Overview

Flight - 1 night
Victoria Falls - 3 nights
Hwange NP - 2 nights
Chobe NP - 2 nights
Flight - 1 night

Highlights of Zimbabwe & Botswana

Exceptional value for a stay on the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls and for a rewarding African safari in Hwange and Chobe national parks in just a week!

Improved communications for Zimbabwe have enabled this excellently priced safari, combining a new flight to Victoria Falls with good tarmac roads through Zambezi National Park to Botswana and to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest wildlife reserve.

The mighty Zambezi River appears at its most spectacular at Victoria Falls, where the flow level peaks in May when spray is almost too much for good viewing (lowest in November).

Botswana’s Chobe National Park is a prolific year-round wildlife area renowned for buffalo and elephant herds, with big cats most visible in the dry season (May-Oct) when the wildlife concentrates around water.

Hwange, the royal hunting ground of Matabele King Mzilikazi and a reserve since 1928 is home to 400 bird species and 100 species of mammals, most notably elephant, zebra, buffalo, giraffe, impala, wildebeest and sable. The many waterholes facilitate game viewing, especially predators, as wildlife congregates during the dry season (May-Oct) when the bush dries out.

Key Features

Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
Open Vehicle Game Drives 
Open Game-Viewing Cruises
UNESCO Site: Victoria Falls
1 Lunch and 4 Dinners
Local Expert Guides
Small Group Size: 2 – 12

 

Day 1 Fly overnight from Heathrow to Victoria Falls, via Addis Ababa or via Johannesburg.

Day 2 Transfer to the 3-star A’Zambezi River Lodge for three nights.

Day 3 A morning tour of Victoria Falls, the widest cascade of water on the planet and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls are known more descriptively as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (the smoke that thunders). Every minute, 600million litres of Zambezi River water crashes over the 110m high cataract. This creates a permanent heavy spray which, in turn, creates a rainforest, which is buzzing with birds, insects and small mammals. Sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi. (B)

Day 4 Optional scenic helicopter flight over the falls (12 mins, £150). Optional tours available. (B)

Day 5 Visit the Painted Dogs Centre for protection of the wild dog and continue to Hwange National Park, the biggest and, arguably, the best of Zimbabwe’s game reserves, Hwange is regarded as one of Africa’s premier conservation areas, it is teeming with wildlife including the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and famed elephant herds; with notable numbers of wild dogs, contributing to the Painted Dog Project. It’s diverse landscapes are sprinkled with waterholes and salt pans. Two nights at the 3-star Hwange Safari Lodge by the main gate, a lodge with its own waterhole. (B, D)

Day 6 Early morning and afternoon open vehicle game drives in Hwange National Park. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Travel through Zambezi National Park and cross the border to Chobe National Park, Botswana’s first National Park and considered among the best in Africa for concentration of game and with the world’s largest population of elephants, known as ‘the land of giants’. Spread along the Chobe River, its floodplains and mahogany forests are home to lions, leopards, cheetahs, zebra, buffalo, waterbuck and 450 species of resident and migratory birds. Two nights at the 4-star Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge in a wonderful scenic location on the magnificent Chobe River. (B, D)

Day 8 Morning open vehicle game drive. Sunset game-viewing cruise on Chobe River, looking for crocodiles, hippos, varied birdlife and animals which come to the water’s edge such as elephants and buffalo. (B, D)

Day 9 Return flight from Victoria Falls via Gaborone and Addis Ababa, or via Johannesburg. (B)

Day 10 Arrive at London Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2021

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

Date Price
February 5 £2495
March 12 £2545
April 9 £2595
May 7 £2695
June 11 £2795
July 9 £2795
August 6 £2795
September 10 £2795
October 8 £2745
November 5 £2695
Prices Reduced

Save up to £300
(February - April, July - September 2021)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £495

Flight Options

Ethiopian Airlines Business Class from £1995
British Airways from Heathrow £195 (Feb-Apr £350)

Independent Arrival

Save £800
Arrival transfer add £20
Departure transfer add £50

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.

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