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.
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 >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- 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 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)
ITINERARY10 Nights 11 Days
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
The large communal area of the guest lodge features a curio shop, reception, comfortable indoor lounge with fireplace, and a very nice dining area where a choice of wholesome home-style meals are available for lunch and dinner. Outside there is a large terrace area for dining and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere, and a delightful swimming pool with sun loungers set amongst the well cared for gardens.
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.
The camp’s main area is set upon a raised deck and consists of a welcoming lounge, dining area, white sane campfire for relaxing evenings under the stars, a small pool which the elephants have become habituated to drinking from, and the camp’s busy waterhole.
Activities available include guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, game drives and night drives, all designed to allow you up-close experiences with the abundance of wildlife found here including lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and much more.
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.
Each of the nine beautifully furnished tented rooms features an en-suite bathroom with bathtub and outdoor shower, lots of space and a furnished outdoor deck. A family unit is also available.
Activities are focused around the permanent waters of the Delta, with its exceptional birding and plentiful wildlife.
What Our Customers
Botswana was everything we wanted it to be....spectacular wildlife everywhere and couldn’t believe how close we were! Thank you to your team for all your help in making it possible.
I just want to say a massive thank you for organising our trip to Botswana. From our very first conversation, I knew we were in safe hands, you were so knowledgeable and super-efficient that I had no doubt this was going to be the holiday of a lifetime and it was! Our two children loved every minute, especially the meerkats at Jack’s Camp so thanks for the recommendation and who can forget the bungee jump at Vic Falls!!!! We can’t wait to start planning our next family adventure with you, thank you so much.
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!
As expected, I have fallen in love with Botswana, without a doubt head and shoulders above any other safari experience. I was so lucky with wildlife with big cat sightings most days, several packs of wild dog and even a pangolin! There is nothing I would have wanted to change, a fantastic holiday from beginning to end, thank you so much for all your help and guidance thorough out.
It was a real privilege to have such an outstanding and knowledgeable guide - he was excellent company. The tents and camps were first-rate in terms of comfort, service and location.
We have recently returned from a holiday to Botswana that you organised for us and we just want to say thanks for all the work that you put into it. The holiday was fantastic - hotels/lodges were great, wildlife spectacular, people friendly, guides flexible and knowledgeable and the variety of locations perfect. The time of year was ideal for seeing the beginning of the change in the landscape at the start of the rainy season. All the arrangements ran like clockwork and there was even somebody there at Maun airport at the end of our trip to ensure all had gone well. We will certainly consider using Wildfoot again for our future travel plans.Thank you again.
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