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2023 Trip Guide

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2023 Trip Guide

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Paddle the Zambezi River Basin and the explore the game parks of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. In this 12-day adventure, raft the Class V Zambezi below Victoria Falls, paddle an inflatable kayak along the upper Zambezi, hike and explore Botswana’s Chobe National Park, visit game parks to spot safari animals, and kick back in 4-and 5-star luxury camps and wilderness outpost, even an elephant camp.
Enjoy 2 nights on a canoeing/kayaking safari on the Upper Zambezi River watching hippos, giraffe, elephants and crocs. Elephant Camp for two nights in luxurious safari tents, walk with a cheetah, meet a parade of rescued elephants. Plunge into the Devil’s Pool in Zambia, and challenge the mighty Zambezi’s huge, exciting but user-friendly rapids. Game viewing is also a highlight of this trip visiting game parks, national parks, and even the less visited, more remote wilderness areas. You can expect to see some of the Big Five; elephants, lions, leopards, rhinoceros, cape buffalo, and more. The elephant herds of Botswana and Zimbabwe are among the largest and most protected of Africa and thrive in the Basin. During the dry season, crowds of animals come to drink and frolic in the banks of the river.
Starting at
$6995 USD
Package Price

Trip Highlights

  • Raft the Zambezi River
  • Take a canoe or kayak safari of the Upper Zambezi
  • River explorations, game drives, and walking safaris
  • Stay in spectacular award winning accommodations
  • Top gear, experienced guides, and local hosts

Quick Facts


  • Rafting


  • Whitewater


  • Paddling Trip


  • Whitewater Class II
  • Whitewater Class III
  • Whitewater Class IV
  • Whitewater Class V


  • Africa


  • 12 Days


  • Lodge or Resort-Based


  • Yes


  • Fully

Special Interest

  • Family
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wilderness Gourmet
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Adventure Level

Easier Challenging


Meeting Place

Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe

Livingston Zambia,

Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe (or Livingston, Zambia). Soon after you land we will transfer to the Imbabala Safari Lodge and rendezvous with our trip leader for a welcome briefing. We’ll enjoy a toast after flying halfway around the world to converge on the incredible Victoria Falls

Day 1:

Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport, transfer to Imbabala Safari Lodge and meet with trip leader for welcome briefing. While at Imbabala, choose morning, afternoon or night drives or even a sunset river safari to get up close and personal with the wonderful game viewing of elephants & leopards!

Day 2:

Day trip into Botswana to Chobe National Park by boat and safari vehicle. Hippos, crocs, and elephants will dominate the landscape but zebra, cheetahs and lions are seen regularly. Tonight, we will return to the serenity and charm of our private camp. Overnight Imbabla.

Day 3:

Inflatable kayak safari to explore the Upper Zambezi & its network of coves& shoots. Tour of Victoria Falls, lunch at the lookout & fun opportunities to try zip lining, gorge swings or a canopy tour before we take a scenic ride in to the river camp with baboons. Riverside resort camp overnight.

Day 4:

2-person “kayaks” which are stable and easy to maneuver with fun rapids, but even better wildlife viewing. Overnighting on the banks of the Zambezi you should be ready for anything. Trips in the past have been woken up early by large herds of elephants crossing the river, more on

Dates & Packages

Zambezi River Explorer & Safari

October 20-31, 2023 November 1-12, 2023

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