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Section 3: In Livingstone’s footsteps

 
13 May - 20 May, 2020

Gaining momentum as it wends through the gorge, this once serene river plunges over Victoria Falls, descending in mighty zig-zagging rapids before entering Lake Kariba. We begin with an exciting safari in Botswana’s Chobe National Park before making our way to the idyllically situated Tongabezi Lodge. While there, we visit Tujatane School where former Northampton Saints and England forward, Steve Thompson, will introduce pupils to the game of rugby. An afternoon tracking rhino on foot is followed by a morning of canoeing as we approach “The Smoke That Thunders”. This section of our journey is wonderfully diverse, from gin tasting overlooking Victoria Falls to white water rafting, hiking and a spectacular helicopter flight over the vast, basalt gorge.
Woman helping teach child at Tujatane School, Zambia
White-water rafting in Batoka Gorge near Victoria Falls with Wild Horizons, Zambia/Zimbabwe
Lioness watching zebra herd in Chobe National Park, Botswana
River boat cruise to watch elephants from Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park, Botswana
Zambian child outside Tujatane School near Victoria Falls in Zambia
Aerial view of Tongabezi Lodge on Zambezi River near Victoria Falls, Zambia
Tourists tracking rhino on foot with guide from Thorntree River Lodge in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia
Guest chairs under tree overlooking herd of giraffe at Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel, Zimbabwe
Aerial view of helicopter 'Flight of Angels' over Victoria Falls by Wild Horizons
Guest at Gorges Lodge overlooking Batoka Gorge, Zimbabwe
Guide and travel marketer Honour Schram de Jong
Former England rugby player Steve Thompson catching rugby ball
Interior of luxurious guest suite at Chobe Game Lodge in Chobe National Park, Botswana
Exterior of Tongabezi Lodge on tranquil section of Victoria Falls
View of guest area and pool at luxurious Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia
Exterior of Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel, Zimbabwe
Guests at Gorge's Lodge watching Verreaux's eagle flying over gorge, Zimbabwe
Game drive near rhino with calf at Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel
Woman helping teach child at Tujatane School, Zambia
 
Discover the wildlife filled Chobe National Park

Go behind the scenes with Chobe’s elephant conservation team

Join former Northampton Saints and England legend Steve Thompson, teaching rugby at Tujatane School

Canoe the Zambezi, following Livingstone’s journey as he first set eyes on Mosi-oa-Tunya – “The Smoke That Thunders”
White-water rafting in Batoka Gorge near Victoria Falls with Wild Horizons, Zambia/Zimbabwe
 
Spend an afternoon tracking rhino on foot

Enjoy a unique gin tasting overlooking the game rich Victoria Falls National Park

A scenic helicopter “flight of angels” over the magnificent Victoria Falls

White water raft the twisting river course to Batoka Gorge
Lioness watching zebra herd in Chobe National Park, Botswana
 
Arrive in Kasane from where we transfer by road into the Chobe National Park for two days of exciting game viewing on land and water.
River boat cruise to watch elephants from Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe National Park, Botswana
 
Enjoy a magical sunrise breakfast aboard a river boat before continuing on an exciting game drive. In the afternoon we will see first-hand the important work of the elephant conservation team.
Zambian child outside Tujatane School near Victoria Falls in Zambia
 
A road transfer takes us across the border to Tongabezi Lodge in Zambia. After lunch on the river we visit Tujatane School to cheer the children on as they put their new rugby skills to the test.
Aerial view of Tongabezi Lodge on Zambezi River near Victoria Falls, Zambia
 
Breakfast overlooking the river is accompanied by a talk on missionary and explorer Dr David Livingstone, followed by a late morning hike along the riverbank. In the afternoon we canoe across the Zambezi to enjoy sundowners on a sandbar.
Tourists tracking rhino on foot with guide from Thorntree River Lodge in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia
 
