Intimate Botswana and Zimbabwe Encounter - 15 Days

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Duration: 2 - 3 weeks
Country(s): Botswana, Zimbabwe

With some of the world’s greatest wildlife, Botswana and Zimbabwe are perfect partners for a safari. Enjoy our guides’ expertise and knowledge of both countries. Get to explore two of Southern Africa’s most enigmatic tourist destinations with its prolific wildlife, endangered wild dogs, rhino tracking, iconic Victoria Falls and among others, a traditional canoe safari in the Okavango Delta.

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Description

A small guided group lodge safari, from Victoria Falls through Botswana & Zimbabwe ending in Maun. 15 Days taking in the spectacular falls, Chobe, Matobo and Hwange National Parks, a Lake Kariba houseboat safari, Moremi and the Okavango Delta safaris and much more.


Tour Highlights

Victoria Falls – Victoria Falls has been called “the greatest known curtain of falling water on earth” and it is a truly spectacular site to see. Vic Falls borders on Zambia and Zimbabwe on either sides of the Zambezi River. It offers superb viewing from both sides of the river as the almost two kilometers of falls cascade into the gorge below.  Columns of spray can be seen from miles. Its a must see destination on this leg of your Zimbabwe safari.

Chobe National Park –  Four countries Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia meet in the region of Chobe so its a must see wildlife destination on safaris to all four of these countries. It is best known for its massive elephant herds – indeed some of the biggest in Africa and the elephant population here. There’s also an abundance of other wildlife for you to see in large numbers. Chobe National Park boasts some world class safari lodges that are the perfect places from which  to explore and discover Chobe with game drives or boat safaris.

Hwange National Park – From your luxurious bush lodge at Sable Sands you will venture into Zimbabwe’s  premier wildlife areas for some up and close encounters with big and small game. Famous for its elephants Hwange’s 30 ooo animals come second only to Chobe which has Africa’s biggest elephant herds. The reserve also has a great reputation for frequent sightings of the critically endangered African Wild Dog and other large predators like lion and leopard.

Lake Kariba – Lake Kariba was completed in 1958 and a major engineering achievement at the time. Especially so, as it damned and tamed the mighty Zambezi River. Enjoy spectacular sunsets and lake based game viewing  from the comfort of your Kariba houseboat. A houseboat safari is one of the highlights of this leg of your Zimbabwe safari.

Matobo National Park – There’s over four hundred square kilometers of unspoilt natural beauty to discover in the Matobo National Park. This aside the park and areas main attraction is its population of both Black and White Rhino. In a protected area next to the park is a sanctuary that holds the highest concentration and populations of rhinos in Zimbabwe.  One of the highlights on this leg of your Zimbabwe holiday is that they can be reliably tracked on foot whilst on safari. Matobo also boasts the highest concentration of leopard in Africa.

Nata Bird Sanctuary – The Nata Bird Sanctuary is home to many species of African mammal wildlife and birdlife. In fact, most of the animals in this protected area are African birds. Coming to the Nata Bird Sanctuary on your Botswana Safari will bring you to the homing grounds for so many birds, including Flamingos, Pelicans, Ducks, Geese, Ostriches, Kingfisher Eagles, Spoon Bills and more.

Makgadikgadi Pans – The Makgadikgadi Pans make for a hauntingly beautiful Botswana vacation, particularly during the rainy season (January – April).  As the rain arrives, herds of zebra, wildebeest and other antelope make their way northwards to the Nxai Pan and are followed closely by the migration of predators, such as lion, cheetah and hyena.

Moremi National Park  – The Moremi Reserve has been described as one of the most beautiful safari areas in Africa and protects over 3000 square kilometers of Botswana wilderness in the central and eastern Okavango Delta. Expect excellent game viewing year round in Moremi and the areas wide range of different habitats supports an incredible array of game and birds. The best time to visit is however June through to September when the swelling waterways become a magnet for thousands of animals.

Okavango Delta – This is the world’s largest inland delta that is accessible to only a select few intrepid travelers. Its a network of channels and rivers with thousands of islands lined with massive beds of papyrus. The floodplains stretch for miles and these are the perfect environment to support abundant African game and home to hundreds of bird species. The deltas lodges and safari camp offer mokoro safaris, motorized boat trips, walking safaris and in some cases and seasons vehicle based game viewing.


