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2018 Ultimate Africa: Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe Safari

Hwange • Kafue • Chobe • Okavango Delta • Victoria Falls

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17 Days from only $5195 including international airfare

Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Itinerary Overview

On this African safari, you’ll observe elephants in Chobe National Park … enjoy a warm welcome when your small group visits a village near Hwange National Park … feel the rumble of Victoria Falls roaring in the distance … and exchange stories with your travel companions around a fire under a star-filled African sky. In the morning, wake to birdsong and begin another day on the safari of your dreams.

You’ll experience small lodges and tented camps, game-viewing drives and guided walks with our sharp-eyed Trip Leaders, and local village visits. From world-famous Chobe National Park to the lush Okavango Delta, from Africa's spectacular big game to its colorful local cultures—this is the ultimate African safari.

Please note: January-March and November-December departures will spend Days 6-8 in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park instead of Kafue National Park, with minor differences in included activities and transfer times. 

Make It Your Adventure

Personalize your trip to meet your individual needs, from preferred flights and air routing, to “breaking away” to spend more time in a destination.

  • O.A.T’s team of Adventure Specialists makes every effort to provide you with non-stop flights and acceptable connection times to and from your destination. You also have several other options for personalizing your air itinerary, which include:

    • Choose your departure city and airline: We list the most popular gateway cities on our website, but not all of them. If you don’t see yours listed, or there’s one that better suits your needs, let us know. You can also tell us if you have an airline preference and we will try to accommodation your request.
    • Depart from one city and return from another: Just because your flight leaves from one city doesn’t mean you have to return there. Maybe you flew out of Boston and wish to visit friends in Los Angeles after your trip is over. Tell us where you want to go and we’ll do our best to get you there.
    • Fly the way you want to: We’ll gladly arrange a flight upgrade to business or premium economy class if it’s available. And when you fly economy class, we’ll do our best to see that you get your choice of seating preference or even add a special meal request if you have dietary restrictions or needs.
  • You can extend your time abroad and "break away" anywhere you'd like to do more exploring on your own. Stay for a day, a week, or even a month in a favorite locale. Or consider arriving a few days early in Johannesburg, South Africa for a fresh start. Our Adventure Specialists can provide you with information on the accommodations we will use at the beginning of your trip so that you can make your own arrangements. That way, you'll know that you will be exactly where you need to be to meet your group.

  • Back-to-Back Adventures

    Many of our travelers choose to take another trip directly after their first one ends. Think about it: If you’re already overseas, why not see more of the region and avoid the expense and length of another international flight? Many of our travelers have taken two or three consecutive trips before returning home. One of the most common adventures combined with our Ultimate Africa adventure is Namibia & the Skeleton Coast: Africa’s Last Wildernessand many travelers take our Out of Africa: Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya & Tanzania trip, which already combines our Ultimate Africa and The Best of Kenya & Tanzania African safaris into one comprehensive adventure. And now you’ll save an additional $250-$350 per person when you reserve two trips right after one another.

  • Many O.A.T. travelers simply don’t want their trips to end. With an array of pre- and post-trip extensions to choose from, you have the chance to experience more of the places you’ve traveled so far to see, including Thornybush Game Reserve: Quest for Africa's Big 5 and Cape Town & the Cape of Good Hope. Plus, you lower your average per-day costs because you’re taking advantage of your already included international airfare.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

  • 4 nights from only $1595

    A 34,595 acre private and intimate game reserve, Thornybush is bursting with wildlife, housing more than 500 bird species and 140 species of mammals, including the famed “Big Five.” This rugged landscape—mostly open savannah, complemented by the beautiful Drakensberg Escarpment in the distance—borders Kruger National Park and is ideal for spotting the rich diversity of game here. And because this is a private, isolated reserve, you’ll be able to enjoy activities like going off-road in search of elusive wildlife without the crowds.

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  • You depart from the U.S. on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Today, arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. You will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. Here, you'll be joined by those who traveled on our optional Thornybush Game Reserve: Quest for Africa's Big 5 extension.

  • This morning, we’ll fly to Victoria Falls, arriving in the early afternoon. Then, we drive to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest park. Our total transfer time is up to 6 hours.

