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Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari - (13N/14D)

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14 days 13 nights

Description

Experience

From the cascading Victoria Falls to the meandering waterways of the Okavango Delta, this safari visits the best destinations in Zimbabwe and Botswana. Encounter Chobe’s huge elephant herds, search for rhinos and leopards in Matopos and spot Wild dogs in Hwange. Starry skies and burnished sunsets complete the adventure and where better for a sundowner than the shimmering Magkadigkadi Pans.

Itineary

Day 1 
Start Victoria Falls, transfer to KasaneOpen or Close

The group flights normally arrive at Victoria Falls Airport and land only passengers can either be picked up here or at the Rainbow Hotel in Victoria Falls town. If the group flights land in Livingstone (Zambia), land only passengers can still be picked up at the Rainbow Hotel in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). We then transfer 120kms to Kasane in Botswana. The drive from Victoria Falls takes a little over two hours but there can be delays crossing the border. Once we are settled into our chalets we will gather for a full tour briefing.

Day 2 
4WD and river safari in Chobe N.P.

 

Chobe National Park is best known for its huge populations of elephant and buffalo. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephants, this is, undoubtedly the best place to see these pachyderms. The park is also home to Wild dogs, lions, leopards and various other African wildlife. We start the day by going on a game drive in one of the lodge’s open game-drive vehicles. It will be an early start as we aim to get to the park gates as they open. We spend about three hours on safari before returning to the lodge in time for some brunch. There is time to relax at the lodge during the hottest part of the day or exploring the town of Kasane before heading out again, this time to go on a boat-safari on the Chobe River. After a short transfer to the jetty we board the boat for a three-hour safari. This is a great opportunity to view the vast herds of elephant and other wildlife from a different perspective.

Day 3 
To Maun

Today is a long drive as we transfer the 600kms between Kasane and Maun, the town on the edge of the Okavango Delta. We’ll make a stop en route for lunch at the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan before arriving in Maun mid-afternoon. We spend a bit of time in town getting supplies for the delta (this is a chance for you to get any extra drinks or snacks you may want in the delta). From here it’s only a short drive out of town to our lodge on the banks of the Thamalakane River.

Day 4 
Okavango Delta

After travelling 1,600kms from the highlands of Angola, the Okavango River reaches the Kalahari and spreads into a large swamp area where the water eventually transpires into the plant-life and evaporates, never reaching the sea. This makes the Okavango Delta, as this swamp is known, one of the largest inland deltas on Earth and a true natural wonder. Year-round the delta’s islands are home to a vast array of wildlife including all the usual suspects though numbers reach their peak during the dryer winter months when animals, including many of the larger ones, migrate into the delta. We head into the delta in Mokoro dugout canoes poled by local villagers who have grown up here. When we arrive in the delta we will find our camp already set up, waiting for us. The camp is made up of tents fitted with camp beds topped by mattresses along with a bush-shower and bush-toilet along with a gazebo/mess tent. Here we will get to experience African wilderness at its fullest, not least at night when the milky-way can be seen spreading across the sky with a billion twinkling stars. We spend the next two days exploring the waterways and islands by Mokoro canoe and on foot looking for wildlife and enjoying this amazing part of Africa.

Day 5 
Okavango Delta

Another day exploring the delta on foot and by mokoro.

Day 6 
Return to Maun

This morning we have our last Mokoro ride as we return to the edge of the delta before returning to Maun. The afternoon is free to relax by the pool or take an optional flight over the delta.

Day 7 
To Nata Sanctuary and Makgadikgadi Salt PanOpen or Close

 

After a brief stop in Maun to resupply we transfer 300kms to Nata arriving mid-afternoon. In the late afternoon we head to the Nata Sanctuary to watch the sunset on the Makgadikgadi Pan. The Makgadikgadi Pan covers over 16,000 square kilometres and forms the bed of an ancient lake, now dried up, which once spread as far as the Okavango Delta. Sunsets on the pan are some of the best on the continent.

Day 8 
Enter Zimbabwe - to Matobo N.P.

