General

6 or 8 Nights Victoria Falls & Botswana Safari

Note – This itinerary includes 2 nights in Victoria Falls with the option of either 4 nights Botswana (2 camp combination) or 6 nights Botswana (3 camp combination) – this option incorporates the main areas in Botswana – Savute region, Delta and Moremi.

Day 1: Johannesburg – Victoria Falls

Depart OR Tambo Johannesburg Airport on your flight to either Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwe) or Livingstone Airport (Zambia).

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Enjoy a late afternoon sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. The Zambezi River is the central figure in many of the activities offered in Vic Falls. The most renowned of these activities is, without a doubt, the pleasurable sundowner cruise. This activity includes transfers, drinks and snacks.

There is something magical about relaxing on the water, sipping on a drink and waiting for the sun to set. This area provides for the most memorable sunsets and fantastic photographic opportunities. Game is often encountered on the cruises, including elephant and hippo.

There are also breakfast & lunch cruises on offer.

Overnight: The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or The Victoria Falls Hotel ( Zimbabwe ) / David Livingstone Hotel & Spa or The Royal Livingstone Hotel ( Zambia )

Day 2: Victoria Falls

Breakfast, followed by the balance of the day at leisure.

A 2-Hour Guided Tour of the Falls is included:

One cannot travel to Victoria Falls without going to see the Falls themselves up close. Taking a guided tour of the Falls will allow you to witness the power and splendour from close quarters. The guides will provide you with interesting facts about geography and history of the area.

All guided tours include transfers

Optional Activities Available:

Half Day Elephant Back Safari – Operated on the privately owned Nakavango Estate about 10km from Victoria Falls.

The estate is not fenced, allowing free movement of game from the National Park.

Transfer time from Victoria Falls is approx. 15 minutes and the Elephant Co. collects from all major Victoria Falls lodges and hotels. Upon arrival, the guide will give an introductory talk on African elephants and their relationship with man. Following the talk (which includes safety), guests are introduced to the elephants and their “Indunas”. After a short familiarisation with the elephants, guests will begin their elephant back safari through the bush. Bottled water is available during the ride, which is approx. one and a half to two hours in duration.

An experienced guide accompanies guests on the elephant.

Hand held radios are used to keep in touch with the main office. Videos, photographs and digital discs are available for sale after your safari.

Flight of Angels – 13 Minute Helicopter flight over the Falls.

Overnight: The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or The Victoria Falls Hotel (Zimbabwe) / David Livingstone Hotel & Spa or The Royal Livingstone Hotel (Zambia).

Day 3: Victoria Falls – Botswana

Breakfast, followed by check out.

Road transfer from Victoria Falls to Kasane Airport, where you will take a Light Aircraft transfer to your first camp in the Savute area in Botswana.

Overnight: Savute Safari Lodge – Fully Inclusive or Savute Elephant Camp – Fully Inclusive

Day 4: Savute – Botswana

The game viewing offered by Savute is an experience not to be missed, especially if you are visiting in the summer months. After November’s first rains, thousands of animals are drawn to the area. Savute Safari Lodge’s highlights are its concentrations of Lion and Hyena, as well as its leopard, cheetah, black-backed jackal and the many lone elephant bulls, usually seen frequenting their favourite watering holes

Game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles are conducted in the Savute area, including the Savute Marsh, and a visit to the ancient San rock paintings at Gubatsa Hills. You will most likely see nearly all the major species in the area, such as giraffe, elephant, zebra, impala, tsessebe, roan, sable, wildebeest, kudu, buffalo, waterbuck, warthog, eland, as well as predators; including lion, hyena, jackal, cheetah and possibly wild dog. The second biggest summer zebra migration in Africa can be seen at Savute. This starts around November / December when the rains fall through to March / April when they end – this is a sight not to be missed!

In the evening, the sun sets behind flocks of marabou storks roosting in the bare trees and the woodland kingfishers sing you to sleep on moonlit nights.

Overnight: Savute Safari Lodge – Fully Inclusive Or Savute Elephant Camp – Fully Inclusive

Day 5: Savute – Okavango Delta

Enjoy your last early morning activity in at Savute followed by a hearty breakfast.

