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Highlights of Zimbabwe & Botswana

Private Travel | General Interest 11 Days & 8 Nights Lead-in price: £8395

Discover the main attractions of Zimbabwe and neighbouring Botswana - two exceptional destinations that make the perfect pairing. This tour revels in their respective cultures and natural wonders. Experience the cacophony and spectacle of Victoria Falls; embark on safaris from land, air and water; visit a remote village for insights into rural life; and much more.

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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Victoria Falls

Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe via Johannesburg, South Africa. (N)

Day 2: Victoria Falls

After time to freshen up, join your fellow travellers this evening for a pre-dinner talkfrom a special guest speaker, who shares tales of celebrated explorer David Livingstone. Overnight at Ilala Lodge (or similar). (D)

Day 3: Victoria Falls

Visit a remote village for the chance to watch daily rural life unfold. Enjoy an authentic African lunch at local institute, Dusty Road, before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. In the evening, dine aboard the Malachite on a Zambezi River cruise, featuring a brief history talk complemented by a sundown cocktail. Overnight at Ilala Lodge(or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 4: Victoria Falls

This morning, take a private guided tour of Victoria Falls. As well as a chance to see this natural wonder of the world up close, you will gain insight into the falls’ creation and geology, the surrounding rainforest eco-system, the daring exploits of colonial explorers, and local legends about ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. Visit the Elephant Walk shopping centre and art village for a special behind-the-scenes visit to Ndau Studio, where you will meet its local artists and craftsmen. This design house specialises in the creation of leather accessories as well as sterling silver and bead jewellery. Lunch at the lauded Lookout Café and spend the rest of your day at leisure. Overnight at Ilala Lodge (or similar). (B, L)

Day 5: Chobe National Park, Botswana

Cross the border and spend your afternoon at leisure, before driving into Chobe National Park on a classic safari drive. Chobe was Botswana’s first national park, and is celebrated for the diversity of its wildlife. Overnight at Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 6: Chobe National Park

Alongside your fellow travellers, spend the next 2 days taking advantage of the myriad activities on offer at Chobe. Take to the water and view elephants drinking from the banks, enjoy classic safari drives or simply relax at your lodge enjoying the sounds of the African bush. Spend 2 nights at at Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar). (B, L, D)

Day 7: Chobe National Park

Day at Leisure. Stay overnight at Chobe Safari Lodge (or Similar). (B, L, D)

Day 8: Okavango Delta

A short flight this morning delivers you onto the banks of Botswana’s mighty Okavango Delta. With its expansive floodplains, lush forests and prolific game, this is the jewel in the crown for many visitors. Arrive in the afternoon for a thrilling water safari experience. Overnight at Mopiri or Mogotlho. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Okavango Delta

You’ve another full day of wonderful wildlife watching ahead of you. Should water levels permit (typically late June to late September), cruise along the delta waters by mokoro, a traditional dug-out canoe that offers a different vantage point for witnessing life along the river. Overnight at Mopiri or Mogotlho. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Fly to London

After a final safari drive this morning, travel to Maun for a transfer to Johannesburg. Here you catch your departure flight, landing in the UK early the next morning. Alternatively, extend your stay with an adventure in the Kalahari Desert or a city break in Cape Town. (B)

Day 11: Arrive in London


Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Ilala Lodge Hotel
    Ilala Lodge Hotel

    Ilala Lodge is ideally situated close to Victoria Falls as well as the town centre. The Zambezi National Park borders the front of the property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background. Each of the 30 rooms is spacious and equipped with a satellite television, air conditioning, and coffee and tea-making equipment. Each has an en suite bathroom with both a bath and shower. The impressive swimming pool has a large wooden sundeck overlooking the national park and is a welcome oasis from the bustling town of Victoria Falls. The Palm restaurant offers both European and African cuisine and is an ideal place to dine alfresco under the stars. The lodge can organise numerous activities in and around Victoria Falls and has its own exclusive cruise boat, the Ra-Ikane, with daily excursions (payable locally) along the Zambezi river.

  • Chobe Game Lodge
    Chobe Game Lodge

    Chobe Game Lodge is Botswana's most exclusive safari resort, situated in the remote and unspoilt northern extremity of the park, approximately 90km west of Victoria Falls. The architecture is Moorish; graceful high arches, barrel-vault ceilings and tiled floors create an atmosphere of spaciousness and tranquillity. All rooms are tastefully furnished and cooled by overhead punkah fans. There are four private suites, each with individual swimming pools and a garden patio. All rooms overlook the perennial Chobe river and adjacent Caprivi floodplain. Facilities within the lodge include a well-stocked curio shop, wildlife reference library, a stylish bar and lounge, as well as a boardwalk and deck for exceptional river wildlife viewing.

  • Mopiri Camp
    Mopiri Camp

    Mopiri sits on the western bank of the vast and idyllic Weboro Lagoon, in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Its tranquil island surrounds offer some incredible nature experiences; depending on the time of year, guests may spot hippopotamus, elephants and sitatungas (rare swamp-dwelling antelopes). Accommodation is in seven luxury rooms and three family suites, all generously spaced out and connected to the main guest area by long, winding boardwalks. The rooms are spacious and airy, with king-size beds and large private decks. Private bathrooms are connected to the bedrooms by a short corridor, offering views across the lagoon. Mopiri - which means 'little island' in the local Bayei language - is surrounded by crystal-clear delta water on all sides, so activities here focus on the water. Guests can take boat trips through winding channels of papyrus, and glide serenely through the shallower waters in a mokoro (dug-out canoe). A swimming pool ...

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £7995 per person

High season from £8250 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures This departure is guaranteed to run.

Terms & Conditions: Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the FCDO or entry restrictions relating to Covid preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.


Destinations on this tour

  • Victoria Falls

    The spectacular Victoria Falls were 'discovered' and named by David Livingstone in 1855...

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  • Victoria Falls

    The spectacular Victoria Falls were 'discovered' and named by David Livingstone in 1855...

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  • Victoria Falls

    The spectacular Victoria Falls were 'discovered' and named by David Livingstone in 1855...

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  • Chobe

    The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and cover...

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  • Chobe

    The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and cover...

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  • Chobe

    The Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and cover...

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