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Zimbabwe Botswana Safari IG7A

The Chobe Riverfront, African bush and amazing wildlife, plus fun and excitement in Victoria Falls and a chance to see one of the world's 7 wonders...all in one safari

2 Nights Chobe National Park, Botswana
3 Nights Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
2 Nights Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
8 Days / 7 Nights
Reference: IG7A
Starts Kasane Airport / Ends Victoria Falls Airport
Total Price 7 nights: US$ 3281 (high season) / US$ 2534 (low season) per person sharing

Destination Chobe National Park, Botswana

Destination Hwange, Zimbabwe

Destination Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe


Safari Overview

Experience the best of Botswana and Zimbabwe in the famous Chobe and Hwange national parks.

This safari begins with a 2 night stay along the Chobe riverside, the base for your Chobe National Park safari where you will kick off your African safari with awe-inspiring game drives and river cruises where you witness a variety of game and bird species that Chobe is famous for.

Then cross the border to Zimbabwe’s largest nature reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. Watch game on foot, in a vehicle, at the hide, or from the comfort of the lodge’s main area which faces the nearby waterhole.

Finish off in fantastic Victoria Falls, home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and Africa’s adventure capital, while staying at a fabulous and fairly new guest lodge near the edge of town.

The route map for a Zimbabwe Botswana Safari from Chobe to Hwange and then Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

The route map for Zimbabwe Botswana Safari from Chobe to Hwange and then Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe Botswana Safari IG7A Inspired Journey Overview

Accommodation
Nights 1 to 2 - Luxury safari room at Chobe Safari Lodge
Nights 3 to 5 - Thatched chalet at Camp Hwange
Nights 6 to 7 - Standard room at Batonka Guest Lodge
 
Transfers Included
Day 1 - Road Transfer: Kasane Airport to Chobe Safari Lodge (15 minutes)
Day 3 - Road Transfer: Chobe Safari Lodge to Victoria Falls (1 hour + border crossing)
Day 3 - Road Transfer: Victoria Falls to Camp Hwange (3.5 hours)
Day 6 - Road Transfer: Camp Hwange to Batonka Guest Lodge (3.5 hours)
Day 8 - Road Transfer: Batonka Guest Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport (30 minutes)
 
Highlights
Amazing game viewing in Chobe National Park – elephants and hippos in the Chobe River on the cruise and herds of plains game on the flood plain with a good chance of seeing lion and leopard.
Chobe Safari Lodge situated on the banks of the Chobe River
Spacious thatched accommodation on a private concession in Hwange National Park
Excellent guided game viewing by foot and by game vehicle, including night game drives
Partake in the multitude of activities available at Victoria Falls from sedate sunset cruises to adrenaline crazy bungee jumping and everything in between.
View the spectacular and mighty Victoria Falls



Destination Chobe National Park, Botswana
Day 1 to 2

Chobe National Park

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them.

Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge

Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River, just a short 10-minute drive to the entrance gate of the Chobe National Park making it an ideal choice.

This popular lodge has 66 bedrooms and 8 rondavels, a large central eating and entertainment area, with an inviting swimming pool. The riverside bar is a great place to enjoy a few drinks before or after your game activities. The bedrooms all face the river and are big and comfortable, with fans and air-conditioning, along with all other necessary amenities. The staff are friendly and helpful and the lodge is well organised. Wild but habituated warthogs, mongoose and monkeys roam freely on the lawns providing endless entertainment from the balcony of your room, while the variety of birds is an absolute delight.

You can also hire a small boat and guide by the hour and this is a truly wonderful experience. You can really get up close and personal with the wildlife on such a trip, and concentrate on the wildlife of particular interest to yourself and having the time to get good photos..

Notes: Day 1 & 2

DAY 1
On arrival at Kasane airport you will be met by a representative of Chobe Safari Lodge who will transfer you to the lodge only 10 minutes away. After checking in you will meet your personal activities advisor who will explain how the game drives, cruises and other activities work, along with the times and places of departure. Lunch, is a delicious buffet spread or you can take a pool snack for the not so hungry.

Freshen up and rest before meeting at the jetty for the Sunset Cruise at 15h00. This is a 3-hour cruise up the Chobe River – you will have a chance to see elephants playing and swimming in the water or simply enjoying the green grass found along the banks. Pods of hippos are dispersed amongst the elephants and you will find yourself not knowing which way to look as the abundance of all species of game surrounds you.

