Private Safari Zimbabwe & Botswana Adventure – Zambezi to Okavango Delta

Start in Victoria Falls and end in Maun! This private safari starts in Zimbabwe and ends in Botswana. Enjoy a 10-day experience to Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Nata Bird Sanctuary and to the one and only Okavango Delta – where the stars shine so bright because the night sky is so dark. This plan has been sprinkled in with cultural activities like the Boma Dinner and Drum Beat Experience, Bushman Walk and Meerkat experience. We are a Travelife certified company which means that you can enjoy a trip that has a sustainable approach. This travel plan includes accommodation in a hotel, wilderness camping, as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Visit Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

Enjoy an authentic African culture encounter with traditional cuisine, rhythmic drumbeats and vibrant dancing

Exciting game drives in the wildlife and beauty of Chobe National Park

Relax on a sunset cruise and witness unforgettable glow as the sun sets

Camp under the stars for epic night-sky views – a true cosmic showcase

Navigate on canoe through nature’s labyrinth UNESCO-listed Okavango Delta Channels

An unforgettable adventure through the beautiful landscapes of Zimbabwe and Botswana!

This is the South African journey that you always dreamed of. Every day will be another adventure, starting in Zimbabwe with a guided tour of the natural wonders of the Victoria Falls, and an excursion to the local township where you can get a taste of Zimbabwe’s vibrant culture and history. Explore the locally handcrafted treasures of the markets, and become a part of the African culture with drumbeats and flavors of traditional cuisine.

Cross into Botswana and enjoy exiting game drives that will take you closer to the African wildlife than you ever could imagine, and breathtaking sunsets that you will never forget. Gweta Logde will allow you to stargaze in one of the darkest skies on Earth, with views that will leave you speechless, and camping in the Makadikgadi Pans will give you the opportunity to interact with meerkats and Bushmen in their natural habitat.

The Mokoro (local canoe) will transport you through the delta channels in the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to an island where you will experience bushwalks guided by local polers. You will learn the secrets of surviving in this wild terrain by the local inhabitants, from tracking skills to medicinal uses of indigenous plants.

End your journey back at campsite with dinner and storytelling around the fire, and return home with life lasting memories of your African adventure.

Day 1

VICTORIA FALLS AIRPORT | VICTORIA FALLS PIONEERS LODGE

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be received by a friendly and professional representative from the office who will be easily identifiable by the uniform and identification badge. She / He will be holding a board with your name for easy identification. You will be taken to Pioneers Lodge in a shuttle combi. Pioneers Lodge is a great choice for those who want to experience the best of Victoria Falls.
After lunch at the lodge it’s time for a guided tour to the falls. The tour typically begins with an introduction to Victoria Falls from a knowledgeable guide. You’ll learn about the geological formation, the indigenous people of the region, and the history of the falls, including its discovery by European explorers.

Overnight at Victoria Falls Pioneers Lodge (Full Board)

Day 2

VICTORIA FALLS GUIDED TOUR | VICTORIA FALLS PIONEERS LODGE

After breakfast, you will leave for a guided tour of the magnificent Victoria Falls.

TOWNSHIP TOUR:
If you choose to add this activity, you will move on to discovering the Township, which often starts with a brief introduction to the history and significance of the townships in the Victoria Falls region. You’ll learn about their origins, development, and the cultural diversity that exists within them. You may have the opportunity to explore local markets where residents buy and sell goods. This is a chance to see the hustle and bustle of everyday life and perhaps purchase some locally made souvenirs.

DRUMBEAT EXPERIENCE:
Back at your lodge, a Boma Dinner and Drum Beat Experience will be in store for you. This is a unique and unforgettable cultural evening in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. It combines the flavors of traditional African cuisine with the rhythm and energy of African drumming and dancing. Guests are often encouraged to wear traditional African clothing, such as colorful wraps or shirts, which adds to the immersive feel of the event. The heart of the experience is a buffet-style feast featuring a wide array of African dishes. You’ll have the opportunity to sample traditional Zimbabwean cuisine, including succulent grilled meats, stews, vegetables, and various side dishes. Vegetarian and vegan options are usually available as well.

Overnight at Victoria Falls Pioneers Lodge (Full Board)

Day 3-4

KASANE – CHOBE | CHOBE NATIONAL PARK | KWALAPE LODGE

After breakfast, you will check out and continue to Botswana for 2 nights, where you will be staying at Kwalape Safari Lodge. This lodge is a great choice for travelers looking for a relaxing and affordable safari experience in Botswana.

You will be transferred by road to Kasane-Chobe, which lies 70km away. At the border, your guide will assist you with the immigration and visa process. During these days, you will enjoy morning game drives in the Chobe National ParkBoat Cruise on day 4.

** Please note that the Visa Fees are at your own expense. (Prices range from $30-50 pp)

Overnight at Kwalape Lodge (Full Board)

Day 5

NATA BIRD SANCTUARY | NATA LODGE

After breakfast, you will leave with your guide to Nata Lodge, which is located just a stone’s throw away from the enchanting Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. As soon as you arrive, they will go for a sunset bird watching at Nata Bird Sanctuary, which is a sanctuary for tranquility and serenity. The vast, open landscapes and the stark beauty of the salt pans create a unique backdrop for bird-watching, making it a serene and meditative activity.

