ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON TOURS IN AND AROUND VICTORIA FALLS AND

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					    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON TOURS IN AND AROUND
   VICTORIA FALLS AND ELSEWHERE IN ZAMBIA AND IN THE
          EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICAN REGION


LIVINGSTONE ACTIVITIES
Further information and prices are obtainable from Bushtracks Africa www.bushtracksafrica.com.
Guided Tour of the Victoria Falls
                                   Any visit to southern Africa would not be complete without a
                                   stay in Livingstone to view the majestic Victoria Falls and
                                   experience the thrilling activities that go with it The Falls are
                                   commonly described as one of the seven natural wonders of
                                   the world and Zambia boasts some of the most spectacular
                                   views .
                                   To discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs
                                   and traditions surround them it is well worth taking a guided
                                   tour. These tours are extremely informative and end with a visit
                                   to the local art and crafts centre. Tours may be conducted from
                                   the Zambian or Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River and
                                   last for 1½ hours in Zambia and 2 hours in Zimbabwe.
                                   Meet guests at either the Day Activity Centre or their hotel for
                                   a short walk/ short Drive to the Falls. Tours may be booked in
                                   the morning or afternoon and times are flexible.
                                   The Tour includes National Park fees, the services of a
                                   qualified guide and bottled mineral water. Children under 12
                                   are ½ price, and children under 2 are free.


Visits to Livingstone Island
Dr. David Livingstone was paddled in a dug out canoe through swift rapids towards the roar and
rising cloud of mist suspended above a cliff over which the whole of the Zambezi River plunged.
The Makololo paddlers skilfully landed him on ‘Goat Island’ (now Livingstone Island) right on the
lip of the chasm. A few steps through the small rainforest and, on the 16th November 1855, he
gazed upon one of the most spectacular sights in the world – ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (The Smoke that
Thunders) which he named after his Queen as The Victoria Falls.
Left untouched from the original wild mopane woodlands and ‘bushveld’ that has always been
there and it is only a very short walk from the hotel to The Victoria Falls.
Today visitors are picked up in a twin engine boat with powerful motors and a skilled skipper re-
traces Livingstone’s approach to the island to witness the very best view of the Falls there is. All
visits to the island are during the ‘low water’ season, which usually begins in mid July and goes
through to the end of January. High water visits are not possible as the island is continuously
covered in the spray/downpour from the Falls.
Pick up is from the jetty adjacent to the Royal Livingstone River Deck by an aluminium 12 seater
launch with twin water jet propelled engines which then transfers guests on a 5 minute ride to the
island. Drop off is again at the Royal Livingstone jetty one hour later. The trip includes a short
guided tour of the island, viewing the Falls and a light snack depending on the time of the
morning visits.
Three morning visits of one and a half hours each (giving about one hour fifteen minutes on the
Island).
Departing Royal Livingstone at:     07h30, 09h00 and 10h30
These visits include tea and coffee, soft drinks and light snacks.
Children under 12 are not encouraged to visit Livingstone Island. If for any reason special
permission is granted, children then pay the adult fare. Rates are changed mid-year in April.
Livingstone Island Lunch
Departing Royal Livingstone at 12h30 and returning at 15h15
This includes a buffet lunch, with soft drinks, beer and wine.
Livingstone Island Afternoon Visit
One afternoon visit of two hours, departing Royal Livingstone at 15h30 and returning at 17h30
This visit includes tea, coffee, light snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine.

WILDLIFE AND GAMEVIEWING
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park – Game Drives and White Rhinos
The Park encompasses the Falls and stretches some 12 kms along the riverbanks of the upper
Zambezi. White rhino, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, zebra and several antelope species
flourish here. Elephant also often visit the park swimming back and forth across the river.
Game drives
in open 4 x 4
vehicles with
a
knowledgeabl
e guide set
off in the
morning and
afternoon
from the Day
Activity
Centre    and
last about 3
hours.    The
early morning
drive begins at 06h30 and the mid morning drive begins at 09h45. The drives include park
entrance fees, tea, coffee and pastries. The afternoon drive begins at 15h00 and includes park
entrance fees, soft drinks, beer and pastries. Children under 12 are ½ price and children under 2
are free.


