9 Days
Kerry’s Victoria Falls & Classic Botswana Safari Experience

2 nights Victoria Falls | 3 nights Chobe | 3 nights Okavango Delta

Tour Highlights

  • Victoria Falls Experience
  • Livingstone Island Tour
  • Chobe National Park
  • Big Five Game Viewing
  • Okavango Delta Luxury
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • Abundant Birdlife
  • Mokoro Safaris

Client Review

Kerry did a wonderful job planning our trip and everything she organized during our stay went smoothly. We loved Botswana and all of our game drive experiences – the animals and birds did not disappoint and our game ranger was very knowledgeable and we learnt so much on our safari. Our accommodation options were all amazing and were treated like royalty. Thank you Pembury Tours!

David & Catherine

Tour Consultant's Overview

David & Catherine had their hearts set on experiencing Botswana during their trip to Africa. After discussing their ideas with them, we decided to add two nights at Victoria Falls before they flew into Botswana for their main safari. We settled on dividing their time between the Chobe National Park and Okavango Delta to ensure they had the full Botswana experience. They had a wonderful time on safari and are hoping to come back soon!
Kerry Ririe
Day 1 Arrival in Johannesburg to Victoria Falls

Upon arrival at OR Tambo Airport, you will be met by our representative , who will hand over your travel documents and assist you to the check in counter for your flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met by your driver, who will transfer you to your hotel, where you spend two nights. The afternoon is at leisure.

Transfer time: Victoria Falls Airport to your hotel - ± 25 to 40 minutes

Day 1 to 3 Victoria Falls (2 nights)

Today is at leisure and you can explore the area and visit the Victoria Falls.

Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available.

The Victoria Falls is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world. See the mighty Zambezi River as it thunders over the 1700 metre wide Victoria Falls and plunges 100 metres into a narrow gorge below. The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow.

The Falls’ local name, Mosi-Oa-Tunya - "the Smoke that Thunders" - more accurately defines the essence of the place: the rising, shining spray that can be seen 30km away. This vapour has the effect of adding moisture in the form of humidity to the air in the "splash zone", so that a unique, small rainforest ecosystem clings to the edge of the Falls, providing a toehold for no less than 70 shrub and 150 herbaceous species, as well as trees such as pod and Natal mahogany, ebony, Cape and strangler fig and Transvaal red milkwood. There are two National Parks in the vicinity: the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and the Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park in Zambia, which means that herds of big game such as elephant and buffalo, as well as smaller species and even predators such as lion persist in the area.

Day 3 Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park

The morning is at leisure and later in the day your driver will meet you in reception for your transfer.

You depart Victoria Falls and cross the border into Botswana, where you are dropped off at Elephant Valley Lodge, where you spend three nights.

Transfer time: The Kingdom Hotel to Elephant Valley Lodge – 2 hours

Day 3 to 6 Chobe National Park (3 nights)

Chobe National Park on Botswana’s North West border is a pristine wilderness of open plains, baobab trees, ancient woodland, swamps and flood plains and is home to the greatest concentration of game in the entire southern African subcontinent. One of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe River forms the Park’s northern boundary. The Chobe riverfront area is most famous for its large herds of elephants and buffalo, which come down to the river in huge herds to drink during the dry winter months. During this season, one may see hundreds of elephants at one time. Other species include waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal.

Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird Safaris. A highlight of Chobe is taking a river cruise, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to animals that come down to the river.

Day 6 Chobe National Park to Okavango Delta

After your morning game activity and breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kasane Airport. Here you will be met by the representative who will assist you to your light aircraft for your flight into the Okavango Delta. On arrival at the airstrip, you are met by your ranger and transferred to Kadizora Camp, where you spend three nights.

Transfer time: Elephant Valley Lodge to Kasane Airport – ±25 minutes

Flight time: Kasane to Okavango Delta – 1 hour

Day 6 to 9 Okavango Delta (3 nights)

The Okavango Delta in Botswana with its richly diverse wildlife species is one of the premium destinations in the world for a dynamic safari experience. This 22,000 square kilometre area offers a truly unique wilderness safari in Africa. The Delta forms where the Okavango River disappears beneath the sands of Botswana.

