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Intimate Botswana & Zimbabwe Encounter: Victoria Falls to Maun

Duration
15 Days
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US$ 4,450

This African safari takes in two of Southern Africa’s most colourful and wildlife-rich nations. Explore the well-protected national parks of Botswana, and one of Africa’s least understood treasures, Zimbabwe.


This 15-day African safari trip opens up two of the continent’s most impressive countries, focusing on the best wildlife areas in each one.

Your journey begins at Victoria Falls. As you have only one night scheduled here, you might want to arrive a day or two early to enjoy all the area surrounding these awesome falling waters has to offer. You will however enjoy an included tour of the falls before going on to Kasane and Chobe National Park. Take some time to relax, then embark on your first game drive early in the morning. Later in the day, take a cruise on the Chobe River for a very different view of the animals in their native habitat.

Cross the border into Zimbabwe, bound for Hwange National Park. Known as one of Africa’s richest wildlife regions, the area is particularly famous for its big cats, but also supports vast herds of elephants, buffalo, zebra, and giraffes. You’ll spend two nights here, allowing plenty of time for some great sightings. Afterwards, go on to Lake Kariba, where you’ll stay on a luxury houseboat. Sunset is the ideal time to see the animals descend upon the Sengwe River, while other activities including guided walks, fishing, or game viewing are also available to you.

Transfer to the Matobo Hills region, one of Zimbabwe’s greatest natural treasures, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This area is home to rare white and black rhinos, antelopes, and the world’s densest leopard population. Amateur anthropologists will be in their element, uncovering traces of the San Bushmen who once populated the area. You’ll also visit the grave of colonial industrialist Cecil Rhodes.

Returning to Botswana, stop in at the Nata Bird Sanctuary on your way to the Sowa Pan, part of the Greater Malgadikgadi Pans. You’ll take a detailed tour of the Nwehwe Pan, which contains some fantastic formations left by the waters of the Boteti River. You’ll see some of the unique species of the Kalahari Desert before visiting the Batswana people in one of their villages. End the day by visiting a boabob grove, and learn more about these impressive ‘trees.’

With a night spent in Maun, consider a flight over the Okavango Delta for a bird’s eye view of this vast natural wonder. Then board your mokoro dug-out canoe for a journey into the Delta itself, ending the day with a night-time game drive. Your African safari ends with a full day exploring Moremi Game Reserve, transferring to Maun airport for your homeward (or onward) flight.


 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,450

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Day 1

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 6:00pm for your pre-departure meeting.

Duration1 Night
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A'Zambezi River Lodge

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    A'Zambezi River Lodge



    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 ...

    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, with its 83 well-appointed rooms, is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wild life and nature, whilst enjoying renowned services.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Children's Activities
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Newsstand
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Supervised Pool

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Day 2

Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park, Botswana

After breakfast we will have a guided tour of the Victoria Falls. We will then travel to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. The rest of the afternoon at leisure or time for optional activities.

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Duration2 Nights
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Chobe Bakwena Lodge

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    Welcome to Bakwena Lodge, an eco-luxury retreat on the banks of the Chobe River. The lodge is surrounded by the Chobe National Park and forest reserve. Bakwena, from Setswana meaning 'people of the crocodile' is one of the largest tribes in Botswana. Bakwena Lodge comprises ...

    Welcome to Bakwena Lodge, an eco-luxury retreat on the banks of the Chobe River. The lodge is surrounded by the Chobe National Park and forest reserve. Bakwena, from Setswana meaning 'people of the crocodile' is one of the largest tribes in Botswana. Bakwena Lodge comprises 10 rondavel style chalets, all situated under the shady canopy of Acacia trees, and each site has been selected for its river view and is surrounded by indigenous riverine bush. Built around both ecological and traditional African principles, each chalet offers laid-back luxury with its own raised deck overlooking the river.

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Chobe National Park, Botswana

Start your morning 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 3pm. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up close photo opportunities.

