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Best of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe & South Africa in 14 Days

Best of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe & South Africa in 14 Days

Tour Code: BB14
14 Days/13 Nights
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Best of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe & South Africa in 14 Days

Visit the top attractions of four southern African countries in 14 days

Take in all the highlights on a Southern African holiday that ranges through the northern regions of Botswana and Namibia into Zimbabwe and South Africa. Experience the finest game and birdwatching by boat, on foot and in open safari vehicles. Marvel at the great southern rivers – the Okavango, Chobe and the Zambezi. See Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and the remnants of ancient kingdoms, Great Zimbabwe.

Highlights

  • The best game-watching and safari experiences Africa has to offer in Namibia’s Caprivi region, Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, and Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park
  • Spectacular Victoria Falls with its indescribable roar and dramatic mile-wide chasm
  • Awe-inspiring Great Zimbabwe, dating back to the Late Iron Age

Tour Departs:

15/02/2016, 14/03/2016, 11/04/2016, 16/05/2016, 13/06/2016, 11/07/2016, 15/08/2016, 12/09/2016, 10/10/2016, 14/11/2016

Tour Notes:

Minimum 2

Tour Includes

13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 13 dinners, 13 nights’ accommodation, porterage, transport, game-watching activities and sightseeing as specified

Day One

Transfer from Maun International Airport to lodge on the banks of the Thamalakane River. Late afternoon sunset cruise looking for the abundant bird life and the occasional hippo and crocodile. Overnight at lodge. [D]

Day Two

View the Okavango Delta from an eagle’s perspective by going on a breathtaking one hour private charter flight, (optional, for own account). Alternatively explore Maun with an early morning walk. After breakfast at the lodge, depart Maun and travel northwesterly along the panhandle of the Okavango Delta, an area famous for prolific wildlife, birds and fish. Spend the next 2 nights at a lodge alongside the Okavango River. [BD]

Day Three

Optional (for own account) mokoro day trip. Lunch and return transfers are included. (NB you will not be back in time for the sundowner cruise.) The rest of the group will enjoy a day at leisure and a late afternoon sundowner cruise on the Okavango River. Overnight at lodge. [BD]

Day Four

Cross the border post between Botswana and Namibia and enter the Mahango National Park to enjoy a game drive. Rare species found here include bushbuck, reedbuck, lechwe, tsessebe, oribi and sitatunga. Continue to Popa Falls, where we take a short walk and then enter the Caprivi Strip. Overnight on the banks of the Kwando River. [BD]

Day Five

Enjoy an early morning game drive. Tour a traditional village, learn about local fishing and hunting techniques and the local Medicine Man will also show you dances to cure illnesses.  Optional early morning or sunset boat trip on the Kwando River (for own account). Overnight on the banks of the Kwando River. [BD]

Day Six & Seven

Enter Botswana and enjoy a game drive in the Chobe National Park and sunset cruise on the Chobe River. Encounter the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. Spend the next 2 nights at the lodge. [BD]

Day Eight & Nine

Travel to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Guided tour of the Falls and rainforest. Activities available (optional and for own account) include Flight of the Angels, elephant back safari, lion walk or a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River. Spend 2 nights at a lodge in the Victoria Falls. [BD]

Day Ten

Transfer to Hwange National Park, home to a wide variety of game such as buffalo, zebra, giraffe, all the big cats, hyena, wild dog, rhino and elephants. Enjoy open vehicle game drive or visit Painted Dog Sanctuary Overnight at lodge. [FB]

Day Eleven

Continue to Masvingo, and Lake Kyle National Park, stopping en route at Bulawayo for lunch (own account). Overnight at lodge. [BD]

Day Twelve

Visit the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, dating back to the Late Iron Age. Afternoon scenic drive to Lake Kyle and its dam wall. Overnight at lodge. [BD]

Day Thirteen

After crossing the border between Zimbabwe and South-Africa, we continue to the Morning Sun Nature Reserve near Makhado for overnight. [BD]

Day Fourteen

Depart for Johannesburg arriving at OR Tambo International Airport at around lunch time. [B]

Day One: Maun, Botswana

Transfer from Maun International Airport to lodge on the banks of the Thamalakane River. Late afternoon sunset cruise looking for the abundant bird life and the occasional hippo and crocodile.

Day One Accommodation

Day One: Maun, Botswana

Transfer from Maun International Airport to lodge on the banks of the Thamalakane River. Late afternoon sunset cruise looking for the abundant bird life and the occasional hippo and crocodile.

Maun Lodge

Maun Lodge

Renowned for genuine hospitality and excellent service, Maun Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore the Okavango Delta – one of the most striking and unique ecosystems in Africa. This spacious lodge enjoys a scenic river setting on the banks of the Thamalakane River and is conveniently close to Maun International airport and the village centre.

