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Zimbabwe and Botswana Safari

Zimbabwe and Botswana Safari

An 18 day small group guided safari tours through South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana exploring the amazing culture and natural beauty of these countries

Cost per person based on 2 people sharing from £2655.00

Marvel at the Zimbabwe Ruins and the wonderful view of Victoria Falls. Experience the Okavango Delta by traditional dug-outs and view the huge elephant herds of Chobe National Park from the water. This safari covers it all – wildlife, history and culture. The tour starts and ends in Johannesburg and includes 2 nights tented accommodation.

Highlights:

  • Kruger National Park – game drives
  • Zimbabwe Monuments – guided tour
  • Matobos National Park – game drive
  • Hwange National Park – game drives in open vehicle
  • Victoria Falls– a natural wonder & adventure activities
  • Chobe National Park – sunset river cruise
  • Okavango Delta – Mokoro excursion & bush walks

Day 1 DEPARTURE Depart from London Heathrow on the evening overnight flight to Johannesburg.

Day 2 JOHANNESBURG On arrival you will be met and transferred to your guest house. Enjoy an afternoon relaxing or exploring Johannesburg.

Day 3 – 4 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head north-east into the world famous Kruger National Park. We visit the remote and seldom visited northern part of the park from Letaba to Pufuri. We enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in our safari vehicle and hope to spot lion, elephant, rhino and other animals in this icon of wildlife conservation.

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Day 5 GREAT ZIMBABWE Entering Zimbabwe at the Beit Bridge border post, we travel north to our overnight stop. In the morning we visit the Great Zimbabwe Monuments. The well preserved ruins are some of the oldest and largest stone structures in Southern Africa and were built during the 11th to 14th Centuries. We explore these ancient stone structures on an informative walk with a local guide.

Day 6 MATOBO NATIONAL PARK Travelling via the city of Bulawayo we move onto the Matobo National Park and our chalets on the outskirts of the park. This afternoon you can enjoy sundowners from the granite ridge overlooking the park. The following morning we visit World’s View and the historical site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave. Unusual rock formations are home to an array of ancient bushman paintings which we visit while on our game drive and walk.

Day 7 – 8 HWANGE NATIONAL PARK Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers and is located in the north-west corner of the country. It is famed for its large elephant population. Our chalets are in the game management area that borders the park, and we explore the park with our local guide, on a full day game drive in an open 4WD game viewing vehicle.

Day 9 – 10 VICTORIA FALLS We spend 2 nights in the town of Victoria Falls. We enjoy a spectacular walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” – Victoria Falls. There are opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump or take a “flight of angels”

Day 11 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK Entering Botswana, we head to the town of Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River. The river flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. A highlight of any trip to the Chobe is the afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise where we hope to see a large number of elephants and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day.

Day 12 NATA This morning there is time for an optional (own expense) game drive in the Chobe National Park. Heading south through the Kasane Forest Reserve we make our way to the Nata area for our overnight stop. [tented lodge or chalets

Day 13 MAUN Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun, which originated as a cattle outpost, is now the capital of Botswana’s tourist industry and is our base as we prepare for our excursion into the Okavango Delta. Our camp is situated on the banks of the Thamalakane River and after settling in we have a relaxing afternoon at the swimming pool.

Day 14 – 16 OKAVANGO DELTA We transfer into the delta by open 4WD game viewing vehicle. Our local guides will take us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta in Mokoro (dugout canoes). Being gently poled through the network of channels is an experience not to be missed. The delta forms as rain water from the Angolan highlands flows out over the flat Kalahari Desert sands, forming a delicate, green oasis for birds and wildlife. We will camp on remote islands in this amazingly dynamic environment and enjoy bush walks, bird watching and swimming in the clear waters. Camping with our local guides we learn more about their lifestyle and culture. We return to Maun in the late afternoon of day 14 and have time for an optional (own expense) game flight over the Okavango, which will reveal a different aspect of the delta.

Day 17 KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY Heading south from Maun, we drive through the wide open spaces of the Kalahari Desert on our way to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino. It also aims to restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and to provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. We hope to spot some of the elusive rhino on an afternoon game drive.

Day 18 JOHANNESBURG – TOUR ENDS Crossing back into South Africa we make our way to Johannesburg where the tour ends in the late afternoon.

Includes: Return flight economy class from London Heathrow, Meals, Airport Transfers, services of an English speaking driver/guide throughout all excursions as stated entrance fees and park fees for included excursions 13 nights lodges / tented lodge or chalets and 2 nights tented camp use of camping equipment (including sleeping bags in the Delta Okavango Delta excursion)

Excludes: Optional excursions offered at additional cost, Visas if needed, items of a personal nature eg Laundry, telephone calls driver gratuity, personal travel insurance Find out more about our small group guided tours, speak to one of our knowledgeable staff who can check availability, answer any questions you may have, and finalise your booking.

Call us on 01444 225640 or email us at info@visionsofafrica.co.uk