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Zimbabwe Botswana Safari IG5F

Experience the famous Chobe region in a relaxed and fun-filled atmosphere aboard a luxury houseboat, then cross over to exciting Victoria Falls to see one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

3 Nights Chobe River, Namibia
2 Nights Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
6 Days / 5 Nights
Reference: IG-5F
Starts Kasane Airport / Ends Victoria Falls Airport

Total Price 5 nights: US$ 1906 (high season) US$ 1636 (low season)
per person sharing

Destination Chobe River, Botswana and Namibia

Destination Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Safari Overview

This outstanding short safari combines the game rich Chobe River with the magnificent Victoria Falls. Revel in this safari experience at Chobe, probably the most prolific wildlife park in Southern Africa, famous for its vast herds of elephant, lion and leopard sightings. The real attraction and uniqueness of this safari is the accommodation aboard the Chobe Princess luxury houseboat, which is an absolutely perfect platform from where you can relax and savour this incredible wildlife spectacle as it unfolds in front of you.

Accommodation in Victoria Falls is at the well renowned Ilala Lodge - an upmarket and personal, boutique hotel offering great service and a very comfortable stay, only a 5-minute walk from the Falls themselves. You get to see and experience this magnificent waterfall and all the activities that are available from sunset cruises to bungee jumping and everything in between.

Map of safari itinerary from the Chobe River luxury houseboat to Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Inspired Journey Overview

Accommodation
Nights 1, 2 & 3 - Luxury cabin on the Chobe Princess
Nights 4 & 5 - Standard room at Ilala Lodge
 
Transfers Included
Day 1 - Road and Boat Transfer: Kasane Airport to Chobe Princess houseboat – (via Kasane Immigration Office and Namibia Immigration Office on Impalila Island. +/- 1 hr)
Day 4 - Road and Boat Transfer: Chobe Princess houseboat to Ilala Lodge - ( via Kasane Immigration Office, Namibia Immigration office and Kazungula Border. +/- 2hrs)
Day 6 - Road Transfer: Ilala Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport - (30 minutes)
 
Highlights
Superb cabin aboard the luxurious Chobe Princess
Incredible views of the Chobe River and floods plains filled with wildlife
Game viewing by boat, birdwatching, photo safaris, fishing, cultural visit to a Namibian village
Be pampered at the romantic Ilala Lodge, within walking distance of the Victoria Falls entrance
View the spectacular and mighty Victoria Falls
Partake in the multitude of activities available at Victoria Falls from sedate sunset cruises to adrenaline crazy bungee jumping and everything in between (activities not included)




Destination Chobe National Park, Botswana
Day 1 to 3

Chobe National Park

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.

Overnight: Chobe Princess Houseboat

The Chobe Princesses is a luxury safari houseboat that cruises the Chobe River. It is the perfect platform to experience all that the Chobe has to offer with the added benefits of being on the Namibian side of the river.

Quieter, more secluded and personalized, it is ideal for families, couples or groups who wish to enjoy the very best of an African river safari. Whilst on the Chobe Princesses you can cruise around 50kms of the river and overnight in some of the most scenic areas on the Chobe.

The Chobe Princesses have 3x exclusive docking sites within the Chobe National Park. The Chobe Princess 1 has 5x double/twin air-conditioned, en-suite cabins and the Chobe Princesses 2 & 3 have 4x double/twin air-conditioned, en-suite cabins each (tastefully fitted with a modern shower, toilet and hand basin) with large sliding windows with mosquito screens opening onto the water. The elevated entertainment deck provides the guest with an open dining/lounge area where guests can enjoy elevated views of the surrounds. This deck has a refreshing plunge pool as well as a fully stocked kitchen and bar. The Chobe Princesses each have a full time captain on board as well as 4 staff to ensure the guest is well looked after. The on board chef will also provide outstanding meals (catering to specific dietary requirements) for guests.