Day Two Day Three Accommodation

Day Two: Maun - Okavango Pan Handle, Botswana

View the Okavango Delta from an eagle’s perspective by going on a breathtaking one hour private charter flight, (optional, for own account). Alternatively explore Maun with an early morning walk.

Day Three: Okavango Pan Handle, Botswana

Optional (for own account) mokoro day trip. Lunch and return transfers are included. (NB you will not be back in time for the sundowner cruise.)

Lawdons Lodge

Lawdons Lodge

Located near Shakawe in the western Okavango Delta, the deluxe chalets at Lawdons integrate seamlessly with the spectacular surroundings.

Day Four Day Five Accommodation

Day Four - Okavango Pan Handle - Caprivi, Namibia

Cross the border post between Botswana and Namibia and enter the Mahango National Park to enjoy a game drive. Rare species found here include bushbuck, reedbuck, lechwe, tsessebe, oribi and sitatunga.

Day Five: Caprivi, Namibia

Enjoy an early morning game drive including drinks and snacks en route. Tour a traditional village, learn about local fishing and hunting techniques and the local Medicine Man will also show you dances to cure illnesses.

Camp Kwando

Camp Kwando

On the banks the lush Kwando River in eastern Caprivi, Namibia; Camp Kwando allows guests to fully enjoy this spectacular region. Stylishly furnished luxury chalets are scattered amongst trees and offer fantastic views of the Botswana plains.

Day Six & Seven Accommodation

Day Six & Seven - Chobe, Botswana

Enter Botswana and enjoy a game drive in the Chobe National Park and sunset cruise on the Chobe River. Encounter the largest concentration of elephants in Africa.

Chobe Safari Lodge, Kasane

Chobe Safari Lodge, Kasane

Ideally situated on the banks of the Chobe River in Kasane with fantastic, easy access to game drives and river cruises in the Chobe National Park. With its African-inspired design and décor, this tranquil retreat offers a magical lodge experience to match the spectacular game-viewing.

Day Eight & Nine Accommodation

Day Eight & Nine: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Travel to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Guided tour of the Falls and rainforest. Activities available (optional and for own account) include Flight of the Angels, elephant back safari, lion walk or a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River.

A’Zambezi River Lodge

A’Zambezi River Lodge

As the only hotel on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls with river frontage, A’Zambezi River Lodge offers unique views of the mighty Zambezi River with it hippo and crocodiles, before its waters tumble over into deep chasm of First Gorge.

Day Ten Accommodation

Day Ten: Hwange, Zimbabwe

Transfer to Hwange National Park, home to a wide variety of game such as buffalo, zebra, giraffe, all the big cats, hyena, wild dog, rhino and elephants.

Hwange Safari Lodge

Hwange Safari Lodge

Situated a just outside of the Hwange National Park; Hwange Safari Lodge is great jumping off point for your adventures in this incredible wildlife reserve. Classically appointed en-suite rooms are equipped with air-conditioning and all modern amenities.

Day Eleven Day Twelve Accommodation

Day Eleven: Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Our journey continues to Masvingo, and Lake Kyle National Park, stopping en route at Bulawayo for lunch (own account). Overnight at lodge.

Day Twelve: Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Visit the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe, dating back to the Late Iron Age. Afternoon scenic drive to Lake Kyle and its dam wall. Overnight at lodge.

Lodge at the Ancient City

Lodge at the Ancient City

Step back in time with the Lodge at the Ancient City, located near the famous Great Zimbabwe monument. While the design of the lodge is inspired by the great stone city, no expense is spared in making the luxury chalets fit for a king.

Day Thirteen Accommodation

Day Thirteen: Mokhado, South Africa

Cross the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa. Overnight at eco-tourism golf resort outside Mokhado.

Mashovhela Lodge

Mashovhela Lodge

Located in the Morning Sun Nature Reserve and tucked away in the majestic Soutpansberg Mountains of Limpopo; Mashovhela Lodge offers guests a unique experience and insight into the Venda culture. 10, intimate, en-suite chalets are decorated and inspired by the abandoned Venda settlement on which the eco-lodge is built.

Day Fourteen

Day Fourteen: Johannesburg, South Africa

Depart for Johannesburg arriving at OR Tambo International Airport at around lunch time.

Day One

Maun Lodge

Renowned for genuine hospitality and excellent service, Maun Lodge is an ideal base from which to explore the Okavango Delta – one of the most striking and unique ecosystems in Africa. This spacious lodge enjoys a scenic river setting on the banks of the Thamalakane River and is conveniently close to Maun International airport and the village centre.

There are a range of accommodation options available from budget chalets to luxury hotel rooms (double, twin or family) with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, satellite television and other modern amenities. There are also ten deluxe riverfront rooms and two presidential suites, all with private patios and mesmerising views.

