8 Day mighty Zambezi experience

8 Day mighty Zambezi experience

Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level: Beginner
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Fitness level: Beginner
  • Duration: > 1 week
  • Cancellation policy: 
    moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    You will be picked up at your accommodation anywhere in the Victoria Falls area
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Enjoy the finest white-water rafting in the world combined with the stark beauty of the Batoka Gorge.

This epic trip begins with an exploration of the basalt cliffs and pools under the Victoria Falls. You'll then raft from rapid #1 through to the stunning camp site below rapid #10. This 9km of whitewater is some of the most intense on the planet. Grade 5 rapids include The Stairway to Heaven and Gulliver’s Travels.

The second day is a little more relaxed, but watch out for The Mother and Oblivion! You'll raft all the way through to rapid #26. The final full day on the river is a highlight for whitewater enthusiasts, from Rapid #26, the Batoka gorge continuously changes its character and the gorge opens out at one point to rolling hills before closing up again as you approach the scenic Moemba Falls.

Highlights include the forbidding Grade 5 rapid known as Open Season, Chimamba and the Grade 5 Upper Moemba Falls.

You'll camp the third night between Upper Moemba Falls and the stunning Lower Moemba Falls. This beautiful campsite allows you to discover both the Falls and the wilderness.

After the final night of camping you'll take a helicopter ride out of the Gorge and get an amazing birds eye view of Victoria Falls, locally named the Flight of the Angels! You'll spend the rest of the day and night at leisure at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa.

Offers

1
8.5 days and 8 nights: 2 people sharing

Safpar participates in Pack for a Purpose!
Small Space, Little Effort, Big Impact! Help Pack for a Purpose make a difference around the world by using available space in your luggage to provide supplies to the communities you visit. For more information on Packing for a Purpose in Livingstone, please visit packforapurpose.org.

Activity dates:
• 3rd – 11th September
• 17th – 25th September

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Livingstone, Zambia
- Arrival
- Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

Please check with your nearest Zambian Embassy or Consulate whether you are eligible to pay for a multiple-entry visa on arrival.

Welcome to Livingstone! You will be met on arrival and transferred to your first accommodation stop - the 4,5* David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, this is a beautifully appointed thatched lodge that oozes charm and is set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, named after the intrepid traveller, David Livingstone. The lodge is 3km upriver from the Victoria Falls and is located within a National Park – watch out for the resident monkeys and a semi-resident wild hippo in the pond by the bar! Stay in a standard room with dinner and breakfast included and unlimited WI-FI. Beverages here will be for your own account. Relax, take in the views and you'll be meet at 4:00pm for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River – drinks and snacks are included on this two hour cruise, so put your feet up, look out for wildlife and get your first taste of our local beer, Mosi! This evening you'll have dinner at the on-site Kalai Restaurant and enjoy the sounds and sights of Africa.

Accommodation: The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: The Best of Livingstone and Victoria Falls
- Livingstone Island Tour and the Devils Pool Swim
- Tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe)
- Visit to local arts and craft market
- Speedboat Ride, Elephant Interaction and High Tea at The Elephant Café

Please check with your nearest Zimbabwe Embassy or Consulate whether you are eligible to pay for a single-entry visa on arrival for a trip to Zimbabwe today.

