Botswana & Zimbabwe Safari

National Geographic Journeys, Victoria Falls to Maun

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Experience the ultimate wildlife adventure with this 10-day trip through some of the best wildlife reserves you'll ever see. Keep your camera at the ready to capture the lions and elephants of Hwange National Park, fly to the panhandle of the Okavango Delta for a wildlife walk with a local guide, and cruise along the banks of the Chobe River to watch the elephants drink along its banks. Make memories to last a lifetime among the incredible animals and landscapes of southern Africa.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Painted Dog Conservation, Hwange National Park Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Okavango Wilderness Project Research Camp, Okavango Delta Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Botswana Storytelling and Traditional Dinner, Maun
  • Arrival transfer
  • Open-vehicle wildlife safari drives in Hwange and Chobe National Parks
  • Chobe boat safari
  • Wildlife excursions by boat and foot in the Okavango Panhandle
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore zimbabwe's largest national park in an open safari vehicle
  • Cruise the waters of the chobe river
  • Visit the research camp of the okavango wilderness project
  • Spend a night in a bush camp in the delta.

Itinerary

Day 1 Victoria Falls Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Additional Notes: Your arrival transfer is included from the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA) airport. Should you choose to fly into Livingstone, Zambia (LVI), we can arrange a transfer at an additional cost. Please speak to your agent for details. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 Victoria Falls/Hwange National Park (1B, 1D) Examine the life and struggles faced by the Painted Dog (wild dog) population in and around Hwange national park and the efforts made by the conservancy to prevent poaching and the damage done by snare traps that have endangered the Painted Dog population in Zimbabwe. The ultimate goal of the project is to release rehabilitated animals back into the wild and to work with local children and communities in an effort to educate and shift behaviors away from poaching. Additional Notes: Road conditions in the region can range from good to very poor. As such, we slow our traveling speed in the rough spots and enjoy some sand and bumps – all part of the adventure of traveling in Africa. Please note that hot water shortages, low water pressure and power outages can occur in Southern Africa. We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. Wifi is available in most places (extra charge may apply), but in remote areas there can be service interruptions. A/C is not generally available in the accommodations we use, really it isn't needed as evenings tend to cool down. Floor or ceiling fans are usually available. Included Activities: Painted Dog Conservation Wildlife Safari in Hwange National Park Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 104km)
Day 3 Hwange National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) Take a full-day wildlife safari drive in the park which is home to large elephant herds, lions, and the rare African wild dog. This evening, relax on the sun deck with a cool drink, keeping an eye out for local wildlife visiting the lodge's watering hole. Included Activities: Wildlife Safari in Hwange National Park
Day 4 Hwange/Chobe NP (1B) Keep an eye out for Chobe bushbuck and puku antelope, which are found only in this part of Botswana. The Chobe River is home to the world’s largest elephant herds; buffalo, hippos, and lions can also be seen here. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Botswana) Chobe River Sunset Boat Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours, 255km)
Day 5 Chobe NP (1B) Opt into the photo wildlife safari on the Chobe River at sunset; you’ll be accompanied by an expert wildlife photographer and guide who will help you get the perfect shot. Included Activities: Chobe River Drive
Day 6 Kasane/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D) Catch a flight into the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta and check into our remote camp in the wilderness. Enjoy lunch before taking a walk to the research camps of the National Geographic-funded Okavango Wilderness Project. Meet with someone from the research team and learn about their work and projects in the area. Additional Notes: Planes used to fly into the Delta are small and weight restrictions are mandatory. For this reason luggage restrictions are 15kg per person for checked in luggage and 5kg for Hand luggage for a maximum of 20kg per person. As well, the airline requires the weight of each passenger, your CEO will collect this information from you privately, at the beginning of the trip. Included Activities: Okavango Wilderness Project Research Camp Transport: Plane (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 7 Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D) Tonight we enjoy a unique and adventurous stay in a remote bush camp (known locally as a fly camp). Accommodation will be in simple dome tents on cots, and facilities are wash basins and out house/long drop toilette (simple but clean) which are shared amongst our group. There is no electricity and lighting in the evenings is by lantern, so please bring a flashlight. While basic, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself into the wilds of Africa. Our local guides and staff add some comfortable touches, excellent food and spin some fantastic campfire stories. Included Activities: Okavango Delta Excursion
Day 8 Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D) Depart from our island camp and continue wildlife viewing on foot and by mokoro with our expert local guides. Return to the main camp later this afternoon and opt to relax or take a swim. This evening, relax on the deck. With views overlooking the lagoon, hidden seating areas, and a fire pit, it's the perfect place for stargazing. Included Activities: Okavango Islands Excursion
Day 9 Okavango Delta/Maun (1B, 1L, 1D) Transfer to the frontier town of Maun and enjoy an evening of culture and traditional foods with celebrated author Bonty Botumile and the Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers. This local enterprise is dedicated to preserving Botswana’s heritage and providing youth with employment opportunities in the arts. Option to take a scenic flight over the delta. Included Activities: Botswana Storytelling and Traditional Dinner Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 10 Maun (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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