From Botswana to Zimbabwe, plus Victoria Falls

Overview

Join us for a superb safari across the remote gamelands linking Botswana’s renowned Chobe National Park and the famed elephant stronghold of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Some 200,000 elephants roam this wild trans-frontier corridor, and we’ve timed our safari for the height of this epic migration. Our phenomenally knowledgeable safari guide, Mark “Butch” Butcher, a fifth generation Zimbabwean with a passion for conservation, will take us into rich gamelands unknown to most travelers. We’ll encounter massive herds of elephants and plenty of other wildlife including lion, rare sable antelope, African painted dog, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, and more. Butch is one of the pioneers of Zimbabwe’s innovative community-based conservation program, which engages local communities in protecting the wildlife on their own lands by ensuring that they benefit economically from safaris. Our activities on this great journey are as unique as our lodgings, as we explore on foot, by 4WD vehicle, by canoe, from an underground “look up” hide, and even by mountain bike. From our first safari camp, Camp Kuzuma in Botswana’s northern Chobe region, we don’t even need to go out looking for wildlife—it will come to us at the camp’s fantastic waterhole, a magnet for elephant, buffalo, antelope, sable, giraffe, lion, and elusive leopard. At Nehimba Lodge, a mecca for thirsty pachyderms in the exceptionally diverse landscape of Hwange National Park, we might see as many as 500 elephants a day right at our lodge’s waterhole. At Jozibanini (“Jozi” for short), we’ll savor Zimbabwe’s most remote safari camp. Here we can even sleep under the stars, nestled on the viewing decks of our raised tents. We finish this amazing safari in style with a spectacular charter flight to Victoria Falls, where we have a 5-star stay at Zambezi Sands River Camp. We invite you on one of the most intimate, engaging, and unforgettable experiences possible in wild Africa. Come with us!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Kasane / Camp Kuzuma / Chobe National Park, Botswana

Heading right to our beautiful safari camp in Kazuma Forest Reserve, we are in the world’s busiest elephant corridor, but we’ll also be on the lookout for leopard, lion, spotted hyena, jackal, giraffe, Cape buffalo, roan antelope, and sable. Night drives with spotlights give us a look at the nocturnal wildlife.

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Days 3-5
Nehimba Lodge / Northern Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

All of Hwange’s famous wildlife is within easy reach from our lodge, set around a waterhole where a multitude of animals gather. We explore by 4WD vehicle, on game walks, and on night drives in this game-rich land.

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Days 6-8
Jozibanini Camp / Southern Hwange National Park

At Jozibanini, guided game walks let us track the special species of southern Hwange, including the African painted dog. At our camp’s unique viewing blind, below ground level, we’ll see elephants from close range and at a unique angle—the photo opportunities are amazing! We can also explore by mountain bike (optional), an extraordinary way to experience the landscape and the wildlife.

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Days 9-11
Zambezi Sands River Camp / Zambezi National Park

Flying to Victoria Falls, we stay at Zambezi Sands River Camp, set on the Zambezi River, for a canoe safari and a fantastic morning hike to view the Falls. Options include a thrilling helicopter flight at additional cost. Depart on Day 11.

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Highlights

Highlights

Witness huge herds of migrating elephants
Extraordinary wildlife, including lion, leopard, African painted dog, giraffe, roan, kudu, and more
Canoe safaris, walking, and mountain biking—they’re all part of the adventure
Gorgeous and remote safari camps, each with its own unique atmosphere and style
At Zambezi Sands, enjoy 5-star luxury on the banks of the Zambezi River

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $6795  
Arrive: Kasane, Botswana
Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Lodging: 10 nights in lodges and safari camps
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Trip Level:

4WD game viewing, bush walks, canoe safari, mountain biking