From the widest cascade of water on Earth, Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls; to the pools, pans, and plains of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and mahogany forests of Chobe National Park
Flight - 1 night
Victoria Falls - 2 nights
Chobe NP - 3 nights
Okavango Delta - 3 nights
Victoria Falls -1 night
Flight - 1 night
This brilliant tour in Zimbabwe and Botswana is bookended by one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls, twice as wide and twice as deep as Niagara, where 600 million litres of water per-minute crash over the Zambezi cataract. From here we drive to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, home to the world’s largest population of elephants.
The wild and wonderful Okavango Delta is the setting for the Dinare concession, at the edge of Moremi National Park. The first reserve in Africa established by local people, to preserve the wildlife, this paradise is visited by numerous bird species; hippos, elephant herds, plains game and predatory big cats. Combining land-based game drives with ‘mokoro’ canoe safaris, the tour is a tale of two seasons, the lush landscapes of January to May, and the dry May to October, when animals gather at waterholes in Chobe and the Delta.
Wildlife & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
5-Star Historic Hotel
No Single Supplement
Day 1 Fly overnight from Heathrow, via Addis Ababa, to Victoria Falls.
Day 2 Transfer to the 5-star Victoria Falls Hotel, a member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, and Zimbabwe’s grandest and oldest luxury hotel, gazing out from its gardens to the spray cloud from Victoria Falls. Two-night stay.
Day 3 Morning guided walk of the Falls and a sunset Zambezi River cruise, there is also a bird’s-eye-view option of a helicopter flight (12 minutes, £150). (B)
Day 4 Transfer to Kasane, at the north-eastern edge of Chobe, Botswana’s first national park; famed as one of Africa’s great wildlife parks for its concentration of game and unrivalled population of elephants. Three nights at Chobe Bush Lodge or adjoining Chobe Safari Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Spread around the riverbanks, the park’s floodplains and mahogany forests are home to impala, giraffe, zebra herds, majestic kudu, and 450 species of birds. An early morning game drive is followed by an afternoon river cruise. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Rise early for a morning game drive, perhaps seeing the wild dogs, buffalo and big cats; and look out for hippos and crocodiles on an afternoon cruise of the Chobe River. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Fly from Kasane to the Okavango Delta, where water channels link blue lagoons, cloaked with lilies and punctuated with papyrus and palm islets. Enjoy a game drive en route to the boutique Mma Dinare Lodge. Afternoon game drive. Three-night stay. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Take to the region’s ‘mokoro’ traditional canoes, where your guide propels the craft through the channels with a long ‘nkashi’ pole, for early morning game and birdlife viewing from the channels of the delta (replaced by land-based safari if water levels are low); and enjoy an afternoon game drive. (B, L, D)
Day 9 Enjoy a morning game drive or optional helicopter flight above the wilds of the Okavango (30 minutes – £385, bookable locally). Afternoon game drive. (B, L, D)
Day 10 Fly to Kasane and transfer to the Victoria Falls Hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
Day 11 Transfer to the airport for the return flight via Addis Ababa. (B)
Day 12 Arrival at London Heathrow.
Some travel is on unmade, bumpy roads and it is sometimes necessary to ‘climb’ into the safari vehicle.
A luggage allowance of 20 kg per person in soft or small bags is applicable for internal flights.
One of the world’s great hotels, known as ‘The Grand Old Lady of the Falls’ and a member of the exclusive ‘Leading Hotels of the World’, this 5-star hotel is steeped in history and tradition. Fine dining and casual restaurants, afternoon teas on the terrace, pool and gardens, a short walk to the falls and WiFi (free). 161 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe and satellite TV.
Situated directly on the border of Chobe National Park and within 150 metres of the Chobe River, adjoining and sharing facilities with Chobe Safari Lodge. Restaurant, bar, pool, WiFi (free) and air-conditioned rooms.
Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River, adjoining and sharing facilities with Chobe Bush Lodge. Restaurant, bar, pool and 76 air-conditioned rooms with safe and satellite TV.
Adjacent to Moremi Game reserve on south eastern side of the Delta, overlooking the Gomoti River Channel offering a classic safari experience within its own private wildlife area. Restaurant, bar, small pool, free laundry service. 8 stylish tents overlooking the river floodplains.
Stay inside Hwange National Park at the Wilderness Davison's Camp or Little Makalolo Camp overlooking a waterhole. Includes game drive, meals and drinks. The largest and most prolific game reserve in Zimbabwe. Hwange is a few hours drive from Victoria Falls. It boasts a variety of landscapes and wildlife such as lion, elephant, giraffe, wildebeest and numerous bird species.
Day 1 Transfer by road from Victoria Falls Hotel to Hwange National Park visiting en route the Painted Dogs Centre. Two nights at the Wilderness Davison's Camp or Little Makalolo Camp. Afternoon game drive. (D)
Day 2 Morning and afternoon game drive. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Transfer by road to Victoria Falls airport for your return flight to London. (B)
Located at the southeastern section of Hwange National Park in the private Linkwasha concession, this classic tented camp offers a restaurant, bar, pool, lounge and upper deck, all overlooking a waterhole. 9 tents with private facilities and a fan.
Situated in the south-eastern section of Hwange National Park in the private Linkwasha concession, this lodge has a dining area, lounge, bar, pool and library, all overlooking a waterhole. 6 tented camp with private facilities and fan.
per person in a twin/double room
Ethiopian Airlines from Heathrow
Supplements per person
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Jul 10, Oct 2, Nov 13
Single supplement £695
Ethiopian Airlines Business Class - On request
British Airways from Heathrow - On request
Helicopter flight over Victoria Falls £150
Helicopter flight over the Delta £385
Extra nights – Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Hotel
(per night) £295
Single supplement £215
Departure transfer add £20
Extension - Hwange (not available Aug 28 & Sep 11)
2 nights £1095
Single supplement £195
Add £1495 per person
Arrival or departure transfer add £20
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 9 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 6 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.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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