Zimbabwe Botswana Safari IS7E
Enjoy a most luxurious African river safari, have an unforgettable time and stay in Victoria Falls, and then be inspired on a comfortable and intimate safari in famous Hwange National Park
2 Nights Chobe River, Namibia
2 Nights Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
3 Nights Hwange National Park
8 Days / 7 Nights
Starts Kasane Airport / Ends Victoria Falls Airport
Total Price 7 nights: US$ 2790 (low season) | US$ 3899 (high season)
per person sharing
We have created this safari to offer a truly outstanding safari experience on the Chobe River,
Victoria Falls and
Hwange National Park, combining several of our absolute favourite products for that perfect holiday of a lifetime.
Starting off with 2 nights on the
Chobe Princess, this luxury houseboat offers possibly the best way to experience the Chobe river and the profusion of wildlife it has to offer, yet it is uniquely separated from the hordes of tourists that can be encountered in
Chobe National park at other lodges.
Followed by 2 nights at
Batonka guest lodge in Victoria Falls to enjoy all the
activities on offer there. This top quality and personal boutique guest lodge is priced well below what is should or could be.
Finally, 3 nights at
Bomani tented safari lodge
for a totally authentic safari experience in a remote corner of Hwange National Park. The guiding, the game, the camp and its location are all of an excellent standard ensuring that you have unforgettable African Safari. But that’s not all, the transfer into camp is on the specially designed
Elephant Express rail car which is a total safari experience all on its own.
Inspired Journey Overview
|Nights 1 & 2 - Luxury cabin on the
- Chobe River
|Nights 3 & 4 - Standard
Batonka Guest Lodge - Victoria Falls
|Nights 5, 6 & 7 - Luxury safari tent
Bomani Tented Lodge - Hwange National Park
|Day 1 - Road and Boat Transfer: Kasane Airport to Chobe Princess houseboat – (via Kasane Immigration Office and Namibia Immigration Office on Impalila Island. +/- 1 hr)
|Day 3 - Road and Boat Transfer: Chobe Princess houseboat to
Batonka Guest Lodge - ( via Kasane Immigration Office, Namibia Immigration office and Kazungula Border. +/- 2hrs)
|Day 5 - Road Transfer: Batonka Guest Lodge to Dete Siding (+/- 2.5 hrs)
|Day 5 - Rail Safari Transfer: Dete Siding to Ngamo Siding (3m hrs)
|Day 5 - Road Transfer: Ngamo Siding to Bomani Tented Lodge - (30 minutes)
|Day 8 - Bomani Airstrip to Victoria Falls Airport
|Superb cabin aboard the luxurious Chobe Princess
|Amazing views and game viewing on the Chobe River and surrounding flood plains
|Game viewing by boat, bird-watching, photo safaris, fishing, cultural visit to a Namibian village
|Batonka Guest lodge – upmarket and personal, boutique guest lodge
|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 (activities not included)
|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
|Flight from Bomani back to Victoria Falls airport
Notes: Day 1 & 2
Upon arrival in Kasane airport you will be met by a representative of the Chobe Princesses and taken to the Kasane Immigration Office which is a short 15-minute drive. After clearing through Botswana customs and immigration a short boat transfer takes you to Impalila Island, which is part of Namibia's Caprivi region, to the immigration office there. After completing border formalities in Namibia you will be transferred up the Chobe River, on the same speed boat to join the Chobe Princess houseboat and to start your incredible river safari.
Once aboard the Princess, she gently cruises upriver t0 her first night spot and you can relax in the comfort and privacy of your room, or enjoy tea or coffee with snacks, or sundowner drinks on the entertainment deck while taking in the gorgeous view. After sipping on a traditional African safari sundowner, sit down to a three-course evening meal as you’re serenaded to the sounds of hyenas, elephant and perhaps even lion nearby. After dinner, enjoy a coffee and a nightcap before heading to your cabin to round off the day.
At sunrise, enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee with wholesome rusks and biscuits before departing by tender boat for game viewing or other excursions. After an exciting morning – or even if you've chosen to stay on board and lie in – settle in on the deck for a fresh continental buffet or a hot English breakfast if you prefer. Activities on the houseboat are not scheduled, so you can stay in or go for any of the activities on offer from fishing, cultural tour, game cruise, or birding safari. You will find more information about them in the next section.
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: Chobe Princess Houseboat
is a luxury safari houseboat that cruises the Chobe River. It is the perfect platform to experience all that the Chobe has to offer with the added benefits of being on the Namibian side of the river.
Quieter, more secluded and personalized, it is ideal for families, couples or groups who wish to enjoy the very best of an African river safari. Whilst on the Chobe Princesses you can cruise around 50kms of the river and overnight in some of the most scenic areas on the Chobe.
