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On Safari in Victoria Falls

10days from
£3,149*per person

Overview

SAFARIS, SUNSETS & SUNDOWNERS

Follow in the footsteps of the explorer David Livingstone as you venture through veils of mist along the paths that fringe the mighty Victoria Falls. From the base of a charming, thatched lodge, watch traditional performances by the flickering of a fire, set off on guided nature walks to bird hides and observe vultures flocking to a feeding. Journey into the Zambezi National Park and cruise along its river while the sun dapples the banks, teeming with wildlife, before dipping beyond the bushland. Ramble around the elephant-rich Chobe National Park in Botswana and rejig your itinerary with inspiring optional excursions.

Itinerary

  • Fly from the UK overnight to Victoria Falls.
  • You’ll land at Victoria Falls Airport, meet your tour manager, and be transferred for about 30 minutes to the beautiful Lokuthala Lodge in the heart of the bush. Unpack and tuck into a tapas-style lunch before exploring the grounds and perhaps musing over a refreshment by the pool. In the evening, dinner will be served at the lodge’s award-winning restaurant MaKuwa-Kuwa, which looks out over a waterhole, teeming with wildlife.
  • After breakfast, you have an exciting excursion on your itinerary – a tour of Victoria Falls. This resort town is set on the southern bank of the Zambezi River at the western end of the Victoria Falls themselves. Discovered in 1855 by the Scottish missionary and famous explorer David Livingstone, the falls were named after Queen Victoria, and are one of the largest in the world. Your guide will highlight points of interest, and with luck, you’ll catch sight of a rainbow stretching across the steamy veils. Lining the side of the powerful falls are national parks, brimming with wildlife, including the ‘Big Five’. Stroll along a forested path to soak up the views before enjoying lunch at the Lookout Café, with its unrivalled location on the banks. Those who want to observe the falls from above can join a once-in-a-lifetime optional helicopter flight, ‘The flight of the angels’, where you’ll circuit the national parks, falls, and Zambezi River below. You’ll return later in the day to unwind and have dinner at the on-site restaurant.
  • Fuel up on breakfast and then go on a safari in the Zambezi National Park, which is positioned upstream from Victoria Falls. Fronted by the mighty Zambezi River, this sprawling spread of savanna and mopane forests is home to an astounding array of wildlife. As you’re driven deep into the foliage, keep your eyes peeled for elephants, lions, buffalo, leopards, and Zimbabwe’s national animal, the sable. The river will possibly provide sights of hippos, wading through the murky waters or crocodiles lurking below. The park is also a bird lovers’ haven given that it has seen the presence of 400 species. After you’ve watched the sunset back at the lodge, with a sundowner in hand, you’ll be led to the boma for a dinner and drum show. While you feast on a four-course dinner of local dishes, some fresh off the barbeque, an energetic dance performance, with drumming and traditional storytelling will take place in front of a roaring fire.
  • Once you’ve had breakfast, you’ll switch up the dusty roads for the calm waters of the Chobe River on a morning cruise, which will provide a perfect opportunity to identify wildlife. You’ll then travel in a 4X4 open-air vehicle into Chobe National Park, located in northern Botswana near the Okavango Delta. Here, you’ll be able to spot herds of elephants given it has the largest population in the whole of Africa. Buffalos and lions are also likely to be seen, as well as kudu, waterbuck, and impala, meandering across the banks of the river. The park is a top-notch birdwatching paradise too, with over 450 species Return to the lodge later in the day and enjoy another dinner at the restaurant.
  • This morning, after breakfast, you can choose to take it easy or join an optional safari in the Zambezi National Park, hopefully ticking any remaining sightings off your list. You’ll have the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the scenery from the privacy of your balcony, take advantage of the swimming pool or book a treatment at the spa. A sunset cruise along the Zambezi River is an ideal way to conclude the day, and you’ll board a five-star vessel, with three viewing decks to choose from. Sip on a refreshment while sailing and watch as the sky transforms into a patchwork of pretty colours. Experience excellent sightings of wildlife on the riverbanks, encompassing pods of hippos, elephants, crocodiles, giraffes, baboons, monkeys, and exotic birds. In the evening, you’ll be driven back to the hotel for dinner.
  • Arise and have breakfast before deciding if you want to join another optional Zambezi National Park safari. At 1pm, you can witness the sight of hundreds of vultures feeding on leftover scraps in front of the lodge. This activity begins with a briefing on the deck below the lodge about the ecological importance of vultures and then you’ll be led down to a hide to see them feeding. The rest of the day is free to further explore the quirky town of Victoria Falls at your own pace or you can partake in any of the lodge’s additional activities before dinner. In the evening, it’s also possible to join a final, optional safari into the Zambezi National Park to see the nocturnal animals in their element.
  • It’s your last full day in the bush, and you can make the most of it by going on a guided nature walk to the lodge’s bird hide. Sit and survey the area, looking out for shrikes, doves, kingfishers, and guinea fowl, along with bushbuck and warthog. Embrace an afternoon of free time to enjoy the lodge and the bush setting, and in the evening, join your fellow travellers for a special farewell dinner.  
  • Enjoy your final breakfast at the lodge before being transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
  • Today, you’ll touchdown in the UK after your spectacular African adventure.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Set off on a tour of the spectacular Victoria Falls and the surrounding area
  • View the falls from above with an optional once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride
  • Journey across the Zambezi River during a sunset cruise with a drink in hand
  • Enjoy a special boma dinner and traditional performance by firelight
  • Add optional morning and evening Zambezi National Park safaris to your itinerary
  • Venture for the day into Chobe National Park on safari and spot elephants from a morning cruise along the Chobe River
  • Observe hundreds of vultures feeding at the front of the lodge
  • Experience a guided nature walk to the lodge’s bird hide

