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9 Nights – Best of Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe

10 Days / 9 Nights

This beautifully designed itinerary, focusses on 3 keys areas of Southern Africa. Chobe National Park, in the northern section of Botswana, teeming with over 60 000 elephants then we head up ,the mighty Zambezi river, inside Zambia, and near the natural wonder of Victoria Falls.

 

Our final region is located in the heart of a remote section of Hwange national park, in the western section of Zimbabwe, filled with rare animals, and unique teak forests and eco systems that are unlike any other part of the region. 3 nights in each location, filled with nature, fascinating African cultures, and genuine, caring hospitality that makes each of these 3 nations fascinating.

In addition all 3 countries are easy to enter, and visas can be obtained in advance, or on arrival at the borders.

Itinerary Snapshot

  • DAY 1:

    Arrive Johannesburg  early morning, connect onto direct flight to Kasane. Access to a VIP lounge at JNB airport to shower, and enjoy wonderful 5 star buffet. Check in at 09h45 for flight departing at 11h45- 13h30.( Johannesburg to Kasane)  Arrival in Northern Botswana. Our guides will meet you at the airport, transfer to Chobe Game Lodge. Transfer to Chobe Game Lodge, 1 hour from the airport, via a short orientation tour of the national park. Check in mid afternoon. Relax after the days travel, and welcome dinner. 

  • DAY 2:  

    Morning breakfast, and then depart on a boat cruise on the Chobe river, in special electric boats, which are much quieter than normal boats. Return for lunch and time at leisure, before departing on an afternoon game drive in electric vehicles in Chobe National Park. Return for dinner celebrating local specialities from Southern Africa. A handmade recipe book on how to make simple African meals in 30 minutes will be presented to each guest in French. We will also have a guide explaining the next day process to visit the local village and school supported by the lodge. 

  • DAY 3:

    Today we will take a very special drive, a great day planned of visiting a village and school, where we will enjoy the company of local Botswana people and learn about their traditions, as well as get an opportunity to take time in to see the school that is supported by the lodge. We will enjoy a lunch and some informative sessions,  and return to Chobe Game lodge in the late afternoon.  Dinner back at the lodge, overlooking the Chobe River floodplain. 

  • DAY 4:

    After breakfast, and final safari activity at Chobe, and head back to the town of Kasane, and then cross over into Zambia, and arrive at Royal Livingstone hotel in time for a lunch in the mid afternoon( 1 hour 45 minute drive) . Time to relax for 1 to 2 hours,  then do a sunset cruise on the Zambezi river, followed by a Boma dinner with paraffin lamps, barbecue on the banks of the Zambezi river, and beautiful dancing and bonfires. 

  • DAY 5:

    Today we will enjoy a fantastic tour of the falls on the Zambian side and lunch at the famous Lookout Café built on the edge of the Zambezi river gorge. Return mid afternoon to the hotel and freshen up, and time at leisure. Dinner will be at the elegant Old Drift restaurant, which is a celebration of fusion of European and Zambian cuisine. The setting is amazing, with views of the river, the riverine forest and often antelope and zebra walking directly in front of the restaurants deck.

  • DAY 6:

    Today we plan to have a full day at leisure, for the group to relax, perhaps do some shopping.  In the evening we will enjoy dinner in two phases. The first will be on the famous Kubu viewing deck, overlooking the Zambezi river, and the plume of cloud of the falls in the background. An elegant champagne, and light snack menus will be served, before we will be escorted up into the stunning  lawns venue with fairy lights in the trees and paraffin lamps, under huge mahogany trees.

    The gala dinner evening will be an elegant affair, with lovely 3 course meal. If there is rain, we will use an elegant Zebra banquet hall, with lovely décor, and a banqueting set up will be provided. After this we will transfer to the Johannesburg international airport ( 30 minutes away) for your evening flight back to Israel.