Elephant Back Safaris
It is not often one can climb onto the back of an African elephant and set off at an easy rolling
pace in search of other wild game; wild elephant, giraffe, buffalo and much more. This is an
elephant ‘experience’ and the guides are highly trained experts in the behaviour of elephants and
the wildlife around them.

½ day trails are available both in the morning and afternoon.



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The trails begin at Thorntree Lodge in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park which is an attractive
lodge overlooking the Zambezi River. Tea, coffee and cordials are served upon arrival and after a
short introductory talk and safety-briefing guests are introduced to the elephants and their
handlers before mounting the great animals. The handler and no more than two guests on each
animal then head off through the riverine bush, crossing the river in shallow water to get onto the
many islands.




Halfway through the ride guests will dismount and interact with the elephants on the ground
giving the guides an opportunity to make an interesting and informative explanation about the
African Elephant and their relationship with man.
Safaris in the morning last about 4 hours and end with a full English breakfast and the opportunity
to view a video of each guest’s elephant ride. The price includes transfers, tea, coffee, breakfast
and cordial drinks. Pick-up from the Day Activity Centre is at 06h30, with drop off at
approximately 11h00 hours.
The afternoon safaris go on for about 4 hours with snacks at the end of the day and the
opportunity to view a video of each guest’s elephant ride. The price includes transfers, tea, coffee,
snacks and cordial drinks. Pick-up from the Day Activity Centre is at 14h30, with drop off at
approximately 19h00 hours.
Children must be 10 years old or more and children aged 10, 11 or 12 will be charged Full Rate.
A guardian must accompany all children under 16 and a guardian must sign an indemnity form for
all persons under 18.

ZAMBEZI RIVER SAFARIS (VICTORIA FALLS RIVER SAFARIS)
The 4 x 4 vehicles of the river. Aluminium hulled, jet propelled boats have been carefully
designed so they can cross the ‘rough terrain’ of the river giving them access to places where
other normal boats cannot go. This is a unique wildlife safari through the channels and rapids
between the islands littering the wide part of the river just before the Falls. Elephant, hippo and
wonderful birds are the main wildlife attractions and the views and sunsets are highlights.
Pick up at the Victoria Falls resort Day Activity Centre, drive to the launch site, board the boat and
set off. Pick-up for the breakfast safari is at 08h00, the lunch safari is 11h30 and the sunset safari
is 16h00. Each lasts for 2 ½ hours.
                                                               Light meals and / or snacks are
                                                               provided on each safari. Drinks
                                                               include mineral water, soft drinks,
                                                               selected beers, tea and coffee.
                                                               Children 4 and under are free, while
                                                               children aged between 5 and 12 pay
                                                               65% of the full price.




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Canoe Safaris on the Upper Zambezi
Probably the best way to appreciate the beauty, peace and wildlife of the Zambezi River above
the Falls is to paddle slowly downstream in a canoe with some of the best wildlife guides in Africa.
Watch the pied kingfisher (bird) hover and dive, listen to the haunting call of the fish eagle (bird)
and the grunts of the hippopotamus, see elephant, buffalo, and other animals come down to drink
and explore the islands and waterways along the route. There is time to stop for something to
drink and listen to tales of Livingstone’s journey to the Falls.
There are 5 ½ hour safaris which begin in the morning and include tea, coffee, and soft drinks. A
full day safari lasts 9 hours and includes a cold lunch with wine, soft drinks and beer. Guests are
picked up from the Victoria Falls resort Day Activity Centre at 08h00 and dropped off again at
13h30 for a half-day and 17h00 for the full day safari.
Children must be 12 or older to go for a full day and 10 or more to go on a ½ day safari. Price is
the same for all ages.

