Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari

Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari

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Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari

14 Days Starting and ending in Victoria Falls

Visiting: Botswana, Zimbabwe

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

Tour code:

WZA

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Physical rating:

Leisurely

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Active, Safari Tours

Activities:

4WD, Walking

From: $6598 $6200 Operator discount: -$223 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$175

NB: Prices correct on 24-Jun-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

From the cascading Victoria Falls to the meandering waterways of the Okavango Delta, this safari visits the best destinations in Zimbabwe and Botswana. Encounter Chobe’s huge elephant herds, search for rhinos and leopards in Matopos and spot Wild dogs in Hwange. Starry skies and burnished sunsets complete the adventure and where better for a sundowner than the shimmering Magkadigkadi Pans.

Highlights

  • Two natural wonders: Victoria Falls and the Okavango Delta

  • Diverse ecosystems and changing scenery

  • Large populations of elephant, Wild dog and rhino

  • Fantastic wildlife encounters

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart London
**



Day 2

The group flights normally arrive at Victoria Falls Airport and land only
passengers can either be picked up here or at the Rainbow Hotel in Victoria
Falls town. If the group flights land in Livingstone (Zambia), land only
passengers can still be picked up at the Rainbow Hotel in Victoria Falls
(Zimbabwe). We then transfer 120kms to Kasane in Botswana. The drive from
Victoria Falls takes a little over two hours but there can be delays crossing
the border. Once we are settled into our chalets we will gather for a full
tour briefing.
*Kwalape Lodge or similar*



Day 3

Chobe National Park is best known for its huge populations of elephant and
buffalo. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephants, this is, undoubtedly
the best place to see these pachyderms. The park is also home to Wild dogs,
lions, leopards and various other African wildlife.
We start the day by going on a game drive in one of the lodge’s open
game-drive vehicles. It will be an early start as we aim to get to the park
gates as they open. We spend about three hours on safari before returning to
the lodge in time for some brunch.
There is time to relax at the lodge during the hottest part of the day or
exploring the town of Kasane before heading out again, this time to go on a
boat-safari on the Chobe River. After a short transfer to the jetty we board
the boat for a three-hour safari. This is a great opportunity to view the
vast herds of elephant and other wildlife from the perspective of the water.
*Kwalape Lodge or similar*



Day 4


Today is a long drive as we transfer the 600kms between Kasane and Maun, the
town on the edge of the Okavango Delta. We’ll make a stop en route for
lunch at the edge of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan before arriving in Maun
mid-afternoon. We spend a bit of time in town getting supplies for the delta
(this is a chance for you to get any extra drinks or snacks you may want
whilst in the delta). From here it’s only a short drive out of town to our
lodge.
*Crocodile Camp or similar*



Day 5-6


After travelling 1,600kms from the highlands of Angola, the Okavango River
reaches the Kalahari and spreads into a large swamp area where the water
eventually transpires into the plant-life and evaporates, never reaching the
sea. This makes the Okavango Delta, as this swamp is known, one of the
largest inland deltas on Earth and a true natural wonder.
Year-round the delta’s islands are home to a vast array of wildlife
including all the usual suspects though numbers reach their peak during the
dryer winter months when animals, including many of the larger ones, migrate
into the delta.
We head into the delta in Mokoro dugout canoes poled by local villagers who
have grown up here.
When we arrive in the delta we will find our camp already set up, waiting for
us. The camp is made up of tents fitted with camp beds topped by mattresses
along with two communal bush-showers, two communal bush-toilets and a
gazebo/mess tent. Here we will get to experience African wilderness at its
fullest, not least at night when the milky-way can be seen spreading across
the sky with a billion twinkling stars.
We spend the next two days exploring the waterways and islands by Mokoro
canoe and on foot looking for wildlife and enjoying this amazing part of
Africa.
*Wild Camping*



