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Botswana wildlife and Victoria Falls with Africa Geographic

Botswana wildlife & Victoria Falls magic – 8 days


Khwai & Chobe (Botswana) and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

from US$ 3,395 per person sharing

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Botswana wildlife & Victoria Falls magic – 8 days

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Indication Price (from): US$ 3,395 per person sharing *view all prices and dates

Length: 7 nights, 8 days

Group Size: To suit you

Location: Khwai & Chobe (Botswana) and Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Departure Dates: To suit you

INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

Our fee for compiling your dream safari is included in the price that you pay.

This iconic safari combines Botswana’s unparalleled wildlife riches with the majesty of Victoria Falls.

In addition to Victoria Falls, this safari will take you to two of the best safari destinations in the unfenced wilderness of northern Botswana; each with very different ecosystems and wildlife experiences. Khwai Community Concession is a wildlife haven with a good population of predators and just about every other species that northern Botswana has to offer. The famous Chobe River Waterfront in Chobe National Park has that big-river vibe about it, with massive concentrations of wildlife on the river shore.

After this immersion into Botswana’s wilderness expect to be romanced by the awe-inspiring Zambezi River as it plunges 108m into the misty gorges and deep pools below, in a thunderous display of power. This is Zimbabwe’s iconic Victoria Falls – the ‘smoke that thunders’.

This 8-day safari will leave you inspired and wanting more from this vast continent.


You could combine this safari with Bush & Beach, Pinotage to predators – 12 days or, for a safari to end all safaris, Southern Africa curated – 19 days

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Day 1 – arrival in Maun, Botswana and transfer to Khwai

You will be met at Maun International Airport by an Africa Geographic representative and transferred by vehicle (ask about flight options) to Sango Safari Camp in Khwai Community Concession. This 3-4 hour transfer by dirt road skirts the southern concessions of the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, and you can expect wildlife encounters along the way.

The Khwai Community Concession is a wildlife-rich gem on the fringes of the Okavango Delta – sandwiched between Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park. This unfenced paradise is one of the best places in Botswana to see predators such as painted wolf (African wild dog), leopard and lion.

The Khwai River, which flows through the concession, is usually a narrow channel in the dry season that animals can step across, although in some areas it spreads out to form marshy wetlands. The water channels have good populations of hippo, crocodile, waterbuck and lechwe, and the dry woodlands away from the river host good populations of sable and roan antelope, zebra, impala, giraffe, buffalo and other species. As is the case with most of northern Botswana, elephant can be found everywhere, and lion, leopard and hyena are commonly seen. Painted wolves often den in the area during the winter months and can then be seen with pups.

Khwai is a good story for community empowerment as the entire concession is owned by the local community, and leased to safari camps.

Your time in Khwai will be taken up by morning and evening game drives, in search of wildlife encounters and the daily drama as the wildlife battles it out for survival in this raw, primal ecosystem.

Another fantastic way to explore this haven is by mokoro, a dugout canoe favoured by the local people to navigate the winding waterways of the Khwai channel and the Okavango Delta. Mokoro activities are dependent on water levels. Video: Mokoro

Between game drives, you can choose to go for a bushwalk, or relax at the lodge pool, or catch up on some sleep in your room. Meals are delicious, and the chef is likely to surprise you with a variety of delectable offerings. Expect cakes and pastries for mid-afternoon tea, and don’t forget to save space for the snacks and drinks on the game drives and early morning coffee with rusks.

Days 2 & 3 – wildlife viewing in Khwai

Days two and three will be all about getting out there and searching for exciting and interesting wildlife experiences with your guide – by game drive vehicle, mokoro or on foot. Of course nothing in Africa is scripted, and every day will produce something different – perhaps a hunting leopard, fighting hippos or a fish eagle that has caught a barbel (catfish). Or perhaps you will hit the jackpot and encounter painted wolves (African wild dogs) with pups. Your guides know the area well, and will work hard to meet your expectations; but of course nature makes the final call about what you get to see. Expect early-morning wake-ups, afternoon snoozes back in camp and evening drinks around the crackling fire, followed by dinner and bed.

Day 4 – final Khwai game drive and flight to Chobe River

You will make the most of your last morning in Khwai with an early morning game drive or bush walk followed by another delicious breakfast and check-out. You will then be transferred to the nearby Khwai airstrip for a short scenic flight to the town of Kasane on the Chobe River, and gateway to Chobe National Park. You will be met in Kasane by an Africa Geographic representative, for the short road transfer to Bakwena Lodge on the Chobe River.

Later that afternoon you will climb aboard a 24-seater motorboat for a sunset cruise on the river. Time stands still as you drift past herds of elephant coming down to drink, pods of honking hippo and islands of water birds. Salute the setting sun with your gin & tonic as another magnificent day in Africa comes to an end.

