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This accommodated small group tour starts and ends in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. This non participation classic journey covers Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe and the core of the international Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area. This initiative is a multi country effort to create a vast network of interlinking reserves and provide corridors for wildlife movement along natural migration routes, particularly for elephants. The lodges are beautiful, comfortable and make for a great adventure safari.
Victoria Falls – natural wonder of the world; Hwange National Park – game drives in open vehicle; Matobos – game drive; Nata salt pans; Okavango Delta – mokoro excursion; Moremi game reserve – game drives; House Boat in the Okavango Delta; Chobe National Park – sunset river cruise.
Overnight: 14 nights in 3-4 star lodges with en suite facilities. 1 night on a houseboat. The accommodation throughout this classic journey is of 3 to 4 star style and are chosen not only for their service and comfort level but also for their wonderful locations and local wildlife viewing opportunities. All rooms have private en suite facilities. The Moremi lodge on a private concession between Chobe NP and Moremi GR is a particular highlight. Non Participation: This is an adventure tour, and as such please expect to get involved. Where there are porters, they’ll help you, otherwise you’ll need to carry your own bag. Included meals are all lodge or camp provided. If you have a particular interest, please let your safari leader know, and he/she will endeavour to make your journey more rewarding.
We accept children 12-18 with accompanying adults on scheduled tours (for private groups we can accept younger children). If the clients are older than 65 years, then we require a medical certificate too (stating client is fit and healthy to embark on a multi-day tour covering long distances etc) Average age of our clients on this tour is 46 years old.
Single supplement: €990. Only if you do not want to share with another traveler and insist of having your own room.
This tour departs at 14h00 from A’Zambezi Lodge Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Most flights into VFA and LVI arrive in the morning. We recommend that you fly into Victoria Falls airport (VFA) in Zimbabwe on the day the tour starts (or Livingstone airport LVI in Zambia – but this will require an additional visa, the Univisa applies for most nationals from the EU). If you would like to book additional nights accommodation pre-tour, please indicate required airport transfers and lodge reservations when you submit your enquiry below
Victoria Falls – Victoria Falls
At 14h00 on the day of departure
The majestic sight of the mighty Zambezi River plunging over the Victoria Falls, welcomes you to your Zimbabwe and Botswana adventure. We check into our lodge before we explore the falls and tropical rain forest surrounds on foot in the afternoon before heading out to a local restaurant for dinner (own expense).
Day 1: Breakfast not included
Day 1: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 1: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Includes: Entrance fees to see the Victoria Falls
Optional Activities: Scenic flights & many more
Overnight: PheZulu Guest Lodge, twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and telephone. Free WiFi available
Hwange National Park is a wildlife jewel, famous for its big game and large herds of elephant. Hwange is home to a wide variety of habitats, from its western regions on the edge of the Kalahari through large grass plains to the forested woodland in east Hwange. Our comfortable lodge for two nights is situated on the private concession on the eastern boundary of the park, our time is spent on a full day game drive, in open 4WD vehicles, in the park in search of big game.
Day 2: Breakfast provided by the hotel
Day 2: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 2: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge
Day 3: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 3: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 3: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge
Includes: Entrance fees, full day game drive in open 4WD game viewing vehicle.
Distance/time: ±200km, 3h00 actual driving time, we leave Vic Falls mid-morning, ±2h00 for a visit to the Painted Dogs Conservation Centre and lunch stop en-route. So ±6h00 total travel time.
Overnight: Miombo Lodge – for 2 nights at Hwange National Park, we stay in deluxe tented chalets with en-suite facilities, swimming pool and central boma area. WiFi not available.
The rounded granite boulders and undulating valleys of the Matobos National Park are home to some of the last of the rhino in Zimbabwe. We spend our day on an excursion into the park that includes a game walk to see the rhino, discovering the ancient Bushmen paintings that adorn the rocks, and admiring the landscapes from Worlds View, the site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave.
Day 4: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 4: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 4: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge
Day 5: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 5: Lunch provided by the lodge
Day 5: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge
Includes: Entrance to Matobo National Park and game walk.
Distance/time: ±360km, 4h30 actual driving time, rolling tarmac road via Bulawayo should be ±6h00 travel time.
