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Batonka Guest Lodge, Victoria Falls

Batonka Guest lodge is set in lush gardens, a tranquil haven away from the bustle of town but within walking distance of the main attractions. The main lodge offers indoor and outdoor dining, a cozy lounge and beautiful verandah opening out onto the surrounding gardens.

The lodge offers 27 well-appointed rooms with elegant, contemporary style décor encompassing Victoria Falls’ colonial past and African flavor. Sixteen rooms with private patios look out over manicured lawns to our secluded pool area and eleven rooms look out over a private garden with manicured lawns and indigenous trees that offer a welcome perch to a variety of birdlife.  Each large room boasts a spacious en-suite bathroom with double basins and large shower.

The facilities include a swimming pool, activities desk and curio shop. Their restaurant combines a relaxed dining experience with homestyle cooking dishes that put emphasis on a high-quality meal.

The Hide, Hwange Park

One of the few camps in the breathtaking Hwange National Park, The Hide Safari Camp offers its guests the opportunity to explore one of Zimbabwe’s most prized safari destinations. The Hide Main Lodge sleeps up to 20 guests in ten comfortable and spacious deluxe, family deluxe and honeymoon deluxe tents. The tents have a myriad of different configurations with indoor and/or outdoor bathtubs and showers. They are fan cooled for your comfort in summer and have extra warm blankets and hot water bottles for the cool winter months. Each has a private veranda from where guests may be entertained by the comings and goings of a large variety of game at the waterhole.

After an exhilarating day of game viewing, guests can retreat to the cool refuge of the camp’s swimming pool. Swap the day’s experiences with the host and other guests over delectable meals savoured al fresco or in the elegant dining room. Adventures include twice-daily game drives, guided bush walks and exceptional game viewing in the seclusion of the camp’s hides.

Victoria Falls River Lodge, Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls River Lodge is the first luxury, private game lodge to be built in the Zambezi National Park. Situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, the Victoria Falls River Lodge is so close to the famous Victoria Falls that one can see the spray in the distance.

The Victoria Falls River Lodge offers guests a choice of sophisticated accommodation options; luxurious thatched tents are well spaced and air-conditioned.  Constructed of canvas, glass and wood, each extends out onto a private deck with its own plunge pool and boasts uninterrupted views of the Zambezi River and natural bush.  Each suite is tastefully decorated and bursting with world class conveniences, such as: an extra-length, king-size bed, comfortable sitting area, en-suite bathroom with freestanding bath and both indoor and outdoor shower facilities, climate control air-conditioning and a private viewing deck with plunge pool.

Gourmet dining at the lodge – spiced with a variety of freshly prepared local traditional dishes – caters to all tastes.

Old Drift Lodge, Victoria Falls

Upstream of the iconic Victoria Falls, on the banks of the Zambezi River, lies Old Drift Lodge. The lodge boasts luxury accommodation overlooking the pristine Zambezi National Park, a mere 7 kilometers from the mighty Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and only 4.5 kilometers from the town of Victoria Falls. Old Drift Lodge is nestled within a wild paradise frequented by elephant, buffalo, herds of sable, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala.

The main lodge area has 360 degree views, North facing onto the Zambezi and South facing onto a water hole. A  seven kilometer stretch of river flows between the camp and the town of Victoria Falls, making Old Drift Lodge the closest lodge within the National Park to Victoria Falls. Only 4.5 kilometres from the town of Victoria Falls, Old Drift Lodge is the closest lodge within the National Park to Victoria Falls.

There are ten Luxury Tented Twin / Double Suites on a fully-inclusive basis.  Each suite consists of a spacious bedroom, an en-suite bathroom with indoor & outdoor shower, outdoor bath with a view, private plunge pool, sleep-out deck, private lounge with tea/coffee station and mini bar, air conditioning, ceiling fan.

Old Drift Lodge boma and tented suite

Elephant Hills Resort

The Elephant Hills Resort is situated at the top of a small hill overlooking the Zambezi River, upstream from the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Its location affords many of the rooms sweeping views of the Zambezi River across to Zambia.  It has one the best golf courses in Zimbabwe and some amazing wildlife.  In this prime wilderness location, you can relax in total comfort and luxury while still experiencing the African wildlife. Elephant Hills has a total of 276 rooms, each with a balcony offering fantastic views of the mighty Zambezi River. Enjoy watching antelope grazing and traveling troupes of baboons as they move around in their natural environment.