There is a cash bar on the cruise if you feel you would like to enjoy a cold drink as you watch a magnificent sunset aboard the boat before returning to the lodge in time to freshen up before dinner.

DAY 2
An early morning start to the day with a Safari Game Drive departing from the lodge around about 06h00-06h30. The early mornings are the best time to find the cats as they make their way back into the shade for the heat of the day – often after making a kill in the night. Prides of Lions are very often seen on these early morning game drives.

You will return to the lodge around about 09h00 in time for a Full English breakfast which is normally welcomed by all. The heat of the day can be spent enjoying the swimming pool or relaxing in the cool of your air conditioned room.

Once the day has cooled down, make your way to the jetty for a second afternoon sunset cruise. No two cruises are the same and the wildlife experiences are always exciting and rewarding. The sheer abundance and variety of animal and birdlife will keep you fixated. The notorious sound of the laughing hippo, never very far away, will add to the overall magical experience.

**Please note that the above activity schedule is a guideline and you can tailor-make your itinerary with the camp managers onsite, to suit your exact needs.

Activities Info

Game Drives

Boat Cruise & Private Boat Cruises






Destination Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Day 3 to 5

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. Terrain ranges from desert dunes and savannah lands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests.

Overnight: Camp Hwange

Ideally situated in a private concession in the North part of the Hwange National Park, just 3hrs 30min by road from Victoria Falls, Camp Hwange, one of the newer safari camps in Hwange, consists of 8 comfortable chalets.

Camp Hwange offers the chance to have a unique experience with excellent safaris both by vehicle and on foot, plus the chance to do night drives. The guides, arguably considered to be amongst the best in Africa, known for their love of nature and the wide open spaces, offer you a chance to discover the world where you are a part of the mosaic of life. A stay at Camp Hwange is more than a great safari, it is an experience of life.

Notes: Day 3, 4 & 5

DAY 3
After breakfast, you will be picked up for your transfer out of Chobe and into Botswana. There is a border crossing involved, so make sure that you have your travel documents and visa if you need one. It is an hour to Victoria Falls, and then 3.5 hours to Camp Hwange in Hwange National Park. Once you are checked in, you may freshen up and take in the surroundings. A night game drive is recommended this evening, and then you may return to the lodge for drinks and dinner in the open dining area.

DAY 4
Start the day with an early morning game drive in Hwange National Park. Breakfast and snacks will be packed for you. The drive is combined with walking safari where you will be tracking animals on foot with a licensed and experienced guide. Spend some time at the water points and watch the animals that come to drink and play. At about mid-day, head back to camp for lunch and a siesta. Well rested, meet back late afternoon have tea/coffee with some snacks to keep you going until dinner, and then it is off either on a drive or a walk out of camp. In the dryer months walking to the log hide in front of camp is one of the most rewarding things to do. In the log hide you can have elephants coming within meters of you, zebra coming in to quench their thirst, warthogs trotting in for a quick mud bath, the sun sets behind the hide and so the light is usually soft and picture taking is at a premium. As the sun sets, enjoy your favourite drink. A night drive on the way back to camp is a nice way to end off and hope to see the nocturnal animals, like springhares, serval, honey badgers, bat eared fox and if you are lucky a leopard or an Aardwolf. The day ends with dinner and relaxation in the main camp area while you enjoy the African night sky.

DAY 5
Wake up for a light breakfast and head out for a game drive and walking safari in the park. Drinks and snacks will be served during the excursion and a picnic lunch in the park as well. Head back to camp for some rest and relaxation. In the afternoon, take a walk down to the log hide and enjoy watching the wildlife up close behind the safety of the hide. As the sun goes down, you will get amazing photographic opportunities, while you sip on refreshing beverages. Take a night drive and then head back to camp for dinner and refreshments.

**Please note that the above activity schedule is a guideline and you can tailor-make your itinerary with the camp managers onsite, to suit your exact needs.

Activities Info

Game Walk
Camp Hwange reverts back to the concept the original safari, where activities centred on being immersed in the wild, walking being the main activity. During walks with well trained and experienced guides you will track and follow some of the most feared animals of Africa, secure in the knowledge that your guides and trackers are competent in all aspects of this exciting adventure. Not only will you get the chance to see the well-known dangerous animals, sightings and the habits of the smaller, lesser known species and aspects of the African bush will be explained you, giving you an insight into the mysteries of how all things depend on each other.

