12 Day Zimbabwe & Botswana Guided Safari (Lodging)

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Overview

Type of Tour: Multi-Country Tours

Duration of Tour: 12 Days / 11 Nights

Tour Details:

This luxurious itinerary combines several iconic locations in Botswana and Zimbabwe—Okavango Delta, Savute, Chobe, and Victoria Falls. Your first week will be spent on safari in Botswana, with four days on the Zambezi Queen luxury riverboat.  From here, you'll be on your way to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls to see this world wonder, ending the journey with a different safari experience in Hwange National Park.

Tour Highlights:

  1. Embark on a safari in the famous Okavango Delta region
  2. Get close to wild animals in Chobe National Park
  3. Enjoy sightseeing and adventure activities at the iconic Victoria Falls
  4. Explore Zimbabwe’s unspoiled wilderness in Hwange National Park

 Trip Facts:

 

Destinations

 

Accommodation

 

Nights

 

Meals

Hwange National Park Robins Camp 2 Nights FB
Nata / Elephant Sand Lodge Nata Lodge 1 Night FB
Xhumaga Boteti River Camp 2 Nights FB
Maun Maun Lodge 1 Night FB
Okavango Delta Thamalakane River Lodge 2 Nights FB
Chobe River Front Thobolo’s Bush Lodge 2 Nights FB
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Shearwater Explorers Village 1 Night FB

 


Itinerary

Day 1: Victoria Falls Airport to Hwange National Park 180.5 km

Accommodation: Robins Camp, Hwange National Park / Similar

Guest Will Wake Up And Depart In The Morning In Victoria Falls At Their Accommodation To Hwange National Park. Guest Will Make A Stopover In Hwange Town (100km From Victoria Falls) For A Bathroom Break (Baobab Hotel) And Then Proceed To Their Accommodation (Hwange Safari Lodge). Upon Arrival Guest Will Have Leisure Time And Go On An Afternoon Game Drive Before Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast And Dinner

Included Activities: Afternoon Game Drive


Day 2: Hwange National Park Area

Accommodated: Robins Camp, Hwange National Park / Similar

Guest Will Wake Up And Go On An Early Morning Game Drive To Experience The Wilderness. Guest Will Experience The African Sunrise In The Park And Might Witness The Cats Soon After A Kill Or Coming From A Hunt. They Will Enjoy A Mid-Morning Breakfast After And Relax By The Pool Or Terrace And Watch Wildlife At The Watering Hole. Guest Will Get Ready After Lunch For An Afternoon Game Drive Which Will Focus More On Water Holes And Most Animals

Meals: Breakfast And Dinner

Included Activities: Morning And Afternoon Game Drive

Overnight: Robins Camp

Robins Camp, Now Under Private New Management, Offers An Exciting Revival Of The Iconic Safari Destination In Hwange National Park. Robins Camp Is Situated In The Rugged Northern Basalt Area Of The Park, An Area Rich In Natural Water With Seeps And Springs Dotting The Area. It Is The Home To Some Of The Last Great Buffalo Herds In Africa, With Herds Of Over 2000 Still Seen. Given The Abundance Of Prey Animals, It Is No Wonder That It Also Has The Highest Concentration Of Lion In The Park. Robins Is Also Known For Big Populations Of Reedbuck, Roan, Sable And Tsessebe As Well As The Usual Herds Of Elephants And Other Species Encountered In The Park. Particularly Encouraging Are The Regular Sightings Of Both Cheetah And Painted Dog. The Scenery Of Robins Is Varied With Hills, Kopjes (Small Bouldered Hills) And Vlei (Grassed Plains That Flood Seasonally) Areas And Has A Lot To Offer The Wildlife Enthusiast. We Welcome Children Of All Ages And Guests Can Self-Drive Or Choose A Fully Guided Trip.