Today will start with a splash! Look forward to a dip in one of the most infamous swimming pools in the world – The Devils Pool! This is a natural rockpool formed on the edge of the mighty Victoria Falls located on Livingstone Island. Dr David Livingstone himself was paddled in a dugout canoe through the swift rapids towards the roar and rising cloud of mist suspended above a cliff over which the whole of the mile-wide Zambezi River plunged. The ‘Makoro’ (canoe) paddlers skilfully landed him on ‘Goat Island’ (now known as Livingstone Island) right on the lip of the chasm. A few steps through the small rainforest on 16thNovember 1855, he gazed upon one of the most spectacular sights in the world – ‘Mosi-o-Tunya’ (the smoke that thunders) which he named in honour of his Queen – The Victoria Falls. After a quick tour of Livingstone Island and a swim in the Devils Pool, you'll head over to Zimbabwe to see The Victoria Falls, 354 feet high over a mile-wide cliff forming the world’s largest curtain of waterfall. In high water, around 550 million litres of water fall over the lip every minute. Surrounding the falls is a luscious rainforest, sustained year round by spray created by the thundering falls. There are plant species here which are rarely seen elsewhere in the country – your guide will tell you how the Falls were formed, local customs and traditions which surround the Falls and will end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre (Keep small USD change handy!) before having lunch. Later in the afternoon you'll jump on a speedboat from The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa and whizz up the Zambezi River to The Elephant Cafe, passing hippos and crocodiles on the way and be met on arrival by a magnificent herd of rescue elephants. Experience an unforgettable close encounter with these gentle giants and sit on the beautiful wooden deck at The Elephant Café for some tea and tasty bites. This unique restaurant famously includes wild edibles in the food – it won the Best New Restaurant in Zambia for 2016. Tonight before dinner, you'll meet your guides, receive your dry bags and discuss the next few days in detail. Rest well and look forward to the next few days on the Zambezi!

Accommodation: The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3: White water rafting expedition begins: Rafting rapids #1 – #10
- Explore under Victoria Falls
- White Water Raft rapids #1 – #10
- Rapid Highlights: The section of river today is famous around the world for its spectacular white water, the highlights of the day being rapid #5, known as the Stairway to Heaven and rapid #7 known as Gulliver’s travels, both are grade 5, very different to each other and challenging in different ways.
- Camp at rapid # 10 on a beautiful white beach under the African Stars

A good day for an adventure! After a quick breakfast, pack your dry bag and your guide will lock all your valuables away before your safety briefing and equipment introduction starts. Then you'll be on your way! After a walk down into the Batoka Gorge, your epic journey starts at the base of the Victoria Falls - you'll explore the basalt cliffs and pools underneath the Falls. This experience is guaranteed to be another highlight of the trip - visited by few people, the base of these magnificent Falls will undoubtedly one of the most dramatic spots you will encounter. After a light lunch, it'll be time for you to meet the Mighty Zambezi River. The 10 rapids you encounter for the day will be fun, but also be challenging! The experienced crew are there to see you through some of the most intense white-water on the planet, you will be tested by Class 3-5 Rapids with names such as Morning Glory, Stairway to Heaven, The Devils Toilet Bowl and the Mighty Muncher before the second portage of the day around the Class 6 Rapid 9 Commercial Suicide – watch the kayakers take on one of the biggest waves on any River!

Tonight you'll arrive at your ready-made campsite on a beautiful white, sandy beach. Just relax, enjoy the spectacular view, celebrate an awesome day on the River and look up at the majestic African starlit sky. The Batoka Gorge is all yours tonight!

Accommodation: Zambezi Campsite at Rapid 10 on a full-board basis. (No premium brands are included)

Day 4: White Water Rafting Expedition continues rafting rapids #11 - # 26
- White Water Raft Rapids #11 – # 26
- Rapid highlights, slightly more relaxed than the previous day, you'll paddle approximately 18km down to camp. However don’t be too relaxed, highlights today include a continuous section of white water incorporating rapids #12 A, B and C and rapid #13, collectively known at the Three Ugly Sisters and the Mother. Other rapids include the Washing Machine and the world famous Oblivion.
- Camp at Rapid 26

After you awake to the sound of the soaring fish eagle, your guide will make you a delicious cooked breakfast. You'll have plenty of coffee and pack up the camp leaving only footprints behind. The section of the Zambezi River encountered today is a little less challenging than Day 1. Or is it? Meet the Three Ugly Sisters closely followed by the Washing Machine, Terminator 1 and 2 and the world-famous Rapid 18 Oblivion. It is certainly the most photographed in the world and results in more flips than any other on the planet. It’s the ultimate rapid in many ways. Very runnable, with three waves, the third of which during the month of October when run in the middle will either flip most rafts or surf them, sometimes both. After the days’ excitement, you'll reach your second night’s campsite at Rapid 26 – tonight your only decision will be whether to use your tent or fall asleep on the beach beneath the stars for yet another unforgettable evening in the Batoka Gorge. 

