Victoria Falls, Zambia

Multi Activity Adventure

Level

easy -moderate

Duration

6 days

Time to travel

Around the year. Rainy season is from November to March.

The magnificent Victoria Falls are known by the local people as Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means “the smoke which thunders”.  The Falls, which were discovered by David Livingstone in 1885 and named after his Queen, are the result of the mighty Zambezi River which tumbles to a depth of 300 feet over a basalt fault line which is about a mile wide.  They are one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.

Our trip offers a variety of activities which give you the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable and fascinating adventure. You will witness in person the Victoria Falls, known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world; enjoy game viewing safari in Mosi-oa-Tunya National park under the guidance of a local guide; experience a day of abseiling; you will embark on walking safari discovering the wildlife and learning how the ecosystems work; you will experience an exhilarating Gorge swing- the world’s first commercial High Wire. Horse riding adventure and thrilling white water rafting are also on the list.

Facts

Activities: rafting, game drive, horse riding, gorge swing, walking safari, abseiling

  • The national bird of Zambia is the Fish Eagle.
  • Zambia has one of the highest diversities of birdlife in the world with over 743 species recorded to date.
  • Victoria Falls are 2km wide and the Zambezi River drops 100m into the gorge. It is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
  • In 1855 the famous missionary, David Livingstone, went down the Zambezi River and discovered Victoria Falls.
  • The Staple dish in Zambia is a stiff porridge called nshima commonly made from maize or sorghum. You won’t get served this on your raft trip!

ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival Livingstone ( D)

After your arrival at Livingstone International Airport, you will met by a  Rahhalah representative pick you up and transfer you to your Lodge in Livingstone.

Overnight at Green Tree Lodge in Livingstone or similar.

Day 2 Victoria falls tour and afternoon game drive (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you will be picked up and taken to the Victoria Falls for the Falls tour on the Zambian side.

 

 

Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. In more modern terms Victoria Falls is known as the greatest curtain of falling water in the world.

 

Columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge, over a width of nearly two kilometers, into a gorge over one hundred meters below.

 

The wide, basalt cliff over which the falls thunder, transforms the Zambezi from a placid river into a ferocious torrent cutting through a series of dramatic gorges.

Facing the Falls is another sheer wall of basalt, rising to the same height, and capped by mist-soaked rain forest. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor prepared to brave the tremendous spray, with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls.

 

One special vantage point is across the Knife-edge Bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge, Devils Pool and the Lookout Tree, both of which command panoramic views across the Main Falls.

 

In the afternoon, you will go out on a game drive in Mosi–oa-Tunya National Park.

 

The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is situated along the upper Zambezi River. It includes the Victoria Falls and stretches for about 12 kilometres up the Zambezi River above the Falls.

It is only 66 square kilometres, but there are plans to extend the Park further up river. Because the Park is small, it affords a wonderfully relaxing drive alongside the river for much of the circular route, and the wide variety of species can be easily seen. The Park provides a home for numerous antelope species, zebra, giraffe, warthog, and a variety of birds and smaller animals. Elephants cross the Zambezi and freely walk through the Park and the surrounding area.

 

One can take a very pleasant drive around the Park in a couple of hours and all the animal species should be seen at close quarters. Since there are no predators in the Park, the animals are very relaxed and afford some excellent photo opportunities.

After the game drive, you will be taken back to the Lodge

Overnight at Green Tree Lodge in Livingstone or similar.

Day 3 Abseiling (B, L, D)

After breakfast on this day, you will be picked up and go for a full day of abseiling:

The helmeted client is attached to the main rope and safety rope from their harness. Then s/he is gently lowered over the platform. Slowly the rope is let out as the client makes their way down the rock face. Clients improve with each attempt and they can go down as often as time allows.

 

On reaching the base of the gorge the client has the choice of walking out or being hauled back up. The walk up has been designed as an integral part of the day’s activities. A gentle slope with plenty of rest stops has been chosen. It is a pretty walk, especially when all the trees are in leaf during the wetter summer season from November to March.

