|The Zambezi Explorer 2021
The Geoff's Travel Club tour
05 to 20 July 2021
If you enjoy river cruises, we have a special tour for you! Join us for a thrilling, scenic trip down the mighty Zambezi River as
it flows across Africa, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in the most picturesque, natural environment
imaginable. Unforgettable scenery and wildlife experiences, magical river and lake cruises and first-class accommodation
and cuisine come together to offer you a trip of a lifetime. Hosted by Geoff Cooke, a well known Africa expert, this Travel
Club holiday will be an unforgettable experience. To make your holiday even more memorable, Geoff and Sheelagh will
include a memory stick of their images taken during the tour and will be happy to help you with your own photography.
Do not miss this unique opportunity, it is unlikely to be repeated!
The following programme serves as an introduction to Geoff's favourite African river adventure. For more information, click
here for a detailed itinerary prepared by our local agent especially for this tour, it includes a wealth of detail including maps
and pictures. If you have any queries, Geoff will be happy to answer them.
Day 1. Monday, 05 July 2021
Arrive at the Victoria Falls International Airport today. There are a few flights available, but the most popular and convenient are from
Johannesburg with South African Airways and BA (Comair) that both fly mid-morning, arriving before lunch time. Victoria Falls Airport is
modern and whilst there may be a queue for immigration and visas, you should be on your way without too much delay. Geoff and Sheelagh
will probably arrive on the South African Airways flight as it is the first to land.
Our local agents will meet us in the arrivals hall and our private coach will take us to our first lodge on the Zambezi. The lodge is located in
Zimbabwe near Kazungula, where four countries meet in the middle of the river (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia).
The big cats hunt at night, and we will launch our African adventure with a night drive to look for them.
Overnight: Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge. Fully inclusive.
Day 2. Tuesday, 06 July 2021
Another day, another country - cross into Botswana to visit the well-known Chobe Game Reserve. The Chobe River is a tributary to the
Zambezi and about one third of its size, but it is a big river with abundant game and bird life. Return to Imbabala this afternoon.
Overnight: Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge. Fully inclusive.
Day 3. Wednesday, 07 July 2021
Following a morning game drive and breakfast at Imbabala, drive to Victoria Falls. Check in to the Bayete Lodge before visiting the Victoria
Falls with an informative guide. Mid-afternoon is the ideal time to visit the Falls as rainbows appear in the spray, the making of magical
photographs. End your day at the famous Victoria Falls Hotel, built by the Railway for contractors working on the bridge construction and
expanded to become one of the world's great railway hotels. Enjoy high tea or a drink on the veranda overlooking the Bridge before taking a
tour of the hotel (much more interesting than it sounds!)
Overnight: Bayete Lodge. (Bayete is the Matabele Nation's royal salute, you should certainly feel like royalty after this action packed day).
It is possible to join the tour today, you will be met at Victoria Falls airport around mid-day for a transfer to Bayete Lodge, where you will join the
main tour group in time for the Victoria Falls tour.
Day 4. Thursday, 08 July 2021
Today is a railway day, with a few extras! After time in Victoria Falls town and markets for sightseeing and maybe some retail therapy, board a
tram at the railway station for a journey to remember! Sip gin and tonic as you rattle down the track to the Victoria falls Bridge, stare in awe as
the Victoria Falls reveals itself whilst you slowly roll across the bridge into Zambia. Lunch and a presentation on the building of the bridge is
included before making our way back to the station. Visit your lodge to freshen up before boarding a steam train for sundowners on the bridge
and a silver service meal in an elegant dining car as you chug through the African night.
Overnight: Bayete Lodge.
Day 5. Friday, 09 July 2021
This morning we will drive down the Zambezi Escarpment to the upper reaches of Lake Kariba. Africa is a continent filled with fascinating facts
and stories, Geoff will share a few with you as our air conditioned coach descends past giant baobab trees to Binga where our houseboat will
be waiting to take you on a memory filled three day cruise on sub-Sahara Africa's largest man-made lake. If you enjoy fishing you will be
spoiled - alternatively, tender boats will be available to take you on scenic jaunts around the lake to take in the scenery, and to look for birds
and wildlife. Kariba Dam defied Nyaminyami, the Zambezi river god, when it was built across the Kariba Gorge to create a lake over 200 km
long and 35 km wide. Also created were some of the most amazing sunsets you will find anywhere, perfectly viewed from the deck of your own
Overnight on the Umbozha Houseboat (or similar), all inclusive.
Days 6 & 7. Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 July 2021
For another two glorious days you will enjoy your cruise down the lake. Relax, watch the world glide by, look for wildlife in the tender boats, sip a
Overnight on the Houseboat, all inclusive.
Day 8. Monday, 12 July 2021
After breakfast, leave our boat to explore the shores of Kariba in the Matusadonha game reserve. When the lake behind Kariba Dam filled, the
wildlife trapped on islands was rescued and released on the lake shore, now the Matusadonha game reserve. Our lodge is located in this
reserve, offering an opportunity to explore the area with highly trained guides and to learn more about the ecology of the lake and the Zambezi
Overnight: Changa Lodge, all inclusive.
