5 days
Duration

The 5-day Victoria Falls Best Budget Safari tour booked through Moafrika Tours combines the magic of Victoria Falls waterfall with exhilarating adventure activities and a magical safari tour of Stanley & Livingstone National Park in Zimbabwe and Chobe National Park in Botswana.

You’re treated to an idyllic boat cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, breathtaking vistas at one of the Seven Wonders of the World, a personal encounter with black rhino in Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve, a choice of wild activities and popular eateries in town with panoramic views of the Falls and a full-day safari tour of one of Botswana’s premier wildlife destinations.

Guests stay in budget-friendly accommodation in Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side which is close to the iconic waterfall and the major attractions in the area. Transfers from/to Victoria Falls Airport and a shuttle service to the action adventures and restaurants in town are part of the package as well as a hearty breakfast.

Your first evening in Victoria Falls is spent floating down the Zambezi River with a drink in hand while viewing an incredible array of wildlife and birds along the lush river banks.

After a tour of the magical Falls, your time in Victoria Falls ranges from something wild and exciting like white-water rafting, bungee jumping off the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge or a peaceful Zambezi canoe trail to interacting with elephants and lions at a protected wildlife sanctuary or getting up close and personal with black rhino on a morning’s game drive in Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve.

The highlight of the 5-day Victoria Falls Best Budget Safari tour is a full day Big 5 safari tour of Chobe National Park. The national park is located in northern Botswana near the vast, spectacular Okavango Delta which is a scenic 1-hour drive from Victoria Falls. Chobe National Park known for its large herds of elephants and Cape buffalo as well as prolific birdlife and spectacular scenery.

This tour promises you an incredible combination of breathtaking scenery, spectacular game viewing and fun and excitement for the whole family.

Day 1:

JOHANNESBURG – VICTORIA FALLS

Guests make their own way to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for a mid-morning direct flight to Victoria Falls Airport.

Airlines flying direct from Johannesburg to Victoria include British Airways, Fast Jet and SAA

  • Depart OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg: Between 10h25 and 11h25

  • Arrive Vic Falls Airport, Zimbabwe: Between 12h00 and 13h00

Complimentary transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to your hotel or lodge.

Guests meet at the Big Tree at Victoria Falls for a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Enjoy excellent game viewing and birdwatching while sipping on a refreshing beverage.

Guests return to their lodge after the sun sets. Choose between dinner at the lodge or one of the many popular restaurants in town (dinner for your own account).

Overnight at a budget-friendly lodge on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls.

Included in rate: No meals included on Day 1

Day 2:

VICTORIA FALLS

Wake up early and enjoy a hearty breakfast at your lodge before departing mid-morning for a guided tour of the Falls. This includes a leisurely walk through the Rainforest on the Zimbabwe side of the Zambezi National Park.

Lunch at Rainforest Café close to the Victoria Falls waterfall is optional.

Spend the afternoon enjoying the activity you selected. This could include a helicopter Flight of Angels tour, a walk with lions or an elephant interactive safari at The Elephant Camp or something more adrenalin-pumping like bungee jumping or the longest bridge slide in Africa.

Make your way to The Bridge Café for sundowners. This stunning eatery is built on a platform overlooking the Batoka Gorge and offers guests a panoramic view of the waterfall and Zambezi National Park. The location is hands down the best in town.

Order a delicious meal at The Bridge Café or choose to eat at one of the many popular restaurants in the town of Victoria Falls. Make arrangements for pick up and drop off times with your guide. Avoid walking back to your lodge late at night, particularly if you’ve had a bit to drink.

If you’re visiting Victoria Falls during the Full Moon and if the sky is clear; you’ll witness one of the most magical sights in Africa which is called the Lunar Rainbow. This is when the light of the moon reflects off the towering column of spray from the Falls.

Friday and Saturday night is party night at Shoestrings Bar for vibey youngsters. For something more romantic, Three Monkeys is a cocktail bar and restaurant set up in an renovated 1935 railway carriage. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is quaint and endearing.

Overnight at budget-friendly accommodation on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls.

Included in tour rate: Breakfast

Day 3:

VICTORIA FALLS

Today is focused on exploring the rugged bushveld surrounds of Victoria Falls and enjoying a blissful game drive through a private game reserve. Enjoy either an early morning sunrise safari tour or a late afternoon sunset excursion. Both are spectacular and the best time to see game in Africa.

