The Great Elephant Migration

From Botswana to Zimbabwe, plus Victoria Falls

Overview

Join us for a superb safari across the remote gamelands linking northern Botswana’s renowned Chobe District 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 guides 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. Our guides are 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 stay at Victoria Falls River Lodge. 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, Botswana / Camp Kuzuma / Chobe District

At Kazuma Forest Reserve, with its mosaic of habitats, 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 chance to see nocturnal wildlife.

Camp Kuzuma
Chobe, Botswana
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights)
Days 3-5
Nehimba Lodge, Zimbabwe / Northern Hwange National Park

All of Hwange’s famous wildlife is within easy reach from Nehimba in the northern reaches of the park. We explore by 4WD vehicle and on thrilling game walks that are a Zimbabwe specialty.

Nehimba Lodge
Hwange, Zimbabwe
Days 3 to 5 (3 nights)
Days 6-8
Jozibanini Camp / Southern Hwange National Park

At Jozibanini, game walks let us track the special species of southern Hwange, including the African painted dog. Our camp’s unique viewing blind, set below ground level, brings close and unique views of elephants.

Jozibanini Camp
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Days 6 to 8 (3 nights)
Days 9-11
Victoria Falls River Lodge / Zambezi National Park

Flying to Victoria Falls, we stay at Victoria Falls River Lodge, set on the Zambezi River, for a canoe safari and a fantastic morning hike to view the Falls. Options include a heli-flight (at additional cost). Depart on Day 11.

Victoria Falls River Lodge
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Days 9 to 10 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Witness huge herds of migrating elephants at waterholes
Extraordinary wildlife, including lion, leopard, African painted dog, giraffe, roan, kudu, and more
Tracking game on foot, canoeing, and mountain biking—they’re all part of the adventure
Gorgeous safari camps, each with its own unique atmosphere and style

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $8295  
Arrive: Kasane, Botswana
Depart: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Lodging: 10 nights lodges and safari camps
Meals: All meals included as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Trip Level:

Game viewing by 4WD vehicle, bush walks, canoe safari, optional mountain biking