All the accommodation within the Elephant Hills hotel is comfortably decorated with the traveler in mind. Modern comforts in each room include air-conditioning, televisions with satellite channels and a bar fridge. Rooms to the east of the hotel look over the golf course and the Zambezi River in the distance while rooms on the western side of the hotel have sweeping views of the Zambezi River.  The 18 hole golf course is frequently visited by a variety of wildlife.

The Stanley & Livingstone Safari Lodge

Home to the “Big Five”, The Stanley & Livingstone Safari Lodge at the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve is an attraction in itself. Immerse yourself in the abundant sights of Africa just minutes from the Victoria Falls in all her glory, here at the luxurious Stanley and Livingstone Safari Lodge, with 16 opulently appointed private suites overlook the abundant Reserve and offering retreat from daily life, amid green manicured lawns and flowing fountains. Each Safari Lodge suite comprises a spacious bedroom, sumptuous Victorian-style bathroom, living-area with all modern conveniences and a secluded patio overlooking the African bush. The elegant bathrooms blend old and new influences – a romantic Victorian bathtub, modern power shower, and a range of amenities for decadent bathing. Every suite offers air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe, DVD player, satellite television and telephone.

Hwange Park, Zimbabwe – 4 Days

Hwange Park, Zimbabwe - 4 Days black rhinosEasily accessible from Victoria Falls, Hwange Park in Zimbabwe is one of the oldest in Southern Africa… some safari aficionados claim that this is the genuine Africa. Hwange boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals, including large herbivores, and nearly 400 bird species. The elephants of Hwange are world famous and the Park’s elephant population is one of the largest in the world. On our Hwange Park, Zimbabwe – 4 Days extension, the wildlife roams freely and close (very close) to your front door, with game drives in open safari vehicles and opportunities for guided walking safaris, led by the best rangers in the business!

Includes 3 nights at the HIDE all inclusive package (meals and game viewing activities), park and conservancy fees  and round trip transfers from Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls – 3 Days

Victoria Falls Extension

Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (Tokaleya Tonga: the Smoke that Thunders), is the great waterfall in Southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls is one of the world’s three large waterfalls and a sight not the be missed; believed to have been discovered by David Livingstone the Scottish missionary and explorer, they were named in honor of Queen Victoria.

A “must see” destination for nature lovers, the Falls boast boutique hotels and sophisticated resorts to satisfy all tastes and budgets. Victoria Falls is a playground of thrills: elephant back safaris, canoeing, white water rafting, bungee jumping, helicopter flips, game viewing on horseback … to name just a few!

Includes 2 nights accommodation, breakfast daily, airport transfers, sundowner cruise and guided tour of the Falls.

Victoria Falls aireal view

Unforgettable Moment #209

Linda and I just returned yesterday from Victoria Falls to our Georgia residence and we would like to thank you for a great trip which was made even better by adding the Chobe excursion and experiencing a real safari, seeing thousands of elephants besides other wildlife close up.

        – Bernie & Linda N. (Cleveland, GA)

Unforgettable Moment #208

…I want to thank you for coordinating our amazing adventure to Africa. [It was] perfect. The weather cooperated, we were met cordially and graciously by all of those folks you arranged for us and our days were filled with fabulous wildlife, gorgeous landscape, local folks and foods to savor …We took 1,500 pictures and have memories to last a lifetime. Erin’s surprise birthday was also a wonderful evening.

At the close of each day I would go through the guide book you sent and circle all of the animals, birds, and plants/trees we saw – happy to report that we saw the Big 5 plus hyena, black rhino, tons of impala, kudus, Sylvester the cheetah at the elephant orphanage, hyrax, monkeys and baboons, warthog, zebra, nyala, bushbuck, duiker, waterbuck, penguins, and 48 varieties of birds.

I will be recommending you and your staff to any I speak with about going to Africa. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for making our trip of a lifetime truly a lifetime reality.

        – Joan C. & Erin W.(Kalamazoo, MI)

Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls

Established in 1904, the grande Victoria Falls Hotel overlooks the magnificent Batoka Gorge with the Victoria Falls only a 10 minute walk away along the hotel’s private path, 22km from Victoria Falls Airport.

This gracious Colonial-style hotel is set in lush gardens, and includes 3 restaurants, a swimming pool, 2 floodlit tennis courts and a quaint chapel. The hotel epitomizes the romance of grand travel, offering guests total relaxation. The highlight is traditional high tea on the terrace, which offers a spectacular view of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Batoka Gorge.

