9 days
from $7,149

GROUP SIZE   ?

16 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL   ?

3

South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe: Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

Chobe River Explorer


From the dusty paths of Chobe National Park to thundering Victoria Falls, Southern Africa will capture a piece of your heart. Safaris on land, on water and on foot will showcase the unique wildlife of this remote region. Immerse yourself in nature as it was intended to be.

 

Tour Highlights

  • Experience land and water safaris

  • Spend three nights cruising Lake Kariba

  • Stand in awe of the grand Victoria Falls

Trip code: 9CHOBEEXP

Activity Level:
3

Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors


Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.

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Chobe River Explorer

9 days

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Details

  • Countries Visited: South Africa, Botswana Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night), Lodge (4 nights), Cruise (3 nights)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $2,350, on request only
  • Transportation: Private air-conditioned vehicle, Plane, River Boat
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and Departure transfers available for purchase
  • Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

Day-by-day itinerary from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

Day 1: Johannesburg
Welcome to South Africa! Head to the hotel to begin your adventure over a welcome lunch with your Local Leader, followed by a city tour of Johannesburg and dinner. (l, d)

  • Our hotel in Johannesburg: Southern Sun Hotel

Day 2: Johannesburg > Kasane
After a flight to Kasane, transfer by small private boats to your unique and intimate lodge on Impalila Island. Along the way, enjoy observing the numerous bird species, and perhaps catch a glimpse of a few hippos or crocodiles basking in the sun. (b, l, d)

  • Our lodge in Kasane: Cascades Lodge

Day 3: Kasane
Today, journey out on a full-day safari to Chobe National Park, home to more than a quarter of the total elephant population in Africa. We enjoy lunch in a “floating restaurant” in the middle of the river, followed by an exploration on Chobe River. Return to the lodge for the evening, soaking up the tranquility in the heart of the wilderness. (b, l, d)

  • Our lodge in Kasane: Cascades Lodge

Day 4: Kasane
Head out to discover authentic villages on Impalila Island, learning about traditional Namibian culture and customs. We return to our lodge for lunch, and the afternoon is then yours to enjoy unscripted. Dinner tonight features an Insider Expert, sharing more about local traditions. (b, l, d)

  • Our lodge in Kasane: Cascades Lodge

Day 5: Kasane > Kariba
Depart from the lodge for one last water safari in the Chobe National Park area. Afterward, we fly to Kariba — where you can take in the stunning views over Lake Kariba and the changing landscapes of the wilderness. Once in Kariba, we transfer to our luxury ship as we begin our three-night sail. (b, l, d)

  • Our accommodations in Kariba: The RV African Dream ship

Day 6: Kariba
At sunrise, set sail through the rare and mysterious landscapes of Lake Kariba. We then hop aboard small, private boats to discover the Gache-Gache River and its unique wildlife. Relax on board the ship in the afternoon, enjoying the sights and sounds. (b, l, d)

  • Our accommodations in Kariba: The RV African Dream ship

Day 7: Kariba
We journey out this morning on a safari to discover the area around Matusadona National Park, home to species such as elephants, hippos, crocodiles and buffaloes. During lunch back on the ship, learn more about the creation of Lake Kariba, its inhabitants and ecosystem. Tonight, enjoy your last night on board over dinner with your group. (b, l, d)

  • Our accommodations in Kariba: The RV African Dream ship

Day 8: Kariba > Victoria Falls
After disembarking, we fly to Victoria Falls. Here we cruise along the Zambezi River and tour the spectacular falls. Tonight, we experience a BOMA dinner. (b, l, d)

  • Our lodge in Victoria Falls: Ilala Lodge

Day 9: Victoria Falls
Our adventures comes to an end today. (b)

Things to know before traveling to South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe

RV AFRICAN DREAM:
The RV African Dream offers an up close and personal experience with the surrounding nature. With a maximum of 16 passengers, onboard restaurant and lounge with panoramic views, open air jacuzzi and sun deck, the ship combines modern luxuries and comfortable accommodations.

PRICING:
The tour price does not include:

  • Flight Victoria Falls/Johannesburg
  • Airport transfers
  • Zimbabwean Visa (must be paid on site, cost differs by Nationality category and ranges between USD 45 and USD 80 – please check with Zimbabwe Embassies in your respective country)
  • Cancellation / baggage insurance
  • Tips for crew members on the ship and at the lodge (for informational purposes, daily tips per passenger amount to US$5)
  • The Botswana Tourism levy (US$30 payable at the airport of entry and likely to be applicable in the year).

TIPS:
To ensure our customers more pleasant stay, we’ve included tips which will be entirely paid to the personnel from the countries to be visited (excluding tips for crew members on the ship and at the lodge). This amount was determined while taking into consideration the local customs and etiquette.

BAGGAGE REGULATIONS:
On this trip we plan to use private planes to get you between Kasane (lodge) and Kariba (ship). The airline company operating these flights are imposing many restrictions regarding the bags being transported due to the capacity of the planes and for safety reasons.

You’ll find the list of regulations below:

  • The checked baggage (1 per person maximum) MUST NOT EXCEED 20KG/44lbs.
  • It MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING DIMENSIONS 60cm/23.60 in. in length x 40cm/15.70 in. in height x 30cm/11.80 in. in width.

VISAS
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Pre-Night Add-ons

Pre-nights are on request, and based on availability. Please ask your Club Adventures representative for more information.


Post-Night Add-ons

Post-nights are on request, and based on availability. Please ask your Club Adventures representative for more information.


Optional Tours

Helicopter Ride over Victoria Falls – Day 9 

Price: $320 per person

Soar over Victoria Falls on this optional excursion. Ride is 12 minutes long, and must be booked prior to departure.

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