Game drive in Hwange

Botswana Parks & Okavango Delta Budget Lodge Safari

Tour Length15 days
Priced from pps $3414 R45007 £2648 2900 A$4305 C$4307 NZ$4668 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Max. Group Size 12 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Accommodation Safari Lodge / Luxury Camping
  • Transport Game Viewing - Open 4x4 / Microbus / Overland Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Exceptional Birding, Leopards, Lions, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This 15-day budget lodge safari explores top wilderness areas in northern Botswana, rich in culture, wildlife and diversity.

We start at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe heading to Hwange National Park, one of Africa's finest wildlife havens. Then cross into Botswana via the scenic Matetsi safari area, before proceeding to the Nata Bird Sanctuary in the Greater Magkadigkadi Pans. From there we explore the Khwai River Concession, known for its mammal sightings and then the scenic Moremi Game Reserve. Travelling deeper into the Okavango Delta, we experience this pristine wetland hosting an abundance of birds and game.

Next, head to Namibia's fertile Caprivi Strip, game viewing in Mahango National Park home to towering baobabs, antelopes, large herds of elephants and other Big Five animals. Crossing back into Botswana we drive to Chobe National Park, offering some of the finest game viewing in Africa. We explore Chobe on a morning game drive and take a game viewing boat cruise on the Chobe River in the afternoon.

The last leg of the Budget Botswana Lodge Safari takes us to Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls town, where you visit the thundering Victoria Falls.

Responsible Travel Note

During this trip you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.

We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.

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Itinerary for this Tour

DAY 1: Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

Arriving at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be collected and taken to your overnight lodge in the town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to embark on one of the numerous adventure activities available in and around Victoria Falls. In the evening you meet up with your tour guide and the fellow travellers at the lodge for a pre-safari briefing.

DAY 2 - 4: Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park – Zimbabwe

This Botswana Parks and Okavango Delta Safari departs early in the morning from Victoria Falls on day two, travelling to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

This afternoon you can take an optional game drive in Hwange Park if time allows. On day three and four we have ample time to explore the wilderness area of Hwange on a full day game drives.

Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest wildlife havens and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. Additionally, it is home to many predators and endangered species as well as abundant and varied birdlife. At Hwange we take a trip to the nearby Painted Dog Conservation Centre, to learn more about these endangered carnivores and see them at close range.

For the next three nights we stay at a quiet and intimate safari lodge overlooking a watering hole near Hwange.

Distance: 190 km / Departure: 08h00
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (x3)

DAY 5: Hwange National Park to Nata – Botswana

We rise early on day five, to get an early start on the longest drive of the Botswana Game Parks Safari.

Leaving Hwange Park we head towards Botswana through the scenic Matetsi safari area, keeping an eye out for game along the way. In the late afternoon we arrive at our overnight safari lodge near Nata, in time to watch the elephants visiting a nearby waterhole.

Distance: 420 km / Departure: 06h00
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6: Nata Bird Sanctuary and Khwai River Area – Botswana

In the morning we drive to the Nata Bird Sanctuary, after breakfast at the lodge. At the bird sanctuary we do a spot of bird watching and admire the open view over the Sowa Pan section of the Greater Magkadigkadi Pans area.

Then our Botswana Game Parks Safari takes us to the private Khwai Concession Area, on the fringes of the pristine Okavango Delta.

Neighbouring the Moremi Game Reserve in the northeastern part of the Okavango Delta, the Khwai reserve is well known for its high concentration of mammal species, including predators. Khwai offers rewarding game viewing throughout the year with a wide array of animals often being spotted on a single game viewing drive. Wildlife includes elephants, leopards, lions, buffalos, as well as endangered wild dogs and cheetahs. Birdlife is also prolific offering outstanding sightings of raptors and wildfowl species.

The Khwai Concession is considered one of the best wildlife destinations in Botswana, frequently providing superb predator sightings.

Please note: We visit Sowa Pan if time allows and water levels and weather conditions are suitable.

Distance: 450 km / Departure: 08h00
Lunch Stop: en route
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7: Khwai Community Concession – Botswana

We set off into the Khwai wilderness area after breakfast in open 4X4 safari vehicles on a morning game drive, in search of game. In the afternoon we embark on another game drive for more wildlife viewing.

