The majestic Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean/Zambian border is within easy reach of the famous Chobe National Park in Botswana, making it easy to combine these two terrific destinations on one unforgettable safari itinerary. This trip idea combines three nights at Victoria Falls with two nights on safari at the Chobe National Park, enjoying both land- and water-based game viewing.

Highlights
  • Three nights at Victoria Falls
  • Two nights at Chobe National Park
  • Zambezi River sunset cruise
  • Guided tour of the falls
  • Lots of optional activities on offer
  • Road transfers between Victoria Falls and Chobe
  • Guided boat cruises and game drives in Chobe
  • Easy to combine this trip idea with other destinations in the region

Map of 6 Day Victoria Falls and Chobe Safari

Days 1 to 4

To get to Victoria Falls, it is best to fly to Johannesburg first and take a two-hour flight from there. We recommend arriving in Johannesburg the previous day, as the flights to Victoria Falls depart in the morning. You can stay on the Zambian side or on the Zimbabwean side. Both sides are safe and great to visit, but the views of the falls are better from Zimbabwe.

This trip idea is based on spending three nights at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. You can also choose to stay in Livingstone on the Zambian side of the falls. We will arrange for a private transfer from the airport to your mid-range, four-star hotel which will be within walking distance of the falls.

Spend the afternoon exploring the falls, either on your own or with a guide (your choice). Spend two nights here on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Dinner can be enjoyed at a choice of restaurants at the hotel, or at a local restaurant in town.

Days two and three can be spent trying any of the many activities on offer in the Victoria Falls area. Options include a scenic microlight or helicopter flight over the falls, canoe trip or sunset cruise on the upper Zambezi, white-water rafting, quad biking, high wire or zipline, gorge swing or bungee jumping, a visit to the local market, or a visit to Livingstone Island and Devil's Pool on the Zambian side – which we highly recommend (low-water season only).

Book with us in advance to ensure availability. We do not add booking fees.

Your stay at Victoria Falls can be extended beyond three nights if you need time to try more of the activities in this area, although for most people two to three nights is sufficient.

Victoria Falls Safari

Victoria Falls from above

Days 4 to 6

On day 4, a short road transfer takes you across the border into Botswana, to the village of Kasane on the edge of the Chobe National Park. Depending on how busy the border post is, the trip usually takes just over an hour, through the Zambezi National Park. Keep an eye open for elephant and other wildlife next to the road.

Check in at a beautiful safari lodge on the edge of the Chobe National Park overlooking the Chobe River. All your meals and activities are included in the cost. The daily programme is flexible but we recommend taking an open vehicle game drive in the Chobe National Park in the morning, and an afternoon game viewing cruise on the Chobe River in the afternoon. You can also do it the other way around, by going on a game drive in the afternoon and a boat cruise in the morning.

The Chobe River offers the best boat-based game viewing in the world, and you can expect to see a variety of animals up close, from the safety of your boat, especially in the dry season (June to October).

Common sightings include elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, lechwe, sable antelope, puku, impala, kudu, giraffe, zebra, and sometimes lion or leopard. Wild dogs are also seen from time to time, and the birdlife is prolific.

After spending two days on safari in the Chobe area, you can fly to Johannesburg from Kasane airport, or head back to Victoria Falls for your flight back to Johannesburg, and on to your next destination. Alternatively, continue to other safari destinations in nearby Botswana, Zimbabwe or Zambia.

Chobe River Safari - Botswana

Game viewing on the Chobe River

(Image: Wild Wings Safaris)

Customise this trip idea

This is a travel idea, not a fixed itinerary. We recommend spending either two or three nights at each of the destinations (Victoria Falls and Chobe). You can easily combine this trip idea with other destinations like Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and Cape Town or the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Approximate cost

The cost will depend on the choice of accommodation and season. The rates below are based on mid-range accommodation, spending three nights at Vic Falls and two nights at Chobe, excluding flights and optional activities at Victoria Falls.

Optional extras like tours and helicopter flights are not included in this estimate. Flights from Johannesburg are also excluded and prices can fluctuate considerably, depending on the season.

Rates
Period Price per person (pp)
2019 estimate, mid-range accommodation
$1,928
£1,553
€1,748
R28,460

This approximate price is per person sharing and intended as a rough guideline only. Your final quoted rate may differ depending on the season, choice of accommodation, room type and the number of people in your group.

All rates on our website are provided to give a price estimate only and should not be seen as a firm quote. Likewise, our currency converter will give you a rough idea of the price in another currency, but should not be seen as a firm quote. It is only intended as a guideline, based on the daily interbank exchange rate. Please contact us to receive an accurate, free quote with no obligation.

Includes
  • Three nights accommodation at Victoria Falls (bed and breakfast)
  • Two nights accommodation at Chobe National Park (full board)
  • Airport transfers and road transfer between Victoria Falls and Chobe
  • All game viewing activities at Chobe National Park
  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi
  • Guided tour of the falls
Excludes
  • Flights and visas
  • Optional activities and day tours at Victoria Falls
  • Lunches and dinners at Victoria Falls
  • Drinks
  • Park fees and river usage fees
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