African Safari

SAFARI ITINERARY

 

Dates:   Sept 10 - Sept 24, 2019

Days:     15 days

Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served on Safari. In Victoria Falls, the hotel breakfast is complimentary with additional meals at your discretion.

HIGHLIGHTS

Our safari will travel through the wild side of Botswana and Zimbabwe. Exploring the ever abundant wildlife of Hwange, Matobo, Chobe, Savuti, Moremi Kwaii, Okavango Delta, Xakanaka which includes  a boat cruise and idyllic traditional dug-out canoe tour.

  • Professional safari guides who find the wildlife

  • Learn about African wildlife, the environment and current conservation methods. 

  • Visit wildlife preserves in Zimbabwe and Botswana

  • 20+ Safari Game drives,

  • Up-close animal encounters at wildlife orphanage

  • Best wildlife preserves in Zimbabwe and Botswana

  • Boat cruise up Chobe River, Botswana

  • Traditional African Mokoro dug-out canoe safari in the Okavango Delta

  • Chef prepared meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Bush Camping: main dome tent for 2, bed, mattress, linen, bath towels

  • Hotel stay in Victoria Falls and during Zimbabwe safari 

  • Support staff sets up and breaks down bush camp

ITINERARY

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Day 1     Tue, Sept 10

               - Arrive Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe International Airport   

               - Driver will be waiting for you and will transfer you to our Hotel

               - Explore Victoria Falls or any of the dozens of available activities

               - Overnight Hotel in Victoria Falls


Arrival into Victoria Falls, where you will be met at the Victoria Falls International Airport and transferred to your overnight accommodation. Depending on your arrival time, this afternoon will be best for you to visit Victoria Falls; one of the natural wonders of the world . Additionally, you can enjoy activities such as shopping in town, vulture feeding, zip line, boat cruise, helicopter rides, bungee jumping, and many other activities. Please inquire for options and details.

Day 2     Wed, Sep 11

               - Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage (hands on wildlife encounters)

               - Sundown Safari - Matobo

               - Overnight Hotel in Matobo

Chipangalli wildlife orphanage offers a hands-on experience with wildlife. It is a haven for wild animals which have little hope for survival in the wild – creatures which have been orphaned, abandoned, injured, born in captivity or brought up unsuccessfully as pets. It is often the last refuge for those brought in sick or injured, and increasingly it is a sanctuary for confiscated animals.

Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe is known for the Matobo Hills, a range of balancing rock formations created by erosion of the granite plateau. The park has significant populations of both black and white rhinos, sable antelopes, leopards, hyrax, hyenas, hippopotami, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest sand ostriches. The grave of Cecil Rhodes, founder of former British colony Rhodesia, is carved into the summit of Malindidzimu.

 

Day 3     Thu, Sep 12

               - Transport Hwange
               - Sundown Safari - Hwange

               - Overnight Hotel in Hwange

Hwange is the largest national park in Zimbabwe, with over 100 mammal and 400 bird species. Lion, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, elephant, hippopotami, leopards, hyena, painted dogs, can all be found in this protected preserve. It is a park of diverse and extraordinary access to an abundant variety of wildlife. If you recall a few years ago Cecil the lion had lived in Hwange for 13 years prior to being poached. 

Day 4     Fri, Sep 13:   

               - Morning Safari - Hwange

               - Sundown Safari - Hwange

               - Overnight Hotel in Hwange

Hwange is home base for the Painted Dog Project. Led by Greg Rasmussen, the world renown scientist who has dedicated his life to the study and protection of these beautiful creatures. We may have the opportunity to meet Greg at his headquarters outside Victoria Falls. ​

Day 5     Sat, Sep 14

               - Transport Victoria Falls

               - Spend day Victoria Falls (town shops, waterfall tour, vulture feeding, zipline, etc.)

               - Overnight Hotel in Victoria Falls

There are dozens of activities to enjoy in Victoria Falls.  The falls themselves are one of the natural wonders of the world . Additionally, you can enjoy activities such as shopping in town, vulture feeding, zip line, boat cruise, helicopter rides, bungee jumping, and many other activities. Please inquire for options and details.

Day 6 & 7     Sun, Sep 15 & Mon, Sep 16

Chobe National Park - 7:00 am An early morning departure, in a comfortable mini-bus, leaving Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe heading for the Kazungula border 40 miles away. At the border we will change vehicles and proceed in open 4WD vehicles. We enter Botswana and head into Kasane town through to Chobe National Park, where we will spend two nights of wild camping.

We will game drive in the Serondella section of the park – heading to Ihaha and our camp. Upon arrival we ‘check-in’, settle down and a enjoy a camp briefing.
 