Day 7


This morning we have our last Mokoro ride as we return to the edge of the
delta before returning to Maun. The afternoon is free to relax by the pool or
take an optional flight over the delta.
**Rivernest Cottages* or similar*



Day 8

After a brief stop in Maun to resupply we transfer 300kms to Nata arriving
mid-afternoon. In the late afternoon we head to the Nata Sanctuary to watch
the sunset on the Makgadikgadi Pan.
The Makgadikgadi Pan covers over 16,000 square kilometres and forms the bed
of an ancient lake, now dried up, which once spread as far as the Okavango
Delta. Sunsets on the pan are some of the best on the continent.
*Nata Lodge or similar*



Day 9

Today we continue our journey back towards Zimbabwe. We go via Francistown
and Bulawayo on our way to Matobo National Park. The journey is about 380kms
and driving time shouldn’t be much more than about 5hrs, however the border
crossing can be busy and may take between two and three hours. We stay in
chalets just outside the park and enjoy sundowners from the granite ridge
overlooking the park.
*Hermits Peak Lodge or similar*



Day 10


Matobo National Park (also known as Matopos National Park) is an area known
for its kopjes, giant boulders which seem to be precariously balanced on top
of one-another, and wildlife. The park is one of the best places to see both
Black and White rhinos and has a very dense population of leopards (though
these predators are still elusive). It also counts amongst its inhabitants a
third of all species of eagle.
These hills were, once, home to San Bushmen who have left their mark with
rock-paintings depicting giraffes, elands and kudu. It was also the
colonialist Cecil Rhodes’ favourite place and where he asked to be buried.
We enter Matobo National Park early in the morning and go on a game drive
followed by a game walk where we can hope to see rhino on foot. We visit
World’s End, where Cecil Rhodes is buried and see some of the granite
formations and rock-paintings. We spend most of the day inside the park
returning to the lodge in the afternoon.
*Hermits Peak Lodge or similar*



Day 11

After a leisurely breakfast we make a quick stop in Bulawayo this morning to
resupply before driving north 335kms to Hwange National Park.
Zimbabwe’s largest National Park, Hwange covers 14,600 square kilometres of
mopane and teak woodlands and grasslands. The park is home to over 100 mammal
species and 400 bird species including all of Zimbabwe’s specially
protected animals. Its most famous inhabitants are the elephants and Wild
dogs, and it is the only place where gemsbok and Brown hyena can be found in
reasonable numbers in Zimbabwe.
We stay in a property situated within a game-management area which abuts the
park.
*Miobo Lodge or similar*



Day 12

We spend all day on a 4WD open-game drive in search of Hwange wildlife.
*Miobo Lodge or similar*



Day 13

After a relaxed start we take a short, final drive back to Victoria Falls,
arriving at Victoria Falls town around lunch time. In the afternoon we head
out towards the mighty falls themselves.
Measuring 1,700 meters wide and 100 meters high, Victoria Falls are the
largest waterfall in the World and one of the most famous highlights of
Africa. The volume of water changes with the seasons but when full the spray
rises into the sky – a phenomenon which has given the falls their local
name Mosi o Tunya, the Smoke that Thunders. They are a site to behold and one
which impressed Dr. David Livingstone so much that he commented that ‘’
scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.’’
*The Rainbow Hotel or similar*



Day 14

Today is a free day to enjoy the many activities on offer in the area such as
white-water rafting, taking a flight over the falls, going on a sunset cruise
or crossing into neighbouring Zambia to see the falls from that side.
*The Rainbow Hotel or similar*



Day 15


Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport in time for
their flight. Those who do not have a transfer included, the trip ends after
breakfast.



Day 16

Arrive London
**



What's Included

  • Meals
    12 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners.


