Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari - 11 Days Ÿ Can by customised
~Starts Maun, Botswana Ç 10 nights / 11 days ,Ends Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe OR Livingstone, Zambia (your choice)
It is easy to combine Botswana with Victoria Falls. This trip idea combines 4 of Botswana’s top safari destinations with 2 nights at Victoria Falls. The duration of the trip is flexible, and you can easily stay an extra night at any of the destinations on this trip. There are lots of lodges in Botswana to choose from, but we always recommend using lodges in the same group or chain, so you can benefit from long stay specials. This trip idea is based on Desert and Delta lodges, which are reasonably priced and based mostly inside the national parks.
Arrive in Maun and take an easy two hour road transfer to Leroo La Tau game lodge, overlooking the Boteti River in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. During the dry season (from May to October) the Boteti river attracts thousands of animals to the remaining waterholes here. You can expect large herds of zebra, wildebeest and other animals coming to the waterhole right in front of the camp to drink. Lions are in abundance here, and the chances of seeing lions on a kill are very good. Leroo La Tau has access to a private concession area where night drives and off-road driving are permitted. Spend two nights at Leroo La Tau, in a luxury chalet overlooking the Boteti riverbed.
Transfer by road and then by air to Camp Moremi, in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, on the edge of the Okavango Delta. From Camp Moremi you can do morning game drives in the Moremi Game Reserve on an open 4x4 safari vehicle, and afternoon boat trips into the beautiful Okavango Delta. An alternative option here is to stay at a camp which is even deeper in the Okavango Delta, where only water-based activities are offered. Spend two nights here and explore the wonders of the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.
A short flight brings you to Savute Safari Lodge, overlooking a waterhole in the Savute channel. Here the scenery is different again, and you can expect to see an abundance of wildlife including elephants, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, various antelope species and of course lions. Other predators that can be seen here include wild dogs, hyenas, leopards and sometimes cheetah. During the dry season at Savute, you can sit on the deck and watch the animals come down to the waterhole in front of camp. Game drives in the Savute area are usually very good, concentrating on the wildlife-rich areas around the Savute marsh and Savute channel.
Another short flight and transfer brings you to Chobe Game Lodge, on the banks of the Chobe River in the far north of Botswana. This is the best game viewing area in the Chobe National Park, and the activities include open vehicle game drives as well as game viewing by boat. The Chobe River offers the best boat-based game viewing in the world and you can expect close-up, unobstructed views of hippos, crocodiles, herds of elephants, buffalo, sable antelope, lechwe, giraffe, zebra and various other animals. Lions, leopards and wild dogs are often seen in this area. Chobe Game Lodge is a luxury lodge and features a game viewing deck with spotting scope, swimming pool, two bars, a full size snooker table, star-gazing by telescope from the astronomy deck, a gym and a spa. This is a great destination to end the Botswana leg of your trip.
Less than two hours by road from Chobe Game Lodge are the mighty Victoria Falls. You can visit them from the Zambian or Zimbabwean side, and we can safely recommend both sides. If you opt for the Zambian side, you will cross the Zambezi river by ferry and then stay at any of the hotels in Livingstone. For the Zimbabwe side, it is a 90 minute road transfer to the town of Victoria Falls. For this trip idea, we would recommend the David Livingstone Hotel on the Zambian side, or the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge on the Zimbabwe side. Spend your final two nights here on bed and breakfast basis (dinner can be included if you wish), and explore the breathtaking Victoria Falls. A huge variety of activities can be done in the area.
Fly out from Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe or from Livingstone Airport, Zambia.
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This is a travel idea, not a fixed itinerary. You can spend an extra night at any of the destination suggested, and you can easily drop or add destinations to this itinerary. This is an African safari that will not disappoint, especially in the dry season from May to October.
From about $8,540 per person sharing in low season, to about $15,500 per person sharing in peak season (2014 estimate). In Botswana, there is a huge difference in prices between low and high season. There's also a 'shoulder season' when the prices are lower than those of peak season: usually April/May and November.
This approximate rate is intended as a guideline only and includes all local flights, transfers, accommodation, meals and game drives. Your final quoted rate may differ depending on date of travel, choice of lodge, room type and exchange rate fluctuations. As always, we will plan the best possible safari that gives you the most value for your time and budget. Please contact us for a decent quote. There is no charge for this - nor is there any obligation on your behalf.
Botswana is arguably the world's best safari destination. Here you will find some of Africa's largest and wildest game reserves with landscapes ranging from semi-desert to forest; from dry savannas to watery swamps, all teeming with wildlife. There are hundreds of safari lodges in Botswana, most situated in prime safari areas and priced in US$.
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Related LocationsVictoria Falls
Victoria Falls is the most spectacular sight you will see anywhere in Africa. One of the Natural Seven Wonders of World, this huge curtain waterfall lies on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, where the mighty Zambezi river plunges 108m down into a narrow gorge, creating a waterfall that is a mile wide. A visit to Southern Africa is not complete without having seen the Victoria Falls. The falls can be visited from the Zambian or from the Zimbabwean side. The town on the Zambian side is called Livingstone, and the town on the Zimbabwean side is also called Victoria Falls. Both locations are safe, popular tourist destinations with good infrastructure and a variety of accommodation options.
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Related LocationsMoremi Game Reserve
The Moremi Game Reserve is one of Botswana's best wildlife destinations. The lodges in the Moremi Game Reserve typically offer a combination of 4x4 game drives as well as boat trips on the waterways of the Okavango Delta. Moremi is a Big 5 reserve, although currently only Chief's Island, deep in the delta, has rhinos after a successful rhino reintroduction program. In other parts of Moremi, you can expect to see elephant, buffalo, lion and possibly leopard and wild dog as well. Cheetahs are rare but they do occur here. General game includes giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, lechwe, puku, hartebeest, sable antelope, impala, waterbuck, baboon and monkey, warthog and of course hippo and crocodile, to name just a few.
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Related FAQ's“Is it safe to visit Victoria Falls?”
Yes, Victoria Falls is safe to visit on both the Zambian (Livingstone) and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) side, in our experience. Safety is a top priority for us, and we would never recommend a destination or activity we consider unsafe for tourists.
The situation in Victoria Falls is calm and peaceful, and there is no reason not to visit this beautiful area. There have been no reports of cholera, violence, unrest or turmoil from Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side, and our personal experience over multiple visits has confirmed that the region is 100% safe to visit.
Since 2011 we have found that tourism has picked up, hotels are busy, and both towns on either side of the 'Falls are buzzing with tourists (Livingstone and Victoria Falls).
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Zimbabwe is a unique and exciting safari destination, popular with many safari "regulars". Often overlooked because of the political turmoil of the last decade, Zimbabwe is now making a comeback as one of the premier African safari destinations offering good value, uncrowded safaris and beautiful, remote wildlife experiences.
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