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#6974592 - 11/27/17 09:05 PM Help with Zambia Trip
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This coming summer I have the opportunity to go to Zambia on a mission trip thru a ministry we are involved in and take my family to serve in a community where we are sponsoring a child. Trip will be a non-hunting trip. They offer several add-on sight seeing trips — Victoria Falls (hotel Livingston or Avani Hotel) + Chobe park versus Lower Zambezi Nat Park ( chiawa camp)

Would welcome any input or advice.

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#6974866 - 11/28/17 08:28 AM Re: Help with Zambia Trip [Re: RedSnake]
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In my opinion Zambia is the better of the two countries around the Vic Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya). But time of the year is crucial depending on the rains which generally start around late October. We went once a month after the rains and the water coming over the falls was so great it made thick mist you couldn't see the falls.
Royal Livingstone is a top quality place and the last hotel (i may be mistaken) before the falls. I has private access to the falls which means skipping all the street vendors. Prepare to get hassled beyond belief as the vendors will try and sell you anything. Prices of carvings and gifts are three times higher than those vendors in the town.
We did white water rafting, did the falls and tiger fishing....all a must in my book. The Zambians are friendly people and there is plenty to do in the area.
Both Chobe and the Lower Zambezi are fantastic for wildlife. I think and again I may be mistaken if you want to go into the Chobe you have to cross into Bots which means going through Kazangula and that place my friend you want avoid at all costs. I hate that border post, chaos in it's purest form!

Have fun and send pics when you get a chance!

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#6974878 - 11/28/17 08:35 AM Re: Help with Zambia Trip [Re: RedSnake]
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Thanks for the feedback. Also will be going back in 2020 for a hunting safari — will be sure to keep you in mind. Will you be at Dallas safari club convention in Jan?
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#6974976 - 11/28/17 10:02 AM Re: Help with Zambia Trip [Re: RedSnake]
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I agree with Kingsview that if you visit Vic Falls, staying on the Zambia side is preferred. The Livingstone is first-class, but expensive. The A'Zambezi Lodge and Safari Lodge are also great choices. There are lots of great excursions depending on how adventurous you are... Zip-lining, a hike into the bottom of the falls, and wading the Devil's pool are my top 3 excursions. If you prefer less adventurous, a sunset cruise or a walking tour are great ways to see the falls and lots of wildlife.

Chobe Park is definitely worth the trip imo...It's about an hour and a half drive from Vic falls, and you do need to cross the Botswana border, but it was no big deal when we made a few crossings this past May. If you are with a professional tour guide, I wouldn't give it a second thought... Tiger fishing is also a must anywhere you can go along the Zambezi. Closer to the Caprivi Strip the better fishing in my experience! PM me anytime with questions... Have fun!


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#6975018 - 11/28/17 10:22 AM Re: Help with Zambia Trip [Re: RedSnake]
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That's a very nice tiger.
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#6975149 - 11/28/17 12:18 PM Re: Help with Zambia Trip [Re: RedSnake]
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Loc: Eastern Cape, South Africa
Anytime. Happy to help. Unfortunately we won't, we are expecting our second little one around that time so we are unable to travel.
Enjoy your trip.
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#6975397 - 11/28/17 03:51 PM Re: Help with Zambia Trip [Re: syncerus]
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Originally Posted By: syncerus
That's a very nice tiger.


Thank you... We had an epic trip this past May fishing 5 days on the Namibian side of the Zambezi in the Caprivi strip. It's a bucket list destination if you ever get the chance... I have a fantastic outfitter that I can recommend there as well.






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#6978570 - 12/01/17 07:52 AM Re: Help with Zambia Trip [Re: RedSnake]
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Registered: 04/10/17
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Go and see all that time permits.

You'll not regret it!

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#6978585 - 12/01/17 08:05 AM Re: Help with Zambia Trip [Re: RedSnake]
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We stayed at the Zambezi Sun on the Zambian side of Vic Falls. Very nice. It was a break while we were helping at a Rafiki orphanage. God bless you guys and what you're doing.

If you walk across the bridge to the Zim side, be prepared for the barrage of con artists, beggars, and peddlers.
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