The 3-hour game drive is run by Shearwater Safaris and takes you to Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve which is a 4 000 hectare private reserve on the outskirts of Victoria Falls.

Stanley & Livingstone is home to the Big 5 which includes black rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard as well as over 2 000 species of wildlife. A highlight of the safari tour is a close encounter with 7 endangered black rhino which roam the property. These incredible giants are highly endangered and enjoy the safety and protection of the reserve’s flagship conservation programme.

When not out on a game drive, enjoy one of the TWO activities you selected as part of your tour package. Enjoy lunch at a popular restaurant situated on the edge of the Falls or treat yourself to High Tea at the legendary Victoria Falls Hotel.

Overnight at budget-friendly accommodation on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls.

Included in tour rate: Breakfast

Day 4:

VICTORIA FALLS – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK – VICTORIA FALLS

Your day starts early as the sun is rising over the magnificent Falls. Guests are picked up from their lodge between 7h00-7h30 and driven to the Kazungula Border Post. A guide from Shearwater Safaris will get the group through the border and to Chobe National Park for the morning game drive.

The day is broken with lunch at the beautiful Chobe Safari Lodge. Refreshments will be provided throughout the tour. Chobe Safari Lodge will cater for special dietary requirements but please give advance notice.

The afternoon is a safari tour of a different kind. It’s spent floating down the Chobe River in specially-adapted boats that navigate through the narrow channels and past lush, verdant islands in the river. A professional guide stays with you throughout the boat cruise and a knowledgeable boat captain shares interesting facts about the Chobe River and the people living along its river banks.

Guests return to Victoria Falls late afternoon (approximately 16h30). A full-day Chobe safari tour includes complimentary transfers to your hotel or lodge.

Please note:

  • the age requirement for a full-day Chobe safari tour is 4 years and older

  • all children need to be accompanied by an adult

  • children aged 4-11 years are charged 75% of adult price

Overnight at budget-friendly accommodation on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls.

Included in tour rate: No meals included for Day 4

Full-day Chobe safari tour price includes:

  • tea and coffee, mineral water and light snacks are provided on the morning game drive

  • soft drinks, mineral water, local beers and wine and light snacks are provided on the afternoon boat cruise

DAY 5:

VICTORIA FALLS – JOHANNESBURG

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your lodge. You have a few hours to explore the town of Victoria Falls and visit the outdoor arts & craft markets.

We recommend visiting the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel and enjoying a cup of tea on Stanley’s Terrace. The view over the waterfall and the Zambezi National Park from the historic hotel is spectacular.

Guests are picked up from their lodge mid-morning and driven to the Victoria Falls Airport for the return flight to Johannesburg.

Be careful about timing and please don’t run late for the transfer to the airport. Moafrika Tours cannot be held responsible if you miss your flight.

Airlines flying direct from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg include British Airways, Fast Jet and SAA

  • Depart Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe: Between 13h30 and 14h00

  • Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa: Between 15h00 and 15h30

Included in tour rate: Breakfast

DEPARTURE TIME Departs daily
INCLUDED
Cost of transfer from/to Victoria Falls Airport. 4-nights’ accommodation in a budget-friendly lodge in Victoria Falls
Zambezi Sunset Cruise Guided tour of the Falls
Choice of TWO activity at Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe side) – see activity list below 3-hour game drive in Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve (early morning or late evening)
Full-day safari tour of Chobe National Park in Botswana
NOT INCLUDED
Food and drinks other than stated National Parks fees and fuel surcharge fee on certain activities
Personal purchases Zambezi National Parks fee for guided walk to the Falls: charged at approximately US$30 International and US$20 Regional fee/ 50% for children 12 years and younger
Zambezi National Parks fee for Sunset Cruise: charged at approximately US$10 National park fees and fuel surcharge fees payable on some activities; such as government fee and fuel surcharge for Helicopter Flight of Angels tour charged at US$15

Choose TWO activities from list below:

Scenic adventure options:

  • Flight of Angels helicopter tour (12-13 mins)
  • Batoka Gorge hike
  • Zambezi canoe trail
  • Zambezi dinner cruise
  • Victoria Falls Bridge historic tour
  • Boma dinner
  • Luna Rainbow night walk (full moon only, weather dependent)

Safari adventure options:

  • Zambezi Game drive
  • Guided nature walk
  • Elephant back safari
  • Lion interaction safari
  • Night game drive plus bush dinner

Adrenalin options:

  • White-water rafting
  • Bungee jumping
  • Bridge slide
  • Bridge swing

 

BUDGET-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION IN VICTORIA FALLS

There is a wide choice of budget-friendly guest lodges and backpackers lodges in Victoria Falls which are ideally located to the iconic waterfall and close to the centre of town.