    Hwange is home to many diverse habitats, from teak forests to palm islands to vast savannah plains. Likewise, you may behold a rich menagerie of game that can include elephant, buffalo, eland, wildebeest, impala, lion, leopard, cheetah, and more than 400 known bird species. The park is also known for its herds of sable antelope, an elegant animal with large, graceful horns.

    In the late afternoon, we'll enjoy a short game-viewing drive, followed by dinner at our lodge this evening.

  • Today, we'll have the opportunity to enjoy morning and evening game-viewing drives with one of our professional guides in Hwange National Park, which offers game viewing year-round due to its man-made waterholes. During these drives, you will learn about the region's flora and the intricate cycle of life in the bush. We will learn to identify which animals have passed through the area. Our expert guides may also expound on everything from how elephant dung can be used as mosquito repellent, to how the giraffe is able to eat leaves off of the thorny acacia trees. After our first drive, we’ll stop to enjoy brunch back at the lodge. 

    After our second game-viewing drive, we’ll return to our camp for some time at leisure before dinner together.

  • Today, we'll take a break from game viewing to learn more about Zimbabwe's residents as we enjoy A Day in the Life of a village near the park. We'll meet a village leader, who takes us on a short tour that reveals how local people live, tend to their animals, and raise their crops. We'll learn a few words in the language of the local Nambya people, before sitting down with a family to gain insight into their culture first-hand. We'll also have an opportunity for hands-on discovery when we take part in some farming activities (season permitting)—like planting, milking cows, and collecting eggs.

    Then, we'll visit St. Mary's Primary school (when in session), which is supported in part by Grand Circle Foundation as part of the World Classroom initiative. We have the unique opportunity to meet the teachers and children. Once we return to camp, we'll enjoy an included lunch and a game-viewing drive before dinner.

  • After an early breakfast this morning, we drive from Hwange, Zimbabwe to Livingstone, Zambia, where we'll take a light aircraft transfer to Kafue National Park. Our total transfer time today is up to 7 hours. 

    One of Zambia's most impressive parks, Kafue is one of the first to join an initiative to link the national parks of five African countries into what will eventually become a 108,000-square-mile park, to be known as the Kvango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (also the Okavango-Upper Zambezi TFCA). Our campsite is situated in the northern section of the park along the banks of the Kafue River, one of the three rivers nourishing the park. From the decks of our safari-style tented rooms, we can view the slow-moving river—where we might enjoy the chance to fish for bream and pike during our stay.

    After we settle in, we enjoy our first game-viewing excursion, by boat or safari vehicle. Kafue boasts a distinction that we'll appreciate on our game-viewing drives: in addition to an impressive 55 mammal species, it is home to 500 species of birds—as many in this park as in all of Europe. Our guides will help us keep our eyes peeled for Black-cheeked Lovebirds, Bohm’s Bee-eaters, Pel’s Fishing Owls, a variety of cranes, and Zambia’s only endemic species, the Chaplin’s Barbet. We'll also be on the lookout for the elegant puku, an antelope found only in Zambia and the Congo.

    We return to camp in time for dinner, gathering around the campfire afterward to compare notes on the animals we saw today.

    Please note: If you are traveling in January-March or November-December, you'll spend Days 6-8 in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. For accurate itinerary details, please refer to the corresponding itinerary tab above.

  • Today, we'll enjoy two game-viewing excursions during the most temperate hours—early morning and late afternoon—when the wildlife is at its most active. Keep your eyes peeled for the yellow-billed oxpecker, trumpeter hornbill, and grey crowned crane. Along the rivers that feed the park, we might also encounter the white-backed night heron, African finfoot, or saddle-billed stork. Between wildlife excursions, you may choose to linger at camp, enjoying Kafue River views at leisure, or elect to join our Trip Leader on a nature walk.

    We gather for dinner this evening at the camp.

    Please note: If you are traveling in January-March or November-December, you'll spend Days 6-8 in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. For accurate itinerary details, please refer to the corresponding itinerary tab above.