This morning, we visit Simonga Village, returning to Tongabezi for lunch and the chance to learn more about the Tongabezi Trust. Then we head into the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where we will track rhino on foot from our next exceptional base.
Guest chairs under tree overlooking herd of giraffe at Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel, Zimbabwe
 
Today we begin our final journey towards Victoria Falls by canoe. If water levels permit, we will enjoy the views from Livingstone Island before crossing the bridge into Zimbabwe. Our reward for the morning’s exertions? An afternoon of gin tasting overlooking the Victoria Falls National Park.
Aerial view of helicopter 'Flight of Angels' over Victoria Falls by Wild Horizons
 
An exhilarating helicopter flight takes us over Victoria Falls to rapid 10 from where we raft into Batoka Gorge. In the evening, sundowners are usually complemented by the acrobatics of a resident pair of Verreaux’s Eagle.
Guest at Gorges Lodge overlooking Batoka Gorge, Zimbabwe
 
This morning we travel by road to Victoria Falls Airport.
Former England rugby player Steve Thompson catching rugby ball
 
Steve Thompson is a former Northampton Saints and England rugby player who won the world cup in 2003 with the rest of our heroes in that memorable, nail-biting final. Since his retirement, Steve has actively supported causes close to his heart, as an ambassador for a children’s charity and with the Northampton Saints Foundation, whilst also working in the media as a rugby analyst.
Interior of luxurious guest suite at Chobe Game Lodge in Chobe National Park, Botswana
 
Deep within the iconic Chobe National Park overlooking the life sustaining Chobe River, Chobe Game Lodge offers five-star luxury in the wilds of Botswana. The architecture is Moorish and graceful. High arches, barrel vault ceilings and tiled floors create an atmosphere of spaciousness and tranquillity. Between exciting activities relax in the large swimming pool or sit back on the sprawling deck, watching for herds of elephant as they make their way to the river to drink.
Exterior of Tongabezi Lodge on tranquil section of Victoria Falls
 
In a remote spot on the banks of the Zambezi River lies Tongabezi Lodge, which for 30 years has treated its guests to a perfect riverfront retreat. Each of the five ‘river cottages’ sits under an immense thatched roof, with open views to the river. The interiors are luxurious with four poster beds, floors scattered with Persian rugs and comfortable sofas furnished with hand-woven African-print cushions. The quality of service and cuisine are superb, further enhancing the splendid accommodation and idyllic location.
View of guest area and pool at luxurious Thorntree River Lodge, Zambia
 
Thorntree River Lodge is located on the game rich plains of the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. Built in an environmentally-conscious design with a contemporary flair, the eight huge tented rooms make use of natural materials that blend with the surrounding riverine vegetation. Each has indoor and outdoor bathrooms, and a private plunge pool. The centrally situated lounge and open dining area is a focal point to enjoy fine cuisine, glorious sunsets or simply just relax, watching the ever-changing scene on the mighty Zambezi River.
Exterior of Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel, Zimbabwe
 
The Stanley & Livingstone Hotel is situated on a 6,000 acre private nature reserve, just 15 minutes from Victoria Falls. This small luxury hotel has sixteen large suites, all of which are air-conditioned and have their own private patio. The natural thatch and brick main living area comprises a lavishly furnished living room and separate dining room, and a bar overlooking nearby waterholes where animals can be seen coming to drink throughout the day.
Guests at Gorge's Lodge watching Verreaux's eagle flying over gorge, Zimbabwe
 
Gorges Lodge is uniquely and spectacularly positioned on the edge of Batoka Gorge. Surrounding the lodge is unspoilt riverine vegetation inhabited by numerous species of wild animals and birds, all of which flock to the water edge to drink. Accommodation at Gorges consists of stone-under-thatch suites with wide verandas, all overlooking the gorge. Built on communal land, concession fees and royalties are paid to local village communities, helping them to improve schools, domestic water supplies and clinics.
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