Days 9 & 10. Tuesday, 13 and Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Spend two full days at Changa Lodge with ample time to relax and explore.
Day 11. Thursday, 15 July 2021
This morning, transfer across the lake to Kariba Town, a settlement created when the dam was built. After lunch at your lodge, take a tour of the
dam wall and the town, including an unusual round church built to remember the local and Italian workers who died during construction. You
will also have an opportunity to meet the locals at Mahombekombe Township and learn more about Nyaminyami (the river god) before
returning to your lodge for dinner.
Overnight: Kariba Safari Lodge. Full board and tour.
It is possible to leave the tour on arrival at Kariba Town, you will then be transferred by road to Lusaka's Kenneth Kuanda International Airport.
Arrive early afternoon for your flight home this evening.
Day 12. Friday, 16 July 2021
This morning we will travel by road further down the Zambezi to Kaviga Safari Camp in a private concession at the Mana Pools game reserve.
Mana Pools is one of the more remote national parks in Zimbabwe, far from the normal tourist route but home to an outstanding collection of
animals and birds. This is the only national park in a big game area that freely allows walking, but have no fear - any walks we do will be
accompanied by an experienced and qualified armed guide and will offer a relaxed but intimate encounter with one of Africa's most
remarkable habitats. Kavinga camp is not along the river, but we have chosen it because of its location and quality.
Overnight: Kavinga Safari Lodge. All inclusive.
Days 13 & 14. Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 July 2021
Enjoy two days in the Zambezi River's 'garden of Eden'. Game drives included, time to relax guaranteed.
Day 15. Monday, 19 July 2021
This morning, transfer to the Tamarind Tented Camp at Chirundu. Spend the last night of your tour on the banks of the Zambezi River to relive
the experiences of the past two weeks and say goodbye to new friends.
Day 16. Tuesday, 20 July 2021
Cross the Zambezi into Zambia this morning for your transfer to Lusaka's Kenneth Kuanda International Airport. Arrive around lunchtime for
your flight home this evening.
Prices and information
Travel Portfolio are a Zimbabwean tour operator with USA affiliates. They will manage this tour and Geoff' Cooke will accompany you as
group manager, assisted by his wife Sheelagh. Please book through Geoff's Travel Club using our booking form. We will send the information
to Travel Portfolio and you will receive a response from them. The Travel Portfolio terms and conditions will apply. Geoff and Sheelagh have
worked with the directors of Travel Portfolio since the 1990's.
Your tour price
The full tour (05 to 20 July 2021)
US$ 8,844 per person sharing
US$10,493 per person in a single room
You can also book a shorter tour, removing Imbabala Safari Lodge and Chobe at the beginning and / or the Mana Pools reserve at the end.
The first three days only (05 to 07 July 2021)
Imbabala Safari Lodge.
US$ 1,440 per person sharing
US$ 1,917 per person in a single room
The main tour (07 to 15 July 2021)
Victoria Falls to Kariba Town (and transfer to Lusaka Airport)
US$ 5,100 per person sharing
US$ 5,634 per person in a single room
The last six days only (15 to 20 July 2021)
Kavinga Safari Lodge, Mana Pools National Park
US$ 2,554 per person sharing
US$ 2,988 per person in a single room
Your tour will include
All of the services laid out in the Travel Portfolio document, found here. This link will take you to an excellent web page filled with detail and
pictures for all parts of this exceptional holiday.
Geoff and Sheelagh Cooke as your tour managers, plus local tour guides.
Your tour does not include
This tour will be invoiced in United States Dollars and paid to a USA bank.
Maximum number of participants: 12
Minimum number of participants: There is no minimum number, but the charter boat arrangements on Lake Kariba may have to alter for less
than 8 bookings.
If this tour interests you please brighten my day and let me know, I will then be able to keep you up to date. If you would
like to book, we will accept your booking but will not ask for deposits until the tour can be confirmed and Covid 19 flight and
tourism restrictions are removed.
Click here to book now
If you have any questions, please click here
|Page updated on
01 June 2020
Once you have visited Africa, it
never leaves you. A great way to
share these precious memories is
with photographs, Sheelagh and
Geoff will be there to help you
make the most of your own
pictures, they will also share their
best images taken on the tour with
you on a memory stick that you
can download to your computer
and print out. If you prefer to take
your own photos, Geoff will happily
discuss the equipment best suited
for you and can offer any help you
need to make your own superb
|Small and exclusive
This tour will run with a maximum
of 12 guests, plus Sheelagh and
Geoff as tour hosts. Most of the
lodges, boats and motor coaches
we use will be exclusive to us, we
want your experience to feel more
like travelling with a group of
friends, Geoff's Travel Club friends.
A Zambezi Explorer tour similar to
this one was operated in 2014,
images of that trip can be found
Zimbabwe requires that all tour
guides working in national parks or
other wildlife areas should
complete extensive training that
includes learning the Latin names
of all flora and fauna as well as
working with National Parks
controlling problem animals or with
professional hunters to gain
proficiency with firearms.
. You will be well cared for by
knowledgeable and experienced
guides who have a passion for their
work and are acknowledged as the
best in Africa.