Later on be taken back to the Lodge.

Overnight at Green Tree Lodge in Livingstone or similar

Day 4 Walking safari and Gorge swing(B, L, D)

After breakfast, you will be picked up and taken to Mosi-oa-Tunya for walking safari – this activity will be led by a qualified and experienced walking safari guide.

If you have only seen animals from a vehicle and longed to get out, then walking safari  is an amazing experience; it’s exhilarating to the point of addiction.

 

You don’t need to be especially fit for a Zambia walking safari: these aren’t route marches or endurance tests. Instead they’re about taking time to spot the signs of the wildlife and learn how the ecosystems work. The distances covered depend on the wildlife that you find and the interests of the walkers, but two to five miles (3–8km) would be typical. You’ll stop frequently for your guide to educate, enlighten and often entertain you with tales of the bush around you.

 

On a Zambia walking safari in, the ground underfoot is always uneven, so sensible shoes or light boots are ideal. You need to carry your camera and binoculars, and ideally you should wear natural, muted colours and a hat.

 

Later on you will be taken to a restaurant somewhere within the city of Livingstone so that you can have lunch.

In the afternoon, you will go for Gorge Swing:

 

This is the world’s first commercial High Wire. A cable is spanned across the gorge 135m long and 75m above the ground. A full body harness is attached securely from your back to the cable and you take a running dive off the edge of the cliff and soar across the deep gorge like a bird in flight.

 

These activities are operated on a spectacular site above rapid number 7. You will freefall for about 50 metres before swinging out into the middle of the gorge. After several pendulum swings you will then be lowered to the ground where you can take a track back up to the top of the gorge. This can also be done as a tandem. You can purchase the DVD or photos of your jump once you have finished.

Overnight at Green Tree Lodge in Livingstone  or similar.

Day 5 Horse riding adventure/White water rafting (B, L, D)

After breakfast at Green Tree Lodge, you will be taken for a 2-hour horse riding adventure.

Horses used are a mixture of Boerperd, THB, THB crosses and Warmbloods. All the horses have been personally selected by the owners of the Horse Riding Company for their confirmation, paces and temperament to work in the African Bush. Whilst not on safari the horses are classically schooled with simple dressage movements to ensure that they are light in the hand and responsive to the leg.

After lunch, you will enjoy white water rafting which will take the whole afternoon.

Considered one of the best stretches of commercially run river in the world, Batoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its twenty three whitewater rapids and striking scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller-coaster ride along a route carved over millenia by the Great Zambezi.

 

The rapids are run in large rubber rafts launched from just below the Falls. When the river is high, from March to July, only the last 13 rapids can be attempted. As the water subsides, from June to February, all 23 are navigable.

Later in the day, you will be taken back to the Lodge

Overnight at Green Tree Lodge in Livingstone

Day 6 Departure (B)

After breakfast on this day, you will be picked up by a driver from Green Tree Lodge who will transfer you to Livingstone Airport where you will catch an international flight out of Zambia

2,163 USD

per person in a group of min 2 pax. Double occupancy

Trip Dates

12th May 2017 & 7th July 2017

NOTES

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • This cost is valid till 15th December, 2017
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior the departure.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change

THIS INCLUDES

  • Transfer from Livingstone airport to the Lodge
  • 5 nights’ accommodation at Standard Accommodation- Green Tree Lodge or similar. Double occupancy
  • Breakfast daily
  • Lunch and Dinners as described
  •  Tour of the Victoria Falls Activity on the Zambian Side
  •  White Water Rafting Activity ( group activity)
  •  Game Drive Safari Activity
  • Walking Safari Activity
  •  Full Day Abseiling Activity
  •  Single Gorge Swing Activity
  • 2 hours Horse Riding

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare to Livingstone
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Single supplement
  • Activities which are not listed above
  • Beverages
  • Meals not specified above
  • Items of a personal nature

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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