DAY ONE:

Access to Livingstone, located at the Victoria Falls, on the Zambian side is most easy through Johannesburg. There are numerous domestic airlines which fly daily. Our suggestion is South African Airways, which departs Johannesburg at 10h40 and arrives in Livingstone at 12h30.

On arrival at Livingstone International Airport, you will be met by professional staff who will assist you with luggage and escort you to the awaiting air-conditioned vehicles. From there it is a short ride, through the bustling town of Livingstone. This is your first sight of “real Africa” with dusty, pot-holed roads, street vendors selling anything from curios to dried fish, locals carrying large water containers on their heads, and local taxis darting in and out of the traffic. After a 15minute transfer you will arrive at the Royal Landing, your first sight of the mighty Zambezi, and where the adventure really begins. Dependent on water levels, you will board the water taxi for your ride down to The Royal Livingstone or Zambezi Sun. Your luggage will proceed direct to the hotel. Take in the sights and sounds of the river, and, if you are really lucky, see elephants grazing on the river banks, hippos wallowing in the shallow pools, and most spectacular, the majestic call of the Fish Eagle, all in a 15 minute transfer.

Your motorized taxi arrives at the landing of your first nights accommodation, the impressive Royal Livingstone Hotel. Part of the Sun International Group, this hotel is perfectly situated along the banks of the Zambezi River, with all the rooms being river facing. Check-in in the cool of the lounge, where you can freshen-up with cool scented towels and a relaxing hand massage. With the SAA flight you arrive just in time for a light lunch at the restaurant.

The rest of the afternoon is time to relax at the hotel, take a well deserved nap in the air-conditioned room, relax at the pool, or enjoy a massage in the gazebos, well located at the river frontage.

Around 4pm you gather in the foyer for the short walk to view the spectacular Falls. The advantage of staying at the Sun International properties is that the entrance to the Falls is included in the room rate. It is literally a 10 minute stroll and immediately, looming in front of you, is one of the seven wonders of the world…. The Victoria Falls. The first sight will literally take your breath away as the incredible volume of water cascades over the edge creating a natural rain forest. There are numerous vantage point to view the Falls, depending on water levels (best viewing is March – May, when water levels are at their peak).  For the more adventurous there is Bungi jumping & bridge swing available.

Around 6pm its time to gather on the deck for sundowners. Sip cocktails whilst the sun dips on the horizon, the sun’s rays shining through the mist created by the falls. Magical, mystical and spiritual! Dinner is best served under the Monkey Tree, al fresco dining at its best. Lanterns in the trees and on the ground light up the lawns of the hotel, whilst white-gloved waiters serve the “Tastes of Zambia” (e.g. crocodile curry, kapenta salad and and local fish) or ala carte menu .

If you wish, enjoy a night-cap in the bar, or head straight to bed for a well earned rest.

DAY TWO:

Day two starts early with a wake up call at 07h00. Head down to the landing for the short motorized boat ride to Livingstone Island, located in the middle of the Zambezi River, touching the lip of the Victoria Falls, where the water thunders down the 103m drop.

Livingstone Island was opened in 1995 to provide exclusive and unique picnics on the edge of the Victoria Falls. This is without doubt one of the best places to witness this immense mass of water, the place where Dr David Livingstone first glimpsed Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke That Thunders). For the strong-hearted enjoy a swim in Devil’s Pool, a natural pool located right on the edge of the Falls. Your local guide will explain the history of the island as well as accompany you to the pool. After this exhilarating experience enjoy a relaxed breakfast on the island.

At 09h00 head back to the hotel, navigating the currents and waterways, where you will have time to freshen-up and check-out of the hotel.

After breakfast head out to Batoka Sky’s landing site, where you will enjoy “The Flight of Angels”. Undoubtedly one of the best ways to truly understand the magnitude of the Falls, is to view by air, and what more exhilarating way to do this than by helicopter. The most popular ride is 15 minutes, which is more than enough time to take in the whole area. If you really want an adrenalin rush you could also view the Falls by microlight.

Whilst your luggage gets taken direct to Tongabezi, you will head for Natural Mystic, one of the sites from where you can launch canoes. Embark on a privately guided canoe safari which takes you through narrow channels on the mighty Zambezi River. Paddle past crossing Elephants and hippo pools and spot abundant birdlife and game as you drift past the Zambezi Game Park. Truly one of the most exciting and adventurous activities in Africa.

Your canoes will stop directly in front of Tongabezi. Enjoy a light lunch at the lodge before heading out to Sindabezi Island, by boat, your base for the last night.

Sindabezi Island is unique. An idyllic, exclusive camp on our very own private isle on the Zambezi River it is the only luxury bush camp in the Victoria Falls region and in 2008 was selected by The Sunday Times in London as one of the best remote places to stay in the world.

Sindabezi has only five open-sided thatched cottages, allowing guests to soak up the sights and sounds of the African bush in the perfect, pristine setting. Views across the flood plains of the Zambezi and into the nearby National Park complete the experience.

The main camp area is set on the sand and is a perfect place to relax, unwind and simply enjoy the peace and tranquility of this tiny isle. This area boasts two decks: the secluded mokoro deck is tucked away at the end of island; whilst the star gazing deck is a wonderful spot for dining and game watching. The new main dining area is set on an elevated deck up in the trees.

At night, the camp truly weaves its spell as you dine under a canopy of stars, with the river meandering past and the unmistakable sounds of hippos wallowing nearby: an experience never to be forgotten.

Sindabezi Island Camp now also boasts state-of-the-art solar panelling set amidst the thatch. This means that all chalets now enjoy hot water and bedside lighting, without forsaking traditional camp atmosphere.

DAY THREE:

After a relaxing morning it is time to head back to the Main Camp, Tongabezi. From here you will transfer direct to Livingstone Airport, and your flight home.