DAYS 1 & 2
ILALA LODGE, VICTORIA FALLS
Standard Room – Bed & Breakfast
On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met by a driver from Wild Horizons who will display a Welcome Board with your names on it. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
Ilala Lodge is well located in the small town of Victoria Falls, the closest hotel to the The Falls, a mere 8 minute walk, and close to all amenities, restaurants and markets. Animals such as warthog and impala often graze on the hotel lawns and entertain guests during mealtimes.
Your accommodation is in a Standard Room with facilities that include ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, overhead fan, television, tea/coffee station, room fridge, safe, free wifi and a sliding door opening onto a lush garden.
Hotel facilities include The Palm Restaurant and a swimming pool.
Included : Bed and Breakfast, Free Wifi
DAY 1 – ACTIVITY
ZAMBEZI SUNSET CRUISE ON THE RA-IKANE
This afternoon you will be collected and transferred to the Zambezi River for your Sunset Cruise on the Ra-Ikane. Sit back, relax and take in the surrounding views. With a maximum of 16 seats available, the Ra-Ikane offers a unique vantage point for viewing birdlife and wildlife up-close on the islands along the river. The boat takes a circular route around the islands to provide guests with a panoramic view of the upper and lower Zambezi River and the wildlife and birdlife it offers. The crew, made up of a friendly and knowledgeable captain, guide and waiter, will ensure a most enjoyable ride.
What to Wear : Comfortable attire, warm clothing in winter (June to August)
Things to Bring : Mosquito repellent, camera, binoculars
Included : Unlimited premium brand drinks, gourmet snacks, an abundance of wildlife and bird sightings, return transfers, Park Fees.
DAY 2 – ACTIVITIES
GUIDED TOUR OF THE VICTORIA FALLS
Today you have two activities included on your itinerary. You will be collected by Wild Horizons at 08:15 for your Guided Tour of the Falls. En route you may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where you can stop and take photos. Then on to the magnificent Victoria Falls where you will be accompanied through the Rainforest on a 2 hour tour by a qualified guide who will give a brief history of the Falls as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed.
What to Wear : Comfortable attire that provides sun protection, hiking/running shoes, warm clothing in winter (Apr to Aug)
Things to Bring : Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, camera
Included : Guided tour of the Falls, return transfers, Rainforest Entrance Fee, raincoats
This afternoon you will be collected at 15:00 by Wild Horizons for your Elephant Encounter activity. You will have the opportunity to unobtrusively interact with some of the biggest personalities in Africa in a pristine wilderness environment overflowing with raw natural beauty. You can spend time and connect with elephants in the most positive and natural way possible.
An open-design thatch Boma gives you an uninterrupted view of the beautiful Masuwe River and against this breathtaking back drop, you will be given an insightful and educational presentation on the Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage. The sanctuary was founded on the principle of conservation, and one of the most effective ways to evoke a sense of environmental responsibility is to show what stands to be lost.
You will have an opportunity to talk to guides that have journeyed, physically and metaphorically, incredible distances with these elephants and learn more about the complexities of the individuals and the herd structures. You will learn about the elephant as well as their history and the threats facing elephant populations today, in an interesting and informative talk.
You will venture out into the bush to spend time with the elephant and the sight of the gentle grey mammals up close and personal will be imprinted on your mind long after you have returned home. Witness the special relationship the elephant keepers share with the animals and become a part of it. You will have the opportunity to take photographs with the elephants, marvel at their size and watch them behaving normally; browsing and interacting with one another.
After the encounter with these amazing creatures you will be offered a selection of refreshments in the cool of the Wild Horizons Elephant Wallow. A transfer back to your lodge concludes the experience.
What to Wear : Comfortable attire that provides sun protection, hiking/running shoes, warm clothing in winter (April to August)
Things to Bring : Sunscreen, mosquito repellent, sun hat, camera, binoculars
Included : Return transfers, Elephant Encounter, soft drinks, local beer, wine, water, coffee, tea and a selection of hot & cold canapés.