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Day 4

Chobe to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

This morning we depart for the Zimbabwean border and make our way to our lodge 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. 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 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. We will also visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect these endangered species. The next day we will have a full day Game Drive in the Hwange National Park.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Sable Sands

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    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. ...

    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, so it's no wonder 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.

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    • Bar
    • Lounge(s)
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 5

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Enjoy another day in Hwange National Park.

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Day 6

Hwange National Park to Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

We need to get up early, as today we leave Hwange National Park and head to Binga to board a luxury houseboat. In the afternoon we cruise to the Sengwe River. Evening activities & sunset wildlife cruise down the Sengwe River followed by drinks and dinner on board.

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Duration2 Nights
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Umbozha Houseboats

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    Umbozha Houseboats



    There is no better way of enjoying Lake Kariba than from the decks of Umbozha - the flagship of the fleet. Newly completed, it has been fitted to the highest standards of luxury, with cabin-space for 28 persons in five family cabins, two twin bedded ...

    There is no better way of enjoying Lake Kariba than from the decks of Umbozha - the flagship of the fleet. Newly completed, it has been fitted to the highest standards of luxury, with cabin-space for 28 persons in five family cabins, two twin bedded cabins and two master suites with queen-size beds - all air conditioned. With a large, central lounge/bar/dining area, two outside deck areas, a pool and an upper deck area, there is ample room to spend time together or take in the surrounds in a more intimate setting.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Deck
    • Dining Area
    • Generator
    • Lounge
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 7

Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Early morning activities of fishing, guided walks or game viewing followed by brunch whilst we cruise to Elephant Bay where we moor on one of the Island's with a sandy beach where we relax around a camp fire and watch the sunset over the lake followed by a beach braai.

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Day 8

Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe

Morning activities and cruise back to Binga/Milibizi. Depart the houseboats and transfer to your lodge Camp Amalinda in the majestic Matobo Hills area. Matobo Hills is 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. Birdlife is prolific and includes the highest concentration of black eagles in the world. Once the home of the San (Bushman), this area contains the richest source of the rock art found anywhere.

Not only is it here that the Ndebele people buried their great king, Mzilikazi, but Cecil John Rhodes was also laid to rest on the "Hill of the Benevolent Spirit" or "World's View" as named by him. We spend the 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, ending with a visit to Rhodes' grave.

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Duration2 Nights
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Camp Amalinda

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    Camp Amalinda



    Tucked away into an ancient bushman's shelter, Camp Amalinda's charm will leave an indelible impression. Some of the most majestic granite scenery in the world is found in the Matobo Hills. It is here that the hopes, trials and tribulations of the San Bushmen are ...

    Tucked away into an ancient bushman's shelter, Camp Amalinda's charm will leave an indelible impression. Some of the most majestic granite scenery in the world is found in the Matobo Hills. It is here that the hopes, trials and tribulations of the San Bushmen are recorded in the ancient rock art. Mammal and bird species are prolific and include the highest concentration of leopard and black eagle in the world. All suites have been individually designed around great boulders and each differs in ambience in order to create a romantic feel without losing the vital soul of Africa. The lounge and entertainment area is tucked away into a bushman shelter with a panoramic view of the Matobo Hills. At the base of the camp is Amalinda's famous rock swimming pool, naturally shaped and carved over centuries by rain and wind erosion from a massive granite dome. It is here where African memories are made.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Credit Cards Accepted
    • Laundry Service
    • Library
    • Lounge
    • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities

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Day 9

Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe

Enjoy another day in Matobo Hills.

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Day 10

Nata Lodge, Botswana

We leave Matobo Hills and drive through the Matetsi safari area en-route to Botswana. The drive is beautifully scenic, with the chance of spotting game along the way. We arrive into Nata Lodge in the late afternoon. On-Route we visit Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we get the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan, which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans.

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Duration1 Night
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Nata Lodge

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    An oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans. It 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 ...