* 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners
* All accommodation (see below)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

Food


13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners

Whilst we will be staying in lodges most nights, included meals are,
non-the-less, prepared by our crew. Breakfast is generally cereal or toast
with tea and coffee with the occasional fried breakfast/brunch. Lunch is
normally a simple pic-nic of cheese, cold meats, salads, bread or rolls.
Dinners are cooked meals such as potjies (stew), braais (barbecue),
stir-fries… etc. The trip leaders do all the shopping and meal planning for
each group. They will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible.
Each tour has 1 cool box for the meats and the fresh produce only and 1 cool
box for cold drinks. We will supply the following drinks: squash, tea or
coffee served with meals. All other beverages will be at your own expense. We
do not supply bottled drinking water although it is available at many shops
on tour if you want to buy it yourself. Please note that on some days where
early morning game drives are included lunch may be substituted for a large
brunch on return from the game drive - this is customary. We will always
ensure that the number of meals detailed in the trip notes are provided.
Please be aware that we need at least two weeks notice to deal with special
dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.) For this reason if you
did not indicate these on your booking form please advise the Exodus office
as soon as possible.

The water provided on this trip is safe and clean drinking water, normally
coming from bore-holes. It is not bottled water, however. If you would rather
have bottled water then this will be at your expense, though we would
encourage you to make use of the safe drinking water provided as this helps
diminish plastic consumption.

Accommodation

For our time in Botswana and Zimbabwe, we have picked a selection of comfortable accommodations, each well located for our activities. We spend nine nights in lodges, two nights in a hotel and two nights of full-service camping.



We mostly stay in three-star hotels and lodges. On three to four nights, the lodges are permanent tented camps. These are comfortable rooms, in part made of canvas, with private bathrooms and are a quintessential African safari experience. In Victoria Falls, our hotel is walking distance from many restaurants, bars and shops. Most properties have swimming pools and wifi (although this can be unreliable).



Wild camping in the Okavango Delta







The highlight stay on this trip for many, however, is our two nights of wild camping in the Okavango Delta. Our neighbours, which you’ll likely hear shuffling around at night, include hippos, elephants and lions, while our away-from-it-all location normally allows us to see a night sky illuminated with stars. To make things easier, our camp is set up for us and all equipment is provided. We sleep in spacious, two-person tents fitted with mattress-topped camp beds and there is a bush shower and toilet, while dinner is taken around our atmospheric campfire.



Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    12

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Vaccination against Yellow Fever is necessary if you are coming from a country with Yellow Fever, and you must bring a valid certificate of vaccination. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 16 years age people can go on this tour.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Botswana & Zimbabwe Lodge Safari WZA170312

Great holiday - lots of different experiences and

Great holiday - lots of different experiences and magical moments

everything we had hoped it would be

We first booked this trip for Sep 2020 but due to

We first booked this trip for Sep 2020 but due to the pandemic we postponed it twice. It was well worth the wait! As a child I watched all the David Attenborough wildlife documentaries and so I had always wanted to visit Botswana. To me words like Chobe, Zambezi and Okovango were shorthand for the most beautiful and wildlife rich places to dream of visiting. This trip more than lived up to all my expectations. Botswana was absolutely teeming with wildlife - you literally see giraffes and elephants regularly along the highway, right up close.

Fantastic trip

This is my fifth or sixth Exodus trip and I cannot

This is my fifth or sixth Exodus trip and I cannot say enough about the trips and the staff. This particular trip was a little challenging due to my being accompanied by an 82 year old woman who just really wanted to go to Africa. As I’d been to Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Madagascar before, we opted for this one, so I could see the falls! From start to finish it was fantastic. The 2 days wild camping on the okovango delta was so unique, and the falls were just breathtaking. We saw 4 of the big 5 (no leopard 😒) and so close we could almost reach out and touch them! And so few other travelers we almost had the animals to ourselves. But most importantly, the leader Adonia and the driver Sifiso were just exceptional. They constantly looked after my travel partner and made sure she was engaged in all our activities, and helped her when needed. They were just brilliant, caring, and solicitous to say nothing of incredibly knowledgeable, and made our long travel days fun and bearable. I can’t say enough good things about them both! Having said how wonderful the staff and trip are, here are my only comments: 1). I’d get a slightly bigger van. The travels are long and though the van is supposedly 16 passenger, with our 11 and the 2 guides, it felt tight. Those drives would be better with more room. 2). There are too many unstructured hours on the delta. I’d plan more activity for the full day on the delta. 3). The last place we stayed before Victoria falls could use an upgrade. It was a cool location but lacking in facilities 4). Tell folks to bring more $$. Explain that it’s needed for the activities in Vic Falls. That’s it. It’s a great trip, and if you can, arrange to go with Adonia and Sifiso if possible!

