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Walking in Zimbabwe and Botswana

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Untouched Zimbabwe trails and the Okavango Delta - see the Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, and the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
  • Product Code 47100
  • Holiday Type Sightseeing And Walking Holidays, Rich In Wildlife Holidays, New Holidays
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Moderate, Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights

Zimbabwe is a country of outstanding natural beauty and spectacular safari experiences. Botswana is renowned for its unspoilt wilderness, incredible wildlife, and of course, the Okavango Delta.

We start our journey in Zimbabwe where we’ll visit extraordinary Victoria Falls. Hike along the top of the Batoka Gorge, a large basalt rock gorge carved by the Zambezi River, it's truly beautiful. Travel to Kasane, the confluence of four African countries: Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. We venture down the river on an afternoon boat cruise and discover the wildlife that call Chobe National Park home.

Continuing to Hwange National Park and Matapos, we venture out for a 4x4 game drive and safari walks. Moving south, we cross the border into Botswana to explore the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, an ideal location to admire birdlife. Next is the Okavango Delta where we enjoy a mokoro trip and full day nature walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Hike the route of the Batoka Gorge.
  • Discover Africa’s animals and bird life on 4x4 game drives and on foot.
  • Explore Botswana’s watery labyrinth - Okavango Delta.
  • Explore Chobe National Park, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans and Hwange National Park
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Flight from Heathrow to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg, returning Johannesburg to Heathrow (British Airways and Comair) 
      Internal flight Maun – Johannesburg 
      Airport transfers 
      En suite accommodation with breakfast 
      Most meals (two lunches are not included) 
      Safari game drives 
      All entrance fees as suggested in the itinerary 
      English speaking local guide 
      All local transport costs. 
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4/SS

  1. Day 1

    We depart London Heathrow for our overnight flight to Victoria Falls, via Johannesburg. 

  2. Day 2

    On arrival in Victoria Falls, we visit the mighty falls itself on route to our hotel. 

  3. Day 3

    Today we have an early start to visit the Batoka Gorge (240km, 3 ½ hours), an impressive array of sandstone-filled zig zag cracks and chasms created by Victoria Falls. We walk along the top of the gorge and encounter spectacular views. We may even see thrilling white-water rafting below us. We finish at the Ndebele village where you’ll be greeted by the local headman and his family. We explore the village, visit their decorated thatched roofed mud huts and learn about the local community; including their culture, education, livestock and lifestyle. We enjoy lunch with the village before returning to our accommodation.

  4. Day 4

    We travel to Kasane (80km, 1 hour), a small village near the border of Africa’s four corners: Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe. It is also close to the confluence of two major rivers, the Chobe and the Zambezi. Here we can find the gateway to the Chobe National Park. We enjoy an afternoon boat cruise where we hope to see breath-taking views and wildlife – get your camera’s ready! 

  5. Day 5

    This morning we enjoy an early morning game drive where we hope to see an array of wildlife including rare birdlife, elephant, hippo, lion and buffalo! We then take a midday walk to the secluded Impalila Island on the Eastern tip of Namibia close to the confluence of the Zambezi River and the Chobe River. The island is inhibited by approximately 500 people in its many tiny fishing and farming villages. We take a short boat transfer. Here we will have to be cleared with Kasane and Namibian immigration.  Here we will learn about the culture and traditions, as well as the plant and tree life used by the locals for medicinal purposes. Our walk will take us through the collection of baobab trees, including an impressive 2000-year-old baobab tree!

  6. Day 6

    Today we drive to Hwange (195km, 2 ½ hours). We explore the Hwange National Park in an afternoon game drive. Hwange National Park is the country’s biggest reserve and home to giraffe, lion, zebra and over 40,000 elephants! It is also a sanctuary for endangered species including a small population of wild dogs.

  7. Day 7

     Today we have a full game drive through Hwange National Park – keep your camera’s handy! 

  8. Day 8

    We travel to Matobo National Park, located in the spectacular Matobo Hills (385km, 5 ½ hours). We enjoy a half day rhino game walk. We hope to see rhino’s up close as well as learning about the various plant life and Matobo Hills.

  9. Day 9

    Today we will hike to one of the remote rock art sites called Inanke. The cave is well lit and is located high up on the steep granite slopes of Inanke Mountain with spectacular views across the incredible Matobo Hills. Here you’ll see a colourful collection of animal paintings, created 2000 years ago or more. We walk through the mountains to Rhodes grave for the sunset. Cecil John Rhodes, a British Imperialist, scaled the Matoppos in 1896 and named it the view of the world. Rhodes grave is his final resting place. 

  10. Day 10

     We visit the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (340km, 5 ½ hours). Declared a game reserve in 1970, this salty desert is a vital habitat for Africa’s biggest zebra populations and for many predators including lion, cheetah and hyena. 

  11. Day 11

    Today we travel to Maun in northern Botswana (300km, 5 hours). Maun is the bustling metropolis and is considered Botswana’s tourism capital due to its ideal starting point for most Okavango Delta expeditions. 

  12. Day 12

    Today we have an early start to enjoy an exciting full day delta nature walk. We experience a Mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe used as transport in the Okavango Delta. A perfect day for fantastic camera opportunities.

  13. Day 13

    We spend our last full day exploring the Moremi Game reserve on a full day game drive. This reserve is one of the most diverse reserves and covers 40% of the Okavango. It consists of lagoons, grasslands, forests, savannah, floodplains and pans, making it a very unique ecosystem. The Moremi Game Reserve has an abundance of opportunities for spectacular game viewing and bird watching.

  14. Day 14

    We say goodbye to Zimbabwe and Botswana. We transfer to Maun airport for an internal flight to Johannesburg. We then fly to the UK. 

  15. Day 15

    Return to the UK. 

Travel Details

  • Flight from Heathrow to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg, returning Johannesburg to Heathrow (British Airways and Comair)
  • Internal flight Maun – Johannesburg
  • Arrival transfer by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

A'Zambezi River Lodge


Just a short 5km from Victoria Falls, the a’Zambezi River Lodge is located on the banks of the river Zambezi in Zimbabwe. It is a 3 star establishment surrounded by the beauty of Victoria falls. The lodges have distinctive thatched roofs, traditional architecture and an African style design, allowing them to blend into the surrounding environment. The lodges have air conditioning, ensuite facilities, satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, a safe and balcony/terrace area overlooking the gardens.


Chobe Safari Lodge

Chobe Safari Lodge is located on the banks of the Chobe River in northern Botswana, situated in the town of Kasane, the lodge is close to where the borders of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia meet. . Accommodation is either in the luxury River Rooms, Safari Rooms, or the traditional thatched rondavels. The lodge has a number of facilities including an outdoor pool, a cocktail bar, the Sedudu Bar; overlooking Sedudu Island in the Chobe River, an internet café, a volleyball and squash court, a health and beauty salon and a curio and craft shop. 

 


Sable Sands


Sable Sands Lodge is located in the outskirts of the unfenced Hwange National Park. The open-plan eco-friendly thatched ‘rondavels’ (beehive huts) are traditional and spacious, yet simple in furnishings with ensuite faciltiies.The lodge is an off the grid lodge so there are only a few h ours of electrical power and limited use at night, however enough power and time to charge your cameras! There are solar lights in each lodge for the evening when the power is restricted.