11 Days – 10 Nights Sounds Of Victoria Falls & Scents Of Botswana

Arrive/Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) – Moremi Game Reserve – Hainaveld & Ghanzi Farms – Savuti – Chobe National Park – Maun/Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Phezulu Guest Lodge Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) Day 1 Day 3 B&B 2 Nights
Camp Moremi Moremi Game Reserve Day 3 Day 6 FI 3 Nights
Haina Kalahari Lodge Hainaveld & Ghanzi Farms Day 6 Day 9 FI 3 Nights
Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge Savuti – Chobe National Park Day 9 Day 11 FI 2 Nights
Not Included Transfer for your International departure Day 11 Day 11 Breakfast Not Included

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FI: Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities

DAY 1 – 2: PHEZULU GUEST LODGE, VICTORIA FALLS (ZIMBABWE)

Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine a game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.

Activities

Tour of the Falls Zambia
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
The Boma Restaurant

Tour of the Falls Zambia

To discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them it is well worth booking a tour of the Falls. Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘the Smoke that Thunders’ and in more modern terms as ‘the greatest known curtain of falling water’, Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe.

A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor who is prepared to brave the tremendous spray with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls. One special vantage point is across the Knife edge bridge, where visitors can have the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls as well as the Boiling Pot where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge.

Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge and the Lookout Tree which commands a panoramic view across the Main Falls. Different times of the year will provide completely different experiences of the Falls region. Peak flood season is around March and April and the full power of the falls can be experienced in all its glory. As the floods abate the view of the falls gets better and better through the year, but at its lowest, around November and December the Falls become little rivulets running over the edge and in some places along the 1,7km width no waterfalls at all.

Please note:

During this time, it is recommended guests book a tour of the falls on the Zimbabwean side.

Zambezi Sunset Cruise: Zambezi Sunset Cruise is a superb way for guests to relax and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River. Guests have the opportunity to see a variety of game including hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and many different bird species. The cruise is a very popular activity with great opportunities for extraordinary pictures against the African sunset. The trip includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks.

The Boma Restaurant: Described as an unforgettable African experience infused with Zimbabwean cuisine, spirited performances and traditional storytelling, The Boma – Place of Eating has firmly established itself as a Victoria Falls highlight. Partially open to the skies, The Boma specialises in a superb selection of Zimbabwean dishes.

A four-course meal combines a choice of starters with a barbecue buffet. The adventurous are enticed with local delicacies such as mopani worms and potjiekos (hunter’s game stew), whilst those wishing to enjoy beef, pork, fish and chicken or a variety of vegetarian meals are welcome to do so.

The sights and sounds of the evening are accentuated by a feast of nightly entertainment, incorporating traditional dancers, who captivate guests with their vibrant songs and dance.

The acclaimed Zambezi Drumbeat provides a wonderful interactive drumming experience.

Transfers

Date Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 1 Victoria Falls International Airport [VFA] Phezulu Guest Lodge To Be Advised Transfer

Overnight: Phezulu Guest Lodge   

Situated in the quiet residential area, PheZulu Guest Lodge is approximately 3.5km from the Victoria Falls.

All 21 rooms are tastefully decorated with local artwork with bathrooms en-suite.

The lodge oozes vibes of playful sophistication, which combined with the great staff make it hard to leave disappointed. Our rates are inclusive of a Continental and full English breakfast as well as complimentary Wi-Fi. Lunches and dinners can be provided on request.

A short taxi drive to the main town gives guests access to a variety of activities for all ages and personalities. There is no shortage of things to do in Victoria Falls and if you need help deciding, our Front Office staffs are always happy to help.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 3 – 5: CAMP MOREMI, MOREMI GAME RESERVE

Moremi Game Reserve

The amazing foresight of Chief Moremi created one of the world’s most famous reserves, conserving part of the Okavango Delta and the plains to its east. The reserve covers more than 4871 sq kms of pristine wilderness, and the varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and thick forest.

This diversity supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, and lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog in the open grasslands.

The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on the Botswana national bird list. A range of luxury lodges in the reserve offer visitors the perfect base to experience this corner of paradise.

Activities

Camp Moremi game drives
Camp Moremi motorised boating trips

Camp Moremi game drives: Guest activities include morning and afternoon game drives throughout the many different ecosystems that the Moremi Game Reserve has to offer. The Moremi Game Reserve is renowned for exceptional wildlife sightings including lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant and exceptional general game.

Camp Moremi motorised boating trips: Explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and its surrounding channels by boat for a chance to enjoy the picturesque waters of the Okavango Delta, with its kaleidoscope of birdlife.

Transfers

Date Pick Up Drop Off Time Vehicle
Day 3 Phezulu Guest Lodge Kasane Airport [BBK] To Be Advised Transfer

Internal Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day  3 Shared Charter To Be Advised  Kasane Airport [BBK] To Be Advised  Camp Moremi To Be Advised 

Overnight: Camp Moremi   

An elegant, elevated thatch structure serves as the main building, wildlife reference library, dining room and cocktail bar. Other facilities include a secluded swimming pool with sundeck and thatched boma where brunch and high tea are served.

