South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana

Take in the famous Victoria Falls from Zimbabwe and and enjoy the wide range of activities ranging from a cruise on the Zambezi River to bungee jumping. Explore Botswana's remarkable national parks and private game reserves teeming with animals including huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Discover the Okavango Delta's rich waterways by canoe and boat and travel into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, where the ancient Mopane forests, open grassland and seasonal floodplains coexist. Savor the experience of staying in small, luxury safari lodges and tented camps that recall another, slower time.

Country Information

South Africa

Zambia, Zimbabwe & Malawi



Summer: (Sept-April) Frequent rain and thunderstorms; days and nights are very hot, but cooling off after rain spells.
Winter: (May-July) Dry and cold days and nights especially in the early hours of the morning.

Time Zone:

Botswana is Greenwich Mean Time GMT +2 hours.

Flight Information:

Botswana Map

Upon arrival, proceed through immigration and baggage claims and customs. You can also exchange money at this time at the bank windows located in the airport. Big Five personnel will assist you with your baggage and escort you to your hotel & assist with check-in formalities.


Pula (P) = 100 thebe. Notes are in denominations of P100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of P5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 thebe.

South Africa, Zimbabwe & Botswana Enrichment Series

(Countries Visited)

South Africa


Zambia, Zimbabwe & Malawi



(Interest Type(s))

Romantic Getaways


Safari Tours


Adventure Travel

(Tour Length)

10 Days

Tour Highlights

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  • New copyExperience magnificent Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and enjoy the wide range of activities ranging from a cruise on the famous Zambezi River to a micro light ride above the falls
  • Explore Chobe National Park in northeast Botswana, teeming with animals including huge herds of elephant and buffalo
  • Discover the famed Okavango Delta’s rich waterways by canoe and boat on wildlife and birdwatching expeditions
  • Venture into one of Africa’s most beautiful reserves – the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, where the Okavango meets the vast Kalahari Desert, and ancient Mopane forests, open grassland and seasonal floodplains coexist
  • Savor small, luxury safari lodges and tented camps that hark back to another time and a slower pace where nature provides the time clock

Day 1: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa
On arrival at OR Tambo (Johannesburg) Airport, our representative will welcome you and transfer you from the airport to your hotel. Johannesburg is known to the locals as "E'Goli" or City of Gold, and it is the pulsating heart of South Africa's industrial and commercial life where gold as well as diamonds continue to be mined. If your holidays require an overnight stay here, there are some fascinating activities such as cultural visits to Soweto, the Apartheid Museum or even a working diamond mine. Sterkfontein in the Cradle of Humanity World Heritage Site is well worth a visit. Arts and craft galleries abound. Check into your hotel, which has 77 rooms and three suites, all with air conditioning, an interactive pay TV with selected digital satellite, personal key pad safe, direct dial telephone and a hair dryer. The rooms are furnished with two upholstered armchairs, a coffee table and a large desk. The family rooms have adjoining doors if required. These rooms have a king-size bed, two twin beds and two hand basins set into the spacious vanity. The facilities of the D'oreale Grande and the pool are also available. If you have time to spare, you can take the Gautrain shuttle bus to the Rhodesfield train station. From there you can take the Gautrain to Sandton. Peermont Metcourt Suites - Deluxe Room (B)

Day 2: Johannesburg / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
This morning, you take the hotel shuttle back to the airport to board your scheduled flight to magnificent Victoria Falls. On arrival at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, you are welcomed by our representative, who will transfer you from the airport to your hotel. The dramatic falls are a scenic contrast and a change of pace from the private game reserves. The clouds of spray generated by the thunderous descent of walls of waters into the ravines below have resulted in a lush rain forest of thick jungle and wild flowers. A host of activities are centered on three separate delights: the falls, the famous Zambezi River and the surrounding Zambezi National Park. To gain an overall impression of the falls, you can opt for the helicopter 'Flight of Angels' or, for the more adventurous, savor a micro light ride above the falls – a truly magical adventure! And then there is bungee jumping for the truly daring. The Zambezi River has two personalities – the wide gentle river above the falls is perfect for languorous sunset boat cruises or gentle canoeing, while below the falls, you can go for some serious white-water rafting or jet-boating. Game drives and horse riding are offered in the Zambezi National Park, where you can spot elephant and buffalo. You can also go on an elephant-back safaris, and take part in their grooming and feeding activities at the Elephant Camp.

This evening, you are collected from your hotel and driven to the jetty on the Zambezi River to board your boat, which meanders slowly upstream in the late afternoon in search of game along the banks on the way. A number of animals and plenty of bird species can be viewed from comfortable chairs on cool wooden decks. Canapes are served on board and the bar is well stocked with spirits, good wines, beers and soft drinks. There is also an option at additional cos to enjoy dinner on the Zambezi River.