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Included/Excluded

Included

  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • All transport in fully kitted vehicle
  • Game drives and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Experienced local guide

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curios and tips
  • Travel insurance and visas

Park Fees & Activities

This fee will be payable prior to travel together with the main tour fee. The fee is used to pay for some of the day-to-day operational costs that are incurred while groups are on the road. Examples include fees at most of the national parks, entrance fees to some attractions, local guides and any food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour.

Park Fees & Activities: US$ 250 / € 240 Per person

Accommodation

We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms. All of them have a private bathroom with a shower or bath and a toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Day 1: Shearwater Explorer’s Village or similar
Day 2 & 3: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar
Day 4 & 5: Sable Sands or similar
Day 6 & 7: Sovereign Houseboat or similar
Day 8 & 9: Shashani Matobo Hills or similar
Day 10: Nata Lodge or similar
Day 11: Planet Baobab or similar
Day 12: Thamalakane River Lodge or similar
Day 13 & 14: Bedouin Bush Camp or similar

Pre-Tour Prep

Departure: The Intimate Botswana and Zimbabwe Encounter departs from A’Zambezi River Lodge or similar in Victoria Falls.


Transport: Jenman African Safaris uses fully equipped Toyota Land Cruisers, Sprinters, 12-seater 4×4 safari vehicles or other appropriate vehicles with comfortable seating, large windows for game viewing, a music and PA system and air-conditioning to be determined by the company. All luggage, besides hand luggage and photo equipment, is carried on the vehicle, trailer or roof racks to ensure maximum comfort in the vehicle. For transfers between Victoria Falls and Hwange (or vice versa), 2×4 vehicles may be utilised.


Travelling Times and Distances: All travelling times are affected by road conditions, border crossings, detours and weather conditions, therefore on certain days travelling times may be longer than anticipated especially where there is a lot of distance to be covered. Please keep in mind that the time it takes to travel 100 km in your home country is not equivalent to the time it takes to travel 100 km on African roads, therefore we encourage you to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Africa has to offer. Where possible additional stops will be made to ensure your travelling comfort at all times.


Meals: Where included most breakfasts and dinners will be enjoyed in the restaurants of the various accommodation establishments, however, on certain nights, the guide will provide an authentic meal for the group, which will be enjoyed together in the evening, often around a campfire. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements in advance.


Visas: The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit Botswana and Zimbabwe prior to departure. Kindly remember that clients would require a multiple entry visa for Botswana and Zimbabwe should they partake in the Intimate Botswana and Zimbabwe Encounter guided group safari. Travellers entering Botswana will be required to present a valid international health certificate of vaccination for yellow fever should they originate from or have travelled through countries which have been declared yellow fever infected areas within the preceding 6 months.


Travel Insurance: Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with Jenman African Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.


Making your Travels Meaningful: The Grow Africa Foundation (163-738 NPO) is the responsible tourism initiative started by Jenman African Safaris and Hideaways. The focus of Grow Africa is to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy in the places we travel to. We do this by instigating and supporting local social and environmental projects.

Your booking makes a difference: With every booking to the value of R10,000 / US$1,000 / EUR1,000 or more a donation of R50 / US$5 / EUR5 will go to the Grow Africa Foundation. Click here to see the projects your booking is.

We are also proud members of Pack for a Purpose, a global initiative that allows you to make a lasting impact on the communities you visit. Use your excess luggage allowance to pack supplies needed by the Dingani Primary School in Zimbabwe and Masongora Primary School in Uganda. We’ll then make sure it gets delivered to them. Click hereto view the schools current needs list.

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1 review for Intimate Botswana and Zimbabwe Encounter – 15 Days

  1. John Patrick O’Leary

    Hi guys,

    Just returned to Cairns, Australia, after a 20 day Africa tour organised through Inspiring Vacations. My partner and I were very impressed with your own organisation on the 15 day Intimate Botswana and Zimbabwe Encounter safari which commenced in Victoria Falls on September 6 – everything went smoothly (if one can describe those countries’ roads as such!) and your choice of accommodation was excellent. We will certainly use your firm again and will happily recommend it to friends.

    A large part of the tour’s success was attributable to the unflappable, efficient and very knowledgeable tour guide, Mike. You are fortunate to have him and our driver Johannes on board! Both men are extremely personable and are a credit to you.

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