VICTORIA FALLS 'THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS'

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Victoria Falls & Zimbabwe Safari Tours
Responsible, Sustainable EcoTourism

VICTORIA FALLS – THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS

3 DAYS from USD $990 p/p twin share

The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometres, while the spray and mist from the falling water is rising to a height of over 400 meters and can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometres. No wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya “The smoke that thunders”.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Feel the energy of Victoria Falls “The Smoke that Thunders on your guided tour”
  • See the Falls from above on an exciting Helicopter Flight
  • Dinner on the helipad with Victoria Falls as your stunning backdrop
  • Enjoy a relaxed sunset river cruise on the mighty Zambezi River
  • Free time to explore Victoria Falls township on your own
  • Option to add a full day safari to Chobe National Park
  • Boma dinner cultural experience

INCLUSIONS

  • 2 nights 4* accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Sunset Boat Cruise
  • Dinner on the Helipad
  • Helicopter Ride over the Falls
  • Private guide for Victoria Falls tour
  • Optional Visit to Local Community
  • 3 x breakfasts, 1 x dinner
  • Responsible Tourism, you make an impact just by traveling

OPTION +1 DAY USD $485 PP TWIN

  • Add a full day river & game drive in Chobe National Park, Botswana
  • Unique cultural experience of traditional Boma Dinner. Four course meal, energetic song and dance.
  • 1 night 4* accommodation
  • 1 x breakfast, 1 x dinner
Sunset cruise on Zambezi
Helicopter ride
Hippo
Vic Falls
Helipad dinner
Elephants swimming
Day 1

ZAMBEZI RIVER SUNSET BOAT CRUISE

Transfer to your accommodation and enjoy some time to relax and freshen up before your sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. Pick up 4pm for Sunset Cruise.

Pick up 7pm: Enjoy a spectacular dining experience – Dinner on the Helipad. The location is uniquely set atop an elevated position providing commanding views of the surrounding bush, with the most exquisite backdrop of the rising smoke emerging from the chasm of Batoka Gorge a kilometre away.

The crowning glory scene stealer is the unimaginable beauty of the most fantastic star strewn sky you will ever see – streaked regularly by shooting stars allowing wishes to be made in the most enchanting environment you’ll ever likely encounter.  (Dinner). Overnight at Batonka Guest Lodge or other 4* accommodation.

NB: If there are not enough people booked for this event, an alternate restaurant will be offered.

Day 2

HELICOPTER FLIGHT OVER VICTORIA FALLS + GUIDED VICTORIA FALLS TOUR.

After breakfast at your hotel you will board a helicopter for the “Flight of Angels”. Pick up is 8am. It is an amazing journey over the 1700m vast curtain of water known locally as the “Mosi oa Tunya” (Victoria Falls, the smoke that thunders) and along the Zambezi River and the Zambezi National Park. Passengers are treated to an unforgettable helicopter journey comprising of 4 circuits (2 on either side) offering unrivalled spectacular views, photographic, and filming opportunities and putting the full breadth and height of The Falls into glorious perspective within the surrounding environment.

You will be picked up at 10am for a guided tour of Victoria Falls.

The afternoon can be spent at leisure, exploring the town or participating in some optional activities at own expense.

** There is a great opportunity to visit an authentic local village to see first hand how the locals live, eat, sleep, work and generally survive on a day to day basis.   The villagers have no prior warning of your arrival and you wil learn how they collect water with no modern plumbing or a simple tap to turn, keep their livestock safe from lions and other predators or read at night with no electricity to flick on a light and so much more!  A day you will not forget and will definitely get you thinking on how many of our daily actions we take for granted!  + USD$50 p/p.

Overnight at Batonka Guest Lodge or other 4* accommodation.

Day 3

IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

Enjoy your last breakfast at the hotel before departing your accommodation for the airport and your onward journey.

OPTION: ADD A FULL DAY CHOBE NATIONAL PARK SAFARI, BOTSWANA + TRADITIONAL BOMA DINNER FR. USD $485 p/p twin

Grab an early morning breakfast before you head to Chobe in Botswana for a full day trip. The Safari package comprises of a Cruise on the Chobe River and a Game Drive in the world famous Chobe National Park. Be ready for pick up from 7am. You will return to your hotel approx 5.45pm.