Return to your hotel, the Victoria Falls Hotel, known as the 'Grand old lady of the Falls.' It has the best location in town. It lies in the Victoria Falls National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the closest hotel to the Zimbabwe side of he falls. This venerable, five-star hotel, built in 1904, has now been completely refurbished and combines the charm of the old with the luxury of the new. Soak up the elegant Edwardian ambience as you sip cocktails on the terrace, which has spectacular views of the 'smoke that thunders'. The hotel is set in lush tropical gardens, with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs offering tranquility and seclusion. A leisurely ten-minute walk through these gardens and on the hotel's private path brings you to the grand wall of water.

The 161 rooms at the Victoria Falls Hotel reflect a gracious colonial style with a choice of standard or deluxe rooms, executive suites and royal suite. All have been recently refurbished. With the constraints of an old hotel, the standard rooms are relatively small and simply furnished. But all have air conditioning, telephone, safe and satellite television. There are inter-leading rooms on offer for families. The deluxe rooms are more spacious. They are either in the Stable Wing with black-and-white bathrooms with ball and claw bath and shower, or in the main part of the hotel. There is also a selection of more traditionally furnished suites. Your hotel features a choice of dining options. The opulent Livingstone Room offers fine dining, and even dancing with a live band. The Jungle Junction is more relaxed and is justly famous for its extensive breakfast and dinner buffets with ethnic entertainment in the evenings. But perhaps the most famous is Stanley's Terrace, the rendezvous for African adventurers for more than a century. And, it still provides the perfect setting for afternoon tea or cocktails while savoring the view of the Victoria Falls Bridge. Other facilities include reading in the Bulawayo room or library, relaxing by the romantic swimming pool or playing tennis on the two floodlit courts. There's a spa offering a range of treatments include the option of am alfresco massage. Golfers can enjoy 18 holes on the championship course of the nearby sister hotel, the Elephant Hills Resort, also on the Zimbabwe side of the falls. The Victoria Falls Hotel - Standard Room (B)

Day 3: Victoria Falls
This morning, you enjoy an inspiring exploration of the fabled fall during a walk through the natural rainforest to water’s edge. A knowledgeable and informative local guide accompanies you as you see one of the natural wonders of the world. Then you have the remainder of the day at leisure to participate in your choice of optional activities in and around Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls Hotel - Standard Room (B)

Day 4: Victoria Falls / Chobe National Park, Botswana
This morning you are collected from your hotel for your scheduled transfer across the border to Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana. Chobe National Park lies in the northeast of Botswana, and is teeming with animals, in particular with huge herds of elephant and buffalo. Chobe's animal migrations follow an ancient pattern, only partly understood by man. However, broadly speaking, the game is drawn to the Chobe River during the dry winter season and spreads out to the open grasslands of the Savute marsh and pans during the wetter summer months.

The Chobe/Linyanti river system is known for some of the best elephant viewing in Africa in the winter months (May to October), with huge herds of up to 500 or more at the end of the dry season. Lion are common, and almost expected, with buffalo, cheetah and an amazing variety of antelope often sighted. The river is alive with crocodile and hippo and marvelous birdlife, including kingfishers and bee-eaters. Languorous sunset cruises are a specialty of the area. Staying on the Chobe riverfront is therefore popular, given its abundant wildlife and ease of access to Victoria Falls, just an hour and a half by road, and the Okavango Delta.

On arrival at Kasane, you are met by the lodge staff for the short transfer to the lodge, an established luxury game lodge of attractive Moorish architecture. It has a superb location as the only permanent lodge within the Chobe National Park. The lodge and attractive pool surrounded by gardens overlooks the perennial Chobe River and Caprivi floodplain. The 46 twin, en suite rooms and four suites, with private plunge pools and sun decks, are supremely comfortable and cooled by overhead fans and air-conditioning. A complimentary minibar is provided for your comfort. Other facilities at the lodge include a well-stocked library, discrete business center for guests who need to keep in touch, a stylish bar and restaurant with terrace overlooking the Chobe River.