Activities Include game viewing by tender boat into the Chobe National Park and Caprivi Wetland areas allowing guests to get up close and personal to the outstanding wildlife. Birding is a year round pleasure with over 400 recorded species. Photographic Safaris on our customized photographic safari boat especially designed to provide keen photographers with the perfect platform to get the perfect picture. Fishing in over 100kms of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers for Tiger Fish, Bream and several other fresh water species. High quality equipment (conventional and fly-fishing), knowledgeable guides and excellent tender boats are all available for guests use. Guided Walks are a must on Impalila Island as they will give you an insight into the life of local inhabitants, introduce you to the stark beauty of the area and amaze you with the enormity of the Baobab trees. You can even climb an ancient Baobab tree from where you can see all four countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe) - a truly one-of-a-kind event!

Notes: Day 1, 2 & 3

DAY 1
Upon arrival in Kasane airport you will be met by a representative of the Chobe Princesses and taken to the Kasane Immigration Office which is a short 15-minute drive. After clearing through Botswana customs and immigration a short boat transfer takes you to Impalila Island, which is part of Namibia's Caprivi region, to the immigration office there. After completing border formalities in Namibia you will be transferred up the Chobe River, on the same speed boat to join the Chobe Princess houseboat and to start your incredible river safari.

Once aboard the Princess, she gently cruises upriver to her first night spot and you can relax in the comfort and privacy of your room, or enjoy tea or coffee with snacks, or sundowner drinks on the entertainment deck while taking in the gorgeous view. After sipping on a traditional African safari sundowner, sit down to a three-course evening meal as you’re serenaded to the sounds of hyenas, elephant and perhaps even lion nearby. After dinner, enjoy a coffee and a nightcap before heading to your cabin to round off the day.

DAY 2 & 3
At sunrise, enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee with wholesome rusks and biscuits before departing by tender boat for game viewing or other excursions. After an exciting morning – or even if you've chosen to stay on board and lie in – settle in on the deck for a fresh continental buffet or a hot English breakfast if you prefer. Activities on the houseboat are not scheduled, so you can stay in or go for any of the activities on offer from fishing, cultural tour, game cruise, or birding safari. You will find more information about the activities in the next section.

Activities with Chobe Princess

Water-based game viewing
Staying on board one of the Chobe Princesses is like being on a permanent game viewing vehicle, but with a much higher comfort factor. Situated in the heart of the Chobe region with access to river frontage of the Chobe National Park, we also offer water-based game drives by tender boat, allowing you to experience the enormous diversity and concentration of wildlife up even closer.

Game viewing on the Chobe River is at its most exceptional from March to November when the weather is drier and the animals are more mobile as they search for food and water. Summer and spring also offer unique opportunities though, as you watch the landscape burst into life after the first rains of the season. Catch sight of huge herds of elephant as they swim across the water, as well as buffalo, lion, crocodile, lechwe, puku, giraffe, zebra, sable, kudu and the occasional leopard as they gather to quench their thirst at watering holes. Besides animal life, you’ll also see a huge variety of birdlife and plant life as you listen to the sounds of a hippo grunting and breathe in the sweet smell of African grass.

The Chobe is known as a photographer's paradise and for good reason. The soft early morning light and the sunsets at dusk, combined with striking animal behaviour, make for dramatic and unusual photo opportunities. Before your game viewing excursion, remember to apply sunscreen and wear a hat, as temperatures can reach over 40 degrees centigrade. You should also bring along a jacket for the chillier temperatures in the early mornings and evenings.

Enjoy the ultimate in game viewing safari decadence as you sip on a drink and cruise along the river in one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.

Fishing
No trip to the Chobe is complete without trying your hand at a fishing safari where if you’re lucky, you may even catch a tiger fish. One of the greatest fighting fish in the world, the tiger fish is the most sought after prize of these waters and is known for its ferocious spirit. It's not all about tiger fish though. You may also hook one of the many bream species, African pike, tilapia, catfish or upper Zambezi yellow fish as you explore over 100 kms of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, as well as the winding Kasai Channel and thrilling Chobe and Mambova rapids.

Chobe Princess offer both conventional equipment as well as fly-fishing equipment for the fishing safaris, because the area is renowned worldwide for its fly-fishing. Rods, flies, lures, lines, leaders and reels and all equipment is included in the rate.

