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Safaris From Victoria Falls - Compare 271 Tours

Some travelers visit Victoria Falls and return home without going on safari. But considering how many wonderful national parks there are within easy reach of Victoria Falls, it really would be a shame to come this far and not go on safari. The popularity of Victoria Falls means that there are lots of highly professional operators with experience in combining it with parks all across this corner where Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana meet (and Namibia is also not far away). To make it work, start planning now, because leaving it until the last minute or until you’re in the destination to plan your safari will seriously limit what really are some incredible options.

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5 Questions About Safaris From Victoria Falls


5 Questions About Safaris From Victoria Falls

Answered by Anthony Ham

Where can I go on a safari tour from Victoria Falls?

“Victoria Falls is in the heart of some incredible wildlife country. Closest to the Falls on the Zimbabwean side of the border is Zambezi National Park, with its long frontage along the banks of the Zambezi River. Just across the border in Zambia, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is another possibility. Both of these parks host a fair selection of general wildlife, but big cats (lions and leopards) are quite scarce in Zambezi NP and absent altogether from Mosi-oa-Tunya. If you’re willing to travel a little farther, then you might consider Hwange National Park (in Zimbabwe) or Chobe National Park (across the border in Botswana). Both have amazing wildlife and are close enough to Victoria Falls to be visited as a day trip (though an overnight safari would be more relaxed). If you’re willing to fly, which may not be an affordable option for some travelers, you could go even farther afield, including to Matusadona or Mana Pools National Parks in Zimbabwe, South Luangwa or Kafue National Parks in Zambia, or the Okavango Delta in Botswana.”


Is Chobe National Park or Hwange National Park better for a safari from Victoria Falls?

“Chobe (Botswana) and Hwange (Zimbabwe) are two of my favorite wildlife parks in southern Africa, and I would find it impossible to choose between the two. Why not visit both? Then again, each offers quite a different experience. Chobe is a wonderfully varied park with two main wildlife areas. Chobe riverfront, close to where Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia intersect, is fabulous and the wildlife viewing is concentrated in quite a small and manageable area. A little farther away is Savuti, which feels more remote but is just as good for animals. You can visit Hwange National Park without having to cross any international borders (if you’re coming from the Zimbabwean section of Vic Falls). Like Chobe, it’s a vast park with a fantastic habitat that ranges from light woodlands to salt lakes.”


How many days do I need for a trip from Victoria Falls?

“How much time you need for your safari tour from Victoria Falls will depend on how much time you have, what you can afford and where you would like to go. Leaving aside the question of cost for a moment, a half-day is sufficient for a quick safari into Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe) or Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, both of which are less than 30 minutes’ drive from the falls. Heading further afield, several operators offer 1-day safaris from Vic Falls to Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe) or Chobe National Park (Botswana). It’s around three hours in either direction from Vic Falls to Hwange’s main gate, and almost two hours to Chobe, so a 1-day safari will tend to be quite a rushed business, but it is still definitely worthwhile if that’s all the time you can afford. A far more relaxed option would be to dedicate 2 to 3 days to either Hwange or Chobe. Both parks deserve as much time as you can give them, so adding extra days to each is always worth it. With a week in total, you could maybe even visit Vic Falls, and both Hwange and Chobe, although, again, 10 days would be even better.”


Which animals can I expect to see?

“Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is one of the reliable places in the region to see white rhinos (you may even be able to go walking with them). Zambezi National Park is good for elephant, hippo, giraffe, buffalo and spotted hyena, and big cats are always possible. Chobe is known for its elephant herds, and you’ll almost certainly see them (as well as buffalo, hippo, crocodile and more) on your trip along Chobe riverfront. Lions are also a possibility but leopards and cheetahs can be elusive, though travelers consistently report seeing both at Savuti. Other possibilities include zebra, waterbuck, impala and puku. Chobe is also outstanding for birding. Hwange is every bit as good for seeing animals, with elephant and lion the major highlights. Also possible are leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, buffalo, sable and roan antelope, oryx and so much more.”


How much will this safari cost?

“How much you pay for your safari depends on lots of different factors, including where you decide to go, what season you’re traveling in, how long your safari is, what kind of accommodation you choose, and so on. Another variable is the type of safari you choose. A private safari where you have the guide, vehicle and driver all to yourself will always cost more than a group safari, while a self-drive safari will usually cost somewhere in between. A safari that includes flying between the various parks will also cost significantly more. If you are looking at a short safari, expect to pay around US$55 to US$110 per person for a half-day excursion into Zambezi or Mosi-oa-Tunya NPs, or US$150 to US$300 for a 1-day trip to Hwange and Chobe. For a cheap, multiple-day camping safari to Chobe or Hwange in the low season, you might be able to organize a tour for around US$150 to US$200 per person per day. For an all-inclusive luxury safari with flights, prices might start at US$450 per person per day, but could cost double that. Regardless of how much you pay, always make sure you understand what’s included and what’s not included in any price you’re quoted.”