Check out and road transfer to Kasane Airport, followed by a light Aircraft transfer to the Okavango Delta.

Check in, followed by late afternoon activity – dinner at the lodge.

The Okavango Delta, and the permanent Okavango Delta, form a unique ecosystem which is fascinating and rewarding to visit for the avid safari-goer. This area, with its combination of permanent water courses, massive floodplains and network of intriguing island networks is a safe haven to many animal and bird species. The summer season in Botswana welcomes a large variety of migrant birds from the Northern Hemisphere which use the Okavango Delta, as preferred areas for breeding and feeding.

Overnight: Xugana Island Lodge / Camp Okavango Or Eagle Island Lodge – Fully Inclusive

Day 6: Botswana – Okavango Delta

Exploring the Delta by motorboat or canoe (mokoro), combined with walking on surrounding islands in the concession, gives guests the chance to experience a classic Okavango Delta safari. Bird-watching opportunities are outstanding, and fishing for bream and tiger fish is also offered as an activity at the lodge.

Activities

All game-viewing activities are conducted by experienced professional guides and include exploring the Okavango by mokoro in eco-friendly canoes where guests can relish in the serenity of this magnificent site and get a chance to see the small critters of the Delta, such as the tiny painted reed frog amongst others. Alternatively explore the Delta by motorboat and take pleasure in the essence of the surrounding panoramic views of lagoons and windy channels. Guided nature walks on the various islands allow for opportunity to track some of the larger species that inhabit this water wilderness. Bird-watching opportunities are outstanding as more than 400 species of birds flourish in this wet wonderland, and fishing for bream and tiger fish is also offered on a catch and release basis. Please note that children under the age of 16 years may not take part in any walking or mokoro activities.

Overnight: Xugana Island Lodge / Camp Okavango Or Eagle Island Lodge – Fully Inclusive

Day 7: Moremi Game Reserve

Enjoy your last activity in the Delta followed by breakfast

Check out , followed by a light aircraft transfer from the Delta to the Moremi Private Game Reserve

Moremi includes a diverse habitat that supports a wide variety of animals, with possible sightings of wild dog, cheetah and leopard being highlights. Resident species include lion, elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, hyena, zebra, kudu, red lechwe, sable and roan antelope and many more. Birdwatching is excellent throughout the year, with powerboat visits to the heronries on Godikwe and Xakanaxa Lagoons a must, especially in the summer months.

Overnight: Camp Moremi Or Khwai River Lodge – Fully Inclusive

Day 8: Moremi Game Reserve

Track big game on morning and afternoon game drives by open 4×4 safari vehicle in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, renowned for frequent sightings of lion, leopard & cheetah, as well as wild dog. Other game seen in the area are hyena, hippo and the full range of antelope, large and small, including the red lechwe. Alternatively, explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat, affording guests exceptional bird-watching opportunities, ranging from water birds to shy forest dwellers. Before returning to the lodge on your afternoon activity, enjoy sundowners with views of Botswana’s breathtaking sunsets.

Game viewing is at its best in the dry season between July and October and for the keen ornithologist birding can be very rewarding, especially between November to April. The winter months of May to August can be very cold at night, but pleasantly warm, under clear blue skies, during the day. From October until the first rains fall from late November to early December, the weather can be tremendously hot, during both day and night.

Overnight: Camp Moremi or Khwai River Lodge – Fully Inclusive

Day 9: Botswana – Johannesburg

Enjoy your last Game Activity – followed by a hearty breakfast.

Check out, followed by your light Aircraft transfer to Maun Airport.

Depart on the services of Air Botswana from Maun back to Johannesburg

Optional extension Add on a few nights in Cape Town, visiting this beautiful city with its mountains, winelands and beaches.

Contact us for more information.

Our itineraries are “recommended itineraries” and may be booked as suggested. However, they also serve to inform you, as a possible first time traveller to Africa, an idea of what can be done. If you find that the recommended itineraries do not suit you entirely, we will tailor make a program to best meet your individual requirements.