Accommodating just 24 guests in African-style safari tents, each individually sited on a raised teak platform with private en-suite facilities and viewing deck, most offering unsurpassed views of the Xakanaxa lagoon area. This area of Moremi Game Reserve, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa, offers a variety of different eco-systems, these rich in plant, bird and animal life.

The camp faces the Okavango Delta and access to activities includes the mainland of Moremi Game Reserve. Experienced guides will introduce you to a whole new world of wildlife.

Basis

Fully Inclusive Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

DAY 6 – 8: HAINA KALAHARI LODGE, HAINAVELD & GHANZI FARMS

Hainaveld & Ghanzi Farms

The Hainaveld and Ghanzi Farms surround the northwestern border of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana and serve primarily as game viewing areas. Aside from excellent wildlife-spotting opportunities, this safari area is known for its great accessibility, cultural tourism and first-class bird watching.

The Hainaveld and Ghanzi Farms offer the quintessential, authentic African bush experience featuring remarkable desert landscapes inhabited by a wide range of desert-adapted wildlife including gemsbok, springbok, giraffes, ostriches, to name a few. It is also home to a blend of cultures including the Bakgalagadi, who are the original inhabitants; as well as the Herero, the San, the Batawana, and the Afrikaners.

Visitors can explore local villages, learn about the ancient traditional way of life of the Kalahari hunter-gatherers and take a nature walk with an expert guide, relax at a luxury lodge or spend a day on safari spotting abundant wildlife.

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rare black-maned Kalahari lions.

Activities

Game drives in the Central Kalahari

Quad biking in the Central Kalahari

Kalahari Bushmen Experience

 Internal Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 6 Shared Charter To Be Advised Camp Moremi To Be Advised  Haina Kalahari Lodge To Be Advised 

Overnight: Haina Kalahari Lodge   

Haina Kalahari Lodge is a very special “Little Kalahari Gem”, which borders the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Classically African, Haina Kalahari Lodge is relaxed and informal making guests feel right at home. The lodge boats five beautifully designed Luxury Tents with one Luxury Family Tent which has an inter-leading deck, along with the 3 spacious Superior Tents.

Morning, afternoon and night drives are included and conducted in our Private Reserve, affording guests the opportunity to explore this semi-arid desert area well-known for sightings of the Kalahari lion. Occasional sightings of cheetah and leopard are also possible, with a rare opportunity of spotting the elusive Brown Hyena.

Regular sightings of antelope species such as oryx, blue wildebeest, eland, with excellent bird watching. Guests also have the privilege of taking a journey with our San People who will passionately share their heritage and how they once survived in these harsh conditions; an activity not to be missed.

Guests also have the option of booking a guided quad bike safari or day trip into the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. These extra activities are booked and paid for at the lodge. Haina Kalahari Lodge invites you to come discover the mystery of the Central Kalahari…

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

DAY 9 – 10: GHOHA HILLS SAVUTI LODGE, SAVUTI – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

Savuti – Chobe National Park

Savuti, also known as Savute lies in the heart of Botswana’s beautiful Chobe National Park. This dynamic wilderness is a sweeping expanse of savannah brooded over by several rocky outcrops which guard a relic marsh and the dry channel that was once its lifeline. The Savute goes through wet and dry cycles, where wild dogs hunt in the dry river channel where crocodiles swam only twenty years ago.

Visitors to this spectacular area can spot abundant wildlife including: a variety of birds, elephants, antelope, lion prides, black-backed jackal, bat-eared foxes, tsessebe, kudu, hyena, cheetah Cape buffalo herds, and thousands of migrating zebra and wildebeest.

Activities

High Tea and Sunset Game Drive
Full Day Safari
Morning Safari
Take It Slow
Ghoha Hills Restaurant
Outdoor dining on Safari

High Tea and Sunset Game Drive

High Tea is served at 16h00 in the open-plan dining area, where you can continue to enjoy unparalleled views of the Savuti and activity around the waterhole below. You will meet your personal guide and fellow travellers while enjoying the decadent splendour of our home baked cakes and treats.  Your guide will prepare your orders for refreshments during your afternoon Sundowner drive which departs around 16h30 traversing our private network of roads. We have a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle for your viewing comfort. Drinks of choice will be enjoyed either at our private hide overlooking our waterhole or at our special Baobab site with magnificent sunset views where photographers as well as nature lovers will experience an incredibly unique landscape.

Herds of elephants, buffalo, impala, kudu, giraffe, zebra, roan antelope, spotted & brown hyena, Ghoha pride of lions and leopard are some of the possible sightings around in the area. Not to mention the numerous different bird species and the spectacular Baobab trees that dots the landscape.

You will return to camp around 18h30 to freshen up before dinner.