The 161 en-suite bedrooms and suites decorated in Colonial Edwardian style are fully air-conditioned, with a telephone and satellite television.

Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls Safari Club is within the open managed grounds of the Safari Lodge resort and perched on the ridge overlooking a virtually unspoilt bush panorama, complete with nearby waterhole, varied wildlife and magnificent sunsets.

This luxury development, designed with a commitment to the highest quality and furnished with style and elegance, offers 16 Club rooms and four suites, each boasting ensuite bathrooms, air conditioning, complimentary wi-fi, minibar, in-room digital safe and screened balconies.

The Victoria Falls Safari Club commitment to the highest quality service extends to private check-in and check-out and a multi-function area that includes bar, lounge and terrace areas all supported with butler service. Safari Club residents have access to all existing services and facilities on the resort, such as the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and Boma restaurants, but no other resort guests have access to Safari Club areas, ensuring the privacy of Club guests.

Victoria Falls Safari Club

Chobe River Cruise & Victoria Falls

Our Chobe River Cruise & Victoria Falls is a delightful 3 night safari cruise on Chobe Princess Safariboats, combined with 2 nights in Victoria Falls.

Tour Length: 6 days

Land & Cruise rate from $3,995 per person

Chobe River Cruise & Victoria Falls Tour Itinerary

Days 1 – 3 Arrive Kasane, Fridays for Chobe River Cruise

Arrive in Kasane, Botswana, where you are met and transferred to the Chobe River jetty to begin your Botswana Cruise & Victoria Falls safari.

The Chobe Princess Safariboats provide the perfect opportunity to take pleasure in the wildlife and bird life of the Chobe National Park. There is something incredibly relaxing about cruising on the Chobe River, along the banks of the Chobe National Park, watching the outstanding wildlife and birdlife from the luxury Safariboats. Aboard one of the Safariboats, you can cruise over 30 miles of the river and stay overnight in some of the most scenic areas on the Chobe, parking at prime docking sites along the river.

Botswana Cruise & Victoria Falls Chobe Princess bedroomEach luxury houseboat offers guests a personalized experience, with four large double/twin air-conditioned cabins. As you lie in bed and drink in your striking surroundings, you’ll find it very hard to leave the comfort of your cabin on board one of our Chobe Princess houseboats. Tasteful décor cleverly combines local flavor with contemporary design and the overall focal point is the large sliding window affording you your own personal view of the changing African landscapes before you.  The cabins have an en-suite bathroom, each tastefully fitted with a modern shower, toilet and hand basin; toiletries are provided for your comfort

Botswana Cruise & Victoria Falls Chobe Princess early morning breakfastClimbing the staircase that connects the accommodation deck to the entertainment deck you will have access to a spacious lounge and bar area that encourages you to take time-out and simply enjoy the view. This deck also has a relaxed open-air dining area where guests can enjoy superb meals prepared by a skillful chef in the full-size on board kitchen.

At the front of the entertainment deck, guests can cool off in the plunge pool or simply soak up the African sun on deck chairs while enjoying an ice-cold beverage and the outstanding scenery. The rear of the entertainment deck allows easy access to the smaller tender boats that accompany the boats on all of their travels. These boats ensure that each guest has the freedom to partake in any excursions or activities that are best suited to their own personal needs. Meals and drinks are included.

Days 4 – 5 Victoria Falls

Continue your Botswana Cruise & Victoria Falls safari as you disembark and transfer across the border to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls and thence onward to the Victoria Falls Safari Club for two nights.  Guests will enjoy a morning escorted tour of the Victoria Falls and rain forest.

Botswana Cruise & Victoria Falls: Victoria Falls Safari Club deluxe roomLocated just four kilometers from the magnificent Falls, the Victoria Falls Safari Club offers personalized, premium service. The new luxury Victoria Falls Safari Club 20-air-conditioned rooms are situated within the magnificent grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort, overlooking a private waterhole. This Club, which offers guests a butler service, looks out over the Zambezi National Park, which is abundant with game, ensuring a brilliant safari experience without having to leave its main deck. Space, style and absolute comfort in fully equipped, conditioned rooms will make your stay completely seamless and ultimately rewarding. Breakfasts included.

Day 6 Depart Victoria Falls

Departure transfer to Victoria Falls airport with treasured memories of your Botswana Cruise & Victoria Falls adventure.

