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Botswana & Zimbabwe Safari
Victoria Falls to Maun
10 days
Tour code: DZXNG

Highlights

Explore Zimbabwe's largest national park in an open safari vehicle, cruise the waters of the Chobe River, visit the research camp of the Okavango Wilderness Project, spend a night in a bush camp in the Delta.

Experience the ultimate wildlife adventure with this 10-day trip through some of the best wildlife reserves you'll ever see. Keep your camera at the ready to capture the lions and elephants of Hwange National Park, fly to the panhandle of the Okavango Delta for a wildlife walk with a local guide, and cruise along the banks of the Chobe River to watch the elephants drink along its banks. Make memories to last a lifetime among the incredible animals and landscapes of southern Africa.

What's included?

Meals

9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, 4x4, walking, boat, mokoro, plane.

Accommodation

Hotels (2 nts), safari lodges/camp (6 nts), bush camp (1 nt).

Included activities

Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Painted Dog Conservation, Hwange National Park Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Okavango Wilderness Project Research Camp, Okavango Delta Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Botswana Storytelling and Traditional Dinner, Maun. Arrival transfer. Open-vehicle wildlife safari drives in Hwange and Chobe National Parks. Chobe boat safari. Wildlife excursions by boat and foot in the Okavango Panhandle. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Itinerary

Day 1
Victoria Falls
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Your arrival transfer is included from the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA) airport. Should you choose to fly into Livingstone, Zambia (LVI), we can arrange a transfer at an additional cost. Please speak to your agent for details.

Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer

Included activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Optional activities:

  • Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride - 15min
  • Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride - 25min
  • Victoria Falls Whitewater Rafting
  • Microlight Flight over Victoria Falls
  • Canoeing the Zambezi
  • Bridge Swing over the Zambezi
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Day 2
Victoria Falls - Hwange National Park
Enjoy free time in the morning and opt to visit the falls. Later, visit the Painted Dog (Wild Dog) conservancy and meet with a conservationist to learn about the work being done to rehabilitate injured animals as a result of poaching. After, travel to Hwange, Zimbabwe's largest national park, and enjoy a safari drive on the lodge concession in search of wildlife. This evening, arrive at the lodge, located just outside the park entrance, and enjoy dinner. Road conditions in the region can range from good to very poor. As such, we slow our traveling speed in the rough spots and enjoy some sand and bumps – all part of the adventure of traveling in Africa. Please note that hot water shortages, low water pressure and power outages can occur in Southern Africa. We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. Wifi is available in most places (extra charge may apply), but in remote areas there can be service interruptions. A/C is not generally available in the accommodations we use, really it isn't needed as evenings tend to cool down. Floor or ceiling fans are usually available.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Painted Dog Conservation, Wildlife Safari in Hwange National Park

Optional activities:

  • Victoria Falls Guided Tour
  • Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride - 15min
  • Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride - 25min

Meals: breakfastdinner

Day 3
Hwange National Park
Take a full-day wildlife safari drive in the park which is home to large elephant herds, lions, and the rare African wild dog. This evening, relax on the sun deck with a cool drink, keeping an eye out for local wildlife visiting the lodge's watering hole.

Included activities: Wildlife Safari in Hwange National Park

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 4
Hwange National Park - Kasane
Depart Hwange and head north, crossing the border into Botswana, before arriving in Kasane, gateway to stunning Chobe National Park. This afternoon, enjoy a boat safari on the Chobe River in search of bathing elephants, hippos, and crocodiles.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Botswana), Chobe River Sunset Boat Cruise

Meals: breakfast

Day 5
Kasane
In the morning, continue our wildlife viewing with a safari drive along the banks of the Chobe River. In the afternoon, opt to take a photography river safari on a specialized photography boat.

Included activities: Chobe River Drive

Optional activities: Evening Photo Safari on Chobe River

Meals: breakfast

Day 6
Kasane - Okavango Delta
Catch a flight into the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta and check into our remote camp in the wilderness. Enjoy lunch before taking a walk to the research camps of the National Geographic-funded Okavango Wilderness Project. Meet with someone from the research team and learn about their work and projects in the area. Planes used to fly into the Delta are small and weight restrictions are mandatory. For this reason luggage restrictions are 15kg per person for checked in luggage and 5kg for Hand luggage for a maximum of 20kg per person. As well, the airline requires the weight of each passenger, your CEO will collect this information from you privately, at the beginning of the trip.

Transport: Plane

Included activities: Okavango Wilderness Project Research Camp

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 7
Okavango Delta
Explore the stunning Okavango Panhandle with expert local guides. View wildlife from mokoros (African dugout canoes) and during bush walks. This evening, we will stay at a unique bush camp on one of the remote islands within the Okavango Delta. Here, enjoy a three-course meal around a roaring campfire while sitting back and listening to the night calls of the Delta's wildlife.

Included activities: Okavango Delta Excursion

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 8
Okavango Delta
Depart from our island camp and continue wildlife viewing on foot and by mokoro with our expert local guides. Return to the main camp later this afternoon and opt to relax or take a swim. This evening, relax on the deck. With views overlooking the lagoon, hidden seating areas, and a fire pit, it's the perfect place for stargazing.

Included activities: Okavango Islands Excursion

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 9
Okavango Delta - Maun
Transfer to the frontier town of Maun and enjoy an evening of culture and traditional foods with celebrated author Bonty Botumile and the Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers. This local enterprise is dedicated to preserving Botswana’s heritage and providing youth with employment opportunities in the arts. Option to take a scenic flight over the delta.

Transport: Private Vehicle

Included activities: Botswana Storytelling and Traditional Dinner

Optional activities: Okavango Delta Flight

Meals: breakfastlunchdinner

Day 10
Maun
Depart at any time.

Included activities: Departure Day

Meals: breakfast

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