Our Price Includes

  • Seven nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the cosy three-star Lokuthala Lodges, plus two nights on an airplane
  • Seven breakfasts, three lunches and seven dinners
  • Tour of Victoria Falls
  • Morning safari in Zambezi National Park
  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, including drinks
  • Morning Chobe River cruise and full-day Chobe National Park safari
  • Vulture culture experience at Lokuthala Lodge
  • A guided nature walk to the lodge’s bird hide
  • Morning safari in Zambezi National Park
  • Return flights from the UK to Zimbabwe
  • Return airport-to-hotel transfers
  • Accompanied by friendly and experienced local representatives
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Accommodation

Lokuthula Lodges, Zimbabwe -

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Scattered across bushland and perched on a plateau looking out over the Zambezi National Park in Victoria Falls, 31 thatched, air-conditioned two/three-bedroom chalets make up this charming lodge.

Facilities & Amenities
In the centre of the lodge, an outdoor swimming pool, a paddling pool, and a bar, ideal for sundowners, can be found. Set within the garden and ringed by trees, the Boma Caf'e is where breakfast is served every morning. The Boma area provides an authentic African dining experience under the stars, complete with a live drum and dancing show. There is also a communal lounge with a TV, a spa, a children's playground, a volleyball court, an on-site waterhole, and two hides for discreetly watching the local animals and birds. Wi-Fi is available at the reception.
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Other Information

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Passports and Visas

For British citizens, a Kaza Unvisa is required to obtain entry to Zimbabwe and Zambia and can be used for entry into Botswana. This can be obtained upon arrival in Victoria Falls (or Livingstone) at a cost of 50 US dollars per person (subject to change). This must be paid for in cash - ensure you have the correct amount handy in US$ when you arrive. The visa is valid for up to 30 days.  

Holiday code

N2387

Holiday provided by Newmarket Holidays

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: fully flexible booking policy, covid-19 cancellation cover insurance as standard and 100% protection with ABTA & ATOL. This holiday is sold and operated by Newmarket Holidays (ABTOT 5509, ATOL 2325, ABTA V7812), you can be 100% sure that your money is safe.

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