Best of Botswana & Victoria Falls
Best of Botswana - 11 day Multi-Destination Adventure
This really is the best of Botswana with lodge stays at the four principal national parks of Makgadikgadi Pans, Moremi Reserve, Okavango Delta and Chobe with a spectacular finale of the mighty Victoria Falls. Wildlife viewing and adventure guaranteed.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
- Explore some of Botswana’s wildest and wildlife-rich private concessions
- Enjoy the water ways of the Okavango Delta with a relaxing mokoro ride
- Staying on a safari boat will give you a unique water based point of view of the Chobe National Park
- Visit to Victoria Falls, Livingston, Zambia
- Full board accommodation
- Selected domestic flights
- All transfers
- Game viewing activities
ITINERARY11 Nights 12 Days
- Day 1 | Maun to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
- Days 2-3 | Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
- Day 4 | Fly to Moremi Game Reserve
- Day 5 | Moremi Game reserve
- Day 6 | Fly to Eagle Island on Okavango Delta
- Day 7 | Eagle Island
- Day 8 | Fly to Savute Elephant Camp at Chobe park
- Day 9 | Chobe National Park
- Day 10 | Victoria Falls
- Day 11 | Victoria Falls
- Day 12 | Livingstone
Maun to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
From Maun you will take a 140km flight south east to where the Boteti River forms the western boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, here you will find the beautifully appointed Leroo La Tau lodge, which will be home for the next three nights.
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
Leroo La Tau translates as ‘lion’s paw’ and although the surrounding area hosts plenty of lion it also boasts a healthy population of leopard, cheetah, hyena, impala, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, jackal and porcupine to name but a few. Over the next two days you will have the choice to partake in day and night drives, guided cultural and nature walks and depending on water level, boating activities. Alternatively you can lounge around the swimming pool or enjoy the panoramic river vista from the game-viewing hide built into the bank of the river.
Fly to Moremi Game Reserve
Spend one final morning at the camp before bidding farewell to your guides as you set off by light aircraft to the Okavango Delta, via Maun. On arrival you will be transferred to Khwai River Lodge, which is in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve.
Moremi Game reserve
Due to its prime location and high density of predators and large herbivores we recommend you spend the next two days doing game drives in the Moremi NP which offers first class game viewing. Although night drives and walking safaris are not allowed within the NP, the lodge does offer them in the concession north of the river, outside of the park. Alternatively you could choose to relax by the pool or be pampered in the spa.
Fly to Eagle Island on Okavango Delta
You will take a morning game drive to the airstrip where you will board a light aircraft for your short journey to the privately owned Eagle Island, nestled in the middle of the Okavango Delta. Newly reopened, Eagle Island Camp offers the ultimate water based safari, allowing guests to discover a dramatic and ever changing ecosystem in luxury.
Spend the day cruising the waterways either by motor boat or mokoro or chose to explore one of the surrounding islands on foot with an armed guard. However, for an unforgettable view of the delta we highly recommend the scenic helicopter ride which is available on request
Fly to Savute Elephant Camp at Chobe park
From Eagle Isalnd, fly to Chobe National Park, where you transfer to Savute Elephant Camp.
Chobe National Park
Most clients choose to do game drives from this camp, with plenty of big game to spot, however if you are looking for something a little different then take a visit to see the Bushman paintings and baobab trees.
After an early morning activity you will take a flight to Kasane, where you will be met and transferred by road over the Zimbabwe border. From here you will make your way to the boutique style Ilala lodge, which acts as a great base from which to explore Victoria Falls.
Depending on your mood you could spend the day at the Falls (10 minutes walk away ) sampling some of the adventure activities that are offered including bungee jumping, white water rafting, helicopter rides or swimming in Devil’s Pools’. Or perhaps you would prefer photographic opportunities, play a round of golf, visit a local village or have lunch on a private island. With so many choices at hand this really is the perfect place to end your African adventure.
You will be transferred to Livingstone Airport ready for your connecting flight home.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Leroo La Tau, Makgadikgadi Pans
Located on the western bank of the Boteti River, northwest of Khumaga Village and about 140 kilometres southeast of Maun, this beautiful safari lodge borders the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and is an ideal base for exploring all that this wonderful region has to offer.
Accommodation is provided in 12 luxurious thatched and glass-fronted suites which have been raised on a wooden platform so as to maximise the spectacular views on offer. Each suite has an en-suite bathroom, large comfortable bed and private terrace.
The main lodge area has a relaxing lounge and dining area including a bar where you can sip a drink on a warm African evening and listen to the wide variety of night sounds that abound coming from the bush outside. There is also a refreshing swimming pool and a game viewing hide built in to the bank of the river which offers spectacular panoramic views.
Leroo La Tau (which translates as "lion's paw") is located in the perfect area for viewing an abundance of wildlife - including lion, zebra, wildebeest, cheetah, leopard, hyena and many more wonderful species - and day time and night time game drives are offered throughout your stay. Depending on the water level there may also be water based activities available including boat rides along the river. Optional cultural excursions can be arranged to Khumaga Village, as can guided nature walks in the area surrounding the lodge.
Please note: Owing to their remote location within the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, the Makgadikgadi Pans themselves are not visited on daily scheduled activities from Leroo La Tau.
Savute Safari Lodge
Set in a private and relaxing environment this wonderful lodge offers a true safari experience in the heart of the Savute Channel.
Set in the western section of Chobe National Park the area has mystified locals and geologists for years with its random and unexplained flooding and drying up patterns. At the moment the waterways are pumping life through the area and this makes Savute Safari Lodge an ideal location for a wildlife spotting tour.
