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Hwange, Victoria Falls, Chobe and Okavango Delta

13 days / 12 nights - Hwange National Park • Victoria Falls • Chobe National Park • Okavango Delta • Johannesburg

Apart from an essential interlude exploring one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, this amazing African Safari takes you far away from people and deep into the African bush as you visit three magnificent game parks each with striking contrasts from each other.

 

13 days / 12 nights – Hwange National Park • Victoria Falls • Chobe National Park • Okavango Delta • Johannesburg 

Apart from an essential interlude exploring one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, this amazing African Safari takes you far away from people and deep into the African bush as you visit three magnificent game parks each with striking contrasts from each other.
Starting off in Hwange National Park – home of African wild dogs, rhino and all the rest – you then spend a few days in Victoria Falls. A short transfer takes you to the Chobe River and then it’s on to the Okavango Delta. You will be hard pressed to pick a highlight.
This 13-day tour is well suited to travellers who have been to Cape Town or Kruger Park already and who want to experience the African bush way off the beaten track. The safari lodges and hotels I have chosen are amongst my favourites as they offer comfortable accommodation, great locations, good food and personal service – all the elements for an enjoyable and relaxing stay.
The tour starts and ends in Johannesburg and includes return flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, all transfers, accommodation and all your sight-seeing and safari activities.

Day 1 – 4: Hwange National Park
Fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls International Airport and transfer directly to Hwange National Park about two and a half hours from the airport.
Enjoy an untamed safari in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest game park and home to all the country’s protected animals including what is thought to be one of the largest populations of African wild dog. A place contrasting landscape and season, Hwange is not yet very well known, meaning now is the time to visit before it becomes popular!

Day 4 – 7: Victoria Falls
Transfer back to Victoria Falls for three nights at this amazing place. In addition to visiting the falls themselves a short walk from the hotel, there are many optional activities in and around the Victoria Falls, which at its fullest in June, is the largest single curtain of falling water in the world. Besides viewing the majestic falls and rainforest, you have included three activities:

  • Relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
  • Half-day interaction and ride with orphaned elephants
  • Scenic helicopter flight over Victoria Falls (aptly known as the flight of angels!)

Day 7 – 9: Chobe National Park
Transfer by road from Zimbabwe into Botswana (about two hours) to Chobe National Park. Experience a larger-than-life safari in Chobe, home to the largest single concentration of elephants in Africa. For the love of unspoilt Africa, Chobe will capture the magnificence and very real essence of Botswana’s natural landscapes and wildlife heritage.

Day 9 – 12: Okavango Delta
Transfer by road to Kasane Airport (15 minutes) and board a short shuttle flight into the Okavango Delta.
As a wild, unspoilt and scenic destination, the Okavango Delta must be one of Africa’s highlights. The grand finale of your amazing holiday is an intimate water-based Delta safari. Relax and enjoy game viewing and bird watching while gliding through the waterways in a mokoro and special delta motorboats. Instead of game drives, your ranger will lead you on island bush walks to encounter game without the confines of a vehicle.

Day 12 – 13: Johannesburg
Transfer by air to Maun and connect with your regional flight to Johannesburg where you can either fly out directly if your itinerary allows or stay overnight in this vibrant city. You can either relax at the resort hotel or explore Johannesburg’s many attractions.

Day 13: Departure
Transfer back to the airport and catch your flight home after one truly amazing African safari.

 

Hwange National Park – Enormous Big 5 game reserve in Zimbabwe
Hwange National Park is the biggest and some say best wildlife reserve in Zimbabwe, and one of Africa’s premier conservation areas. The park is brimming with wildlife and remains in good condition, with an airport and well-maintained road network. It is home to the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – as well as over 400 species of birds, abundant plains game and an array of mammals.
It is an exceptionally diverse park with landscapes ranging from savannah to Kalahari sands, acacia scrub to saltpans where animals congregate heavily during the dry season. Hwange is also home to a number of luxury lodges which promise high standards of luxury and comfort as well as an enthralling wildlife experience.

