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Zimbabwe Botswana Safari IG7E
Top quality safari experience staying at high-end lodges in Chobe, Hwange and Victoria Falls
2 Nights Chobe, Botswana
We have designed this nicely balanced safari for our clients who are on a generous budget and are wanting to experience the large concentrations of game in Chobe, the raw authenticity of African wildlife in Hwange and the magnificence of the mighty Victoria Falls. It combines top quality accommodation, all in prime locations that will guarantee an absolutely perfect and unforgettable safari holiday.
Starting at Elephant Valley, one of our favourite lodges in Chobe, with easy access to the Chobe National park and away from the hustle and bustle of Kasane town. This lodge in its peaceful location overlooking a busy waterhole works perfectly for experiencing this part of Botswana. Followed by 2 nights at Ilala lodge in Victoria Falls, everything about this small boutique and upmarket hotel is just perfect.
The last 3 nights are spent at Davison’s Camp, situated in a remote, private corner of Hwange National Park on probably one of the best wildlife concessions in Zimbabwe. Owned and run by Wilderness Safaris, this lodge like all their others is in a prime location with excellent guides and high standards throughout. Safari experiences don’t get much better than this!
Inspired Journey Overview
Notes: Day 1 & 2
In the afternoon you can choose from a game drive into the Chobe National Park or a Boat Cruise up the Chobe River. Chobe is renowned for its phenomenal game viewing and whether you choose a cruise or a drive you will be overwhelmed the sheer volume of wildlife. A great start to your African safari! Return to the lodge for dinner, in the boma area under the stars.
You will return to the lodge around mid-morning in time for a full English breakfast which is generally welcomed by all. The heat of the day can be spent enjoying the swimming pool or relaxing in your room.
In the afternoon you can once again choose from a cruise or a drive, the decision often depends on what you have already seen and encountered and are still looking to see. Activities are tailored to suit your requirements and determined by the animal movements during your visit.
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: Elephant Valley Lodge
Elephant Valley Lodge is surrounded by the peaceful wilderness of the African bush well away from the hustle and bustle of Kasane town, where many of the other lodges accessing the Chobe National Park are located. It lies in a unique position over-looking the Lesoma Valley, only a short drive from the entrance to the Chobe National park, which is home to the largest population of African elephant in the world. The animals and birds move freely in the valley between the game-rich conservation areas of the neighbouring Chobe Game Reserve and the National Parks of Zimbabwe. From the comfort and tranquillity of the Lodge you can watch creatures great and small, dropping by for a thirst quenching drink at the Lodge’s waterhole.
At Elephant Valley Lodge guests will enjoy activities including daily 4 x 4 game viewing safaris and boat cruises along the Chobe River in Chobe National Park.
The Lodge has 20 spacious accommodation tents with tea and coffee making facilities, fan, electric blankets in winter, hair dryers, charging points plus en-suite shower and toilet. Eight tents have views over the valley towards the water hole and twelve tents are nestled around the lush forest lawns and swimming pool.
Sturdy acacia trees form large canopies of shade over the main communal areas and forest tents. The new rim-flow pool is perfect for a refreshing dip and relaxation on the sun loungers. A traditional out-door ‘boma’ serves evening meals and a game viewing platform brings you closer to the valley’s wildlife. An attractive open lounge with bar and upper viewing deck is connected to the dining areas. All these facilities have magnificent views over-looking the valley and water-hole. The waterhole attracts a wide variety of game, particularly elephant, but also giraffe, buffalo, antelope such as waterbuck and kudu, warthogs, honey badgers, jackal, mongoose, predators including leopard, lion, hyena, wild dogs and many more species.
Enjoy a cacophony of night sounds, including the eerie hyenas, jackals barking and sometimes lion roaring in the valley, as you drift off to sleep after an exhilarating day of game viewing at Elephant Valley Lodge.
Activities at Elephant Valley
4 x 4 Safaris
Safari Boat Cruise
A Chobe safari cruise is perfect for photography. The small boat acts as a mobile hide that allows you to get close to the animals without disturbing them. This has enabled wildlife photographers to capture countless stunning images.
Notes: Day 3 & 4
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: Ilala Lodge
The warmest of welcomes awaits you at Ilala Lodge Hotel. A gracefully distinguished ambiance. Attentive yet discrete service that always comes with a smile. The sublime surroundings of this boutique hotel will reawaken your senses while the power of the majestic Victoria Falls renews your spirit.
Relax in luxurious style. Listen to the meditative rhythm of the great Zambezi as you drift off to sleep. As morning comes, gently awake and lift your head to see the spray of the impressive Victoria Falls across the unspoiled horizon – and let your soul sigh.
Feel at ease in the elegant and spacious rooms with African Teak furniture, soft, crisp linen – all en-suite facilities, bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi and a safe. The view from your room looks across the lawns to the National Parks where elephant, warthog, impala or the occasional buffalo might be passing by or simply grazing on the lawn or in the tree line.
Experience new tastes, indulge in unusual flavours and enjoy delectable dishes at our award winning restaurant "The Palm”; dine in view of the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls! Lodge also has a spa, where you can spoil yourself after that long safari!
Notes: Day 5, 6, 7 & 8
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: Davisons Camp
Nestled under a grove of ancient false mopane trees, Davison’s Camp is situated in a remote, private corner of Hwange National Park on probably one of the best wildlife concessions in Zimbabwe. Owned and run by Wilderness Safaris, this lodge like all their others is in a prime location with excellent guides and high standards throughout.
Named after the founder of Hwange National Park and its first warden, Ted Davison, the camp overlooks an extremely productive waterhole that attracts a variety of plains game and predators. Eight comfortable en-suite tents and one family unit, along with a viewing deck, lounge and dining area stretching out onto an open deck with a fire pit, together offer the quintessential Hwange experience.
Game activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles in the early mornings and evenings, while during the siesta hours, guests can view game from their tent verandas, as thirsty wildlife comes down to the waterhole to drink. Guests can also enjoy a guided morning walk and a visit to the local village which often includes a guided tour of the school, meeting the headman or participating in community projects.
Activities at Davisons
Morning Walking Safaris
Total Price 7 nights: US$ 4310 high season, US$ 3257 low season
Included in this safari
ELEPHANT VALLEY LODGE
ELEPHANT VALLEY LODGE
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