The Chobe Princesses have 3x exclusive docking sites within the
Chobe National Park. The Chobe Princess 1 has 5x double/twin air-conditioned, en-suite cabins and the Chobe Princesses 2 & 3 have 4x double/twin air-conditioned, en-suite cabins each (tastefully fitted with a modern shower, toilet and hand basin) with large sliding windows with mosquito screens opening onto the water. The elevated entertainment deck provides the guest with an open dining/lounge area where guests can enjoy elevated views of the surrounds. This deck has a refreshing plunge pool as well as a fully stocked kitchen and bar. The Chobe Princesses each have a full time captain on board as well as 4 staff to ensure the guest is well looked after. The on board chef will also provide outstanding meals (catering to specific dietary requirements) for guests.
Activities Include game viewing by tender boat into the Chobe National Park and Caprivi Wetland areas allowing guests to get up close and personal to the outstanding wildlife. Birding is a year round pleasure with over 400 recorded species. Photographic Safaris on our customized photographic safari boat especially designed to provide keen photographers with the perfect platform to get the perfect picture. Fishing in over 100kms of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers for Tiger Fish, Bream and several other fresh water species. High quality equipment (conventional and fly-fishing), knowledgeable guides and excellent tender boats are all available for guests use. Guided Walks are a must on Impalila Island as they will give you an insight into the life of local inhabitants, introduce you to the stark beauty of the area and amaze you with the enormity of the Baobab trees. You can even climb an ancient Baobab tree from where you can see all four countries (Namibia,
Zimbabwe) - a truly one-of-a-kind event!
Activities at Chobe Princess
Water-based game viewing
Staying on board one of the Chobe Princesses is like being on a permanent game viewing vehicle, but with a much higher comfort factor. Situated in the heart of the Chobe region with access to river frontage of the Chobe National Park, we also offer water-based game drives by tender boat, allowing you to experience the enormous diversity and concentration of wildlife up even closer.
Game viewing on the Chobe River is at its most exceptional from March to November when the weather is drier and the animals are more mobile as they search for food and water. Summer and spring also offer unique opportunities though, as you watch the landscape burst into life after the first rains of the season. Catch sight of huge herds of elephant as they swim across the water, as well as buffalo, lion, crocodile, lechwe, puku, giraffe, zebra, sable, kudu and the occasional leopard as they gather to quench their thirst at watering holes. Besides animal life, you’ll also see a huge variety of birdlife and plant life as you listen to the sounds of a hippo grunting and breathe in the sweet smell of African grass.
The Chobe is known as a photographer's paradise and for good reason. The soft early morning light and the sunsets at dusk, combined with striking animal behaviour, make for dramatic and unusual photo opportunities. Before your game viewing excursion, remember to apply sunscreen and wear a hat, as temperatures can reach over 40 degrees centigrade. You should also bring along a jacket for the chillier temperatures in the early mornings and evenings.
Enjoy the ultimate in game viewing safari decadence as you sip on a drink and cruise along the river in one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.
No trip to the Chobe is complete without trying your hand at a fishing safari where if you’re lucky, you may even catch a tiger fish. One of the greatest fighting fish in the world, the tiger fish is the most sought after prize of these waters and is known for its ferocious spirit. It's not all about tiger fish though. You may also hook one of the many bream species, African pike, tilapia, catfish or upper Zambezi yellow fish as you explore over 100 kms of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, as well as the winding Kasai Channel and thrilling Chobe and Mambova rapids.
Chobe Princess offer both conventional equipment as well as fly-fishing equipment for the fishing safaris, because the area is renowned worldwide for its fly-fishing. Rods, flies, lures, lines, leaders and reels and all equipment is included in the rate.
Because of our unique location, we offer excellent fishing safaris all year round – from the annual floods starting in March to the feeding frenzies in the winter months. Our highly knowledgeable guides, the tackle and bait we supply as well as well stocked cooler boxes make fishing in Africa an experience to remember. Land an eight pounder or more and earn bragging rights for years to come, as you enjoy a fishing trip that's second to none.
With over 450 species, a mix of terrains and a dramatic African backdrop, the Chobe River is the perfect setting for a highly rewarding birdwatching safari. Birding season starts in September, when the first migrants arrive, boosting the bird population sometimes by 20% compared to the winter months. From December through to March birdlife on the Chobe is extremely busy and the colourful breeding plumage on display is an extraordinary sight.
Experienced birders and even eager amateurs will delight in spotting distinct birds such as African skimmers, rock pratincoles and the African fin-foot, either through their binoculars or with the naked eye. Having access to your own knowledgeable guide and tender boat lets you spend many hours on your birding safari also viewing cattle egrets, fish eagles, open-billed storks, lesser-striped swallows, pied kingfishers and the striking carmine bee-eater. The slow drift of the tender boat means that you won’t disturb the peaceful silence and can also get up close to the birds and observe their fascinating behaviour.
