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A superb way to explore the iconic destinations of Victoria Falls and Botswana without breaking the bank. Spend a few days on the banks of the Zambezi river before enjoying the outstanding game viewing of the Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta.
Botswana has a reputation of being one of the most expensive travel destinations on the planet, and in many instances that is true. However, with careful advanced planning we can book you in to some beautiful camps that represent superb value and mean you can enjoy this incredible area at a fraction of the cost one would expect.
Start off by flying to Victoria Falls, the lively town on the Zimbabwean bank of the mighty Zambezi River. The town is renowned as being the adventure capital of Zimbabwe and there are plenty of activities for you to enjoy here, both on and off the river. From your guesthouse in the heart of this charming little town you will be able to easily explore the area, as well as get an insight in to life in one of Zimbabwe’s most popular destinations. From there you will be transferred over the border in to Botswana where you will spend a few nights in the frontier town of Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Enjoy game drives through the park, which is renowned for its large herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as excellent predator sightings. You will also be able to take boat trips on the Chobe River which offer a wonderfully different perspective on the park and are a very gentle way to spend some time. From Kasane fly in to the Okavango Delta, an adventure in itself as you take in the chance to see Botswana’s unique landscapes from above. Enjoy mokoro canoe safaris and guided walks through the iconic Okavango Delta and enjoy the amazing game viewing, guiding and landscapes for which this part of the world is renowned.
This trip is a truly wonderful way to explore both Victoria Falls and Botswana, offering you access to some of their most iconic areas and range activities and allowing you to enjoy some truly amazing wildlife viewing experiences.
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Day 1: Flying to Victoria Falls
This evening fly overnight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg with British Airways.
Day 2: Time on the banks of the Zambezi
In Johannesburg connect on to a flight up to Victoria Falls, landing there in the early afternoon where a driver will be waiting to transfer you to Phezulu Guesthouse, a charming little property in the heart of the town where you will be spending the next 3 nights. This afternoon will be at leisure for you to relax after the flights and enjoy the lovely surrounds of the property. The swimming pool is a great place to relax whilst the friendly bar area is the perfect spot for drinks before heading out in to town for dinner.
Day 3: Exploring Victoria Falls
The iconic Victoria Falls, one of the Natural Wonders of the World, are just a short stroll or drive from Phezulu and a walking tour of them is a great way to spend some time. You can of course enjoy this tour of your own accord, or better still book a guide to take you there who can explain the features of The Falls and when the water flow peaks and falls throughout the year. Round the tour off with afternoon tea at the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel to make a truly amazing day.
Day 4: Adventure and relaxation
Of course, there is so much to do in this area that you can fill your time here entirely with activities. Early morning helicopter (or microlight) flights offer a completely different perspective on the waterfall and river, whilst sunset cruises on the Zambezi are a very genteel way to spend some time. We can also arrange canoeing trips, white water rafting, cooking demonstrations, art tours and game drives in the Zambezi National Park – please just ask and we will plan your days accordingly.
Day 5: In to Botswana and Chobe
After a leisurely breakfast on the veranda at Phezulu you will be collected and transferred across the border in to Botswana and on to Kasane the small town on the edge of the famous Chobe National Park. You will be spending 3 nights at The Old House, a brilliant guesthouse in the heart of the town and a great base for exploring the park. With in-house guides and a daily activity included, you will be able to enjoy all of the wonderful game viewing for which Chobe is renowned.
Day 6: Exploring by vehicle or by boat
Chobe is renowned for offering an amazing array of activities, with game drives through the plains of the park offering access to its prime wildlife viewing areas of Chobe where huge herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as abundant predator sightings can be enjoyed. The Old House also has its own boats which allow you to explore along the Chobe River, an especially enjoyable way to spend the afternoons as the sun sets over the bush with a cold drink and a snack in hand.
Day 7: Relax by the pool or spot more wildlife
You can choose each day between a vehicle or boat activity and can of course book on to additional activities locally, so can enjoy as much wildlife viewing as you please. Of course, there will also be ample time for relaxing by the properties sparkling swimming pool and enjoying the warm, natural hospitality for which it is renowned. You can also explore the quaint town of Kasane which has a true frontier vibe and some lively riverfront spots for a long alfresco lunch.
Day 8: In to the Okavango Delta
You will have the chance to relax this morning before being collected and transferred to Kasane airport for the flight down to the Okavango Delta where you will be spending the next 3 nights at Oddballs’ Camp. This lovely spot in the heart of the Delta offers access to some of the region’s best game viewing areas from one of it’s quirkiest properties. Enjoy some time to settle in after lunch before heading out for an afternoon safari activity.
Day 9: Explore on foot or by mokoro canoe
Oddballs’ location deep in the Delta means it offers a combination of both mokoro canoe safaris and walking safaris. This offers a lovely contrast to the vehicle and motorboat safaris in Chobe and allow you to learn more about the smaller animals of the bush, as well as the chance to learn from the guides about traditional uses for plants and trees, as well as how the local communities live in harmony with the varied wildlife that the Delta supports.
Day 10: Wildlife viewing and relaxation
Activities from Oddballs’ are very energetic, so you will want to dedicate plenty of time to relaxing in the camp, so swinging in a hammock and enjoying the incredible views are one of the great allures of spending time here. You can also sit back in your tent with a good book or enjoy one of their excellent massage treatments. The staff here are really charming and help to make your stay in this remote corner of the Delta a truly remarkable experience.
Day 11: Time to travel home
There will be a chance to enjoy morning activity from the camp before breakfast and then a flight from the airstrip to Maun where you will connect on to Johannesburg. After a short layover you will then catch an overnight British Airways flight to London Heathrow, arriving tomorrow morning.
Duration: 11 Days
Location: Botswana, Africa
This Botswana on a budget safari costs from £3,725 per person and includes:
- International, regional and domestic flights
- All applicable transfers
- 3 nights with breakfast at Phezulu Guest Lodge - Deluxe Room
- 3 nights with all meals and one daily activity at The Old House - Standard Room
- 3 nights with all meals and activities included at Oddballs' Camp - Safari Tent
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