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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 Somalisa Expeditions 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 Somalisa Expeditions & 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.

Zoe Savage-Morton Travel Specialist

With countless travel experiences and an enduring hunger for adventure, Zoe knows exactly what’s needed to craft a holiday of a lifetime. Her experience and generosity of spirit are legendary and she’ll help you build an itinerary that will make all your dreams come true.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike has more than fifteen years hands-on experience in the industry, travelling to some of the most incredible wild places on the planet. His far-reaching knowledge and invaluable skills will ensure that your wildlife travel adventure is a dream come true.

Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

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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Southern Hwange National Park
1 - 3Days

Southern Hwange National Park

Arrive independently to Victoria Falls International Airport and join your included flight to the Manga Airstrip in the Southern Hwange National Park. From here you will transfer by road to the African Bush Camps Somalisa Expeditions Camp in the heart of the National Park.

Known as the land of the giants for its huge elephant herds, this 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,you’re 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 African Bush Camps Somalisa Expeditions on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks (excl. premium brands) and park fees included.

Scheduled Activities Included: Day & night game drives, walking safaris, birdwatching and evening spot lighting.

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 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, canoeing (seasonal and water level dependent) & 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.

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.

Somalisa Expeditions, Hwange National Park

Set in the heart of Hwange National Park, under an incredible grove of Acacias along the edge of a seasonal flood plain, Somalisa Expeditions offers an authentic bush experience. Accommodation is provided in six classically furnished canvas tents. Each tent features a beautiful en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, an al-fresco bush shower, a lounge area and private verandah.

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.

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