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Zimbabwe Botswana Safari IS9E
Zimbabwe Botswana Safari IS9E
Take a break in a quiet side of the Chobe River enjoying fantastic landscape, enjoy a fabulous time in Victoria Falls, then experience intimacy with the African Bush and a rail safari like no other
3 Nights Chobe River, Namibia
3 Nights Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
3 Nights Hwange National Park
10 Days / 9 Nights
Starts Kasane Airport / Ends Victoria Falls Airport
Total Price 9 nights: US$ 3986 (high season) / US$ 2966 (low season)
per person sharing
Take a break from everything else, and enjoy a few days on the western end of Chobe, in a serene part of the riverfront, taking part in intimate game viewing on the Chobe River and drives within
Chobe National Park and the Chobe Forest Reserve. Then cross over and be inspired by the
largest waterfall in the world – the thundering Victoria Falls, while immersing yourself in numerous scenic, adrenalin and adventure
activities that the
town has to offer. Finally, take more time off from the hustle and bustle to be one with the African bush, experiencing some of the best safari activities with excellent guides in
Hwange National Park.
Inspired Journey Overview
|Nights 1 to 3 - Private safari cottage at Muchenje Safari Lodge
- Chobe River
|Nights 4 to 6 - Standard
Bayete Guest Lodge - Victoria Falls
|Nights 7 to 9 - Luxury safari tent
Bomani Tented Lodge - Hwange National Park
|Day 1 - Road Transfer: Kasane Airport to Muchenje Safari Lodge (+/- 1hr)
|Day 4 - Road Transfer: Muchenje Safari Lodge to Bateye Guest Lodge (+/- 2hrs + border crossing)
|Day 7 - Road Transfer: Bayete Guest Lodge to Dete Siding (+/- 2hrs)
|Day 7 - Rail Safari Transfer: Dete Siding to Ngamo Siding
|Day 7 - Road Transfer: Ngamo Siding to Bomani Tented Lodge - (30 minutes)
|Day 10 - Road Transfer: Bomani Tented Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport - (+/- 3hrs)
|Unique, prolific game experiences within a quiet region of the Chobe National Park
|Beautiful views of the Chobe River floodplains and the Caprivi
|Game drives, river safaris, walking safaris, boat trips, cultural tours, full day excursions in Chobe National Park and the river
|View the spectacular and mighty Victoria Falls
|Partake in the multitude of activities available at Victoria Falls
from sedate sunset cruises to adrenaline crazy bungee jumping and
everything in between.
|The scenic rail transfer cum safari on the Elephant Express in Hwange National Park
|Stoffies sunken hide at Bomani where herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and many others drink the precious life giving water from the waterhole only metres away from you
|Classic game viewing experience in a remote corner of Hwange National Park far away from other tourists, ensuring and intimate and unrivalled safari
|Game drives, walking safaris, and underground hide experiences with Bomani’s
knowledgeable and qualified guides
Day 1 to 3
Chobe National Park
The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the
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: Muchenje Safari Lodge
Situated on the western edge of
Chobe National park, Muchenje Safari Lodge offers unique, prolific game experiences within this quieter region of the Chobe National Park. Muchenje provides some of
Botswana's finest safari accommodation and combined with unparalleled safari experiences it is ideal for both discerning clientele and newcomers alike. Owner run and managed, attention to detail is paramount with nothing being too much trouble at Muchenje Safari Lodge.
Notes: Day 1, 2 & 3
Upon arrival in Kasane airport you will be met by a representative Muchenje Lodge and taken for the drive through Chobe National Park to Muchenje Safari Lodge. It is an hour long drive to the lodge. An afternoon game drive starts in the late afternoon exploring the western end of Chobe National Park. Then you will return to the lodge in time for evening drinks and dinner. You may be invited for a night game drive after dinner, for about an hour around Chobe Forest Reserve. After that, return to the lodge for drinks around the fire and share your first nights’ safari viewings.
After breakfast, head to the boat launch site for a river cruise on the Chobe. Witness the herds of elephants coming for their morning drinks and social interactions. A picnic lunch will be served while you see the other animals grazing and drinking along the river’s banks. After exploring the river, enjoy a leisurely game drive along the river’s edge, back to the lodge. Share your safari stories over evening drinks and a delicious dinner. You may be invited for a short evening game drive within the Chobe Forest Reserve, or you may wish to retire for the night.
On this morning, have an early morning start with coffee and snacks before an early morning game drive. Alternatively, a guided bush walk may be what you prefer, exploring the flood plains and areas close to the lodge, followed by a hearty breakfast back at the lodge. You can choose to go for a village tour, or take a break and enjoy the facilities at the lodge before lunch is served, then go on an afternoon game drive which returns in time for drinks and dinner. We advise that you experience one more evening game drive on your last night at Muchenje, and return for a round or two of drinks around the fire.