Day 5 – full day game drive in Chobe National Park

Today you will be woken up for an early breakfast and coffee, before leaving on a full-day game drive in Chobe National Park, with packed lunch.

Your game drive will wind along the Chobe River, with forays into the nearby bushveld and teak woodlands. The river attracts massive herds of elephant and buffalo in the dry season, offering fantastic photographic opportunities as they bathe and drink in the river.

Wildlife includes four of the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo – only rhino being absent. Also expect to see many antelope species (including the only population of puku in Botswana), zebra, giraffe and good populations of cheetah, hyena and painted wolf (African wild dog), and a plethora of smaller species such as serval, aardwolf, pangolin, aardvark and bat-eared fox.

Birding in Chobe can be rewarding, with over 450 species (with seasonal variation). Look out for slaty egret, Bradfield’s hornbill, wattled crane, pennant-winged nightjar, broad-tailed paradise whydah, collared palm-thrush, miombo rock-thrush, Allen’s gallinule, lesser jacana, rock pratincole, Schalow’s turaco, racket-tailed roller and rosy-throated longclaw.

Day 6 – transfer to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, for activities

There will be time for early risers for one last activity – possibly a short walk or cycle to a local village, to learn about local culture. This will be followed by breakfast, check out and a 90-minute road transfer to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

Your Victoria Falls adventure will kick-off today with a guided tour of the Falls, followed by a sunset cruise on the tranquil waters upstream of the Falls, and finally dinner at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River is one of Africa’s most iconic destinations and deservedly on many bucket lists. That awe-inspiring vertical drop of 108m into the gorge below and the mist spray curtain during full flood that can be seen and heard from afar make for a truly unforgettable experience. The local name for the Falls is ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya‘, which means ‘the smoke that thunders’. Just wandering the streets of this quaint town is a special experience as you negotiate for souvenirs, dodge warthogs (and elephants!), hang out with locals and sample a range of restaurants and bars.

Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It’s also an adventure centre of note. You could stay for ages and enjoy a different activity every day, from bungee jumping, gorge swinging and white water rafting to helicopter and microlight flights (a.k.a the flight of angels), sunset boat and steam train cruises, horse riding, game drives, canoe trips down the Zambezi River, and so much more.

See this list of things to do in Victoria Falls.

Day 7 – a full day at your leisure

After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the waterhole at your lodge, you will have the full day to enjoy the many sights and experiences of Africa’s adventure capital. Activities are for your own account, but booking them at your lodge will ensure a 5% discount. Lunch at your lodge is included in your package. Also included in your package is dinner and entertainment that night at The Boma Restaurant. The Boma is not just another ethnic restaurant, it is a unique cultural experience. You will be invited to take part in a hand washing ceremony before sampling traditional beer and snacks, as a prelude to dinner. The eat-as-much-as-you-can buffet food is excellent and varied, including venison, traditional Zimbabwean dishes, and even mopane worms! There are plenty of plant-based options as well.

Your dining is accompanied by entertainment from traditional Shangaan dancers, storytellers and other entertainers. You may even have your face painted, learn how to drum and be encouraged onto the busy dance-floor to show off your moves. This fantastic cultural cuisine experience starts at 7:00pm and goes on till late…

Day 8 – final Victoria Falls fun before your departure

After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the waterhole at your lodge, you will have time for one more activity (for your own account, but booking at your lodge will ensure a 5% discount) before your transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport and your onward plans.

Indication Price (from): US$ 3,690 per person sharing / subscribers US$ 3,395 per person sharing (see below for further pricing where relevant)

Departure Dates: To suit you

2022 RATES – Per person sharing
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APR US$ 3,680 US$ 4,005
MAY-JUN US$ 3,820 US$ 4,170
JUL-OCT US$ 4,305 US$ 4,705
NOV US$ 3,685 US$ 4,015
DEC US$ 3,395 US$ 3,690


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Price includes:
All accommodation, all airport meet-and-greet and transfers, flight from Khwai to Kasane, daily activities as specified in the itinerary, all meals, local drinks, laundry, hourly courtesy shuttle to Victoria Falls Rainforest and town centre from Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, park fees and 24/7 office support.

Price excludes:
International flights, airport departure tax (if required), visa or tourism levies and COVID tests if required to enter Botswana and Zimbabwe, excess baggage charges, telephone calls, laundry at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, imported drinks at Sango, spirits, premium whiskeys and wines at Bakwena, non-local brand drinks at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, 1 x lunch at Victoria Falls, travel and medical insurance (essential on all safaris), optional safari extension and any activities not specified in the itinerary, all charges of a personal nature, any other charges not indicated on the inclusions, tips and gratuities.

INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

The price you see includes all services rendered by us and we only generate revenue once and if you book one of our safaris. Going directly to any of the lodges and other suppliers in our safari packages will not save you money because we earn discounts from suppliers based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

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