If you have visited Africa before and experienced the expansive natural beauty of this continent, or if you have never visited and would like to see this majestic scenery through a guided tour, our eight-day excursion to Botswana and Victoria Falls includes early morning, daytime and night safaris, exploration and guided tours in Botswana's Chobe National Forest and Wildlife Preserve, a cruise on the Chobe River and two days at Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls International Airport in Zimbabwe is just 21 kilometers (about 13 miles) from the town of Victoria Falls, where we will start and end our Botswana safari tour. Those already on tour with us will meet up here with other guests who are joining us for this portion of the excursion. We will stay the first night at the four-star Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge on the Chobe River near its convergence with the Zambezi River. The lodge overlooks the Namibian floodplain where wildlife converges. The Chobe Game Reserve is nearby.
We move on to the Chobe National Forest and Game Preserve for days two through five of our Botswana safari tour. On the sixth day we return to the Victoria Falls area where we will stay at the four-star Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe near Zambezi National Park, which lies on the north bank of the Zambezi River in Zambia.
Victoria Falls, also known by its traditional name of Mosi-oa-Tunya or the smoke that thunders, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site described as the world's greatest curtain of falling water. Just over one mile wide, the falls discharge more than 500 million liters of water per minute when the Zambezi River is in full flood between February and May. During the dry months, the falls become braided channels discharging about 10 million liters per minute. Although Victoria Falls is not the deepest or the widest waterfall in the world, it is considered the largest based on its combined height and width.
The Zambezi River flows over a basaltic flat plateau between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The river spans more than a mile at its width when it reaches the volcanic dikes that form the lip of the falls, dropping more than 350 feet to a series of narrow gorges below. The spray creates rainbows, with a kaleidoscope of colorful spray that can be seen by the light of the full moon. The spray can be seen up to 30 kilometers away during the day.
Activities in the Falls area range from adventurous like bungee-jumping and white-water rafting to quieter pursuits like nature walks to observe birds and wildlife, golf or a scenic flight over the Zambezi River floodplain and Victoria Falls.
Chobe National Forest and Wildlife Preserve
Chobe National Forest sits in the northeast corner of Botswana where Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia meet. The Chobe River flows along the...