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Safari Par Excellence
Established in 1990 as one of Southern Africa's leading accommodation, tours and adventure specialists, Safari Par Excellence own and operate lodges on the Zambezi River, Livingstone in Zambia. As adventure specialists, whether you want to bungi from the Victoria Falls bridge, try white water rafting down the mighty Zambezi River rapids, take a sunset cruise on the calm of the Upper Zambezi, walk with lions or safari on the back of an African elephant, Safari Par Excellence offers it all.
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The Waterfront is designed to attract the younger more adventurous traveller who wish to experience the Great Zambezi River, the wonder of the Victoria Falls and its stunning wildlife surrounds, without great expense.
The four-star David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, a place of grandeur and royalty, is situated 5km from Livingstone and 7km from Victoria Falls known as Mosi-Oa-Tunya – the Smoke that Thunders – one of the most impressive natural wonders of the world and Africa’s adventure capital.
Set inside the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia, 12.5km from Livingstone, just upstream from the famous Victoria Falls, Thorntree River Lodge known as Home of the Elephant – offers a riveting bush experience with breathtaking views over the Zambezi River.
Victoria Falls tour – A natural phenomenon and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is an immense 1.5 km wide curtain of water cascading 100m into the gorge. Around 550 million litres of water fall over the lip every minute. Surrounding the falls is a luscious rainforest, sustained year round by spray created by the thundering falls. There are plant species here which are rarely seen elsewhere in Zambia or Zimbabwe. During peak flow, the Zambian side of the Falls is a spectacular sight and walkways lead to vantage points which require crossing the Knife Edge Bridge.
Livingstone town tour – The town of Livingstone was moved from its original site at the Old Drift in 1905, due to malaria outbreaks and moved to its healthier location on Constitution hill. The town was carefully planned with wide streets lined with trees; a lot of the original architecture is still in place today. The tour is based on the client’s requests and comprises a visit to the Livingstone Museum, which displays a comprehensive collection of David Livingstone memorabilia; next you will take a memorable trip to Maramba Market, a bustling colourful market where you will find everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, to chitenge, local fabric.
Game drive – Enjoy a 3-hour game drive through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. With the help of experienced guides you can hope to spot some of Africa’s finest wildlife, including the endangered white rhino, as well as elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo and many more. The park is on the banks of the Zambezi River so clients can also enjoy seeing hippos and crocodiles. There is also abundant birdlife in the park.
Walking safaris – Walking Safaris are conducted in the midst of the African Bush in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, which is just upstream from the renowned Victoria Falls. The walks are led by a professional guide and park scouts. Clients will be able to experience up close encounters with the endangered white rhino and other wildlife including, buffalo, hippo, impala, warthog and many more.
Horseback safari – Enjoy a horseback ride through the African Bush, taking place through parts of the National Park you can enjoy seeing some of Africa’s wildlife such as giraffe, buffalo, and buck while on the back of a horse, rides also go along the banks of The Zambezi River. Novice and experienced riders are catered for.
Crocodile farm tour – Gwembe Crocodile Farm houses a large amount of captured crocodiles, including some of Livingstone’s most notorious man-eaters. The Farm also has a collection of Zambia’s most dangerous venomous snakes.
Cultural Village tour – The local Livingstone Chief, Chief Mukuni, encourages visitors to his village, home to some 7,000 Leya people, to gain valuable knowledge of how an African village is run and the day-to- day routines of the people who live there. A headman will escort you around the village, available to answer any questions you may have, he will show you how traditional huts are made and decorated, as well as explaining village politics.
Chobe Game Park, Botswana safari – You will be picked up from your accommodation and transferred to the Kazungula border post which is approximately a 45 minute drive. On reaching the border, you will be helped through immigration and taken by speedboat across the river to Kasane in Botswana and through immigration again. From here you will be taken off on a 3 hour game cruise, lunch will then be at one of the lodges in Chobe which consists of a buffet. After lunch you will then go on a 3 hour game drive and are then returned to the border for transfer back to Livingstone, arrive back at hotel at approximately 18.00 hours.
Safari Par Excellence Tours
Abseil – Based above the Batoka gorges only 3km from Victoria Falls, Abseil Zambia provides full or half day excursions or single activities. Experience 111 metres of pure adrenalin based on the Victoria Falls Bridge, the Bungee jump, gorge swing and cable slide can certainly be classed as the most scenic in the world. Not for the faint hearted! The full or half day excursions include all of the following activities: – gorge swing, abseil, rap jumping and flying fox. On the full day they can do these activities more than once.
Quad bikes – Discover the spectacular landscapes surrounding Livingstone and the Batoka Gorge on all-terrain quad bikes, catering for either novice or experienced rider. Under the supervision of a qualified guide, clients can get to experience the amazing views and wildlife of the area. Quad bike trips vary from bush track riding, experiencing local village life and Quad bike eco safaris.
Helicopter rides – Both short and long flights are available (approximately 15 and 30 minutes). The short flight circuits over The Falls, offering superb views from every angle. The long flight goes over the gorge below The Falls, skimming above the rapids of the Zambezi River and then once out of the gorge the flight circuits The Falls and finishes off by flying over the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park in the hope of spotting some of Africa’s big game such as elephant and rhino.
Upper Zambezi raft float – The raft float activity takes place on the Upper Zambezi River (as for canoeing) above Victoria Falls, Zambia, ideal for groups who want something a little calmer than the extremes of the white water rafting.
Jet boat – Experience the exhilarating jet boat ride in the lower gorges of the Zambezi River, based at rapid 25. The boat is a custom built, super twin, 22-seater 700 HP jet boat and provides a thrilling ride – buzzing rocks, jet spinning and crashing through the huge rapids of the mighty Zambezi. There is also a cable car in and out of the gorge which makes the activity easily accessible to varying ages and abilities.
Victoria Falls river safaris – The unique propeller-free safari boats will take you to remote places that no other craft can reach, allowing for close-up game viewing as well as experiencing the wide, winding river, the myriad of islands and narrow channels above the Falls.
Fishing safaris – Angle Zambia provides fishing excursions on the upper Zambezi River. Try your hand at catching the renowned tiger fish while enjoying an abundance of wildlife.
Royal Livingstone Express – Guests receive the ultimate fine dining experience going back in time to the age of steam train travel. Luxury steam train dining as you travel on the historic Mulobezi Railway line or the Bridge run, formerly one of the largest private rail networks in the world
River Boarding – Safari Par Excellence‘s dedication to river boarding is part of their commitment to being the white water specialists of the Zambezi. The trip is a mixture of river boarding and white water rafting.
Golfing – Play at the Livingstone Royal Golf Club. The club has a distinctive Edwardian clubhouse with a beautiful veranda that includes a restaurant and club bar overlooking the course.
Lion Encounter – Experience the rare opportunity of being able to walk, interact and observe the lions as you help in the pre-release training for the cubs.
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