  • Two more game-viewing excursions await you this morning and afternoon, as you explore the outer reaches of the park by boat or safari vehicle. It’s impossible to exhaust the discoveries at Kafue, one of the continent’s largest national parks—at 8,600 square miles, it is roughly the size of the entire state of New Jersey. Kafue’s habitats span riverine forests, floodplains, woodlands, and dambos (open grasslands). There will also be opportunities to fish along the banks, as well as a sundowner cruise in the afternoon.

    We gather for dinner tonight, swapping memories of all we’ve encountered on our explorations in this truly stunning locale.

    Please note: If you are traveling in January-March or November-December, you'll spend Days 6-8 in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. For accurate itinerary details, please refer to the corresponding itinerary tab above.

  • We’ll take a morning flight to Livingstone, Zambia, enjoying a game drive en route to our flight. Then we'll transfer overland to Chobe National Park in northern Botswana, enjoying a light packed lunch on our way. Our total transfer time is up to 5 hours. After arriving at our lodge, we'll get a briefing on the area and share an afternoon tea. This afternoon, take a game-viewing drive before returning for dinner at the lodge.

  • The next two days are devoted to seeking out game in Chobe National Park, the second-largest (and first-established) national park in the country. Chobe National Park is home to one of the world's largest elephant populations—the present herd is estimated at 50,000. This enormous region offers variety in both wildlife and terrain. Riverine forest, flood plains, and mopane are home to large and small game. Elephants gather around baobab trees, drawn by the water stored in their bark.

    During the dry season, the Chobe River attracts so much game that thousands of animals may congregate on its banks, and hippo are submerged in its waters. Large groups of giraffe amble about the land, and hyena, cheetah, leopard, and wildebeest may also be glimpsed in this thickly populated habitat. The birdlife here is spectacular, ranging from eagles and bustards to plovers and rollers, and bee-eaters bustle near their sandbank nests. There are also water birds, such as egret, ibis, and heron, along the river.

    This afternoon we visit Mabele Village, where we get to know the local people. While there, the village women will show us their weaving and we may even try our hands at the craft ourselves. We return to camp just before sunset and gather to soak in the views of the golden sun sinking behind a nearby watering hole. We then sit down to enjoy dinner together.

  • Our safari schedule in Chobe today features a full-day game-viewing drive in Chobe National Park—which has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent and is sure to be a highlight of our safari adventure. During a full day of game viewing in the park, we'll spot some of the park's magnificent elephants, in addition to zebra, Cape buffalo, hippo, and crocodile. We will be out in our vehicles during lunchtime, so we will take along a picnic lunch.

    We'll cap off the day with a relaxing sundowner with our fellow travelers. Then, dinner tonight is a traditional South African braai, similar to our barbecue but more closely connected to the outdoor life, culture, and laid-back lifestyle of southern Africans.

  • After breakfast, we board a minibus that takes us to Kasane, Botswana. From here, we catch a light aircraft flight to our camp in the Okavango Delta region. Our total transfer time is up to 4 hours.

    Our lodge is a Tented Camp adjacent to the border of the Moremi National Park in the northern region of the Delta. Upon arrival, we enjoy a game-viewing drive en route to our camp, followed by lunch. Afterward, you are free to relax at our lodgings before we gather together for another game-viewing drive, returning to our lodge for dinner this evening.

  • Today, we continue to explore the Okavango Delta. We'll split into groups and explore the area by mokoro on the Delta (if conditions permit), followed by a game drive. After lunch in camp, we enjoy an afternoon game-viewing drive in the neighboring savannah.

    Please note: Mokoro excursions are dependent on safety and water levels, which fluctuate constantly in the Delta, regardless of the season. When you arrive in the Delta, your Trip Leader will monitor conditions and advise you of whether it's possible to explore by boat.

  • Today, we continue to search for wildlife in the Okavango Delta region. We'll again split into groups and explore the area by mokoro on the Delta (if conditions permit), followed by a game drive. After lunch in camp, we enjoy an afternoon game-viewing drive in the neighboring savannah.

    Please note: Mokoro excursions are dependent on safety and water levels, which fluctuate constantly in the Delta, regardless of the season. When you arrive in the Delta, your Trip Leader will monitor conditions and advise you of whether it's possible to explore by boat.

