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Victoria Falls Big 5 Safari

The Victoria Falls big 5 safari tour is an intense adventure from Africa’s iconic Vic Falls. This year-round wildlife bonanza combines the splendour of the World Heritage Site with some of the best big game in Hwange National Park.

  • Victoria Falls
  • Hwange National Park
  • 7 days/6 nights

Highlights of the Victoria Falls big 5 safari

  • We spend 3 nights at the gracious Ilala Lodge because it’s the closest hotel to the actual rain forest and the town centre. (So don’t be surprised to see warthog and elephant as they wander around town.)
  • You can get very active in Africa’s “adventure capital”
  • plenty of time for intense game viewing in Zambezi National Park
  • soak up the splendour of the rain forests overlooking the falls themselves
  • it’s just a short flight to Hwange for 3 nights in the heart of the National Park. (The reserve is on the north eastern border with Botswana so it shares the same eco system as Chobe)
  • we’ll stay at the intimate Davison’s Safari Camp, under a canopy of ancient false mopane tree. The camp overlooks an extremely productive waterhole so both game and predators come to drink
  • accommodation is in large, safe and comfortable safari tents with open deck with a fire pit for dining to complete the quintessential safari experience.

Best time to do this safari tour

Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park are great year round destinations. The rainforest around the Falls is always soaked in the spray from the Falls so we’ll provide a raincoat and waterproof bag for your camera.

  • May to October – dry season when Hwange is at its very best. Large herds of elephants and other animals come to the waterholes to drink.
  • April, May and September – the temperatures are pleasant with little rain.
  • Do take some time to read these notes on our “secret seasons in Africa” as you’re most likely to miss the crowds and get the best prices.

See ‘useful info’ below for optional activities

An excellent value Big 5 safari available year round

(Photos courtesy Dana Allen and Mike Myers for Wilderness Safaris; Tami Walker)

ItineraryFrom $1795

Day 1 Arrive Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Day 1 Arrive Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe View More

You'll be met on arrival by our driver for the 35 minute transfer to Ilala Lodge, your base for 3 nights. Time to arrange your sunset cruise and tour of the Falls. You'll be met on arrival.

Day 2 Trip to Chobe National Park, Botswana Day 2 Trip to Chobe National Park, Botswana View More

You'll be picked up and driven to Chobe NP for the day. The park has more elephants than anywhere else in Africa plus Buffalo, warthog, zebra, kudu, impala and 450 birds species!

Day 3 Escorted tour of the World Heritage Site Day 3 Escorted tour of the World Heritage Site View More

Vic Falls is a bucket list must see and you're about to find out why! One of the natural wonders of the world. 1700m wide and a 100m drop. Take a raincoat, the spray is constant all year round!

Day 4 Depart for Hwange National Park Day 4 Depart for Hwange National Park View More

You'll be picked up from your hotel after breakfast and driven to the Airport for the short flight to Hwange. You're met at the Linkwasha airstrip for game drive transfer to Davison's Camp

Day 5-6 Davison's Camp, Hwange NP Day 5-6 Davison's Camp, Hwange NP View More

The Camp is set among ancient false mopane trees overlooking a waterhole where predators and plains game come to drink.Game drives, guided walks, visit a local village, sundowner drives.

Day 7 Depart Davison's Camp for Vic Falls Day 7 Depart Davison's Camp for Vic Falls View More

A final game drive transfer back to the airstrip for your flight to Vic Falls Airport and your onward travel.

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Useful info How to get thereTips and notesReviews

How to get there

Vic Falls is an easy flight from Johannesburg.

Tips and notes

This Big 5 safari tour is based on two sharing and includes:

  • 3 nights at Ilila Lodge with breakfast
  • Sunset cruise on the Upper Zambezi
  • Tour of the Falls including raincoats, bottled water and transfers
  • Return air transfers between Vic Falls and Hwange National Park
  • 3 nights at the Hwange camp on full board basis including local brand drinks
  • Game activities include game drives in open 4×4 vehicles
  • Guided walks in the early mornings and evenings
  • View game from your tent veranda during siesta time and watch thirsty wildlife drinking from the waterhole
  • Guests can visit a local village and even participate in community projects

Excludes:

  • Entry fee to the Falls US$30 per person (subject to change)
  • Lunch, dinner, drinks and laundry at the hotel
  • Visa fees and gratuities and items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance

Year round activities at Vic Falls:

  • bunjee jumping
  • white water rafting
  • microlight flights
  • river cruises
  • fishing expeditions
  • excellent spas
  • golf courses
  • horse carriage rides
  • game drives into the surrounding National Parks

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"Victoria Falls in January:  We had a wonderful time The service was wonderful. Everything taken care of, and organized very well. Pick up and drop off, tours etc were well"

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"Victoria Falls Big 5 Special – September Hi Mark, Feedback all very positive. We had a fantastic time, all the transfers and logistics went very smoothly which can make or"

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"Victoria Falls,January::  Holiday to remember! Booking the holiday was very easy as our agent was brilliant and delivered exactly what we asked for! VSFL was amazing with stunning views all"

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"We were impressed with all aspects of our safari. The Ilala lodge was lovely and also handy in terms of location to the Falls and town. "

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