Victoria Falls is near to the border town of Kazungula, where four countries meet – Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana. Each with their own variety of unique wildlife game reserves and national parks. Offering a wide range of accommodation within the parks, from basic camping right through to luxury lodges.
There is a wide range of adventure activities in the Livingstone area, including some out-of-the-ordinary modes of game viewing.
On the water, the tour operator’s Livingstone Drift Tour offers the chance to spot animals and birds from an inflatable raft, with the job of paddling falling to a guide. Then there are river safaris on propeller-free boats, which operate in water as shallow as 20cm, getting as close as 200m to the Falls. The boats offer the thrill of speeding over rapids and slowing down for leisurely game viewing around islands. Canoe safaris are also on offer.
On land, the Birds of Zambezi Walk is led by professional guides who explain calls, nesting habits and migratory patterns. Viewing locations change with the season. Horse-riding safaris take place along national park trails that afford spectacular views of The Falls.
A two-hour drive from Livingstone is Kafue National Park, with a number of lodges and camps to accommodate guests. Guided walks, night and day drives, specialist birding drives, boating excursions, fishing and canoeing are safari activities to participate in.
Chobe National Park
The Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls is just an hour’s drive from Botswana’s Chobe National Park, which is abundant with lions and elephant. Early-morning game drives and late-afternoon boat cruises are routine in this location. The latter provides a different perspective of elephants, as they swim from island to island and enjoy mudbaths.
Other animal activities in the Kasane locale include the Kazungula Snake Park, the Chobe Crocodile Farm in Kazungula Village; and the Kazuma Forest Reserve, which boasts the world’s busiest elephant corridor connecting the Chobe National Park to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
The Chobe River is good for fishing, especially at Ichingo and Sedudu islands. There are designated fishing points on the banks of the river. There’s also the Baobab Tree behind Kasane Police Station. With a hollow big enough to enter, it was once used as a prison by the colonial administration.