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Chobe Extended Day Trip from Victoria Falls

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Livingstone, Zambia
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icon15 hours  (Approx.)
Small group
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Maximize your chances of viewing wildlife in Chobe National Park on this full-day excursion from Victoria Falls. Take a safari through the park and cruise down the Chobe River with a guide for the opportunity to see native wildlife like big cats and tropical birds in their natural habitat.
  • Drive through Zambezi National Park at sunrise to see nocturnal animals in their natural environment
  • Learn more about the local wildlife on a morning game safari drive
  • 3-hour cruise down the Chobe River
  • Breakfast, lunch, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Zambia or Zimbabwe included
Begin your day trip to Chobe National Park with pickup from your Victoria Falls hotel in Zambia or Zimbabwe prior to 5 a.m. The early morning departure ensures the best opportunities for viewing big cats and other nocturnal animals during the hourlong drive to the border through Zambezi National Park.

Upon arrival at Chobe National Park at roughly 6:30 a.m., embark on a game drive through the park. Your guide will help you spot native wildlife, including game cats, in their natural environment.

Eat lunch at the Chobe Safari Lodge around noon, and then enjoy free time relaxing in the shade before a 3-hour boat cruise on the Chobe River. Look out for birds and other wildlife throughout the cruise, which ends with a view of the sunset over the river.

Return to your Victoria Falls hotel in Zambia or Zimbabwe by about 8 p.m.

Please note: A minimum of four people per booking is required.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Chobe National Park
This is a full-day game viewing safari in the Chobe National Park with a difference. Because you are picked up earlier, this is the choicest time to encounter some of the big cats and nocturnal animals on the 1-hour drive to the border through the Zambezi National Park. You will be at the Chobe National Park`s gate slightly before 6:30am to start the day with half-day game drive in the park. This is the best time to see big cats, as they will still be active and hunting. The drive will continue until your break for lunch about noon. Lunch will be at the Chobe Safari Lodge (served buffet style) and after lunch, you will have some time to relax before the afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River. This is a 3-hour cruise starting in the afternoon and ending about sunset. The cruise affords a chance to encounter many types of birds and other wildlife as they visit the river for a last drink of the day, and of course, the African sunset from your boat on river. You will be at the Zimbabwe border around 7:00pm for the 45 mile (70km) transfer to your Victoria Falls hotel. Again, this is a great time to see the cats of the Zambezi National Park, as they will be out and hunting. You will be back to your hotel around 8:00pm.
Duration: 15 hours 
Admission Ticket Free