Guests on the 4-day Victoria Falls Best Budget Safari tour have the choice of the following establishments but bookings are subject to availability. Moafrika Tours can recommend and book others that are ideally situated close to the iconic attractions in Victoria Falls.

CRESTA SPRAYVIEW HOTEL

Cresta Sprayview Hotel is a delightful hotel in Victoria Falls which offers guests stylish but affordable accommodation and all the modern conveniences for a pleasant stay. It’s right on the doorstep of the Victoria Falls Rainforest and 1 kilometre away from the central business district.

It’s an ideal place to stay in Victoria Falls as you’re a short walk from everything there is to see and do in the area and close to all the action. When the Falls are in full flood, the towering spray can be seen from Cresta Sprayview which is where it got its name.

The hotel is set on 8 acres of manicured grounds and offers guests a choice of 65 rooms and suites. All rooms are air-conditioned and have an ensuite bathroom. Other facilities include free W-Fi, satellite television, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryers and a digital safe.

There is one restaurant at Cresta Sprayview and 2 bars; the Railway Cocktail Bar & Lounge and the Rainforest Bar. Guests dine around the large swimming pool in the evening alfresco-style with the thundering roar of the Falls as background music.

Cresta Sprayview was built and opened in 1968 and only recently taken over by Cresta Hotels. It has been extensively re-modelled and refurbished and now offers travellers an affordable but very comfortable stay.

It’s an ideal option for business groups as Cresta Hotels added conference rooms and state-of-the-art facilities for up to 80 delegates. The idea is to combine a few days’ work with a lot of fun in Victoria Falls. It’s a great way to treat your staff for an incentive travel tour to Victoria Falls after a long year’s work.

PAMUSHA LODGE & SAFARIS

Pamusha Lodge & Safaris is nestled in a gorgeous garden setting in the Victoria Falls suburb a short 2 kilometre drive from the town of Victoria Falls. It’s a charming Bed & Breakfast option which offers guests clean, comfortable rooms with all the modern conveniences for an enjoyable stay.

Each room has an ensuite bathroom and overhead fans for hot summer days. Guests have access to free Wi-Fi and satellite TV as well as a 24-hour check-in service and a 24-hour food and beverage room service.

Breakfast is included in the daily rate and served in the garden which has a beautiful teak tree at its centre and a large sparkling swimming pool. The atmosphere at Pamusha Lodge is casual and relaxed and guests soak up the peace and tranquility of the natural bushveld, away from the busy crowds in town.

Pamusha Lodge offers a range of accommodation suited for solo travellers, couples and families with children. The á la carte restaurant at Pamusha serves light meals as well as signature dishes prepared by an accomplished chef using fresh local produce. There’s a complimentary tea and coffee station in the lounge area and a well-stocked bar.

The lodge provides a 24-hour shuttle service to the main attractions in Victoria Falls as well as transfers to the airport and to nature reserves in the neighbouring countries such as Zambia, Botswana and Namibia. The lodge specialises in wildlife tours in and around Victoria Falls and runs a number of popular safari and fishing excursions. Guests can hire a private boat cruises and dry hire of vessels for fishing trips through Pamusha Lodge.

There are also facilities onsite for business meetings and conferences and the reservation team is available to help with anything you need from interacting walks with elephants and lions to romantic dinners on the edge of the Falls.

This is a family-run bed & breakfast establishment with lots of charm and warm hospitality. It’s been in the family since the early 1990s and has been extensively refurbished. It offers travellers an affordable option with all the modern conveniences and services of a quality guest lodge.

