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15 Days 14 Nights
Group size: 4-12
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1 Small Group
From $6,516pp

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With some of the world’s greatest wildlife, Botswana and Zimbabwe are perfect partners for a safari. Enjoy our guides’ expertise and knowledge of both countries, and get to explore two of Southern Africa’s most enigmatic countries with its endangered wild dogs, rhino tracking, iconic Victoria Falls and among others, a traditional canoe trip.


Victoria Falls

Shared by both Zambia and Zimbabwe, to cross between the two countries is via the Victoria Falls Bridge – the walk takes about 20 minutes – to bungee jump is less than 60 seconds! On the Zambia side it is possible to get close to the water’s edge at the Devil Ponds, or walk across the Knife Edge Bridge.

Matobo Hills

Huge granite rocks sculptured in time were formed over 40,000 years ago and became home to Zimbabwe’s earliest inhabitants, the “San”. Many caves contain superb natural galleries of Bushman paintings – and just sometimes you wish the rocks could speak!

Okavango Delta

Surprisingly relaxing, one of the best experiences is to be poled along reed-lined channels in a mokoro (dug-out canoe), sitting back and relaxing as your skilled poler points out the various fauna and flora .. and the odd hippo!

Itinerary

day 1

Victoria Falls

On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls - whether that be indulging in a Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls or for those more daring take a plunge in Devil’s Pond – the world’s most outrageous infinity pool.
day 2

Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park

After breakfast, tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - “the smoke that thunders.” Then travel to Chobe National Park with afternoon at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool.
day 3

Chobe National Park

Early start with a hopefully spectacular game drive the return to lodge for late breakfast and relaxation until boat cruise on Chobe River around 3:00pm
day 4-5

Chobe National Park to Hwange National Park

Cross the border into Zimbabwe to our lodge situated in a private concession near Hwange National Park. Over the following two days, we 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. birdlife. We will also visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect these endangered species.
day 6-7

Hwange National Park to Lake Kariba

Today we head off to Binga located on the south eastern shore of Lake Kariba, where we will board a luxury houseboat for a relaxing two-night trip. Nested in mountains, Lake Kariba is a man-made inland sea guarded by enormous reserves of game. Travel to the Sengwe River for afternoon wildlife activities and sunset. In the morning we set out early for some leisurely fishing, guided walks or game viewing, before returning to Elephant Bay where we will moor at one of the islands, watch the sunet over the lake, relax around a camp fire and enjoy a beach BBQ under the starry sky.
day 8-9

Lake Kariba to Matobo Hills

After some morning game view on Lake Kariba, cruise back to Binga and travel southwards to the majestic Matobo Hills, an area of exquisite beauty, steeped in tribal history, ancient mystery and dramatic rock landscapes. The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope and the world’s densest population of leopard. We spend the next day in the national park, starting our morning with tracking rhino spoor by vehicle and foot. In the afternoon we further explore the scenery and wildlife of the park on game drives.
day 10

Matobo Hills to Nata

We leave Matobo Hills and drive through the savannas of southern Matebeleland en-route to Botswana. In the afternoon we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we will have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, arriving late to our lodge.
day 11

Makgadikgadi Pans

A very early morning departure leads us to Planet Baobab near Gweta, from where we embark on an expedition to Ntwetwe Pan to encounter some of Botswana’s distinctive landscapes and extraordinary creatures. The Ntwetwe Pan is one of the two major pans that make up the Makgadikgadi Pans, and is amongst the largest saltpans in the world.
day 12

Makgadikgadi Pans to Maun

Travel to Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book an optional scenic flight over the delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and truly glorious oasis.
day 13

Maun to Khwai River

After breakfast we take a short drive to the mokoro station and travel through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta in dug-out canoes discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. After settling into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive in the concession – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.
day 14

Moremi Game Reserve

Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve 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.
day 15

Khwai River to Maun

Transfer after breakfast to Maun Airport where tour ends.
day 1

Victoria Falls

On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls - whether that be indulging in a Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls or for those more daring take a plunge in Devil’s Pond – the world’s most outrageous infinity pool.
day 2

Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park

After breakfast, tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - “the smoke that thunders.” Then travel to Chobe National Park with afternoon at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool.
day 3

Chobe National Park

Early start with a hopefully spectacular game drive the return to lodge for late breakfast and relaxation until boat cruise on Chobe River around 3:00pm
day 4-5

Chobe National Park to Hwange National Park

Cross the border into Zimbabwe to our lodge situated in a private concession near Hwange National Park. Over the following two days, we 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. birdlife. We will also visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect these endangered species.
day 6-7

Hwange National Park to Lake Kariba

Today we head off to Binga located on the south eastern shore of Lake Kariba, where we will board a luxury houseboat for a relaxing two-night trip. Nested in mountains, Lake Kariba is a man-made inland sea guarded by enormous reserves of game. Travel to the Sengwe River for afternoon wildlife activities and sunset. In the morning we set out early for some leisurely fishing, guided walks or game viewing, before returning to Elephant Bay where we will moor at one of the islands, watch the sunet over the lake, relax around a camp fire and enjoy a beach BBQ under the starry sky.
day 8-9

Lake Kariba to Matobo Hills

After some morning game view on Lake Kariba, cruise back to Binga and travel southwards to the majestic Matobo Hills, an area of exquisite beauty, steeped in tribal history, ancient mystery and dramatic rock landscapes. The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope and the world’s densest population of leopard. We spend the next day in the national park, starting our morning with tracking rhino spoor by vehicle and foot. In the afternoon we further explore the scenery and wildlife of the park on game drives.
day 10

Matobo Hills to Nata

We leave Matobo Hills and drive through the savannas of southern Matebeleland en-route to Botswana. In the afternoon we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we will have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, arriving late to our lodge.
day 11

Makgadikgadi Pans

A very early morning departure leads us to Planet Baobab near Gweta, from where we embark on an expedition to Ntwetwe Pan to encounter some of Botswana’s distinctive landscapes and extraordinary creatures. The Ntwetwe Pan is one of the two major pans that make up the Makgadikgadi Pans, and is amongst the largest saltpans in the world.
day 12

Makgadikgadi Pans to Maun

Travel to Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book an optional scenic flight over the delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and truly glorious oasis.
day 13

Maun to Khwai River

After breakfast we take a short drive to the mokoro station and travel through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta in dug-out canoes discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. After settling into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive in the concession – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.
day 14

Moremi Game Reserve

Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve 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.
day 15

Khwai River to Maun

Transfer after breakfast to Maun Airport where tour ends.

Includes

14 nights' accommodation, meals as indicated by travel agent, all transport in fully kitted 4x4 safari vehicle, game drives + activities as mentioned in itinerary, park entrance fees + experienced local guides.

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