- Take a walking tour of spectacular Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall on Earth
- Search for rhino, elephant, buffalo, and more on daily game drives
- Enjoy a scenic sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
- Spend two nights in a deluxe tented camp on the banks of the Zambezi
- All meals and airport transfers included
At twice the height of Niagara Falls and over a mile wide, awe-inspiring Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall on Earth. Straddling the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, this roaring torrent marks the spot where Africa's mighty Zambezi River plummets into a deep gorge before continuing on its winding course towards the Indian Ocean.
During our visit, we explore the Falls on foot, stopping at various viewpoints to appreciate the scale and beauty of the Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya or "the Smoke that Thunders." While the waterfalls are the star of the show, we also fill our days with activities ranging from sunset river cruises to village visits to game drives in search of rhino, elephant, buffalo, and a host of other animals. We spend our evenings in the comfort of a tranquil, deluxe tented camp six miles upriver from Victoria Falls on the banks of the rushing Zambezi.
Our Victoria Falls Extension provides easy access to this iconic African destination—a perfect add-on to any southern African safari or exploration.
- Day 1 - Welcome to Zambia! Relax at our lodge or take a scenic Zambezi River cruise.
- Day 2 - Enjoy a walking tour of thundering Victoria Falls and visit a local village.
- Day 3 - Search for rhino and other wildlife on a morning game drive before departure.
Trip Itinerary and Details
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.
Day 1 - Welcome to Zambia! Relax at our lodge or take a scenic Zambezi River cruise.
Your trip begins today in Livingstone, Zambia. Upon arrival at the Livingstone airport, we're welcomed by our transfer guide and transported to our lodging at lovely Toka Leya Camp, comprised of 12 spacious, en-suite safari-style tents and located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi approximately 6 miles upstream from Victoria Falls. After checking in and enjoying some afternoon tea and snacks, we can choose to embark on an afternoon boat cruise along the River, or opt to participate in a late-day game drive, getting our initial glimpse of local wildlife and enjoying a sundowner as the twilight colors fill the African sky. Dinner will be served back at Toka Leya tonight. Afternoon snack and dinner included.
Day 2 - Enjoy a walking tour of thundering Victoria Falls and visit a local village.
Located at approximately the midway point along the Zambezi River's journey from source to sea, breathtaking Victoria Falls is often thought of as one of the natural wonders of the world. Plunging over 350 feet into the smoking gorge below, the Falls stretch over 5,000 feet wide and form the largest curtain of falling water on Earth. A walking tour provides opportunities to view the thundering cascade from the Zambian side with numerous stops along the way allowing us to enjoy various panoramas of this unforgettable spectacle. In addition to our walking tour, other options today include game drives in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in search of some of the region's profuse bird and mammal species (including the rare white rhino); a tour of Livingstone town and museum; a visit to nearby Simonga Village and local Zambian market (unique opportunities to learn about the local people and culture) and catch-and-release fishing in the Zambezi itself. Helicopter flights over the Falls, daytrips to Botswana's Chobe National Park, canoe paddles on the Zambezi, and tours of the Zimbabwean side of the Falls can also be arranged at an additional cost. After a full day of exploration, we return to Toka Leya for dinner and a peaceful night's sleep. All meals included.
Day 3 - Search for rhino and other wildlife on a morning game drive before departure.
After breakfast this morning, we have an opportunity to jump in the Land Rover and participate in a final game drive in the nearby national park or just choose to relax and enjoy Toka Leya's peaceful setting on the Zambezi riverbank. In late morning, we transfer back to the Livingstone airport for our departing flights. Breakfast and lunch included.
Although we will do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
Accomodations at Toka Leya as specified on the itinerary; all meals beginning with afternoon tea on Day 1 through brunch on Day 3; professional guide accompaniment during activities; daily actvities including walking tour of Victoria Falls, game drives, Zambezi River cruises, local village visit, Livingstone town visit, catch and release fishing; roundtrip airport transfers from/to Livingstone airport; laundry service; all soft drinks, beer, fruit juice, mineral water and house wine.
Round-trip international airfare to/from Livingstone; international entry/departure taxes; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; alcoholic beverages other than those specified under "Included"; activities not listed under "Included"; items of a personal nature; gratuities.
Special payment and cancellation policies apply to this trip. The $400 per person deposit is non-refundable at time of sign up. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. At 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the land cost is non-refundable. At 30 days or less prior to departure all costs are non-refundable.
This trip is rated Relaxed . Only light physical exertion is required during your time visiting Victoria Falls as the primary activities revolve around short walks, game drives, river cruises and cultural visits.
The climate in Livingstone is a humid subtropical climate with daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s and evenings cooling off into the 50s and 60s. April through September is generally the coolest, driest time of the year with rainfall averages totaling less than an inch during these months. October is the start of the green season when temperatures rise and rainfall begins to increase, this pattern typically continuing through March. Victoria Falls is generally at its highest flow during the months of May and June and its lowest flow between October and December. There are advantages to visiting during both high flow and low flow months ranging from visibility to the accessibility of the Zambezi River for particular water activities. Please contact us for additional information pertaining to local conditions at Victoria Falls.
This extension can be reserved for single travelers. If you are traveling alone, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Victoria Falls Waterfalls & Wildlife Extension Gear List
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- Duffel bag or suitcase
- Daypack, large enough to hold camera, binoculars, water, sunscreen, etc.
- Passport pouch or money belt
- Luggage tags and luggage locks
- Bring a few lightweight, easily washable casual items for travel and camp wear
- Waterproof, breathable jacket
- Sweater/jacket – synthetic fleece or wool (for cool mornings and evenings)
- T-shirts, synthetic and/or cotton
- Long-sleeve shirts, synthetic and/or cotton
- Synthetic, quick-drying shorts
- Lightweight, breathable, quick-drying pants
- Underwear, quick-drying
- Swimsuit (for hotel swimming pool)
- Lightweight gloves (for early morning/evening game drives)
- Lightweight wool hat (for early morning/evening game drives)
- Sun hat with brim
- Walking shoes
- Sport sandals
- Sunglasses and retainer strap (good quality, UV protected)
- Insect repellent (DEET recommended)
- Personal first-aid kit
- Hand sanitizer gel
- Sunblock and lip balm w/high SPF
- Toiletry kit
- Camera, memory cards, spare batteries and lens cleaner
- Electrical converter and adapter
- Binoculars (highly recommended)
- Southern Africa wildlife/birding books
- Travel pillow
- Alarm clock or watch
- Spare contact lenses or prescription glasses
- Motion sickness remedies
- Travel-size laundry detergent packets for hand-washing clothing
Things to Consider
- Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, hiking boots, a pair of shorts/shirt/fleece top/sandals and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
- Casual attire is completely acceptable for our camp and Africa in general. Neutral, light-colored clothing is best for game drives, to blend into the landscape and not stand out to wildlife. Camouflage and bright colors are not recommended.
- Stuff sacks are great for sorting your gear. Plastic bags are also helpful to separate wet clothing from dry.
- If you normally wear contacts, bring a pair of glasses in case of irritation from dust in your eyes.
- Many of the roads in Africa are deeply rutted and dusty. It is a good idea to pack camera equipment and binoculars in plastic bags to protect them from the dust. This is in addition to their normal cases. Remember to also bring lens cleaning materials.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.