Botswana Safari from Victoria Falls

A 11 day trip to Botswana & Zimbabwe 
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Beginning in the spectacular Victoria Falls, and ending in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, one of the world’s few remaining oases of pristine wilderness, this trip will whisk you away into a world of truly remarkable natural beauty, where unspoiled landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see. Seek out and follow some of Africa’s greatest predators and accompany them in their natural environment. Experience luxurious pampering whilst serenaded by the sounds of the bush. This adventure will take your breath away and bind your heart and soul to Africa.

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General Information

Photos
Bird's eye view of Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Zimbabwe, Africa
Group of elephants in the bush of Chobe National Park in Botswana. Africa
View of the Okavango Delta from a mokoro canoe | Botswana, Africa
An African fish eagle in flight above the Okavango Delta | Botswana, Africa
Chobe River with trees in the foreground including a Baobab tree | Botswana Africa
View of the gorgeous Victoria Falls at sunset in Zambia, Africa
Leopard in tree getting a better view of the land in the Moremi Game Reserve | Botswana, Africa
A pair of red and white tour planes flying over a Botswana marsh | Wings Over Botswana
Adult hippo showing off its teeth as it yawns in waste-deep water | Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa
An African elephant staring down a white safari tour jeep | Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa
Tall giraffe walking in the foreground of a herd of zebras in Botswana, Africa
A termite hill surrounded by dead/ dry trees in Botswana, Africa
Male lion lurking in the tall, dry grass in the Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana, Africa
View of Johannesburg City with a red and white hot-air-balloon flying overhead
View of a Mokoro Canoe tour in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve 

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Days 1-2: Welcome to Africa!

You will arrive in the bustling and cosmopolitan city of Johannesburg. Just a stone’s throw from O.R. Tambo Airport is the Airport Sun Intercontinental, with convenient luxury just where you need it after a long flight. Inspired by Afro-chic art and culture, the hotel provides a warm introduction to your African adventure. Dine at the Quills Restaurant and enjoy a taste of the gourmet cuisine that Johannesburg has to offer. Indulge in a cocktail or two at the inviting bar, or opt for room service so that you can really put your feet up before your true journey begins. If exercise is what you need after your flight, head to the pool or gym facilities to refresh yourself.

Days 3-4: The Grandeur of the Falls

After a hearty breakfast, make your way to the International Terminal to meet your flight to Victoria Falls. You will be met on arrival and shown to the beautiful Victoria Falls Hotel, stately and serene in acres of private gardens. This gorgeous hotel was established in 1904 and for over ninety years has been favored by visiting members of royal families, heads of state, celebrities, authors, journalists and poets because of its secluded location and atmosphere of complete and relaxed privacy. The design of the hotel is meant to echo a bygone era, and its cool terraces and rolling lawns provide the ideal environment to relax in the hotel’s regal splendor.

If you meander down the garden path of the hotel you will find yourself overlooking the stunning gorge and you may even be able to watch as brave characters take a leap of faith off the Zambia Bridge on a 111 meter high bungee jump! At the hotel there is a stunning Edwardian swimming pool surrounded by lush gardens and exotic trees, and two all-weather tennis courts on the grounds. Other activities such as golf are only a short ride away.

Over the next few days, immerse yourself in your rich and varied surroundings. The Victoria Falls Hotel offers guided walks into the rainforest, and historical tours of the hotel itself. Or, head to the local craft market and then pop back for afternoon tea on the hotel’s terrace.  Closer to the falls there are activities to suit each member of the family. For the adrenaline junkies there is the world’s wildest one-day white water rafting trip, the bungee jump, river surfing, kayaking, gorge swings and zip-wires. For those preferring a more relaxed view of this spectacular area there are river cruises, rich local arts, crafts and cultural experiences, and fishing. There is lots on offer, but the hotel is always ready and waiting should you desire some good old-fashioned pampering.