Accommodation: Zambezi Campsite at Rapid 10 on a full-board basis. (No premium brands are included)

Day 5: White Water Rafting Expedition continues rafting to Moemba Falls   
- Lower Moemba Falls
- Rapid highlights: The geology of the gorge changes as you leave your camp at rapid #26 also known as Closed Season. Some long straights of flat water are broken up with spectacular and diverse rapids, the highlights being Open season, the Narrows 1, 2 & 3, Chamamba Falls and Upper Moemba Falls.
- Camp at Moemba Falls

Let’s get ready for a final day of adventure to your last destination - the stunning Lower Moemba Falls. You will encounter some of the Zambezi's best rapids today 16 in total including, Open Season, The Narrows, Chamamba Falls, and Upper Moemba. As the gorge opens up today you may get the chance to glimpse at some wildlife, such as crocodiles and klipspringers plus a vast array of birdlife. When you reach Moemba Falls, take time to explore this remote area and soak up the last night of the Zambezi camping experience.

Accommodation: Zambezi Campsite at Moemba Falls on a Full-Board basis. (local, beer, wine and spirits included)

Day 6: Flight of Angels
- Take a 20 minute helicopter ride out of the Batoka Gorge
- 1.5hr massage at The Spa & Wellness Centre
- Afternoon/evening at leisure

Goodbye Zambezi! This morning you'll leave the Batoka Gorge in true style. Jump aboard a helicopter for a 20 minute flight including the breath-taking ‘Flight of the Angels’ over Victoria Falls. You'll check back into the 4,5* David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa and take the rest of the day at leisure for some well-earned rest & relaxation! After 3 nights on the Zambezi, take advantage of a 1.5hr signature massage at the award-wining Spa & Wellness Centre on-site at the accommodation, using both a hot & cold compress with a traditional Zambian massage technique called ‘ukuchina’ for those aching muscles – well done, you made it! What an achievement!

Accommodation: The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7: Chobe safari, Botswana
- Overnight in Botswana for a Chobe Safari experience – famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo.
- Chobe River Safari
- Big 5 sightings and over 460 species of bird!

Please check with your nearest Botswana Embassy or Consulate whether you are eligible to pay for a single-entry visa on arrival.

After a good night’s rest and sleep-in, you'll leave Livingstone mid-morning for an hour’s road-trip to Botswana, once you exit Zambia – you'll board a speed boat for a short river crossing ‘where four countries meet’. Welcome to Botswana! You'll be staying at Bakwena Lodge – a 4,5* eco-luxury retreat on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana. Bakwena, from Setswana meaning ‘people of the crocodile’ (one of the largest tribes in Botswana) embraces the surrounding culture and country as inspiration for its style and hospitality. The staff are members of the local villages and form part of our responsible tourism initiative through investing in the local communities. The personal touch of owner-manager’s, Adam and Jen, can be felt on arrival and once you’ve unwound and settled in, chill out in the main entertainment area with its lounge, restaurant and Rain Tree bar overlooking the river, or to cool off in their unique eco-swimming pool. This afternoon, you'll go for a river safari on the Chobe River – the ultimate safari experience which boasts Africa’s Big Five and the world’s largest elephant population. The game cruise on the Chobe River brings you close to brilliant bird life, pods of watering hippos, primeval crocodiles and elephants, breath-taking in their sheer number. Not all sightings are guaranteed!