Morning walks are offered in front of the lodge in the Chobe Forest Reserve. Our guides will introduce you to the smaller aspects of the African wildlife, broadening your Chobe experience.
Enjoy game drives into the western section of the Chobe National Park, with knowledgeable and friendly professionally qualified guides – either early morning or afternoon. You can also enjoy drives into the forest reserve after dinner to search for the nocturnal animals.
A wonderful chance to see herds of elephants, as well as many other mammals and birds attracted to the water’s edge. The boat trip is part of a full day excursion with the highlight being a cruise on the Chobe River whilst enjoying a picnic lunch. The game drive back to the lodge meanders along the river road returning to the lodge for dinner.
Visit our local village for a cultural experience and to meet the people that make Botswana the delightful country it is. This includes meeting a local family in their homestead and being shown around their traditional homes. Visiting Mabele Primary School in Muchenje at break time to meet the local school children.
Day 4 to 6
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
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: Bayete Guest Lodge
Bayete Guest Lodge offers comfortable and affordable accommodation and is situated in the heart of the Victoria Falls Residential Area. The lodge is 2 km away from the Victoria Falls Centre and 22 km from the airport.
Recently renovated, this family run lodge has 25 rooms which are set in a lush tropical garden. Central to the lodge is the large tear drop pool which is hugged by the Caldecott Boma and Ngwezi Tavern. Breakfast is served in the Caldecott Boma every day. Lunch and dinner are also available on special request and are delicious home cooked meals. Buffets and BBQ’s are available for group bookings or by special request. This personalised lodge with a lovely home from home atmosphere, is certainly the best choice in this range of accommodation.
Notes: Day 4, 5 & 6
Today you will check out of Muchenje Lodge after breakfast and transfer take a drive to Kazungula Border to cross over into Zimbabwe. It is about an hour to the border, and then another hour from there to Bayete Lodge in Victoria Falls. The second stretch is mostly through national park so there’s a good chance of spotting more game along the way. On arrival at Bayete, take some time to settle in and relax. Enjoy lunch at the lodge, or go into town to sample other lunch options. We recommend an afternoon helicopter flight, then an evening cruise with dinner on the Zambezi River. Although activities are not included in the package price, please let us help you to arrange an itinerary of activities suitable for you. Have a look at these Victoria Falls activities to see what is on offer.
DAY 5 & 6
You have 2 full days to soak up the wonderful atmosphere of Victoria Falls, it is the adventure capital of Africa and there are activities on offer to cater for everyone’s needs. View the mighty Falls, partake in the many activities on offer or wander around the streets to do a bit of curio shopping, then finish off at a café for refreshments and a bite to eat. Please have a look at the activities available Victoria Falls Activities and contact us to arrange a suitable itinerary just for you.
Day 7 to 10
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: Bomani Tented Lodge
This comfortable and well-appointed lodge is nestled in a remote and untouched corner on the edge of Hwange National Park in a 5000-acre private reserve. The remoteness is one of this camps greatest assets - being so far away from other tourists your safari experience is real and intimate. Bomani is famous for its impressive sightings of elephant, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra and various other antelope, not to mention the ever present predators that prey on them. The birdlife is also fantastic, especially during the rainy season when wild fowl gather in vast numbers on the flooded plains.
Without a doubt, Soffies Pan/Hide is a highlight for all guests to Bomani. This shipping container is buried in the ground about 30 metres back from the waterhole. Entering through a trapdoor in the containers roof, you will find seats and benches perfectly placed. There is a slot cut for viewing, leaving one’s eyes just above ground level, and the elephants come within 2 metres. The photo opportunities from here are amazing turning even the newbies into professional photographers.
Of course the main pastime at Bomani is game viewing, and whether you choose to go on a guided game walk in the lodge’s private concession or a game drive in the national park, you will not be disappointed. From breakfast by the campfire, to dinner under the stars, the whole experience is fantastic.
One client’s comment on the guiding in Bomani - “Our wonderful guide, Ndaba. His boundless knowledge and explanations were without fault, in addition to his great sense of humour.”
Notes: Day 7, 8, 9 & 10
Today your safari into one of the best game parks in Africa begins. After breakfast, a 2.5-hour road transfer in an air-conditioned minibus takes you to Dete siding where you will meet the Elephant Express. This refurbished diesel railcar is specially designed for guest’s comfort and optimal game viewing. The exquisite 70km rail journey takes you right along the boundary of Hwange National Park and is the perfect start to your safari experience. At Ngamo siding, a Bomani Lodge 4 x 4 vehicle will meet you and transfer you a short distance, through their private concession to the camp. Settle into your tent and then enjoy a late lunch followed by a game drive with sundowners and snacks by the Pan. Freshen up and enjoy a delicious 3 course supper out under the stars.
