Day 1: Livingstone (Maramba River Lodge or similar)
Transfer from the airport to Maramba River Lodge or Zig Zag Guesthouse. Relax the afternoon in the Lodge. Dinner in the Restaurant (own expense).
Overnight in comfortable Safari Tents or rooms with en-suite bathroom. (-/-/-)
Day 2: Chobe N.P. (Botswana)
Pick-up at Maramba River Lodge at 7 am and transfer to the Kazungula Border. After border formalities you will be picked up on the other side of the Zambezi River and transferred to Kasane. There is an opportunity to do any last minute shopping in Kasane, as there are no shops within the Park. A short briefing will follow on some pertinent facts such as safety, and some regional information.
At 09h30 guests board the boat and commence a 3 hour boat cruise into the Chobe National park. The river cruise is considered one of the highlights of the trip, as one gets the opportunity to get up close and personal with fantastic birdlife, hippos, crocodiles, and of course scores of elephant and Cape buffalo that make their way down to the river to quench their thirst. The boat cruise ends at 12h30 where your safari guide will be waiting to join you and then do a game drive into the park, exploring the riverfront en route to Camp. This is the best time to see Chobe’s large herbivores making their way down to the river to drink.
Return to camp shortly after sunset for drinks around the camp fire and dinner. (FB)
Day 3 : Chobe N.P./ River Safari on the upper Zambezi
Guests are woken at dawn with warm water being poured into their basins and a friendly Botswana “dumela” (good day). After a light breakfast, you do a last game drive out of the National Park, to be dropped off in Kasane/Kazungula between 08h30 and 09h00.
You will be picked up at the border and transferred directly to the put-in spot for the overnight river safari trip. After a short briefing by the guide we start the drift down to 'Bovu Island'. Stop on an island for lunch.Take out at around 17h00 at “Bovu Island” in the middle of the Zambezi. The island is still in a very pristine condition and we will do a short walk on the island.
Comfortable Camping on the Island. (FB)
Day 4 : Upper Zambezi River Safari
It is possible to visit a village nearby to experience every day life in Zambia first hand.
After taking down the camp we head out further downstream, passing beautiful islands on the way. Elephants come down to the river to drink. Hippo, Kudu, Impala, Warthog and Bushbuck are common.
Stop on an island for lunch.
Take out in the afternoon on Kubu Cabins Campsite. Camping.
Day 5: Rafting in the Batoka Gorge
After breakfast we only do a short distance on the river before we take out and transfer back to Livingstone.
Transfer to our check-in spot, next to the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. Your guide will give you a complete trip briefing regarding the logistics and the safety of the trip. Your gear for the overnight will be loaded onto our vehicles and transferred to our evening campsite at Rapid #21.
After practicing your paddling and getting used to your guide’s quick commands, you will start rafting from rapid #1 to rapid #21 (25kilometers). Some world class rapids will be tackled on the river
Today: #4 Morning Glory, #5 Stairway to heaven, #6 Devil’s toilet bowl, #7 Gulliver’s travel, #8 Midnight Diner, #11 Overland truck eater, #13 The Mother (preceded by the Three Ugly Sisters!), #15 The Washing machine, #18 Oblivion!! …
At mid-day we will stop below rapid #10 to take a break and have Lunch.
Upon arrival on the beach at rapid #21, the camp will be ready and you will be welcomed by our cook with cold drinks and snacks. Dinner will be served around a camp fire on the beach.
Overnight in tents on the beach.
Day 6 :Whitewater Rafting on the Mighty Zambezi River
Wake up at dawn. Tea, coffee and breakfast will be prepared by our cook.
Today’s rafting section will take you from rapid #21 to Lower Moemba. There are some good Rapids on the way, especially an area famously called ‘The Narrows’…
Get out of the gorge at Lower Moemba and transfer back to Livingstone, passing through a number of traditional villages including Machenje and Mukuni Village. Back in Livingstone in the afternoon.
Overnight in Maramba River Lodge or Zig Zag Lodge. Dinner in the restaurant (own expense). (B/L/-)
Day 7 : Depart back home
Transfer to the Airport or continue with your journey. (B/-/-)
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