Savannah Southern Safaris
Savannah Southern Safaris
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Savannah Southern Safaris is your local partner for Walking Safaris, Birding, Town tours, town walks, Community visits and Victoria Falls Tour. We are part of our community and always have our environment and our surroundings in mind. Top quality tours for our guests are our priority, but we try by all means to make tourism beneficial to everyone involved.
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LadyLaen
Horsham, Australia1,837 contributions
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You miss out on so much if you do not have a rain jacket, especially during the high water season of March/April.

The Falls from the Zambia side is only 20% of the entire Victoria Falls. The day previous we had hired a t tour guide for the Zimbabwe side of the Victoria Falls (80% of the total falls) and believe it was well worth our effort and money,
So coming to the Zambia side from Livingston we where prepared.

After paying and signing into the falls we where briefed that there illegal tours in the park and not to use them.

As it was the highest of water flow period you couldn’t see much looking at the Falls due to the sheer water spray, when the spray cleared it was magnificent.

Spectacular views looking back over the Victoria Falls Bridge.

We walked across to Danger Point. Hang on as you cross the door Bridge here too, some people slip due to sheer speed and capacity of the water run off on the bridge.

I also got stung by a bee, so be careful people with allergies.

Suck the view up as they are incredible.

As long as you are fit and able and elderly people have decent walking shoes (and prepared to get them saturated), I highly recommend.

I walked this side of the Falls wearing flip flops.

No wifi at the entrance of the Falls from the Livingstone side.

It is between $USD5-7for a taxi from Livingston to the falls. Between $$USD5-10 for a return taxi trip.
Written March 31, 2018
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Perx4me
Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA208 contributions
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Jan 2015 • Couples
The rhino walk was one of our favorite activities that we did while visiting Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. We booked the trip through our lodge and met up with our two guides at the activity center. Then we picked up our armed guard and drove a short distance to the park where we proceeded on foot. We walked for a little over an hour before we found 3 rhinos but along the way we spotted zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, buffalo and warthogs. The rhinos were amazing to see up close and as others have said, it's nice to see that they are being guarded 24 hours a day by armed park rangers.

Our two guides were fantastic, Chiwele was super friendly and very knowledgeable about all the animals in the park and our other guide had an eagle eye for spotting animals in the distance. On the walk back we stopped for a water and muffin break and got to talk with our guides and guard. We walked for a total of about 2 hours or so but it was not difficult or strenuous. Once we got back to the vehicle, we dropped off our guard and then drove along the Zambezi River where we saw more animals in the park and hippos in the river.

I would highly recommend the rhino walk. It's a great way to get some light exercise, see the park from a different perspective and get up and close with the white rhinos and other animals. We actually wound up seeing more animals on the walk than we did the next day on our day trip land rover safari to Chobe in Botswana.
Written February 17, 2015
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Thank you so much. We are happy you liked our Rhino Tour. We will forward your review to Chiwele and Thomas. All the best and we hope to see you again on another Nature Walk!
Written March 19, 2015
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jjax12
Houston, TX165 contributions
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This was a unique way to see the wildlife......walking in the bush with our informative guide Chiwele and a park ranger. I was thinking going into it, that the chances were slim that we would see much on a short walk, but I was wrong. We saw 3 giraffes, a herd of wildebeests, several wart hogs, and got to see the rhinos as well. On the drive out we came across the same giraffes we had seen on the walk, and got some great video of them running across at full speed.
Written November 3, 2018
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Sarma Vangala
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Jul 2023
After having failed to see a Cheetah in the wild, I approached Savannah Safaris and Tours to help me fulfill my dream. Emmelyn of Savannah suggested that I visit Chitabe Camp in Okavango. I stayed in Chitabe Camp for 3 nights and I must admit that it was the best Safari experience I ever I had. I could see a pride of 19 lions, apart from 4 one month old cubs, 3 Cheetahs,4 sightings of leopards, baby hippos/giraffes and a wide variety of birds.
Savannah Safaris made my trip a memorable one with absolutely no hiccups anywhere during my stay and Emmelyn was always a call away to help me when needed.
Chitabe camp is a beautiful place located in the midst of the park. The staff is very friendly and the guide Tank was eager to see that I have good sightings
Thank you Emmelyn, for a great experience
Written July 17, 2023
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kedavis4
Wells, ME237 contributions
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Mar 2014 • Family
Recently, my daughter and I were in Livingstone, Zambia and looking for a guided birding tour of Mosi-oa-Tunyi National Park. We were also interested in seeing some white rhinos which are in the park. Luckily, our hotel's tour arranger told us about Savannah Southern Safaris which operates in the park. We were able to combine both the birding and the white rhino trip into one tour with this company and it was well worth it. On the morning of the outing, we were picked up promptly by our two guides and driver. Although it was raining, we drove through the park slowly looking for birds, getting out to view them as needed. Our guides, Chewele, and a female guide (whose name I unfortunately did not write down), were expert birders and spotters so they were able to find numerous species for us to see despite the rain. This was followed by a guided walking safari through the park looking for white rhinos. For this part of the trip, we were accompanied by another guide/guard to ensure our safety and that of the wildlife. He was able to find and follow rhino tracks until we came upon a mother rhino and a two week old baby rhino. The guide/guard was careful not to disturb the rhinos and give us a good vantage point to safely view them. In addition to the rhinos, we saw other wildlife including zebras, foxes, wildebeasts and cape buffalos and, of course, more birds. Water/juice and light snacks were provided as well. The whole experience from start to finish was fantastic and we had so much fun with our guides as they all had a great sense of humor so we were laughing the whole time. In fact, when the tour ended, we were reluctant to part as we felt they had become good friends. I highly recommend this safari company for their professionalism, expert knowledge, willingness to tailor the trip to our requests, and make it so much fun. And, if you take a trip with them, ask them about the Sacred Black Crested Chewele Stork and the Dreaded Drongo birds (our nicknames for our guides).
Written March 12, 2014
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Carol O’Keefe
Oak Park, CA11 contributions
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This company provided a very knowledgeable guide-Zinga? We walked slowly through the Victoria Falls Park and he pointed out flora and fauna as well as taking us all along the edges of the Falls. We got great photos. Warning- even though we were given heavy ponchos we got thoroughly soaked- so wear waterproof clothing and put valuables and cell phones in plastic bags.
Written March 27, 2019
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Thank you for the great review. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed our tour.
Written June 17, 2019
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easystreets1
154 contributions
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Mar 2019 • Couples
I am a frequent traveler to Africa and have spent months of time in the bush and exploring southern Africa's cities. Livingstone was new to me and my friends, so we figured we would do some guided tours to get the feel of the place. I searched and searched to find a reasonably priced provider with decent reviews and fell upon Savannah Southern Safaris. I'm sure glad I did. Here's how it all went down...

