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The Best of Botswana + Victoria Falls Explore

The Best of Botswana with Victoria Falls 11 Days

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10 nights
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The Best of Botswana with Victoria Falls 11 Days

This itinerary really does offer the very best of Botswana, as you get the chance to explore through 4 of the country’s premier Parks & Reserves – The Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and Chobe National Park. Combined with a visit to the spectacular Victoria Falls area, this is the ultimate trip for wildlife enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike.
Expect an abundance of wildlife, incredible scenery and unforgettable experiences.

This exciting itinerary includes all domestic flights and transfers, high standard accommodation, and game drives and activities as described.

Prices shown are per person in low season, based on 2 people sharing. Low single supplements are available, please enquire for full details.

Toni Hart

Namibia Birding and Photography Guide

An 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 >

Andy Pollard

Wildlife Guide & Photographer

Andy 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 >

Chris Coe

Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awards

A 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 >

Jenny Luxton

Falklands Expert & Guide

Born 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 >

Doug Allan

Special Guest Lecturer

Exclusive 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 >

Chris Weston

Special Guest Photography Guide

Chris 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 >

Highlights

  • Discover 4 of Botswana’s most iconic wildlife destinations – Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, the Okavango Delta and Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
  • Visit the mighty Victoria Falls area, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World
  • Search for sightings of the “Big 5”!
  • Combine prolific wildlife including elephants, lions, buffalo, leopards, zebra, giraffes, wild dogs and wildebeest, with unforgettable scenery
  • Abundant birdlife
  • Enjoy included game drives, river safaris and cultural visits

What's Included

  • 2 nights at Victoria Falls Hotel on a B&B basis
  • 2 nights at Chobe Game Lodge on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals and described activities included
  • 2 nights at Savute Safari Lodge on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals and described activities included
  • 2 nights at Camp Moremi on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals and described activities included
  • 2 nights at Leroo La Tau on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals and described activities included
  • Charter Flights: Kasane to Savuti | Savuti to Xakanaxa | Xakanaxa to Leroo La Tau | Leroo La Tau to Maun
  • All road transfers between airstrips and accommodations (shared or private)
  • Park Fees (Excluding Victoria Falls)
Michael Gardiner
Michael Gardiner
Botswana, Zimbabwe Specialist

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ITINERARY

10 Nights   11 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Days 1 - 2 | Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
  • Days 3 - 4 | Chobe National Park
  • Days 5 - 6 | Suvuti - Chobe National Park
  • Days 7 - 8 | Moremi Game Reserve
  • Days 9 - 10 | Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
  • Day 11 | End of Tour
Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
1 - 2Days

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Arrive independently to Victoria Falls International Airport and join your included transfer to the beautiful Victoria Falls Hotel. The hotel is situated close to the Victoria Falls, with a private path leading to the Falls. Overlooking the Victoria Falls Bridge and gorge, it is one of the most famous hotels in Africa and is renowned for its elegance and charm.

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.

Your hotel 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 Victoria Falls Hotel with breakfast included.

Chobe National Park
3 - 4Days

Chobe National Park

After breakfast this morning you will join your transfer to the Chobe National Park area where you will check into the beautiful Chobe Game Lodge, the only permanent lodge within the boundaries of the park. This well-established lodge is the perfect spot from which to explore the wonders of the park and its remarkable wildlife. The Park and the Chobe River Front are famous for an abundance of elephants, a variety of predators including lions and leopards, and other iconic species such as Zebra, buffalo, antelope, giraffe and much more.

During your time here you can enjoy front-seat access to the prolific wildlife, abundant birdlife and incredible scenery, including the famous Chobe sunsets. Scheduled game drives will see you set off in open 4X4 safari vehicles led by professional guides to search for up-close wildlife experiences, and guided cruises on specially designed riverboats will allow you to enjoy the wild beauty of the Chobe River whilst searching for sightings of wildlife along the river’s edge. Guided birdwatching experiences are also available.

2 nights’ accommodation at Chobe Game Lodge on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks (excl. spirits) and park fees included.

Scheduled Activities Included: Game drives and River Safaris.