Accommodation: Bakwena Safari Lodge on a Full-Board basis (local beer, wine and spirits included)

Day 8: Croquet, anyone?
- Safari Drive in Chobe National Park
- Overnight at the 5* River Club
- Afternoon tea and croquet

This morning’s land-based safari heads deeper into the Chobe National Park to spot the elusive big cats that make Chobe their home. After breakfast, you'll check-out and bid Botswana farewell or “tsamayasentle!” Today you'll be transported back in time to the elegant 5* River Club – an enchanting oasis located a short distance from Livingstone where a ‘spot of croquet’ or boules are a daily requisite with afternoon tea. The private and spacious suites are individually set within magnificent trees on the edge of the Zambezi River, overlooking the Zambezi National Park. All rooms are west-facing and take advantage of the spectacular African sunsets. The lodge is set on a 50-acre secure property with manicured lawns and a magnificent rim-flow swimming pool and hammocks overlooking pods of resident hippo. Your stay includes accommodation in a River Suite with lunch on arrival, afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast, with local drinks and wine during lunch & dinner, laundry, unlimited Wi-Fi and a sundowner cruise with bar. Enjoy the time as you please!

Accommodation: The River Club on a Full-Board basis. (local beer, wine and spirits included)

Day 9: Bye & fly

This morning, you'll have coffee overlooking the Zambezi and soak it all in. Your departure transfer leaves The River Club at approximately 11.00am in time for your flight from Livingstone Airport.

Special terms

Insurance
All clients are covered by Special Emergency Services (a private paramedic service based in Livingstone) through Safari Par Excellence; however, this only covers them for emergency evacuation in life threatening situations. It does not cover hospitalization and medication. Travel and medical insurance is compulsory for all clients at your own expense/arrangement.

Visas – Zambia
USA/Canadian Passport Holders are eligible to get a visa on arrival in Zambia. The Multiple-Entry Zambian Visa is USD 80.00 per person, Single-Entry Zambian Visa is USD 50.00 per person. This information is subject to change – please check with your nearest Zambia Consulate or Embassy.

Do not forget to bring
  • Sleeping bag
  • Zambia Visa
  • Swimwear
  • Light quick-drying shirt and long pants for sun protection
  • Personal toiletries
  • Torch
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Water bottle with clip to attach to raft
  • Water shoes
  • Hat and sunglasses with a strap
  • Sunscreen
  • Go-Pro/waterproof camera equipment (at your own risk)
  • Personal medications you may require
Sport level:Beginner
Duration:> 1 week
Minimum Age:minimum 18 y/o
Meeting point:
You will be picked up at your accommodation anywhere in the Victoria Falls area
Included:
  • Skilled, professional guides
  • Waterproof dry bags to hold your gear for the trip
  • Two-person tents on a shared basis
  • Thermarest-style mattresses
  • Personal flotation device (PFD)
  • Highest quality inflatable rafts and related equipment
  • Transfers from and to Livingstone Airport on scheduled arrival and departure dates
  • All park fees and necessary permits
Excluded:
  • Insurance of any kind, including travel and mandatory evacuation insurance
  • Video/DVD/ Photographs
2
8.5 days and 8 nights: single person

Safpar participates in Pack for a Purpose!
Small Space, Little Effort, Big Impact! Help Pack for a Purpose make a difference around the world by using available space in your luggage to provide supplies to the communities you visit. For more information on Packing for a Purpose in Livingstone, please visit packforapurpose.org.

Activity dates:
• 3rd – 11th September
• 17th – 25th September

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Livingstone, Zambia
- Arrival
- Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River

Please check with your nearest Zambian Embassy or Consulate whether you are eligible to pay for a multiple-entry visa on arrival.

Welcome to Livingstone! You will be met on arrival and transferred to your first accommodation stop - the 4,5* David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, this is a beautifully appointed thatched lodge that oozes charm and is set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, named after the intrepid traveller, David Livingstone. The lodge is 3km upriver from the Victoria Falls and is located within a National Park – watch out for the resident monkeys and a semi-resident wild hippo in the pond by the bar! Stay in a standard room with dinner and breakfast included and unlimited WI-FI. Beverages here will be for your own account. Relax, take in the views and you'll be meet at 4:00pm for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River – drinks and snacks are included on this two hour cruise, so put your feet up, look out for wildlife and get your first taste of our local beer, Mosi! This evening you'll have dinner at the on-site Kalai Restaurant and enjoy the sounds and sights of Africa.

