This package combines the best of The Falls and Chobe River Safari. Both destinations are hugely popular and arguably our best-selling destinations! A definite must for any “Africa Bucket List.”
Day 1: Departure
Just around midday, as the sun reaches its highest point of orbit, your plane will touch down on the gently steaming airport tarmac. A Flame of Africa representative will be on hand to usher you into the magical world of Victoria Falls, an intoxicating mix of fiery falls and wildlife, fine dining and dusty roads begging to be explored.
We will then escort you to your destination, The A’Zambezi River Lodge. The A’Zambezi is the only hotel situated on the banks of the infallible Zambezi River, and as such offers a truly unique accommodation experience. Its serene and tranquil setting provides the ideal escape from everyday stresses and strains as guests are soon enthralled by the surrounding African bush life and winding sensuality of the infallible Zambezi.
At 15h30, you will be conveyed to the mighty Zambezi, where you will board the pontoon to enjoy a two-hour sunset cruise. There is no river that entices and mesmerises quite like this one, and its charm soon draws all who sail on her into an ethereal nether world of fiery sunset colours, African greens revealing the incredible river wildlife, and grey-blue streams of river water. All senses are heightened and delighted, especially when the boat draws close to the legendary spray of the Falls. Please bring a light jersey as well as your camera for the many photographic opportunities aboard. This cruise does include finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits, and soft drinks for added enjoyment.
Dinner will be served at 19h30, you will enjoy a unique dining experience on the wrap around deck at the Amulonga, an award winning, open air restaurant which overlooks the intoxicating waters of the Zambezi. The cuisine on offer is a tasteful mix of modern and African cuisines, offset to the beat of traditional entertainment and performance that enhance the incredible dinner experience.
Breakfast will be served early, to accommodate an 08h00 collection for a two-hour guided tour of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. No photograph or video clip can adequately reveal the reality of these Falls – which reach their zenith toward May every year. Prepare to overwhelm all five senses as you walk along the wet and paved paths, smell the sounds of the cascading water, hear the intermittent calls of the exotic birds as they dart in and out of the vibrant vegetation, tantalising you with flashes of colour. This is truly Nature’s supreme masterpiece and the sheer power of the Falls will inspire and humble every visitor. Look out for the Big Tree, and various points of historic interest pointed out by your Guides, who will also provide fascinating detail of the flora, fauna, bird and wildlife that surround your Vic Falls experience. Raincoats will be provided where needed, and Guides are equipped to assist clients with photographic opportunities along the tour.
From this multi-sensory experience, guests will then be provided with an afternoon of leisure to either relax and enjoy the comforts of their hotel facilities; or engage in the many optional Victoria Falls activities available for tourists.
At 19h00, you will be escorted to the famous, traditional Boma Dinner, a three-hour long experience that will leave you replete and engorged with exotic flavours! Be prepared for far more than an ethnic culinary experience, as the dinner provides guests with a truly cultural experience, beginning with a Shona and Ndebele greeting which invites you to engage in the hand washing ceremony. The meal is preceded by a sampling of potent tribal beer and snacks.
The excellent cuisine includes a variety of game dishes as well as traditional dishes peculiar to the Zimbabwean culture. Each course enjoyed under the spectacular African night sky is enhanced by a feast of unending entertainment which ranges from traditional dancers, to a Sangoma, or storyteller, an expert in local folklore and heritage. You may also opt to have your fortune told by the all-knowing local fortune teller.
Linger in this magical African world awhile before departure and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before preparing for your onward journey. A Flame of Africa representative will be on hand to facilitate the transfer across the border into Botswana and on to Mowana Safari Lodge and Spa. Nestled on the banks of the vast Chobe River, the Lodge effortlessly blends luxury and nature into a sensory delight, offering African comfort at its best with superb hospitality, excellent cuisine, and luxurious accommodation.
At 15h00, you will be collected to embark on the Chobe Sunset Cruise which takes three hours, with completion at 18h00. This cruise is known to be the highlight of the Chobe experience, offering an emotive and visual experience like no other.
The boats are fully equipped to facilitate game viewing into areas that the larger boats are unable to enter. Guests are invited into the wonder of all things great and small resident to the Chobe and enjoy an intimate and personal experience of all that comprises the River’s fascinating habitat. Please be sure to bring your cameras, binoculars, sunscreen and, in the winter season, something warm to cover up. If you have a particular favourite, please do pre order your drinks requests with the boat guide prior to departure.
Dinner will be served at your leisure between 19h00- 22h00 at the Serondela Restaurant. Both local and international cuisine are catered for at the restaurant, buffet style. For those wanting the adventure to extend to their dinner plate, try the African flavours of game dishes, or even the notorious delicacy of Mopane worms.
The more traditional palate has the option of comfort food such as roasts and oxtail stews for order.
