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Zimbabwe & Botswana Elephant Paths

Zimbabwe & Botswana Elephant Paths 11 Days

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Year round | 10 nights

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.

Highlights

  • 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

What's Included

  • 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 Setari Camp 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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Take advantage of our vast experience, passion and expertise to help you hand craft the perfect Botswana, Zimbabwe adventure for you.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike has more than 15 years of experience in the travel industry and continues to be inspired by the people, places and wildlife he discovers. His in-depth personal knowledge of a diverse range of destinations ensures your adventure itinerary will be a holiday like no other.

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Having amassed a host of extraordinary adventures in destinations all over the world, Zoe’s experience, skills and enthusiasm for helping clients plan their ideal itinerary will help make your holiday unforgettable, action packed and life-changing.

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As Senior Travel Expert, Simon has an absolute wealth of experience in adventure travel in some of the most fascinating places in the world. With in-depth knowledge and fantastic organizational skills, Simon’s first-hand experience and genuine passion drive him to work to create your perfect itinerary.

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Hwange National Park
1 - 3Days

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, game walks, village visits and birding. Horse riding activities are also available at additional cost.

Victoria Falls Area
4 - 5Days

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
6 - 8Days

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.

Okavango Delta
9 - 10Days

Okavango Delta

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 Setari Camp, located in a 50,000 hectare private concession in the Okavango Delta’s Panhandle region.

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 Setari Camp 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
11Day

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

Accommodation Options

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 refuge from the harsh African conditions.

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.

Setari Camp, Okavango Delta

Enjoying an idyllic island setting on a 50,000 hectare private concession in the Okavango Delta’s Panhandle region, the welcoming Setari Camp offers an exclusive, water based safari experience. Set upon wooden walkways and platforms to emphasise the beautiful palm-fringed views, the camp features a large thatched central area with comfortable lounge and dining area, a well-shaded relaxation area and a swimming pool.

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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