This action-packed day of game viewing, promises sightings of a variety of wildlife species, including some of Africa’s Big Five. After dinner your guide will take you on a night drive, going in search of shy and elusive nocturnal animals and birds.

Distance: 150 km / Departure: 7h00
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8: Moremi Game Reserve – Botswana

Today we set off into the scenic and wildlife-rich Moremi Game Reserve. Moremi covers a large part of the eastern Okavango Delta and is home to an exceptionally high concentration of wildlife. The park consists of woodland, forest, floodplains and lagoons making it a varied wilderness area full of contrasts.

The whole of day eight is spent game viewing in the unspoilt Moremi Game Reserve sighting its wildlife, including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, hyena, jackal, impala, and red lechwe, among others.

Distance: 150 km / Departure: 7h00
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9 & 10: Okavango Delta – Botswana

Today we leave the wildlife haven of Moremi Reserve for our next wilderness gem in Botswana, the Okavango Delta. We drive to the western edge of the delta and on to Etsha 13, from where we enter the watery delta world of reed-lined channels and remote islands.

The next two nights are spent in a camp on the delta surrounded by untamed wilderness and the sounds of nature. The Okavango is the largest inland delta in the world and is unique in that it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the sea.

We explore the delta by Mekoros (traditional dug out canoes) moving between thickly vegetated islands on winding waterways and secluded lagoons. Mokoro trips are excellent for getting a close look at some of the birdlife and other delta wildlife. We also take an hour and a half guided walking tour on one of the delta’s secluded islands in search of elephants, waterbuck and other wild animals.

Distance: 395 km / Departure: 6h00
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (x2)

DAY 11: Mahangu Game Reserve – Namibia

On day eleven of the Botswana and Delta Lodge Safari we bid farewell to the unique and mysterious Okavango Delta wetlands of Botswana, moving north into neighbouring Namibia. We cross into Namibia, heading towards our next overnight lodge in the Caprivi Strip region.

We enjoy an afternoon game drive in the remote Mahango National Park which lies on the western banks of the Kavango River and is one of Namibia's most captivating and species-rich conservation areas. This diverse game park is part of the larger Bwabwata National Park, covering the untamed lands between the the Kavango and Kwando rivers.

Main features of the Mahangu are enormous baobab trees, riverine forests and flood plains where large herds of elephant, buffalo and red lechwe roam. The reserve is also home to plenty of birds and several predator species.

Distance: 180 km / Departure: 8h00
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12 & 13: Mahangu National Park to Chobe National Park – Botswana

After a night spent at our lodge near Mahangu game park we drive east through the Caprivi Strip of Namibia and make our way back into Botswana. Our destination for today is the town of Kasane, located near the borders between Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Kasane is a popular safari hub for accessing the famous Chobe National Park.

Start the morning of day 13 with a rewarding game drive in Chobe National Park, looking out for antelopes, elephants, lions and more.

After our game drive we head to back to the lodge for lunch and some free time to rest and unwind. In the afternoon (about 3:00) we set off on a relaxing Chobe Sunset Cruise which takes us along the river to spot an abundance of birds, as well as reptiles and mammals. The boat cruise enables us to get up close to various creatures, especially wallowing hippos, lurking crocodiles and thirsty elephants - fantastic encounters for close range photography.

Distance: 452 km / Departure: 8h00
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner / Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 14: Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

Today we return to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where our Botswana Budget Lodge Safari started.

The final day is spent visiting the mighty Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world, and participating in some of the many exciting optional activities available. The guided tour of this natural wonder is an unforgettable way to end our safari off.

Then you are free to do some optional activities (own expense and discretion), such as helicopter flips, white water rafting and bungee jumping.

Distance: 110 km / Departure: 8h00
Meal Plan: Breakfast

DAY 15: Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

Our memorable journey to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia comes to an end after breakfast in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Then you are transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your onward flight.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Tour Accommodation:

We stay in mid-range African standard lodge accommodation. The lodge accommodation is either in national parks, on riverbanks, or in other places of interest. The safari accommodation will be in a combination of lodges, chalets and tented camps. The accommodation establishments feature en suite bathrooms. Some of the lodges and camps have a swimming pool and/or bar area.

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