Accommodation: The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2: The Best of Livingstone and Victoria Falls
- Livingstone Island Tour and the Devils Pool Swim
- Tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe)
- Visit to local arts and craft market
- Speedboat Ride, Elephant Interaction and High Tea at The Elephant Café

Please check with your nearest Zimbabwe Embassy or Consulate whether you are eligible to pay for a single-entry visa on arrival for a trip to Zimbabwe today.

Today will start with a splash! Look forward to a dip in one of the most infamous swimming pools in the world – The Devils Pool! This is a natural rockpool formed on the edge of the mighty Victoria Falls located on Livingstone Island. Dr David Livingstone himself was paddled in a dugout canoe through the swift rapids towards the roar and rising cloud of mist suspended above a cliff over which the whole of the mile-wide Zambezi River plunged. The ‘Makoro’ (canoe) paddlers skilfully landed him on ‘Goat Island’ (now known as Livingstone Island) right on the lip of the chasm. A few steps through the small rainforest on 16thNovember 1855, he gazed upon one of the most spectacular sights in the world – ‘Mosi-o-Tunya’ (the smoke that thunders) which he named in honour of his Queen – The Victoria Falls. After a quick tour of Livingstone Island and a swim in the Devils Pool, you'll head over to Zimbabwe to see The Victoria Falls, 354 feet high over a mile-wide cliff forming the world’s largest curtain of waterfall. In high water, around 550 million litres of water fall over the lip every minute. Surrounding the falls is a luscious rainforest, sustained year round by spray created by the thundering falls. There are plant species here which are rarely seen elsewhere in the country – your guide will tell you how the Falls were formed, local customs and traditions which surround the Falls and will end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre (Keep small USD change handy!) before having lunch. Later in the afternoon you'll jump on a speedboat from The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa and whizz up the Zambezi River to The Elephant Cafe, passing hippos and crocodiles on the way and be met on arrival by a magnificent herd of rescue elephants. Experience an unforgettable close encounter with these gentle giants and sit on the beautiful wooden deck at The Elephant Café for some tea and tasty bites. This unique restaurant famously includes wild edibles in the food – it won the Best New Restaurant in Zambia for 2016. Tonight before dinner, you'll meet your guides, receive your dry bags and discuss the next few days in detail. Rest well and look forward to the next few days on the Zambezi!

Accommodation: The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3: White water rafting expedition begins: Rafting rapids #1 – #10
- Explore under Victoria Falls
- White Water Raft rapids #1 – #10
- Rapid Highlights: The section of river today is famous around the world for its spectacular white water, the highlights of the day being rapid #5, known as the Stairway to Heaven and rapid #7 known as Gulliver’s travels, both are grade 5, very different to each other and challenging in different ways.
- Camp at rapid # 10 on a beautiful white beach under the African Stars

A good day for an adventure! After a quick breakfast, pack your dry bag and your guide will lock all your valuables away before your safety briefing and equipment introduction starts. Then you'll be on your way! After a walk down into the Batoka Gorge, your epic journey starts at the base of the Victoria Falls - you'll explore the basalt cliffs and pools underneath the Falls. This experience is guaranteed to be another highlight of the trip - visited by few people, the base of these magnificent Falls will undoubtedly one of the most dramatic spots you will encounter. After a light lunch, it'll be time for you to meet the Mighty Zambezi River. The 10 rapids you encounter for the day will be fun, but also be challenging! The experienced crew are there to see you through some of the most intense white-water on the planet, you will be tested by Class 3-5 Rapids with names such as Morning Glory, Stairway to Heaven, The Devils Toilet Bowl and the Mighty Muncher before the second portage of the day around the Class 6 Rapid 9 Commercial Suicide – watch the kayakers take on one of the biggest waves on any River!

Tonight you'll arrive at your ready-made campsite on a beautiful white, sandy beach. Just relax, enjoy the spectacular view, celebrate an awesome day on the River and look up at the majestic African starlit sky. The Batoka Gorge is all yours tonight!