Days 5-6: Charming Chobe

After breakfast, you will drive to Chobe National Park, a journey of about two hours. Here, you will find yourself in a truly wild reserve where the world’s largest population of elephants roams. Your home for the next two nights, Chobe Game Lodge, reflects the majesty of these grey giants. Situated in the remote and unspoiled northern extremity of the park, the lodge offers every luxury and comfort for your adventures in the wild. The architecture is graceful and elegant with soaring arches and barrel-vault ceilings; tiled floors create an atmosphere of tranquility and spaciousness, and the punkah punkah fans add a quirky character to the rooms. Each chalet overlooks the perennial Chobe River and adjacent Caprivi floodplain. Curl up and bury your nose in a book in the wildlife reference library, or peruse the curios on offer in the gift shop. Before long, however, you will meet your expert and experienced guide who will take you on a journey through the bush in search of wildlife.

Your safari in Botswana includes morning and afternoon game drives. Also enjoy a sunset river cruise and after-dinner star-gazing. With your belly full of sumptuous African fare, head to your warm and cozy bed to be lulled to sleep by the nearby grunts of hippo and the distant calls of jackal and hyena.

Days 7-8: Into the Heart of Moremi

After breakfast, fly in a light aircraft to Camp Moremi. Your new home is a magnificent elevated tree lodge with a lounge, dining room, library, cocktail bar and large sun-deck area. You are invited to a boma (gated out-door area) for breakfasts, lunches and bonfires in the evening. This traditionally circular gathering place is based on the kgotla (a meeting place) which can be found in any Botswana town or village, where the elders meet to discuss issues within their community. Tables in the boma are arranged around a fire so that you can meet and chat to other guests or just soak up the atmosphere and allow the staff to host you in a beautiful African setting.

There is a plunge pool and an elevated observation platform overlooking the Xakanaxa Lagoon. The camp is designed with an elegant African style in mind, and every aspect of the lodge echoes the natural yet breathtakingly beautiful surroundings, even down to the detail of the materials used for decorative pieces in your room. Located in the epicenter of Okavango paradise, this camp is the starting point of your journey into Moremi. Named after Chief Moremi of the BaTawana tribe, this game reserve covers much of the eastern side of the Delta and is a swirling combination of permanent water channels and dry bush, which results in some spectacular topographical contrasts.

While staying in the Moremi, you can enjoy excellent views of savannah game as well as birdlife on the lagoons. In the more thickly wooded areas, keep your eyes peeled for the rare African Wild Dog or the elusive leopard. Although not one of the largest reserves at just under 5,000 square kilometers, this is a hugely diverse area offering even the most experienced safari-traveler the chance for new adventures as you explore mopane woodland, acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons.

Days 9-11: Another Perspective of the Great Okavango

After a last breakfast at Camp Moremi, you will be transferred to Camp Okavango via riverboat. Camp Okavango is situated on Nxaragha Island in the heart of the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta. The elegant, thatched main building houses a cocktail bar, lounge and dining room, while the open-air patio caters for outdoor dining. All game viewing activities are conducted by experienced naturalist guides and include exploring the Okavango by canoe or boat, bird watching, fishing and nature walks. If you would like a rest after the flight from Camp Moremi, lay back in the peace and quiet of this unspoiled and untouched corner of Africa and simply enjoy the view. There is a secluded bird-viewing hide as well if you’d like to take a pair of binoculars and enjoy a relaxed mini safari all of your own! For honeymooners or guests celebrating a special anniversary, why not choose the Okavango Suite, a special thatched cottage offering an even more private and intimate setting.

Head out for more game drives to get those last-chance photographs of a hunting pride of lion, or a cheeky baboon. Listen to the rasping sound of a leopard calling near your tent, or the crack of distant branches as elephants shift about in the night. These are the sounds of Africa, and they will continue in your mind long after you have returned home! Take one last boat trip (perhaps with a little fishing as well) before lunch on your final morning, and a transfer to Livingstone. Here you will connect on to your Johannesburg flight, and then to your flight home. 

Price

Starting Price 

$5,495
This trip is customizable for your private travel.

What's Included 

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all guided tours and activities (dependent on season)
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.