Most people are unaware of just how close The Chobe national park is to Victoria Falls – which is surely on everyone’s bucket list! The Falls are at their most spectacular in the months from May through to September when the Zambezi floods with waters from the Angolan Highlands.
For all guests staying at the Pangolin Chobe Hotel for four nights or more, we will include a day trip to see the Victoria Falls as part of your stay – Free Of Charge*
If you are feeling like treating yourself to an amazing experience we can even arrange to add on a helicopter flight over the falls in the afternoon!
Activities are mainly on the river…that’s what the Chobe is famous for!
The Chobe is often combined with other iconic destinations in the region that offer only land-based game activities. For this reason (and because the river is so special) you can expect to do more activities on the photo boats rather than the game viewer while at The Pangolin Chobe Hotel. As a guideline this ratio will be about three to one in favour of water-based activities.
- 4 nights at Pangolin Chobe Hotel
- Twice daily game activities
- Photo Tuition from The Pangolin Photo Host
- Cameras, lenses and memory cards
- All meals and drinks
- Vic Falls Day Trip
- Airport transfers (if required)
- Park fees and tourism levies
- Visa fees if applicable
- Laundry and items of a personal nature
- Entrance to Victoria Falls National Park (approx $35)
- Scenic Helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls (approx $165)
For most photographers visiting Victoria Falls the only real reason to be there is to see The Falls themselves. The rest of the activities there (mostly involving lots of adrenaline) don’t really appeal to most of our clients.
Thus if it’s just The Falls you want to see then it is very accessible as a day trip from the Pangolin Chobe Hotel. The transfer by road takes just under two hours, with part of the trip driving through the Victoria Falls National Park. You will be collected at the hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle and taken all the way through in the same car.
Once you are at Victoria Falls you pay the entrance fee (you will need around US$50 in cash for this as we can’t pay it in advance) and then make your way to the edge.
With the water cascading towards you from the Zambian side of the Falls the vantage point from the Zimbabwean side is altogether more photogenic. If the waterfall is in full flow – between March and May – the conditions might even be right to see a rainbow in the mist.
It really isn’t necessary to join a guided tour as you will simply make your way along one concrete pathfinding different places to photograph.
After you have all the shots you need on foot you have time for a quick lunch (we can recommend a few places) and then, if you feel like it, we can book you a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls to see this amazing natural wonder in all its splendor from the air.
You don’t have to decide right away as you can add this one when you get to Botswana. We do, however, advise you to book it in advance if you are travelling in the more popular tourist months from April to October to avoid disappointment.
You will arrive back at The Pangolin Chobe Hotel in the late afternoon and be just in time to enjoy a sundowner in The Pangolin bar as the sun sets over the Caprivi Strip.