Elephant Camp, Victoria Falls

Situated on a private concession within and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, Elephant Camp has breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray, and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Elephant Camp is a luxury and intimate lodge under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls and all its attractions and activities, yet secluded in its own private game reserve so as to allow close-up encounters with wildlife.

The Elephant Camp offers exclusive suite accommodation for only 18 guests in 9 luxury tents. All suites are gorge facing and have: private viewing deck and plunge pool, private lounge area, air-conditioning and fans, bath, inside and outside shower, mini bar and tea/coffee stations and 220V main electricity.

The Elephant Camp offers close interaction with wildlife – in particular elephant at the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary. All guests staying at The Elephant Camp will have an opportunity to meet the Wild Horizons elephants.

Elephant Camp

Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls

The perfect base for exploring all the Victoria Falls has to offer, Ilala Lodge provides distinguished yet affordable accommodation in a gracious and secluded ambiance. The hotel is ideally situated and is closest to the Victoria Falls as well as the town center. Wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background.

Ilala Lodge offers 32 rooms – 24 twin, 8 doubles and 2 suites. All rooms have en suite bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV and have individual coffee and tea facilities.

The rooms are spacious with railway sleeper teak furnishings and patio doors leading onto either open lawn or a balcony where you are afforded a view of the spray of the falls from the upper level rooms. Ilala Lodge offers guests the locally famous Palm Restaurant, where breakfast lunch and dinner are served daily. The menus are a-la-carte and guests can eat indoors in the restaurant or on the palm terrace, weather permitting.

Ilala Lodge

African Elephant Safari & Cruise

Victoria Falls, Botswana Cruise and Greater Kruger Park

African Elephant Safari & Cruise experience brings you Victoria Falls, a Botswana Cruise and a Kruger wildlife safari.  Spend three nights on a luxury African river safari and cruise on the Chobe River. Double your  pleasure with a stay at overwhelming Victoria Falls – the ‘Smoke That Thunders’. Round out your adventure with wildlife game drives and an elephant interaction at Jabulani in the Kapama Private Game Reserve.

Tour Length: 10 days Departures Weekly

Land & Cruise rate from $7,595 per person

Explore a special part of Africa: Victoria Falls, the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, combined with a safari to the Greater Kruger National Park.

Tour itinerary

Day 1 Johannesburg – Arrive Victoria Falls (2 nights)
Your international flight connects in Johannesburg, South Africa before continuing on to Victoria Falls. Once you arrive in Zimbabwe, you are met at the airport by Great Safaris & transferred to Elephant Camp. Enjoy a multi colored sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, watching out for crocodile and inquisitive hippos. Listen to the roar of the Falls and enjoy a sundowner cocktail as the sun slowly sets.

Day 2 Victoria Falls
This morning explore the impressive Falls on a guided walking tour through the rain forest, learning about the fauna and flora. This afternoon join an elephant interaction.

Days 3-5. Chobe Princess or Zambezi Queen (4 Days / 3 nights)
Victoria Falls Botswana Cruise and Greater Kruger - The Zambezi QueenThis morning transfer to the Kazangula Border of Botswana, to board the Chobe Princess or Zambezi Queen. Enjoy the excitement of Africa from the luxury of a renowned cruise vessel. The Zambezi Queen is unique in that it’s a sophisticated, elegant experience that has not lost the essence of all that is African. All inclusive touring while viewing, first hand, the remarkable animals and birdlife of Africa.

Victoria Falls Botswana Cruise and Greater Kruger safariboat viewing deckThe Chobe Princesses Safariboats provide the perfect opportunity to take pleasure in the wildlife and birdlife of the Chobe National Park. There is something incredibly relaxing about cruising on the Chobe River, along the banks of the Chobe National Park, watching the outstanding wildlife and birdlife from the luxury Safariboats. Aboard you can cruise over 30 miles of the river and stay overnight in some of the most scenic areas on the Chobe, parking at prime docking sites along the river.

Day 6 Johannesburg (1 night)
Today disembark from the cruise and head back through the border to Victoria Falls Airport for the flight to Johannesburg and overnight before heading off to Kruger Park tomorrow.

Days 7-9. Kapama Game Reserve (Greater Kruger) (3 nights)
Daily game drives put you within touching distance of lion prides, unpredictable buffalo and herds of elephant. Two game drives each day – with hugely knowledgeable guides. Enjoy the all inclusive hospitality of Jabulani and join an elephant interaction, the ultimate African experience.

