NEW – Botswana and Zimbabwe Safari

Botswana and Zimbabwe elephants at waterhole

This exclusive Botswana and Zimbabwe safari is an authentic African experience with all the trimmings – action, adventure and luxury! You’ll explore Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Linyanti wetlands on foot or by mokoro and experience all that the African bush has to offer. Relax on the deck of your wonderful camp in Mana Pools in Zimbabwe and watch the wildlife coming to the Pan to drink, and sit by the elephant pool at your luxury camp in Hwange National Park and watch the elephants come to you. Enjoy game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles – perfect for wildlife viewing and photography, learn about the ‘small 5’ on walks with our very experienced guides, canoe through the waterways watching as elephants cross your path, and relax after dinner with a nightcap around the campfire  – this journey has it all.

Staying in private concessions means you’ll experience night game drives and guided walks – activities not normally allowed within National Parks. 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 supports local communities and conservation projects which you will have the opportunity to visit during your safari.

The luxurious tented camps, which are all located in private concessions away from the crowds, have been hand-picked by African Encounters director Karen Platzer. The spacious luxury tents all have en-suite bathrooms and very comfortable beds – this really is ‘camping in style’. Karen will personally escort this safari and she looks forward to sharing some of her favourite places 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! IMPORTANT: The enquiry form on the right is not working, please click here to contact Karen.

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

Optional extension: A few days at our superb lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls is the perfect way to end 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!

Itinerary

21 October: Independent arrival at Maun, Botswana where you will meet your guide and fellow travellers and board your flight across the Okavango Delta to your first camp. The camp consists of 6 elegant tents perched on wooden decking overlooking the tranquil waters of the lagoon. The Khwai area of the Okavango lies along the northern boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve. This is an unfenced boundary allowing wildlife to move freely between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The Khwai area offers the same wildlife experience as the Reserve with the added advantage of being a private concession which means the ability to do walking safaris and night drives. You’ll spend 3 nights here.

22 & 23 October: Besides the day-time drives which can feature Africa’s big attractions – lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe – you’ll be able to explore nature after sunset with a night drive. This activity, along with the guided walking safaris, is not usually permitted in the National Parks or Game Reserves and allows you to experience some of Africa’s nocturnal or more elusive animals.

24 – 26 October: Fly from Khwai north to the Linyanti wetlands where you’ll spend 3 nights in an intimate expeditions camp in a private concession bordering the Chobe National Park. The camp exudes a bygone era and is ideal for safari-goers looking for an authentic African experience.

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 an open fire. Here you can also relax during the day and enjoy exquisite views overlooking the vast Linyanti wetlands.

The Chobe Enclave offers an abundance of wildlife species including large herds of elephant and buffalo making for exhilarating walking safaris which are the focus at Linyanti. Here you will also be able to experience superb wildlife sightings by 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.

27 – 28 October: Today you’ll leave Botswana and fly to Mana Pools, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Zimbabwe. Your wonderful camp is situated in a private concession within the Mana Pools National Park. The camp overlooks Kanga Pan which is an essential water supply for a multitude of wildlife and bird species during the dry season. This means that wildlife frequently visits the pans for a leisurely drink.

Six traditional canvas tents are placed on a raised wooden deck each with their own exclusive views overlooking the pan. The tents are elegantly designed with subtle wooden furnishings, floor-to-ceiling mesh netting and come with all the essential amenities. The camp is situated in a private concession and there are no other safari vehicles. Activities and experiences include walking safaris, morning and afternoon game drives, the famous armchair safaris in the dry season, and a photographic hide for both amateur and professional photographers to enjoy.

29 October – 1 November: fly south to your last camp in the heart of Hwange National Park which is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. This lovely camp, nestled under an incredible grove of Acacias, along the edge of a seasonal flood plain, offers one of the most authentic ways to experience this exceptional wildlife haven. 

The main area includes a lounge and dining area on raised decking which overlooks a small pool, which elephants have become habituated to drinking out of. Add to this the 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 lead by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, 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 November: Flight to Victoria Falls where your incredible safari ends at Victoria Falls International Airport.

If you are joining Karen on the optional extension you will transfer to your superb lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River. Here you’ll enjoy a guided visit to the spectacular Victoria
Falls, boat trips on the mighty Zambezi River, and have time for some last-minute shopping in Victoria Falls town.

Tour includes

  • Quality accommodation in luxury tented camps
  • All meals and drinks (excludes premium brands)
  • 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

What our clients have to say...

“We have arrived in Victoria Falls for our last two days of almost a month with Karen in Namibia and Botswana.
Like many people, we came to Africa for the wildlife and I’m guessing that like many people we have been wowed by said wildlife. I’d also take a wild guess and say that like us, many have been wowed by the people. An incredibly warm welcome has been extended everywhere especially at the private camps and conservancies. After these absolutely beautiful camps with incredible staff and experiences, Chobe National Park was a bit of a shock. A bit like being suddenly flung onto a cruise ship after a month paddling about in a small boat.
A trip like this is not just about the seeing and doing. It’s very much about the feeling. The people have made us welcome and very aware that we have made a positive impact on their environments and communities. To be welcomed the way we have is both humbling and uplifting.
When I first booked this trip the other half was a bit twitchy about the cost. He’s since realised you get what you pay for and to experience what we have experienced without the masses of trucks full of people lining up for a glimpse of a lion or whatever, is worth the extra cost. We have been up close and personal with many, many beasts. The guides have been respectful of them and our desire to get as close as possible without disturbing them.
In short it has been one of the most wonderful months of our entire lives.
Just one word of warning – bring loose clothing. The food and drink is world-class and the servings generous.”

Sue & Richard Lovett

At a glance

  • Destination(s)

  • Tour Pricing

    Priced from: NZD17,679.00 per person
  • Travel Date(s)

    21 Oct 2020 - 2 Nov 2020
  • Tour Length

    13 days
  • Tour Highlights

    • Okavango Delta
    • Linyanti wetlands
    • Mana Pools
    • Hwange National Park
    • Small luxury safari camps
    • Stay in private concessions and avoid the crowds
    • Open 4×4 safari vehicles, great for photography
    • Personally escorted small group

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