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Visiting some of Africa’s best national parks, this 17-day small group adventure encompasses three countries, with vehicle safaris and boat cruises to view the prolific wildlife and hundreds of bird species.

The tour begins at the almighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, before travelling south to Hwange National Park to follow the trail of large herds of elephant. The next stop is Matobo National Park, where there is an opportunity to look for the last remaining rhino in Zimbabwe.

Next, travel to Botswana to the Nata Sanctuary, on the border of the Makgadikgadi Pans to capture the picturesque sunsets across the horizon, before continuing to Moremi Game Reserve, where more than 400 bird species are found, as well as a variety of mammals including lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant, giraffe and many antelopes. The next two nights are spent on a secluded island in the Okavango Delta, where there are opportunities to explore the waterways, to see African fish eagles in abundance. .

The tour continues across the Caprivi border into Namibia, to a lodge on the Kwando River for an afternoon’s river safari in Mahango Game Reserve. After one night here, return to Botswana to visit Chobe National Park for the final safari along the river’s edge.  

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Day 2: Arrive Victoria Falls

    On arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to your overnight accommodation close to the spectacular Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwe side. In the afternoon, set out to explore the tropical rainforest in search of magnificent birdlife such as fan-tailed widowbird and Burchell’s starling, and visit the mighty falls. In the evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

     Accommodation: Bayete Guest Lodge,1-night

  3. Days 3-4 : Hwange National Park

    Travel to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest national park, for a visit to an African wild dog centre and, on the following day, a full day's safari in search of Africa’s big mammals. The diverse habitats, from wild grass plains of the west, to the forested woodland in the east, are home to large herds of elephant as well as buffalo, sable and giraffe. 

    Accommodation: Miombo Lodge, 2-nights

  4. Days 5-6 : Matobo National Park

    It is approximately six hours' drive to your next destination, Matobo National Park, home to the last of the rhino in Zimbabwe, where you can explore the rounded granite boulders and undulating valleys in search of common species including klipspringer, zebra, giraffe and black eagle.

    Accommodation: Big Cave Camp, 2-nights 

  5. Day 7: Nata Sanctuary

    This morning, head west towards the Botswana border, crossing at Plumtree, to Nata for an overnight stay. In the late afternoon, venture out onto the Makgadikgadi Pans to explore and capture the golden sunsets over the vast horizon.

    Accommodation: Nata Lodge, 1-night

  6. Day 8: Transfer to Maun

    Travel to the southern end of the Okavango Delta towards Maun to a lodge looking out across the Thamalakane River. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the prolific birdlife along the river, relax by the pool or take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. 

    Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge, 1-night

  7. Days 9-10 : Explore Moremi Game Reserve

    This morning, drive to Moremi, with plenty of wildlife viewing along the way. As the waters of the Okavango flood into the drier Kalahari, this creates the rich wilderness of Moremi Game Reserve, where the combination of rivers, lagoons, savannah and woodland offer superb wildlife viewing. 

    Accommodation: Elephant Pools Camp, 2-nights

  8. Day 11: Return to Maun

    Return to Maun for another overnight stay, ready for the journey to the Okavango Delta tomorrow.

    Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge, 1-night

  9. Days 12-13 : Okavango Delta

    Drive around the Okavango Delta to your next lodge on the Okavango Pan Handle, and explore the Okavango Delta by mokoro or by motor boat, to enjoy the abundant birdlife and diversity of mammals amidst these spectacular waterways.

    Accommodation: Guma Lagoon Camp, 2-nights

  10. Day 14: Transfer to Caprivi, river cruise in Mahango Game Reserve

    Today, you travel across from Botswana into Namibia's Mahango Game Reserve in the Caprivi strip, a thin segment of Namibia which separates Botswana in the south and Angola in the north. You should see plenty of wildlife on the journey, and once you reach the Kwando River, there will be an opportunity to search for wildlife on a relaxing river cruise. 

    Accommodation: Camp Kwando, 1-night

  11. Day 15: Chobe National Park

    Cross Caprivi back into Botswana at Ngoma and head to your next lodge in the town of Kasane. Here there are prime opportunities to observe the wildlife of Chobe National Park on river cruises, including large herds of elephant, large crocodiles, hippo, while watching the stunning sunset at the water’s edge.  

    Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge, 1-night

  12. Day 16: Transfer to Kasane or Victoria Falls and depart

    Today, there is opportunity for an optional final vehicle safari in Chobe, before transfering to either Kasane Airport in Botswana or Victoria Falls airport in Zimbabwe for your overnight flight back to the UK.