You arrive at your lodge usually in time for lunch with time to relax during the heat of the day prior to your first afternoon game drive into the superb Chobe Game Reserve. The pattern for safaris is to take game drives with your ranger in the early morning when animals are most likely to be moving around. In the afternoon, you usually enjoy boat-based game-viewing on the Chobe River. During your stay, the evening meal is often enjoyed in an open enclosure or 'boma', around an open fire, which many guests feel is a particularly evocative treat. Chobe Game Lodge – Suite (B,L,D)

Day 5: Chobe National Park
You enjoy the activities at your lodge. Unsurpassed wildlife opportunities are offered with guided game-viewing either by vehicle, boat or on foot. Game-viewing on the river is in small shallow and highly maneuverable boats piloted by expert boatmen. You can also enjoy canoeing and sunset riverboat cruises. Star gazing is available from the rooftop of the lodge and talks on the stars are given on request. Chobe Game Lodge – Suite (B,L,D)

Day 6: Chobe National Park / Okavango Delta
This morning, the lodge will transfer you to Kasane Airport, where you board your charter flight (seat in plane) to you camp in the Delta. (Total luggage allowance is strictly 44lbs per person in soft bags).

In the north and central part of the delta lies the permanent water of the Okavango Delta, with its typically deep channels and dense banks of papyrus and reeds. Here game viewing is predominantly by motorboat, as well as game walks with an experienced and armed guide on the delta's islands. Situated on remote Nxaragha Island in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, Camp Okavango assures a year-round water wilderness experience. Extraordinary luxury blends with the Africa of old in the elegant thatch and lethaka (reeded) main building, which houses a bar, lounge and dining room. The expansive open-air patio caters for alfresco meals and evenings around a blazing fire. Camp Okavango's silver service dinner served by candelabra is renowned among knowledgeable Africa travelers. Shaded hammocks, reading benches and a delightful sundeck with a new swimming pool provide relief during the hot midday hours, while an elevated observation platform affords stunning views of the tranquil floodplains. East African-style tents are on raised teak platforms with en suite facilities and private sundecks. Each is attractively appointed with teak furniture, colorful woven rugs and crisp linen.

Explore the Okavango by canoe and boat on wildlife and birdwatching expeditions. Guide nature walks on the islands allow you to track some of the larger species that inhabit this watery paradise. The elusive Sitatunga antelope can be sited here as well birds such as the African Fish eagle, Pel's Fishing owl amongst others. Camp Okavango – Standard Room (B,L,D)

Day 7: Okavango Delta
Explore the Okavango by canoe and boat on wildlife and birdwatching expeditions. Guide nature walks on the islands allow you to track some of the larger species that inhabit this watery paradise. The elusive Sitatunga antelope can be sited here as well birds such as the African Fish eagle, Pel's Fishing owl amongst others. Camp Okavango – Standard Room (B,L,D)

Day 8: Okavango Delta / Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Today you transfer to Camp Moremi, which is shaded by giant ebony trees and overlooks the Xakanaxa Lagoon, in the heart of what is reputedly Africa's most beautiful reserve - the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. The camp offers a diverse habitat and stellar wildlife, which is unrivalled in Botswana. Here where the Okavango meets the vast Kalahari Desert, ancient Mopane forests, open grassland and seasonal floodplains have formed. Trained resident naturalist guides will share their knowledge and deep love of the wilderness with you on game drives where sightings of wild dog, cheetah, leopard, lion, elephants and buffalo are possible. The famous elevated Moremi Tree Lodge is the stunning focal point of this camp and houses the luxurious main lounge, a wildlife reference library, dining room and cocktail bar, all cooled overhead by fans. Camp Moremi accommodates only 22 safari guests in beautifully furnished East African-style tents. Camp Moremi offers some nice extra touches such as bath robes and tea/coffee facilities (a relative novelty in Botswana) to make your safari stay comfortable. Each tent has en suite facilities with flushing toilet and hot showers. Other lodge facilities include a sundeck, plunge pool, covered boma (reeded dining enclosure) and an elevated game-viewing platform at the water's edge, affording magnificent views over the lagoon - the perfect spot for sundowners after the day's game viewing and activities. Camp Moremi – Standard Room (B,L,D)

Day 9: Moremi Wildlife Reserve
Camp activities include morning and afternoon game drives throughout the varied ecosystems that the Moremi Game Reserve has to offer. Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels by boat for a chance to enjoy the picturesque waters of the Okavango Delta, with its kaleidoscope of birdlife. Watch a leopard stretched out lazily in the branches of a Mopane tree, herds of elephant grazing under a canopy of green or a pride of lions camouflaged in the long grass. Moremi Game Reserve’s incredible wetlands support a vast number of antelope, including impala, kudu and waterbuck. Camp Moremi – Standard Room (B,L,D)

Day 10: Moremi Wildlife Reserve / Maun / Johannesburg / Depart
You are collected from your lodge and taken to the airstrip in time for your scheduled charter flight to Maun Airport and then by scheduled flight to Johannesburg, where you connect with your onward flight. (B)

Land price, per person, double occupancy: From $660 per person per day. Internal air: Johannesburg-Victoria Falls & Maun-Johannesburg: $750 per person.


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