5 days

Vic Falls & Chobe Extension

Vic Falls & Chobe Extension

Chobe National Park's river

‘The smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls

Trip rating
  • Search for the Big Five with two nights at Chobe Safari Lodge, and witness the majestic Vic Falls from the Zimbabwean side.

     

    This trip will be discontinued from 01 January, 2015 and replaced with our new Independent Experiences - trip codes PFVFX and PFCHX.

    Why we love it

    • Get to know your fellow travellers over dinner and a traditional performance on your first night. Dine on an array of local meats, which may include warthog, buffalo, crocodile as you are entertained by local song and dance
    • Take your pick of some fantastic optional activities in Victoria Falls, including canoeing, inflatable kayaking along the upper Zambezi , whitewater rafting and game drives or walks in Zambezi National Park
    • Get up close and personal with wildlife in Chobe National Park, with an abundance of birdlife and perhaps a glimpse of the Big 5

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Victoria Falls

    • Upon arrival in Victoria Falls you will be transferred to your lodge. You will have the afternoon free. Take a stroll around town and book any optional activities that you’d like to do while you’re here with local tour operators.
    • What better way to kick off your African adventure than with a superb feast? Tonight you'll share an incredible dinner at the Boma Restaurant. The mouth-watering main course is a buffet of local meats, which may include warthog, buffalo, crocodile, impala and more. Throughout the meal you'll be entertained with local song and dance, where everyone is given an African drum and encouraged to join the party.
    • Please note, if you don’t wish to join in with the drumming you can choose an earlier session for dinner.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Dinner

    Day 2 - Victoria Falls

    • Today your time in Victoria Falls will be free to spend at your leisure, so you can enjoy some of the activities Vic Falls is known for.
    • Optional activities include canoeing, inflatable kayaking along the upper Zambezi, white-water rafting, morning and afternoon game drives or walks in the Zambezi National Park.
    • Or you might choose to enjoy a jaw-dropping helicopter flight over the Falls and the Zambezi Gorges. There are a range of curio and craft shops for those seeking a less vigorous day.
    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Chobe National Park - Kasane

    • This morning you’ll be taken on a guided tour of Victoria Falls. A US$30 entry fee will be payable at the National Park gate which must be paid in cash (These are Zimbabwean Government Regulations. Please try to ensure you have the correct money and that the notes are not issued prior to the year 2006.)
    • Once inside the park, your guide will take you through the falls area, stopping at vantage points along the way to tell you about the history of the falls and its surroundings.
    • After returning from the tour, you’ll check out of the guesthouse. You’ll be collected by the Botswana operators at approximately 10.30am and transferred west along the Zambezi Valley road to Kazangula - a travelling time of about 50 minutes on a sealed road. Here you will complete border formalities and cross into Botswana. Please bring your passport and sufficient US dollars to purchase a new Zimbabwe visa, if necessary, when returning!
    • From there, it’s just a short drive to Chobe Safari Lodge, which is situated on the riverfront outside of the National Park. After settling in and enjoying lunch, there’ll be time to relax until mid-afternoon when you’ll take a game drive in the park.
    • You’ll almost certainly see elephants drinking at the waters' edge – and keep your eyes open for the park’s large herds of buffalo too!
    • You will return to the lodge for dinner just after dusk.
    • Chobe Safari Lodge is a delightful lodge offering various styles of accommodation. We usually use the rondavels - comfortable individual circular thatched units with private facilities and balconies. The lodge is situated on the southern bank of the mighty Chobe River, bordering the national park. Its bar is a great place to enjoy a drink at the end of the day and dinner is often served outside with a smorgasbord of options. The lodge pool is a great place to cool off and relax during the warmer part of the day.
    Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Chobe National Park - Kasane

    • You will have a full day today, including an early morning game drive, relaxation back at the lodge during the heat of the day, and a mid-afternoon boat trip out on the river.
    • The bird life on the river can be truly spectacular with sightings of saddle-billed storks, malachite kingfishers, fish eagles, goliath herons and beautiful bee-eaters. There are good hippopotamus numbers in the river too and, you might even spot a crocodile on the riverbanks - although they are surprisingly shy!
    • Please note that a visit to Chobe National Park itself is not a complete wilderness experience – you'll be sure to see other people, boats and vehicles inside the park, but the beauty of Chobe is that you’re also bound to see wildlife that’s equal to anything anywhere in Africa!
    Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Victoria Falls

    • You’ll enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge before being collected at 8am for a transfer back to either Victoria Falls township or Victoria Falls Airport, where your tour will end on arrival at around 10am.
    • Please do not book a flight departing from Victoria Falls before 12pm. Additional accommodation and transfers can be pre-booked, (at additional costs), if you would like to extend your stay in Victoria Falls.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Return airport transfers
    • Transport
    • Accommodation
    • Game activities and entrance fees (except Victoria Falls National Park)

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Entrance fee to Victoria Falls National Park
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry
    • Optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips

    Safety Information

    It is recommended that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information prior to your departure. Peregrine strongly recommends the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Please leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Most of our hotels will have a safety deposit box, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. A local guide will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and Peregrine makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING CONDITIONS: Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Be aware that traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY: While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    SWIMMING POOLS: You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life guard on duty.

    BALCONIES: Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.

    SEAT BELTS: Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.

  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Vic Falls & Chobe Extension

    Abed - New Zealand, 7 Feb, 2014
    5
    Overall Rating

    I was very impressed with how well organised this was. There were no delays and we had drivers waiting for us at the airport, etc. we stayed at 2 safari lodges. Would have helped if it was stated in the travel dossier that mosquito nets, mosquito repellant and sunscreen were all provided at the lodges. We did safari drives in open sided vehicles and saw lots of animals. Drivers were very friendly and knowledgeable. Would help to state in the travel dossier which are the months of low water flow at Victoria falls. Also during high water flow, it is impossible to view the falls from the ground so travellers need to be told it is better viewed from air so they know to pay extra for helicopter

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PFVC
Start City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
End City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

What to know

The US$30 entrance fee into Victoria Falls National Park needs to be paid in US dollars cash to the national park ticket office on the day of the tour. Please ensure banknotes are not issued before the year 2006.

Extra accommodation can be pre-booked at additional cost.

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