Zambezi River Adventure with IVS
Explore the Zambezi River and the game parks of Zimbabwe and Botswana!
Starting in 1989, Bio Bio co owners Marc and Laurence spent three back to back seasons working as full time guides on the Zambezi River and have more than 200 descents of the river! We forged life long friendships and partnerships with many of the locals during that time. Since then we have returned almost every year with our groups and our welcoming is like a warm homecoming. You too will be thrilled by the exceptionally friendly hospitality that is part of a proud and rich cultural tradition.
The Zambezi is a quintessential African river as it meanders from Angola to the Indian ocean. There are few rivers anywhere with as much fun and huge white water as the warm and friendly waters of the mighty Zambezi! August thru October are the best months to see game and experience the Zambezi. It is the end of the dry season and many animals come down to the banks of the river to drink, swim and frolic in the shallows. In our Canoes we will drift and paddle amongst the animals, merging ourselves deeply with raw, unfiltered nature. The “bush” has been either eaten or has died down, so seeing the animals is much easier. In the wet season there is so much fresh green foliage that the animals hide in the thicket or scatter to drinking holes hidden far away from the dirt trails that we stick to.
Zimbabwe and Botswana are the countries that we visit to explore the many facets of the Zambezi watershed in this region. There is a rich history of game viewing and preservation in this uniquely “veldt” like terrain. Botswana boasts a highly developed and protected national park system. This has allowed the wildlife to thrive and the elephant herds of Botswana and Zimbabwe are among the largest and most protected of Africa. The game viewing in this area is simply the best, and you will not be over run by the herds of tourists often found in East Africa. We look forward to sharing this spectacular “once in a life time” type of adventure with you. Your African dreams await…your desire to explore unleashed!
As you explore the Zambezi, Dr Howard Seim from Colorado State University will present 18 CE hours on practical soft tissue surgery. Topics will include practical respiratory, gastro-intestinal and urinary surgery topics.
Seminar registration fee is $795.00.
Day 1 Arrive at Victoria Falls Airport (VFA), Zimbabwe. BBX airport transfer to Imbabala Safari lodge. Group briefing, and 4PM Sunset Cruise. Welcome! (D)
Day 2 Guests can choose morning, afternoon or evening game drives to get their first look at the abundance of African wildlife. Overnight at Imbabala Safari lodge(B,L,D)
Day 3 Day trip to Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Game activity at Imbabla followed by breakfast/brunch. Transfer to Victoria Falls and participate in optional activities. Lunch at Wild Horizons Look Out Café followed by a leisurely drive to the park to start the canoe safari. (B,L,D)
Day 5 We paddle downstream and hope to see abundant wildlife along the river, and enjoy safe-to-bathe swimming holes. Overnight Camping. (B,L,D)
Day 6 We paddle all morning watching for more game and running more fun rapids! Take out upstream from Devil’s Cataract at the stunning Old Drift Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Time to raft the big river! Boiling Pot just below the Falls to our beach camp below Rapid Number 10. Overnight Camping. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Continuing down the Zambezi, we enjoy the Oblivion and Overland Truck Eater rapids. Overnight camping. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Now we are “self-supported” as we raft deeper into the Batoka Gorge, running Wake up call, Open and Closed Season, and upper Moimba Falls. Overnight Camping. (B,L,D)
Day 10 Early wake up to take advantage of cool morning air and float down to the second waterfall we have to portage, known as Chibango Falls. On the trip back, we will get to see the remote countryside and small villages. Visit a local School and a chance to hand out school supplies and any other gifts we bring from USA. Overnight at Elephant Camp. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Enjoy a motorboat and short hike to Livingstone Island. Jump into the Devil’s Pool! Afternoon activities at Elephant camp or take a trip back to Victoria Falls for some adventure activities and/or souvenir shopping. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for travel home, or to another destination in Africa! (B)