Zimbabwe, Zambia & Botswana

The best of Southern Africa – Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana!

Your Zimbabwe, Zambia & Botswana adventure starts in Zambia where you’ll enjoy two days at our beautiful lodge on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. This recently renovated lodge has 8 twin rooms and 2 family units. Each room has its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a luxurious private plunge pool. You’ll visit the Zambia side of Victoria Falls, a neighbouring village and the Livingstone Museum. A sunset cruise on the Zambezi with the lodge’s private boat will be a highlight.

Zimbabwe is back on the list of ‘must visit’ destinations in Africa – see it before the crowds arrive! Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be one of the largest  surviving groups on the continent. Activities here include guided walks with qualified guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles and looking for nocturnal wildlife on night drives. Wildlife sightings include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, white rhino, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species.

In our two luxury camps in Botswana you’ll enjoy some of the most spacious and comfortable tented accommodation and beds available today – and some of the most incredible game viewing. Our first camp is on the edge of Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, where you’ll experience day and night game drives, guided walks and mokoro through the delta waterways. Our second camp is within a private concession in the Linyanti, bordering the western boundary of Chobe National Park. Linyanti is best known for its large populations of elephant and buffalo. Other wildlife encounters include lion, sable and roan antelopes, leopard, African wild dog, the rare and elusive sitatunga antelope, red lechwe, hippo and crocodile, as well as other species of plains game. The area also offers spectacular birding all year round.

And as a final highlight on your Zimbabwe, Zambia & Botswana safari – enjoy a close encounter with habituated meerkats on Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Salt Pans!

Starts: Livingstone, Zambia     Ends: Maun, Botswana

Escorted from Livingstone, Zambia, by African Encounters director Karen Platzer and local guides.



5 June:  Independent arrival at Livingstone, Zambia where you will be met and taken to our gorgeous lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River for two nights.

7 – 9 June:  Fly to Somalisa Acacia Camp in the heart of Hwange National Park, which is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. 3 nights.

10 – 12 June: Fly back to Victoria Falls and road transfer to Kasane in Botswana to join your flight to the Linyati Concession in northern Botswana, famous for huge herds of elephants and big cats. 3 nights.

13 – 15 June: Fly to the Okavango Delta. Game drives, mokoro rides on the Delta waterways. 3 nights.

16 & 17 June: Fly to Maun to connect with your flight to the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans where activities include getting up close and personal with a family of habituated Meerkats and game drives to experience unique desert wildlife. 2 nights.

18 June: Depart


Tour includes

  • 13 nights accommodation.
  • All meals at the camps and lodges.
  • Drinks and alcoholic beverages, except premium brands at all camps.
  • Two game activities per day at each camp – game drives, guided walks, boat trips, fishing.
  • Visit to Victoria Falls – Zambia side.
  • All National Park fees.
  • All road and air charter transfers.
  • Laundry.

Not included:

  • International flights.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Visas.
  • Tips & gratuities.
  • Optional activities at Victoria Falls.

Extensions available

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What our clients have to say...

“Karen Platzer, director and tour guide of African Encounters, promised us “Safaris beyond your expectations” and she definitely kept her promise – it was a trip of a lifetime. 

I was born and brought up in Zimbabwe and am now living in New Zealand and I wondered if she could introduce me to any new experiences in Africa and she went far beyond that and blew me away.

Karen has now captured my imagination and I’m off with her again this year on another safari adventure in Africa – why not come along – you will never regret it.”

Margie Miskelly – Botswana & Victoria Falls

At a glance

  • Destination(s)

  • Tour Pricing

    Priced from: NZD14,155.00 per person
  • Travel Date(s)

    5 Jun 2019 - 18 Jun 2019
  • Tour Length

    14 days
  • Tour Highlights

    • Spectacular Victoria Falls, Zambia
    • Cultural village visit, Zambia
    • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, Zambia
    • Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
    • Linyanti Concession and Chobe National Park, Botswana
    • Okavango Delta, Botswana
    • Close encounters with Meerkats on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana
    • Luxury tented camps
    • Open 4×4 safari vehicles


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