Overnight: Big Cave Camp – chalets – twin rooms with en-suite facilities (hot showers), swimming pool, restaurant, bar & telephone. WiFi not available.
This morning we leave Matobos and head west towards the Botswana border, we cross at Plumtree and we make our way to the Nata area for our overnight stop. In the late afternoon we will head out onto the Makgadikgadi Pans, vast saltpans that seem to stretch on to infinity. We will explore the area and have some fun taking photographs before the sunsets golden over the horizon.
Day 6: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 6: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 6: Dinner will be an own expense lodge meal
Includes: Entrance fees to Nata Bird Sanctuary.
Distance/time: ±325km, 4h30 actual driving time, + time at the border crossing and visit to Nata Sanctuary a full day of travel ±8h00 total.
Overnight: Nata Lodge – twin share chalet with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.
Maun’s name is derived from a San word meaning “place of the short reeds” is nestled at the southern end of the Okavango Delta where our lodge overlooks the beautiful Thamalakane River. Here we prepare for our trip into Moremi Game Reserve and our afternoon is free to bird watch along the river, relax around the pool or take an optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (own expense).
Day 7: Breakfast provided the lodge
Day 7: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 7: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Distance/time: ±320km, 4h00 actual driving time. It’s a relatively flat, straight road so with stops and lunch the total travel for the day is ±4h30.
Optional Activities Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on the number of people in each aircraft).
Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.
Startling and unexpected contrasts are created as the waters of the Okavango flood into the drier Kalahari creating the magnificently rich wilderness area with amazing wildlife of the Moremi Game Reserve. Rivers, lagoons, savannah, woodland, Moremi offers some excellent game viewing. With over 400 species of birds, Moremi is also a great place to sight leopard, lion, wild dog, elephant, giraffe and a variety of antelope. We spend our time on game drives in Moremi GR and the surrounding concession along the Khwai River where the lagoons attract the thirsty animals to drink in the late afternoon.
Our lodge is on a private concession north of Moremi, where we enjoy our meals while watching the animals drinking and enjoy the wilderness far from civilization.
On the morning of day 10 we have a game drive on the concession before heading back to our lodge in Maun.
Day 8, 9: Breakfast provided the lodge
Day 8, 9: Lunch provided by the lodge
Day 8, 9: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge
Day 10: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 10: Picnic lunch provided by the lodge
Day 10: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Includes: Entrance fees to Moremi Game Reserve, morning & afternoon game drives in an open 4WD vehicle.
Distance/time: ±200km, 4h00 actual driving time but it’s a game drive on sandy 4WD tracks so a full day of ±8h00 in the open 4WD.
Overnight: 2 nights Elephant Pools Lodge – exclusive private tented bush lodge in Khwai Private Reserve, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Twin share permanent tented lodge with en-suite facilities. WiFi not available.
1 night Thamalakane River Lodge, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi available.
We drive around the Okavango Delta, and north to our lodge on the banks of the Okavango Pan handle. From the lodge we’ll explore the Okavango by mokoro and motor boat. Tranquil reed lined rivers, crystal clear water and abundant bird life. Time to rest, relax and enjoy the views of the Okavango Delta.
Day 11-12: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 11-12: Lunch will be provided by the lodge
Day 11-12: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge
Includes: Okavango mokoro and motorboat excursions.
Distance/time: ±320km, 5h00 actual driving time, the tarmac road has a few potholes and going can be slow around the Delta and expect a total travel time of ±6h00 total.
Overnight: Guma Lagoon – twin en-suite canvas chalets. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant. WiFi available in the lounge.
Crossing out of Botswana into Namibia and the Mahango Game Reserve. We game drive through the reserve to our lodge on the Kavango River. We spend our afternoon exploring on a river cruise.
Day 13: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 13: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 13: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge
Includes: Mahangu NP entrance fee & game drive in the tour vehicle.
Distance/time: ±380km, 5h30 actual driving time, to at camp total travel time of ±6h00 total.
Overnight: Camp Kwando – twin share permanent tents with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.
The Caprivi Strip, Zambezi Region, is a thin wedge of Namibia, which separates Botswana in the south and Angola in the north. We cross the Caprivi, back into Botswana at Ngoma and head to our lodge in the town of Kasane. The Chobe River attracts large herds of elephant as it flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park. Our final afternoon is spent on arguably the best wildlife activity in Southern Africa, the game-viewing cruise. See herds of elephants, large crocodiles,
pods of hippo and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day. The magnificent river sunset is a photographer’s dream.