Day 10 Johannesburg and Departure
After a final game drive and breakfast, transfer for your flight back to Johannesburg and connect to home or extend to Cape Town.

5 day Extension to Cape Town & the Winelands

One & Only Cape Town hotel. Includes transfers, privately guided sightseeing of the City, Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula and the Winelands, with breakfasts daily.

Land:  $2,295 per person, sharing

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls

Bordering the Zambezi National Park, the deluxe Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is situated just 4km from the thundering Victoria Falls, 24km from Victoria Falls Airport.

Voted Zimbabwe’s Best Safari Lodge for 12 consecutive years, the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is luxuriously appointed and offers outstanding hospitality together with a superb wildlife experience. The complimentary shuttle service gives guests an ideal base from which to explore the Victoria Falls themselves, and the many nearby attractions. The lodge enjoys uninterrupted views of spectacular African sunsets and year round game at the on-site waterhole. This can be viewed at close quarters from a game hide or on the viewing platform. In the Buffalo Bar, Makuwakuwa Restaurant and swimming pool deck, friendly Zimbabwean staff offer excellent service and outstanding cuisine. The nearby Boma – Place of Eating, provides a unique African experience combining a feast of nightly entertainment with mouth-watering local dishes.

Of the 72 bedrooms, 6 are split level suites with a lounge, cloakroom and balcony on one level and a bedroom and en-suite bathroom upstairs. Decorated in lavishly colored ethnic fabrics and fittings, all rooms boast the highest level of sophistication and comfort. Each has its own private balcony overlooking the Zambezi National Park, while most overlook the central waterhole.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

The Great Southern Safari

Cape Town, Kruger and Victoria Falls

The Great Southern Safari is an extraordinary journey to Cape Town, Kruger  Park and Victoria Falls, offering  cosmopolitan sights, luxury safaris and awe-inspiring splendor.

Tour Length: 10 days

From $3,595 per person

Cape Town Kruger and Victoria Falls water buffalo up close

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The allure of Africa is undeniable. And what better way to fall under her spell than to start this amazing adventure in gorgeous Cape Town? Explore her peninsula with its quaint fishing villages, colonies of barking seals and a most improbable collection of arctic penguins. At the Cape of Good Hope – witness the angry Atlantic and sanguine Indian Oceans meet and mingle. Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Cape Winelands; tour a vineyard, sip some of the famous local wines, and stroll the quaint streets of Stellenbosch..

Cape Town Kruger and Victoria FallsKruger National Park – South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge. Prepare for heart-stopping adventures as the Park is home to all the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and hippo. Venture forth on morning and afternoon game drives, in open safari vehicles, expertly maneuvered by professional game rangers. During the quiet midday, let your five senses roam unfettered through the bush … on a fascinating walking safari or nature hike (available on the Luxe and Premier levels).

A reluctant ‘farewell’ to Kruger as you wing to Johannesburg, the vibrant and pulsing capital city. Only a brief stop here, as you are bound for Victoria Falls … what the locals call the “Smoke that Thunders”. Delight in a guided tour of the Falls and ply the famed Zambezi River on a sunset boat cruise.  If you have a bit more time to explore, consider adding a Botswana safari, or a few days lazing on the white sand beaches of the Seychelles.

The Great Southern Safari Itinerary

Day 1-3 Cape Town (3 nights)

Enjoy three nights and two action packed days exploring the “Mother City” and her environs, including a full day schedules excursion across the Cape to the tip of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and a second full day scheduled excursion exploring the winelands in and around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

Day 4-6  Greater Kruger Park Private Game Reserve (3 nights)

Fly to Johannesburg and onto the Kruger, arriving at your safari lodge in time for lunch and your first game drive.

Over these three days, enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives  in specially fitted open safari vehicle, exploring the wildlife-rich private reserve. Your highly trained Game Ranger and qualified Tracker follow the animals on and off-road, deep into the heart of the wild African Bushveld while walking safaris allow you to feel the pulse of untamed Africa through the soles of your feet.

Day 7  Johannesburg (1 night)

Arise early this morning so you can savor your last day in the Kruger bush. Return to camp for a hearty brunch and then transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to Johannesburg.

Day 8-9 Victoria Falls (2 nights)

Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe,  Enjoy a multi-hued sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, watching out for crocodile and inquisitive hippos, while sipping wine and feeling the spray from the Falls. The following day, you will explore the impressive Falls on a guided walking tour.

Day 10 Depart  Johannesburg 

Fly back to Johannesburg and connect with your departure flight

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