HORSE TRAILS
Enjoy the African bushveld and the Zambezi River riding along the riverbanks on the back of a
horse. Whether you are an experienced rider or a novice it is a very pleasant and peaceful way to
see game and enjoy the birds and the ride. Animals are less disturbed by a person on a horse
and it is quite possible to watch game at very close quarters. Experienced guides lead these trails
and riders are put with friends or groups of similar riding abilities.
There are 5-hour safaris which begin in the morning and include tea, coffee, soft drinks and
                                                                 snacks. A full day safari
                                                                 lasts 10 hours and includes
                                                                 a cold lunch with wine, soft
                                                                 drinks and beer. Guests
                                                                 are picked up from the
                                                                 Royal Livingstone at 08h00
                                                                 and dropped off there at
                                                                 13h00 for a half-day and
                                                                 18h00 for the full day safari.
                                                                         There is also the option of
                                                                         a 1 ½ hour ride. This pick
                                                                         up time is flexible, but we
                                                                         recommend either 08 00hrs,
                                                                         or 14 30 hrs. Minimum age
is 12 however if a child has ridden before then it is at the guides’ discretion. Price is the same for
all ages.

FLIGHTS OF THE ANGELS
To put the Victoria Falls into true perspective, they must really be seen from the air. The sheer
size and grandeur of the spectacle becomes all the more clearer from above. The huge Zambezi
River flowing slowly south with hippopotamus and crocodiles clearly visible in the shallow waters,
elephant quietly browsing on bright green islands as the water spreads across the full width of a
great rent in the earth before crashing over the lip in a burst of spray and then squeezing into a
narrow, foaming, blast of water rushing down the zig-zag funnel of the gorges. There are 4 ways
to do this: -
    •   From a Helicopter – a 15-minute flight will take you over the Falls and the Zambezi
        River. A 30-minute flight will take you over the Falls, the Batoka Gorge, the Zambezi
        River and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.




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    Departure is from the Victoria Falls resort Day Activity Centre and at the guests’
    convenience. Flights begin at 08h00 and continue until last light. Children under 4 are ½
    price and children under 1 are free.
•   From a Small Aeroplane – which flies the same itinerary as the 15 minute helicopters.
    Departure is from the Victoria Falls resort Day Activity Centre and at the guests’
    convenience. Flights begin at 08h00 and continue until last light. Children under 4 are ½
    price and children under 2 are free.
•   From a Microlight – one person and an experienced pilot fly over the same sights as the
    other craft for either 15 or 30 minutes. Flights begin at 6h30 am and end at 09h30 am in
    the morning and start again at 15h00 pm and end at last light. The minimum age is 8
    however if a child is younger but big enough to fit into the harness then they are
    permitted to fly. All Children are at full rate.
•   From a Tiger Moth – Step back 60 years and experience a flight in a classic 1940s
    vintage biplane with its open cockpit, leather helmet and goggles! You will be transferred
    from your hotel to the Livingstone Airport. Clamber into the front of the cockpit; brace
    yourself for the almost theatrical performance of “Swinging the prop”. “Switches off, petrol
    on, throttle closed, suck in, followed by contact”, then with an almighty heave on the prop,
    the engine of the Tiger Moth begins to shudder and purr, eager to get airborne. Once up
    and away you will quickly get used to the engine noise that soon fades to a comforting
    rumble as you view your approach to the magnificent Victoria Falls. You will then fly a
    few orbits to video/photograph and view the mighty Victoria Falls. Once completed your
    pilot will proceed towards Long Island where one normally sees elephant and hippo
    dependant on the time of year. If game is spotted the pilot will try to move closer to view
    without disturbing the animals. After this exciting experience the pilot manoeuvres over
    the Mosi-Oa-Tunya game park where there are white rhino, several herds of giraffe,
    buffalo, wildebeest and from time to time elephant – a true “Out of Africa” experience. It
    is a lot to see and you see it all. From here the pilot returns to the Livingstone Airport for
    the landing and you will be transferred back to your hotel. (Please note only one
    passenger per flight. The minimum age is 12 and all children are at full rate).




