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£3745

Highlights of Zimbabwe & Botswana

A week of natural wonders begins at the widest cascade of water on earth, Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls; seeks out Africa’s ‘Big Five’ on safaris in Hwange National Park; and crosses to Botswana for the huge herds of elephants in ‘the Land of Giants’, Chobe National Park

Packing fantastic experiences into just one week, this tour dives in at the deep end, Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, where, every minute, 600 million litres of Zambezi River water crashes over the 110m-high cataract, creating a permanent heavy spray which, in turn, creates a thriving rainforest on the waterfall’s banks. In a change of scene and tempo, we tour from here to the untamed reserves and abundant wildlife of Zimbabwe and Botswana, where landscapes (and safaris) change with the seasons, from lush long-grass plains during ‘the rains’, usually November to March, to the sun-baked dry months of April to October, when animals are more readily seen as they gather at water resources. Our first visit is to the Painted Dogs Centre, a project protecting the ’wild dogs’, one of the world’s most endangered predators, their coats multi-toned in camouflage colours. We explore Hwange National Park, the former hunting ground of a Matabele king. Now the biggest and, arguably, the best reserve in Zimbabwe, it is regarded as one of Africa’s premier conservation areas; and in Botswana, the Chobe reserve is renowned for its concentration of game, and for the world’s largest population of elephants.

Overview

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Victoria Falls  - 3 nights
  • Hwange National Park  - 2 nights
  • Chobe National Park  - 2 nights
  • Return flight  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • The 'Smoke that Thunders' Spectacular Victoria Falls
  • A Sunset Cruise on the Shimmering Zambezi River
  • The Painted Dog Conservation Lands
  • Chobe National Park Open-Vehicle Game Drive
  • Chobe River Sunset Cruise with the Elephants
  • Hwange National Park Safari & Bird Watching

A week of natural wonders begins at the widest cascade of water on earth, Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls; seeks out Africa’s ‘Big Five’ on safaris in Hwange National Park; and crosses to Botswana for the huge herds of elephants in ‘the Land of Giants’, Chobe National Park

Accommodation

A'Zambezi River Lodge - Victoria Falls

A 3-star hotel scenically located on the upper Zambezi, 5 kms from Victoria Falls. Bar, lounge, pool, restaurant and WiFi (free). 87 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, mosquito nets, hairdryer, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Hwange Safari Lodge - Hwange National Park

An older style, 3-star lodge. Restaurant, bar, pool, shop and WiFi (free). 100 air-conditioned rooms with views of the pool, the savannah or the watering hole. All rooms have private facilities, mosquito nets, hairdryer, fan and tea/coffee making facilities. Includes half board and a game drive each day. Upgraded accommodation will receive a suite room.

Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge - Chobe

Situated on the banks of the mighty Chobe River. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool and spa. 114 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Optional Excursions

Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls

Get incredible views of Victoria Falls, from multiple angles, that would not be possible at ground level. This 12 mins helicopter tour takes you over the mighty Falls, the Batoka Gorge, the Zambezi River.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
Ethiopian Airlines from Heathrow

September
September 6 (Friday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 4 dinners, park fees, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Sep 06
  • £885
  • 2025: May 09
  • £545
  • 2025: Aug, Oct, Nov
  • £955
Flight Options
  • Ethiopian Airlines Business Class
  • On request, please call
  • British Airways from Heathrow
  • On request, please call
Optional Excursions
  • Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls (2024)
  • £170
  • Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls (2025)
  • £180
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £800
  • Arrival transfer
  • £20
  • Departure transfer
  • £60

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