Overnight at Nata Lodge (Full Board)

Day 6

MAKGADIKGADI PANS | BUSHMAN WALK & MEERKAT EXPERIENCE | GWETA LODGE

After breakfast, you will be en route to Gweta Lodge. Gweta offers a unique opportunity to camp under the African night sky. Experience the magic of stargazing in one of the darkest skies in the world. We anticipate that you arrive around lunchtime and will have a seat-down lunch at the restaurant. After that, you will leave for an amazing sleep-out experience in the salt pan. A sleepout in the Makgadikgadi Pans offers a profound and introspective experience, allowing you to contemplate the vastness of the natural world and your place within it. Guests will do nature walks to interact with the meerkat and bushman.

Overnight Camping out in the Salt Pan (Full Board)

Day 7

MAUN | OPTIONAL SCENIC FLIGHT | JUMPSTREET CHALETS

Enjoy your breakfast, and then leave for Maun, where you will be welcomed in Jumpstreet Chalets. Your gateway to an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Botswana’s wilderness. On this day, you can book an OPTIONAL ACTIVITY, a Scenic Flight to explore the area.
** Please note the scenic flight is an extra cost ($325 for 30 min of 2 Pax).

Overnight at Jumpstreet Chalets (Full Board) or Similar

Day 8-9

MOKORO STATION | CANOE & BUSHWALK | OKAVANGO ISLAND | CAMPING

After breakfast, you will leave for The Okavango Delta Overnight Excursion by Mokoro. You will arrive at the Mokoro station, where you will be met by the local polers who will be taking you on Mokoro (local canoe) through the delta channels till you reach an island where you will camp for the night. Before canoeing, the head poler will welcome and brief you about the safety precautions when in a Mokoro and doing bush walks.

Your guide will teach you about the flora and fauna that make these islands their home. You’ll learn about the medicinal uses of indigenous plants, the tracking skills of the local inhabitants, and the secrets of survival in this wild terrain, birdsong, and the occasional rustle of wildlife on the banks. After the activities, you will return back to the campsite, take a warm shower before dinner and later storytelling around the fire until bed time.

Overnight Camping (Full Board)

Day 10

MAUN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT | DEPART

You’ll return to Maun, get a chance to refresh at the lodge, and then be dropped off at Maun International Airport for your journey back home – filled with memories of Zimbabwe and Botswana.

VICTORIA FALLS PIONEERS LODGE

“Pioneers” is the latest gem in the accommodation offerings available in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. A short 2.5 km from the magical Victoria Falls, and situated in a peaceful residential suburb, this lodge is in an ideal location. The nostalgic era of the pioneer explorers has been perfectly blended with modern amenities to meet all the requirements of today’s traveller.

 

KWALAPE LODGE

Kwalape Safari Lodge, near Kasane and the entrance of Chobe National Park, offers a unique bush lodge experience away from the river. The lodge boasts lush gardens surrounding its accommodations and campsites, conveniently accessible from Kasane’s main road and just 15 km from the park entrance.

Guests can relax in the large swimming pool between game activities and enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi in the restaurant and bar area. It’s an ideal base for exploring Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls.

 

NATA LODGE

Set beside Botswana’s mesmerising salt pans, Nata Lodge is on the way to everywhere! A convenient road trip break, Nata Lodge is beloved by campers, glampers, and self-drive adventurers for its great food, cold beer, assortment of affordable and well-maintained accommodations, and easy access to the best salt pan sunset — your overnight oasis awaits!

 

GWETA LODGE

Gweta Lodge is situated only a short distance from the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, consequently making Gweta Lodge the gateway to the Makgadikgadi salt pans where you can visit the very entertaining Meerkats, see the impressive Baobab trees and the incredible biodiversity of the region. This oasis features a bar, restaurant, swimming pool, relaxed seating areas, campsite and free WIFI.

 

JUMPSTREET CHALETS

Jump street chalets is the perfect one stop accommodation facility and perfect springboard to Moremi Game reserve,Chobe, other Botswana National parks and places further afield.Located in a quiet area on the outskirts of Maunand is 15 mins drive from the Maun international airport. Jump street tranquil gardens are surrounded by lead wood trees with an outdoor pool and allow you to relax. The LINYANTI Restaurant offers breakfast and a la carte menu. Famous southern African wines and local Botswana beer are available to complement your meal. Braai and Barbeque can be arranged on request.

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This journey offers the perfect mixture of natural beauty, cultural immersion and thrilling wildlife encounters that will give you everything you expect form an African exploration and more.

  • Unforgettable landscapes: Experience the stunning beauty of Zimbabwe and Botswana, from Victoria Falls to the Makadikgadi Pans.
  • Cultural cocktail: Have a taste of Zimbabwe’s vibrant culture through guided tours, local townships and exiting markets.
  • Thrilling wildlife: Get in touch with the African wildlife on game drives, stargaze at Gweta Lodge, camp in the Makadikgadi Pans, and embark on a Mokoro journey in the UNESCO-listed Okavango Delta.