I sent them an e-mail detailing the interests and abilities of our small group (6 of us). Nina Siavwapa responded within 24-hours with a list of proposed activities, their prices, and a timeline which met all of our requested accommodations (no super long hikes/walks, a balance of scenery, arts, and wildlife, provision of a knowledgeable local guide, and a pace befitting a relaxing vacation). We e-mailed back and forth about some minor adjustments and then I was sent an electronic invoice by which I paid a 50% deposit. She also provided advice about requesting an electronic Kaza visa (recommended for anyone visiting the Zambia/Zimbabwe/Namibia/Botswana 4-corners region via day trips from Zambia - it's $50 and a painless application process once you figure out Zambia immigration's web site). Nina contacted me again a few days prior to departure and advised me that my final payment was about to be charged and then we were all set. All major credit cards were accepted and a receipt was provided.

Our guides, Chinga and Evans, met us at the airport with genuine warmth and provided transport to our hotel (Protea Livingstone). They were happy to stop at an ATM along the way, help us figure out the local currency, and make arrangements for super. We dropped our bags, relaxed for an hour or two and then began our exploration of Livingstone with the Arts and Artisans tour. Two art professor friends were traveling with us and while we all had a blast, they were simply over the moon. We visited Pure Skills Zambia where a local couple is training local metalworkers and artists such that they can create and market their wares, the National Gallery of Art, and a private artists studio. Everyone was extremely nice, happy to answer questions, show off techniques, talk about their experiences as artists, and so much more. Of course there was splendid artwork to be bought and we found some lovely pieces to bring home.

We set off for Chobe National Park in Botswana the next morning where we would spend the first half of the day on the Chobe River and the second half doing a vehicle safari. Our captain, self-named "Captain", had a splendidly dry sense of humor and a vast knowledge of local flora and fauna that he we proud to share with us. He was someone who truly enjoyed his work and did so with admirable professionalism. Safety was paramount and adequate instructions were provided at the start of the tour. As for the sights, they were awesome: cape buffalo, puku, more elephants than could be counted, Nile crocodiles, and a plethora of birds were on tap. The land portion of the trip was expertly guided as well and generally followed the path of the river cruise, but along the shoreline. This provided an entirely different experience, but was every bit as wonderful. If you want to see elephants, the Chobe River is the place to go - we saw well over a thousand in their natural habitat doing everything an elephant does: bulls fighting it out, adults and babies rolling in mud, families communicating with trumpets and grumbles, drinking, feeding, and more. A great time indeed.

