Zimbabwe & Botswana Elephant Paths 11 Days
Follow in the paths of one of Africa's most iconic creatures as you explore beautiful Zimbabwe and Botswana on this excellent value for money safari tour. Take a trip through Zimbabwe’s famous Hwange National Park and the majestic Victoria Falls, before venturing to the Chobe River Front in Botswana and exploring the iconic Okavango Delta, enjoying unsurpassed elephant encounters at every step. And although elephants are the main focus here - and you will visit areas boasting some of Africa’s biggest elephant populations - there will be plenty of other wildlife to see as well, including lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, and maybe even the endangered wild dog and critically endangered black rhino.
Please note, this is a flexible itinerary that can be tailor-made to suit your requirements and budget. The accommodation level for this itinerary is: Standard.
The itinerary includes all domestic flights and transfers, accommodation, and game drives and activities as described.
Prices shown are per person in low season, based on 2 people sharing. Very low single supplements are available, please enquire for full details.
- Follow in the footsteps of Africa's "gentle giants", the elephants, as you explore Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park and Botswana's Chobe River Front
- Stand in awe at the spectacular Victoria Falls
- Enjoy the waterways of the Okavango Delta with relaxing mokoro rides and boat safaris
- Search for sightings of the "Big 5!"
- Abundant birdlife
- Included game drives, river safaris, bush walks, village visits and Mokoro (traditional canoe) rides
- 3 nights at Bomani Tented Lodge on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks and described activities included
- 2 nights at Batonka Guest Lodge, Victoria Falls on a bed & breakfast basis
- 3 nights at Chobe Elephant Camp on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks and described activities included
- 2 nights at Moremi Crossing on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks and described activities included
- Included Flights: Victoria Falls International Airport to Hwange & Return | Kasane Airport to Okavango Delta | Okavango Delta to Maun
- All road transfers between airstrips and accommodations (shared or private)
- Park Fees (Excluding Victoria Falls)
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Hwange National Park
Arrive independently to Victoria Falls International Airport and join your transfer by road and air to the Ngamo Forest area close to the gate of the Hwange National Park. You will then check into the beautiful Bomani Tented Lodge.
Known as the land of the giants for its huge elephant herds, Hwange is the largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe and is famous for its rich diversity of wildlife. Home to one of the biggest elephant populations in the world, as well as around 100 mammal species, the park is popular among animal lovers. Several protected species inhabit the awe-inspiring open landscapes, including the endangered wild dog, critically endangered black rhino, and rare roan and sable - along with lion, cheetah, and around 500 bird species.
Your included activities have been designed to bring you up-close to this wonderful nature, and your qualified and passionate guides will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you as you enjoy game drives, night drives, walking safaris and bird watching trips.
3 nights’ accommodation at Bomani Tented Lodge on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks, mentioned activities and park fees included.
Activities Included: Day & night game drives, a look up viewing hide, "pump runs", community experiences and seasonal canoeing.
Victoria Falls Area
This morning you will fly back to Victoria Falls airport and join your transfer to Batonka Guest Lodge which is situated in the quiet residential suburb of Victoria Falls, just 2.2 km from the Victoria Falls Rainforest entrance and 1km from the town centre. The Lodge is set in lush gardens, a tranquil haven away from the bustle of town but within easy walking distance of the main attractions.
At Victoria Falls, the earth splits open and swallows one of Africa’s greatest rivers, the mighty Zambezi, creating the largest sheet of falling water on earth. Various activities are available here (not included in your package), including guided falls visits, white water rafting, bungee jumping, river cruises, helicopter flights and much more. These can be arranged in advance or through the hotel.
Your accommodation is located on the Zimbabwean side of the Falls and exploring from this side you get a full-frontal view of three quarters of the falls’ 1.7km wide curtain of water from viewpoints and footpaths meandering through a rainforest kept hot and humid by the spray of the falls.
2 nights’ accommodation at Batonka Guest Lodge with breakfast and Victoria Falls town shuttle included.
Chobe River Front
On the morning of day 6 you will join your transfer to the Chobe River Front Area where you will check into the Chobe Elephant Camp, your home for the next 3 nights. The Chobe Riverfront is an elephant mecca; home to the largest density of African elephants in the world; and offers quality game viewing. Expect hippos, elephant bulls and buffaloes in the waters, and lions, antelopes and more stalking along the water’s edge. This coupled with the famous red Chobe sunsets and abundant birdlife make the area a great introduction to Botswana. It also makes a rewarding repeat journey once you’ve ticked off the big stuff. It’s a place to search for the rare sable antelope, to spot that gem from the birders’ bucket list and to explore the remoter corners. With 3 nights here you will have plenty of time to tick-off that wildlife bucket-list.
Included activities during your time here will be unforgettable game drives to view the region’s spectacular wildlife from open safari vehicles, as well as river safari cruises. Canoeing may also be available (depending on the season) and you can also enjoy a cultural visit to a nearby village.