Accommodation: Zambezi Campsite at Rapid 10 on a full-board basis. (No premium brands are included)

Day 4: White Water Rafting Expedition continues rafting rapids #11 - # 26
- White Water Raft Rapids #11 – # 26
- Rapid highlights, slightly more relaxed than the previous day, you'll paddle approximately 18km down to camp. However don’t be too relaxed, highlights today include a continuous section of white water incorporating rapids #12 A, B and C and rapid #13, collectively known at the Three Ugly Sisters and the Mother. Other rapids include the Washing Machine and the world famous Oblivion.
- Camp at Rapid 26

After you awake to the sound of the soaring fish eagle, your guide will make you a delicious cooked breakfast. You'll have plenty of coffee and pack up the camp leaving only footprints behind. The section of the Zambezi River encountered today is a little less challenging than Day 1. Or is it? Meet the Three Ugly Sisters closely followed by the Washing Machine, Terminator 1 and 2 and the world-famous Rapid 18 Oblivion. It is certainly the most photographed in the world and results in more flips than any other on the planet. It’s the ultimate rapid in many ways. Very runnable, with three waves, the third of which during the month of October when run in the middle will either flip most rafts or surf them, sometimes both. After the days’ excitement, you'll reach your second night’s campsite at Rapid 26 – tonight your only decision will be whether to use your tent or fall asleep on the beach beneath the stars for yet another unforgettable evening in the Batoka Gorge. 

Accommodation: Zambezi Campsite at Rapid 10 on a full-board basis. (No premium brands are included)

Day 5: White Water Rafting Expedition continues rafting to Moemba Falls   
- Lower Moemba Falls
- Rapid highlights: The geology of the gorge changes as you leave your camp at rapid #26 also known as Closed Season. Some long straights of flat water are broken up with spectacular and diverse rapids, the highlights being Open season, the Narrows 1, 2 & 3, Chamamba Falls and Upper Moemba Falls.
- Camp at Moemba Falls

Let’s get ready for a final day of adventure to your last destination - the stunning Lower Moemba Falls. You will encounter some of the Zambezi's best rapids today 16 in total including, Open Season, The Narrows, Chamamba Falls, and Upper Moemba. As the gorge opens up today you may get the chance to glimpse at some wildlife, such as crocodiles and klipspringers plus a vast array of birdlife. When you reach Moemba Falls, take time to explore this remote area and soak up the last night of the Zambezi camping experience.

Accommodation: Zambezi Campsite at Moemba Falls on a Full-Board basis. (local, beer, wine and spirits included)

Day 6: Flight of Angels
- Take a 20 minute helicopter ride out of the Batoka Gorge
- 1.5hr massage at The Spa & Wellness Centre
- Afternoon/evening at leisure

Goodbye Zambezi! This morning you'll leave the Batoka Gorge in true style. Jump aboard a helicopter for a 20 minute flight including the breath-taking ‘Flight of the Angels’ over Victoria Falls. You'll check back into the 4,5* David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa and take the rest of the day at leisure for some well-earned rest & relaxation! After 3 nights on the Zambezi, take advantage of a 1.5hr signature massage at the award-wining Spa & Wellness Centre on-site at the accommodation, using both a hot & cold compress with a traditional Zambian massage technique called ‘ukuchina’ for those aching muscles – well done, you made it! What an achievement!

Accommodation: The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7: Chobe safari, Botswana
- Overnight in Botswana for a Chobe Safari experience – famous for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo.
- Chobe River Safari
- Big 5 sightings and over 460 species of bird!

Please check with your nearest Botswana Embassy or Consulate whether you are eligible to pay for a single-entry visa on arrival.

