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The profusion of wildlife at Chobe National Park makes it one of Africa’s true highlights. This brief adventure is sure to deliver many thrilling sightings of the elephants, big cats and 450-odd species of colourful birdlife who call this park home. Between game drives, enjoy a swim or a drink at your comfortable lodge.

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short packages that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, depart daily and offer the back-up of Peregrine, our local offices and expert resident guides.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Botswana, Zimbabwe
Physical rating
Trip rating
2 reviews
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why you'll love this trip

  • Witness great herds of the world's largest elephants close-up as they enjoy a drink and play on the edge of the Chobe River.

  • Stay in a lodge in a prime position overlooking the Chobe River, and escape the afternoon heat with a relaxing swim in the pool.

  • Embark on game drives with the experience and expertise of a local lodge-based guide.

  • Great numbers of ungulate animals are attracted by the riverfont in Chobe National Park – experience the large lion prides that follow in their wake.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although this is an Independent Experience, your game drives within the Chobe National Park will be by necessity shared game drives. Other guests from the lodge will accompany you.

  • Our Independent Experiences have been designed for just one to three people, departing every day of the week for most Experiences. You can mix and match to create your perfect trip combination, then we’ll arrange the transport between each experience for you. You will have local guides at most destinations and activities. It’s independent travel without the stress.


This Independent Experience begins at Victoria Falls airport, where on arrival you’ll be met by a Peregrine representative and transferred to Kasane, just on the outskirts of Chobe National Park. Please ensure your flight arrives no later than 1 pm. You’ll travel west along the Zambezi Valley road to Kazangula, where 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 located on the bank of the Chobe River just outside of the National Park (total driving time approximately 2-3 hours). After settling in and enjoying lunch, there will 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. Accommodation at Chobe Safari Lodge is usually in rondavels – comfortable individual circular thatched units with private facilities and balconies. The lodge 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 also the perfect place to wash off the heat off the day or safari dust.
  • Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chobe National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Your game drive within Chobe National Park will be a shared game drive. You will be accompanied by other guests of the lodge.
Today is a full day of wildlife exploration. You’ll begin with a morning game drive to see the animals at their most active, followed by some time back at the lodge for relaxation during the hottest part of the day. Then, in the late afternoon, you’ll take a boat trip out on the Chobe River. Chobe National Park is archetypal big-game county, where huge herds of buffalo and elephants are matched by the size of the lion prides. An estimated 70,000 Kalahari elephants roam the park and are the largest known subspecies of elephant in the world by size. You may also see zebra, impala, wildebeest and giraffe. 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. Elephants will often congregate to drink and play in the river, and there are good hippopotamus numbers too. You might even spot a crocodile on the riverbanks – although they are surprisingly shy. Tonight return to the lodge for your final evening and perhaps enjoy a drink as you look out over the waters of the Chobe River.

Notes: A visit to Chobe National Park itself is not a complete wilderness experience – you're 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. Your game drive and boat tour within Chobe National Park will be shared activities. You will be accompanied by other guests of the lodge.
  • Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chobe National Park - River Safari Cruise
  • Chobe National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning 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 (approximately 2-3 hours driving). Additional accommodation and transfers can be pre-booked (at additional costs) if you would like to extend your stay in Victoria Falls.

Notes: Please do not book a flight departing from Victoria Falls before 12pm.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


Open 4WD vehicles, Private vehicle


Safari lodge (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Chobe National Park - Open Safari Vehicle Game Drive
  • Chobe National Park - River Safari Cruise

Dates & availability - 2021 season

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Important notes

Please note that lodge based activities on your Independent Experience will be on a join in basis. This means that these activities may be shared with other guests at the property.

Return airport transfers are included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel.

Please arrive into Vic Falls or Livingstone Airport prior to 1:30pm. Please do not book your departure flight out of Victoria Falls before midday.

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