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5 Days River Safari in Victoria Falls

  • Zambezi River, Zimbabwe

Overview

Conservation Safari in Zimbabwe

Get a taste of the wild! This part of the world is bursting with diverse flavors of wilderness and you can transforms these rich ingredients into truly satisfying your soul. Once your feet have walked across her hot savannas, your lungs would be filled with her clean breeze, your skin would soak up her gentle rays of light, and your body would glide through her tranquility. These feelings will surely remain with you forever.

Highlights

  • Zambezi River cruising
  • A tour of the Victorian Falls
  • Game drives and nature walks
  • Interaction with elephant and cheetah
  • Birdwatching and a village tour
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily meals
  • 5 activity days
  • English
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During this safari, you will stay at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge and The Elephant Camp.

Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge

The main lodge is a charming thatched structure, consisting of a lounge, dining room, and bar area. This offers fantastic views of both the river and a nearby waterhole, which attracts game throughout the year. A swimming pool and al fresco eating area nestle under ancient trees. There are no fences to prevent animal movement, so you can expect to see game and wonderful birdlife along the river bank as well as in and around the lodge.

Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge offers exclusive accommodation for only 20 guests in 9 individual stone and thatch lodges with en-suite facilities. Each lodge is beautifully positioned with spacious verandas opening onto sweeping views of the Zambezi River. The rooms are non-air conditioned and come complete with a ceiling fan, shower (in 7 rooms), shower and bath tub (in 2 rooms), universal adapter which fits American and European adapters, tea and coffee station, electronic safe, mosquito nets, and a hammock. These rooms are non-smoking area. There will also be veranda furniture on deck, 2 chairs and 1 side table with ashtray. Daily housekeeping is available.

The Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp offers suite accommodation for 24 guests in 12 tents. All of them are gorge facing and have a private viewing deck, plunge pool, and private lounge area. The suites are equipped with air conditioning and ceiling fans. Each tented suite has a different view and is adorned with an inside and outside shower as well as a bath with a view. A well stocked minibar and tea / coffee stations ensure small comforts for guests whilst in their suite. Daily housekeeping for each tent is available.

During this safari, you will be presented with some activities. When you are at The Elephant Camp, you will meet the Wild Horizons elephants, take some sundowners at the Batoka Gorge Dam, and interact with Sylvester, Cheetah Ambassador. You will also enjoy birdwatching, take a nature walk on the concession and village tour, and then visit the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust.

The Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance and promote environmental conservation in Southern Africa. One of their programs is a wildlife rehabilitation center to provide veterinary care to wildlife that has been injured, orphaned, or abandoned due to human interference, such as poaching, wildlife conflict, vehicles, etc. Their goal is to be able to release every animal that comes in back into the wild.

Day 1

There will be a scheduled road transfer from Victoria Falls Airport (VFA) to Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge. Upon arrival, you will enjoy some scheduled activities and then stay overnight at the lodge.

Day 2

You will go on an early morning game drive. After that, you will have brunch at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge. After your afternoon high tea, you will depart on a river safari and glide through Zambezi River.

Day 3

You will go on morning, afternoon, and night game drives in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. Birdwatching will be exceptional, as birdlife is prolific and varied, ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers.

Day 4

You will be transferred from Imbabala to The Elephant Camp. On the way to the camp, you will enjoy a tour of the Vicctorian Falls. Victoria Falls is now in its 150 millionth fantastic year. It reaches its zenith in about May each year. The sight, the sound, and the smell will make you experience the humbling feeling of Nature's supreme masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality, and nothing will prepare you for your first sight.

You may be taken past the Big Tree where you can stop and take photos. You will be accompanied through the rainforest by one of qualified guides who will give a brief history of the falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird, wildlife, and other points of interest. The guide will be happy to assist you with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular waterfalls. Raincoats will be provided when needed. After that, you will stay overnight at the camp.

Day 5

You will enjoy an elephant interaction at The Elephant Camp before your transfer to Victoria Falls Airport.

This safari will take you to the Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, and their surroundings.

During this safari, you will be served daily meals as well as non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, such as local brand drinks and house wines. You can have lunch including drinks at the Lookout Cafe at an extra cost. At Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge, there will be a relaxed African-style spread at the dining area under the trees, an intimate affair served under the stars, or a bush dinner on the banks of the Zambezi. Menus will feature fresh, seasonal foods, with most of the salad ingredients and vegetables grown organically from their large veggie garden.

Coffee, tea, and rusks will be served before the early morning game drive, and a full brunch on guests return to the lodge. High tea will be served before you depart on your afternoon activity. On return from your exciting game drive or Zambezi cruise, you will freshen up and join them for a delicious dinner around the swimming pool area.