After a good night’s rest and sleep-in, you'll leave Livingstone mid-morning for an hour’s road-trip to Botswana, once you exit Zambia – you'll board a speed boat for a short river crossing ‘where four countries meet’. Welcome to Botswana! You'll be staying at Bakwena Lodge – a 4,5* eco-luxury retreat on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana. Bakwena, from Setswana meaning ‘people of the crocodile’ (one of the largest tribes in Botswana) embraces the surrounding culture and country as inspiration for its style and hospitality. The staff are members of the local villages and form part of our responsible tourism initiative through investing in the local communities. The personal touch of owner-manager’s, Adam and Jen, can be felt on arrival and once you’ve unwound and settled in, chill out in the main entertainment area with its lounge, restaurant and Rain Tree bar overlooking the river, or to cool off in their unique eco-swimming pool. This afternoon, you'll go for a river safari on the Chobe River – the ultimate safari experience which boasts Africa’s Big Five and the world’s largest elephant population. The game cruise on the Chobe River brings you close to brilliant bird life, pods of watering hippos, primeval crocodiles and elephants, breath-taking in their sheer number. Not all sightings are guaranteed!

Accommodation: Bakwena Safari Lodge on a Full-Board basis (local beer, wine and spirits included)

Day 8: Croquet, anyone?
- Safari Drive in Chobe National Park
- Overnight at the 5* River Club
- Afternoon tea and croquet

This morning’s land-based safari heads deeper into the Chobe National Park to spot the elusive big cats that make Chobe their home. After breakfast, you'll check-out and bid Botswana farewell or “tsamayasentle!” Today you'll be transported back in time to the elegant 5* River Club – an enchanting oasis located a short distance from Livingstone where a ‘spot of croquet’ or boules are a daily requisite with afternoon tea. The private and spacious suites are individually set within magnificent trees on the edge of the Zambezi River, overlooking the Zambezi National Park. All rooms are west-facing and take advantage of the spectacular African sunsets. The lodge is set on a 50-acre secure property with manicured lawns and a magnificent rim-flow swimming pool and hammocks overlooking pods of resident hippo. Your stay includes accommodation in a River Suite with lunch on arrival, afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast, with local drinks and wine during lunch & dinner, laundry, unlimited Wi-Fi and a sundowner cruise with bar. Enjoy the time as you please!

Accommodation: The River Club on a Full-Board basis. (local beer, wine and spirits included)

Day 9: Bye & fly

This morning, you'll have coffee overlooking the Zambezi and soak it all in. Your departure transfer leaves The River Club at approximately 11.00am in time for your flight from Livingstone Airport.

Special terms

Insurance
All clients are covered by Special Emergency Services (a private paramedic service based in Livingstone) through Safari Par Excellence; however, this only covers them for emergency evacuation in life threatening situations. It does not cover hospitalization and medication. Travel and medical insurance is compulsory for all clients at your own expense/arrangement.

Visas – Zambia
USA/Canadian Passport Holders are eligible to get a visa on arrival in Zambia. The Multiple-Entry Zambian Visa is USD 80.00 per person, Single-Entry Zambian Visa is USD 50.00 per person. This information is subject to change – please check with your nearest Zambia Consulate or Embassy.

Park/River Fee

10 USD

Do not forget to bring
  • Sleeping bag
  • Zambia Visa
  • Swimwear
  • Light quick-drying shirt and long pants for sun protection
  • Personal toiletries
  • Torch
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Water bottle with clip to attach to raft
  • Water shoes
  • Hat and sunglasses with a strap
  • Sunscreen
  • Go-Pro/waterproof camera equipment (at your own risk)
  • Personal medications you may require
Sport level:Beginner
Duration:> 1 week
Minimum Age:minimum 18 y/o
Meeting point:
You will be picked up at your accommodation anywhere in the Victoria Falls area
Included:
  • Skilled, professional guides
  • Waterproof dry bags to hold your gear for the trip
  • Two-person tents on a shared basis
  • Thermarest-style mattresses
  • Personal flotation device (PFD)
  • Highest quality inflatable rafts and related equipment
  • Transfers from and to Livingstone Airport on scheduled arrival and departure dates
  • All park fees and necessary permits
Excluded:
  • Insurance of any kind, including travel and mandatory evacuation insurance
  • Video/DVD/ Photographs

Meeting point

You will be picked up at your accommodation anywhere in the Victoria Falls area Get directions
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