Sending up columns of spray visible from miles away, Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular natural wonders on earth. And on this CW Safari Spotlight, you can explore it on your own terms. It’s a personal journey designed to let sophisticated travelers experience eternity alongside “the greatest known curtain of falling water.” From the Knife-edge Bridge to deep gorges and rainforest trails, you’ll be amazed by the beauty of this exceptional destination.
Your tented camp location could not be more perfect close to the astonishing cascade, yet distant enough to enjoy peace, quiet, and personal space. The great Zambezi River provides a dramatic backdrop for your wanderings and meditations on this timeless landscape. If your African adventure includes the CW Zambia Walking Safari, this spotlight makes a perfect add-on, offering an unforgettable riverside interlude before you slip back into life in the bush.
Itinerary and Accommodations
No description, no matter how vivid, can prepare you for the reality of Victoria Falls. Natives call it “the smoke that thunders.” Geologists call it “the greatest-known curtain of falling water,” and “Seventh Wonder of the Natural World.” The majestic Zambezi River sends more than 500 million cubic meters of water per minute plummeting over the edge of this massive gorge, over a width of one and a quarter miles, and over 330 feet deep.
The falls transform the placid Zambezi into a ferocious torrent exploding into clouds of spray seen from miles away. Yet thanks to its remote location, the surrounding wilderness is peaceful and pristine. There is so much to explore here that this special Safari Spotlight has been created in a way that enables you to shape your own experience. For three days and two nights, the wild beauty of Victoria Falls is yours to enjoy on your own, highly personal safari. Outings and activities range from adrenaline-pumping adventures to moments of quiet contemplation.
Additional Activities (at own expense): At the lodge and its nearby surroundings, enjoy guided birding and tree walks; cultural village walk or cycling trip on unique Zambian Bamboo Bikes; sunset river cruises with sundowners; dugout canoe trips with your private paddler/guide; massage and other spa treatments using locally sourced, natural healing materials.
Other outings can be arranged for your pleasure, such as: helicopter flights over Victoria Falls, white-water rafting, elephant-back safaris, trips to Livingstone Island, trips to Livingstone Museum, ultralight flights, fishing, rappelling, and bungee jumping.
Tours of the nearby national parks can also be arranged: Mosi Oa Tunya National Park—encounter all of Zambia’s plains game, rhino, elephant, giraffe, just minutes from Victoria Falls, or Chobe National Park—home to the mighty Chobe River and possibly the world’s largest elephant population.
* Please note: Guests wishing to visit the Zimbabwe side of the falls must purchase a reentry or multiple-entry visa when entering Zambia if required. They will also need to purchase an entry visa to Zimbabwe if required for their nationality.
Included: Airport transfers, one-way Lusaka-Livingstone flight, and activities as described above. Meals: BLD during stay at hotel Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour
Islands of Siankaba Lodge
Zambezi River, Zambia
The Islands of Siankaba Lodge will immerse you in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Zambezi River—literally! Located on two pristine islands in the river’s midst, the five-star luxury lodge embraces you with serenity. A short ride takes you to the excitement of the tumbling falls, or to world-famous Chobe National Park. Here, in this classic forested retreat, a mere seven secluded chalets welcome the island’s exclusive guests—only 14 at a time. As you can imagine, views of the mighty Zambezi River are unparalleled. Footbridge and overhead walkways in the tree canopy link chalets to the lodge’s haute cuisine restaurant. First-class service and excellent food and wines bring sophisticated pleasure to this wilderness location. The design and landscaping of lodge facilities has used natural materials that blend with the surrounding bush and showcase the beauty of the riverine site.
Safari Spotlight Guides
During this Safari Spotlight, you will be accompanied and cared for by the excellent and experienced staff at your lodge. From the moment of arrival to your departure you will be entertained with personal experiences and stories—all the while in the company of enthusiastic professionals.