The Chobe River flows along the northern boundary of Chobe National Park, We will find a number of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. An additional afternoon boat cruise brings us up close and personal to the exceptional wildlife in this park. The Chobe is abundant with the African elephant, zebra, giraffe, lions, hippo, various antelope, the elusive leopard, to name a few….
Overnight: Camping

Meal: Hotel Breakfast, Chef prepares 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 8 & 9     Tue, Sep 17 & Wed, Sep 18

Savuti - Our safari will have us getting up at the crack of dawn. Our chef will prepare a scrumptious healthy bush breakfast, we then load up our backpacks and set off on safari leaving Ihaha heading towards Savuti. This day is termed a travel day: this is an early morning wake up, load up our vehicle and after breakfast we begin our new day. So, today will be a safari longer than 3 hours as we move from one park boundary to the next all the while in search of wildlife. The park vegetation will differ, from the river front of the Chobe, we head to the marshlands of the Savuti. Depending on our luck with the wildlife, we may need to stop en route for lunch, otherwise we will make our way to camp where lunch will be served. After which we will have some free time in camp to take in our surroundings and an afternoon game drive to try and spot what nature wants to tantalize us with.

The next day will be our routine of an early breakfast and a 3 hourly drive, coming back to camp for brunch/lunch, siesta time – during siesta is when its encouraged to take showers as its still quite light and we are relaxed. About 3:00 pm we then head out again for the second half of a "lekker" safari (lekker is Afrikaans for fantastic). The afternoon safari will be up to just before sunset, we come back to camp and ‘chill’ around the campfire, reliving our day full of laughter, drinks, campfire stories as we wait for our "braai" dinner (braai is South African for open outdoor grill).

Savuti is a national park in its own right, with the Savuti marsh this park is home to the famous prides of Savuti who flood into the area attracted by the dazzle of zebras and wildebeest.


Overnight: Camping
Meal : Chef prepares 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 10 & 11     Thu, Sep 19 & Fri, Sep 20

Moremi Game Reserve / Khwai - this is a travel day. After having spent 4 breath-taking and memorable safari days in Chobe and Savuti parks, we embark on another adventure and make our way to Moremi Game Reserve, a protected area in Botswana that lies on the eastern side of the Okavango Delta. Moremi was designated as a game reserve, rather than a national park, when it was created and this designation meant that the BaSarwa or Bushmen that lived there were allowed to stay in the reserve.
 

We cross the Chobe National Park boundary through the Khwai concession and enter the northern section of Moremi. From marshland to floodplains and lagoons we are in for a treat. We will proceed to our camp where we will have lunch ready in waiting for us, as per routine, followed by our afternoon siesta and an afternoon game drive to explore our new surroundings and of course…wildlife…
Sunset will see us head back to camp, where we have time to relax, a few laughs around the campfire while we have our dinner.

Bright and early, we are up and ready for a brand new day, a brand new adventure. Moremi covers an area of 7,000 square miles, offering huge opportunities of spotting wildlife in its habitat. Our 3 hour game drive will see us searching for wildlife and admiring the beauty that the reserve has to offer as well: waterbuck, sable, honey-badger, red lechwe, elephants…. the list is endless. Between the two safaris we head back to camp where lunch will have been prepared.

Another afternoon game drive, where we discover more of the beauty of this protected area. Dinner will be in camp around our lovely campfire.


Overnight : Camping
Meal : Chef prepares 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

Day 12 & 13     Sat, Sep 21 & Sun, Sep 22

Moremi Game Reserve/ Okavango Delta - Leaving camp early we have another travel day, still in the game reserve, and as it covers a surface area of about 7,000 square miles inclusive of the Okavango delta, we move to an area named Xakanaka.

This is another part of the beautiful country where we have chances of viewing the African beauty at its best. We have our last two days in the park where we will go through our usual routine of game drives but with a slight twist. As we will be inches away from the river that disappears underground in the game reserve we will be ideally positioned to have a relaxing cruise on the Okavango River, giving us the chance to spot bird life and possible wildlife come down for their sunset sip. After the cruise, we then game drive back to camp all the while appreciating our surroundings and the beauty of the wildlife.
 

Overnight: Camping
Meal: Chef prepares 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner

 

Day 14      Mon, Sep 23

After breakfast, we head to Maun, where we will be transferred into a mini-bus for the road transfer to Zimbabwe.
Overnight: Cresta Sprayview Hotel (accommodation or similar) with breakfast included.
Meal: Breakfast, Set Lunch menu.


Day 15     Tue, Sep 24

Victoria Falls - Airport transfers after breakfast. 


Inclusions
Transport in comfortable minibus and open 4WD (9 seater game vehicle):
Victoria Falls Airport to hotel drop off and pickup on September 14th and 24th
Maun to Victoria falls road transfer on the 23rd
Accommodation in 2 person dome tents
Stretcher beds, Linens
Shared bush shower and toilet
Meals as noted in the itinerary
Mineral water and soft drinks

 

Exclusions
Travel and medical insurance
Visas
Inbound and Outbound flights
Personal toiletries
Cameras and batteries

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