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HISTORICAL TOURS
                                                                The David Livingstone Museum
                                                                The Museum houses the most
                                                                comprehensive memorabilia of the
                                                                explorer and missionary, Dr. David
                                                                Livingstone. A guided tour offers an
                                                                interesting sight into the life and work
                                                                of one of the world’s great explorers.
                                                                There are also very interesting
                                                                displays on the Stone Age people
                                                                who first lived in this area and an
                                                                African cultural section that includes
                                                                traditional living, medicines and
                                                                witchcraft.
                                                            Tours last for 2 hours and may be
                                                            booked in the morning or the
afternoon. This tour may be combined with other historical or cultural tours to make a full morning
or day out with a very good lunch.
Departure from the clients’ Lodging place is at clients’ convenience. Tours include the services of
a qualified guide and bottled mineral water. Children under 12 are ½ price and children under 2
are free.
The Railway Museum and a Tour of Livingstone Town
Livingstone was an important town in southern Africa during the first days of European settlement
and the beginnings of Colonial rule. It is well worth spending a couple of hours touring this historic
town with a guide and learning about its past and the colourful people who created it.
For many years Livingstone was the Railway Capital of a vast region and much of its wealth
came from the railways. The museum is dedicated to that past and covers its history from the
days when the bridge crossed the gorge to the building of the great TanZam (Tanzania-Zambia)
railway in the late 1970s. For train buffs there is a unique collection of ancient locomotives and
coaches.
Each tour lasts 2 hours and may be booked in the morning or afternoon. These tours may be
combined with other historical or cultural tours to make a full morning or day out with a very good
lunch.
Departure from the Victoria Falls resort Day Activity Centre is at the clients’ convenience but pick
up is usually at 08h00 or 1h.00. Tours include the services of a qualified guide and bottled
mineral water. Children under 12 are ½ price and children under 2 are free.

CULTURAL TOURS
Chief Mukuni's Village
Mukuni's Village is a Royal village which was founded around the 13th Century. It is home to
about 7,000 Leya people. The chief has invited visitors into his village to get a glimpse of how his
people have lived for generations and to learn a little about their traditional customs and beliefs.
The Chief’s guides and the people of the village are more than happy to show visitors their huts
and take you inside, explain how they are built and decorated, introduce you to various craftsmen
and women at work and ask you to taste some traditional foods and beer. This is a working
village, not a purpose built tourist attraction, and it is a privilege to be welcomed into their lifestyle




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Tours last for 2 hours and may be booked in the morning or the afternoon. This tour may be
combined with other historical or cultural tours to make a full morning or day out with a very good
lunch.
Departure from lodging place at the clients’ convenience but pick up is usually at 08h00 or 15h00.
Tours include the services of a qualified guide and bottled mineral water. Children under 12 are ½
price, children under 2 are free.
Maramba Market
This is the largest market in Livingstone -
colourful, vibrant and bustling with activity.
Here the local people sell everything;
"chitenges" (brightly coloured fabric), fruit
and vegetables, grains and rice, curios, pots
and pans made out of old motorcars, farm
tools, chickens, beads and clothes. This is
where the people of Livingstone come to
shop! A guide will accompany you and with
the help of some bargaining skills some very
interesting and authentic artefacts can be
bought. This tour is a most unusual and rewarding experience for the clever shopper.
Tours last for 2 hours and may be booked in the morning or the afternoon. This tour may be
combined with other historical or cultural tours to make a full morning or day out with a very good
lunch.
Departure from the Lodging place at the clients’ convenience. Tours include the services of a
qualified guide and bottled mineral water. Children under 12 are ½ price and children under 2 are
free.

