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Where to after Victoria Falls?

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Where to after Victoria Falls?

Hi,

I am visiting Victoria Falls in a couple of weeks and was looking at staying at a lodge in Chobe for 2 days after 2 days in Livingstone. Is this the best park in the area or would I be best going to Hwange? If so, any suggestions of accommodation? We preferably would like a luxury tented camp or lodge at a reasonable rate.

Also, I just read the post re: the destruction by elephants at Chobe, do you think this will this significantly impact the experience? Is March a good time to see the herds? It seems like they would have moved on from this area?

Thanks so much

Michelle

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1. Re: Where to after Victoria Falls?

My husband just returned from safari ending in Chobe and he said that despite the rain the game in Chobe river area was great (buffalo, lion etc ) except no elephants (well not massive numbers), they are on their way back up and I am sure you will see them but probably not huge numbers.

But there are no tented camps as such inside the park - only lodges on the periphery of the park (Kasane town and surrounds and it really depehnds what sort of experience you want and budget as to what suits.

Hwange will be less people, but probably a bit more expensive (further to go).

Can give some suggestions of where to go if you have an idea of budget and your style preference (luxury, camping, tented, hotel etc).

Regards

Erica Wilson

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2. Re: Where to after Victoria Falls?

Thanks Erica,

We are going to Kruger for 3 days before Vic Falls and were going to Chobe to see the herds of animals (compared to the smaller groups in Kruger). For an all inclusive package (accom, game drives, food etc) our budget is around USD300 - 500 pp per night.

Do you suggest another country to go to instead to see the herds at this time of year?

Also, as we are booking late the Zambezi Sun is now USD400 per night compared to Royal Livingstone of USD500 (per room), it seems silly to pay so much for the 3 star Zambezi sun? what do you think?

I work at an airline so everything is standby travel so we will book accom once we know we get a seat on the plane, we leave Australia on Monday.

Cheers,

Michelle

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3. Re: Where to after Victoria Falls?

Hi Michelle

I would never pay $400 a night to stay at the Zambezi Sun Hotel (sorry ). It is a standard 'resort' hotel that is reliable and convenient, but not really oozing local charm. If you want to spend that much stay in one of the fully inclusive lodges in greater Livingstone and have an 'experience' rather than a stopover in Vic Falls. Stanley Sfari Lodge is not far out of town and offers a warm friendly service, great food and great views overlooking Livingstone and down to the Falls (it is not on the river) March is $350 and April is $380 USD per person per night including all meals, selection of drinks and 2 activities (Tour of Falls and Sunset Cruise). Unfortunately Waterberry Lodge is closed for renovations at the moment, or I would suggest you try that. If you wanted a hotel but not Zambezi Sun price range......I would go to the Zimbabwe side, there are many lovely hotels there and great pricing. Complication is that if you have already booked flights into Livingstone (rather than Vic Falls in Zimbabwe) you thenhave to pay a visa for Zambia $50 US per person and then a visa to go to Zimbabwe $30 US per person for Australians single entrance. But if you have not already booked flights, then you could fly into Vic Falls and on the Zim side you could stay in complete luxury at The Elephant Camp for around $300 US per person including all meals - it is really stunning. Or one of the many good value hotels in town (Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoira Falls Safari Lodge to name a few), all considerably cheaper than the late rate at Zambezi Sun.

As for where to go after Kruger.....tricky one as the game will just be picking up after the rainy season. Chobe area is less 'wild' than Hwange as it is so close to Kasane town and Vic Falls etc. But this also makes it more affordable. The mid price lodges in town like Kubu Lodge and Chobe Safari Lodge are really good value and offer packages with meals and activities - or you canjust make it up as you go along. If you can upgrade to a lodge out of town then Muchenje is the most 'safari' style lodge in the chobe area and you are looking at $350 - $420 a night here for a fully inclusive stay (meals, drinks, activities and transfers from Kasane). You are not on the river at Muchenje, but in a bush setting up high looking down across the floodplains and river to Namibia. Elephant Valley Lodge is another optiona, again not on the river, but they have a waterhole at camp that attracts a steady stream of elephants, it is very good value at only $300 a night perperson fully inclusive (except drinks).

I am not sure that Hwange is the answer in terms of large herds of animals at this time of year, but you would certainly see game. It has good range of small camps and lodges at very good vaue prices for a fully inlusive stay like The Hide ($340 a night), Somalisa ( $300 a night) as well as basic rest camps and camping options (but for 2 of you, a private camping trip may not work out any cheaper). The transfer out there is something to consider (road or air, depends which camp and how much time you have).

Please note any prices I have given are the recommended retail rates and if it is 'packaged' you would find that the price may be a bit better.

Kind REgards

Erica

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