The Chobe National Park in Botswana is only a 1¾-hour drive from Livingstone. It is one of the greatest game reserves in southern Africa and famous for the number of elephant that live there. The Chobe River flows lazily through the Caprivi flood plains and provides a haven for huge herds of buffalo and elephant, zebra, wildebeest and impala which are followed closely by predators including lion, hyena, the elusive leopard and the odd pack of the now rare wild dog. The bird life in particular is exceptional.
It is well worth taking a guided tour to discover how the Victoria Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. These tours of the Victoria Falls are extremely informative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre. Tours may be conducted from the Zambian or Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River and last for 1½ hours in Zambia and 2 hours in Zimbabwe.
Pumping vast amounts of power from huge jet engines, these powerboats shoot down the rapids below the Victoria Falls at 100 km an hour. A thrilling half hour spent flying over the water and 'buzzing' rock faces between rapids 23 and 27.
It is not often one can climb on to the back of an African elephant and set off at an easy rolling pace in search of other wild game: wild elephant, giraffe, buffalo and much more. This is an elephant 'experience' and the guides are highly trained experts in the behaviour of elephants and the wildlife around them.
A full day white water rafting trip includes 21 rapids, lunch and 9 ½ hours in the day, including the walk out of the gorge and the drive home. A half-day white water rafting trip in the morning takes in rapids 1 - 10, breakfast, a light lunch and a lift out of the gorge. The afternoon white water rafting trip includes lunch, rapids 11 - 21 and a lift out of the gorge.