ZIMBABWE LODGE SAFARIS

ZIMBABWE & BOTSWANA BUDGET LODGE SAFARI

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A fully accommodated 16 day lodge safari visiting some of the highlights of Zimbabwe and Botswana. This safari includes wildlife, history, ancient culture, scenery and adventure while staying in clean and comfortable accommodation and guided by an experienced safari guide. A perfect safari if you are travelling on a budget

ITINERARY

Day 1: JOHANNESBURG to KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (Letaba Restcamp)
Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head into the world famous Kruger National Park. We visit the northern part of the park from Letaba to Punda Maria. We enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in our safari vehicle and hope to spot lion, elephant, rhino and other animals in this icon of wildlife conservation.
Included meals: lunch and dinner

Day 2: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (Awelani Tourism Park)
This morning we wake early and game drive north through the park to the Pafuri region. The northern Kruger is dominated by mopane veld and is the domain of large elephant bulls, wilddog and lions. As we reach the Limpopo Valley the vegetation changes to forest and birdlife is prolific. We exit the park, late in the afternoon, and overnight at a lodge just outside the Kruger.
Included meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 3: GREAT ZIMBABWE (Great Zimbabwe Hotel)
Entering Zimbabwe at the Beit Bridge border post, we travel north to our overnight stop. The following morning we visit the Great Zimbabwe Monuments. These well preserved ruins are some of the oldest and largest stone structures in Southern Africa and were built during the 11th to 14th centuries. We explore these ancient stone structures on an informative walk with a local guide.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 & 5: MOTOPO NATIONAL PARK (Hermits Peak Lodge)
Travelling via the city of Bulawayo we move on to the Matobo National Park and our chalets on the outskirts of the park. This afternoon we enjoy sundowners from the granite ridge overlooking the park.

The following morning we visit World’s View and the historical site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave. Unusual rock formations are home to an array of ancient bushman paintings which we visit while on our game drive and walk. This area is also home to Zimbabwe’s rhino which we hope to see on our excursion in the national park.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 6 & 7: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK (Miombo Safari Camp)
Here Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers. Hwange is famed for its large elephant population. Our chalets are in the game management area that borders the park, and we explore the park with our local guide, on a full day game drive in an open 4WD game viewing vehicle.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 8 & 9: VICTORIA FALLS (Rainbow Hotel)
We enjoy a spectacular guided walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” – Victoria Falls.

There are opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).
Included meals: breakfast

Day 10: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK (Thebe River Safaris)
Entering Botswana, we head to the town of Kasane and our accommodation on the banks of the Chobe River The river flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa.

A highlight of any trip to the Chobe is the afternoon game viewing cruise where we hope to see large herds of elephants and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11: NATA (Nata Lodge)
This morning there is time for an optional (own expense) game drive in the Chobe National Park.Heading south through the Kasane Forest Reserve we make our way to the Nata area for our overnight stop.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 12 – 14: OKAVANGO DELTA (2x tented camping, 1x Rivernest Cottages)
We transfer into the delta by open 4WD game viewing vehicle. Our local guides will take us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta on Mokoro (dugout canoes) to our pre-erected tented camp.

The Delta forms as rain water from the Angolan highlands flows out over the flat Kalahari Desert sands, forming a delicate, green oasis for birds and wildlife.

Our camp is on a remote island in this amazingly dynamic environment and we enjoy bush walks, bird watching and swimming in the clear waters. Camping with our local guides we learn more about their lifestyle and culture. Returning to Maun in the afternoon of day 14 there is time for an optional scenic flight over the Okavango (own expense).
Included meals: breakfast x3, lunch x3 & dinner x2

Day 15: KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY (Khama Rhino Sanctuary)
Heading south from Maun, we cross the wide open spaces of the Kalahari Desert on our way to Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in protecting rhino and restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its natural state. The reserve provides economic benefits to the local Batswana community through sustainable use of natural resources.We hope to spot rhino on an afternoon game drive.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 16: JOHANNESBURG – TOUR ENDS
Crossing back into South Africa, we make our way to Johannesburg where the tour ends at +/- 18:00.
Included meals: breakfast

Price:
2018: € 2 430.00 per person sharing + US$ 300 local payment
2019: € 2 490.00 per person sharing + US$ 300 local payment

From

€2 430 pps

+ $300 local payment

16 days

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kruger National Park – game drives

  • Zimbabwe Ruins – guided tour

  • Matobos – game drive

  • Hwange – game drives in open vehicle

  • Victoria Falls – adventure activities

  • Chobe National Park – sunset river cruise

  • Okavango Delta – mekoro excursions

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 13 nights, chalets, guesthouses, hotels and permanent tents, 2 nights tented camping

  • Entrance fees

  • Use of camping equipment in the Delta (including sleeping bags & pillow)

  • Transport in minibus / safari truck & 4WD

  • Meals as per itinerary

  • Professional guide

  • Okavango Delta excursion

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This safari has set departure dates:

2018
04Aug18 – 19Aug18 Double departure
11Aug18 – 26Aug18 (German)
18Aug18 – 02Sep18
25Aug18 – 09Sep18
01Sep18 – 16Sep18
08Sep18 – 23Sep18 (German)
15Sep18 – 30Sep18
22Sep18 – 07Oct18 (German)
29Sep18 – 14Oct18
06Oct18 – 21Oct18
13Oct18 – 28Oct18 (German)
20Oct18 – 04Nov18
27Oct18 – 11Nov18
03Nov18 – 18Nov18
10Nov18 – 25Nov18
17Nov18 – 02Dec18
24Nov18 – 09Dec18
01Dec18 – 16Dec18
22Dec18 – 06Jan-19

2019
05Jan19 – 20Jan19
12Jan19 – 27Jan19
26Jan19 – 10Feb19
09Feb19 – 24Feb19 (German)
23Feb19 – 10Mar19
16Mar19 – 31Mar19
23Mar19 – 07Apr19
06Apr19 – 21Apr19
13Apr19 – 28Apr19
27Apr19 – 12May19 (German)
04May19 – 19May19
18May19 – 02Jun19
01Jun19 – 16Jun19
08Jun19 – 23Jun19
22Jun19 – 07Jul19
29Jun19 – 14Jul19
06Jul19 – 21Jul19 (German)
13Jul19 – 28Jul19
20Jul19 – 04Aug19
27Jul19 – 11Aug19
03Aug19 – 18Aug19 (German)
03Aug19 – 18Aug19
10Aug19 – 25Aug19 (German)
17Aug19 – 01Sep19
24Aug19 – 08Sep19
31Aug19 – 15Sep19
07Sep19 – 22Sep19 (German)
14Sep19 – 29Sep19
21Sep19 – 06Oct19 (German)
28Sep19 – 13Oct19
05Oct19 – 20Oct19
12Oct19 – 27Oct19 (German)
19Oct19 – 03Nov19
26Oct19 – 10Nov19
02Nov19 – 17Nov19
09Nov19 – 24Nov19
16Nov19 – 01Dec19
23Nov19 – 08Dec19
30Nov19 – 15Dec19
21Dec19 – 05Jan20

Bold dates: guaranteed to depart

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