Day 3: Hwange National Park Area To Nata (264.3 Km)

Accommodated: Nata Lodge, Nata / Elephant Sand Lodge

Guest Will Have Early Breakfast And Drive To Nata Which Is Situated 180 Kilometres North Of Francistown, The Small Village Of Nata Is A Popular Stopover Between Maun And Kasane Along A Road Known As The ‘Game Drive Route’ As There Is Often A Chance To Catch A Glimpse Of Wildlife Along The Way. The Unique Landscape That Surrounds The Area Around Nata Features White Sand, Tall Termite Mounds And The Mokolwane Palm Trees. Nata Is A Convenient Stop For Tourists To Fill Up At Numerous Filling Station. Nata Serves As An Excellent Base From Which To Explore The Eastern Section Of The Spectacular Makgadikgadi Pans. Guest Will Get Ready After Lunch For An Afternoon Game Drive Which Will Focus More On Water Holes And Most Animals

Meals: Breakfast And Dinner

Included Activities: Afternoon Game Drive

Overnight: Nata Lodge

An Oasis Set Among The Mokolwane Palms On The Edge Of The Pans. It Is Ideally Situated Close To The Entrance To The Nata Sanctuary And Is Just Off The Main Road, 10 Km From Nata Village. This Is The Junction To The Okavango, Chobe, And Francistown Areas.

The Nata River Delta Feeds The Sua Pan In The Nata Sanctuary And Forms The Breeding Ground For A Host Of Water Birds Including Pelicans And Flamingo In Their Thousands, Transforming The Shore Line Into A Pink Haze Blending Into The Western Sky. Nata Lodge Offers Guided Tours In Open Safari Vehicles Into The Sanctuary, Not To Be Missed.


Day 4: Nata To Xhumaga (202.5 Km)

 

Accommodated: Boteti River Camp, Xhumaga/ Similar

This Morning Guest Will Have Breakfast And Depart To Xhumaga The Small Town Of Xhumaga Is Situated In North-Central Botswana And Rests On The Western Bank Of The Boteti River, Flanking The Makgadikgadi National Park. This Photographer’s Wonderland Presents Visitors With Striking Scenes Of Vast Open Plains, Dramatic Acacia Tree Silhouettes And Wandering Herds Of Wildlife. The Makgadikgadi National Park, Which Encompasses The Largest Saltpan In The World, Provides A Home For Antelope, Zebra And Wildebeest, And Stone Age Tools And Artefacts Dot The Landscape. Upon Arrival Guest Will Go On A Game Drive.

Meals: Breakfast And Dinner

Included Activities: Afternoon Game Drive


Day 5: Xhumaga

Accommodated: Boteti River Camp, Xhumaga/ Similar

Today Guest Will Go On Full Day Activity Which Will Lead You To Nxai Pan, This National Park Is Home To Elephant, Giraffe, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah And Many More. In Additional To Exploring The Pan, You Will Have The Chance To See The Incredible Baines Baobabs, So Named After Painter And Explorer, Thomas Baines, Who Captured Their Beauty In His Painting Done In 1862. The Pan Itself Is A Fossil Lakebed About 40 Square Km In Size Where Seasonal Rain Brings Herds Of Zebra To Roam The Open Spaces And Feed On The New Grass. You, Will, Have A Packed Lunch And Spend As Much Time As Possible In This Stunning Area Before Heading Back To Camp.

Meals: Breakfast And Dinner

Included Activities: Full Day Game Drive

Overnight: Boteti River Camp

Situated In Botswana’s Okavango Delta Is Boteti River Camp. The Camp Is On The Outskirts Of Khumaga Village Where Guests Can Observe The Local Culture And Discover The World’s Largest Salt Pan. Close By Is The Nxai Pan National Park And Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

The Seven Chalets Are En-Suite And Feature Air-Conditioning And Mosquito Nets. The Platform Tent Has A Toilet, An Open-Air Shower, And Two Mosquito Nets. The Camping Ground Includes A Shaded Area, A Water Tap, Electricity Socket, A Fireplace, A Bin, And Shared Ablutions.

