. Only 1 hour away from Livingstone, the Chobe National Park in Botswana is home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa.   The tour departs from Livingstone, where you’ll be picked up from your lodge or hotel for a transfer to the border. Your Botswanan guide will meet you after immigration procedures and take you first to the cruise on the Chobe River. This breathtaking river is famous for its rich elephant and lion population, so keep your eyes peeled to spot the wildlife in the water and along the banks. Enjoy a fresh buffet lunch with several options at a beautiful lodge situated on the riverbank.   Then, switch to a game drive in the National Park. Your open-sided vehicle will allow you to see 360-degrees around you and at great distances over the safari, which is populated with elephants, Cape buffalo, lions, antelopes, and more. Refreshments will be served throughout the tour to keep you cool. After a full day of experiencing the beauty of African nature, you’ll be dropped off back at your accommodations.

Victoria Falls: Night Game Drive and 3-Course Bush Dinner

2. Victoria Falls: Night Game Drive and 3-Course Bush Dinner

Game viewing at night by spotlight offers a whole new experience in Victoria Falls that most tourists don’t get to see. Your journey begins with being picked up from your hotel at around 4:00 PM. You’ll be taken to a private reserve located approximately 7 miles from the center of town, here you will enjoy a late afternoon game drive until sunset. Meander in an open, well-kitted 4X4 vehicle through a changing landscape of scenic basalt plains, to the Kalahari sands, and teak forests of the Nakavango Private Game Reserve. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will share fascinating facts about the African bush, along with their experiences of living here. At sunset, you will stopover at a splendid vantage point to enjoy some drinks and snacks, stretch your legs and chat about the afternoon’s adventures with fellow travelers. At dusk, the spotlight comes out to give you the opportunity of seeing what happens at night in the African bush. The guided safari will take you through the natural African bush where you might spot species such as lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalos, leopards, jackals, hyenas, civets, servals, genets, night apes, honey badgers and more. This is the time to observe active predators and their constantly alert prey. If you are very lucky you might spot a lion on the prowl under the cover of darkness.  After approximately 1.5 hours, depending on the time of year, your guide will bring you back to a traditional open-air enclosure for a lovely dinner under the stars. The 3-course BBQ meal is complemented by wine, cold beer and light refreshments. Relish the atmosphere as you listen to wildlife calls and see the animals come to drink at the waterhole nearby. It’s one of the finest experiences, sitting outside under the star-studded African night sky, relaxing around an open fire with a delicious meal, a couple of drinks and good company. Your driver will drop you back to your hotel once the group is ready at around 10:00 PM.

From Kasane: Victoria Falls Day Trip

3. 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: Scenic Microlight Flight

4. Victoria Falls: Scenic Microlight Flight

Take an incredible microlight flight over the Zambezi River and admire the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding National Parks. Keep your eyes peeled for a host of exciting game sightings, and shortly after takeoff, enjoy breathtaking views as you circle over the magnificent Victoria Falls. Choose between a 15-minute flight or a 30-minute flight. The shorter version is an exhilarating flight over the Victoria Falls, the islands near the Falls and thundering Zambezi River. Gaze in awe at the breathtaking views of the Falls and the spectacular gorge that the Zambezi River has carved into the surrounding landscape over many thousands of years. The longer version flies along the Zambezi River, circling the Victoria Falls and flying over the Mosi oa Tunya National Park. End the experience with a low-level swoop over the National Park to spot wildlife and birds. After your flight, the microlight will land and drop you off back where you started from.

Livingstone Quad Biking: 60-Minute Eco Trail

5. Livingstone Quad Biking: 60-Minute Eco Trail

Hop onto the back of a quad and see awesome panoramic views and wildlife. Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with friends or family under the supervision of a qualified guide. This 60-minute eco trail tour is an exciting fun-filled ride through the African Bush over humps, through ditches, around bends and down hills. The chance of meeting wild animals along the way adds to the thrill of the trail. These ultimate adventure vehicles allow both the novice and experienced rider to explore the area at their own leisurely pace. Discover the spectacular landscapes surrounding Livingstone and the Batoka Gorge on all-terrain quad bikes. These ultimate adventure vehicles allow both novice and experienced riders to explore the area at their own leisurely pace. Under the supervision of a qualified guide, enjoy stunning panoramic views and wildlife sightings with friends and family.

From Victoria Falls: Hwange National Park Day Trip & Safari

6. From Victoria Falls: Hwange National Park Day Trip & Safari

Going on a day trip to the esteemed Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe affords tourists the unique opportunity of visiting one of the most diverse and vast wildlife parks in the world. The journey begins at your hotel in Victoria Falls town, from where you will be picked up for a sunrise departure. Your minibus will make its way to the Hwange National Park, which is located approximately 2 hours away from the hotel. Upon arrival at the Painted Dog Centre, you will be welcomed by a professional guide, who will tell you all about the Painted Dogs as you interact with them.  Your knowledgeable and experienced guide will then take you on an unforgettable two-and-a-half-hour-long game drive within the Hwange National Park in a comfortable, open-back vehicle. Next, you will be treated to a delectable lunch at the renowned Hwange Safari Lodge, where you can enjoy the tastes and smells of traditional Zimbabwean cuisine. After lunch, you may relax at the swimming pool.  As the suns heat cools most animals head for the water holes which allows us a great opportunity to see multiple species when taken on your second Game Drive. It has been noted that the best Game Viewing is when the sun sets and is a spectacular way to see Zimbabwe's unique wildlife. You will be transferred back to your hotel in Victoria falls, getting back at approximately 18:00.

From Livingstone: Victoria Falls River Safari

7. 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.

Chobe: 2-Day Mobile Camping Safari

8. Chobe: 2-Day Mobile Camping Safari

Combine a visit to Chobe National Park with an exploration of Chobe River on this 2-day camping safari for the perfect budget wildlife experience.   You’ll be picked up from your hotel and make your way through Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park. Explore the wildlife of Chobe on a riverboat, offering spectacular views of the river and grassland flood plains. This will be followed by a 4x4 game drive safari where you can see the large concentrations of animals who will be grazing and drinking water. Admire the spectacular sunset over the fields for a perfect end to the day.   Spend the night in a tented camp in the wilderness of the Chobe National Park. Your cook will prepare typical “bush cuisine” on open fires for dinner.   The second day will be full of more game drives and wildlife explorations. All game drives will take place in 4x4 safari vehicles with local Botswanan guides who will offer their excellent knowledge of the area. At the end of the second day, you’ll make your way back to Victoria Falls and Livingstone where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

Victoria Falls: 1 Hour Scenic Quad Bike Adventure

9. Victoria Falls: 1 Hour Scenic Quad Bike Adventure

Embark on a one hour quad bike adventure through the stunning landscapes of Victoria Falls. Under the watchful eye of an experienced guide, ride across various terrains to a selection of idyllic view points. Highlights of the tour include a visit to the Big Tree, a 1500-year-old baobab, and a drive alongside the vibrant Zambezi River where you can admire an abundance of African wildlife. Along the way, learn about African ecosystems and heritage, while soaking up breathtaking views of the landscapes that surround you.

From Livingstone: Victoria Falls Day Trip

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Matabeleland North

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 15 reviews

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.

It was amazing to go on the cruise. it was fairly empty so a few of us had the entire boat. The staff were simply superb and the canapés were equally good. Looking forward to visiting Vic Falls again and going on the cruise again.

Velmi příjemná a obohacující plavba po Zambezi, výborná atmosféra, spousta informací, skvělé občerstvení. Viděli jsme z poměrně velké blízkosti mnoho zvířat i ptáků, průvodci byli velmi vstřícní.

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