  13. Day 17: Arrive UK

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 17 days from £5,095 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 15 days from £3,845 pp
  • Group size: 12
  • Departures:
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 14 nights accommodation in lodges/tented camps
    • Most meals
    • Transfers
    • Park fees
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Culture
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Walking
Featured locations:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Combining perfectly with a safari in Zambia, Botswana, Namibia or Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls are not only a wonderful place from which to begin or end a trip, but offer enough interest to be a safari destination in their own right. The wildlife in the tributaries is active all year round, and the birdlife is superb.

  • Where: Matabeleland North
  • Ideal for viewing: waterbuck, African elephant, hippo, black eagle, Taita falcon
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, River safaris

Hwange National Park

Bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe’s largest park is a haven for over 100 mammal and 400 bird species. Formerly occupied by San bushmen, it became a national park in 1928. The diverse landscapes of teak forests, sandveld, ilala palm islands, savannah and woodland offer a rewarding and interesting wildlife safari.

  • Where: Matabeleland North Province
  • Ideal for viewing: African wildcat, honey badger, leopard, sable, wild dog
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris

Matobo National Park

Established in 1953, this park was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2003. The terrain is littered with huge granite boulders that balance in striking rock formations. One highly protected area is used to safeguard endangered black and white rhinos, and the grave of Cecil Rhodes is an obvious attraction.

  • Where: Bulawayo Province
  • Ideal for viewing: black eagle, black rhino, Burchell’s zebra, South African giraffe, white rhino
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris

Makgadikgadi Pans

One of Africa’s most important wetland sites, Makgadikgadi is the only area in Southern Africa to witness a migration of tens of thousands of blue wildebeest and Burchell’s zebra when, during the rains, the dry salt pans transform into lakes, attracting vast flocks of flamingos and migratory birds.

  • Where: Northern Botswana
  • Ideal for viewing: blue wildebeest, brown hyena, lesser flamingo, gemsbok, Burchell’s zebra
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, Birdwatching

Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi is an unspoilt and stunningly beautiful reserve, considered to be one of Africa’s finest sanctuaries. Its 3,000 sqkm of woodland, floodplain and reedbed includes the waters of the Okavango Delta, attracting high concentrations of plains game and predators which can be viewed by river or on land.

  • Where: Northern Botswana
  • Ideal for viewing: Pel’s fishing owl, red lechwe, sitatunga, fire-crowned bishop, scops owl
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris

Okavango Delta

This 1.6 million hectare wildlife paradise is a vast tapestry of crystal clear water channels, lagoons and small islands, and is known for its concentrations of large wildlife and birds. Outings by boat or on land, at day or night, yields fantastic sightings within the private concessions of exclusive accommodation.

  • Where: Northern Botswana
  • Ideal for viewing: hippo, Nile crocodile, red lechwe, sitatunga, tsessebe
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris, Birdwatching

The Caprivi Strip

A hidden gem, the Caprivi Strip is a long, narrow strip of land along the Okavango. Here the Zambezi’s tributaries form a complex system of waterways, islands and riverine forests – protected by parks and wilderness areas. It is rich in wildlife and makes an ideal combination with nearby Botswana or Zambia.

  • Where: Caprivi Region
  • Ideal for viewing: carmine bee-eater, African elephant, fire-crowned bishop, leopard, lion
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris

Chobe National Park

Chobe sits on the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers. The mosaic of bush, waterway, floodplain and woodland is home to a vast array of wildlife, most notably Africa’s largest concentration of elephant, but also huge herds of buffalo that congregate along its fertile floodplain during the dry season.

  • Where: Northern Botswana
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, lion, puku, wild dog
  • Excellent for: Vehicle safaris, River safaris
Featured accommodation:

Bayete Guest Lodge

Situated in lush tropical gardens, Bayete Guest Lodge is a relaxing family-run retreat just a short drive from the almighty Victoria Falls. The lodge boasts 25 comfortable rooms set in a tropical garden, a large teardrop swimming pool, and a central dining boma adjoined to the characterful Ingwezi Tavern.

Nata Lodge

Located on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Nata Lodge offers traditional chalet and tented camp accommodation among Mokolwane palms. It is also situated close to the wildlife-rich Nata River within the Nata Sanctuary, where flamingos and pelicans are found in their thousands.