Botswana’s Wildlife & Victoria Falls – FULL!

Botswana Wildlife & Victoria Falls

FULL – pre-register now for May 2021!

Botswana’s wildlife guarantees a superb safari experience!

This outstanding ‘adventure in comfort’ to Botswana & Victoria Falls takes you to three of the country’s best National Parks and Game Reserves.  Your safari ends with few days in Zimbabwe where you’ll visit spectacular Victoria Falls and enjoy a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Botswana’s wildlife makes this our most popular destination. For a glimpse of what awaits you on this incredible safari have a look at this video from our 2018 Botswana & Victoria Falls adventure!

Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

The vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, surrounded by the Kalahari Desert, are the remnants of the once great Lake Makgadikgadi. Covering 80,000 square kilometres, and up to 30 metres deep, this was the largest inland sea in Africa. The lunar-like landscape is inhabited by unique, desert-adapted species. The usually dry shallow pans fill with water during the summer rains, attracting a large number of flamingoes, pelicans and many other migratory birds. Out on the Pans you’ll get up close and personal with the coolest residents of the desert, a habituated group of the Kalahari meerkats. They often use us as convenient lookout posts – always a highlight with our groups! 

Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is where the wild things are and Botswana’s wildlife won’t disappoint! This immense, waterlogged oasis is alive with elephants and birdlife, adrift in the middle of Kalahari sands. The real magic of the Delta lies in its water. Trickling through from the Angolan highlands, it spreads across channels and floodplains. Our two camps here are mobile camps in traditional safari style,  with full size dome tents and ensuite facilities. They offer an exceptional safari experience on the edge Moremi Game Reserve, one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas. The camps are fully catered with a camp crew to cook meals and erect tents, this is not a participation safari. Explore this magnificent wetland on water by traditional mokoro and on land in open 4×4 safari vehicles.

Chobe National Park

The Chobe Riverfront is an elephant mecca; home to the largest density of elephants in Africa. Giant elephant bulls will stroll up next to your vehicle or snorkel alongside your boat. And Chobe’s classic red sunsets over the river with a soundtrack of whistling fish eagles with remain with you forever.

Victoria Falls

At Victoria Falls, the earth splits open and swallows the mighty Zambezi River, creating the largest sheet of falling water on earth. Aside from being a UNESCO world heritage site and a natural world wonder, Victoria Falls also forms a natural border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. You’ll enjoy stunning views of the 1.7km wide curtain of water as you wander through a rainforest kept hot and humid by the spray of the falls.

Maximum group size: 8 + guides.  Fully booked for 2020 – enquire now for 2021!

Escorted from Maun, Botswana, by African Encounters director Karen Platzer and qualified local guides.


5 & 6 May: Fly to your lovely camp in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in the Kalahari Desert, where you’ll enjoy game drives and close encounters with habituated meerkats.

7 – 11 May: Explore two different areas of the stunning Okavango Delta on game drives and mokoro (traditional canoe) rides.

12 & 13 May: Enjoy exceptional game viewing in Chobe National Park, known for large herds of elephants, and a private boat cruise on the Chobe River.

14 – 16 May: Visit spectacular Victoria Falls, leisure time for some last minute shopping, sunset cruise on the Zambezi River

17 May: Depart from Victoria Falls.

Optional extension: Spend a few days in Cape Town on your way home




Tour includes

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

Not included:

  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Tips & gratuities

Extensions available

Cape Town - Vineyards & Beaches

Cape Town - Vineyards & Beaches

A few days in charming Cape Town is the perfect way to start or end your safari in southern Africa. If you are travelling through Johannesburg this is an ideal...

What our clients have to say...

This safari was meant to cure the “Africa bug” but it has done the opposite.

My first with Karen and I cannot recommend her highly enough.  Her attention to detail and knowledge is outstanding – from the small group size to the four perfectly chosen and sequenced small camps all with dedicated guides and staff, the meals produced from these “bush camps” are amazing. Even Anzac biscuits for safari afternoon tea!!

Every day a new adventure of animals (too many to list and so close at times but the Meerkats and Wild Dogs were pretty special) not to forget the Botswanan people and scenery.  Thank you Karen.”

Anne Luther – Botswana & Victoria Falls 2017


“I was apprehensive about travelling to Africa and was persuaded only by my partner who used to live there and was keen to show it to me. We chose to travel with Karen as we had previously travelled to Greece with her and knew she was an excellent tour leader. After half a day I was completely enamoured by the whole African experience and the wildlife. The 4 camps were fabulous, the organisation and wildlife were fantastic, we had a lot of fun and I came home completely converted. We are booking again with Karen to go on another of her exciting safaris next year!”

Karen De Willimoff, Auckland – Botswana & Victoria Falls


“At my stage in life (60+) I prefer travelling in comfort, so the opportunity to go glamping in Africa was very appealing. My partner and I were so well looked after from our accommodation and meals to daily safaris and travel arrangements. On cold mornings we were even given hot water bottles to take with us on the jeep!

Of course the wildlife was the biggest drawcard and it did not disappoint. We saw so many different animals and birds and in very close proximity. Our first safari lunch under the trees was interrupted by a small elephant group wandering past. I was speechless!! The small group approach staying mostly in private conservancies meant we were often the only spectators. I was on a high the whole time and although I am widely travelled, our 2016 trip to Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa was the best!!

I was quite nervous about going to Africa but once I was there, I felt in very safe hands the whole time. Africa is magical! If you get the chance- go for it! African Encounters will deliver a truly memorable experience!”

Christine Wright – Botswana & Victoria Falls, with Cape Town add-on

At a glance

  • Destination(s)

  • Tour Pricing

    Priced from: NZD12,390.00 per person
  • Travel Date(s)

    5 May 2020 - 17 May 2020
  • Tour Length

    13 days
  • Tour Highlights

    • Close encounters with meerkats on the Makgadikgadi salt pans
    • Game viewing from your mokoro (traditional canoe) on the Okavango Delta
    • Learn about wildlife and culture on walks with local tribesmen and professional guides
    • Game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles – no minivans!
    • Stay in small luxury tented camps & lodges, in private concessions away from the crowds
    • End your incredible safari with a few relaxing days at Victoria Falls.

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