Botswana & Zimbabwe - African Encounters

Botswana & Zimbabwe

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22 - 31 May 2024 - FULL!
22 - 31 May 2024 - FULL!

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    Availability : 22 - 31 May 2024
    Kasane, Botswana
    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
    Max People : 6

    This iconic Botswana and Zimbabwe safari is an authentic African experience with all the trimmings – action, adventure, and luxury! You’ll explore Botswana’s Linyanti wetlands on foot or by mokoro and experience all that the African bush has to offer. At your wonderful camp on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River in Mana Pools in Zimbabwe you can enjoy canoeing, guided walks, and fishing as well as game drives. Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe has a healthy population of around 700 lions, and you’ll enjoy lots of lion encounters on your game drives. You can also watch elephants drinking at the waterhole right from the deck of your tent here! Experience game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles – perfect for wildlife viewing and photography, learn about the ‘small 5’ on walks with our qualified local guides, canoe through the waterways as elephants cross your path, and relax after dinner with a nightcap around the campfire  – your Botswana and Zimbabwe safari has it all.

    With just 6 tents at each camp, you’ll never have to share wildlife encounters with hordes of other vehicles. A portion of the tour price on your Botswana and Zimbabwe safari supports local communities and conservation projects which you will have the opportunity to visit during your safari.

    These expedition-style tented camps offer an authentic safari experience with every modern comfort. The spacious tents have en-suite bathrooms and very comfortable beds – this really is ‘camping in style’. Karen will personally escort this safari from Kasane, and she looks forward to sharing this authentic safari with you.*

    See what awaits you in Botswana and Zimbabwe in this short video clip – then contact Karen and book your Botswana and Zimbabwe safari today!

    This outstanding safari is limited to just 6 guests. Don’t miss your adventure of a lifetime!

    Optional pre-or post tour: A few days at our superb lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls is the perfect way to start your safari. It’s located away from the bustle of town but close enough to visit the Falls (a guided tour is included) or do some last-minute shopping. Each spacious room has a private plunge pool and deck overlooking the river, and the meals, staff, and boat trips on the river are exceptional. It’s no wonder my guests rave about this stunning lodge and don’t want to leave!

    * Terms & Conditions apply.

    • Genuine small group safaris with a maximum of 8 participants – friendly personal service
    • You’ll fly between camps to avoid long dusty road trips and spend more time enjoying wildlife
    • Helicopter transfer from Linyanti Airstrip to your camp in Botswana
    • Your Botswana & Zimbabwe safari supports local communities with employment and infrastructure
    • Glamping in Africa – our vintage-style safari camps offer exceptional comfort under canvas!
    • Enjoy incredible photo opportunities in open 4×4 safari vehicles – no packed minibuses for our guests
    • Your NZ tour escort is an Africa expert with over 35 years of experience in travel to Africa.

    Arrival & Departure

    Arrival: Kasane, Botswana

    Departure: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Price Includes

    • Quality accommodation in luxury tented camps.
    • Meals and drinks as per itinerary
    • All transport as per itinerary
    • Domestic flights as per itinerary
    • All Park and Private Conservancy fees
    • Game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles
    • Laundry in safari camps
    • Sundowners, guided bush walks and night game drives
    • Qualified professional safari guides
    • Escorted from Kasane, Botswana by Karen Platzer, African Encounters tour director, and local guides

    Price Excludes

    • International airfares
    • Travel insurance (mandatory)
    • Any Personal Expenses
    • Tips & gratuities


    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Water bottle

    27 - 29 MayLinyanti Wildlife Reserve, Botswana

    Independent arrival at Kasane International Airport where you will be met and escorted to your flight to Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, a private concession adjacent to Chobe National Park. Helicopter transfer from the airstrip to your first camp where you’ll spend 3 nights in an intimate expedition camp in a private concession bordering the Chobe National Park. This camp is perfect for safari-goers looking for an authentic African experience – while still enjoying every comfort.

    The camp has 6 amazing new tents which offer the unique opportunity to sleep under the stars while in the safety of your luxury tent. At night you are welcomed to the main tented area for a dining extravaganza and drinks around the campfire. Relax between game drives and enjoy the view overlooking the vast Linyanti wetlands.

    The Chobe Enclave offers an abundance of wildlife including large herds of elephants and buffalo making for exhilarating walking safaris which are the focus at Linyanti. Here you will also be able to experience superb wildlife sightings in an open 4 X 4 vehicle. Our guides at Linyanti are some of the best in the industry. They have grown up with the bush at their back door and have come to know its wildlife well.

    30 May - 1 JuneHwange National Park, Zimbabwe

    Fly to Kasane and road transfer across the border to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe where you will join your flight to Hwange National Park. Your expedition camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. It is nestled under an incredible grove of Acacias, along the edge of a seasonal floodplain.
    The camp includes a lounge and dining area on raised decking which overlooks a small pool where elephants come to drink. There is also a nearby waterhole, frequently used as a mud bath and a popular rendezvous for the elephants. The up-close encounters and photographic opportunities with these majestic animals are endless.
    Consisting of six elegantly furnished Meru Style Tents, each tent has en suite bathroom facilities with an outdoor feel. Activities include guided walks led by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you on game drives and night drives. Wildlife sightings include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species.

    2 - 4 JuneMana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

    Fly north to your camp in Mana Pools National Park for 3 nights. The camp is set in the shade of winter thorn and ebony trees on the banks of the Zambezi River. You’ll fall asleep to the sound of the flowing river and grunting hippos and wake up with the dawn chorus to a spectacular African sunrise. Your days here are filled with canoeing on the river, tracking game along the shoreline by foot, and fishing for the iconic tiger fish. Elephants, eland, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, baboons, monkeys, zebra, warthog, and hippos are regularly seen eating the fallen albida fruit on the river terraces. Game drives in an open 4 x 4 will take you along the flood plains and into the heart of the Mana Pools UNESCO World Heritage Site to look for Lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, cheetahs, and the endangered African wild dogs made famous in David Attenborough’s Dynasties documentary which was filmed here. 

    5 JuneDeparture

    After breakfast fly to Harare International Airport where your Botswana and Zimbabwe adventure ends. 

    2 Reviews
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    Julia Staines

    Group Traveller

    Amazing experience above expectations. A chance to see wildlife in their own environment minus the truckloads of tourists. Staff extremely knowledgeable about the animals and their environment.
    Impressed with the effort towards sustainability and green environment. Many concessions having Green awards. Need to highlight this more.
    Accomodation at each concession was beautifully presented with comfortable beds.
    Food and wine excellent, served by friendly staff.
    Highly recommend.


    Jenny Anderson

    Group Traveller

    Having received newsletters for some years the decision was made to do the Botswana Safari 2016. The trip notes and itinerary indicated an interesting holiday. What we got was an amazing, not to be missed, experience. The organisation was seamless, the camps, food, knowledgeable Guides and the opportunity to see, close up, a huge range of wildlife and birds. It was a photographers paradise and such a great experience that Kenya 2017 Safari is booked.