Exploring Zimbabwe & Botswana

Exploring Zimbabwe & Botswana

Trip highlights

  • Explore the lush Okavango Delta by mokoro
  • Spot wildlife in safari game vehicles in the Matobos National Park
  • Explore the natural wonder of Victoria Falls
  • In Hwange National Park encounter wildlife in an open vehicle
  • Sunset river cruise and game drive in Chobe National Park
  • Journey from the Kalahari Desert to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • In famous Kruger National Park search for the “Big 5”
  • Visit and learn about the great Zimbabwe Monuments on a guided tour

Best time to go:  May – October

Tour at a glance

This adventurous safari is great for individuals who want to visit Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa’s best wilderness and cultural sites.

See Victoria Falls and explore wildlife in Kruger, Chobe, and Hwange national parks. Explore Rhodes Matobo National Park’s massive boulders and bushman paintings, and the well-preserved Great Zimbabwe Ruins. On mokoro trips in the Okavango Delta and a Chobe River game viewing cruise, big game and bird life are abundant. This wildlife-filled trip is unforgettable.

Visit Kruger National Park. We travel the park’s north and stay at Letaba. We enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in our safari vehicle in this emblem of wildlife conservation. Kruger National Park, South Africa’s largest wildlife reserve, covers 500km north to south and is home to the Big Five and other creatures and plants. South Africa’s largest game reserve includes 16 separate ecosystems and the world’s highest species concentration. Game drives offer great game watching. In this African wilderness, spot the “Big 5” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo). Mopane veld, home to elephant bulls, wilddogs, and lions, dominates the northern Kruger. The Limpopo Valley has forest and many birdlife.

Our nighttime stop is north of Beit Bridge, where we enter Zimbabwe. The next morning, we visit the UNESCO-listed Great Zimbabwe Monuments. Its 11m-high walls, fashioned from millions of granite stones without cement, are the greatest ancient stone construction in sub-Saharan Africa. Archaeological artefacts like Chinese pottery shards and Arabian coins reveal a wide commerce network. On a guided walk, we explore old stone buildings.

Through Bulawayo, we reach Matobo National Park and our chalets there. Afternoon sundowners atop the granite ridge overlooking the park. We visit World’s View and Cecil John Rhodes’ grave the next morning. On our wildlife drive and stroll, we discover unusual rock formations with bushman art. We expect to see Zimbabwe’s rhino on our national park tour.

Hwange National Park, named after a native Nhanzwa chief, occupies 14,650 square kilometres in Zimbabwe’s north-west. Its elephant population is famous. Our chalets are in the park’s game management area, and we tour it with a local guide on a full-day game drive.

We stroll through tropical jungle to Victoria Falls, also known as “Mosi oa Tunya”. Activities are optional.

Kasane, Botswana, is on the Chobe River. The river lazily flows along Chobe National Park’s northern boundary, drawing Africa’s greatest elephant herds. The afternoon game watching boats on the Chobe is a highlight of any tour. We hope to spot elephants and other wildlife quenching their thirst.

Chobe National Park game drive. Our overnight stop is in Nata, south of the Kasane Forest Reserve.

Open 4WD vehicle transfer to Okavango Delta. Local guides will mokoro us into the Okavango Delta (dugout canoes). Gently poling through the channels is a must. Rainwater from the Angolan highlands pours out over the Kalahari Desert sands, forming the Delta. We’ll camp wild on distant islands and enjoy forest walks, bird watching, and swimming. Our guides teach us about their lifestyle and culture while camping. Day 14 we return to Maun for an optional wildlife fly over the Okavango.

We drive through the Kalahari Desert from Maun to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This community-based wildlife initiative was started in 1992 to save the endangered rhino, rehabilitate an area formerly teaming with wildlife, and give economic advantages to the local Batswana people through tourism and sustainable use of natural resources. On an afternoon wildlife drive, we hope to see rhinos. Night game drives in open vehicles are optional.

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