Today we continue our journey back towards Zimbabwe. We go via Francistown and Bulawayo on our way to the Matobo National Park. The journey is about 380kms and driving time shouldn’t be much more than about 5hrs, however the border crossing can be busy and can easily take between two and three hours. We will be staying in chalets just outside the park and will enjoy sundowners from the granite ridge overlooking the park.

Day 9 
Matobo National ParkOpen or Close

 

Matobo National Park (also known as Matopos National Park) is an area known for its skopjes (giant boulders which seem to be precariously balanced on top of one-another) and wildlife. The park is one of the best places to see both Black and White rhinos and has very dense population of leopards (though these predators are still elusive). It also counts amongst its inhabitants a third of all species of eagle. These hills were, once, home to San Bushmen who have left their mark with rock-paintings depicting giraffes, elands and kudu. It was also Cecil Rhodes’ favourite place and where he asked to be buried. We enter Matobo National Park early in the morning and go on a game drive followed by a game walk where we can hope to see rhino on foot. We visit World’s End, where Cecil Rhodes is buried and see some of the granite formations and rock-paintings. We spend most of the day inside the park returning to the lodge in the afternoon.

Day 10 
To Hwange N.P.

After a leisurely breakfast we make a quick stop in Bulawayo this morning to resupply before driving north 335kms to Hwange National Park. Zimbabwe’s largest National Park, Hwange covers 14,600 square kilometres of mopane and teak woodlands and grasslands. The park is home to over 100 mammal species and 400 bird species including all of Zimbabwe’s specially protected animals. Its most famous inhabitants are the elephants and Wild dogs, and it is the only place where gemsbok and Brown hyena can be found in reasonable numbers in Zimbabwe. We stay in a property situated within a game-management area which abuts the park.

Day 11 
Hwange N.P.

We spend all day on a 4WD open-game drive in search for the various animals that call Hwange home.

Day 12 
To Victoria Falls, visit the falls.

After a relaxed start we take our final, short, drive back to where we started, Victoria Falls. We arrive at Victoria Falls town around lunch time. In the afternoon we head out towards the mighty falls themselves. Measuring 1,700 meters wide and 100 meters high, Victoria Falls are the largest waterfall in the World and one of the most famous highlights of Africa. The volume of water changes with the seasons but when full the spray rises into the sky – a phenomenon which has given the falls their local name Mosi o Tunya, the Smoke that Thunders. They are a site to behold and one which impressed Dr. David Livingstone so much that he commented that ‘’ scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.’’

Day 13 
Victoria Falls free day

Today is a free day to enjoy the many activities on offer in the area such as white-water rafting, taking a flight over the falls, going on a sunset cruise or crossing into neighbouring Zambia to see the falls from that side (please note that you will need a Zambian visa for this and will need to get a new Zimbabwean visa as well).

Day 14 
End in Victoria Falls

Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport in time for their flight. Those who do not have a transfer included, the trip ends after breakfast.

 

Package Includes

  • 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
  • All accommodation : 9 nights chalets, 2 nights hotel and 2 nights comfortable wild camping
  • All transport and listed activities - minibus, 4WD safari vehicles and mokoro canoes
  • Tour leader throughout

Package Excludes

  • Service Tax and / or any other taxes.
  • International or domestic flights, unless included
  • Meals other than those mentioned as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)
  • Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation
  • Visa, passport, travel insurance.
  • Optional tours that can be bought on a supplement.
  • Single room supplement
  • Entrance fees to attractions not specified as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)

Information

Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date Price
     
11th MAR, 2018 24th MAR, 2018 GBP £ 2549.00
29th APR, 2018 12th MAY, 2018 GBP £ 2549.00
01st JUL, 2018 14th JUL, 2018 GBP £ 2549.00
22nd JUL, 2018 04th AUG, 2018 GBP £ 2549.00
05th AUG, 2018 18th AUG, 2018 GBP £ 2549.00
26th AUG, 2018 08th SEP, 2018 GBP £ 2549.00
09th SEP, 2018 22nd SEP, 2018 GBP £ 2549.00
30th SEP, 2018 13th OCT, 2018 GBP £ 2549.00
14th OCT, 2018 27th OCT, 2018 GBP £ 2549.00
 
  • Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers.
  • The cost exclude GST 5%.

 

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