Intimate Botswana & Zimbabwe

15 day Small Group Safari - from £3695

With some of the world’s greatest wildlife, Botswana and Zimbabwe are perfect partners for a safari. Explore two of Southern Africa’s most enigmatic countries with rhino tracking, iconic Victoria Falls and a traditional canoe trip.

Highlights:

  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls
  • Wildlife & sunset cruise in Chobe
  • Game drive in Hwange National Park
  • Luxury houseboat on Lake Kariba
  • Game drive in Moremi Game Reserve
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Victoria Falls

On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls.

Hotel: A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar
Meals: None

Day 2 - Chobe

After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of the mighty Victoria Falls then travel to Kasane in Botswana, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool.

Hotel: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Chobe

Start your morning with a spectacular game drive in Chobe National Park. You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and relaxation until your afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River. Here you can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up-close photo opportunities.

Hotel: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 & 5 - Hwange

This morning cross the border into Zimbabwe. Over the following two days, there will be plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on game drives. Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to great herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife.

Hotel: Sable Sands or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 & 7 - Lake Kariba

Today travel to Binga, located on the south-eastern shore of Lake Kariba, where you will board a luxury houseboat for a relaxing two-night trip. A variety of activities are available including game viewing, guided walks and fishing. Nestled in the mountains, Lake Kariba is a man-made inland sea guarded by enormous reserves of game and made beautiful and savage by sun and storm, earth and water.

Hotel: Umbozha Houseboats or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 & 9 - Matobo Hills

Disembark your houseboat and travel southwards to the majestic Matobo Hills, an area of exquisite beauty, steeped in tribal history, ancient mystery and dramatic rock landscapes. The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope and the world’s densest population of leopard. Birdlife is prolific and includes the highest concentration of black eagles in the world. Once the home of the San (Bushman), this area contains the richest source of the rock art found anywhere.

Spend the following day in the national park, including an opportunity to track rhino spoor by vehicle and foot.

Hotel: Camp Amalinda or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Nata

Leaving Matobo Hills and drive through the savannas of southern Matebeleland en-route to Botswana. Visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans.

Hotel: Nata Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11 - Makgadikgadi Pans

A very early morning departure to embark on an expedition to Ntwetwe Pan to encounter some of Botswana’s distinctive landscapes and extraordinary creatures.

Hotel: Planet Baobab or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 12 - Maun

Today travel to Maun, a bustling safari town which serves as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book an optional scenic flight over the delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and truly glorious oasis.

Hotel: Thamalakane River Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 - Khwai River

This morning float in dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast.

Hotel: Bedouin Bush Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14 - Moremi Game Reserve

Today head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve is known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve.

Hotel: Bedouin Bush Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15 - Maun

Your safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Maun Airport in time for your onward travels.

Meals: Breakfast

15 day Small Group Safari - from £3695

With flights from £4370

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin or double room. Seasonal variations may apply, please call Freedom Destinations for more information. Accommodation specified is subject to availability and may be substituted to a similar or higher standard if necessary. Please note luggage restriction of 15kg.

Intimate Botswana Zimbabwe Encounter 2019

Your Touring Experience

Discover amazing wildlife and sample the local culture on a real African adventure.

Your tour includes:

  • Comfortable lodges or hotels
  • Most meals
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Expert guide throughout tour
  • 4WD vehicles
  • Max 14 passengers
  • Park fees
  • Local Payment

Departure dates:

2019:

Jun: 5
Sep: 25
Nov: 9

2020

Mar: 26
Apr: 8
May: 6, 16 & 20
Jun: 5 & 20*
Jul: 4, 9 & 22*
Aug: 1 & 27*
Sep: 6* & 25
Oct: 10*
Nov: 4 & 9

*Guaranteed departures

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