Savuti Marsh Excursion (Minimum 2-night stay)

The Savuti Marsh Excursion (Minimum 2-night stay). This is a highlight game experience with seasonal activity taken into account on the exact sequence of the day with guest requirements and preferences.

Your day starts early morning, with wake-up at 05h00. Your guide will collect you from your room at 05h30 for a superb continental breakfast and coffee and then departing around 06h00 on you day excursion. With various stretching points en-route to the Savuti Marsh, you will stop again for some Tea/Coffee and rusks.

Your professional guide will take you through magnificent ancient landscapes and wildlife areas – to name a few: Harvey’s Pan, where so many animals roam daily, Kudu Hills, Quarry hill and rock climbing to get a close view of the Bushmen Rock Paintings, the magnificent Theatre of Twelve Baobab’s seeing the Pimple Hills as well as Twin Hills.

The drive will then continue further showcasing the wonders of the Savuti Marsh with its magnificent herds of Buffalo and Elephant and the Savuti Pride of Lions, in addition to many other species of game and birdlife will be found. You will return to Ghoha Hills for lunch which is served between 13h00 – 14h00.

After lunch you can relax in the lodge area, have a swim, or enjoy a workout in the gym or have a spa treatment. We also have Wi-Fi available, letting you connect to loved ones or just catch up on the news

High Tea and Sundowner Game drive will start again at 16h00 that afternoon between 13h00 – 14h00. After lunch you can relax in the lodge area, have a swim or enjoy a workout in the gym or have a spa treatment.

We also have Wi-Fi available, letting you connect to loved ones or just catch up on the news High Tea and Sundowner Game drive will start again at 16h00 that afternoon.

Day of Departure

You have a choice of sleeping late, having a hot breakfast and then departing to the airstrip depending on time of flight; a short game circuit en-route can be done to revisit sights and pans closer to the airstrip.

OR

Getting up early for a drive to the hide for Coffee & rusks and then returning for a hot breakfast and then departing to the airstrip – depending on flight time.

Stay Longer – Scenic Helicopter Flight

You can pre-book a scenic helicopter flight (quote available on request). Early morning/ or afternoon departure from Ghoha Hills to just outside the Ghoha gate where your helicopter adventure awaits you.

Our scenic/ photography flights are a not to miss opportunity. We take the doors off for an even better photographic experience while flying. Moments after departing you will enjoy the breath-taking views seen only from a helicopter – flying in the direction of the Linyanti Swamps.

This is a 30minute flight where you will then land and enjoy delights from a special picnic basket packed for you – 30minutes later you will then return back to the Ghoha gate – total excursion time 90 minutes.

 Ghoha Hills Restaurant

Ghoha Hills takes you on an amazing food and visual experience whilst staying with us. Taste buds go on a safari of their own while enjoying our famous High Tea in settings with unparalleled views.

With an inventive and delicious menu that presents creative and beautifully put together dishes for 3-course dinners completes a fabulous gourmet journey of fine dining. Fragrances, textures, and flavours are brought together in a trio of dishes enjoyed in the candle lit dining room.

Outdoor dining on Safari

Take the romance to the next level with a romantic private dinner dining under the stars, on one of our many decks or pool area.

Internal Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 10 Shared Charter To Be Advised Haina Kalahari Lodge To Be Advised Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge To Be Advised 

Overnight: Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge        

Ghoha Hills Savute Lodge located on a unique hill top setting offers a first class safari experience in an eco-friendly and tranquil environment. The lodge is located in the Chobe National Park, home to one of the largest concentration of wildlife in the world.

The entire lodge runs purely on ‘green’, solar energy. The 11 well-appointed canvas suites are housed on raised wooden decks on the ledges of Ghoha Hills ensuring spectacular sunrise views. Facilities include a dining area, a bar, curio shop, lounges, an African Boma and a rock pool.

Activities offered at the lodge include daily game drives, excursions to the Gobabis Hills to view Bushman rock paintings, birding and stargazing. An exclusive and intimate ambiance permeate this understated luxury lodge affording even the most discerning of travellers to Botswana a truly unique safari experience.

Basis

Fully Inclusive – Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
All Local Brands (Spirits, Wine and Beers) Included

DAY 11: END OF ITINERARY

Internal Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 11 Shared Charter To Be Advised Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge To Be Advised Maun Airport [MUB] To Be Advised

Basis

Breakfast

Included

  • Bed & Breakfast Basis at Phezulu Guest Lodge
  • Fully Inclusive Basis at Camp Moremi
  • Fully Inclusive Basis at Haina Kalahari Lodge
  • Fully Inclusive Basis at Ghoha Hills Lodge
  • National Park Vehicle & Entrance Fees where stated
  • Intercamp air / road transfers where stated on a seat rate basis

 Excluded

  • International / regional flights
  • Visas
  • Vehicle Hire
  • Premium brand drinks at FI lodges
  • Additional meals, drinks, park fees & activities not specified
  • Entrance Fee to Victoria Falls (US$30 pp)
  • Gratuities and items of a personal nature
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Private transfers / activities / charters (unless otherwise stated)

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