Amazing variety & opportunity to see Big 5

The organisation from Exodus was first class, they

The organisation from Exodus was first class, they were quick to answer any questions prior to the holiday. This trip includes a lot of travelling, but that offers a wide variety of experience and a fantastic opportunity to see numerous animals. We were very fortunate to see all of the big 5, including witnessing a Cheetah hunt an Impala through to capturing it. There were numerous animals which were within a couple of metres of our vehicles/boats. The staff were amazing and very knowledgeable instilling great confidence in us. We would particularly like to thank our Group Leader Adonia and Driver Sofiso, who both went above and beyond their standard duties to ensure our group had the best experience possible.

Swimming in the cool pools of the Okavango Delta

It was hot and sticky. But swimming in the Okavan

It was hot and sticky. But swimming in the Okavango Delta, cruising on the Chobe River, seeing a multitude of birds and hearing hippos in the distance made up for the mild discomfort. We travel to get under a country's skin, experience the culture and local hospitality. Our trip to Matabeleland and visiting Cecil Rhodes' memorial was captivating; there in the wild, silent, rocky countryside, with lizards scurrying around and baboons barking in the distance was inspiring.

Wow

Fabulous trip helped by having Adonia a very enthu

Fabulous trip helped by having Adonia a very enthusiastic knowledgable guide who was also a great chef..catering for all dietary needs.. Sifiso the driver who had great patience also very knowledgable and recommending a fab butchers for biltong..

Great Holiday

A most interesting and enjoyable trip with good co

A most interesting and enjoyable trip with good company and plenty of wildlife to see. The safaris enabled us to see lions on 3 separate occasions, a leopard up a tree and a 'crash' of 5 white rhinoceros asleep under a tree as well as elephants on land and swimming. We stayed under canvas but with en-suite facilities except at the Okavango Delta. The visit to Victoria Falls at the end of the trip was impressive the scale of them is huge.

One of the best African experiences!

I am an experienced Exodus/Africa client as I love

I am an experienced Exodus/Africa client as I love both the continent and the Exodus tours I have completed there. This present tour was outstanding in the scope, the experiences and the group: all influenced by our excellent leader Rowan. The itinerary encompasses game drives and walking drives which were very productive. We saw all the usual big 5 but had some special experiences- a leopard up a tree in full camera view with its fresh impala breakfast, wild dogs [our guides said we were VERY lucky] and a rare as hen's teeth caracal in the light of day begging from a parking attendant. WOW! The combination of two countries in one tour encompasses some amazing scenery, including the majestic Victoria Falls. Wild camping on the extraordinary Okovango Delta is a once in a lifetime experience. Our group shared interests and enthusiasms and we became addicted to the Millionaire Quiz app to which our leader introduced. Who thought we could be so competitive in such a jolly way!

Simply awesome

The whole trip was amazing. The organisation was g

The whole trip was amazing. The organisation was great, guides superb and game viewing simply stunning. It was very hot, much hotter than I expected but the activities were early morning or evening which made everything bearable. The wild camping days were great fun, if very basic, but a great experience. Our guide Onary was a fantastic cook and some of our best food was in that wild camp.

Wonderful trip

When the tour leader dropped us off at Livingstone

When the tour leader dropped us off at Livingstone airport I really could have stayed on the bus and done the whole thing again

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