ACTION AND ADRENALIN
The rapids below the Falls are among the world’s wildest but also the safest due to deep water,
steep canyon walls and no mid stream rocks. The top section of the Batoka Gorge, rapids 1 – 10,
includes the highest concentration of grade 4 and 5 rapids anywhere in the world. Spectacular
scenery, sunshine, warm water and superb rapids all make this one of the greatest white water
venues in the world. Safety is paramount and all precautions are taken to avoid accidents
including plenty of safety kayaks, highly trained guides with a minimum of 5 years experience,
radio communications and comprehensive evacuation facilities.

White Water Rafting
Low water rafting runs from about
mid July to the end of January. The
best months are usually August and
September.
A full day includes 21 rapids, lunch
and 9 ½ hours in the day, including
the walk out of the gorge and the drive
home.
A half-day trip in the morning takes in
rapids 1 – 10, breakfast, a light lunch
and drinks for the climb out. The .afternoon rafting includes lunch, rapids 11 – 21, and drinks for
the climb out.
Full Day: Pick up is from the Victoria Falls resort Day Activity Centre at 08h30 getting back at
about 17h00.




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Half Day in the morning: Pick up is from the Victoria Falls resort Day Activity Centre at 08h30
getting back at about 13h30.
Half Day in the afternoon: Pick up is from the Victoria Falls resort Day Activity Centre at 11h30
getting back at about 17h00.
No children under 14 are allowed; however if someone younger is big enough for the life jackets
then they are welcome. Prices are the same for all ages.
High water rafting runs from approximately the end of January to mid-July. IF THE WATER IS
TOO HIGH THE RIVER IS CLOSED FOR SAFETY REASONS - this usually happens between
April and May.
A full day begins with breakfast and takes up to 8 ½ hours through rapids 1 – 25 with lunch in the
middle. This section of the river flows swiftly and features huge wave trains and whirlpools. There
are drinks during the climb out.
Full Day: Pick up is from the Victoria Falls resort Day Activity Centre at 08h30 getting back at
about 16h00. Please note that the water runs swiftly so half days are too short. The ‘full day’ can
end sooner than 16h00 hrs depending on how fast the water is running at the time.
No children under 14 are allowed but if someone younger is big enough for the life jackets then
they are welcome. Prices are the same for all ages.

River Boarding and Rafting
‘Surf’ the Zambezi River below the Falls on a body-board accompanied by an expert. Wild and
exciting, these trips combine those rapids which can be ‘surfed’ on the board with the bigger ones
which have to be ridden from the raft. These trips link in with the rafting schedules and itineraries.
No children under 14are allowed but if someone younger is big enough for the life jackets then
they are welcome. Prices are the same for all ages. (Maximum 15 people)
Jet Boat Extreme
Pumping vast amounts of power from huge jet engines, these powerboats shoot down the rapids
below the Falls at 100 km an hour. A thrilling half hour spent flying over the water and ‘buzzing’
                                                                   rock faces between rapids 23
                                                                   and 27.
                                                                      The tour starts at the Victoria
                                                                      Falls resort Activity Centre and
                                                                      you are transferred by specially
                                                                      adapted        4x4       vehicles
                                                                      (approximately 45 hour) to your
                                                                      entry point at the gorge. You
                                                                      meander down the gorge
                                                                      approximately 880 feet in a
                                                                      scenic cable car lift, where you
                                                                      meet your jet boat pilot for a
                                                                      briefing. Water and soft drinks
                                                                      are available for purchase. One
of the most thrilling 30 minutes of your life is about to begin. After the ride, you no longer have to
walk the 880 feet out of the gorge as you now board the cable car for the 8 minute ride out. Ice-
cold beer and soft drinks await you at the top after which you are transferred back to the Victoria
Falls resort Activity Centre. The two departure times are 07 30hrs in the morning with clients
being back at the hotel by 11 00hrs & 12 30hrs in the afternoon with clients back at the hotel by
16 00hrs.
Children must be 7 or older. Prices are the same for all ages.