Wake up to an early morning game drive and walk in Hwange National Park’s acacia forests surrounding Ngamo Plains, escorted by a fully licensed and experienced guide. Return to Bomani for brunch and either a siesta or an hour or two in the blind over the waterhole. Later, go for an afternoon game drive, photography in the evening light and sundowners and canapés at Major Pan. Return with a night drive back to the lodge to freshen up and then refreshments around the campfire and later a 3 course dinner in the main lodge area.
Arise to an early morning full day trip into the park for a one of a kind ‘pump run’ with a picnic and siesta under the trees at Mfagazaan Pan. Imvelo’s trademark pump runs combine game viewing in remote areas of the park with practical hands-on conservation. You can assist the guide with day-to-day maintenance at the borehole pumps which are the heartbeat of Hwange National Park and its wildlife. Take a leisurely afternoon game drive back to the lodge going from pan to pan, weaving our way between the throngs of jostling elephant that come pouring in for the fresh water. It makes for a fun, memorable and extremely rewarding day. Freshen up and then go for campfire refreshments and supper in the main lodge area.
It’s a good idea, although not compulsory to wake up early and go for another early morning game drive in Hwange National Park. Predators like lions are the most active in the early mornings and you have a good chance of spotting them. Return to the lodge for breakfast and then transfer to the onsite Bomani airstrip for your 45minute charter flight to Victoria Falls Airport, this scenic flight over Hwange National park is a great way to end your safari.
**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. Activity details can be seen below.
Game drives are conducted by experienced guides in traditional open safari vehicles. On your morning game drives pause to enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits and in the afternoons cool drinks and cooked snacks will be provided.
Bomani land Cruisers seat up to 9 guests and Land Rovers seat up to 7 guests. Game drives in this remote portion of Hwange National Park seldom see another vehicle and are a spectacular insight into the wildlife and environment unique to this part of the park.
Game walks are an exciting option for photography of big game on foot. They are usually undertaken in the mornings and are conducted by a fully licensed and highly experienced armed professional guide. In this remote and wild area every walk provides fascinating insights into Hwange’s circle of life; watch Hwange’s elephants shake acacia trees to loosen and then eat the pods while on a smaller scale dung beetles roll up the elephant dung containing acacia seeds into balls. Dung beetles bury these balls and the acacia seed is now ready to germinate and grow into a new tree!
It’s well worth joining one of the shorter night drives through Bomani's private concession.
Trackers operate powerful spotlights to seek out some of the less-seen nocturnal creatures. The light’s red filter lessens the disturbance, thus creating a unique opportunity to watch the fascinating behaviour of the nocturnal world. Unusual highlights include ant bears, porcupines, genets, springhares, lesser bushbabies and pennant winged nightjars.
Game viewing blinds
For the hard core photographers, the lodge's game viewing blinds at some of
the waterholes are ideal for wildlife photography.
Imvelo Safari Lodges operate 8 waterholes for the wildlife in this region of the National Park, the furthest of which is 55 km away. A popular activity is to take an all day trip into the Park to visit the waterholes to drop off fuel and oil for the motors as well as rations and supplies for the pump attendants. A picnic lunch is then enjoyed near one of the waterholes followed by a leisurely game drive back to lodge in the afternoon.
School tours and village visits
Fifteen minutes’ drive from the lodge our guests have the opportunity to enjoy a real life look at village life in rural Matabeleland. A fascinating experience of a variety of typical daily village activities is followed by a tour of one of the nearby schools conducted by the Headmaster where guests are given the opportunity to hear traditional songs sung by the children and enjoy a ‘class interaction’.
Total Price for 9 Nights: US$ US$ 3986 (high season) / US$ 2966 (low season)
Per person sharing
Included in this safari
MUCHENJE SAFARI LODGE
• Accommodation in a private safari chalet with stunning views of the Chobe River
• All meals, teas & coffees
• Unlimited game activities (game drives, walking safaris, river cruise, night drives, village trip)
• Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages
• Park fees
BAYETE GUEST LODGE
• Accommodation in an elegant and comfortable room set in a luscious garden
• Daily breakfast
BOMANI TENTED LODGE
• Accommodation in a luxury tented room overlooking Bomani Pan
• All meals and non-premium beverages
• Service of a licensed guide
• Activities: game walks, game drives, all day excursions, hit sits, night drives, visit to local village and school tour
• National parks fees
• All road transfers between Kasane Airport, Muchenje Lodge, Bayete Lodge, Bomani Lodge, and Victoria Falls Aiport
• Elephant express rail safari
MUCHENJE SAFARI LODGE
• Visa fees
• Curio Shop purchases
BAYETE GUEST LODGE
• All other meals and drinks
• Activities in Victoria Falls
BOMANI TENTED LODGE
• Premium imported beverages
• Gratuities and items of a personal nature
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