$1,200 at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, or
$2,145 at Tongabezi Lodge
September 13 – 15, 2019
According to entries in his own diary, David Livingstone had learned of “Mosi Oa Tunya” (‘Smoke That Thunders’) from the local people and at first wondered if they were referring to a volcano. On November 15, 1855, he stopped his canoe safari on Kalai Island, ten kilometers upstream from the falls, and could hear the roaring at night and see the mist, and so realized a huge waterfall lay ahead. Traveling carefully in small dugout canoes, the party proceeded to within a few hundred meters of the precipice and landed on what is today known as Livingstone Island. The island is perfectly situated for a spectacular view of about a third of the falls, and on November 16 Livingstone wrote in his diary, “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”
The Victoria Falls are one of the world’s seven natural wonders. It is the largest curtain of falling water on earth. Although there are ten other waterfalls on earth that are higher, it is still twice as high as Niagara, and none are within half its flow of water.
Choose from either the most famous hotel here, the Royal Livingstone Hotel, or one of the best boutique lodges, Tongabezi River Lodge. When making your choice keep in mind that the cost at the Royal Livingstone covers nothing but your hotel. All meals (including breakfasts) and activities are extra. At Tongabezi all meals, most drinks and many activities are included.
A third of the falls are in Zambia and two-thirds in Zimbabwe. Until Zimbabwe grew turbulent in the 1990s there was little interest in the Zambian side of the falls. While that turbulence has moderated it’s still ill-advised to base yourself in Zimbabwe to see the falls. When you get to the falls your hotel concierge will advise if it’s safe to walk across the bridge and explore the Zimbabwean side. It usually is, and this is easy to do. It’s the reason that the better hotels and lodges and almost all tourist services are today located on the Zambian rather than the Zimbabwean side.
The prices include:
** Meals as detailed in brackets following each day's description below;
** All park entrance fees, VAT and other government taxes;
** Comprehensive pre-trip material.
Additional expenses not included:
- Meals not included;
- Some beverages;
- All international, regional and local scheduled flights;
- Requisite visas and other travel preparations like inoculations;
Those in Jim's South Africa tour who are not extending to the falls fly back to Maun to catch their international departures. You’ll instead fly to the northern city of Kasane, scheduled to arrive around noon. You’ll be met and escorted on your journey to the falls. You’ll first drive a short distance to where the great Zambezi River can be crossed with a power boat. On the other side of the river is the Zambian border post and after going through customs and immigration you’ll continue on the roughly hour long drive to Livingstone, the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Choose from either the most famous hotel here, The Royal Livingstone, or one of the best boutique lodges, Tongabezi River Lodge. When making your choice keep in mind that the cost at the Royal Livingstone covers nothing but your hotel. All meals (including breakfasts) and activities are extra. At Tongabezi all meals, most drinks and many activities are included.[no-meals]
All Activities from the Royal Livingstone cost extra
Included Activities at Tongabezi
Optional Activities at Additional Cost at Both Places
Visiting the Zimbabwean Side of the Falls
Two-thirds of the falls are in Zimbabwe, a third in Zambia. Each country has walking trails along the falls, but the Zimbabwean walking trails are considerably more extensive than the Zambian. You can independently walk across the bridge and pay entry into the Zimbabwean National Park provided you have purchased a multi-entry visa to Zambia for your return.
Would you like to stay longer? Additional nights are available for those interested.[no-meals]
You’ll be transferred to the Livingstone airport to begin your international journey home. All travels home will be either via Johannesburg or Nairobi.[no-meals]