This is the perfect adventure for those who wants to see the “real Africa” from its most impressive side. Discover the stunning landscapes of Zimbabwe and Botswana, from the thundering Victoria Falls to the vast Makadikgadi Pans, every day unveiling new breathtaking natural wonders.

Experience the vibrant culture and history of Zimbabwe through guided tours and visits to local townships. Dive into African culture with traditional drumbeats, flavors, and locally handcrafted treasures from bustling markets.

Thrilling game drives will bring you close to African wildlife and stargazing under one of the world’s darkest skies will leave you breathless. Camping in the Makadikgadi Pans gives you the chance to interact with meerkats and Bushmen in their natural habitat and a Mokoro journey through the UNESCO-listed Okavango Delta takes you on bushwalks guided by local inhabitants, uncovering the secrets of survival in the wild.

 

Choose this travel plan for an adventure that combines natural wonders and close interaction with Mother Earth herself.

What documents do I need to travel to Botswana?
You will need a passport valid for at least six months after your date of entry. Citizens of most countries need a tourist visa to enter Botswana. Application details and forms can be found on the Botswana Embassy website. Visas can also be acquired on arrival. If you are arriving from a country in which Yellow Fever is endemic (such as Kenya), you will require an immunization certificate or health card. Remember to always check the latest COVID-19 travel information. More health information is also available on the embassy website.

Do I need to book in advance?
We recommend you book your trip 3-6 months in advance, especially if you are traveling during the high season from June to the end of October. December to February can also be busy.

How safe are the water and food in Botswana? 
It is best to drink bottled water when traveling through Botswana. Steer clear of ice, raw vegetables, and salads when eating at street restaurants. On the coast, seafood and fish are usually fresh, but make sure everything is well-cooked. To be sure, we recommend a nonactive cholera vaccine such as “Dukoral”.

What currency is used in Botswana?
The official currency used in Botswana is the Pula. USD, Euros, UK pounds, and South African rands are also accepted. Major international credit cards are accepted at most hotels and there are also ATMs available throughout Botswana, dispensing local currency.

Is there malaria in Botswana?
Much of Botswana does not have malaria. However, in the northern regions – including Chobe and the Okavango Delta – it is present. Please consult a travel doctor 1 month before you leave to find out about anti-malarial medications and other preventative measures.

When is the best time to travel to Botswana?
Generally, Botswana experiences 2 distinct seasons, the rainy and the dry season. Even though Botswana is a very large country, the Kalahari Desert covers approximately 80% of it. The rainy season starts around November and lasts until roughly March. This is a great time to see the bush transform into a lush paradise where travelers can spot predators and baby animals – it is important to note that a few camps and lodges in the Okavango Delta close over this period, so remember to check with us before you book. However, many camps do stay open over this period and are much more affordable than in peak season. The dry season alternatively runs from April to October. This is the best time to go game viewing, as the bush thins and animals flock to dry waterholes. The weather starts to heat up around late September and October can become very hot. Hop on over to our website and search for the destination you are planning to visit for a detailed breakdown.

What happens if I get sick or injured on safari?
Any health or medical emergency will be attended to. If your condition requires hospitalization, you will be taken to the nearest hospital immediately. Make sure you have travel and health insurance cover. It’s absolutely necessary. Please ask us if you need advice on insurance.

Do I need insurance/travel protection?
Travel insurance typically provides coverage for a range of unforeseen events that may occur before and during your trip. It’s beneficial if traveling to a foreign country, engaging in high-risk activities, or if you have pre-existing medical conditions that may require medical attention during your trip.

Can I request specific dietary requests?
Yes, in many cases you can request specific dietary requirements when traveling, especially when it comes to flights, hotels, and tour operators. It’s recommended to make those requests in advance preferably at the time of booking to avoid misunderstandings or inconveniences during your travel.

Does the price include any Insurance?
No, the cost does not include insurance. It’s advisable for you to get your personal travel insurance before embarking on an international travel.

Immunizations before your trip to Botswana?
Botswana does not officially require any specific immunizations for entry into the country. However, it’s important to note that routine vaccinations are up-to-date such as measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella, polio, and influenza. Typhoid and hepatitis A. Yellow fever if you are traveling from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission.

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Included in the price:

  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Transfer throughout the Safari trip and drop off to airports or Ferries as per guest request.
  • Accommodation (as specified in the itinerary)
  • All meals ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) 
  • Gate passes and park fees
  • Professional Guide
  • Bottled water 
  • Activities as specified in the itinerary

Price does not cover:

  • Visas
  • International Flights – please get in touch with us to organize your international flights
  • Domestic Flights – please get in touch with us to organize your domestic flights
  • Scenic Flights (optional day 7) – please get in touch with us to organize your scenic flights
  • Travel and Health Insurance – We advise our clients to buy insurance from their home countries
  • Drinks (Alcoholic beverages at your own expense)

 

Rest assured, we’re here to assist with anything not covered in the price. Your convenience is our priority.

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