Posted: 2013-01-14 15:39:00
Chobe isn't really that far, and the road on the Zambian side should be good. I think it is a great idea, actually as you will have much greater chances to see wildlife. Neither Livingstone nor Vic Falls are particularly attractive towns from traveller's perspective - not a significantly attractive architecture, or world-class museums, funky eateries or interesting places to go out. Although, Livingstone had a few good places to boogie when I visited. But if you are thinking of staying on the Botswana side, check that the Kazungula ferry is running - otherwise, it would be necessary to travel on the Zimbabwe side all the way to the Vic Falls through the Zambezi National Park, for which you need permits, the road is bad and takes much longer - not such a bad idea if you have loads of time otherwise.
Both Livingstone and Vic Falls are de facto 'tourist enclaves' and EVERYTHING is dominated by the great waterfall nearby and visitors that come to see it. So, staying at a lodge a few miles away in a tourist spot (e.g a more upscale lodge) is not going to worsen your experience that much, I think. On a contrary, you should be closer to the nature, the sounds of the bush and the game passing by. Wild animals are unlikely to appear on the streets of Livingstone or Vic Falls!
And if the lodge does night walks, you should definitely opt for that. Walking in a bush with a flashlight and hear the nightly heartbeat of the wild Africa is truly an unforgettable experience!
Sunset cruise on the Zambezi should also be good. When I was there, one of the groups saw a large family of elephants crossing the river with their offsprings - I saw a video of that, like moma elephant was helping her baby elephant climb the shore. Truly intense!
If you do helicopter flight, you'll take awesome photos, by the way - you might actually see the waterfall itself, as seeing it from the ground can be a challenge due to the volume of thickness of the mist, hehehe.
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