Suvuti - Chobe National Park
5 - 6Days

Suvuti - Chobe National Park

It’s now time to fly west to discover another side of the Chobe National Park, the Savuti area which offers another perspective on the Park and has its own diversity of habitats, wildlife and landscapes that are simply a delight to explore. Your included charter flight will take you from Kasane airport to the Savuti Airstrip from which you will transfer to the tranquil Savute Safari Lodge.

Over the next 2 days you will enjoy included game drives into the National Park to enjoy time among Africa’s largest populations of elephants. But it’s not just elephants you will be on the lookout for. Big cats are often on the prowl, from leopards to lions, and depending on the season, you will also experience the great migrations such as zebra and antelope. Rare sightings might include the endangered wild dog, rock-climbing klipspringers and the elegant roan antelope.

Although prolific, the area isn’t just about the wildlife, it’s also a feast for the eyes. Whitewashed skeletal trees set against green grass and huge blue skies, blinding red sunsets that spill purple and orange across the bush, and endless horizons that fade into a hazy mirage with the heat.

Out in the bush, where rocks rear up among stony hills you will find a collection of paintings that take your breath away. These works by Bushmen are thought to be more than 1,500 years old—beautiful images of elephant, giraffe, sable and eland antelope. You can enjoy a guided trip to these paintings as well as a visit to the famous Savute Marsh.

2 nights’ accommodation at Savute Safari Lodge on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks (excl. spirits) and park fees included.

Scheduled Activities Included: Day game drives and visit to Bushmen paintings.

Moremi Game Reserve
7 - 8Days

Moremi Game Reserve

Your next adventure will take you to the iconic Okavango Delta region as you take another charter flight, this time to the Xakanaxa Airstrip close to the Moremi Game Reserve in the eastern extremity of the Delta. Your accommodation here will be the welcoming Camp Moremi which is situated on the picturesque Xakanaxa Lagoon within the Moremi Game Reserve and is a wildlife haven, with incredible game viewing opportunities year-round.

The Moremi Game Reserve is all about searching for big game; where the habitats are as diverse as the wildlife itself. Water-adapted antelopes and wary-eyed buffaloes spill out into floodplains, behind towering woodlands where leopards hide on the high branches. Dead trees cast silhouettes over elephant-filled savannas a stone’s throw from papyrus-fringed channels stretching out to the delta beyond. When you arrive in the Moremi Game Reserve, it’s anyone’s guess what you’ll find lurking in the long grass. From wild dogs stalking waterbucks to long sunsets by a hippo-filled lagoon, the scenes will live on in memory long after the journey home.

The activities on offer here are designed to bring you up-close to this, with game drives in open safari vehicles allowing you to explore the diverse range of habitats within the reserve – from open floodplains to belts of mopane woodland. For a different perspective, you can venture out onto the open waters of the Okavango by motorboat, visiting the Xakanaxa Lagoon and beyond up to the seasonal heronry at Gadikwe.

2 nights’ accommodation at Camp Moremi on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks (excl. spirits) and park fees included.

Scheduled Activities Included: Morning & afternoon game drives / Guided motorised boating trips.

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
9 - 10Days

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

On day 9 it’s time to make your way to the final destination of your safari tour as you transfer back to the airstrip for your included charter flight to the Leroo La Tau Airstrip to start your exploration of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The Leroo La Tau lodge sits above the Boteti River which stretches across the western border of the Park, where the Okavango Delta finally fades into desert. The Boteti River draws a line in the sand, separating the dry Makgadikgadi from the thirst lands of the Kalahari beyond.

Game drives in the park, populated by up to 30,000 zebra and wildebeest closely accompanied by predators, offer guests the chance to experience the exhilaration of seeing large concentrations of game and the resultant predator interaction. Having explored the area and enjoyed a spectacular wildlife phenomenon on guided day and night game drives, guests can retire after dinner to a splendid fireplace overlooking the river. The lodge also offers a raised hide above the river where guests can enjoy the spectacular wildlife sightings that we’ve come to expect in this part of Botswana.

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 during 2 day stays here. Extensions to your safari trip are available should you wish to stay longer to allow for time to visit the Pans.