Because of our unique location, we offer excellent fishing safaris all year round – from the annual floods starting in March to the feeding frenzies in the winter months. Our highly knowledgeable guides, the tackle and bait we supply as well as well stocked cooler boxes make fishing in Africa an experience to remember. Land an eight pounder or more and earn bragging rights for years to come, as you enjoy a fishing trip that's second to none.

Birding
With over 450 species, a mix of terrains and a dramatic African backdrop, the Chobe River is the perfect setting for a highly rewarding birdwatching safari. Birding season starts in September, when the first migrants arrive, boosting the bird population sometimes by 20% compared to the winter months. From December through to March birdlife on the Chobe is extremely busy and the colourful breeding plumage on display is an extraordinary sight.

Experienced birders and even eager amateurs will delight in spotting distinct birds such as African skimmers, rock pratincoles and the African fin-foot, either through their binoculars or with the naked eye. Having access to your own knowledgeable guide and tender boat lets you spend many hours on your birding safari also viewing cattle egrets, fish eagles, open-billed storks, lesser-striped swallows, pied kingfishers and the striking carmine bee-eater. The slow drift of the tender boat means that you won’t disturb the peaceful silence and can also get up close to the birds and observe their fascinating behaviour.

Sit patiently and absorb the beauty around you and soon you’ll be rewarded with a unique sighting that you’ll want to photograph. Because you’ll have access to the Chobe National Park and the Caprivi wetlands, you’ll get exposure to a wide variety of species you may have never seen before. The distinct sounds of the call of an African fish eagle mingling with the grunt of hippos will stay with you long after your Chobe River bird-watching safari is over.

Photo Safaris
Uninterrupted access to wild animals. Absolute silence. Golden light. The Chobe River is an unforgettable photographic safari destination, and one of the wildlife photographers’ hotspots in Africa. To help you capture that perfect moment, custom-designed photographic safari boats are available on request and cater for 6 clients in individual photographic seats. The boat contains custom-designed swivel chairs that give you greater stability and 360-degree views for a wider range of subject matter. Every seat is equipped with a mounting for resting SLR cameras of all types and you’ll get your own experienced safari guide who’ll help you find that perfect shot.

Bring your own photographic equipment - the optimal lens to bring is an 80 - 400mm zoom. Because this is a water-based safari, you'll be able to take unique shots in a safe environment, being able to view the animals in the Chobe National Park surrounded by that magical golden light Africa is renowned for. Tea and coffee will be offered in the morning during the winter months and soft drinks, local beers and wines will be served in the afternoon. Light snacks are also served during your excursion, providing you with a photographic experience that's also about pure comfort.

Departure times are early morning and late afternoon and the safari takes three hours. Capture your stay with breath-taking photos of the unique African landscape and the wild animals that surround you.

Cultural Tours
One of the best ways to learn more about a country is to experience its culture. A village tour while on board the Zambezi Queen will take you by tender boat to a local Namibian village called Ijambwe, situated on the floodplains of the East Caprivi. Meet village elders and locals and gain a greater understanding of how the inhabitants of this 100-year old village live, including their daily challenges and traditions.

Wear a large sun hat and apply sun lotion, bring a bottle of water with you and wear comfortable shoes. You’ll start by taking a slow, non-strenuous but sandy stroll through the village as you snap a few photographs and meet the Headman of the village as well as his children. The men of the village either fish to provide meals for their families, while the women and younger children perform the chores and produce handmade crafts. Pick up a woven basket, beaded jewellery or a carved wooden animal as a memento from your trip – sales of these crafts empower village inhabitants by helping them earn a living. If you want to give the children of the village gifts, bring along school stationery, books or clothing – all will be highly appreciated. Finally, enjoy a display of traditional dancing and singing at the end and join in the fun!

Guests can also go on a walking tour to a 2000-year-old baobab tree where you'll learn more about the medicinal and spiritual value of Impalila Island’s flora. For our more adventurous guests, if you have the inclination to climb the tree, you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the meeting place of two rivers and four countries.






