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Is 3 Nights Enough?

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Is 3 Nights Enough?

Hi all,

Am looking to travel to Livingstone in late September/early October to do a 1-2 day safari and see Victoria Falls from the Zim and Zam sides. Is 3 nights/3 days enough to do all of this? Has anyone done the Chobe safari from Livingstone and found it to be worthwhile?


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1. Re: Is 3 Nights Enough?

Hi- 3 days/nights should be plenty- it actually only takes about half an hour to see the falls themselves, though if you're seeing both sides the border crossing will eat up some time. However, there's so much else you can do in the area- a pretty endless list of adrenaline activities- that you could easily fill 2 full days.

Alexandra Matts- Travel Director- Extraordinary Africa

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Glad to hear. Thanks, Alexandra!

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3. Re: Is 3 Nights Enough?

Part of this depends on how careful and observer you are and how many pictures you take.

We took three hours on each of both sides. In fact, we went twice on each side. If you take the stairs all the way down to the Boiling Pot on the Zambia side, you cannot do it justice in less than a couple of hours. This was a major reason for our 35 day trip to southern Africa from the US and we wanted to savor the experience.

We did several game drives and river trips on each side, but the thing not to miss is Chobe. We were at the Old House for four nights. The river cruise is essential there. We loved it.

We suggest going to Botswana from Zimbabwe and then from Botswana to Livingstone. It will save you on your visa cost and you will only have to do the ferry once.

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4. Re: Is 3 Nights Enough?

We just returned from our trip to Africa including Vic Falls and Chobe. We did one night at the Falls and two nights outside Chobe in Kasane. In hindsight I'd flip it and do two nights at the falls and one night at Chobe. We did two game drives and a river cruise at Chobe, but one drive one river cruise would've been enough and we felt pretty rushed at the falls. We also went on to a 6 night safari in South Africa so we ended up seeing even more than we got at Chobe though the sunset river cruise was uniquely beautiful.

We arrived mid day in Zambia and spent all afternoon viwing the falls on the Zam side before drinks at sunset at the hotel. The next morning we got an early start and walked through the border crossing to view the falls from the Zim side. We had an afternoon pickup at 1pm so we spent about 2-3 hours at the falls before rushing back to make our pickup.

It's certainly possible to see all of the falls in a day, but it makes for a tight schedule. If time and money were no object I'd probably dedicate 3 nights to each, but given that's not realistic and I could only allot three days in the general area a 2 nights one place and 1 the other worked for us. I would certainly say that Chobe was worth it, and giving it an overnight avoids coming it with all the daytrippers.

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