2 nights’ accommodation at Leroo La Tau on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks and park fees included.

Scheduled Activities Included: Game drives and cultural excursions.

End of Tour
11Day

End of Tour

As your Botswana safari tour sadly comes to an end, you will transfer back to the airstrip for an included charter flight to Maun Airport where your itinerary will conclude. Please get in touch if you would like any advice or help with organising onward or homeward flights.

Your Itinerary Accommodation

Camp Moremi, Okavango Delta

Fantastically located in Botswana's world renowned Moremi Game Reserve, this beautiful tented camp offers the classic African safari experience with a touch of luxury. Situated on the edge of the Xakanaxa Lagoon in the Okavango Delta, Moremi Camp is well known for its spectacular game-viewing opportunities and offers guests the chance to witness an abundance of intriguing African wildlife.

Accommodation is provided in 12 luxurious East African style safari tents. Each tent has been raised on a teak deck to maximise game viewing and photography opportunities, and all tents have en-suite bathrooms, large comfortable beds and all the amenities you could need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.


Set in an exclusive and tranquil environment, shaded from the African sun by a forest of tall Ebony trees, the main camp area consists of an elevated main lounge, library, cocktail bar and dining area for buffet-style meals. There is a also a lovely thatched boma where guests can enjoy breakfasts and lunches, an elevated viewing platform with breathtaking views of the Xakanaxa Lagoon and a welcoming swimming pool and sundeck.

At Camp Moremi guests have the opportunity to witness some of the most fascinating wildlife on the planet including leopard, elephant, lions and antelope, amongst many others. The Moremi Game Reserve's incredible wetlands support an abundance of different species and bird watching opportunities are also fantastic here with the Fish Eagle and the Malachite Kingfisher being frequently spotted.

Activities on offer include morning and afternoon game drives and boating on the Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels, offering the chance to fully explore the waters of the Okavango Delta.

Chobe Game Lodge

Situated within the famous Chobe National Park this exclusive safari lodge is the only permanent game lodge within the park and offers a perfect base from which to explore its wonders.
This five-star lodge is one of the most luxurious lodges in Botswana and offers accommodation for up to 94 people in sublime luxury. Each of the delightful rooms in the lodge face the wonderful Chobe River and all have air conditioning, complimentary mini-bar, en-suite bathrooms, private terraces and elegant and comfortable furnishings. For guests wishing for an even more luxurious experience, the lodge has four river-view suites which offer the ultimate in exclusivity and come with their own private plunge pool and separate lounge area.


The main area of the lodge has been designed as a haven of peace and privacy and has six comfortably furnished viewing decks, a riverside boma, two bars, six relaxing and welcoming lounges and four beautiful dining areas. There are numerous places to sit down and relax and take in the incredible surroundings. There is a large swimming pool and a waiter is always on hand to bring you cold drinks from the bar. On top of this there is a complimentary gymnasium and delightful beauty and pamper treatments are available at an extra charge from the in-house beautician.

Whilst the abundance of wildlife inhabiting the area can be seen from many of the view points around the lodge, the best way to experience these magnificent creatures up close is to partake in one of the many land or water-based activities on offer. Chobe Game Lodge offers the most complete game experience in the Chobe National Park and early morning and afternoon game drives are a fantastic way to see the park's spectacular scenery and the diverse wildlife which roams in abundance, including the largest concentration of elephant in Africa, large herds of buffalo, lion, African wild dog, lechwe, roan antelope and giraffe amongst many other wonderful species.

Game viewing can also be done from small boats which are perfect for morning and sunset cruises.

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.

Victoria Falls Hotel

Established in 1904, the Victoria Falls Hotel is set in the Victoria Falls National Park with a private path to the Victoria Falls. Overlooking the Victoria Falls Bridge and gorge, it is one of the most famous hotels in Africa and is renowned for its elegance and charm.


The suites and rooms are well appointed, cool and comfortable and are furnished in traditional Edwardian style with every modern amenity including air conditioning, satellite television, mini-bars in suites, complimentary early morning tea/coffee, direct dial telephone, personal safe, 24-hour room service, bathrobes, hair dryer, and umbrellas for guests’ personal use.

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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.
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