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Jet Boat and Helicopter Flight
Ride the rapids in a jet boat then, instead of clambering out of the gorge in the cable car, take a
helicopter and complete a thrilling day by flying up the river skimming the water under the
shadows of the cliffs, rising out of the gorge for a quick look at the Falls before landing. As above,
there are two departures a day and they include beer and cool drinks after the boat ride. Pick up
is at the Victoria Falls resort Day Activity Centre at 07h30 or 12h30 with a half an hour drive to the
edge of the gorge. Thereafter walk into the gorge and board the boat. The boat ride lasts for ½ an
hour and the helicopter flight for 15 minutes.
Children must be 7 or older. Prices are the same for all ages.
Bungi Jumping
With the Falls behind you and the river rushing below the Victoria Falls Bridge this is certainly no
ordinary bungi jump. At 111 metres it is also one of the highest jumps in the world and the
adrenaline rush is as wild as the river itself.
There are two bungi options: A single jump on your own or a tandem jump with a partner. You
meet at the Victoria Falls resort Day Activity Centre at a time convenient to yourself and stroll to
the Victoria Falls Bridge with your passport, passing through the Zambian immigration point.
Including the walk the entire experience takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The bungi
supervisors are available from 09h00 until 16h00 and you jump whenever you feel like it.
The minimum age is 14 years, with a minimum weight of 40 KGs and a maximum weight of 140
kgs. Prices are the same for all ages.

Abseiling, Gorge Swing and Flying Fox
There are 3 ways to release adrenaline by going over the
edge of a cliff face:
    •   Abseiling – slide 53 meters down the gorge on
        the end of a rope either facing the cliff face or
        looking down into the void. The walk out is up
        quite a steep slope but it is not far.
    •   Flying Fox – is a cable slide across the gorge
        high above the floor. You can sit on the ‘chair’ or
        be strapped, face down, looking at the ground far
        below as you fly across the gorge. No walk out is
        necessary because you are pulled back.
    •   Gorge Swing – Fling yourself over the edge in a
        body harness falling some 50 meters and
        swinging right across the gorge and back until the
        momentum runs out and you are lowered to the
        ground to walk out.
You may spend a whole day doing all three activities as often as you wish. Start early in the
morning and spend 8 ½ hours dropping over the edge and climbing back up again. Transfers, a
cold lunch, iced water and soft drinks are all provided with beers at the end of the day. Pick up is
at the Day activity Centre with a drive of about 20 minutes to the edge of the gorge. A half-day
either begins at 09h00 and ends at 14h00 or pick up is at 13h30 and drop off is at 17h30. A full
day begins at 09h00 and ends at 17h30.
Children are welcome as long as they are big enough to fit into the harnesses. Children under 12
are ½ price and an adult must accompany all children under 14.




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Fishing
The Zambezi is famous for one of the great
freshwater game fish – the tigerfish.
Powerful, swift predators - the tigerfish are a
thrill to catch and require a great deal of
fishing skill with a good river specimen
weighing over 15 lbs. Bream, or Tilapia, also
live in large numbers in the river and
although they do not fight quite as
aggressively as the tigerfish. A good 5 lb
fish will quickly snap light tackle - given half
the chance! Spinners and lures are the most
common method of catching these fish although using light tackle, a fly and a fly-rod is becoming
very popular and brings an extra dimension to a very exciting sport.
Pick up is at the Victoria Falls resort Day Activity Centre before a drive to one of the launch sites
to board the boat and set off to the fishing grounds. A half-day trip either begins at 06h30 and
ends at 13h30 or pick up is at 13h30 and drop off is at 18h30. The trip includes transfers, tea and
coffee, full English breakfast, or lunch as applicable, soft drinks, beer and fishing tackle.
No children under 12. Prices are the same for all ages.