The Lounge Deck Is Ideal For Viewing The Surrounding Landscape, Spotting Animals, And For Relaxing. The Swimming Pool Is The Place To Be On Those Hot Sunny Days. The Dining Area Serves Homely Food And The Bar Offers Refreshing Drinks.


Day 6: Xhumaga to Maun (140.2 km)

Accommodation: Maun Lodge, Maun / Similar

Guests Will Grab Early Breakfast And Then Take A Short Drive To Maun Lodge Situated In Maun. Mun Is Set On The Banks Of The Beautiful Thamalakane River In Northern Botswana, Maun Is The Third Largest Town In This Spectacularly Scenic Southern African Country. Maun Is The Starting Point For Most Expeditions Into The Okavango Delta And As A Result, Has Developed Into A Bustling Metropolis That Is Considered Botswana’s Tourism Capital. After Checking In And Freshening Up In The Afternoon The Clients Will Depart For A Mokoro Excursion (For 2 Hours) After This Activity Clients Will Get Back And The Lodge And Get Ready For Dinner.

Included Activities: Mokoro Excursion With Canoe

Meals: Breakfast And Dinner

Overnight: Maun Lodge

Maun Lodge Is Situated On The Banks Of The Thamalakane River And On The Doorstep To The Famous Okavango Delta. Located Only 4 Km From Maun International Airport And 2.5 Km From The Village Center And Is Ideally Positioned For Both Business And Holiday Visitors.

Accommodation Consists Of 30 Double Rooms, 2 Of Which Are Suitable For The Physically Challenged, 20 Twin And 4 Family Rooms, All Air Conditioned With En-Suite Bathrooms, Extensive Bouquet Of Satellite Television, Tea And Coffee Facilities, Room And Laundry Services. There are Also 10 Deluxe Riverfront Rooms And 2 Presidential Suites, All With Private Verandas, En-Suite, And Fully Air- Conditioned. For Those On A Limited Budget, There are 12 Thatched Chalets That Are Excellent Value For Money, The Chalets Are En-Suite, Fully Air Conditioned, Have Tea & Coffee Facilities And 16 Dstv Channels. Eight Of The Chalets Cater For Families With Three Beds. The Remaining Four Have Two Beds Each.

 


Day 7: Maun To Okavango Delta (65km)

Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge, Okavango Delta / Similar

Guests Will Grab A Nice Breakfast In The Morning And Then Drive To Okavango Delta. Situated In The North-Western Corner Of Botswana, The Okavango Delta Is A World Heritage Site As It Is The Largest Inland Delta In The World. The Magnificent Okavango River Sprawls Out Over The Dry Sands Of The Kalahari Desert Forming This Flourishing Waterlogged Oasis Featuring Countless Meandering Waterways And Crystal-Clear Lagoons Studded With Water Lilies, As Well As Fertile Floodplains And Reeded Islands Inhabited With Abundant Wildlife.

After Checking In And Freshening Up In The Afternoon The Guest Will Have Leisure Time Around The Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast And Dinner


Day 8: Okavango Delta Area

Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge, Okavango Delta / Similar

Clients Will Grab Early Breakfast And Then Go On A Full Day Okavango Excursion The Game Drive. And Will Be Back In The Afternoon.

Included Activities: Full Day Okavango Excursion

Meals: Breakfast And Dinner

Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge

Thamalakane River Lodge has Ideally Located An Easy 20-Minute Drive From Maun Airport En Route To The Famous Moremi Game Reserve. It Is A Secluded Haven Of Tranquility Nestled In A Grove Of Mature Riverine Trees On The Bank Of The Thamalakane River. The Rambling Lodge Has An Idyllic Setting And Is Committed To Service Excellence.

Character En-Suite Stone Chalets, Some With Private Splash Pools Are Positioned In The Shade Of The Riverine Forest, Overlooking The River. All Chalets And Common Areas Have Terraces That Take Advantage Of The Serene 180 Degree View Of The Riverbanks Lined With Fluttering Reeds Visited By An Ever-Changing Array Of Water Fowl And Birds.

