Tanzania, Botswana & the Falls
Three incredible African highlights in one superb safari experience
Tanzania, Botswana & the Falls
14 days from £8,270 pp excluding international flights.
You’re straight into the action the next morning, with a flight to north Serengeti for the first of 4 unforgettable days of game viewing in Serengeti. We have scheduled this trip from July-October*, to ensure you get the best possible views of the great migration. Your superb tented camp is very close to the river, where herds of millions of wildebeest and zebras – and pursuing predators – cross back and forwards.
Two days in Victoria Falls follow, staying in a lovely lodge within easy walking distance of the Falls, giving you a chance to experience this astonishing natural spectacle and Zimbabwean crafts, food and culture.
You then cross into Botswana for 3 nights in the heart of the Okavango Delta, in a gorgeous tented camp in a private concession with a great mix of land and water activities, so you can really get the most out of your time in this incredible location.
Finally, you fly to Chobe National Park, staying in the only permanent lodge in the park. It’s a fantastic place to stay and offers true eco-luxury. It is unique in having an all-female guide team. And you’ll be there when vast herds of elephants converge on Chobe from miles around – it’s an ele lover’s paradise!
*If you would prefer to take this trip at a different time of year this can be arranged. You would stay in a different Serengeti camp, to be in the best place for the migration when you travel, which would affect the price.
- A high-end trip at peak times for the great migration in Tanzania and game viewing in Botswana
- Spectacular game drives in Serengeti, Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park
- High quality accommodation, including beautiful safari camps with swimming pools
- 4 nights in Serengeti in a prime location for the migration
- 3 nights in the heart of the Okavango Delta
- Visit the Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
- Stay in the only lodge in Chobe NP – home to Africa’s largest elephant population
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DAY 1: ARRIVE IN ARUSHA, TANZANIA
You will be collected from Kilimanjaro Airport and transferred to Machweo boutique guest house near Arusha (45 minutes). The tranquil, contemporary furnishings and peaceful location are ideal for you to rest after your flight. Dinner is cooked by a Michelin restaurant-trained chef. Welcome to Africa! Dinner.
DAY 2: SERENGETI
After breakfast you’ll be taken to Arusha Airport and fly to Kogatende airstrip in north Serengeti. A guide from Sayari Camp, your elegant and tastefully-decorated tented home for the next 4 nights, will meet you. Have your cameras ready to start capturing the wealth of wildlife you will see on game drives today. Full board
DAYS 3 TO 5: SERENGETI
For the next three days you will be immersed in the magnificence, triumphs and tragedies of the great migration, with shared morning and afternoon game drives. You can also take a walking safari. Lunches will be picnics or back at camp. Take time to swim in the pool overlooking the plains – and enjoy the dramatic Serengeti views from your tent’s free-standing bathtub! Full board
DAY 6: LAST DAY IN TANZANIA. TO AIRPORT
After breakfast you transfer back to the airstrip and fly to Arusha, to be met by your private driver guide and taken to lunch at Shanga. This is social enterprise employs people with disabilities to create unique, high-quality crafts. Your driver guide will then take you to KIA Lodge. You’ll have dinner and rest for a few hours before being transferred back to the airport for your very early flight to Nairobi and on to Victoria Falls. Full board
DAYS 7 - 8: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
You will be met at Victoria falls airport this morning, and transferred to Ilala Lodge. You have 2 nights in this very comfortable lodge. You could choose to see the Falls, then chill out and enjoy the lodge’s pool, explore the town and take a Zambezi cruise. Or if you want to raise your adrenalin levels, there’s a host of activities to choose from, including white water rafting and bungee jumping. Breakfast
DAY 9: TO OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA
This morning you will be driven across the border to Kasane in Botswana (2 hours). From there you fly to the Okavango Delta, and enjoy your first game drive here on the way to Kanana Camp, next to the Xudum River in the inner reaches of the Delta. Although more rustic than Sayari it is still a high standard camp, with beautiful stilted tents set amongst ebony and fig trees. Cool off in the pool before dinner. Full board
DAYS 10 - 11: OKAVANGO DELTA
For the next two days you will enjoy a fantastic mix of land and water-based safari activities in the delta, from day and night game drives and walking safaris to trips in powerboats or glass-bottomed mokoros (canoes). Game viewing is excellent and bird watching is spectacular - Kanana has a heronry nearby, which will be teeming with birds at this time. You can also fish for tilapia and African pike. Full board
DAY 12: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
This morning you fly from the Okavango Delta to Chobe National Park. You’ll be met on arrival and have your first game drive in the park en route to Chobe Game Lodge. It seems strange to find 1970s architecture in the middle of the bush, but this is a very special and luxurious place (Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor got married here!) and has great eco credentials, including electric safari vehicles. Full board
DAY 13: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
The lodge’s prime position in the park means that you’ll be amongst the first vehicles to head out as one of the female guides takes you out on game drives. Wildlife viewing is superb – particularly if you like elephants, as they come to the Chobe River in huge numbers at this time. You are likely also to see good numbers of lion and even sable as well as wonderful birdlife. Relax with a game of billiards or a swim in the pool before dinner. Full board
DAY 14: SAFARI ENDS
After breakfast you will be driven the two hours to Victoria Falls Airport to start your onward journey. You will certainly have no shortage of photographs to remind you of your safari adventures when you get home! Breakfast
2019 guide price from: (pp sharing based on two travelling, excl international flights) June from £8,270. Jul – Sep from £11,310. Oct from £11,080 (NB: We can arrange a similar trip to this at other times of the year, but accommodation will have to be amended to make it work in other months. Just talk to us and we will give you the best advice, since, as we tailor make our holidays, changing any aspect is not a problem).
Includes: Accommodation as shown (based on twin share), meals and transfers as shown, national park fees, domestic flights (Arusha–Serengeti-Arusha, and Kasane-Okavango-Kasane), shared game drives in Serengeti, Chobe and Okavango, Zambezi cruise.
Excludes: Meals not shown, international fights (Home-Kilimanjaro-Victoria Falls-home) and taxes, visa, insurance, drinks, tips, personal expenses.
Great for the Serengeti Migration and for the Okavango flood season
In theory you can take a version of this trip at any time of the year. However, you’ll see that we’ve only priced this for July to October. The reason for this is that not only are these months peak season for the Serengeti Wildebeest Migration in the northern Serengeti (where you stand a chance of seeing river crossings), but it’s also peak season for wildlife viewing in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, due to the floods filling the Delta from about June to October.
In both places it is the dry season too, so that means that the wildlife will often be congregating near water sources and grasses will be short, so game-viewing is at its very best.
Victoria Falls is great at any time, though the flow changes with the seasons. From July to October the water flow is quite low.
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