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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Maun, Botswana

17 Day Adventure Itinerary 

 

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Day 1 - Depart Australia today to begin your private Africa safari! 

 

Day 2 - On arrival in Johannesburg,take your connecting flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 18h00 for your pre-departure meeting.

 

Accommodation: A Zambezi River Lodge or The Kingdom Hotel

Upgrade; Ilala Lodge or Victoria Falls

Included Meals: None

 


 

Day 3 – After breakfast your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya - “the smoke that thunders”. We then travel to Kasane in Botswana, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool.

 

Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar

Included Meals: Breakfast

 


 

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Day 4 – Start your morning with a hopefully spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park. You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and relaxation until our boat cruise on the Chobe River starts around 3pm. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up close photo opportunities.

 

Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar

Included Meals: Breakfast

 


 

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Day 5 & 6 – This morning we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and to our lodge situated in a private concession near Hwange National Park. Over the following two days, we will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africas finest havens for wildlife and is home to great herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife.

On arrival, we will visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect this endangered species. If time allows, you can partake in an optional game drive on the concession in the afternoon. The whole of the next day is spent exploring this magnificent area on a full day game drive in Hwange National Park.

 

 

Accommodation: Sable Sands or similar

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  


 

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Day 7 & 8 – Today we head off to Binga located on the south eastern shore of Lake Kariba, where we will board a luxury houseboat for a relaxing two-night trip. Nested in mountains, Lake Kariba is a man-made inland sea guarded by enormous reserves of game and made beautiful and savage by sun and storm, earth and water.

Our voyage takes us to the Sengwe River for afternoon wildlife activities and sunset, followed by drinks and dinner on board. In the morning we set out early for some leisurely fishing, guided walks or game viewing depending on your preference. When we return, brunch will be served whilst cruising to Elephant Bay where we will moor at one of the islands with a sandy beach. Watch the sunset over lake, relaxing around a camp fire and enjoying a beach barbecue under the starry sky.

 

 

Accommodation: Umbozha Houseboats or similar (cabins with en-suite bathrooms)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  


 

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Day 9 & 10 – We end our houseboat experience with some morning game viewing activities on Lake Kariba and cruise back to Binga where our voyage started. After disembarking we travel southwards to the majestic Matobo Hills, an area of exquisite beauty, steeped in tribal history, ancient mystery and dramatic rock landscapes.

The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope and the world’s densest population of leopard. Birdlife is prolific and includes the highest concentration of black eagles in the world.

We spend the next day in the national park, starting our morning with tracking rhino spoor by vehicle and foot. In the afternoon we further explore the scenery and wildlife of the park on game drives, ending with a visit to Rhodes’ grave.

 

 

Accommodation: Camp Amalinda or similar

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  


 

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Day 11 – We leave Matobo Hills and drive through the savannas of southern Matebeleland en-route to Botswana. In the afternoon we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we will have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa Pan which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans. (Please note a visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels as well as time constraints.) We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon.

 

Accommodation: Nata Lodge or similar (permanent safari tents with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar)

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  


 

Day 12 – A very early morning departure leads us to Planet Baobab near Gweta, from where we embark on an expedition to Ntwetwe Pan to encounter some of Botswana’s distinctive landscapes and extraordinary creatures.

 

NTWETWE PAN EXCURSION:

The Ntwetwe Pan is one of the two major pans that make up the Makgadikgadi Pans, and is amongst the largest saltpans in the world. The pan was fed by the Boteti River until it was left permanently dry following the construction of the Mopipi Dam, which provides water for the diamond mines in Orapa. The waters may have returned to the river but Ntwetwe is now famous for its extraordinary lunar landscape, particularly the rocky outcrops, dunes, islets, and channels found along the western shore. We explore the area, in search of uniquely adapted desert species such as bat eared foxes, springbuck, kori bustards, and some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. By spending quality time with these incredibly social,superbly adapted animals, you will be able to see how they interact with each other and their environment.

Due to an ongoing habituation programme it’s possible to get up-close and personal with these captivating creatures.

 

After lunch we have the opportunity to explore a nearby village to experience modern African village culture.

Learn about the history and traditions of the Batswana people from a local guide whose knowledge has been inherited from their forefathers. Visit the local primary school, ‘Sekolo’ with its outdoor classes and meet the children, visit the Kgotla – a traditional court that governs the village and get a glimpse of rural Botswana life.

 

In the late afternoon we take a stroll with our guide through an impressive baobab grove, as he explains the local ecology, geology and the unique biology of the baobabs, which are in fact not trees but the largest succulents in the world.

 

 

Accommodation: Planet Baobab or similar

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


  

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Day 13 -  Today we travel to Maun, a bustling safari town which serves as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book an optional scenic flight over the delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and truly glorious oasis.

 

Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge or similar

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


 

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Day 14 – After breakfast we take a drive to the Mokoro Station. From here, we will float in dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion and lunch, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in a private concession in the Greater Moremi area. After settling into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive in the concession – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day.

 

 

Accommodation: Bedouin Bush Camp (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms). Please note that there is no electricity at the camp.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Experience one of Botswana’s finest game viewing areas in an unfenced, mobile bush camp located on a private concession right next to Moremi Game Reserve, a 2 hour drive from Maun. Twelve comfortable tents are positioned privately under big Acacia trees, offering travellers an authentic and secluded African bush experience. The camp is also equipped with a homely and communal dining and bar area.

The tents are covered with Bedouin-style fly-sheets, offering guests protection from Botswana’s weather conditions and fashioning the camp with a distinctive nomadic appearance & atmosphere. Listen to the remarkable night sounds of the bush from the comfort of a safari tent equipped with twin beds, soft pillows and duvets. Doors and windows are fitted with mosquito screening and insect repellent is provided.

To limit the camp’s impact on the environment yet still afford the necessary comfort in the bush, the en-suite guide will escort you back to the privacy of your tent.

 


 

Day 15 - Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve.

 

 

Accommodation: Bedouin Bush Camp

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


 

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Day 16 - Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Maun Airport in time for your departure flight home.

 

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 17 - Arrive in Australia