  • Day 7:

    After breakfast, we will transfer from Livingstone to Vic Falls airport. Then we will hand over the majority of the guests luggage, to be cared for by our managers, who will take it to their offices for safe keeping. Each guest will be able to take 15kgs of soft luggage for the 3 nights in Hwange. We will board a few Cessna Grand Caravan Planes ( 10 seaters) , and fly 30 minutes south over the Hwange National Park.  Arrival at Manga airstrip

    Welcome surprise lunch will be served to the whole group together near the airstrip, in a very special location for wildlife viewing. Then from this lunch near the airstrip, the group will be split across 3 Somalisa Camps ( 20 minutes drive). At least once a day, we will eat a meal together. Either breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

     

  • Day 8:

    Today is a very special day; the whole group, from each camp, will spend time together for the whole day. We will visit remote villages around Mambanje, where the focus is on 3 areas: A solar light project to help students study after dark, a high school project to help students finish school, and a community anti poaching project. This day will complete immersion in a rural community that is well supported through tourism and conservation initiatives.  This journey will be a full day, leaving at breakfast, returning by 17h00.  

    The whole group will have a special lunch prepared in the village for us, were we will all eat together. Tonight the guests will enjoy meals at their own safari camps, after spending the whole day together

  • Day 9:

    Our final full day in Africa, is  all about some exciting expeditions through the heart of Hwange, looking for the famous  elephant herds and other rare animals like Sable Antelope, Hwange lion prides and endangered African Wild Dog. A different eco system compared to Chobe, and some very rare animals and fascinating anti poaching programs in the area. 

    Our program for today is to enjoy 2 amazing safaris, morning and afternoon with meals back at camp. Tonight  we will enjoy a combined bush dinner as the whole group, with lanterns, set under the stars. We will enjoy dancing around the fire and a lovely final evening in Africa! We will celebrate the entire journey  on hand made canvas photos and works of art celebrating local artists, showing visuals of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.  They will be placed at various points on the lawns. Our guest speaker will tell us about the Southern African skies, constellations, planets and stars that make up the night sky.

  • Day 10:

    After breakfast, our final game drive will form part of our journey back to the Manga airstrip, fly 30 minutes back in Cessna Grand Caravans up to Victoria Falls airport, 10h00 leave camp. 10h45 fly out from the airstrip. 11h15 Land in Victoria Falls airport. Our team will hand back the groups big pieces of luggage and then they can do a group check in at 12h00. 

     13H55- 15H35: fly 2 hours back to Johannesburg on British airways, or SAA, and connect onto international outgoing flight back to Europe. The group will have access to a business class lounge with food and showers to freshen up. 

Best of Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Price

  • Per Person Sharing:

  • From$ 522000

  • 21 – 30 March 2020

All pricing based on a minimum of 40 PAX

  • Single Person:

  • From$ 7 64000

  • 21 – 30 March 2020

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation with all meals and daily mineral waters are included.
  • (3 nights Chobe Game Lodge, 3 nights Royal Livingstone Hotel, 3 nights Somalisa camps, Hwange
  • Some local soft drinks, teas, house-wines and beers are included at Chobe Game Lodge, and Somalisa Camps.
  • Transport in 4 x 4's whilst on safari, closed air-conditioned vehicles when travelling from the main airports to gates of national parks.
  • All entrance fees, national park fees and daily conservation levies in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia
  • Welcome drinks and portage at each lodge/ hotel.
  • Specialized small pillow gifts within the itinerary.
  • 2 local tour managers.
  • 1 international tour leader
  • Donation to enhance the education services at the village school in Botswana, and a donation to help with the medical needs of the projects in Zimbabwe.

EXCLUSIONS

  • International flights arriving in Johannesburg at the start of the trip, and departing from Johannesburg at the end of the trip.
  • Scheduled economy class flight from Johannesburg ( JNB) to Kasane ( BBK) on the day of arrival in South Africa.
  • Scheduled economy class flight from Victoria Falls( VFA), to Johannesburg ( JNB) on day of departure.
  • Visas for Botswana are currently free, and obtained on arrival in Botswana's Kasane airport, on the first day.
  • Visas for Zambia and Zimbabwe, can be obtained via the Uni Visa , e-visa system in advance. u$ 80 per person
  • All soft drinks, wines, beers and spirits at Royal Livingstone, as well as for lunches and dinners for the final 3 nights in Zambia.
  • Premium drinks, imported spirits or drinks, imported champagnes .
  • All items purchased for personal usage, eg laundry, telephone calls, gifts for family
  • Any items not clearly mentioned under inclusions.
  • Extra branding over and above, personalized welcome and departure gifts, signage on buses and at hotels.

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