Day 14: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 14: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 14: Dinner will be an own expense meal
Includes: Chobe N.P entrance fees & sunset cruise on Chobe River.
Distance/time: ±260km, 3h30 actual driving time, we look out for game as we head for a border crossing and a lunch stop total travel time ±6h00 total.
Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge – twin chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. Alternative Chobe Bush Lodge. WiFi available.
Enjoy an optional early morning game drive (own expense) before our last breakfast together. We bid a sad farewell before we embark on a road shuttle transfer to either Kasane airport in Botswana, or Victoria Falls airport in Zimbabwe, in time for midday flight departures. Our tour ends at 11:00am.
Day 15: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 15: Lunch own expense
Day 15: Dinner not included
Includes: Transfer to either Kasane airport BBK (Botswana), or Victoria Falls airport VFA (Zimbabwe) or the town of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe).
Distance/time: ±85km, 1h30 actual driving time. It’s not a long way, but the border can be busy and slow so we anticipate a total travel day of ±3h00.
Optional Activities: Chobe National Park morning game drive.
The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and animal sightings!
That the accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.
Botswanan conservation lands surrounding the national parks are leased by the government to tourism businesses for the benefit of the local communities. The lodge we use outside Moremi not only employs staff from the local village but also contributes financially towards the community trust. The village board use that income for the betterment of the local people. The lease environmental management plan is for the benefit of conservation of the region.
On request we can book you a single room at additional costs. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.
You can use USD and your credit card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars
We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.
We have just completed the Botswana & Zimbabwe “Ivory Route” BZac15 – what an amazing holiday. We were captivated from day 1 starting our journey at Vic Falls. What a magnificent sight, then on to Hwange National Park where we had our first glimpse of the wild life, so breath taking. Each day was so different and we never knew what to expect. Most of our group got to see the Big 5 so that was a plus also. The accommodation was out of this world – so luxurious and a higher standard to what we were expecting. Everyone was so friendly and nothing was a problem. The meals too were excellent. Last, but not least, our guides Christopher and Chris, they were exceptional. The knowledge and passion that they have for Africa is a credit to them and to your company. They were so full of energy and smiles and the rapport that they have with staff at each lodge made our stay so comfortable. Please pass on our thanks to them. Once again a big thank you to Sunway for providing an exceptional tour.
I’m delighted to provide some additional feedback regarding our recent ‘classic/ivory route’ accommodated tour (Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia). This was a very full-on tour, brilliantly facilitated by Chris and Bryan. No praise is too much in terms of their professionalism, warmth, friendship, knowledge and sense of fun! Chris drove us 1000s of miles with great care and Bryan contributed in so many ways, making them a team that you must be very proud of. We were hugely grateful that Chris was able to find a solution to the fuel crisis in Zimbabwe – otherwise our tour would have been over before it had really begun! I would be very pleased if the directors of Sunway could be made aware of our praise and thanks – we returned to the UK feeling enriched and much more knowledgable about Southern Africa, its people, fauna and flora.
Thank you once again for yet another wonderful trip with Sunway Safaris. We have just returned from the 2-week Botswana & Zimbabwe Ivory Route, which exceeded our already high expectations (we have traveled several times with Sunways). The route was well chosen and the activities as well. The accommodations were all good, Hyena Pan was again fantastic with the many animals at the waterhole. The travel times were long but absolutely in order. Our highlights were: – Matobos National Park, where we were only a few meters away from the rhinoceros (mummy, dad and baby) – Moremi Game Reserve, where we have seen a young leopard have torn a little impala – Shakawe – Okavango Delta, where we spent a night on a houseboat – Maun – the flight with the open helicopter over the Okavango Delta (at his own expense) – Chobe National Park, where we have seen a lot of elephants and of course a leopard with its two babies. We will never forget this trip – our honeymoon. Many thanks to Sunway Safaris and our two guides Chris Zvidzayi and Chris Zulu who have made this possible. All in all, we can only recommend Sunways and already plan another safari with Sunways next year.