    An oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans. It 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. Nata Lodge offers 22 Luxury thatched chalets built on stilts and set in rustic African style, 10 luxury safari tents are built on raised wooden platforms which are nestled under the lodges many Marula trees. The lodge also offers campsites; able to accommodate 150 pax.

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Day 11

Makgadikgadi, Botswana

After breakfast, we depart for Ntwetwe Pan that form part of the greater Makgadikgadi system.

Ntwetwe Pan Excursion: 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. The pan was fed by the Boteti River until it was left permanently dry following the construction of the Mopipi Dam, which provides water for the diamond mines in Orapa. The waters may have returned to the river but Ntwetwe is now famous for its extraordinary lunar landscape, particularly the rocky outcrops, dunes, islets, and channels found along the western shore. We explore the area, in search of uniquely adapted desert species such as bat-eared foxes, spring buck, kori bustards, and some of the Kalahari's most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. By spending quality time with these incredibly social, superbly adapted animals, you will be able to see how they interact with each other and their environment. Due to an ongoing habituation programme it's possible to get up-close and personal with these captivating creatures.

After lunch we have the opportunity to explore a nearby village to experience modern African village culture. Learn about the history and traditions of the Batswana people from a local guide whose knowledge has been inherited from their forefathers. Visit the local primary school, 'Sekolo' with its outdoor classes and meet the children, visit the Kgotla - a traditional court that governs the village and get a glimpse of rural Botswana life.
We make our way to Planet Baobab. After settling into our accommodation, we take a stroll with our guide through the surrounding baobab grove, as he explains the local ecology, geology and the unique biology of the baobabs, which are in fact not trees but the largest succulents in the world.

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Duration1 Night
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Planet Baobab

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Day 12

Maun, Botswana

After breakfast we continue to Maun. The name Maun is derived from the San word "maung", which means "the place of short reeds". 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 a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta.

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Thamalakane River Lodge

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    Thamalakane River Lodge is placed on the banks of the Thamalakane River, just 19kms from Maun, and en route to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. Character en-suite stone chalets, some with private splash pools are positioned in the shade of the riverine forest, overlooking the ...

    Thamalakane River Lodge is placed on the banks of the Thamalakane River, just 19kms from Maun, and en route to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. Character en-suite stone chalets, some with private splash pools are positioned in the shade of the riverine forest, overlooking the river. Chalets, public areas and the swimming pool take advantage of the 180 degree view of the riverbanks lined with fluttering reeds visited by an ever changing array of water fowl and birds. It is a delightful place to come home to after a day spent exploring

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Khwai River, Botswana

After breakfast we take a short drive to the mokoro station. From here, we will float in dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in the Khwai River region. 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.

Duration2 Nights
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Hyena Pan Tented Camp

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    Hyena Pan Tented Camp



    Hyena Pan is a tranquil tented camp in a private concession area better known as Khwai. The concession area borders the Moremi National Park and the Khwai River in the South and the Chobe National Park to the East. Eight ensuite tents offer simple comfort, ...

    Hyena Pan is a tranquil tented camp in a private concession area better known as Khwai. The concession area borders the Moremi National Park and the Khwai River in the South and the Chobe National Park to the East. Eight ensuite tents offer simple comfort, furnished with twin beds, solar generated power and private facilities including gas generated showers.

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Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

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.

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Day 15

End of tour

Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Maun Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures!

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Jul 4, 16; Aug 1, 27; Sep 5, 25; Oct 10, 30; Nov 9
2018: Feb 22; Mar 21; Apr 8; May 9, 25; Jun 13; Jul 4, 16; Aug 1, 27; Sep 5, 25; Oct 10, 30 Nov 9

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 14 nights' accommodation as indicated
  • All transport in fully kitted 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Game drives as mentioned
  • Meals specified in the itinerary
  • Activities as mentioned in itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Experienced local guide

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Minimum 4 people required, unless a specified guaranteed departure. Local payment of $250 US per person required that is not part of the tour cost.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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