At The Elephant Camp, their chefs will prepare a fine dining experience using fresh seasonal ingredients and herbs grown in the lodge gardens. Traditional African dishes and accompaniments, such as sadza (African-style polenta) and chakalaka (a hot, spicy relish) will further enhance your game lodge experience by giving a taste of the real Africa. Vegetarians, vegans, and various other dietary requirements are readily catered for at The Elephant Camp. You may choose to take your meals at the main lodge, offering sweeping views across the savanna with the spray of the falls as a backdrop.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Day trips to Chobe National Park
  • Fishing
  • Walking safari

You can visit the Imbabala Bush Spa to get a pampering spa treatment to perfectly compliment a day of your game viewing, at an extra cost. A wide variety of treatments will be offered to give you the perfect relaxing time away from it all. The comfortable spa overlooks the Zambezi and has shady trees towering over it, hiding you away from it all.

  • 1 nights' accommodation at The Elephant Camp
  • 3 nights' accommodation at Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge
  • A tour of the Victorian Falls
  • Airport transfers
  • Birdwatching and a village tour
  • Daily meals
  • Game drives and nature walks
  • Laundry and emergency medical evacuation
  • National park and rainforest entry fees
  • Scheduled road transfers
  • Zambezi River cruising
  • Other excursions and additional permits

Arrival by airplane

Upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport (VFA), you will be picked up by Wild Horizons and transferred to your lodge. This pickup is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Neha P

    "Excellent Activity. Rigorous 3-4 hour raft along the Zambezi river covering 19 rapids from Grade 5-1. Fantastic tour guides. Fundis (our lifeguard) was fantastic. Great instruction throughout the raft and great customer service. Highly Recommend."

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  • Review by El Dorado

    "The river had just opened back up for rafting due to high water (May 21 2016). We didn't have enough paddlers so they picked up a couple crew members to paddle with us. The river was wild and fun. We all felt safe with the very knowledgeable and friendly crew. The hike back up the gorge os steep but short enough. The crew was always there to help if needed. I highly recommend this activity with Wild Horizons."

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  • Review by A Guest

    "What a fun adventure!!! We started the day getting detailed instructions then hit the rapids. Hippo was our guide who kept us having a great day. I'm not incredibly fit, but felt comfortable all day. ... except for the walk back up the ravine at the end of the day. I was not ready for that. The staff were amazing though. They stayed with me and ensured I was ok and supported me up the steep incline"

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  • Review by A Guest

    "An absolute must for the bucket list. Stunning experience on one of the great rivers of the world. Exhilaration journey of thrills and spills (literally) through many Rapids up to grade 5. As other people have said you need to be reasonably fit to not only enjoy the rafting but to climb out of the gorge at the end of the journey."

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  • Review by Manj G.

    "Wow - what a rush! well organized and professional. Beautiful views from the adjacent restaurant as well."

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  • Review by Fay O. from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    "Wow this had to be one of the best things I have experienced. It was very exhilarating and such a rush. I would recommend it for anyone not just thrill seekers. We felt safe and the team was very professional."

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  • Review by Jennifer McCarthy from Reno, Nevada

    "I cant lie. I was very afraid, very very afraid. I kept telling myself that they don't want to kill Americans though because it wouldn't be good for tourism :) I went on a tandem zipline with my husband. We are both over 6' tall and not skinny folks. We asked them a few times if there was a weight limit and they assured us we would be just fine. The guy that hooked us up to the line was funny and patient...well patient until he pushed us off the edge. It was so much fun! I would absolutely recommend I to anyone and one day I may go back and do it again myself."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "We had such a great time, and the staff was amazing! The price was very reasonable for what we got in return."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "What an incredible experience! The guides and photographers made our day so great! The paddle was not easy, nor was the steep hill. It certainly made me realize how unfit I am. Don't forget to wear loads of sunscreen and get ready for the time of your life. They are a super company."

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  • Review by a traveler from Edinburgh, UK

    "I had done rafting before, but nothing like this. To raft the Zambezi was a terrific experience and the Wild Horizons team was great. Our expert guide, Colgate, really got the whole raft excited and pumped. I was absolutely knackered by the end of it, but the lunch and beer at the top fixed me right up. It is an absolutely wonderful, definite must do while in Victoria Falls."

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  • Review by David B.

    "I had a great day rafting down the Zambezi. Simon was our captain and he was great, always shouting encouragement and getting us through the rapids. We were a bit slow to get going as a team but Simon got us working together. I suggest wearing long sleeves and long shorts as it is tough to keep sun cream on when you are powering through the rapids. The walk up the hill at the end was tough as the day was exhausting paddling but I think that added to the sense of achievement after. The Wild Horizons team was very professional. They wanted you to have fun and we always felt safe. It can be a little scary when you get knocked out and you go under water but then it is exhilarating getting washed down the Zambezi and having the guys in kayaks to rescue you. Thank you Wild Horizons and Simon."

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Wild Horizons operates tours that range from cultural excursions, wildlife viewing, and ethical wildlife interactions to tailor-made experiences.

Speaks English

Offers starting at --

5 days / 4 nights

Availability

This safari is available from January 1 to December 31, 2017.

FREE cancellation

The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.

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