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16-day Zimbabwe and Botswana Game Tracker

An accommodated safari through Zimbabwe and Botswana exploring the amazing culture and natural beauty of both of these countries. Marvel at the Zimbabwe Ruins - the capital of the Queen of Sheba, according to an age-old legend and the wonderful view of the impressive Victoria Falls. Both of these recognised by UNESCO. Experience the Okavango Delta - The Jewel of the Kalahari - by traditional dug-outs and huge elephant herds of Chobe National Park by boat. This safari covers it all – wildlife history and culture!

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From
NZD$4,150
per person sharing*

Highlights

Kruger National Park – game drives
Zimbabwe Ruins – guided tour
Matobos – game drive
Hwange – game drives in open vehicle
Victoria Falls – adventure activities
Chobe National Park – sunset river cruise
Okavango Delta - mokoro excursion  

Includes

Accommodation as per itinerary
Meals as per itinerary
Transport
Professional guides

Excludes

Travel insurance
International flights
Pre and post tour accommodation
Airport Transfers
Gratuities
Visas
Vaccinations
Optional activities
Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water)
Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies and fuel surcharges

Starts

Johannesburg, South Africa

Ends

Johannesburg, South Africa

Duration

16 days

Countries visited

Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa

Departures

Small Group. Set departure dates

Price

From NZD$4,150
per person sharing*

Group Size

4 - 12 people

Safari Type

2 to 3 Star Accommodation

Accommodation:

3 to 4 Star Accommodation

Vehicle

Day 1 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK [permanent tent / chalet - LD]
(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head into the world famous Kruger National Park. We visit the northern part of the park and stay in the Letaba area of the reserve. We enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in our safari vehicle and hope to spot lion, elephant, rhino and other animals in this icon of wildlife conservation.

Day 2 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK [tented lodge BLD]
This morning we wake early and game drive north through the park to the Pafuri region. The northern Kruger is dominated by mopane veld and is the domain of large elephant bulls, wilddog and lions. As we reach the Limpopo Valley the vegetation changes to forest and birdlife is prolific. We exit the park, late in the afternoon, and overnight at a lodge just outside the Kruger.

Day 3 GREAT ZIMBABWE [hotel BLD]
Entering Zimbabwe at the Beit Bridge border post, we travel north to our overnight stop. The following morning we visit the Great Zimbabwe Monuments. These well preserved ruins are some of the oldest and largest stone structures in Southern Africa and were built during the 11th to 14th centuries. We explore these ancient stone structures on an informative walk with a local guide.

Day 4 - 5 MATOBOS NATIONAL PARK [chalets BLD]
Travelling via the city of Bulawayo we move on to the Matobos National Park and our chalets on the outskirts of the park. This afternoon we enjoy sundowners from the granite ridge overlooking the park. The following morning we visit World’s View and the historical site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave. Unusual rock formations are home to an array of ancient bushman paintings which we visit while on our game drive and walk. This area is also home to Zimbabwe’s rhino which we hope to see on our excursion in the national park.

Day 6 - 7 HWANGE NATIONAL PARK [chalets BLD]
Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers and is located in the north-west corner of the country. It is famed for its large elephant population. Our chalets are in the game management area that borders the park, and we explore the park with our local guide, on a full day game drive in an open 4WD game viewing vehicle.

Day 8 - 9 VICTORIA FALLS [hotel B--]
We spend 2 nights in the town of Victoria Falls. We enjoy a spectacular walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” - Victoria Falls. There are opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).

It is possible to end this tour on the morning of day 10. Please contact us for more information.

Day 10 CHOBE NATIONAL PARK [chalets BLD]
Entering Botswana, we head to the town of Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River. The river flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. A highlight of any trip to the Chobe is the afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise where we hope to see a large number of elephants and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day.

Day 11 NATA [tented lodge BL-]
This morning there is time for an optional (own expense) game drive in the Chobe National Park. Heading south through the Kasane Forest Reserve we make our way to the Nata area for our overnight stop.

Day 12 – 14 OKAVANGO DELTA [2x tented camping, 1x chalet Bx3 Lx3 Dx2]
We transfer into the delta by open 4WD game viewing vehicle. Our local guides will take us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta on Mokoro (dugout canoes) to our pre-erected tented camp. The delta forms as rain water from the Angolan highlands flows out over the flat Kalahari Desert sands, forming a delicate, green oasis for birds and wildlife. Our camp is on a remote island in this amazingly dynamic environment and we enjoy bush walks, bird watching and swimming in the clear waters. Camping with our local guides we learn more about their lifestyle and culture. Returning to Maun in the afternoon of day 14 there is time for an optional scenic flight over the Okavango (own expense).

Day 15 KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY [chalets BLD]
Heading south from Maun, we drive through the wide open spaces of the Kalahari Desert on our way to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and to provide economic benefits to the local Batswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. We hope to spot some of the elusive rhino on an afternoon game drive.

Day 16 JOHANNESBURG – TOUR ENDS [- B--]
Crossing back into South Africa, we make our way to Johannesburg where the tour ends at +/- 18:00.

Accommodation

Destination

Duration

Letaba Main Camp

Kruger National Park

1 Night

Awelani Lodge

Soutpansberg Mountain Range

1 Night

Great Zimbabwe Hotel

Great Zimbabwe Ruins

1 Night

Hermit's Peak

Matobo National Park

2 Nights

Miombo Safari Camp

Hwange National Park

2 Nights

Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

2 Nights

Thebe River Lodge and Campsite

Chobe River Front

1 Night

Nata Lodge

Nata

1 Night

Okavango Delta Camp

Okavango Delta

2 Nights

Mochaba Crossing

Maun

1 Night

Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Botswana

1 Night