The Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls visits exclusive African destinations at the ‘Smoke That Thunders’ and ‘The Last Refuge’ and features incredible accommodations.
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana
Tour Length: 12 days
Johannesburg | Victoria Falls | Chobe National Park | Moremi Game Reserve
12 Days – South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana
From $5,295 per person
Commence your Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls journey in the culturally rich city of Johannesburg, before winging it to Victoria Falls… what the locals call the “Smoke that Thunders”. Delight in a guided tour of the Falls and ply the famed Zambezi River on a sunset boat cruise.
Continue across the border to Botswana, known as “Old Africa’s Last Refuge” – a never-never land where the beasts roam free as they have done for millennia. The landlocked nation is blessedly underdeveloped, thanks to the severe Kalahari desert that blankets half the country under wind-blown sands. With a small human population (including some of the last remaining Bushmen), Botswana is truly a ‘wild’ safari destination.
Excitement starts immediately as your bush pilot maneuvers the light aircraft over the vast Botswana wilderness at an altitude that allows for aerial game viewing.
Three nights each will be spent at two distinctly different Botswana lodges that are unique in design and personality and are located in specific ecological enclaves that offer a smorgasbord of activities. The fauna focus is birdlife, hippo, crocodiles and other wetland species. The lodges are seriously into the pursuit of the big land mammals. Open 4×4 vehicles allow you to get so close to the wildlife that you can leave your zoom lenses behind!
Featuring two Sanctuary Lodges (Premier level).
Sanctuary Retreats are true African specialists, operating in northern Botswana. Their staff and guides offer an unsurpassed wealth of experience to ensure your stay is unforgettable.
Sanctuary Retreats feature camps and lodges in some of the most spectacular and varied wildlife havens in Botswana. Famed for huge population of animals, including the big cats, this wilderness is a peaceful Eden where animals have been protected for decades and know they will not be disturbed.
If you have more time to explore, consider adding Cape Town or Kruger Park to your regal sojourn.
Royal Botswana Safari with Victoria Falls Tour Itinerary
Day 1. Depart USA
An overnight flight to South Africa … and the excitement begins.
Day 2. Johannesburg (1 night)
Welcome to Africa! Relax at your airport hotel and fall asleep under African stars.
Day 3-4. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (2 nights)
Enjoy a multi-hued sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, watching out for crocodile and inquisitive hippos. Explore the impressive Falls on a guided walking tour through the rainforest.
Day 5-7. Chobe National Park, Botswana (3 nights)
Encounter huge herds of buffalo, elephant and zebra – favorite prey for hungry lions, cheetah and leopard. Witness survival of the fittest on daily game drives in open safari vehicles, conducted by professional safari guides. At night, exciting game drives are assisted by powerful spotlights. The evenings draw to a close with sumptuous feasts under starred heavens, serenaded by the night-time bush calls.
Day 8-10. Moremi Wildlife Reserve (3 nights)
Early morning game drives take you out into a wild landscape. Expect to see a huge range of creatures, from big cats to rhino, antelope, and buffalo. Equally atmospheric and exciting are evening drives. Animals and birds emerge from their siesta, and suddenly the bush is alive with sights and sounds. For a truly unique experience, venture into the night on a guided tour using state-of-the-art night vision technology.
Day 11. Fly to Johannesburg – Depart
Shake off the bush dust, wing back to Johannesburg and board your departure flight.
Day 12. Arrive USA
With unforgettable safari memories