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The Victoria Falls and surrounding region offers a spectacular range of wilderness habitats and wildlife viewing opportunities, from the spectacular Victoria Falls and dual nature of the Zambezi River upstream and downstream, to the varied grassland and woodland habitats which flank the river, all only a short distance from the Falls themselves.
Game viewing offers the chance to see elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and many antelope species (including sable, waterbuck, kudu and impala). Predators are also present for those lucky enough to find them, including lion, leopard, hyaena and even the endangered wild dog. But there is much more to an African safari than just the big game – small mammals, reptiles and a rich and varied bird fauna (as well as a wealth of insects) mean there is always something for the interested observer.
GUIDED TOUR OF THE VICTORIA FALLS
The Victoria Falls are unique in their formation, with the visitor able to view the waterfall up close nearly all the way along the line of the Falls from the opposite side of the gorge. The Victoria Falls Park allows visitors the privilege of exploring the many viewpoints of the Falls which are visible from the Zimbabwe side, which extends for some two-thirds of its along its length.
Within the Falls Park the rainforest is an area of riverine forest which is constantly watered by the localised rainfall generated from the rising plumes of spray, and is home to bushbuck, warthog and many bird species, including the Trumpeter Hornbill and Schalow’s Turaco.
Guided tours will help you get the most from your exploration of the Falls and help give you a perspective on their human and natural history.
VICTORIA FALLS GAME DRIVE SAFARIS (half day early morning or late afternoon)
Explore the Zambezi National Park with our specialised game drives led by experienced local wildlife guides. This 57 000ha unfenced wilderness area offers an uncontrived wildlife experience, designed for the wildlife enthusiast.
The Zambezi National Park stretches upstream of the Victoria Falls and provides an extensive and important wilderness and wildlife conservation area alongside the Zambezi River. Key game species include elephant, buffalo, zebra, various antelope species (including sable, waterbuck, kudu and impala), lion, wild dog leopard and hyaena, whilst along the river hippo and crocodile are common.
Specialised Bird-Watching Safaris are also available, with a number of special species to be seen!
VICTORIA FALLS WALKING SAFARIS (half day early morning or late afternoon)
One of the best ways to experience the local environment is on a Victoria Falls Walking Safari. Leaving the confines of a vehicle and setting off tracking elephants or buffalo is great way to feel close to nature.
Our specially trained and armed Professional Guides will lead you on a trail of discovery… hear the cry of the African Fish Eagle, taste the fruit of the Marula tree, smell the Cape Buffalo close at hand, witness elephants quenching their thirsts in the Zambezi River…!
Join us and re-tune your senses on one of our safaris as we explore the wild Zambezi National Park. Contact Us for more details.
NIGHT DRIVE SAFARIS
Experience the dark side of Africa with the ‘Night-Eyes’ game drive safari, offering clients the privileged opportunity to explore the African bush during the hours of darkness. Many mammal species are active after dusk, especially nocturnal predators such as hyaena and leopard which are rarely seen by day.
Guides are trained to use spotlights responsibly and to minimise disturbance to wildlife during these safaris, using red filters for close up viewing.
BIRD WATCHING SAFARIS
Specialised bird-watching safari tours in and around Victoria Falls. With over 415 species recorded in the Victoria Falls region there is a wealth of birdlife to discover. Local specialities include Schalow’s Turaco, African Skimmer, Rock Practincole, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Grey-headed Parrot, Collared Palm Thrush, African Finfoot, Broad-tailed Paradise Wydah, Raquet-tailed Roller and more!
Contact us for more information. See also our Birding Cruise on the Zambezi River.
CANOEING ON THE UPPER ZAMBEZI RIVER (half day, full day and multiday options.
Experience the beauty of the Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls, scenes which David Livingstone described as being “gazed upon by angels in their flight”. Canoe safaris offer great wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities and are available all year round. The wide upper river sections include occasional small rapid sections. Multiday trips include overnight camping in the Zambezi National Park.
HORSE RIDING SAFARIS (half day early morning or late afternoon)
Specifically designed to suite both experienced and novice riders, horse riding wildlife safaris let you get up close and personal with wildlife in a very natural way. Special attention is paid to matching the client to the right horse so both can feel at ease. The morning ride includes a full buffet breakfast, whilst the afternoon ride offers soft drinks, beer, wine and snacks on return to the stables. Longer rides for more experienced riders are available by request.