SHEARWATER EXPLORER’S VILLAGE

Explorer’s Village is located on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls less than half a kilometre from the iconic waterfall and 2 kilometres from the central railway station and the historic Victoria Falls Bridge. It’s a short 10-minute walk to the centre of town and the popular restaurants and bars.

Guests stay in decent chalets which are air-conditioned and have an ensuite bathroom. The lodge offers guests free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities and there’s a digital safe in each chalet for your valuables. Explorer’s Village is child-friendly and perfect for families with young and older children.

The Village chalets are beautifully appointed and stylishly decorated but priced to be affordable for guests travelling on a tighter budget, particularly families with children. There is no ‘minimum stay’ requirement for the chalets at Explorer’s Village.

The daily rate includes a hearty breakfast served on the open-air terrace with terrific views of the Zambezi National Park. There’s an outdoor pool with sun loungers for a relaxing afternoon.

Other services include daily housekeeping and laundry facilities. Shearwaters also operate a complimentary shuttle service to the major Vic Falls attractions and Victoria Falls Airport.

Facilities at Explorer’s Village include a bar and restaurant which provides an excellent selection of affordable meals and drinks, including wood-fired pizzas. There’s an outside boma for an authentic Zimbabwe braai (barbeque).

The outside pool is perfect for an afternoon of relaxation and fun after an exciting day exploring Victoria Falls. You’ll find a selection of good reading books and board games at the bar and there’s a massage and pedicure tent onsite for those who’d like a pamper session.

Explorers Village is owned and operated by one of the leading tour operator in Victoria Falls. Shearwaters has been operating in the region for over four decades and runs the majority of activities on offer at Victoria Falls.

Explorer’s Village is the base camp for Shearwater Victoria Falls and the tour operator run their booking office from the lodge. This is a huge convenience for travellers making last-minute bookings for activities at Victoria Falls.

FLATDOG LODGE

Flatdog Lodge is a delightful Bed & Breakfast lodge in Victoria Falls located in easy walking distance from the iconic Victoria Falls waterfall. You can literally feel the thundering rumble of the rapidly flowing water in full flood from the gardens of Flatdog Lodge.

Guests staying at Flatdog Lodge can expect neat, comfortable rooms and lodge facilities in beautiful surrounds as well as a warm welcome. The air-conditioned rooms have an ensuite bathroom and guests share a great living area with an open dining and lounge area, a small pool and sparkling pool in a lovely garden. Guests have access to free Wi-Fi.

The daily rate at Flatdog Lodge includes a hearty breakfast. Guests have a wide choice of restaurants and coffee shops in the town of Victoria Falls for lunch and dinner.

Flatdog is local Zimb lingo for a crocodile which you’ll see plenty of on a stunning sunset safari cruise on the Zambezi River. All the major attractions and fun adventure activities are a short walk or drive from Flatdog Lodge.

LOKUTHULA LODGE

Lokuthula Lodge means ‘place of peace’ and offers guests a quiet retreat away from the busy backpacking set in town. It’s an affordable family-friendly establishment in Victoria Falls set in a lush setting. Warthogs, bushbuck and mongooses roam the beautiful garden which features a three-tiered swimming pool and playground.

The lodge can be booked on a self-catering or bed & breakfast basis. Breakfast is a hearty buffet-style affair at The Boma Café which is located on the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge estate. Light meals are served at the Boma Café until 16h30.

A perfect place for sundowners on the same property is at Buffalo Bar which offers guests a panoramic view of the surrounding bushveld and excellent game viewing as the bar looks onto a permanent waterhole situated in front of the luxury safari lodge. You can also enjoy the Vulture Culture experience and The Boma dinner and drum show while staying at Lokuthula Lodge.

Each bedroom at Lokuthula Lodge is air-conditioned with ceiling fans in the lounge and loft bedrooms. Accommodation at Lokuthula Lodge comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, terrace and braai (barbeque) area. There are tea and coffee-making facilities in the rooms.

The swimming pool and bar area at Lokuthula Lodge is very popular. Pre-paid Wi-Fi is available at The Boma Café as well as at the reception at Lokuthula Lodge. The lodge is serviced daily and offers a laundry service.

Guests regularly comment on TripAdvisor how helpful and friendly the staff are at Lokuthula. It’s a fairly rustic establishment but perfect for families with children and those travelling on a fairly tight budget.

