Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls then head to Chobe National Park, home to more elephants than you can imagine and a host of fascinating wildlife. From Chobe you visit the Okavango Delta, one of the world's largest inland deltas. This oasis in the middle of the desert is a rich yet fragile ecosystem, providing a life source for an incredible variety of wildlife.
If you are short on time and want to include the sheer wonder of Victoria Falls with the safari experience of a lifetime to two of Botswana's most famed destinations, then this is the itinerary for you. Tack it on to the beginning or end of your adventure to Namibia or combine it with a visit to Cape Town or Kruger National Park if you will be flying via South Africa. You could also just add days and visit another area of the Okavango Delta or include the game-rich Savuti. With additions or as is, this has to be one of our favourites. Book it and you'll see why.
Day 1 & 2: Victoria Falls (Zim)
( 2 nights )
Upon arrival into Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe you will be met and transferred by road to the lodge where you will stay for 2 nights.
When you're there: Two nights gives you one full day to enjoy the activities and of course the wonder of the falls. The sheer power of gallons of water crashing down and the spray that gives the falls its name Mosi-oa-Tunya ("The Smoke that Thunders"), makes simply observing from the rain forest exhilarating.
Victoria Falls is more than just a waterfall of epic proportions, it's also a habitat to unique species of animal and plants. Smack bang between Zambia and Zimbabwe (you can actually visit both sides if you want to). The falls are known to be one of the world's largest waterfalls by width. It's a whopping 1,708 metres wide. Yip it's impressive. All that falling water as far as the eye can see.
Our tip: A helicopter flip over the falls (known as the Flight of Angels) is a great way to truly grasp the magnitude of it all and to get some incredible panoramic shots from above. A sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River is also a must. A different view of the falls and who doesn't love a good sundowner? This could possibly be one of the best. Dinner at The Boma Restaurant will give you taste of local culture and cuisine. An authentic dinner experience not to be missed.
Your lodge is situated close to the Victoria Falls as well as to the town centre. Location is key and here you are well positioned to explore the falls and all that this incredible destination has to offer.
Old Drift Lodge
Day 3 & 4: Chobe National Park
( 2 nights )
After breakfast, you will be transferred from Victoria Falls to your lodge in Chobe National Park (luxury) or on the Ngoma end of the park (standard), where you will stay for 2 nights.
On the way: About an hours transfer gets you across the border into Botswana. The border is an experience in itself and your driver will help you along the way. From Kasane you head on to your lodge.
The Chobe National Park is Botswana's first and also the most biologically diverse national park. It's the third largest in the country and has some of the greatest concentrations of game in all of Africa, which is a pretty impressive call to fame if you are up against some of the greats including Etosha National Park in Namibia and Kruger National Park in South Africa.
When you're there: You're in for elephants galore and there's a good chance of seeing lions too. That's among others. Like we said, Chobe National Park has incredible game concentration, so there's loads to see and in great numbers. Hippopotamus, cheetah, giraffe, Cape buffalo, leopard, hyenas, zebras... The list is long. The floodplains are also the only place in Botswana where you can see puku antelope and if birding is your thing, there are plenty of birds. Over 450 species.
Activities are both land and water-based with game drives and water safaris.
*All scheduled camp activities are included in your stay booked on a fully inclusive basis.
Chobe Game Lodge
Chobe Elephant Camp
Day 5 & 6: Okavango Delta
( 2 nights )
After breakfast you will take a short road transfer to Kasane followed by an air transfer to the Okavango Delta. The next 2 nights you'll stay in one of the best areas for wildlife in Africa.
On the way: Enjoy the scenic flight and your safari transfer from the aircraft to camp. Once you've arrived at your lodge you'll settle in. Discuss your activity schedule and head off for an afternoon of game viewing and maybe even a night drive after sunset.
When you're there: The Okavango Delta is a swampy inland delta. One of the last true deltas in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage site and a mighty fine place for game viewing. It's about as wild as it gets and that's what we most love about it. It's raw and real. What you see is what you get and what you get is a wildlife extravaganza.
You'll find the Big 5 here and you're almost guaranteed to see them all: lion, leopard, African buffalo, elephant and rhino (both black and white). Other species include giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, hippopotamus, various plains antelope, waterbuck, sitatunga, tsessebe, cheetah, African wild dog, spotted hyena, aardwolf, honey badger, porcupine, warthog and Nile crocodile. 400 species of bird add to the extravaganza we're talking about. It's really something quite spectacular.
Accommodation is in traditional en suite Meru safari tents. Exactly what you'd expect on an African safari. Large living areas that look out onto the lagoon. What a view. A glorious place to while away the day in between game drives and water safaris.
*Your stay is booked on a fully inclusive basis and includes all in-camp activities.
Sango Safari Camp
Day 7: Maun
( Departure / End of Tour )
Enjoy a morning game drive and breakfast before departing on light aircraft for Maun airport. It's the end of your safari. You'll long be thinking back on all the amazing sightings and of course the incredible African sunsets.
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