16 Day Zimbabwe and Botswana Self Drive

16 Day Zimbabwe and Botswana Self Drive

 Overview

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Hwange National Park – Nata – Maun – Khwai Community Area – Maun – Okavango Panhandle – Zambezi Region – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
16 Days / 15 Nights

Day  1 & 2:           Batonka Guest Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi river at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular tourist town is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of the world, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseers with plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls in helicopters or micro lights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day trips to Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.

 Overnight: Batonka Guest Lodge

Batonka

Just 2.2 kilometers from the Victoria Falls Rainforest entrance and 1km from the town centre, Batonka Guest Lodge is situated in the quiet residential suburb of Victoria Falls. We offer 22 rooms, each with bathroom en suite and a balcony, all on ground level and overlooking a beautiful garden.

Communal facilities include indoor and outdoor dining, a bar, a comfortable lounge, swimming pool and more:

 Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 3-5:           Ivory Lodge, Hwange National Park

 Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. Terrain ranges from desert dunes and savannah lands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests, and visitors have the choice of game drives, guided walks or horseback safaris as a means of experiencing the park and its creatures.

 Overnight: Ivory Lodge

Khulu Ivory Lodge

A small intimate lodge featuring 7 luxurious tree houses and 2 Presidential Elephant Suites set on elevated platforms amongst the indigenous flora of Hwange Game Park. Deep in the mystical teak forests of Hwange is this unobtrusive camp, bathed in the tales of pioneering hunters and explorers such as Fredrick Courtney Selous. Lumbering giants drift around your stilted platforms , their tusks glinting in salute to the sanctuary of shade offered up by these massive trees.

This is Ivory Lodge – place of elephants. It is here that great herds of elephants are found – sometimes over 100 strong. Hwange is renowned for its huge tuskers – big old bulls with magnificent tusks.  It is also here that the famous Presidential Herd drinks – these elephants’ home-range is amongst the dense feeding areas of the Sikumi Vlei and where they find refuge from the scorching heat at Ivory’s water hole. Silently, elegantly, the lodge stands over the waterhole… watch by flood light under a star spangled African night sky – the elephants in their play-fighting… their display of instinctive rituals, their caressing and murmurings.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 6:           Wildtrack Safaris Eco Lodge

 Overnight: Wildtrack Safaris Eco Lodge

wild-tracks-eco-lodge

Wildtrack Safaris Eco Lodge borders the Hwange National Park and is situated near the village of Pandamatenga and the Kazuma National Park. Botswana’s beautiful Chobe region is only an hour from the lodge, making it possible to explore the Chobe National Park and River. The lodge lives up to its name; it is our aim to minimise our impact on the environment. The entire lodge is solar-powered; all hot water is supplied by solar geysers, waste is recycled and effluent treated and returned to the environment safe and clean.

Wildtrack Safaris Eco Lodge is a private and exclusive lodge comprising of eleven thatched luxury suites – one of which is both wheelchair friendly and family oriented. Each suite is uniquely styled and themed to reflect Africa’s rich and diverse cultures, with extra-length King size beds appointed in crisp, white linen.

Take time to relax on the lush tree-filled lawns, or cool off in our sparkling swimming pool – while sipping on a sundowner as the sun sets ablaze with colours. After a sumptuous, gourmet dinner, unwind at the boma overlooking a lit waterhole – or simply lie back whilst taking in the splendour of the Milky Way’s stars, as the exhilarating sounds of the African bush comes alive.

Wildtrack Safari Eco Lodge has a range of activities on offer, which include morning and night game drives in open 4×4 game drive vehicles, guided bush walks, as well as interactive tours within the community of Pandamatenga – allowing guests the opportunity not only to observe, but also contribute towards ongoing community enrichment programs. Day trips to the Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park, the Okavango Delta and the Victoria Falls can be arranged whilst at the lodge.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

 Day 7:           Nata Lodge, Nata

Nata

This small village, situated 180km north of Francistown, is a popular stop-over destination on the way to or from Maun and Kasane (both ~300km away) further north. The white sand, tall termite mounds and Mokolwane palm trees are a feature of the area around this village. Due to the number of tourists passing through there are now three filling stations (Engen, Shell and Caltex) close together on the outskirts of Nata at the junction with the Maun road.

Nata is the best place from which to explore the eastern section of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Nata Sanctuary is only 10km away and self-drive trips here can be rewarding at the right time of year with large flocks of Flamingos and Pelicans which breed here each year.

Overnight: Nata Lodge 

nata-lodge_botswana

An oasis set among the Mokolwane palms on the edge of the pans. It is ideally situated close to the entrance to the Nata Sanctuary and is just off the main road, 10 km from Nata village. This is the junction to the Okavango, Chobe and Francistown areas.
The Nata River delta feeds the Sua Pan in the Nata sanctuary and forms the breeding ground for a host of water birds including pelicans and flamingo in their thousands, transforming the shore line into a pink haze blending into the western sky. Nata Lodge offers guided tours in open safari vehicles into the sanctuary, not to be missed.

 Included

Bed & Breakfast

 Day 8:           Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun

Maun

Maun is the starting point for most expeditions into the Okavango Delta and as a result, has developed into a bustling metropolis that is considered Botswana’s tourism capital. Area attractions include a renowned river boat that offers ‘booze cruises’ up and down the Thamalakane River, and the forest groves of the Maun Game Reserve.

Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge

thamalakane-river-lodge

Thamalakane River Lodge is ideally located an easy 20-minute drive from Maun Airport en route to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. It is a secluded haven of tranquility nestled in a grove of mature riverine trees on the bank of the Thamalakane River. The rambling lodge has an idyllic setting and is committed to service excellence.

Character en-suite stone chalets, some with private splash pools are positioned in the shade of the riverine forest, overlooking the river. All chalets and common areas have terraces that take advantage of the serene 180 degree view of the riverbanks lined with fluttering reeds visited by an ever changing array of water fowl and birds. It is a delightful place to come home to after a day spent exploring.

 Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 9 & 10:        Hyena Pan Tented Camp, Khwai Community Area

Khwai Community Area

The Khwai area of the Okavango lies along the northern boundary of the Moremi Game Reserve.  This is an unfenced boundary allowing wildlife to move freely between the woodlands in the wet season when water is plentiful and back to permanent rivers and lagoons in the dry season. The Khwai area offers the same wildlife experience as the reserve with the added advantage of being a private concession which means the ability to do walking safaris and night drives.

Overnight: Hyena Pan Tented Camp  

hyena-pan-tented-camp

Hyena Pan is a tented bushlodge on a private conservation area north of Moremi Game Reserve. The camp is built around a permanent water hole to the north west of Moremi Game Reserve’s northern gate.

This is one of the few permanent water holes in this area and attracts elephants and other wildlife. The water hole is also part of the elephant route between Savuti in the Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta, and as such we see movement of elephant through the area constantly. The camp is rustic yet comfortable, its charming  simplicity making it the perfect getaway into the wilderness.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 11:        Thamalakane River Lodge, Maun

 Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge

thamalakane-river-lodge

Thamalakane River Lodge is ideally located an easy 20-minute drive from Maun Airport en route to the famous Moremi Game Reserve. It is a secluded haven of tranquility nestled in a grove of mature riverine trees on the bank of the Thamalakane River. The rambling lodge has an idyllic setting and is committed to service excellence.
Character en-suite stone chalets, some with private splash pools are positioned in the shade of the riverine forest, overlooking the river. All chalets and common areas have terraces that take advantage of the serene 180 degree view of the riverbanks lined with fluttering reeds visited by an ever changing array of water fowl and birds. It is a delightful place to come home to after a day spent exploring.

Included

Bed & Breakfast

 Day 12 & 13:        Nxamaseri Island Lodge, Okavango Panhandle

 Okavango Panhandle

nxamaseri

The main water source feeding the Okavango Delta, the Panhandle is a stretch of the Okavango River that follows a more-or-less straight course for approximately 70 kilometres before entering the wetlands. It is a deep channel that offers excellent tiger and bream fishing, while the surrounding woodlands and the river’s shallow waters teem with a myriad of birds. Several villages are dotted along the Panhandle, while, some 40 kilometres west, lie the Tsodilo Hills, with their plethora of tribal cave paintings, some dating back as far as 20, 000 years.  There are also a number of well-established riverside camps that provide tourist accommodation.

Overnight: Nxamaseri Island Lodge 

Nxamaseri Island Lodge is an exclusive lodge, set on an island in the panhandle of the Okavango Delta, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful areas in the world. As one of the oldest lodges in the Delta it has its own unique charm and atmosphere. The lodge has 7 double chalets and 2 tree houses and being owner-run, prides itself in creating an experience that is personal and intimate. The lodge offers water-based activities, including boating and mekoro trips among the network of channels that make up the area. Nxamaseri is one of the top bird watching and fishing destinations in the country and specialises in both, with expert and enthusiastic guides guaranteed to make your experience a memorable one. Nxamaseri is also close to the magical Tsodilo Hills, a world heritage site and one of Botswana’s greatest treasures. The lodge offers guided day trips to Tsodilo Hills, where one can view some of the 2000 ancient San paintings.

Included

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

 Day 14:        Camp Kwando, Zambezi Region

 Zambezi Region

The Zambezi Region (previously the Caprivi Strip) is the name given to the little finger of Namibia that sticks eastwards between Angola and Botswana all the way across to Zimbabwe and creates the only spot on the planet where 4 countries meet. The region lies in the middle of one of Africa’s largest and most well know game viewing areas.  The abundance of water supplied by the Zambezi, Okavango, Kwando and Chobe Rivers sustains a large variety of animal and bird species.  There are four Namibian reserves and no fences preventing the animals from moving between the countries.

Overnight: Camp Kwando

camp-kwando

Beautifully set on the banks of the Kwando River Camp Kwando is centred round a large thatched lapa which houses a restaurant and bar.  The Camp has two room types, chalets near the reed beds of the river, and larger ‘tree houses’ built on stilts. Game drives and boat trips are on offer.  Come capture the spirit of the African bush while sipping sundowners from the beautiful overhead deck and experience the thrill of the tiger fish and the hauntingly beautiful call of the African fish eagle

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 15:        Batonka Guest Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Just 2.2 kilometers from the Victoria Falls Rainforest entrance and 1km from the town centre, Batonka Guest Lodge is situated in the quiet residential suburb of Victoria Falls.

We offer 22 rooms, each with bathroom en suite and a balcony, all on ground level and overlooking a beautiful garden. Communal facilities include indoor and outdoor dining, a bar, a comfortable lounge, swimming pool and more:

Included

Bed & Breakfast

Day 16:        Departure

Drop Rental Car at Victoria Falls Airport.

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Price

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