203 Reviews of Victoria Falls Tours
Seeing a baby elephant tripping over his trunk :)
Emma is brilliant! Absolutely brilliant. Really knowledgeable on many topics. Very nice and honest person. Always willing to help out. Will go extra mile to ensure that everyone is ok and having a good time. I would love to go on any tours which she guides because I know she will make it interesting and full of information.
Definitely bring a workable torch and a good attitude for staying in tents with the possibility of the rain, crocodiles, snakes etc :) You must love camping to do this trip. The scenery and animals are amazing. So binoculars and good camera is advisable. Lots of sun protection and repellent are a must.
Operator Exodus Travels
Riding the cable car to the top of table mountain and being lucky to have clear stunning views of Cape Town from the top.... the vastness of seeing the Etosha salt pan as far as the eye can see... watching a warthog run right through a pride of lions and manage to escape... riding the biggest elephant I have ever seen... canoeing and swimming in the orange river... Seeing the big 5, would have been amazing to have spotted a Cheetah to but maybe next time... Fish River Canyon at sunset.... Watching 30+ elephants drinking at a water hole just metres away... And much more!
Shane was the group leader and as his favorite saying goes, "In Africa - anything is possible!" And he was right! Shane was friendly, funny and made everyone feel relaxed and at home from the very beginning - Gecko and Happy (The cook and driver) were also very easy going, friendly and hard working guys and we all got on well and appreciated the hard work they did looking after the group and the regular entertainment and banter!
I did the reverse itinerary and it was nice to end the trip in a hotel as it made prepering bags etc a lot easier and more comfortable than I imagine it would have been doing it in a tent.
A number of the excursions are quite expensive, so be prepared to spend quite a bit of money in Zambia and Swakopmund if you want to do some of the activities... also try to confirm there are enough people booked on your activity (especially scenic flights, skydiving etc) for it to take place as a few people were let down in Swakopmund with last minute cancellations and long delays for this reason.
There is a laundry service in Swakupmund and in Cape Town - and all of the lodges have areas for hand washing clothes and they dry very quickly! You stop off at plenty of supermarkets and shops throughout the trip so easy to get any bits and pieces you forget or need to replace etc.
Depending on what time of year you go (We did Oct\Nov) be prepared for very hot and humid heat expecially in Zambia, Botswana and Namibia (except Swokopmund which was a lot cooler) - the heat extends to the shade (35'c in the shade a number of times in the trip) and through the night as well and I think I only used my sleeping back a couple of times the whole trip! The mosquitos were only really a problem in Zambia and Botswana and we hardly saw any after that, although there were a few.
Most "universal" plug convertors dont have a SA fitting so make sure you get one at the airport (3 thick round pins), SA Rands are the easiest currency to take as every country you visit accepts them.
This is a very well balanced trip with lots of variety and I really enjoyed it - lots of heat, lots of dust, lots of mosquitos in places and lots of early mornings and long days - but well worth it all for the animals, scenery, people and overall experience!
Operator Exodus Travels
Vic Falls to Cape Town August 20165.0
Sitting at one of the water holes in Etosha at night and watching a lion and 2 lionesses. Everyone was spell bound. We could have sat all night watching them and nearly did.
I also enjoyed the helicopter flight over Victoria Falls. Viewing the Falls from the air you were able to see the landscape all around and realise how big the Falls actually are. You understand why the Falls are called 'The smoke that thunders'. Walking in the park and seeing the Falls from the ground you don't get that feeling.
Emma was a great leader - very knowledgeable regarding the animals, the flowers and the history of the various countries. We had a marvellous team of Emma, Alfred (driver) and Ivan (cook). They were always very interesting, efficient and entertaining. Ivan rustled up some fantastic meals. I didn't mind the supermarket stops. We were able to stock up on snacks or go for a coffee and people watch.
If going solo I would advise taking the single supplement. I think it would be difficult to share a tent with someone you didn't know. Binos are a necessity, especially at the water holes and a head torch is essential.
I was a bit apprehensive about camping (I am 60+ and never camped before) but I had a fantastic time. Our tents were put up whilst we could amble off to the bar or the swimming pool. Meals were ample and although we had some long journeys, the border crossings were very quick. I was surprised by the standard of washing and toilet facilities. I was expecting some wild camping but this was not the case. It was all very civilised and I would definitely do it again. I think it was also very pleasant to end the trip in a hotel for a few days rather than camping.
