Intimate Botswana & Zimbabwe

15 Day Group Safari

Safari Description:

A 15 day accommodated tour to Botswana and Zimbabwe – perfect partners for a safari where you will encounter some of the world’s greatest wildlife. Enjoy the guides’ expertise and knowledge of both countries and get to explore two enigmatic countries with its endangered wild dogs, rhino tracking, iconic Victoria Falls and among others, a traditional canoe (mokoro) trip along with an overnight trip on a houseboat.

Safari Highlights:

Victoria Falls – a Natural Wonder of the World, Game drive in Chobe National Park, Sunset cruise on the Chobe River, Hwange National Park – a wildlife haven particularly for elephants; Wild Dog – Painted Dog Centre; Lake Kariba – one of the world’s largest man–made lakes and game–viewing opportunities from a houseboat; Matopos National Park and Cecil Rhodes grave; Nata Bird Sanctuary; Makgadikgadi Pans, Moremi National Park & Khwai area of Okavango Delta experience including mokoro excursion and game drives.

Main Attractions:

Botswana: Okavango Delta
Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba

Map & Short Itinerary:


Day 1 Shearwater Explorer Village
Day 2&3 Chobe Safari Lodge Chobe Kasane
Day 4&5 Elephant’s Eye Hwange National Park
Day 6&7 Sovereign Houseboat Lake Kariba
Day 8&9 Shashani Matobo Hills Lodge
Day 10 Nata Lodge Nata
Day 11 Planet Baobab Gweta for pans
Day 12 Thamalakane Lodge Maun
Day 13&14 Bedouin Bush Camp Okavango Delta/Greater Moremi
Day 15 Return to Maun

Map & Itinerary
Length 15 days
Safari Type Group Safari
Price From US$ 5170
Countries Botswana, Zimbabwe
Accommodation Accommodation
Group Size Minimum 4 people
Single Supplement Yes
Please Note Subject to availability of accommodation
Departures On Request

Comfort Level:

Accommodation Comfort2 Star3 Star

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Shearwater Explorer Village, Victoria Falls

Your first night is spent at Victoria Falls, meet with your guide and group and from here the adventure begins.

Day 2&3 Chobe Safari Lodge, Kasane

The trip starts with a guided tour of the magnificent Victoria Falls and National Park where not only will you experience the power of the falls, but a true rainforest! From here cross the border to Botswana and onto Chobe where we enjoy an exciting game drive along with a sunset boat cruise along the river – 2 different ways to enjoy wildlife viewing and the diversity of Chobe.

Day 4&5 Elephant’s Eye, Hwange National Park

Our journey today takes us a private reserve by Hwange where there is plenty of time to experience this vast wilderness on exciting game drives. Hwange is regarded as one of the finest wildlife havens with huge herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra and large concentrations of giraffe. Look out for predators and endangered species such as wild dog and rhino. We visit the Painted Dog Centre, set up for the conservation of the amazing and endangered wild dog en–route.

Day 6&7 Sovereign Houseboats, Lake Kariba

Onward to the banks of Lake Kariba, one of the largest man–made lakes in the world, though its so huge it looks like an inland sea. Tonight, is spent on a houseboat – one of the most popular ways to explore this area and enjoy the chance to spot animals, or perhaps join a little leisurely fishing. The lake is nestled in mountains, guarded by enormous reserves of game and made beautiful and savage by sun and storm, as well as by earth and water. Join optional activities such as game drives or a walk and moor by a sandy beach on one of the islands

Day 8&9 Shashani, Matobo Hills

Our houseboat experience comes to an end as we cruise back to the starting point and from here drive to the beautiful Matobo (also known as Matopos) is an area steeped in tribal history and majestic rock landscapes. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we explore the area watching out for game such as rhino, sable and perhaps to spot a leopard in an area reputed to hold the most–dense population of this predator in the world. Birdlife is also prolific with plentiful black eagles. We join a guided tour to track rhino and also visit “World’s View” the resting place of Cecil Rhodes.

Day 10 Nata Lodge, Nata

Cross the border into Botswana and continue to Nata, renowned for the amazing bird sanctuary which we visit in the afternoon and the chance to enjoy a magnificent and seemingly endless view over the Sowa Pan – part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans.