Destination Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 4 to 6

Victoria Falls

One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine a game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge

The warmest of welcomes awaits you at Ilala Lodge Hotel. A gracefully distinguished ambiance. Attentive yet discrete service that always comes with a smile. The sublime surroundings of this boutique hotel will reawaken your senses while the power of the majestic Victoria Falls renews your spirit.

Relax in luxurious style. Listen to the meditative rhythm of the great Zambezi as you drift off to sleep. As morning comes, gently awake and lift your head to see the spray of the Victoria Falls across the unspoiled horizon – and let your soul sigh.

Feel at ease in the elegant and spacious rooms with African Teak furniture, soft, crisp linen – all en-suite facilities, bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi and a safe. The view from your room looks across the lawns to the Victoria Falls National Park where elephant, warthog, impala or the occasional buffalo might be passing by or simply grazing on the lawn or in the tree line.

Experience new tastes, indulge in unusual flavours and enjoy delectable dishes at our award winning restaurant "The Palm” - dine in view of the spray of the Victoria Falls! Lodge also has a spa, where you can spoil yourself after that long safari!

Notes: Day 4, 5 & 6

DAY 4
Today, you will need to check out and get your transfer to Impalila Island Immigration Office, and then on to Kasane Immigration Office for your border formalities and finally through the Zimbabwe border to Ilala Lodge in Victoria Falls, all told the road transfer is only 80kms. At Ilala Lodge, drop off your bags and take a stroll into town, or the other way to the Victoria Falls Rainforest (all within walking distance). You can have lunch at one of the restaurants in town or at the Rainforest Cafe at the Falls. You can take part in Victoria Falls activities, or relax back at your hotel room, or we recommend a sunset cruise or helicopter flight on this first afternoon. Dinner can either be at the hotel or we can recommend other options in and around town. Although activities are not included in the package price, please let us help you to arrange an itinerary of activities suitable for you. Have a look at these Victoria Falls activities and these discounted packages to see what is on offer.

DAY 5
You have a full day to soak up the wonderful atmosphere of Victoria Falls, it is the adventure capital of Africa and there are activities on offer to cater for everyone’s needs. View the mighty Falls, partake in the many activities on offer or wander around the streets to do a bit of curio shopping, then finish off at a café for refreshments and a bite to eat. Please have a look at the available Victoria Falls Activities and contact us to arrange a suitable itinerary just for you.

DAY 6
Most international flights depart around lunchtime, so there is time on your final morning to do another activity if you wish. Your airport transfer will collect you from Ilala Lodge and take you to Victoria Falls Airport for your departure flight.




Price

Total Price for 5 Nights: US$ 1906 (high season) US$ 1636 (low season)
Per person sharing

Included in this safari

CHOBE PRINCESS HOUSEBOAT
• Accommodation on board the Chobe Princesses
• All meals
• All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee & tea, ciders, beers & house wine throughout your stay on the Chobe Princesses
• Activities: Water-based game viewing; guided fishing; guided bird watching; guided walk on Impalila Island; cultural tour of a local village in Namibia
• All fuel and equipment hire (e.g. fishing rods, lures, etc.)
• All fishing licenses

ILALA LODGE
• Accommodation in a standard room
• Daily breakfast

TRANSFERS
• Road Transfers to & from Kasane Airport to Kasane Immigration Office on the Botswana side of the Chobe River
• Boat transfers between Kasane Immigration Office in Botswana and Namibia Immigration Office
• Boat transfers between Namibia Immigration Office and the Chobe Princess
• Road transfers from Kasane to Ilala Lodge, and to Victoria Falls Airport

Excluded

CHOBE PRINCESSES
• Air tickets and visa costs
• Travel insurance
• Evacuation cover
• Premium and alcoholic beverages such as gin, rum, brandy, whisky, dessert wines & sparkling wines
• A land-based 4x4 game viewing in Botswana's Chobe National Park
• Gratuities

ILALA LODGE
• Other meals and drinks not mentioned
• Activities in Victoria Falls


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