Although the periphery is semi-arid, the Okavango Delta itself is a patchwork of cool clear streams, lagoons, floodplains and forested islands. In the dry winter season vast numbers of wildlife flock to where the floodwaters infiltrate the delta, providing one of the world’s most spectacular sights. The world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve covers part of the Delta and is known as the 'predator capital of Africa'. It is also home to the Big Five and large herds of elephant and buffalo. Famed for its big cat and bird population, the Delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades. Watch giraffe and other plains game march across the savannah.

You might even catch a glimpse of rare wild dogs stalking the plains. Wide grassy floodplains are host to a magnificent array of wild animals, including the specially adapted sitatunga and lechwe antelopes. Within this lacework of channels, game viewing and bird watching is frequently guided from mokoro (dugout canoes) or more commonly, environmentally-friendly fibreglass replicas. In these slender flat-bottomed craft, guests are propelled by expert polers, many of whom were born in the Okavango Delta and know the winding waterways and their inhabitants intimately.

Day 9 Okavango Delta to Cape Town

The morning is at leisure and you can enjoy your last game activity and a hearty breakfast. You bid farewell to this African wonderland and your ranger will then transfer you to the airstrip for your light plane flight to Maun. On arrival in Maun, you check info for your flight to Cape Town. Here you make your way to your hotel and spend four nights in Cape Town.

Victoria Falls: The Kingdom at Victoria Falls

The Kingdom at Victoria Falls is situated within the Victoria Falls National Park, a World Heritage Site, and is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls. It is a modern-day tribute to ancient Africa. The architecture of the 4-star Kingdom Hotel resembles that of the city of Munhumutapa, capital of an ancient civilisation in Zimbabwe.

The hotel has a variety of restaurants (Whitewaters, Thundercloud Spur, the Burger Place, the Sweet Hut and Panarottis pizzeria), bars (Rapids Pool Bar, Quartermains Bar, Wild Thing Action bar, the Pit), a casino with slot machines, Black Jack and American Roulette. There are four swimming pools, an Internet café, a spa and beauty parlour, hair salon, a supervised children’s play area, curio shops and 24-hour room service.

Built around a man-made lake, the 294 rooms are beautifully decorated in deep browns and beiges, with natural wood furnishings. The Kingdom at Victoria Falls offers a wide range of room types to select including twin rooms, double rooms, family rooms and suites. The air-conditioned bedrooms have tilled floors and bathrooms have both a shower and bath.

Chobe National Park: Elephant Valley Lodge

Elephant Valley Lodge lies between the Chobe National Park in Botswana and the equally impressive Matetsi wildlife conservancy within the Kasane Forest Reserve. The lodge lies beneath a forest of sturdy knob thorn trees and overlooks an extremely productive water hole. It is within these tree tops that the largest colony of white back vultures occurs. Open-air guest areas, an outdoor dining Boma, a secluded hide and a refreshing swimming pool provide plenty of opportunities for relaxation. There are 20 “Meru”’ style luxury safari tents situated around the gardens or along the edge of the valley. Your tent also ensures that you are able to hear the multitude of night sounds as you drift away with vivid memories of the experiences of your day on safari. The tents have twin beds, an en-suite bathroom and a private, shady deck.

The Chobe region is home to the largest population of wild elephant in the world. Their sometimes daily passage takes them from Zimbabwe through Chobe and across the river into Namibia before returning. Elephant Valley Lodge lies along one of these routes. The camp perimeter is fenced to keep the elephant from moving through the camp. Instead, now they move around the camp boundary, along their well worn paths to and from the Chobe River. Activities include daily safaris open landrover safaris and boat cruises into the Chobe National Park.