Accommodation is provided for only 24 guests making this an intimate and tranquil lodge. 12 thatched chalets have been built from local timber and have been decorated luxuriously in order to provide a sumptuous environment for guests to relax in after a long day of adventures. All chalets have been designed to blend in to the natural environment and feature expansive private terraces, en-suite bathrooms and a combined bedroom and lounge area with elegant furnishings.
The main area of Savute Safari Lodge is a beautiful two-storey thatch-and-timber building which features a comfortable lounge with sumptuous sofas, a library and a stylish cocktail bar. There is also a shaded viewing deck, an al fresco dining area and a swimming pool with a spectacular pool lounger area – ideal for watching the varied wildlife – including the resident Elephants – as they make their way to the Channel to drink, bathe and play.
As to be expected in an area so rich with wildlife the majority of activities at Savute Lodge are centred around game drives throughout the Savute area in open 4x4 safari vehicles. Many trips will incorporate a visit to the Savute Marsh to give you a chance to see the historic presence of the Savute Channel at the marsh against a backdrop of teeming wildlife. Guests can also enjoy a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills – a small hilly outcrop which forms a prominent landmark in the otherwise flat landscape.
Savute boasts the second-largest summer Zebra migration in Africa; its timing is determined by the rains, but usually occurs between November and December and again between February and April.
Khwai River Lodge
This luxurious wildlife lodge situated in the Moremi Reserve in the heart of the Okavango Delta offers extensive views across the wetlands. Set deep in the heart of Botswana's spectacular wilderness this delightful tented bush camp offers exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities coupled with stylish and opulent accommodation.
Regarded as one of the Okavango Delta's oldest and most established lodges the camp offers a traditional feel with warm local hospitality.
The surrounding area has a very large predator population and it is also a fantastic spot for bird watching. You can choose to spend your days game-viewing and participating in cultural visits or simply lounging by the heated swimming pool or on the large viewing deck soaking up the wonderful surroundings.
Accommodation is in luxurious thatched rooms on raised wooden platforms with private bathrooms, mini bar, air conditioning and deck. Facilities include a 20 metre pool, spa facilites, internet access and satellite TV, Boma dinners and local performances, curio shop and laundry.
Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls
This elegant and comfortable hotel is located right on the edge of the Victoria Falls National Park and has excellent views of the perpetual mist from the Falls and stunning surroundings where animals, such as warthogs, graze on the lawns in view of the hotel terraces. The Falls are just a 20 minute walk away and the vibrant town of Victoria Falls is even closer making this a perfect base from which to explore one of the world's seven natural wonders.
Set in secluded surroundings on the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Zambezi River this beautiful lodge is the closest hotel to the falls and offers warm hospitality, luxurious accommodation, beautiful gardens, a fantastic restaurant, swimming pool, and above all, superb location.
This small hotel has 56 rooms with a mixture of twin/double standard, deluxe and suites. First floor rooms have balconies and ground floor rooms have French doors to a private patio. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with toiletries, air conditioning, fans, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The Palm Court restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining options.
Activities bookable at the hotel include Zambezi river cruises, elephant rides and lion walks, scenic flights, bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls bridge, zip-lining and fishing and much more.
Eagle Island Camp
This luxurious lodge was completely refurbished in 2015 to a particularly high standard and now provides exceptional accommodation and one of Africa's finest water-focused safari programmes.
Uniquely situated on an island within the lush Okavango Delta this stylish lodge offers a memorable setting from which to enjoy the plethora of birdlife, wildlife and flora of the area.
Guests can enjoy a wide range of water-based activities before returning to camp for delightful Al Fresco dining, a chat around the fire under the stars or a dip in their private plunge pool. Providing a romantic and exclusive ambience this intimate camp is ideal for a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable water safari experience.
The luxury tented rooms at Eagle Island Camp feature oversize beds with delta views, en-suite bathrooms, walled outdoor showers, indoor bathtubs, day beds, desks, mini bars, air-conditioning, decks and private plunge pools.
Communal facilities include al fresco dining, lounge and bar, fire pit, internet access, curio shop and laundry. The lodge is also very well known for having one of the world's most romantic bars where stunning African sunsets can be enjoyed with a refreshing drink as another day of adventure comes to an end.
The lodge has a wide variety of water-based activities on offer including Mokoro excursions and fishing trips. Apart from normal game viewing, helicopter safaris offer a different and unique perspective and these are available upon request.
What Our Customers
There were so many highlights, where to start! Seeing Victoria Falls for the first time, the hot air balloon ride over the delta, watching wild dogs chase a leopard at Selinda, quad biking over the Salt Flats, the list goes on. This really was a trip that will stay close to our hearts for a very long time. The whole Wildfoot Team went the extra mile for us from beginning to end and we can’t thank you enough, we will happily recommend you to friends and family in the future.
The tented camps worked well and the bathrooms were more civilised than expected so feel we made the right choice after all. Really enjoyed the range of activities offered at each of the camps, the mokoro ride and walking safaris being particular good. Got lucky and saw a pride of lions take down a buffalo at Savuti and a wild dog kill at Mfuwe. No lucky with cheetah unfortunately, but now we have a reason to go back!
A superb trip, everything we had hoped for. Wonderful lodges, especially Chinzombo and great guiding throughout, the Pel’s Fishing Owl on the last morning was just the icing on the cake!
Awesome from start to finish, worse part about it was having to come home. Loved every camp and all our guides. Having done loads of safari before with my husband we had high expectations, but no doubt this was the best trip ever. Words will never do Somalisa, justice, died and gone to heaven when we arrived there and they can whip up an almighty Martini! So many photos, so many memories, thank you!
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