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Botswana & Zimbabwe Tour - 17 days

This 17-days self-drive safari combines the best of Botswana and Zimbabwe! More information inside. Explore the Makgadikgadi Saltpans, the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park in Botswana as well as Victoria Falls, Hwange- and Matopo National Parks in Zimbabwe.

Day 1: Flight from Johannesburg arriving in Maun

After our arrival we take over our rental car. We have time to relax at our lodge or stroll through town. Maun is the "tourism capital" of Botswana and the administrative centre of Ngamiland district. Although officially still a village, Maun has developed rapidly from a rural frontier town and has spread along the Thamalakane River. It now has shopping centres, hotels and lodges, although it retains a rural atmosphere and local tribesmen continue to bring their cattle to Maun to sell.

Day 2 & 3: To the Makgadikgadi Saltpans
Today´s route eastwards towards Nata is not far. Nestled under gigantic and often more than 4000 years old Baobab trees, Planet Baobab is ideally situated at the edge of Ntwetwe Pan to explore the endless vastness of the famous Makgadikgadi saltpans the following day (included). The pan is all that remains of the formerly enormous Lake Makgadikgadi, which once covered an area larger than Switzerland, but dried up several thousand years ago. Following the rain, the pan becomes an important habitat for migrating animals including wildebeest and one of Africa's biggest zebra populations, and the large predators that prey on them. The wet season also brings migratory birds such as ducks, geese and great white pelicans.

Sossusvlei DuneDay 4 & 5: Okavango Delta / Moremi Game Reserve
We drive back to Maun and proceed via Mababe village and towards Khwai village to our camp. Although just under 5,000 square kilometres in extent, it is a surprisingly diverse reserve, combining mopane woodland and acacia forests, floodplains and lagoons. It is home to nearly 500 species of bird (from water birds to forest dwellers), and a vast array of other species of wildlife including Cape buffalo, Angolan giraffe, black rhinoceros, lion, elephant, hippopotamus, zebra, cheetah, hyena and red lechwe. On day 6 an exciting Gamedrive awaits us in this unique environment (included).

Day 6: Savuti marsh area
The Savute marsh area constitutes the western stretch of Chobe National Park south of the Linyanti river. It is a relic of a large inland lake whose water supply was cut a long time ago by tectonic movement. In 2010 the erratic Savuti Channel flew again attracting large herds of migrant game like elephants, lions, zebras and cheetahs. Today the marsh has dried out again, but one can still watch a lot of elephants at the remaining waterholes. One needs a 4x4 vehicle to travel in the Park because of the thick sand in the area.
The luxurious Goha Hills Lodge lies on the ledges of Goha Hills boasting an amazing view onto the extensive plains of the Savute-area. A Gamedrive in the surrounding area during the afternoon is included.
Etosha Elephant
Day 7: Kasane / Chobe National Park
Travel to Kasane and return of rental car. Transfer to our lodge on the banks of Chobe river. On an optional Boatcruise in the afternoon we can experience and see animals like elephants, crocodiles, buffalo, hippo and maybe also lions on the river banks.

Day 8: Lodge near Chobe National Park
In the morning we climb onto open safari vehicles and take part in a Gamedrive in Chobe National Park (included). Again, interesting sightings of elephants, hippo and with a bit of luck hundreds of buffalo on an island in the river can be seen. Afterwards we are taken to our next accommodation with a boat.

Day 9: Chobe River
During the morning Boatcruise you are guaranteed to see large herds of Elephants coming to the River for their daily dose of water, be it to drink, play, swim or splash (included).

Day 10: Transfer to Victoria Falls
Transfer to Zimbabwe. The Lodge lies on a hill on the edge of the Zambezi National Park, only 3 km from the renowned Victoria Falls.

Caprivi HippoDay 11: Victoria Falls
We visit the world-famous Victoria Falls where the Zambezi River drops 110 meters over a cliff 1700 meters wide, to the gorge below. Known as the Smoke that Thunders, the picture of these falls will remain etched in your memory forever. In the afternoon you may decide to go river rafting, on a boat cruise on the Zambezi River or possibly a scenic flight above the falls.

Day 12 + 13 + 14: Hwange National Park
Khulu Lodge is located in the forestry area on the outskirts of Hwange National Park, famous for its exhilarating up-close sightings of the Presidential Elephant Herd.The Lodge comprises of a Main Thatched dining and lounge area overlooking a waterhole which is frequented by elephants, predators like the African wild dog and a number of plains game species like the rare sable antelope. The rooms are elegantly built on stilted wooden platforms offering elevated views of the open floodplain and watering hole in front of camp. All activities such as game drives, game walks or a cultural tour to the small village of Dete are included. Africa at its best.

Day 15 + 16: Matobo National Park
Our exclusive, privately owned safari lodge is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Matobo Hills, the oldest National Park in Zimbabwe, tucked away into an ancient Bushman’s shelter. The granite domes and castle kopjes echo the essence of tranquillity and majesty of untamed Africa, where wildlife and birdlife species thrive in prolific numbers. Famous for its healthy population of endangered rhino, the area is one of the most sought-after destinations within Zimbabwe. Again, all activities are included. We can decide, if we prefer to visit the famous tomb of Cecil Rhodes or the ancient rock art sites, go on a guided walk or just relax beside the rock pool or the spa.

Day 17: Flight Bulawayo - Johannesburg - Home

Transfer to the airport of Bulawayo. Return to Europe on night flight out of Johannesburg.

Please note:
You are welcome to make changes to the above program to create your very own unique tour.

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