Revel in the natural drama of the Victoria Falls before a safari in the Chobe National Park.
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Once you’ve arrived in Johannesburg and have cleared customs and immigration, you’ll find a representative from African Sky welcoming you to South Africa. After completing a few formalities you’ll be escorted to the appropriate departure terminal where you’ll board a regional flight to Livingstone in Zambia. Livingstone was established in 1905 by the British South Africa Company and bears the name of the famous missionary-explorer Sir David Livingstone. The Livingstone Museum still houses the largest collection of his letters and journals and bears testament to the legacy of this legendary man, who spent more than half his life in Africa. He was devoted to the exploration of the continent and the plight of its peoples, who were at the time still brutally exploited by slave traders. A glimpse of the mist rising above the thundering Victoria Falls is followed by check-in at the lodge. The late afternoon is spent at leisure.
Your morning is devoted to visiting the falls section of the ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park’. That local name translates in English to ‘the smoke that thunders’ and has been commonly used in the area for many hundreds of years. The sanctuary affords incredible views in all directions. A walk across the knife-edge bridge with the Falls thundering into the chasm below is sure to be an exciting prospect. During peak flow, the mist rising above the falls can be seen from as far as sixty kilometers away. At the falls entrance, there is also an extensive African curio market, and guests may take some time to view the different arts and crafts on display before returning to their accommodations. Once you’ve returned you’ll have the opportunity to freshen up, enjoy your lodge’s amenities or otherwise catch an afternoon nap. Some folks prefer to be on the go all day and book additional activities, easily arranged at lodge reception. During the late afternoon, you’ll be met and transferred to a local jetty where the remainder of your day will be spent enjoying a tranquil sunset cruise on the African Queen, on Africa’s fourth-largest river, the mighty Zambezi. Drinks and snacks are served on the riverboat, and on a good day, you might see a pod of hippos or an elephant or two. After a spectacular African sunset, you’ll be returned to your overnight accommodations, where the remainder of your evening may be spent at leisure.
After breakfast you’ll be met and transferred by road through the Zambezi National Park to the border with Botswana. Once customs and immigration formalities are completed you’ll be transferred to the village of Kasane where you’ll be welcomed and assisted in boarding the five-star Zambezi Queen riverboat. Unlike a land-based lodge in the park, the Zambezi Queen navigates roughly fifteen miles of the Chobe River, allowing guests to explore different vantage points and enjoy unparalleled game viewing. In fact, the banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent - estimated at approximately 120,000. The Park is also home to a large number of buffalo, leopard, and lion, along with a variety of antelope and abundant birdlife. Your stay aboard the Zambezi Queen is inclusive of accommodation and all meals, soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, beer and wine, water-based game viewing and birdwatching on smaller ‘tender boats’, a land-based cultural tour of a local village, tiger and bream fishing in season, and all other associated fees.
A morning safari in an open 4x4 vehicle will bring guests in contact with the largest concentration of elephant on the African continent, as well as hippo, buffalo, puku, antelope, lion and other mammals that gather along the banks of the Chobe River. A game viewing cruise is conducted on the Chobe River during the late afternoon. This activity offers one a unique vantage point from which to enjoy wildlife coming to the water's edge for a drink. Elephant will often be found cooling down in the river or swimming across to gain access to desired vegetation on the many small islands in this lush area.
Take in the last glimpse of this spectacular stretch of Africa before breakfast and your transfer to Livingstone Airport. From Livingstone, guests will depart for O.R. Tambo in Johannesburg where they will be met on arrival and transferred to any location of their choice in either Johannesburg or Pretoria after their memorable safari in Botswana.
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