Just before the sun rises your day on safari begins. After a wakeup call everyone gathers at the camp fire to have a light breakfast before setting out on the morning’s activities. We usually leave Camp Hwange by Land Rover for a game drive to a designated area chosen earlier, where you will be briefed by your guide and then all set off on a safari walk.

Bomani Lodge game drive in Hwange, Zimbabwe

Hide Sits
Sit and watch the activities at the waterhole. We do have a unique log pile hide in the shade near the waterhole which you guide will be happy to take you - so that you may have a close up view of all the visitors needing to drink and carry out their ablutions.

Game walk with a professional guide at Bomani Lodge in Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe

Game Drives
In the mornings when it is still cool and the light is soft for photography, the air of expectancy is everywhere. It is nice to cruise along in the vehicle getting a few pictures of animals here and there. Your guide will be scowering the road for tracks of some of the animals that rule the night i.e. lion, hyena and leopard to mention a few. Should you not find them in the vehicle, but find their tracks especially the lion then it is time to get out and track them on foot. Whether you see them up close or as a flash running away, time on foot with lion is thrilling way to spend the morning.

Bomani Lodge night drive on private concession in Hwange - Zimbabwe





Destination Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 6 to 8

Victoria Falls

One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine a game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.

Overnight: Batonka Guest Lodge

Batonka Guest Lodge is an upmarket boutique guest lodge and simply put is just beautiful. It really is in a class of its own in this price range and also holds onto a standard of service that is rare to find these days. The Eco Friendly Lodge opened its doors in June of 2016 and is located in the residential suburbs just 2.5 kilometres from the Victoria Falls entrance. Being new it has all the up-to-date mod cons.

The lodge offers 22 tastefully designed and decorated, spacious rooms each with its own small balcony. TV, wifi, air-conditioning, universal chargers and a tea and coffee station are standard in every room. The large modern en-suite bathrooms are really stunning. Inter-leading family rooms are available.

The large central area encompasses the reception, curio shop, lounge and indoor dining room as well as a very large outside terrace which overlooks the gardens and swimming pool. This terrace, with a nice coffee bar is an ideal place to relax and chat to fellow travellers take in a coffee or opt to eat your meals here. All of the above makes for grand lodge but perhaps Batonka greatest feature yet is its staff; super friendly, accommodating and helpful, most guests just don't want to leave.

Notes: Day 6, 7 & 8

DAY 6
On this day, after breakfast you will be picked up for your road transfer to Victoria Falls town. This is about a 3.5-hour ride. You will be taken to Batonka Guest Lodge. After check in, feel free to wander around town which is in walking distance from the hotel, take part in any of the activities offered, or visit the Victoria Falls themselves, which are within walking distance from the hotel. You can have lunch at the lodge or at one of the restaurants around town.

DAY 7
You have a full day to soak up the Victoria Falls and partake in some of the numerous activities on offer. Visit our Activities Page or ask us to arrange your activities for you.

DAY 8
This is the last day of your tour. After breakfast, you will have time to pack up and around mid-morning, you will be picked up for your transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport for your departure flight.




Price

Total Price for 7 Nights: US$ 3281 (high season) / US$ 2534 (low season)
Per person sharing

Included in this safari

CHOBE SAFARI LODGE
• Accommodation in a luxury room with garden views of the lodge
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• Activities: 2 game drives, 2 boat cruises

CAMP HWANGE
• Accommodation in a spacious thatched chalet with views of the Hwange bush and nearby waterhole
• All meals and local beverages
• Laundry
• Emergency Medical Evacuation
• Activities: Game drives; Walking safaris; Night game drive

BATONKA GUEST LODGE
• Luxury accommodation in a standard room
• Daily breakfast

TRANSFERS
• Transfer from Kasane Airport to Chobe Safari Lodge
• Cross-border transfer from Botswana to Victoria Falls
• Return road transfer between Victoria Falls and Camp Hwange
• Airport transfer from Batonka Guest Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport

Excluded

CHOBE SAFARI LODGE
• Park fee of US$12 per person per day

CAMP HWANGE
• Premium beverages
• All transfers to and from camp
• National Park fees

BATONKA GUEST LODGE
• All other meals and drinks
• Activities





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