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Zimbabwe Botswana Safari IG7A
Affordable safari designed for variety and excellent game viewing opportunities
2 Nights Chobe National Park, Botswana
We have designed this lovely 7-night safari for its variety and affordability. You will get to experience some fantastic game viewing at a mid range lodge in Botswana and a premier safari camp in Zimbabwe finishing off in a well priced top quality boutique guest lodge in Victoria Falls.
This safari begins with a 2-night stay at Chobe Safari Lodge, the base for your Chobe National Park safari which is famous for its sheer volume of game. Here you will kick off your African safari with game drives and river cruises.
Then cross the border to Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, home to a profusion of wildlife, including an estimated 45 000 elephants. Three nights at Camp Hwange, an exclusive and premier Safari Camp with outstanding guides and game viewing. 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 with two nights in Victoria Falls, home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world and Africa's adventure capital, while staying at a fabulous boutique guest lodge near the edge of town.
Zimbabwe Botswana Safari IG7A Inspired Journey Overview
Notes: Day 1 & 2
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.
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
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
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.
Activities operated by and from the lodge include boat cruises, game drives, fishing, Victoria Falls day trips, Namibian village tours and private boat cruises, ensuring that you truly get to experience this area to its maximum.
Activities at Chobe Safari Lodge
Boat Cruise & Private Boat Cruises
Notes: Day 3, 4 & 5
**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.
Hwange National Park
Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 45 000 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 superb private concession in the North part of the Hwange National Park, just 4hrs by road from Victoria Falls. Camp Hwange consists of 8 comfortable luxury tents and definitely ranks amongst the absolutely top safari camps in Hwange. This northern section of the park is not frequented by many tourists - this along with Camp Hwange’s own private concession, ensures that you have a personalised, unique and intimate safari experience.
Camp Hwange offers the chance to have an unforgettable 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, share with you their love of nature and in-depth knowledge. A stay at Camp Hwange is more than a great safari, it is a life experience.
Activities at Camp Hwange
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.
Notes: Day 6, 7 & 8
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.
Total Price 7 nights: US$ 3708 high season / US$ 2767 low season (2020)
Included in this safari
CHOBE SAFARI LODGE
BATONKA GUEST LODGE
BATONKA GUEST LODGE
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