It’s an early start at 06h00 for the awesome three-hour experience of the Chobe Game Drive, which runs through The Chobe Game Reserve, an 11 700 km2 wildlife reserve, truly one of Africa’s wildlife gems and one of the greatest game reserves in southern Africa, famous for the number of elephants that reside there. Estimates vary on the elephant population, but what is guaranteed is that you will witness the unforgettable and humbling sight of these vast and majestic herds, sometimes as large as a few hundred, ranging through the reserve. Sightings of predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog are common, so prolific are they, that the area has been called the Galapagos of Africa. In order to ensure your experience is as wonderful as it should be, please pack binoculars, cameras and a windbreaker.
Appetites can be appeased at the Serondela Restaurant with a buffet breakfast served until 10h00. This includes both American and English style dishes as well as fresh fruit and juice.
Prepare for a 11h00 collection to depart on The Chobe Explorer. This full day excursion departs from the Flame of Africa Jetty. The satisfying aroma of freshly brewed coffee and muffins welcome you aboard the triple decker vessel.
The spacious Chobe Explorer offers a restaurant on the ground floor, a lounge with comfortable couches and occasional chairs on the middle floor with an observation deck situated on the top floor. Please note there are full toilet facilities aboard.
Lunch is served aboard at midday and is a traditional braai (barbeque) which includes three meat choices, a variety of salads, traditional stews and side dishes of rice or pap (traditional porridge) as well as dessert. All drinks, except for spirits are available for guests.
Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience of a cruise around the Sedudu Island, rich in game, and steam up the river all the way to Sirendela, without the hassle of any immigration formalities.
The return voyage is a pleasant ending to the journey, with light savoury snacks on offer. Expect to disembark around 18h00
Dinner will be served between 19h00-22h00.
The day will begin once again at 06h00, where you will be able to repeat the incredible and unpredictably variable experience of the Chobe Game Drive. Breakfast will be served on your return until 10h00.
The Raft Lunch will begin at 12h30 onboard the Raft Floating Restaurant. The Chobe River flows seemingly endlessly through the Caprivi flood plains and provides a haven for huge herds of buffalo and elephant as well as zebra, wildebeest and impala, hunted relentlessly by lurking predators.
Lunch is a truly African ‘braai’ experience once again as one floats gently opposite the Sedudu Island. It is truly unsurpassed Chobe game viewing, one of finest ways to experience wild African beauty.
The Sedudu Island proudly flies the Botswana Flag, and offers an abundance of wildlife to complement the prolific game resident on the Island. Its lush green grass draws an endless visitation of large herbivores throughout the year, a wonderful sight indeed. Please note that two local drinks are included in the lunch as there is no cash bar.
Included in the day’s schedule is a 15h00 collection for another incredible experience of the Chobe Sunset Cruise. Dinner at the Serondela will again be served between 19h00-22h00
Day 6: Return
Your Chobe experience ends in an early afternoon flight from Kasane. Conclude the legendary experience with a leisurely breakfast before your airport transfer.
ZIMBABWE– Victoria Falls
At the heart of this tourist mecca, is The Victoria Falls. One of The Seven Natural Wonders of the world. Its pounding waters create the mist that gave rise to its local name, Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders).
This quaint, safe tourist town with its street lined craft and curio stores has played host to decades of travellers (Dr David Livingstone, among its most famous). It is the perfect base for extreme activities like white water rafting, bungee jumping etc. However, the tame of heart is not neglected either, with much on offer; safaris, guided Falls walks, helicopter rides and the list goes on. Little wonder with a rainforest as back drop that this is prolific bird territory, where wild animals roam freely. Step back in time and experience raw creation….
The Chobe River is a tributary of the Zambezi River, the confluence of which is just above the Vic Falls. Close proximity, however, does not result in ‘sameness.’ Indeed, the Chobe reveals a bird and animal sanctuary of such abundance that seeing is, believing.
Here you’ll encounter many hundreds of bird species. It’s a natural stopover point during spring and autumn migrations, an unbelievable sight. Vast animal herds, such as elephant (it’s not uncommon to see 500 to 1000 elephant on the floodplains at a time), buffalo and buck, make for incomparable game viewing. Life on the river and in the adjoining game reserve will capture your imagination quite indelibly.
|Road transfers||Victoria Falls Airport / Hotel / Lodge / Kasane Airport|
|2 nights A’Zambezi River Lodge, Vic Falls||Bed and breakfast basis
1 x Amulonga Dinner
1 x Sunset Cruise (incl. river usage fee, snacks and local drinks)
1 x Guided Tour of the Falls (incl. entrance fee)
1 x Traditional Boma Dinner at Vic Falls Safari Lodge – Incl. transfers
|3 nights Mowana Safari Lodge,
Kasane – Chobe
|Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis
2 x Sunset Cruise – Incl Park Fees, Snacks & Local Drinks
2 x Chobe Game Drive – Incl. Park Fees, Water & Soft Drinks
1 x Chobe Explorer Cruise (full day) – Incl Park Fees, Lunch & Selected Drinks
1 x The Raft Floating Restaurant – Incl. Selected Drinks
- All visas
- INT & Regional Flights & Airport Taxes
- Travel Insurance
- All optional activities
- Meals and drinks not specified
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Unless otherwise stated, national park and river usage fees