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Perfect day!
TxJasmine
, Aug 2019
The tour couldn't have been any better. We were a family of 4 including 2 young adult children, and we were the only ones. So it was really nice having a private tour. Webster picked us up very early and we drove to the border where we transferred to the safari jeep. Border crossing easy since we had the Kaza visa as we were staying in Zimbabwe. Then drove to the park and had a wonderful morning seeing lots of different animals including some antelope that are rarely seen. We even had a nice breakfast stop in the park at a picnic area with more food than we could eat. After the long morning game drive, we went to town for a buffet lunch. Afterwards, we had the boat cruise where we saw many animals, including elephants crossing the river. We stayed on the boat and watched the sunset. Then the drive back to the border where Webster met us to take us back to the hotel. It was a very long day, but so incredibly worth it. Highly recommend the extended day tour which gives you a lot more time to see the different types of wildlife.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thanks a billion times for the review, no one could have said it better. Thanks again
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Well worth it
, Jul 2018
The experience was completely worth it. The drivers and guides were all very nice and knowledgeable. The safari guide was very accommodating to requests enabling us to see a lot of game. The River Guide was also very helpful with spotting animals and positioning us for good photos.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Great words, thank you. We look forward to seeing some of your friends at Victoria Falls
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Our Safari
lizgdean
, Jul 2018
We had a fantastic time! It’s a very full day- guides are fabulous and we saw SO many animals! It was absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anyone!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you so much for recommending this tour. We are really happy to note that you did enjoy the extended day tour experience
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This is a wonderful tour that...
Mary P
, May 2018
This is a wonderful tour that combines a land portion and a boat portion. Both guides were excellent and maneuvered the jeep and boat so that we could get a better view of the animals. Definitely TAKE THIS TOUR!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you, I am sure all will definitely take this tour per your advice. Thanks again
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Recommend this tour to anyone. Half...
Jeanette P
, Oct 2017
Recommend this tour to anyone. Half a day in a safari truck after a transfer from Zambia thru Botswana border. Easy as! Great setting with all the water if the Chobe River. Saw the main wildlife including Lions. Great buffet lunch at Chobe Lodge and then a boat trip to view the wildlife from water!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you for this great review, see you soon at the falls
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First let me say that the tour...
Michael B
, Sep 2017
First let me say that the tour operators were great - Webster with DK Tours in Victoria Falls was very helpful and because of our experience on this trip we booked another activity with him, and Maobi was a good guide in Chobe. My rating is more related to the activities on the trip - they were okay, but not awe inspiring like other locations we visited. The game drive was done nicely, with a tea/coffee break in the middle, and our guide Maobi was quite knowledgeable. Unfortunately we were not very impressed by the animal viewing, although we kinda cheated on this trip by going to Kenya before Victoria Falls. If we had not seen vast numbers of animals at Amboseli and Maasai Mara just before this day trip we probably would have been much more impressed. If you haven't been on another safari recently you would probably like Chobe just fine. In Chobe we saw lots of elephants including quite a few family herds with cute little babies, lots of impalas, lots of hippos, lots of cape buffalo, giraffes, zebras, water bucks, and crocodiles and I'm sure I'm missing a few other animals. There were also a lot of guinea fowl, several fish eagles, and lots of other birds. The river cruise was not really a cruise, but more a short jaunt from one grounding to the next to look at animals on the island or mainland. I was quite surprised how close we got to the animals - within 2 meters of a couple of crocodiles, about 1 meter from a water monitor, and 3-4 meters from some elephants and buffaloes. We prefer to observe the animals in their natural habitat as much as possible, so practically running into animals just felt wrong to us. The boat motor kept dying - partly because it seemed to be poorly maintained and mostly because we kept running in very shallow mud. We would sit at one location for quite a while after everyone was done viewing or taking pictures of whatever animal/bird we pulled up to. Our impression is that the guide had to waste time because the actual area covered on the cruise is quite small - at times this got a little annoying. Also, there were about 30 boats all doing the same thing, and we were often touching or being pushed by other boats. Then we made a mad dash along the Zambia side of the river so we could get back around the island to watch the sunset, which was the best part of the trip.
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The trip itself was absolutely...
Daniel K
, Sep 2017
The trip itself was absolutely amazing! The organisation was fine, but not perfect: The trip includes hotel pickup, but I was never asked to provide which hotel we were staying at. Two days before the trip, I wrote an email to DK Tours and Safaris to ask if all is fine and tell them which hotel, but never got a reply in addition, it was very hard to find an actual email address for them on their partly broken and outdated website. Finally, the receptionist in my hotel managed to contact the operator and confirm the pickup, so all went well. Also, it was a bit annoying that visa fees may apply in addition, which are quite expensive for Zimbabwe - so this has to be taken into account beforehand. But this is mentioned in the description of the trip, so no hidden surprise.
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Chobe Game Reserve itself is worth...
Michael W
, Aug 2017
Chobe Game Reserve itself is worth visiting, it has a varied terrain from low bush, savannah plains, and the Chobe river with an amazing number of animals on an island in the river. We spent the morning driving and saw lots of elephants, buffalo, fantastic bird life, and some zebra. We also saw a six foot black mamba. In the afternoon we went on a small boat on the Chobe river which pulled up close to the island in the river, where we had a close up view of elephants, including a group with a small calf swimming across the river. We saw many crocs, several buffalo, and lechwe on the island too. Lunch at the Chobe Game Lodge was a plentiful buffet, but it was surprising to see the dresert crawling with bees. The trip back to Zimbabwe was a bit hair raising because we were delayed at the border which was filthy, poorly maintained, and we felt gouged as Canadians, as we were charged 75.00 cash for single entry visas, and other folk with us on the trip were not charged at all. We would recommend that visitors stay in Botswana and enjoy Chobe, and not go from Zimbabwe. It was a tiring trip lasting 16 hours, but our guides were friendly and professional.
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This was an amazing trip. We saw a...
stokkerman
, Jul 2017
This was an amazing trip. We saw a hyena at night on the way there and a southern African wildcat on the way back. In the park we saw lions, giraffes, zebras, crocodiles, monitor lizards, hippos, water buck, sable, kudu, impala, and many beautiful bird species. The most amazing experience was a large herd of elephants that came into the water in the evening to play and drink, with lots of baby elephants as well.
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Early trip, 5 am pick up at hotel...
doug.kelley
, Jun 2017
Early trip, 5 am pick up at hotel. This allowed for more time in Chobe for animal viewing. Very worthwhile! This was June, winter, so dress warm for open jeep trip in to park and early viewing as temperatures can be cool! Vehicle by operator not as nice as others we saw in park, but adequate. Lunch stop good, but too long a wait prior to the boat trip. However, boat trip was spectacular! Lots of hippo and elephant and ending with sunset views from the river. Worth the price for sure.

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