Zimbabwe and Botswana Safari

Discover the incredible wildlife of Zimbabwe’s largest national park, Hwange, and see the natural wonder that is Victoria Falls. Explore the waterways and wildlife of Botswana’s famous Okavango Delta, and the huge number of elephants, predators and prey of the Linyanti Reserve. The wide variety of ecosystems you visit also provide opportunity for a wide variety of activities from game drives to walking safaris and canoeing.

This is not a group tour but a recommended sample itinerary. We can easily extend or shorten the itinerary to include more or fewer nights in an area, and can mix and match the accommodation to suit.

12 days/11 nights
Tented Camps & Lodges
Departs daily ex Victoria Falls

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Highlights:

  • Impressive Hwange National Park, home to huge numbers of wildlife
  • Majestic Victoria Falls, an African icon
  • Botswana’s Linyanti wetlands, best known for its herds of elephant and superior birding
  • The Okavango Delta, one of Africa’s last unspoilt wildernesses
  • Explore the landscape on foot or by vehicle, boat and canoe

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Zimbabwe and Botswana

Itinerary

12 days/11 nights Safari

Days 1-3

Hwange National Park
Fly by light aircraft from Victoria Falls to Somalisa Camp in Hwange National Park for 3 nights. Featuring 7 spacious tented rooms with stunning views of the wide plains, this luxury safari camp offers an authentic bush experience. The park’s huge herds of buffalo and elephant, and large predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog, draw visitors to this stunning wilderness. During your stay you can participate in morning and afternoon game activities and bush walks. LD (Day 1) / BLD (Days 2 & 3).

Days 4/5

Victoria Falls
Transfer by light aircraft to Victoria Falls. Your accommodation is in Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, featuring 72 contemporary air-conditioned rooms and panoramic views over the Zambezi National Park and a private waterhole attracting diverse herds of game. On Day 5 enjoy a half day tour of the falls and sunset cruise on the Zambezi River aboard the Ra-Ikane riverboat. BD/BLD

Days 6-8

Linyanti
Transfer by road to Kasane for a light aircraft flight to Linyanti Bush Camp, an intimate 12-bedded tented camp offering an authentic safari experience on the banks of the Linyanti marshes. This region features spectacular birding and wildlife viewing including lion, sable, roan, leopard, wild dog, and is best known for its large herds of elephants. Activities include nature walks, game drives, mokoro excursions and boating. BLD

Days 9-11

Moremi Game Reserve
Transfer by light aircraft to Khwai Tented Camp situated in a community-run concession on the eastern border of the Moremi Game Reserve. The camp features 6 spacious Meru-style ensuite tents with views over a on the banks of a lagoon flowing into the Khwai River. This reserve is renowned for its vast numbers of predators, including African wild dog. Activities centre on 4WD game drives and nature walks. BLD

Day 12

Tour ends Maun
Transfer by air to Maun. Tour ends. B

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Zimbabwe Overview

Why should I travel to Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe offers amazing wildlife experiences, from the safari parks and reserves along the mighty Zambezi River and Lake Kariba to the vast wilderness of Hwange National Park. The jewel in the country’s crown is the spectacular Victoria Falls. The country has a long history and the ancient stone city of Great Zimbabwe gave the country its name.

When is the best time to go to Zimbabwe?The dry season (May-Oct) is the best time for gameviewing as the bush dries out and game congregates at the precious remaining waterholes. Late in the dry season, there will be much less water going over the Victoria Falls, whilst at the height of summer there will be a lot of spray and it may be more difficult to see the falls.

What is the culture of Zimbabwe? Zimbabweans are known for their rich culture, dance and music traditions. They are also recognised for their fine art and craft including basketware, pottery and the famous Shona stone sculptures. The two main tribes are the Shona and the Matabele.

What is the climate in Zimbabwe? Moderate climate (22°-29°C) though hotter in the Zambezi Valley and around the Victoria Falls where temperatures can reach 40°C. The dry season is from May-Oct when almost no rain falls and the days are warm and sunny. Nights can be very cold with sub-zero temperatures from Jun-Aug. Oct is the hottest month. Rain falls regularly in the summer (Nov-Mar/Apr) turning the bush lush and green.

What can I combine Zimbabwe with? Zambia, Botswana or South Africa. Chobe National Park in Botswana is just across the border and can be easily reached by road from Victoria Falls. Zambia and the town of Livingstone is across the river from Victoria Falls.

How to get to Zimbabwe? Fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. Alternatively you can easily take a road transfer from Livingstone in Zambia or from Botswana. For an Edwardian-style, luxury rail experience travel by Rovos Rail from Pretoria in South Africa to Victoria Falls.

Do I need a Visa for Zimbabwe? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page

Do I need vaccinations for Zimbabwe? Please call us on 1300 363 302 or visit or FAQ page

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