Day 11 Planet Baobab, Gweta

Planet Baobab is a quirky camp on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, close to enormous baobab trees and enjoy an expedition to Ntwetwe Pan to experience some of the areas distinctive landscapes and animals.

Day 12 Thamalakane Lodge, Maun

Onward to Maun, a bustling little town and the main entry point to the Okavango Delta, and the afternoon is spent at leisure or perhaps join an optional scenic flight to experience a birds–eye view over the waterways and channels of the Delta.

Day 13&14 Bedouin Bush Camp, Greater Moremi/Okavango Delta

The great experience of the Okavango Delta begins with a mokoro ride where we glide silently past the vegetation of reeds and plants through the channels of the Delta – watch out for tiny (but noisy) reed frogs and brightly coloured kingfishers as they dive effortlessly into the water. We make our way to camp and this evening head out on an exciting night drive to try to spot nocturnal game not seen in daylight hours. Our days are spent exploring this wildlife haven regarded as one of the best in the world.

Day 15 End of safari

Our safari comes to an end after breakfast when you are transferred to the airport in time for onward connection

How we rate our safaris

Namibia, Botswana and some other African destinations do not have a set star system that is familiar worldwide to many countries, however, as this is widely used, we have tried to replicate this format to give you an idea of the level of comfort during your safari. For example, a mobile camping tour in Namibia is given 1* and luxury accommodation increasing to 5*. Depending on your tour, there may be a bit of a mix of levels of comfort so please check if you are not sure.

1* or 1–2* Rated Safaris – Camping tours:

These are generally scheduled/small group or self–drive safaris (though a private–guided safari can also fall into this category if you wish to camp); the scheduled trips generally involve client participation where you may be expected to put up/take down your tent and assist with camp chores, dome tents and a ground mattress is supplied. For self–drive options this will often mean roof tents on the vehicle and all camping equipment. There may be the occasional night in simple accommodation but majority of nights are spent camping and most camp sites will have shared ablution facilities. If there is a good mix of both camping and accommodation, this may be rated at 1&2*. These are the most basic level of safaris offered and scheduled safari group sizes vary according to the trip and company – 1* tours are the most affordable option and geared for adventurous travellers who do not mind a bit of discomfort.

Accommodated Safaris

Standard/Mid–range safaris 2–3.5*

Standard accommodation style trips generally have no camping included (though on occasion with a specific activity such as a Delta or Serengeti excursion, or perhaps hiking, a couple of nights may be included). As a general rule this is not the case. With most small group/scheduled tours accommodation is generally 2/3* level – clean and affordable but generally without too many frills; rooms will have en–suite facilities, most will offer air con/fans in the rooms, swimming pools etc (not guaranteed), restaurant/bar facilities, though location can be a little further away from main place of interest this option offers excellent value for money for those seeking a bed each night! We try to indicate on each trip the level of comfort for the particular tour

Superior/Luxury Safaris 3.5–5*

A superior style of accommodation. Most lodges at this level will have air–conditioning or fans in the room though some accommodation establishments are technically “camps” as they may be partially build of canvas – these “camps” are permanent fixtures, generally built on a platform, and will have full and comfortable facilities – the occasional trip may have a more basic night or two involved depending on location to ensure clients can fully appreciate the region they are experiencing. Service is generally very good and most places (outside of towns/cities) will have just a few rooms/chalets. Tours in this bracket include very small group safaris (up to 8 clients), self–drive and private–guided options which are tailored to suit you. The luxury options offer a high standard of accommodation, facilities and service in the region with attention to detail – some “camps” /lodges will have private guides and vehicles, but all accommodation is the best available with personalized service and a quality or unique experience perhaps unavailable elsewhere or in a more moderate price bracket. Tours include fly–in safaris, self–drive and private–guided options.

Please note: this is a guideline only and each destination can vary – some areas in Southern Africa do not always have 5* accommodation (there are limited hotels outside of cities that have the same * grading accommodation) but will be best in the area, have limited volume of rooms and some of the best locations and experiences for clients that is outside of the normal “tourist/travel” route. This can include exclusive conservation regions and emphasis is place on clients having a unique experience rather than offering hairdresser type of facilities that may be found is hotels in cities in other countries. Please also remember that some of these locations can be remote so wifi may not always be available, nor a huge menu range.

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