Maun Lodge offers guests plenty of opportunities to explore the surrounding wilderness including a day trip to Moremi, a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta and visits to local cultural attractions. After a memorable game viewing or sightseeing adventure, guests can head back to the lodge for a sundowner at the Pygmy Goose Bar before sampling the delicious cuisine at the A la Carte restaurant. For al fresco dining, there is the Boma, which offers a wide range of dishes including the famous barbeque and buffet.


Day Two, 

Day Three

Lawdons Lodge

Located near Shakawe in the western Okavango Delta, the deluxe chalets at Lawdons integrate seamlessly with the spectacular surroundings. Set amongst indigenous thorn trees, the spacious cabins have en suite bathrooms and luxury amenities. This area is famous for its prolific wildlife and Lawdons is the ideal spot from which to explore. Relax at the pool or delicious bush cuisine at the lodge’s restaurant.


Day Four, 

Day Five

Camp Kwando

On the banks the lush Kwando River in eastern Caprivi, Namibia; Camp Kwando allows guests to fully enjoy this spectacular region. Stylishly furnished luxury chalets are scattered amongst trees and offer fantastic views of the Botswana plains. An airy dining room can open its riverside flank and you can watch hippos and crocodiles while you dine. Enjoy sensational river cruises, game drives and learn about the rich history and culture of the Mafwe people.


Day Six & Seven

Chobe Safari Lodge, Kasane

Chobe Safari Lodge is ideally situated on the banks of the Chobe River in Kasane with fantastic, easy access to game drives and river cruises in the Chobe National Park. With its African-inspired design and décor, this tranquil retreat offers a magical lodge experience to match the spectacular game-viewing. The concept restaurant features the indigenous and rich flavours of Africa, with generous and scrumptious buffet lunches and dinners on offer. Watch the African sun go down from the famous Sedudu Bar or the Cocktail Bar overlooking the Caprivi floodplains.


Day Eight & Nine

A’Zambezi River Lodge

As the only hotel on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls with river frontage, A’Zambezi River Lodge offers unique views of the mighty Zambezi River with it hippo and crocodiles, before its waters tumble over into deep chasm of First Gorge. This is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambiance of African wildlife and nature, while enjoying quality services. Enjoy fine dining at Amulonga Restaurant and Sebastian’s Restaurant, cocktails and sundowners at the Amulonga Bar and the Zambezi Cocktail Bar, and relax at the poolside or in the tranquil Reading Room.


Day Ten

Hwange Safari Lodge

Situated a just outside of the Hwange National Park; Hwange Safari Lodge is great jumping off point for your adventures in this incredible wildlife reserve. Classically appointed en-suite rooms are equipped with air-conditioning and all modern amenities. Hwange Safri Lodge features two bars, two restaurants and a pool area. Expert guides are available to lead you on game drives during the day and night. Watch wildlife while sipping a sundowner at the Waterhole Bar or dine under the magnificent stars of the African Sky.


Day Eleven, 

Day Twelve

Lodge at the Ancient City

Step back in time with the Lodge at the Ancient City, located near the famous Great Zimbabwe monument. While the design of the lodge is inspired by the great stone city, no expense is spared in making the luxury chalets fit for a king. In the evenings firelight and soft music create an intimate atmosphere and you can enjoy delicious meals in an open air summer house or in the great thatched dining hall. Enjoy expert guided tours of Great Zimbabwe, a remarkable world heritage site as well as sunset cruises on the nearby Lake Mutirikwi.


Day Thirteen

Mashovhela Lodge

Located in the Morning Sun Nature Reserve and tucked away in the majestic Soutpansberg Mountains of Limpopo; Mashovhela Lodge offers guests a unique experience and insight into the Venda culture. 10, intimate, en-suite chalets are decorated and inspired by the abandoned Venda settlement on which the eco-lodge is built. Dine on fine food in the Lodges’ restaurant or relax with a cocktail in the lounge or bar. Enjoy this National Heritage Site through guided bush walks as well as 4x4 game drives or laze at the pool while Black Eagles swoop and hunt in the sky above.


Africa – Explored, Experienced & Enjoyed

Southern Africa is well-known as one of the world’s best destinations for guided tours and safaris. The area is vast, and there are so many diverse attractions that you can get the most out of your holiday by accessing professional and trusted advice, itinerary design, planning, logistics and expert guidance. Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris’ guided holidays are also sociable and fun, enabling you to connect with people while enjoying all the enthralling adventure, magnificent beauty and amazing variety that southern Africa has to offer.

The many advantages of a guided holiday include that you are guaranteed high standards of safety, reliability and quality. Each hassle-free Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris guided holiday experience takes in top destination highlights; and offers you safe luxury transport, excellent accommodation and fine dining, fully supported by professional, caring service.

There’s no better way to encounter the best of Africa than to sit back and take it easy, knowing that all the details that make for a relaxing memorable holiday are completely taken care of. You are free to have fun - to fully explore, experience and enjoy a continent so rich in culture and heritage, peoples and places, astonishing wildlife and spectacular scenery.

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