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
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
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.
Day 4 & 5: Okavango Delta / Moremi Game Reserve
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.
Day 7: Kasane / Chobe National Park
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
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
to Zimbabwe. The Lodge lies on a hill on the edge of the Zambezi National Park,
only 3 km from the renowned Victoria Falls.
Day 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
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
Day 15 + 16: Matobo National Park
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.
You are welcome to make changes to the above program to create your very own unique tour.
Detailed itinerary available as PDF