ELEPHANT SANTUARY ENCOUNTER
The Elephant Encounter affords guests the opportunity to unobtrusively interact with some of the biggest personalities in Africa, in a pristine wilderness environment overflowing with raw natural beauty. Guests spend time and connect with orphaned elephants in the most positive and natural way possible.
An open-design thatch Boma gives guests an uninterrupted view of the beautiful Masuwe River, and against this breath-taking back drop, guests will be given an insightful and educational presentation on the Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage. The sanctuary was founded on the principle of conservation, and one of the most effective ways to evoke a sense of environmental responsibility is to show what stands to be lost. Guests will have an opportunity to talk to guides that have journeyed – physically and metaphorically, incredible distances with these elephant, and learn more about the complexities of the individuals and the herd structures. Guests will learn about the elephant as well as their history and how they came to be in our care as well as the threats facing elephant populations today, in an interesting and informative talk.
Guests will venture out into the bush to spend time with the elephant and the sight of the gentle grey mammals up close and personal will be imprinted on guests’ minds long after they have returned home. Witness the special relationship the elephant keepers share with the animals and become a part of it. You will have the opportunity to take photographs with the elephants, marvel at their size and watch them behaving normally; browsing and interacting with one another.
After the encounter with these amazing creatures guests will be offered a selection of refreshments in the cool of the Elephant Wallow. A transfer back to Victoria Falls concludes the experience. An encounter with a delicious two course buffet lunch is also available.
CHOBE FULL DAY SAFARI
Chobe National Park, Botswana, is less than two hours by road from Victoria Falls. A day trip combination includes outward and return transfers, safari game drive in the Chobe National Park, renowned for its game viewing opportunities, and river cruise on the Chobe River. Guests will have a chance to view elephant, hippo, crocodile and many other mammal and bird species from close quarters on this spectacular stretch of river before it meets the Zambezi. Passports needed for border crossings and correct visas are imperative. Multiple night packages also available.
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND AWARENESS SAFARI – Getting involved.
Discover Safaris, in support of the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (www.vfapu.com), has launched the above named safari, in an effort to raise awareness of the wildlife conservation efforts that are taking place behind the scenes in the Zambezi National Park.
The safari starts off with the clients attending a presentation by a member of the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit. The clients are given the full background and history of the unit and are able to learn about many fascinating aspects involved in the unit’s operations, the challenges faced and the huge successes VFAPU has achieved to date. The participants on this safari are educated on the various types of poaching that take place in the region and are shown how snares are laid in order to poach mammals.
Following on from this, the clients are taken for a field trip into the Zambezi National Park where they are tasked to record game sightings, identify spoor, patrol and sweep for wire snares and generally visit areas to investigate for any signs of poaching. The important point is that because the clients are paying for this experience, it allows us to visit areas that are not often patrolled and the more trips that run, the more frequently we can cover these areas. This safari effectively provides a useful presence at ground level, to deter various forms of poaching, whilst the clients get to play an important role in conservation efforts.
Details and information:
- The clients are collected from their lodge/hotel at 06:00 am and will return at approximately 11:00am
- A good level of fitness is required for this safari, as it will involve walking in a variety of terrains.
- Binoculars, hats, sunscreen, cameras, good walking/hiking boots and water are a must for the trip.
- A light breakfast, tea/coffee and mineral water will be provided during the activity.
- Regret – no children under 16 years of age.
Part proceeds will go directly to support the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit and funds raised will be allocated by the Board of Trustees with VFAPU.
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Anyone who loves the bush or wants to truly experience the natural environment at Vic Falls needs to do a trip with Charles Brightman. His work with the anti-poaching unit is inspirational and we cannot recommend him highly enough.
Barbi Jay – Australia
Discover Victoria Falls is by far the best way to experience all that this incredible part of the world has to offer. I have been to the falls several times but came away from this most recent trip with the most memorable and special experiences I could wish for.
London, United Kingdom
Charles Brightman was our guide in the Zambezi National Park and his enthusiasm for nature and all things was so contagious that our 3 hour Walking Safari went for 5 and a half hours and finished only because we had a midday lunch appointment. Treat yourself to a wonderful experience.
Our bush walk with Charles Brightman was so informative and his love for the bush, animals, birds, environmental issues and the country was inspiring. And the sunset dinner was wonderful! Many, many thanks - a great service!
We engaged Charles as our private guide whilst on holiday in Zimbabwe last October. Cannot recommend him enough - he made our trip to Hwange!!
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