Operator Exodus Travels
The main points which I would say are the
Elephant swimming in the Chobe
Seeing the hippos eating
The Bungi jump
The biggest thing for me personally was Victoria Falls, truly amazing also got to see the Lunar eclipse and also the Lunar Rainbow.
I think we were fortunate, in my opinion, to have a fantastic guide in Ronney and an amazing and talented cook in Gecko, who were always up for a laugh and thought that the whole group were mad !
I cannot praise Ronney enough for saving my holiday at the end by turning up with my passport which I stupidly left in the van.
Advice wise, take a good sleeping bag if travelling from the months of May to june, as it can get really really cold at night ( this is coming from a Scottish girl so you have been warned), also take a good head torch as well !
You don't need to take as many clothes as I though, you have the chance to do some laundry at certain stops.
Take lots of memory cards for the camera and batteries or a charger as you will go through them in no time.
Charging facilities on the van are great ( our van was provided by Mabaruli) with everyone being able to charge the ipod at the same time !
Money wise, the trip notes state to take most in Sterling or Dollars, I would say don't!
In Capetown my Clydesdale Bank Sterling £20 note was not accepted as they said it was not English? and all the places you go to accept Rand. I would say take Dollars to Livingstone Zambia as most of the activities are paid this way and most of the shops charge in Dollars as well.
If you get the chance, and its a full Moon, go see the Lunar Rainbow, spectacular !!
The food is amazing, the people are friendly and its a trip of a lifetime go and Enjoy all of it !
Pay attention to the tour guides when they are giving you advice.
The camping is good, tents are of a good quality and the food that we had was much much much better than you would expect from a campfire.
I had an AMAZING time made all the more great by the people on the trip and the trip leaders. I would do this trip again and again !!
Operator Exodus Travels
For me it was the last day of the trip, spent in Livingstone, the chance to swim in the Devil's Pool and the helicopter ride over the falls. It may have been dry season as far as the falls go, and although I would have loved to have seen the falls in their full flowing glory, it meant that I would not have been able to go in the pool. I expected the water to be cold, and was surprised to find the temperature 'just right' the guides at the pool looked after all of us, and did really looked after the mum in one family group who was scared of heights, he allowed her to take part in the experience and made her feel more at ease, not an easy task. The guides gave each person time to lean over the edge of the falls and have their photos taken, great memories to look back on.
For the Helicopter ride - I would certainly recommend taking the longer trip that allows you into the canyons, the pilot took us deep into the canyons and the views were stunning. well worth it.
Johan was fun to have around, and looked after the group, he answered any questions that we had not matter how stupid they were, and he got fellow travellers out of jams when needed.The trip did have some physical challenges for some of the group and Johan ensured that all of us were looked after, and if an activity was not suitable he would advise appropriate action when needed.
Thanks also need to go to the driver Colin and the cook Enoch, the 3 of them helped make the trip full of laughs and happy memories.
In the Game reserves his experience helped line the truck up to ensure that we got the best views for all on board. and this included the numerous additionalstops for the birds of all sizes that we also saw. And on our trip he had to get over the shock that we even wanted to stop for the donkey and the tortoise, not sure he had ever had his guests take photos of a tortoise before!
For the If you are a solo traveller on the camping version of the trip I would recommend paying the additional supplement for your own tent. Even the couples find them cosy, and friends in pairs, get their way through it, but not sure how I would have coped if i needed to share. I think you really need to know the person that you are sharing with in this instance.
If you are reading this review then you will have already seen in others responses about the long drives. It is part of trip and although a couple of long drive days the end results make it worth it.
And if you are camping, accept that the cook will need to go shopping for food on the trip, the guide finds locations where you can either go shopping yourself, or you can go for lunch/coffee/drinks or even a nice walk, but accept that it is part of a camping holiday. On our trip the cook did a great job, but I know that not everyone was happy with the regular supermarket stops.
Ensure you read the trip notes in relation to the currency that you need, it will make it alot easier for you if you are prepared and don't need to spend time getting to banks etc to change currencies.
The Landscapes of the 4 countries are amazing and so varied, the driving across country gives you the opportunity to see so many varied views, and the stops that we made on the way also add the culture that you get to see. The differences as you cross the border from Namibia to Botswana was so strange, from dry land to green grass was almost instant.
The camping was part of it, am glad that I chose the camping version rather than the lodge one. The cows around our tent one night added to the memories, not sure this was the wildlife we expected to see around the camp at 2.00 in the morning, but has certainly added to the memories.
Thank you another great Exodus trip.