Only an hour’s drive from Victoria Falls, the Chobe National Park in Botswana is home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa. Bordered by the banks of the breath-taking Chobe River, it is famous for its rich elephant and lion population. The tour departs daily from Victoria Falls where guests are transferred by road for 70km to the border where their Botswana guide will meet them after immigration procedures. You will freshen up quickly before dinner.

NB: When applying for your Zimbabwe Visa, you must obtain a double entry visa to enable you to move between the two countries, Zimbabwe & Botswana.

Evening pick up 6.45pm. Your meal tonight will be a Boma Dinner, a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa. The evening is accentuated by traditional dancers who captivate guests with their energetic songs and dance.

Tuck into a four-course meal, having a superb selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes and their renowned warthog fillet. Everyone’s tastes are catered for, and whilst the adventurous are enticed with local delicacies such as Mopani worms and game stews, those wishing to enjoy beef, pork, fish and chicken or a variety of vegetarian meals are welcome to do so.  Overnight at Batonka Guest Lodge or other 4* accommodation.

NB: There are many additional activities and we can chop and change as desired. This itinerary is the most efficient use of time with an exciting variety of activities.

batonka lodge

BATONKA LODGE, VICTORIA FALLS

Batonka Lodge has 22 rooms beautifully appointed rooms. Each has a bathroom en-suite and balcony, are comfortably furnished and have, TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, universal chargers and a tea/coffee station.

There are two blocks of 6 rooms  and two blocks of 5 rooms, each carefully positioned around the property to give maximum privacy and views of a carefully tended garden.

11 of these rooms have a bathroom with a double basin vanity unit, bath, toilet and shower. The other 11 are the same but have no bath tub.

The rooms can all be converted from a twin room to a double room on request.

Housekeeping is provided daily.

The restaurant offers a full English Breakfast, and a delicious choice of wholesome home style cooking for lunch and dinner.

The main area has dining facilities, lounge areas, curio shop and the reception which is available to guests 24 hours a day. The dining facility can be either indoors or on a large spacious and outdoor terrace area overlooking the garden and swimming pool. There is a comfortable lounge area inside with a fireplace, and an outside lounge area is also available for guests.

Whilst Batonka Guest Lodge was built primarily with the visitor’s comfort in mind, the environmental aspect has always been a top priority.

The following features have been implemented in order for us to play a leading role in energy saving and respect for the environment:

  • Solar geysers for all the rooms.
  • Air conditioners that are ozone friendly  compliant.
  • Air conditioners that have inverters and consume 40% less power.
  • Grey water recycling into the gardens to conserve water.
  • Garden Irrigation systems on timers to conserve water.
  • Waste separation and organic waste used in vermiculture to produce vermicompost.
  • Led lighting to reduce electricity consumption.
  • Responsible towel and sheet laundering (to reduce water consumption).

EXCLUSIONS
– Visa fees and requirements
– Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
– Gratuities/tipping
– Optional activities/tours
– Personal expenses
– Travel insurance (Mandatory)

* Please Note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised with Trailblazers Travel.

Terms & Conditions apply.

Single supplement +$495 for advertised itinerary.

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  • About Us

    Trailblazers Travel is an independent Tour & Travel Agency offering small group travel.  In addition, any itinerary can be taken independently, at any time of the year.

    Our tours are always responsible, sustainable, ethical and where possible, also incorporate ecotourism into our itineraries.

    When choosing our partners, we like to ensure we are helping in the following ways…

    Creating jobs and opportunity for locals;

    Ensuring the money you spend stays local;

    All interactions with people, communities, and animals are a positive experience and not an exploitation of resources;

    Showing respect to people who live in the places visited and engage with them in a dignified way.

    Our travelers arrive as new friends and often leave like family.  They are from all walks of life, uniting them is where they are going.

Why Trailblazers Travel

By choosing Victoria Falls tour travel with Trailblazers Travel, you are aligning yourself with an organisation that gives our guests real, authentic and life changing experiences, works with responsible travel operators to leave a social impact, and gives you the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself.

We believe in contributing to change and making a difference, whether through the use of local staff and guides, or by donating to WaterAid Australia on behalf of every person who travels with us.

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