Best of Africa Private Safari Tour
Spend 12 days experiencing the unforgettable opulence of wildlife on offer in the Southern African wilderness. The best Africa tour takes you through nature lover’s paradise, Hwange National Park and Chobe National Park which are the two most famous nature reserves in Zimbabwe and Botswana. From exploring the Victoria Falls to the teaming wildlife surrounding the African waterholes and rivers, this experience will remain with you for life.
Day 1: Arrival Victoria Falls – Zambezi Cruise
On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you are met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in for lunch (Recommended flights BA1115am from Johannesburg or earlier). You get visas on arrival at the airport. Enjoy a traditional village visit. Enjoy a Sundowner in the mighty Zambezi River this afternoon at 16h30pm on the Zambezi River until 18h30pm.
The Zambezi River cruise is a superb way to relax and enjoy the beauty of the River. You may have the opportunity to see a variety of games; including hippo, crocodile, and elephant in their home environment, as well as enjoy the many different bird species!
Other popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or microlights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay. (Overnight: Dzimbahwe Guest Lodge or similar)
Day 2: Victoria Falls Walk
Today you are collected from your hotel for a walking tour of the Falls on the Zimbabwean. This afternoon you have an optional tour of Livingstone town before returning to your hotel in Victoria Falls. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece, The Victoria Falls. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon. En route, you may be taken past the ‘Big Tree before being accompanied through the Rain-forest by a guide who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Enjoy the Boma dinner, a real African dining experience. (Overnight: Dzimbahwe Guest Lodge or similar)
Botswana’s primary tourist drawcard is undoubtedly the vast red expanse of the Kalahari desert and its remarkably beautiful Okavango Delta – the largest inland delta in the world provides a haven for an abundance of African wildlife. Other highlights include the impressive Makgadikgadi salt pans where visitors are privy to massive zebra migrations during the flood season; the Savuti plains which host large pride of lions; and the Tsodilo Hills where 4500 rock paintings form a unique record of human settlement over many millennia.
Day 3: Chobe Safaris Botswana
Today after breakfast you transfer from your hotel in Victoria Falls to Kasane where you clear immigration and proceed to your lodge in Botswana. Lunch on arrival. Chobe Sunset Boat Safari: Today after lunch you will go on a Boat Safari in Chobe River, you will be in easily maneuverable boats which are ideal for close encounters with the wild visitors to the river’s edge.
The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park, renowned for its reliable and diverse game viewing. Safaris are conducted both by boat and on land. This section of the park is best known for its elephant and hippo populations but the waters attract all manner of game including large herds of buffalo and the lions that prey on them. Buffet dinner included. (Overnight: Chobe Bush Lodge FB+ or similar)
Day 4: Chobe Safaris
Early Morning safari in 4×4 vehicles in Chobe National Park. Breakfast, Lunch, and Leisurely afternoon. Depart late afternoon on a choice of Boat Safari or 4×4 land safari. Buffet dinner included. (Overnight: Chobe Bush Lodge FB+ or similar)
Day 5: Chobe Safaris & Wilderness Experience
Today we do a morning 4×4 safari drive in Chobe NP and breakfast on return. Later we will start driving along the elephant highway towards Chobe NP and overnight. (Overnight: Elephant Sands Eco Tented Camp B&B or similar)
Optional bush dinner at this wild tented camp.
Day 6: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
After a morning optional activity, you transfer via the elephant highway to your lodge in Makgadikgadi Pans. Traveling time is 4 hours. Optional Sunset Pans nature walks: Guided nature walks in the area surrounding the lodge.
The Makgadikgadi Pans National Park covers an impressive 4900 square kilometer area and is brimming with natural wonders including the largest tree in Africa, a world-famous 5300-year-old Baobab. Game viewing is at its best during the wet season when the plains teem with an extraordinary diversity of wildlife. The rains transform the salt pans into a magnificent lake attracting an abundance of wildlife and, most spectacularly, large flocks of gloriously pink flamingos. The area is renowned for its massive herds of wildebeest and zebra which migrate to the park en masse followed by a variety of predators including lion, cheetah, and hyena. Popular activities include game drives, bird watching, exploring the salt pans on 4WD or quad bikes, tours of Gweta Village, and fascinating bush walk to historic sites guided by experienced Bushmen trackers.
The lodge is along the Nata highway which stretches across the middle of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. The park, populated by up to 30,000 zebras and wildebeest closely accompanied by predators, offers guests the chance to experience the exhilaration of seeing large concentrations of game and the resultant predator interaction. The lodge offers a raised hide above the river where guests can enjoy the spectacular wildlife sightings that we’ve come to expect in this part of Botswana. With just 12 thatched luxury chalets all overlooking the magnificent Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, each with en-suite bathrooms. There is a dining room, reading room, and bar in the main lodge, expansive wooden decks, and a plunge pool, where guests can immerse themselves seamlessly into the ultimate wildlife experience in Botswana. Having explored the area and enjoyed a spectacular wildlife phenomenon on guided day and night game drives, guests can retire after dinner to a splendid fireplace overlooking the river. (Overnight: Planet Baobab Lodge DBB or similar)
Day 7: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Today we leave for a day safari in the salt pans and an option to do overnight with Quad biking or ATVs in the biggest salt pans in the world.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pan is the world’s largest salt pan, formed on the bed of an ancient lake that began evaporating eons ago. Visiting Makgadikgadi is a unique desert experience: in the dry season, this vast expanse of sun-baked salt glistens in the light and when the rains come, the pan is home to a cornucopia of flamingos and other water birds, as well as one of Africa’s biggest zebra populations, whose annual migration is a wonder to behold. (Overnight: Planet Baobab Lodge FB+ or similar)
Day 8: Okavango Delta
Today we depart our Lodge in Gweta and drive to Maun and into the delta. Enjoy the Okavango safaris with your guide. Safaris will be in the Moremi or Kwaai areas. (We can book and arrange a Safari in Nxai Pan on our way to Maun) – (Overnight: Okavango Delta FB+ or similar)
Day 9: Moremi Mobile Safaris
Enjoy the Okavango safaris with your guide. Safaris will be in the Moremi or Kwaai areas. Accommodation will be mobile camping safaris. (Overnight: Okavango Delta FB+ or similar)
Day 10: Okavango Safaris
We depart the delta and check-in at our Lodge and have an afternoon at leisure to do an optional Scenic Flight Over the Delta. Today we embark on an optional mokoro activity, we will go on dugout canoes using Hippo trails inside the delta where the local people will take us closer to wild game. (Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge B&B or similar)
Day 11: Departure Day
12h30am From Maun Airport you have a scheduled SAA flight to Johannesburg.
Optional Activities costs per person:
15-minute Helicopter rides $150.
45-minute Delta scenic flight $150.
Specification: Best of Africa Private Safari Tour
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