Sit patiently and absorb the beauty around you and soon you’ll be rewarded with a unique sighting that you’ll want to photograph. Because you’ll have access to the Chobe National Park and the Caprivi wetlands, you’ll get exposure to a wide variety of species you may have never seen before. The distinct sounds of the call of an African fish eagle mingling with the grunt of hippos will stay with you long after your Chobe River bird-watching safari is over.
Uninterrupted access to wild animals. Absolute silence. Golden light. The Chobe River is an unforgettable photographic safari destination, and one of the wildlife photographers’ hotspots in Africa. To help you capture that perfect moment, custom-designed photographic safari boats are available on request and cater for 6 clients in individual photographic seats. The boat contains custom-designed swivel chairs that give you greater stability and 360-degree views for a wider range of subject matter. Every seat is equipped with a mounting for resting SLR cameras of all types and you’ll get your own experienced safari guide who’ll help you find that perfect shot.
Bring your own photographic equipment - the optimal lens to bring is an 80 - 400mm zoom. Because this is a water-based safari, you'll be able to take unique shots in a safe environment, being able to view the animals in the Chobe National Park surrounded by that magical golden light Africa is renowned for. Tea and coffee will be offered in the morning during the winter months and soft drinks, local beers and wines will be served in the afternoon. Light snacks are also served during your excursion, providing you with a photographic experience that's also about pure comfort.
Departure times are early morning and late afternoon and the safari takes three hours. Capture your stay with breath-taking photos of the unique African landscape and the wild animals that surround you.
One of the best ways to learn more about a country is to experience its culture. A village tour while on board the Zambezi Queen will take you by tender boat to a local Namibian village called Ijambwe, situated on the floodplains of the East Caprivi. Meet village elders and locals and gain a greater understanding of how the inhabitants of this 100-year old village live, including their daily challenges and traditions.
Wear a large sun hat and apply sun lotion, bring a bottle of water with you and wear comfortable shoes. You’ll start by taking a slow, non-strenuous but sandy stroll through the village as you snap a few photographs and meet the Headman of the village as well as his children. The men of the village either fish to provide meals for their families, while the women and younger children perform the chores and produce handmade crafts. Pick up a woven basket, beaded jewellery or a carved wooden animal as a memento from your trip – sales of these crafts empower village inhabitants by helping them earn a living. If you want to give the children of the village gifts, bring along school stationery, books or clothing – all will be highly appreciated. Finally, enjoy a display of traditional dancing and singing at the end and join in the fun!
Guests can also go on a walking tour to a 2000-year-old baobab tree where you'll learn more about the medicinal and spiritual value of Impalila Island’s flora. For our more adventurous guests, if you have the inclination to climb the tree, you’ll be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the meeting place of two rivers and four countries.
Notes: Day 3 & 4
Today you will check out of the Chobe Princess after breakfast and boat transfer to Impalila Island Immigration Office. Then on to Kasane Immigration Office for your border formalities and finally through the Zimbabwe border to Batonka Lodge in Victoria Falls.
Please make sure that you have your necessary documents for the border crossings
for Zimbabwe visa information). The 80km road transfer is mostly through national park so there’s a good chance of spotting more game along the way. It takes roughly 1 hour excluding the border formalities. On arrival at Batonka Guest Lodge 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
discounted packages to see what is on offer.
You have a full day 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 available
Victoria Falls Activities and
contact us to
arrange a suitable itinerary just for you.
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: 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 5, 6, 7 & 8
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.
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.”
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 7 Nights: US$ 2790 (low season) | US$ 3899 (high season)
Per person sharing
Included in this safari
CHOBE PRINCESS HOUSEBOAT
• Accommodation on board the Chobe Princesses
• All meals
• All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee & tea, ciders, beers & house wine throughout your stay on the Chobe Princesses
• Activities: Water-based game viewing; guided fishing; guided bird watching; guided walk on Impalila Island; cultural tour of a local village in Namibia
• All fuel and equipment hire (e.g. fishing rods, lures, etc.)
• All fishing licenses
• Conservation levy
BATONKA GUEST LODGE
• Accommodation in a beautiful and spacious room with views of the quiet gardens
• 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
• Park fees
• All road and boat transfers between Kasane airport, the Chobe Princess, Victoria Falls and Hwange.
• Elephant express rail safari
• Charter flight from Bomani to Victoria Falls airport
• Air tickets and visa costs
• Travel insurance
• Evacuation cover
• Premium and alcoholic beverages such as gin, rum, brandy, whisky, dessert wines & sparkling wines
• A land-based 4x4 game viewing in Botswana's Chobe National Park
BATONKA GUEST LODGE
• All other meals and drinks
• Activities in Victoria Falls
BOMANI TENTED LODGE
• Premium imported beverages
• Gratuities and items of a personal nature
• Departure tax
More Travel Information
• Victoria Falls Travel Information
• Victoria Falls Activities
• Chobe National Park Information
• Hwange National Park Information
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