We started our third day with a walking safari of Mosi-au-Tunya National Park in Zambia. I was worried that this would be a slog through tick infested hinterlands in infernal heat, but was pleasantly surprised otherwise. We picked up a game warden who directed us to a place where he had last seen rhinos and began a leisurely amble through scrubland with intermittent tree cover and medium grasses. The walk was over primarily flat terrain and it was easy going, even for my out of shape self. Chinga, our guide from Savannah Southern, knew every plant, bird, animal, and bug to be seen. I hold advanced degrees in biology and there wasn't a thing he didn't know - he spoke to me just as easily and technically as a professional colleague but using language and way that everyone in our party understood. Precious few have this gift and he uses it well. Safety instructions were given and then we were off for our stroll. After about 45 minutes of exploring, we found a mother rhino and her 2-year old calf.

My expectation at seeing rhino on a walking safari is that they would be somewhat distant. I about feinted when the warden motioned for us to be silent and directed us around a bush - out lumbered a rhino less than 25 feet away. He pointed at us and showed us where to move as the the rhinos grazed away and Chinga provided a narrative master class about the white rhino. Simply the most remarkable experience I've had in Africa. See the photos and judge for yourself.

We moved on after staying with the rhinos for about 30 minutes and glimpsed Cape buffalo - gave them a wide berth, more birds than I can count, and spotted a giraffe and a zebra. We ended the walk with muffins and juice by the Zambezi River before heading back to the hotel for a break.

Our last activity was a tour of Victoria Falls. They were near peak capacity and thundered away as advertised. Chinga once again lead the charge and a fantastic time was had by all - their majesty is simply too great to describe. Be prepared to get wet and do some walking as they are almost a mile wide and it can get quite hot - at least during out March visit.

I must also remark upon Evans, our driver. There isn't a nicer guy on the planet. He trained and worked as an air traffic controller for a while before coming home to care for his family. He's simply unflappable and went the extra mile to provide us transport to/from dinner, wait patiently with the vehicle and watch over our belongings while we were out with Chinga, and drive us carefully and safely to our destinations. He was prompt, professional, and as courteous as they come.

Simply an A+ job and our hats off to Chinga and Evan.
Written March 22, 2019
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It was a great pleasure walking and discussing with you. Nina and I are very happy that you enjoyed our tours and we hope we can welcome you all back in Livingstone.
Written June 17, 2019
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Dave S
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
In early March, we scheduled 3 activities with Savannah Southern Safaris: two half-day bird watching walks, and a half-day nature walk into Mosi-oa-Tunya with the possibility of seeing white rhinos (which we did - take the afternoon walk, since they know where the rhinos are from the morning!). Our guide, Chiinga, was perhaps the best guide we had during our 3 weeks in Africa. What made him so special was a deep passion for nature that went beyond his job - this guy is for real. He loves birds with his heart, and loves sharing and showing. He was funny, fun, and possesses an unusual balance of being relaxed yet intensely engaged with the wildlife. As a birdwatcher, I felt it was more like being out in the field with an expert friend than being on a guided activity. If you go birding with Chiinga, DO NOT MISS the Livingstone sewage treatment ponds. Doesn't sound like much, but it's a twitcher's paradise with species I never saw anywhere else. The only reason Savannah Southern doesn't get 5 ***** is the difficulty paying for the trip - their credit card reader doesn't work well, and we left Africa owing them $$ which we are still trying to figure out how to pay. You may need to pay cash for your trip. In our experience, it is well worth the effort.
Written March 17, 2018
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Mamiya7
Sycamore, IL271 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Couples
We did a bird walking tour and a nature walking tour to see the white rhinos with Chiinga and his associates. We are fairly experienced birders and were exceptionally pleased with Chiinga's knowledge of birds. He is developing a great group of associates who are becoming very good birders in their own right. The birding trip was worth it for the various Kingfisher species alone. Not much is said about the national park just outside of Livingstone in Zambia, but the birding there and the white rhinos are great. He is a fountain of knowledge and a very good artist as well. Chiinga is one of t
Written July 11, 2014
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C_Razzano
College Park, MD389 contributions
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Mar 2014 • Friends
The folks at Savannah Southern can help you plan your entire Victoria Falls excursion trip from helicopter rides, to Falls tours, to safari walks through the national park. Anything that can be done around Victoria Falls can be arranged through them. Some of the excursions are outsourced (such as the helicopter rides - which shouldn't be missed for their amazing views) but I strongly encourage you to engage them on the excursions they run themselves. Chiwele and Charity are EXCELLENT guides. Chiwele at his tender age of around 20 years old has an expansive knowledge of birds and flora that absolutely blew me away. On our walking safari, he made sure we even found the resident patriarch rhino! Charity spent the afternoon and evening with us touring the Falls and on the river cruise. Her knowledge of both the history and geology could be expanded into tours specifically geared toward those two subjects alone. Both were a delight and we felt so lucky to have them with us on our adventure. I hope our paths cross again some day.
Written March 22, 2014
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