Okavango Delta: Kadizora Camp

Kadizora Camp truly offers the ultimate Okavango Delta experience, with a wide range of activities, a beautiful location, diverse wildlife and warm, local hospitality. Kadizora Camp is situated between the Vumbura River and Selinda Spillway. It lies in the remote northern part of the Okavango Delta over-looking a panoramic seasonal floodplain. Giant Marulas, Sycamore figs, Jackalberries and Rain trees provide a canopy of shade throughout the camp.

The bar, lounge, reception and dining area form a horse-shoe shape around the sandy fire pit. From there, a decked walkway leads you to an inviting swimming pool with a view over the floodplain.

The Camps accommodation consists of 8 luxury tents and x4 standard tents’ with either twin or a conversion to a double bed. Each tent is well-positioned for ultimate privacy and seclusion. All tents feature a luxurious en-suite bathroom and outdoor decking, with spectacular views for a true ‘out of Africa’ experience.

Kadizora Camp also facilitates open vehicle safaris, walking safaris and boating. Mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions provide a fabulous and traditional way to explore the meandering water channels. Float quietly amongst the water-lilies and experience a spectacular bird lovers’ paradise.
Meru-style tents form the common area and open onto a central deck and fire pit.

The bar at Kadizora Camp is on a raised deck with a panoramic view of the floodplain. Enjoy a picturesque Delta sunset, with your favourite sundowner, watching the colours intensify long after the sun has set.

Victoria Falls: Livingstone Island Tour & High Tea

Your driver will meet you in reception for your transfer from the hotel across the border into Zambia. Remember to take your passports with you. You are dropped off at The Royal Livingstone Hotel and depart from here for your Livingstone Island Tour. Dr David Livingstone was paddled in a dugout canoe through swift rapids towards the roar and rising cloud of mist suspended above a cliff over which the whole of the Zambezi River plunged.

The Makololo paddlers skillfully landed him on ‘Goat Island’ (now Livingstone Island) right on the lip of the chasm. A few steps through the small rainforest and, on the 16th November 1855, he gazed upon one of the most spectacular sights in the world – ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (The Smoke that Thunders) which he named after his Queen as The Victoria Falls. Livingstone Island is a 5-8 minutes boat ride from the Royal Livingstone Hotel and is located in the middle of the Zambezi River, touching the lip of the Victoria Falls, where the water thunders down the 103m drop. Access to this unique Island is seasonal and depends entirely on the water level in the Zambezi River.

Chobe National Park: Daily Safari Programme at Elephant Valley Lodge

At Elephant Valley Lodge you enjoy a morning cruise along the Chobe River, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to any animals that come down to the river, especially elephants and buffalo.

In the afternoon you enjoy a game drive in a 10-seater open vehicle in both the Chobe National Park and the Kasane Forest Reserve. In addition to elephant and buffalo, species that might be seen on game drives include waterbuck, lechwe, puku, giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. It is during the late afternoon that game becomes most active. During the game drive a stop is made for sundowner drinks along the river to capture the sunset on camera.

Okavango Delta: Daily Safari Programme at Kadizora Camp

Famed for its big cat and bird population, the Okavango Delta is a peaceful haven where animals have been protected for decades and know they will not be disturbed. At Kadizora Camp, you have the opportunity to see animals up close with your expert guide on morning and evening game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles. A night game drive is the perfect means to see some of the nocturnal animals one wouldn't see during the day time. During higher water levels game drives will be combined with motorised boating excursions. (Night drives are seasonal, depending on water levels.)

Because the camp is set in a private concession, there is the opportunity to get very close on foot in perfect safety with one of our guides. Find out how to track and follow even the most elusive of animals in the Okavango. One of the best ways to see the wildlife around the Camp is in one of the locally made dugout canoes, known as mokoros. These used to be carved from ebony but are now made from commercially grown wood and fibreglass to protect the fragile environment of the Okavango. In one of these traditional crafts it is possible to float around the waterways and lagoons that make up the delta, looking for hippos and crocodiles in the water, but also getting a remarkable view of the plains game from a new and exciting angle.

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This itinerary started on 8 September 2018
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 4,830
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