Botswana, South Africa, and Victoria Falls


We’ve combined three of Africa’s most compelling safari destinations—and superb safari guide Martin Meyer—for this great adventure. In South Africa, we’ll be on the trail of the Big Five on the savannas of Timbavati, part of renowned Greater Kruger National Park. In Zambia, we marvel at the roaring spectacle of mighty Victoria Falls and take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River (expect sightings of elephant, giraffe, and an abundance of hippo). A charter flight brings us to an intimate lodge in the far reaches of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, a wildlife paradise known for its predators, from prides of lion to scavenging jackals. Our last flight sets us down in the watery realm of the Okavango Delta for active days of exploration by motorboat and dugout canoe and walks on wilderness islands. At night, we may hear hippos come ashore to graze by our waterside lodge!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Timbavati Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Heading out in open-sided 4WD vehicles with our Shangaan trackers, we cross undulating savannas punctuated by granite rock outcrops as we look for lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard on the prowl. Timbavati and Greater Kruger are one great unfenced ecosystem where wildlife can follow their ancient patterns.

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Days 4-6
Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zambia

The views are astounding as we hike the escarpment directly across from Victoria Falls, and, with a sundowner in hand, cruise the Zambezi to look for wildlife and listen to the cries of African fish eagles.

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Days 7-8
Savuti / Chobe National Park, Botswana

One of the famed wildlife settings in Chobe, the Savuti area is 1,900 square miles of prime game viewing territory. We track the big predators and their prey, including large herds of giraffe, zebra, and antelope. The elephant viewing is unparalleled, with Chobe’s herds numbering in the thousands.

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Days 9-11
Okavango Delta

Flying right to our remote lodge on a private island in the Okavango Delta, we head out to view game by mokoro (canoe) in lily-filled waterways and enjoy open-air dining and crimson sunsets over the delta. Depart on Day 11 via Maun.

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Expert safari guide with incredible knowledge of, and passion for, Africa’s wildlife
The best and most diverse game viewing in Southern Africa
Delightful safari lodges that keep you close to the wildlife


Length: 11 days
Cost From: $9495  
Arrive: Johannesburg or Cape Town, South Africa
Depart: Maun, Botswana
Lodging: 9 nights game lodges and deluxe camps, 1 night hotel
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Game viewing by 4WD vehicle, boat, and mokoro (canoe), optional bush walks