Zimbabwe & Luxury Botswana Safari

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Summary

On this 9-day trip, enjoy Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River gorges in Zimbabwe, and then explore Botswana's legendary Chobe Park and its huge concentration of elephants and experience some of the best game drives Africa has to offer.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2
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Fly to Zimbabwe. Then you will have a scheduled road transfer from Victoria Falls Airport to The Elephant Camp. This transfer takes approximately 20 minutes.

You will stay in a tented suite at The Elephant Camp, which lies within a private concession just outside of Victoria Falls and has a stunning vista over the African bushveld and views of the smoke of the Falls and the Zambezi River gorges. Accommodation at Elephant Camp is in huge Bedouin style tents. Each tent is gorge facing and has a lounge massive bathroom as well as its own private plunge pool. Facilities in each tented suite include: private viewing deck and plunge pool; private lounge area; air-conditioning and fans. En-suite facilities include a bath, wc and inside and outside shower. All suites are mosquito proofed with mosquito nets. The Elephant Camp offers close interaction with wildlife – in particular elephant at the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary. All guests staying at The Elephant Camp will have an opportunity to meet the Wild Horizons elephants. Children over the age of 7 are most welcome at The Elephant Camp. Children under the age of 7 on request only.

Accommodation: The Elephant Camp 

Day 2 - 3
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Enjoy your time while staying at the Elephant Camp, close to the breathtaking Victoria Falls.

Accommodation: The Elephant Camp

Day 3 - 4
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Scheduled transfer by road from Victoria Falls to Chobe Chilwero. This transfer takes approximately 90 minutes and customs and immigration must be cleared en route at both the Zimbabwe and Botswana border posts.

Chobe Chilwero is situated in the Kasane Forest Reserve bordering the legendary Chobe National Park. Chilwero means “place of high view” and this lovely lodge lives up to its name with splendid views across the Chobe River which is famed for its sunsets and the huge concentrations of elephants that come down to the water’s edge to drink.  Thirty guests are accommodated in 15 thatched cottages all of which are designed to blend in perfectly with the topography and natural vegetation of the surrounding area. Shaded by lovely old trees each cottage consists of a large combined lounge and bedroom area, en suite bathroom, private garden and a thatched sala or veranda.  All the cottages are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fan, mosquito net, personal bar, safe, a writing desk and spacious wardrobe. The lodge also boasts a swimming pool, library, wine cellar, gift shop and e-communications centre.   The well appointed Spa offers arrange of spa and hydrotherapy treatments using both Thalgo and Africology ranges. Game activities are scheduled according to the whims of guests and game movements. Professional guides lead game drives in open 4x4 game viewing vehicles and on water safaris by motorboat.  A late afternoon boat cruise heads directly towards the sunset as elephant, hippo, buffalo and a profusion of bird life grace the banks of the river as they quench their thirst. 

Accommodation:
Chobe Chilwero

Day 4 - 5
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Enjoy your time while staying at Chobe Chilwero and experience the activities that the lodge offers.

Accommodation: Chobe Chilwero

Day 5 - 6
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Scheduled road transfer to Kasane Airport. Meet your pilot and transfer by seat-in charter light aircraft to the Xaxaba airstrip for Eagle Island Camp. This flight takes approximately 80 minutes.

Africa’s ultimate water-focused safari is nestled in Botswana’s lush Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s largest inland water systems. Belmond Eagle Island Lodge enjoys a privileged position on a private island at the heart of the Okavango Delta. The only inland delta of its kind, it is an oasis of life in the centre of the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango Delta stretches over 16,000km2 and supports a staggering variety of animal, plant, fish and birdlife. The area consists of endlessly changing channels, tributaries and lagoons as well as floodplains, islands and mainland areas. Eagle Island Camp at Xaxaba, meaning “Island of Tall Trees” is a beautiful and unspoilt refuge. Situated on the banks of the Boro channel and Xaxaba lagoon, this is truly one of the Delta’s most pristine locations.  Each of the lodge’s spacious Deluxe Tented Rooms boasts its own plunge pool. A private deck provides the perfect space to soak up the scenery. Flooded with daylight, the interior décor is elegant and light. The centrepiece of every tented room is an oversized bed with views of the delta. The uniquely designed, handmade copper-finish headboards reference Botswana’s mining tradition in-room amenities include a deep day bed, large desk, fully-stocked mini bar and discreet air conditioning. An en-suite bathroom features a walled outdoor shower with a window looking onto the delta, a large indoor bathtub and walk-in wardrobe. The Fish Eagle bar is the perfect place to relax with a sundowner – sunsets are quite magnificent especially during the times of high flood. If, however, you are looking for adventure and excitement then Eagle Island will not disappoint – from walking safaris on surrounding islands, where there is always the possibility of a close encounter, to mokoro and motor boat excursions around the myriad of waterways, the diversity and propensity of the wildlife will fascinate the most seasoned of travellers to Africa. During the months of November through March, when lower water levels make it possible to drive open 4x4 vehicles off the island, guests can also enjoy the combined excitement of a game drive with water activity.

Accommodation: Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Day 6 - 7
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Enjoy your time and activities while staying at the luxurious Belmond Eagle Island Lodge.

Accommodation: Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

Day 7 - 8
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After your last morning activity you will be transferred to the airstrip. Seat-in charter light aircraft transfer to the Selinda airstrip for Zarafa Camp. The flying time is approximately 40 minutes.

Zarafa means "the beloved one" or "the lovely one" in Arabic. The name comes from a giraffe, which was presented to Charles X of France in 1826 by the Viceroy of Egypt. The giraffe was a sensation to all who saw her, and provided inspiration. The new Zarafa Camp lives up to the name, inspiring even the well-travelled, and renewing the spirit of all who visit. Zarafa Camp is blessed with an extraordinary location. The camp, positioned under the shady canopy of jackalberry and red ivory trees, overlooks the patchwork of savannas and floodplains of Zibadianja Lagoon's southern shores. These uninterrupted views are breathtaking and provide regular sightings of the Reserve's prolific wildlife. Zarafaa embodies authenticity, luxury and simplicity into a recipe of utter perfection – each tent is positioned on the forest's edge, rimming the shores of the floodplains and savannas and far from a neighbour. The 1,000 square foot 'marquis style' canvas tents are expansive and open-air without exposing guests to the elements. Each of the three "rooms" of the tent is decorated with custom-made furniture, handcrafted from recycled ancient hardwoods. A private verandah, running the length of the front of the tent, offers a plunge pool, outdoor lounge and sweeping views of Zibadianja Lagoon's waters. Wildlife in this area varies slightly from that at Selinda in that this camp is very close to the lagoon and the source of the Savute Channel. The view from camp is breathtaking and at the lagoon itself huge schools of hippo gather and crocodiles slide into the water as you approach scaring off water birds in great variety and abundance. The lions that hunt hippos (the "surfing lions") are part of what has made this region famous. Their skill at hunting these huge animals is legendary. There is also the chance for the "spotted predators". The open plains are ideal habitat for cheetah while leopard viewing is rewarding when they are encountered.

Accommodation: Zarafa Camp

Day 8 - 9
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Enjoy your time and activities while staying at Zarafa Camp.

Accommodation: Zarafa Camp

Day 9 -
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Transfer by light aircraft from Zarafa to Maun. The flying time is approximately 50 minutes. Then continue with your own arrangements for flycing back home.

- This is a guide itinerary and can be modified to suit. It is subject to availability and price at the time of booking. Other conditions may apply -

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