  • After breakfast, we depart our camp and drive to Victoria Falls. Our total transfer time is up to 4 hours. Here we visit the largest curtain of water in the world—and one of the world's Seven Natural Wonders. These awe-inspiring cataracts, whose African name (Mosi-oa Tunya) means "the smoke that thunders," are nearly twice as high as Niagara, one and a half times as wide, and generate three times as much water. On a clear day, you can see the mist sprayed into the air from these crashing waters from more than 50 miles away. At peak flood times, 1.4 billion gallons of water per minute pass over its edge.

    After lunch, we'll enjoy a guided tour which includes exploring walking trails and lookout points—each with different views. There are five main cataracts, including the most dramatic, the Main Falls and Devil's Cataract. The flora around the falls is naturally profuse: You'll see ebony, fig trees, and many flowering species. The rain forest surrounding the falls is particularly lush, fed by Victoria's perpetual spray. (It's a good idea to wrap your camera equipment, cash, and other valuables in plastic.)

    This evening enjoy dinner at our hotel.

  • After breakfast, enjoy a walk through Chinotimba township, where we can observe everyday life in the neighborhood that is home to the majority of people living around Victoria Falls. Then, after lunch back at our hotel, you can join a combination of optional tours, one of which includes a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls. Or, you can walk through town on your own to check out the local handcrafts, such as the famous Shona stone carvings and a variety of wooden carvings. You'll also find a selection of brilliant African textiles, malachite, basketry, and more. This is one of the places where bartering is appropriate, often expected—and can be great fun. American goods like T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball caps with designer logos can be good “currency” here. Please ask your Trip Leader for advice about where else it may be appropriate to barter in this manner. This evening, we'll enjoy our Farewell Dinner while cruising along the Zambezi River.

    • Meals included:

    After breakfast this morning, we’ll gather for a talk on the life of David Livingstone before we drive to the airport and board our flight to Johannesburg. Both the flight for the post-trip extension Cape Town & the Cape of Good Hope and the return flights to the U.S. depart in the early evening.

  • POST-TRIP EXTENSION:
    Cape Town & The Cape of Good Hope

    4 nights from only $1295

    With Table Mountain as its backdrop, a bevy of bays at its feet, and the lushest foliage this side of paradise, Cape Town arguably occupies one of the most spectacular natural settings on Earth. Here is your chance to revel in it—and to witness the amazing social transformation of the “Rainbow Nation.”

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  • 4 nights from only $1595

    A 34,595 acre private and intimate game reserve, Thornybush is bursting with wildlife, housing more than 500 bird species and 140 species of mammals, including the famed “Big Five.” This rugged landscape—mostly open savannah, complemented by the beautiful Drakensberg Escarpment in the distance—borders Kruger National Park and is ideal for spotting the rich diversity of game here. And because this is a private, isolated reserve, you’ll be able to enjoy activities like going off-road in search of elusive wildlife without the crowds.

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  • You depart from the U.S. on an overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Today, arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. You will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. Here, you'll be joined by those who traveled on our optional Thornybush Game Reserve: Quest for Africa's Big 5 extension.

  • This morning, we’ll fly to Victoria Falls, arriving in the early afternoon. Then, we drive to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest park. Our total transfer time is up to 6 hours.

    Hwange is home to many diverse habitats, from teak forests to palm islands to vast savannah plains. Likewise, you may behold a rich menagerie of game that can include elephant, buffalo, eland, wildebeest, impala, lion, leopard, cheetah, and more than 400 known bird species. The park is also known for its herds of sable antelope, an elegant animal with large, graceful horns.

    In the late afternoon, we'll enjoy a short game-viewing drive, followed by dinner at our lodge this evening.

  • Today, we'll have the opportunity to enjoy morning and evening game-viewing drives with one of our professional guides in Hwange National Park, which offers game viewing year-round due to its man-made waterholes. During these drives, you will learn about the region's flora and the intricate cycle of life in the bush. We will learn to identify which animals have passed through the area. Our expert guides may also expound on everything from how elephant dung can be used as mosquito repellent, to how the giraffe is able to eat leaves off of the thorny acacia trees. After our first drive, we’ll stop to enjoy brunch back at the lodge.