It Is A Delightful Place To Come Home To After A Day Spent Exploring.


Day 9: Maun to Chobe River Front (609.6 km)

Accommodation: Thobolo’s Bush Lodge, Chobe Forest Reserve / Similar

Clients Will Have A Game Drive Throughout Chobe And Its Beautiful Landscape Across The Challenging Magwikwe Sand Point, Which Was The Shoreline Of The Ancient Inland Sea, Visit The Makgadikgadi Lake. Its Deep Sand, So In The Wet Season, It Becomes Impassable. After Arrival Clients Will Check In And Prepare For Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast And Dinner

Included Activities: Full Day Game Drive


Day 10: Chobe River Front

Accommodation: Thobolo’s Bush Lodge, Chobe Forest Reserve / Similar

Today Guest Will Have Breakfast And Have Leisure Time To Relax Around The Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast And Dinner

Overnight: Thobolo’s Bush Lodge

Each Of Our Twelve Chalets Will Comprise Of A Dining/Kitchen Area, Two Luxury En Suite Bedrooms With Two Three Quarter Beds Per Bedroom. The Upstairs Entertainment Viewing Area Overlooks The Pans And Are Complete With A Counter And Bar Stools.

The Main Building Comprises Of The Reception, A Well-Stocked Food Store (Supplying All The Basic Requirements) On The Ground Floor And A Fully Equipped Bar On The Second Floor. This Large Building Overlooks A Small Pan Right In Front And Barangwe Pan A Couple Of Hundred Meters Beyond.


Day 11: Chobe To Victoria Falls 162 km

Accommodation: Shearwater Explorers Village, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

Clients Will Depart From Chobe To Victoria Falls Which Is In The Largest Water Fall In The World Resting On The Southern Banks Of The Zambezi River At The Western End Of The Eponymous Falls, This Popular Tourist Town Is Compact Enough To Walk Around And Makes An Ideal Base For Travellers Exploring The Seventh Wonder Of The World, The Unfathomably Vast Victoria Falls. After Arrival Clients Will Go On The Game Drive And Get Back For Dinner.

Meal: Breakfast And Dinner

Included Activity: Visit Victoria Falls

Entrance Fee Is Excluded

Overnight: Shearwater Explorers Village

Located Merely 400m From The Victoria Falls, 100m From The Epicenter Of The Victoria Falls Town With Its Craft And Craft & Curio Markets, Bohemian Cafes And Overlooking A Natural African Bush Panorama The Shearwater Explorers Village Is The Perfect “Base Camp”.

Comprising Of 5 Bespoke Overland Camping Sites Modern Ablution Facilities And 16 Private Chalets, The Village Represents Affordable Accommodation At Its Finest – Clean, Cool, Relaxing, Elegant, Excellent Traditional Food, Ice Cold Drinks And Exceptionally Friendly Hosts Ready To Welcome You And Guide You Through Your Victoria Falls Experience.


Day 12: Victoria Falls Restcamp to Victoria Falls Airport

This Is The Last Day Of The Tour, Guests Will Refresh And Pack Up In The Morning And Depart After Breakfast To The Airport.

End Of Itinerary


Included/Excluded

  • Qualified professional driver-guide
  • Vehicle / fuel
  • Park entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Passenger liability 15%
  • VAT 2% tourism levy
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and Dinner for the Client
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks at lodges and on road
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Tips for tour guides
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Items not mentioned in the itinerary

How To Book And How To Pay:

To Reserve, This Tour, A Payment Of 30% Of The Total Price Must Be Made At The Time Of Reservation. The Balance Of 70% Can Be Made Before The Departure Of Your Tour.

Your Deposit Can Either Be Made By Means Of A Bank Transfer, With The Addition Of A 45 Us Dollar Fee, Or By Credit Card Which Incurs An Additional Bank Charge Of 3.5%.

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