Group Size: 4 - 12 passengers
Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
This Journey takes us through some of Botswana’s and Zimbabwe’s magnificent game reserves. Starting and ending at the spectacular Victoria Falls. Just some of the highlights of this trip include a game drive in Hwange National Park, the Moremi Game Reserve, Greater Khwai, a two day Okavango Delta excursion and the Chobe National Park.
Day1 - Victoria Falls
On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to A’Zambezi River Lodge. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 18h00 for your pre-departure meeting.
A’Zambezi River Lodge is located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 25km from the airport, nestling on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River within the periphery of the Zambezi National Park. The imaginative architecture with its sweeping curve of grass thatch blends well with the lash green lawns. A’Zambezi is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wild life and nature, whilst enjoying renowned services. 83 well appointed and air-conditioned rooms including 2 suites, 46 twin rooms, 11 family, 17 triple and 7 double rooms. The majority of the rooms have balconies facing the river and swimming pool whilst the remaining rooms face the National Park and the gardens.
Day 2 to Day 4 - Hwange National Park
This morning depart Victoria Falls and make your way to Sable Sands in a private concession near to Hwange National Park. The next days are spent exploring this wildlife rich area. This afternoon you can partake in an optional game drive if time allows (at own expense). Over the following two days, you will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife. You will also visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect these endangered species. Distance travelled on Day 2 is approx. 190km. (BLD)
Built on a rich cultural and artistic legacy, and sheltered by the stunning Sikumi forest, on the edge of the world-famous Hwange National Park, on a private concession with stunning views over the Dete Vlei, stands the beautiful photographic safari ‘village’ known as Sable Sands. Sable Sands has 11 traditionally thatched rondavels. Part of the ancient royal hunting grounds of King Lobengula, the lodge was later visited in 1991 by her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Phillip. The designed bedrooms have added luxury complete with private terrace, and en-suite bathroom, making your rondavel the perfect blend of ancient culture, nature and modern convenience.
Day 5 - Nata
An early start is required today as this is the longest drive of the safari. Leave Hwange National Park and drive through the Matetsi safari area enroute to Botswana. The drive is beautifully scenic, with the chance of spotting game along the way. Arrive at your Lodge in the late afternoon just in time to settle down and watch the elephants venturing down to the waterhole to drink. Distance travelled today is approx. 420km. (BLD)
An oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans, the lodge is ideally situated close to the entrance to the Nata Sanctuary and is just off the main road, 10 km from Nata village. This is the junction to the Okavango, Chobe and Francistown areas. 22 luxury chalets, 10 luxury custom-designed en-suite Meru style tents and camping.
Day 6 - Khwai River
After breakfast head off to the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where you have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans. Please note, a visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels as well as time constraints. Make your way to Khwai Bedouin Camp, which is situated in a private concession in the Khwai River area. This large area is renowned for its concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during just one game drive. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year you may see different species in different areas. The best time for game viewing is the end of the dry season or spring from August to November. During this season, in order for us to offer the best game viewing possible, extra driving may be required due to the animals migrating closer to the river. In the summer, birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors. Distance travelled today is approx. 450km. (BLD)
Khwai Bedouin Camp is located in the heart of Botswana, overlooking the magnificent Khwai River on a private concession, a 2 hour drive from Maun – your gateway to the Okavango Delta and the Moremi Game Reserve. This basic camp is nestled deep in the bush and the river is frequently visited by animals such as elephant, impala, kudu, warthogs, lion and many more. By far the biggest highlight of this camp is that once you step into a vehicle, the game drive already begins. There’s no need to drive further than the concession because all the beautiful animals the Khwai Concession offers are at your door step. With eight comfortable tents all with en-suite bathrooms positioned privately under big Acacia trees guests can relax in the privacy and the authenticity of the area while enjoying the astounding Botswana bush. Each river facing tent is equipped with twin beds, soft pillows and duvets and plenty of room to unpack your suitcase.
Day 7 - Khwai River
You have the opportunity to spend the day on game drives. In an open 4X4 vehicle you will explore the Khwai River region on morning and afternoon game drives hopefully spotting a variety of game that frequent this region. After dinner your guide will take you on a night drive, and you will hopefully be able to spot some rare nocturnal animals. Distance travelled today is approximately 150km. (BLD)
Day 8 - Khwai River
Today continue into the famous Moremi Game Reserve for game viewing, known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve. Distance travelled today is approx. 150km. (BLD)
Day 9 to Day 10 - Okavango Delta
This morning after an early breakfast depart for Etsha 13, on the western border of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without reaching the coast, which makes it unique. The next day is spent exploring the network of water pathways through thick vegetation in mokoros (traditional dugout canoes), discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. You have the opportunity to stop at a secluded island to take a 1½ hour guided walk hoping to spot elephants, waterbuck or other animals living in this water filled paradise. Distance travelled on Day 9 is approx. 395km. (BLD)
Guma Lagoon Camp is situated on the on the north-western side of the Okavango River along the banks of the Guma Lagoon in Botswana. Teeming with a vast variety of fish species, the lodge is a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. The lagoon is also home to an abundance of birds and water fowl which you can view from the comfort of your accommodation, or from a traditional dugout canoe on a Mokoro excursion. Accommodation is provided in 10 large canvas chalets each with their own private view of the lagoon. Each chalet can accommodate two people and offers lovely teak beds, en-suite bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets. Mosquito nets and towels are also provided and extra bedding can be provided to accommodate children. Awake in the morning with the sunrise over the lagoon streaming into your chalet. Wonder down to the main area and sit on the deck over the lagoon with a complimentary cup of tea or coffee.
Day 11 - Mahangu National Park
Today after your Delta experience you leave the lush verdant wetlands of Botswana and enter Namibia. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Greater Bwabwata National Park, which extends from the Kavango River in the west to the Kwando River in the east and incorporates the Mahangu Game Reserve. Elephant, roan, kudu and buffalo are amongst the animals likely to be seen as well as prolific birdlife. Distance travelled today is approx. 180km. (BLD)
The unique and original Mahangu Lodge offers you comfortably-styled, thatched accommodations in the Caprivi Region in Namibia. Close to the lodge is the well-known Mahango National Park which offers you spectacular game drives and bird watching possibilities. The lodge is situated at the west bank of the Okavango River with the possibility to do boat cruises all day long. If you prefer less active pursuits, then enjoy a drink in the bar or just relax at the pool and enjoy the African sun.
Day 12 to Day 13 - Chobe National Park
This morning continue your journey through the Caprivi Strip, crossing the border back into Botswana to, Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Start your morning of Day 13 with a hopefully spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park. You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and relaxation until our boat cruise on the Chobe River starts around 15h00. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up close photo opportunities. Distance travelled on Day 12 is approx. 452km. (BLD)
Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares a border with Chobe National Park. Right on our doorstep is the meeting point of four African countries: Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an excellent getaway location to Chobe, Victoria Falls or Caprivi. The lodge has 46 luxury safari rooms, 22 luxury river rooms, 8 standard rondavels, and camping.
Day 14 - Victoria Falls
Today leave Botswana and come to the place where we started this trip full of real African experiences – Victoria Falls. Visit the Victoria Falls on a guided tour and then have the rest of the day at leisure or to partake in one of the many optional activities (at own expense). Distance travelled today is approx. 110km. (BL)
Day 15 - End of Botswana Wildlife Tour
Your safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included. Price excludes a Local Kitty Payment of US$350 per person.
Travelling with children
Children under 12 years old will be accepted on a case to case basis. Permission will be required.
Children under the age of 12 are not permitted on Mokoro trips in Botswana. One parent must stay with the child at the lodge.