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Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Holidays Zimbabwe Safari Holidays Vacations

Botswana & Zimbabwe in depth - with fly camping


VRE12
13 NIGHTS
FROM £4,995
International flights quoted separately
For the ultimate safari-goer looking for a true wilderness experience, this itinerary is perfect for you. Your journey begins at the mighty Victoria Falls, then overland to Hwange for a Big-5 safari. Cross the border into Botswana for water & land based game viewing. Fly to the Savuti Plains & experience wilderness camping in the Okavange. All light aircraft flights, transfers, game viewing & camping included.
Okavango Camping Safari Botswana Savuti Chobe Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls
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Zambezi Cruise
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Hwange Safari
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Big Five Game Drives
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Chobe River
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Savuti Plains
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Okavango Delta
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Fly Camping
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Mekoro Canoes
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Maun
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Victoria Falls
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Zambezi Cruise
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Hwange Safari
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Big Five Game Drives
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Chobe River
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Savuti Plains
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Okavango Delta
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Fly Camping
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Mekoro Canoes
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Maun
Day 1
You will be met at Victoria Falls Airport and transferred to your hotel near the mighty Zambezi River.
 
Check in, settle in and relax whilst you catch your first glimpses of the magnificent Smoke That Thunders first discovered by Dr. David Livingstone and still one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The flow of water over the Victoria Falls is greatest from February to June following the summer rains, but they are a magnificent sight at any time of year.
Day 2
Today we recommend exploring the mighty Victoria Falls and its rainforest on foot, with magnificent views (we suggest you take your own raincoat, as those on hire are often well used).
 
Afterwards participate in one of many local optional activities such as a helicopter flight over the falls or an elephant-back safari, or simply relax and enjoy the facilities of your hotel.
 
In the late afternoon we recommend an optional Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River to see hippos, crocodiles and the abundant bird life.
Day 3
Today transfer 4-hours from Victoria Falls to your safari lodge in Hwange National Park, the largest game park in Zimbabwe.
 
Check in, settle in and relax in this remote wildlife area before enjoying a thrilling safari drive in an open top game viewing vehicle accompanied by a lodge ranger. With over 100 different species of mammals, including huge herds of elephants and many predators, a marvellous wildlife experience is guaranteed. The bird life is also outstanding.
Days 4 To 5
Today is devoted to game viewing in Hwange National Park, which is the size of Belgium.
 
Rise early to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, as you enjoy a thrilling open top game drive in Hwange National Park with your ranger. Covering a vast area of over 5,600 square miles (14,600 square kilometres) and in close proximity to the arid Kalahari desert, this remote wildlife sanctuary is renowned for its enormous population of elephants, as well as vast herds of buffalo, zebra and giraffe. It is home to many predators including lions, hyena and endangered wild dogs which are thriving in the region.
 
The rest of the morning is free to relax by the lodge swimming pool, before setting out again in the late afternoon for another game drive. Enjoy another spectacular African sunset and relax around an open fire, before dining under the stars.
Day 6
This morning we leave Hwange National Park and transfer to the landing strip for your light aircraft flight to Victoria Falls Airport. Here you will be met and transferred 2-hours to the Botswana border at Kasane. After completing immigration formalities, continue to your game lodge overlooking the Chobe River.
 
Chobe National Park is Botswana’s premier wildlife reserve and is uniquely situated at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, where four African countries meet – Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
 
After checking in to your lodge, enjoy your first thrilling safari drive in an open-top game viewing vehicle accompanied by a ranger. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately in this vast game sanctuary and hopefully you will see elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, antelope and other river-based wildlife today. Later dine overlooking the river in the atmosphere that only the African bushveld can provide.
Day 7
Rise at dawn to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day and enjoy a thrilling open-top game viewing drive  into the great Chobe National Park. This region is home to some of Botswana’s most spectacular wildlife, as well as abundant bird life.
  
Chobe is home to vast herds of buffalo and elephant, as well as numerous other species which roam in profusion and diversity. During the dry season, vast elephant herds migrate from both south and north to congregate in their thousands along the Chobe River – the largest concentration of elephants in the whole of Africa! Also hope to see lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals before returning to your lodge.
 
The rest of the morning is free to relax by the lodge swimming pool before enjoying an optional game viewing boat ride on the Chobe River to give you a completely different wildlife perspective. Tiger fishing can also be arranged on the river.
 
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
 
Please note: some lodges provide full day game viewing, combining boat rides with land-based game drives.
 
Day 8
Enjoy a final early morning game drive in Chobe National Park before breakfast and your 15-minute transfer to Kasane Airport for your light aircraft flight to Savuti.
  
You will be met at the landing strip and transferred to your lodge in Botswana’s premier land-based game park, situated on the vast Savuti Plains surrounded by open savanna and camelthorn trees. After settling in, enjoy an afternoon game drive with your ranger to view elephants and other wildlife.
Day 9
The Savuti Plains offer world-acclaimed game viewing – including the famous Savute lion prides, leopard, wild dogs, bull elephants, black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, hyena, cheetah, tsessebe, kudu, impala, ostrich and much more.
 
The summer rains bring a feast for lion, hyena and cheetah, as migrating zebra and wildebeest assemble in a chaotic pattern on the marsh. Cape buffalo herds arrive and migrant birds swell the resident population of over 300 different species, making this a bird watchers delight. Carmine bee-eaters perch on the back of kori bustards, red-crested korhaans plummet from the sky in daring mating displays and marabou stork roost in the trees whilst woodland kingfishers sing you to sleep.
 
Game drives are conducted twice a day (early morning and late afternoon) in open-top safari vehicles. Each evening enjoy Savuti’s enchanting sunsets, before dining overlooking the waterhole.
Day 10
After some final game viewing on the Savuti Plains, transfer to the landing strip for your
light aircraft flight to your game lodge in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta.
 
You will be met at the landing strip and transferred to your Okavango Delta game lodge. Settle in and relax in this pristine water wilderness and enjoy game viewing under spectacular blue African skies before dinner.
Day 11
Today transfer from your lodge to your wilderness fly camp (with bush ablutions) in the Okavango Delta, where your dome tents will be erected for you.
 
Enjoy a late afternoon game viewing walk, before relaxing under the stars around a blazing campfire in this pristine wildlife conservation area. Camp beds will be provided with clean linen and all meals will be cooked over an open fire.
 
PACKING LIST:
Large kit bag (max.weight of 12kg - no hard suitcases)
Small backpack
Torch, with spare batteries and globes
Mosquito repellant lotion
Sun hat & sun cream
Binoculars & Camera, with spare batteries
Clothing in neutral colours (no bright colours)
Light weight trousers and long sleeve shirts
Toiletries in a small bag (not vanity case)
Comfortable walking shoes & sandals
Day 12
Rise early to enjoy breakfast cooked over an open fire and superb game viewing from your wilderness camp in the spectacular Okavango Delta.
 
Activities centre on early morning and late afternoon game walks and mekoro canoe rides. Here you can enjoy some of the best bird watching in the world, as well as track some of the larger species that inhabit this water wilderness - including buffalo, hippo and elephants. In the evening relax and enjoy dinner seated around the campfire.
Day 13
After a delicious breakfast cooked over an open fire, we pack up our wilderness camp and transfer back to your game lodge in the Okavango Delta, with bird watching and game viewing along the way.
 
In the late afternoon enjoy an open-top game viewing drive with your ranger, before dinner at your lodge.
Day 14
After a final game drive, transfer to the landing strip for your light aircraft flight to Maun Airport and your flight home.
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