3 nights’ accommodation at Chobe Elephant Camp on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks (excl. spirits) and park fees included.
Scheduled Activities Included: Game drives, boating & village visit.
On day 9 it’s time for your final adventure as you transfer to Kasane Airport for your included charter flight to the fascinating Okavango Delta region. Upon arrival at the airstrip, you will transfer to Moremi Crossing on Ntswi Island near the most southerly part of Chiefs Island.
The Okavango Delta is an immense, waterlogged oasis alive with elephants and birdlife, adrift in the middle of Kalahari sands, and your 2 days here will be filled with exciting activities based around the waterways and its inhabitants. You will have multiple chances to get up close to elephant, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, big cats and more as you enjoy included Mokoro (traditional dug-out canoe) excursions, boat safaris, and walking safaris. As well as the big game sightings, the relaxing Mokoro excursions will allow you time to learn about the habits of the smaller animals, sighting birds and learning their calls, as well as identifying plant life and their medicinal uses. Scenic helicopter trips over the Delta are also available for an additional cost.
2 nights’ accommodation at Moremi Crossing on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks (excl. premium brands) and park fees included.
Included activities: Boat safaris, Mokoro excursions, guided walking safaris and a cultural visit to the Jao Island Village. Scenic helicopter trips may be arranged at an additional cost.
Safari ends in Maun
After an early morning activity (time permitting) and breakfast, you will be transferred by plane to Maun Airport, for your onward travel arrangements.
A view from Above
This newly constructed camp right on the border of the Moremi Game Reserve combines luxury with simplicity and is a 100% eco-friendly development.
Lying on a palm fringed island in the Okavango Delta the camp is surrounded by the Moremi's game-rich seasonal floodplains and overlooks the beautiful Chief's Island.
At this abundant oasis amid the vast plains and pans of the desert that covers most of Southern Africa you will find accommodation for 34 people in 16 luxurious en-suite tents which have been raised on decks to ensure spectacular views of Chief's Island. Each tent has its own eco-friendly shower heated by solar power, delightful furnishings and private veranda.
Chobe Elephant Camp
Located high on the edge of a rocky ridge overlooking the famous Chobe River is the excellent Chobe Elephant Camp. This uniquely designed lodge has been built to take advantage of the incredible views overlooking the sweeping floodplains while offering a comfortable stay after a long day of exploration.
The lodge has been entirely constructed from sandbags, the thick sand-filled walls create a natural insulating barrier between the inhabitants and the harsh African climate and enhance the old farm-style feel of the camp. It houses ten rooms, one family room and can sleep 24 guests at a time.
With a variety of activities that include viewing the regions spectacular wildlife from open safari vehicles, by boat on the Chobe River or experiencing life in the village, a visit to Chobe Elephant Camp offers a wide range of experiences.
This property is located near the Ngoma Gate for entry to the Chobe Riverfront. Very few lodges are located on this end of the park and few people utilize this entry point, creating a more remote and exclusive experience than at the properties around Kasane. Although outside the park, this option is located in a bush setting where wildlife frequently passes through.
Batonka Guest Lodge, Victoria Falls
This upmarket boutique guest lodge is located in the suburbs in the heart of the Victoria Falls region and offers stylish and environmentally friendly accommodation for guests looking for a peaceful and relaxing base from which to make the most of their trip to this remarkable area.
Beautifully decorated and offering an exceptional level of comfort and service the guest house is within walking distance of the town and is just 2.5km from the Victoria Falls entrance.
This lovely guest house features 22 spacious rooms, each of which have been tastefully designed and decorated. Each room has its own small private balcony, many of which overlook the beautiful landscaped gardens. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, some with bath tubs and others with showers, WiFi, environmentally-friendly air-conditioning, mosquito nets and large comfortable beds which can be twins or doubles.
Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange NP
The excellent Bomani Tented Lodge is ideally situated inside the Ngamo Forest area, within a 5,000-acre private reserve, only 1.5 kilometres away from Ngamo’s entrance gate to Hwange National Park. The surrounding expansive plains are dotted with natural water pans and Ilala Palms; offering a peaceful sanctuary to the countless herds of wildlife that call the area home.
Accommodation is provided in 10 spacious luxury tents and one fantastic thatched bungalow. You can choose between the Hornbill tents which roost upon spacious Zambezi teak platforms offering stunning views across the open grasslands, or the Spurwing tents and bungalow which are at ground level and offer a feeling of being right up-close to nature. All of tents are exceptionally comfortable and have been elegantly furnished to provide a sense of luxury. Each tent features a private en-suite bathroom, hot running water and electricity.
The main lodge area includes a spectacular viewing deck overlooking Bomani pan, an open dining room and a lounge and bar area.
Game activities on offer include day & night game drives, game walks, village visits, birding & full day Hwange National Park drives. Exclusive horse riding activities that cater for riders from novice to experienced levels, on beautiful, bush-schooled horses are offered at additional cost. All horse riding activities are conducted by specialised, experienced safari personnel.
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