The Great Elephant Migration

From Botswana to zimbabwe, plus Victoria Falls

Trip Level

This trip is Level 2+, Easy to Moderate according to the Wilderness Travel trip rating system. It is a camping and lodge safari with game viewing by 4WD vehicle as well as game walks, canoeing, and optional mountain biking (Days 7-8). It can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health.

Day 3 is a transfer day through wild, remote, and beautiful parts of Hwange National Park. The roads will be bumpy but there will be plenty of stops along the way, with a lovely picnic lunch deep in the park. This all-day game drive (8 hours) is well worth it to explore the third largest national park in Africa! Game walks, led by a fully licensed and highly experienced guide, will generally be 1-2 hours and offer exciting photographic opportunities of big game on foot. In these remote and wild areas, every walk provides fascinating insights into Hwange’s circle of life and each  will be an exhilarating experience! We can at times get quite close to wild animals. Being very quiet improves everybody’s chances of observation. In the interest of safety, your Trip Leader explains limitations on movement while on game walks, game drives, in the safari vehicles, and around camp. Incidents with wild animals are extremely rare on safaris, but no camping safari can guarantee immunity from such incidents. Wilderness Travel is not to be held responsible for incidents involving the behavior of wildlife.

There will be many more memorable and diverse experiences on the Elephant highway, from canoeing on the Zambezi, to taking an air charter and seeing Hwange from above, and of course finishing each day with another spectacular African sunset. Guests should expect an adventure of a lifetime traversing three spectacular National Parks!


July through October are fantastic months to visit Botswana and Zimbabwe, as this is in the peak of the “dry” season, the best game viewing period. Because of the minimal rainfall during this season, the bush turns golden brown and in many areas is beaten flat, so game viewing is easier and animals concentrate around major water sources. It is the end of winter and so the nights and the early mornings are cold and the days are warm and dry. Days will be in the mid 70s to mid 80s and nights in the 50s. Warm coats and insulating layers are necessary on early morning game drives.

Choosing the Right Trip

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