Our 6-night Southern Africa Safari invites you to discover three of this region’s most scenic destinations. Your journey begins in Johannesburg where you travel to the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Next, you head towards the Chobe region in northern Botswana for some spectacular game-viewing safaris, with your final two days spent exploring the glorious Okavango Delta. Here mokoro (dug-out canoe) safaris, boat cruises, fishing and bird-watching are just a few of the exceptional activities provided before this Botswana tour concludes.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1 - Depart Johannesburg for Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls
Day 2 - Tour of Victoria Falls, a rural village and a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River.
Day 3 - Travel to Elephant Valley Lodge in the Chobe region, Botswana
Day 4 - On Safari in the magnificent Chobe National Park.
Day 5 - Light aircraft transfer to Xugana Island Lodge, Okavango Delta
Day 6 - On safari in the Okavango Delta.
Day 7 - Travel from the Okavango Delta back to Johannesburg
Day 01 - Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
Today you board your flight at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for the Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe. On arrival at Victoria Falls, you will be met and transferred to the Ilala Lodge, where you will spend the next (2) nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
The Ilala Lodge is a peaceful and relaxing hotel that has beautiful green gardens that overlook the nearby Zambezi National Park. The rooms all have air conditioning as well as Wi-Fi and other first-world amenities. The thatch rooves of this lodge give it an all the more African feel.
Day 02 - Tour Victoria Falls, Rural Village and Sunset Cruise
After breakfast depart on a guided tour of the falls and Mpala Village. Our first stop is the Big Tree - a massive baobab many hundreds of years old with a girth of some 22 meters. The tour continues to the Falls themselves, starting at Livingstone’s statue and Devil’s Cataract and proceeding through the rainforest to Danger Point. The total walk is 3 km with many spectacular viewpoints along the way. Raincoats are available for hire at an additional cost.
The day’s insight into real African rural life starts with a visit to a rural primary school. Proceed to a business centre in the village, and end the morning with visits to two homesteads to meet the local people. Transfer back to town early afternoon.
Transfer to the jetty for a cruise along the Upper Zambezi in the late afternoon. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Zambezi River in relaxation, with local wines, beers, soft drinks and snacks served during the trip. This trip often offers a magnificent chance to witness a spectacular African sunset. Cruise back to the jetty for transfer back to the hotel after sunset.
Day 03 - Victoria Falls to Elephant Valley Lodge, Chobe, Botswana
Day 3’s itinerary begins with a transfer across the border into Botswana. You’ll be staying at the Elephant Valley Lodge for nights on a fully-inclusive package. Elephant Valley Lodge is located in the Kasane Forest Reserve. It borders the Chobe River and is an ideal base from which to explore the Chobe National Park.
Day 04 - On safari at Elephant Valley Lodge, Chobe, Botswana
Hosted and guided by the Elephant Valley Lodge’s staff and rangers, you will have the pleasure of morning and afternoon game-viewing safaris in the Chobe National Park.
Day 05 - Chobe to Okavango Delta
Today you will be collected at the lodge and transferred to the Kasane Airport to meet your light aircraft transfer to the Xugana Island Lodge in the Okavango Delta. Here you will spend the next (2) nights on a fully inclusive basis.
Xugana is one of the original camps built in this amazing wilderness area. It is located on a lush green island situated in the Xugana Lagoon. Home to hippos, crocodiles and many other species of wildlife, activities at this lodge include mokoro (dug-out) trips, boating, bird watching and fishing - all under the guidance of the resident guides who are there to enhance your safari experience and enlighten you at the same time.
Day 06 - On Safari at Xugana Island Lodge
Today is spent on safari in the pristine Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is an internationally recognized world heritage site - a massive inland delta surrounded by thousands of square kilometres of Mopane bush and Kalahari thornveld, and supporting a plethora of bird and animal life. The delta crystal waters are a magnet to wildlife from all points of the compass, and support an abundance of fish.
Day 07 - Okavango Delta to Johannesburg
This morning early after your breakfast you will be transferred by light aircraft back to Maun Airport, where you board your flight back to the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Safari Prices (quoted in USD)
$4,137 per person sharing (Jan - Mar 2023)
$4,693 per person sharing (Apr - Jun 2023)
$5,017 per person sharing (Jul - Oct 2023)
$4,306 per person sharing (Nov 2023)
$3,800 per person sharing (Dec 2023)
$4,033 per person sharing (Jan - Mar 2024)
$4,957 per person sharing (Apr - Jun 2024)
$5,418 per person sharing (Jul - Oct 2024)
$4,664 per person sharing (Nov 2024)
$4,053 per person sharing (Dec 2024)
2 nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
4 nights accommodation on a fully inclusive basis at Elephant Valley Lodge & Xugana only:
Teas/coffees & snacks
Twice daily game viewing activities
The services of a professional ranger and camp staff
Bar accounts (excluding premium imports) at Xugana only
Emergency medical evacuation insurance at Xugana only
Laundry at Xugana only
All road transfers as per itinerary
All light aircraft transfers as per itinerary
Sightseeing in Vic Falls as per itinerary
Boma Dinner on Day 1
Flight: Johannesburg to Vic Falls one way excl taxes
Flight: Maun - Johannesburg one way excl taxes