Classic Botswana + Victoria Falls 9 Days
Combining the beautiful Chobe River Front and two distinctive areas of the incredible Okavango Delta region, this excellent Botswana trip will focus on providing unforgettable scenic and wildlife experiences. With the inclusion of a stay in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, this adventurous trip offers the chance to discover some of the most iconic wonders of this remarkable part of the world.
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 >
- Visit the mighty Victoria Falls area, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World
- Explore through the wild-life rich Chobe River Front and OKavango Delta areas
- Search for wildlife including elephant, buffalo, zebra, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, eland, sable, hippo, hyena and much more
- Abundant birdlife
- Included game drives, river safaris, bush walks and Mokoro (traditional canoe) rides
- 2 nights at Ilala Lodge Hotel, Victoria Falls on a bed & breakfast basis
- 2 nights at Chobe Elephant Camp on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks and described activities included
- 2 nights at Gunn's Camp on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks and described activities included
- 2 nights at Rra Dinare Camp on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks and described activities included
- Included Flights: Kasane to Gunn's Camp | Gunn's Camp to Santawani Airstrip | Santawani Airstrip to Maun Airport
- All road transfers between airstrips and accommodations (shared or private)
- Park Fees (Excluding Victoria Falls)
ITINERARY8 Nights 9 Days
- Days 1 - 2 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- Days 3 - 4 | Chobe River Front
- Days 5 - 6 | Okavango Delta
- Days 7 - 8 | Okavango Delta - NG32 Concession
- Day 9 | End of Safari
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Arrive independently to Victoria Falls International Airport and join your included transfer to the Ilala Lodge Hotel which is located close to the Falls, shops, markets and nearby restaurants.
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 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 Ilala Lodge with breakfast included.
Chobe River Front
On the morning of day 3 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 2 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 2 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.
2 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 5 it’s time for your next 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 the nearby Gunn’s Camp overlooking the legendary Chiefs Island and bordering the Moremi Game Reserve.
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, motorboat cruises, walking safaris and daily game drives. 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.
2 nights’ accommodation at Gunn’s Camp on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks (excl. spirits) and park fees included.
Included activities: Motorboat cruises, Mokoro excursions, daily game drives (during low water levels), guided walking safaris, fishing
Okavango Delta - NG32 Concession
The next two nights will give you the chance to experience another perspective on the stunning Okavango Delta region as you transfer by flight to the Santawani Airstrip and check in to the Rra Dinare Camp. Located in the NG32 private concession, your stay here will allow you up-close access to this exclusive and game-rich area which offers a mixed habitat comprising of the Gomoti River and its channels, lush riverine forests, scenic big open flood plains interspersed with clusters of palm-treed islands and Acacia and Mopane woodlands.
Being within a private reserve, game drives are permitted at flexible times throughout the day, and even at night time. This will allow you every chance to observe some of the abundant wildlife that can usually be found here including Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Kudu, Impala, Tsessebe, Hippo, Crocodile, Genet, Honey Badger and a host of Plains Game. Rare Antelope breeds including Roan, Sable & Eland, not normally seen in the Okavango region, occur here. As the Gomoti is the main water source in the area, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dog also come down to the riverside to drink and hunt, of course! For those keen on bird-watching, the combination of the wetlands and the drier Acacia and Mopane veldt provide a perfect habitat for a variety of aquatic species.
2 nights’ accommodation at Rra Dinare Camp on a fully-inclusive basis with all meals, local drinks (excl. premium brands) and park fees included.
Included activities: Game drives, Game walks & mokoro excursions (seasonal, depending on water levels and weather conditions)
End of Safari
As your Victoria Falls and Botswana safari 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
Gunns Camp, Moremi Game Reserve
On the border of Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta lies the luxurious Gunns Camp where comfortable accommodation and prime location combine to provide the perfect tranquil safari experience.
Overlooking the legendary Chief's Island, the camp is one of the last few remaining luxury, vintage safari camps in the area and this intimate camp is only accessible via a private air strip deep in the delta.
Accommodation is provided in 6 deluxe Meru tents which have been traditionally furnished to impeccable standards and which all feature en-suite bathrooms with standalone baths and outdoor private showers. All tents have been raised on platforms to optimise the stunning views over the delta plains and the discreet setting of each tent ensures the ultimate in peace and tranquility. This level of peace and privacy makes Gunns Camp an ideal location for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
The beautiful main area of the camp is connected to the accommodation area by a raised wooden walkway crossing the wetlands which is perfect for romantic strolls in the evening and there is a welcoming elevated bar and relaxing lounge and dining room. There is also a large bar on the top deck which offers fantastic views over Chief's Island, a campfire boma and a luxurious swimming pool in which guests can cool off and seek solace from the warm African sun.
Being located in the Okavango Delta, Gunns Camp offers a wide range of water based activities that guests can enjoy at their leisure. Some of the most popular activities include Mokoro excursions where a guide will take you through the bustling river in a traditional dug-out canoe. You can sit back and soak up the wonderful scenery on offer and for full day trips you can enjoy a delicious pre-prepared picnic lunch on Delta Island after an exhilarating bush walk where you will have encountered magnificent game without the parameters of a vehicle.
Another popular activity is an island camping evening where you will set off in a Mokoro with full camping equipment and with the direction of your guide set up camp on an island where you can prepare a traditional sleep-out dinner and sleep amongst Africa's nocturnal wildlife.
Motor-boat sunset cruises are also available.
Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls
This elegant and comfortable hotel is located right on the edge of the Victoria Falls National Park and has excellent views of the perpetual mist from the Falls and stunning surroundings where animals, such as warthogs, graze on the lawns in view of the hotel terraces. The Falls are just a 20 minute walk away and the vibrant town of Victoria Falls is even closer making this a perfect base from which to explore one of the world's seven natural wonders.
Set in secluded surroundings on the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Zambezi River this beautiful lodge is the closest hotel to the falls and offers warm hospitality, luxurious accommodation, beautiful gardens, a fantastic restaurant, swimming pool, and above all, superb location.
This small hotel has 56 rooms with a mixture of twin/double standard, deluxe and suites. First floor rooms have balconies and ground floor rooms have French doors to a private patio. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with toiletries, air conditioning, fans, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The Palm Court restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining options.
Activities bookable at the hotel include Zambezi river cruises, elephant rides and lion walks, scenic flights, bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls bridge, zip-lining and fishing and much more.
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.
Rra Dinare Camp, Okavango Delta
Situated in the NG32 private concession in the southern Okavango Delta, Rra Dinare Camp is a classic 8-tented camp bordering the exclusive and game-rich Moremi Game Reserve. The camp is ideally located for spectacular views, especially the classic flooding of the Okavango across the seasonal floodplains, as well as for viewing the mixed habitats here comprising of the Gomoti River and its channels, lush riverine forests, scenic big open flood plains interspersed with clusters of palm-treed islands, and Acacia and Mopane woodlands.
Each of the camp’s spacious and elegantly furnished tents has been set upon a raised wooden deck and features ceiling fans, en-suite open air bathrooms, cosy lounges and secluded varandas for private game viewing. There is also a family tent which consists of two tented rooms which share a bathroom.
The main are of the camp features a series of walkways which connect the beautiful main lounge and dining area, the open boma deck and the swimming pool deck.
Activities available include game drives, with the night game drives (on request) assisted with guide and tracker. In addition, you can explore this side of the delta on seasonal mokoro trips (water levels permitting) as well as game walks with armed guides.
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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