Quad Biking


                                                      Eco Trail at Batoka Land
                                                      At Batoka Sky premises there is an Eco trail
                                                      covering most of the 42 acres that are
                                                      available. This is a fun trip taking you
                                                      through the African bush, round bends,
                                                      through ditches and over humps, with the
                                                      possibility of meeting game along the way.
                                                      The trip is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
                                                      with a break half way through for a welcome
                                                      drink.
Chinunkanunka “Executioners Altar”
This in the area around Mukuni village. It will take you back in history as you drive through
beautiful terrain to the historical place of execution, Chinunkanunka “Executioners Altar”.
Approximately 2 hours riding.

The Livingstone Drift
The Livingstone Drift departs from the Victoria Falls resort Day Activity Centre at 14h30. Clients
are taken to Mukumba Village in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, where the trip begins. They
are given a glass of wine to sip while the safety brief is being given before boarding the inflatable
rafts.
Each raft has its own guide who does all of the paddling while clients are invited to take in all the
sights and sounds and help themselves to a cheese platter and South African wines. The rafts
slowly meander their way down to the take out point with their informative guides pointing out
animals, bird life and flora & fauna of interest. Animals, which may be viewed, include
hippopotamus, crocodiles, elephants, giraffe, rhino, and various antelope, as well as numerous
bird species. The drift ends at about 18h30, in the national park where the clients board open
game drive vehicles for their drive back to the hotel.
Rates include transfers, park fees, wine, mineral water and cheese platters.


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TOURS ELSEWHERE IN ZAMBIA
The Chobe National Park in Botswana is only a 1¾-hour drive from Livingstone. It is one of the
greatest game reserves in southern Africa and famous for the number of elephant that live there.
The Chobe River flows lazily through the Caprivi flood plains and provides a haven for huge
herds of buffalo and elephant, zebra, wildebeest and impala which are followed closely by
predators including lion, hyena, the elusive leopard and the odd pack of the now rare wild dog.
The bird life in particular is exceptional.
                                                                   Travelling to Chobe includes
                                                                   an exciting crossing by boat
                                                                   of the Zambezi River at the
                                                                   point where the 4 countries of
                                                                   Zambia,            Zimbabwe,
                                                                   Botswana and Namibia meet.
                                                                   The Safari starts with a
                                                                   morning game viewing cruise
                                                                   on the Chobe River with tea,
                                                                   coffee, drinks and light
                                                                   snacks being served on
board. Large flocks of birds, big pods of hippos and very large crocodiles are all around. After
disembarking, lunch is then taken at the Chobe Safari Lodge, which overlooks the Chobe River
and the plains beyond. In the afternoon, open safari vehicles are used for a game drive into the
park. The game drive meanders its way back to Customs and Immigration, before crossing the
Zambezi and then transferring to Livingstone.
Chobe Day Trips begin at the Day Activity Centre at 07h30 with guests returning to the hotel by
about 18h30. The trip includes National Park fees, transfers, the services of qualified wildlife
guides, drinks and snacks on the boat, bottled mineral water on the game drive and lunch
including one soft drink or beer. * Please note that there are visa implications for some
nationalities. The price is the same for all ages although children under 12 are not encouraged to
go on the Chobe Day Trip. Further information and prices are obtainable from Bushtracks Africa
www.bushtracksafrica.com.
Useful information about the numerous wonderful game parks can be obtained at
www.zambiatourism.com and www.go2africa.com/zambia.
For example, the South Luangwa National Park is an ideal place to visit for a wide variety of
wildlife and birds. The Luangwa River is home to thousands of hippos: you can hear them
groaning contentedly with only their snouts and ears visible, or squealing and squabbling over
wallowing rights and leaping high into the air. Accommodation ranges from rustic to luxurious.
For further information, visit www.expertafrica.com and www.okawango.com.