SHEARWATER EXPLORER’S VILLAGE

Explorer’s Village is located on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls less than half a kilometre from the iconic waterfall and 2 kilometres from the central railway station and the historic Victoria Falls Bridge. It’s a short 10-minute walk to the centre of town and the popular restaurants and bars.

Guests stay in decent chalets which are air-conditioned and have an ensuite bathroom. The lodge offers guests free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities and there’s a digital safe in each chalet for your valuables. Explorer’s Village is child-friendly and perfect for families with young and older children.

The Village chalets are beautifully appointed and stylishly decorated but priced to be affordable for guests travelling on a tighter budget, particularly families with children. There is no ‘minimum stay’ requirement for the chalets at Explorer’s Village.

The daily rate includes a hearty breakfast served on the open-air terrace with terrific views of the Zambezi National Park. There’s an outdoor pool with sun loungers for a relaxing afternoon.

Other services include daily housekeeping and laundry facilities. Shearwaters also operate a complimentary shuttle service to the major Vic Falls attractions and Victoria Falls Airport.

Facilities at Explorer’s Village include a bar and restaurant which provides an excellent selection of affordable meals and drinks, including wood-fired pizzas. There’s an outside boma for an authentic Zimbabwe braai (barbeque).

The outside pool is perfect for an afternoon of relaxation and fun after an exciting day exploring Victoria Falls. You’ll find a selection of good reading books and board games at the bar and there’s a massage and pedicure tent onsite for those who’d like a pamper session.

Explorers Village is owned and operated by one of the leading tour operator in Victoria Falls. Shearwaters has been operating in the region for over four decades and runs the majority of activities on offer at Victoria Falls.

Explorer’s Village is the base camp for Shearwater Victoria Falls and the tour operator run their booking office from the lodge. This is a huge convenience for travellers making last-minute bookings for activities at Victoria Falls.

SHOESTRINGS BACKPACKERS & BAR

Shoestrings Backpackers & Bar is the party place in Victoria Falls and geared for young fun-loving travellers visiting Victoria Falls on a shoestring budget. It’s located in the centre of town so everything is less than a 5-minute walk from the Lodge. It’s only a short 10 minute walk to the Victoria Falls waterfall.

Shoestrings is suited for the young backpacking set and young couples travelling on a tight budget. It’s not suited for older couples and families with young children as it gets very noisy and lively at times.

It’s all about fun, relaxation and socialising with fellow travellers. Guests spend time lounging around the outdoor pool, reading books in hammocks under shady trees or tucking into one of Shoestrings famous pizzas.

The bar is open to non-paying guests and there’s always a big party at Shoestrings on Friday and Saturday night and it gets very noisy and raucous. Shoestrings regularly puts on fun entertainment which includes traditional African dancers, singers and musicians.

If you’re looking for a vibey, festive place to stay that’s relatively cheap and comfortable; this budget backpacking lodge is ideal. Accommodation at Shoestrings ranges from dormitories with bunk beds, rooms with twin or double beds or there is the camping option.

Other facilities include a braai (barbeque area) and a communal self-catering kitchen. Shoestrings Café is a trendy eatery at the lodge and offers meals for breakfast, lung and dinner.

VICTORIA FALLS BACKPACKERS LODGE

Victoria Falls Backpackers Lodge is a rustic thatched establishment in Victoria Falls hotel more suited to the young, fun-loving backing set, solo travellers and young couples travelling on a tight budget. It’s set in a beautiful tropical garden and located only 3-kilometres from the Victoria Falls railway station and 4 kilometres from the start of the hiking trails through the Victoria Falls National Park.

Guests booked into Victoria Falls Backpackers Lodge stay in basic dormitories which sleep up to 12 people in each with shared bathrooms. There are a few A-framed bungalows with an ensuite bathroom in the garden which couples can book for more privacy.

There’s a casual open-air café at Victoria Falls which serves breakfast and light meals as well as an outdoor pool and fun things for children such as an oversized chess set and playground. There’s also a decent camping site on the grounds.

It’s an affordable budget lodge in the heart of Victoria Falls but it’s clean and comfortable and more than adequate for the few hours you spend at the lodge. The rest of the time you’re busy with all the activities on offer at Vic Falls and a tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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