Victoria Falls – Natural Wonder and Adventure Capital of Africa
The Victoria Falls is the most famous destination in Zimbabwe. With its central location to Zambia, Namibia and Botswana, it makes the perfect place to include in your African safari.
One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Falls are simply spectacular. When in the rainy season, they form the largest curtain of falling water in the world – the sight is quite something! And few travellers will disagree that they are the most beautiful Falls in the world with lush rainforest and wildlife around in abundance.
Vic Falls is considered the ‘Adrenalin Capital of Africa’ with an array of adventure activities. Try your hand at bungee jumping, white water rafting along the roaring Zambezi River, and river boarding as well as taking a helicopter trip over the Falls themselves. Go on an elephant back safari through the bush and spot wildlife in the Victoria Falls National Park. For the more sedate, there are sunset cruises, guided tours and walks as well as cultural visits to villages and markets where you can do some souvenir shopping.

Chobe – The ultimate wildlife safaris and luxury lodges
Chobe in Botswana has one of the largest concentrations of game in the whole of the African continent. It is also one the world’s largest remaining wilderness areas and offers the most diverse array of wildlife out of all of Botswana’s national parks.
Chobe is located in the very northeast corner of Botswana and only a short 90 minute drive from Victoria Falls. Chobe is probably most well known for its large herds of African Elephants, but this is just the tip of the iceberg – witness the great Zebra migration, marvel at the myriad of predators roaming the open plains, birdwatch for hours on end and go on escorted game walks with knowledgeable guides.
The Chobe Region around Kasane is where some of Botswana’s most well known safari lodges such as Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero and Chobe Game Lodge can be found. Here the river is at its widest and most tranquil and surrounded by floodplains, sandridges and forest. This area is easily accessible from Victoria Falls. Upstream and west of Kasane is the Linyanti Region and Savuti Region. Remote and usually only accessible by light aircraft, this area is much quieter and more secluded and is well known for its plentiful and abundant numbers of predators and general wildlife.

Okavango Delta – Enjoy a canoe ride through the land of elephants
Described as “the river which never finds the sea”, the Okavango River in northwestern Botswana disappears into a 6,000-square-mile maze of lagoons, channels, and islands. The Okavango Delta is a spectacular site either in flood or at other times of the year. Teeming with wildlife and over 400 bird species, a visit to Botswana’s Delta is an experience of a lifetime.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is the largest inland Delta in the world. It’s made up of an intricate network of channels and lagoons, and one of Africa’s vast unspoilt and pristine wilderness areas teeming with wildlife. See the Okavango Delta facts and information page for more information.
Stay in comfort and style at one of the many Camps and Lodges in the Okavango. Reminisce fireside about your day’s game viewing by mokoro (dug out canoe), boat or Land Rover. Wake to the loud grumbling of an elephant’s tummy and lie silent and still in your luxury tent while it grazes only a stone’s throw away. Experience a sunset unlike any other, as the sun dips on another day on safari in the Okavango Delta.

Johannesburg – South Africa’s Golden City
Johannesburg is the business capital of South Africa and the economic powerhouse of Africa. It produces a large proportion of the country’s GDP and attracts investment and skills from all over the world. It is without a doubt the most cosmopolitan city in South Africa with people from all over the continent and the rest of the world. With a population of about 8 million in the greater metropolis, the city has expanded and now virtually connects to Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital. It is the provincial capital of Gauteng, South Africa’s wealthiest province and is the only real global city in sub-Saharan Africa.
Johannesburg is also one of Africa’s main travel hubs and an inevitable access point to many Southern African destinations.
The city was formed in the 1880s after gold and diamonds were discovered on the Witwatersrand. This gold rush led to numerous people flocking to the area in search of riches and labour and the settlement quickly expanded to become the largest in the country. The locals refer to it as Egoli – City of Gold in the Zulu language. Mining is still a major part of the industry around ‘Joburg/Jozi’ but business and information technology are now leading the way.