TOURS ELSEWHERE IN SOUTHERN AND EAST AFRICA
Some of the top destinations are:
• Botswana: Maun, Kasane;
• Malawi: Lake Malawi (fishing, boating);
• East African Safaris (various in Kenya and Tanzania);
• Namibia: Namib Desert, Okavango Delta, Etosha.
An excellent website is www.getawaytoafrica.com: the entire site can be accessed using the
navigation bar. Explore sections of the site in more detail by clicking on the relevant link. The
Travel Tool provides a quick link to information on the country in Africa you may want to visit
before or after going to Vic Falls. Use the magazine index search to locate any article from past
Getaway magazines – and link to those features that are already online. Follow the links to




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search the features archive. Book a holiday package on-line (supplied by Getaway’s travel
partners) or contact one of Getaway’s travel consultants for a tailor-made package.
A further useful source is a regular newsletter called The Travel Bug travel@metropolis.co.za.


TOURS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Popular destinations are the many game reserves (Kruger Park, Sabi Sands Game Reserve,
Madikwe Reserve, Singita, Ulusaba, Sabi Sabi, Londolozi, Mala Mala, Lion Sands, Exeter
Lodges, Kariega, Shamwari), Cape Town, Cape winelands tours, Sun City, and the endless
beaches in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape provinces. For more information, visit
http://travel.iafrica.com and www.getawaytoafrica.com.
If you are in Johannesburg, the Apartheid Museum - situated 5 km south of Johannesburg’s
centre - is a must-see to learn about South Africa’s apartheid years which reached their peak in
the 1970s and 1980s. For more information visit www.apartheidmuseum.org. Johannesburg,
founded in 1886, grew rapidly after the discovery of gold. Townships such as Soweto expanded
as more and more workers were housed there, and later these townships became centres of
resistance against apartheid. Guided tours to Soweto can be booked through hotels. Gold Reef
City and Casino: situated near to the Apartheid Museum, and built on the site of one of
Johannesburg oldest and most profitable gold mines, Gold Reef City is a unique South African
theme park, a fine hotel, and a large entertainment complex with a large casino and many
restaurants.
Montecasino: a Tuscan village under one roof, Montecasino has over 50 restaurants providing a
wide choice of cuisine and wines, a magnificent bird garden, theatre, cinemas, shops, and 24-
hour gaming on 1700 machines and 70 tables.
North of Pretoria is Cullinan (about two hour’s drive from Johannesburg) and its gaping diamond
mine, four times the size of Kimberley’s famous “Big Hole”. Conducted tours are available. The
area is also the cultural home of the Ndebele people, and the Ndebele Traditional Village gives a
good insight into their colourful architecture and way of life.
For more information on the above, visit travel@metropolis.co.za.
To the west of Johannesburg is the Magaliesberg area offering scenic splendour and a multitude
of activities. Ride in a hot air balloon basket at sunrise, and then visit the Cradle of Humankind
World Heritage Site, home to the world’s largest deposit of hominid fossils and the resting place
of our oldest ancestors. The Maropeng Visitors’ Centre houses excellent exhibits detailing this site,
is in close proximity to the Sterkfontein and Wonder Caves, and numerous other places of
interest. About 30 minutes’ drive from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is the Lion
Park. Drive through several lion enclosures, the buck camp and the cheetah and hyena
enclosures, then walk through the lion cub camp and play with the cubs. For more information,
visit www.theramble.co.za.


FLIGHTS
A useful source of information on economical inter-regional flight options is
www.flightcentre.co.za.


CAR RENTAL
In addition to major operators such as Avis, Budget, Imperial, information on low cost car rental
with no hidden extras is available from Holiday Autos online reservations:
www.holidayautos.co.za.




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ACCOMMODATION
Hotels throughout the Southern and East African region are subject to international accreditation
standards. In addition, hundreds of excellent guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments
offer accommodation that is equal to luxury hotel standards but at a far lower cost. Brief
descriptions of a large number of registered establishments and online reservations in South
Africa (and some elsewhere in Southern and East Africa) can be found on:
www.portfoliocollection.com and res@portfoliocollection.com) and www.bnbfinder.co.za.


For any further information, please contact           Ms    Judi   Koncz,   PIESA    Secretariat,
judi.k@telkomsa.net, Tel: +27 (0)83 289 4849.




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