    After our second game-viewing drive, we’ll return to our camp for some time at leisure before dinner together.

  • Today, we'll take a break from game viewing to learn more about Zimbabwe's residents as we enjoy A Day in the Life of a village near the park. We'll meet a village leader, who takes us on a short tour that reveals how local people live, tend to their animals, and raise their crops. We'll learn a few words in the language of the local Nambya people, before sitting down with a family to gain insight into their culture first-hand. We'll also have an opportunity for hands-on discovery when we take part in some farming activities (season permitting)—like planting, milking cows, and collecting eggs.

    Then, we'll visit St. Mary's Primary school (when in session), which is supported in part by Grand Circle Foundation as part of the World Classroom initiative. We have the unique opportunity to meet the teachers and children. Once we return to camp, we'll enjoy an included lunch and a game-viewing drive before dinner.

  • After an early breakfast this morning, we drive from Hwange, Zimbabwe to Livingstone, Zambia, where we'll arrive at our lodging in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Our transfer time today totals up to 6 hours, and we'll enjoy some game-viewing along the way. 

    A UNESCO World Heritage site, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is included in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, an initiative to link the national parks of five African countries into what will eventually become a 108,000-square-mile park. Its name, which translates to "the smoke that thunders," refers to the stunning Victoria Falls which are located on the park grounds. Situated along the Zambezi River, and occupying just 66 square kilometers, the park offers excellent opportunities for concentrated game-viewing. Being near the river also means our location is favorable for water-based activities including fishing and boat tours. From the decks of our safari-style tented rooms, we can view the river and the wildlife that it attracts. Antelope, giraffe, zebra, and more, roam the park grounds along with elephants who regularly venture into the park from across the Zambezi River.

    After an orientation walk to get familiar with our surroundings, we'll depart this afternoon for a wildlife-viewing cruise along the river. This evening, we'll return to our lodge for dinner as a group.

    Please note: If you are traveling in April-October, you'll spend Days 6-8 in Kafue National Park. For accurate itinerary details, please refer to the corresponding itinerary tab above.

  • After breakfast this morning, we'll depart for a guided walking tour through Livingstone. Named in tribute to David Livingstone, the town's first European explorer, Livingstone is well-known for its proximity to Victoria Falls and its late-19th-century British colonial roots. We'll mingle with locals and explore traces of the town's past as we stroll through a local market, witness historic landmarks, and pay a visit to the Livingstone Museum.

    This afternoon, we'll return to our lodge for lunch as a group. After we eat, we'll enjoy some time at leisure. Perhaps you'll walk over to Devil's Pool, one of the most dramatic vistas Victoria Falls has to offer, which is only accessible from the Zambian side of the falls. When the conditions are just right, the river flow creates an eddy that butts right up against the edge of a cliff. Though dangerous, daring swimmers sometimes choose to take a dip and float over to the edge of the waterfalls for an exhilarating, and surely unforgettable experience. If you'd rather use this time to rest, we'll have a more extensive exploration of the falls when we're in Zimbabwe. 

    Later this afternoon, we'll embark on a rhinoceros tracking excursion by foot, during which our guide will teach us the proper method to locate and observe one of Earth's largest extant species: the rare, endangered Southern White Rhinoceros. We'll return to the lodge this evening where we'll get a better sense of local culture through music, as we enjoy a performance by a Zambian band followed by dinner.

    Please note: If you are traveling in April-October, you'll spend Days 6-8 in Kafue National Park. For accurate itinerary details, please refer to the corresponding itinerary tab above.

  • More cultural interactions await you this morning as we depart after breakfast for a small village, where your Trip Leader will facilitate conversations with the local people. After returning to our lodge for lunch, we'll enjoy our final game-viewing opportunities in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on both a drive and a sundowner cruise along the Zambezi River. We gather for dinner and a campfire again tonight, swapping memories of all we’ve encountered on our explorations in this truly stunning locale.

    Please note: If you are traveling in April-October, you'll spend Days 6-8 in Kafue National Park. For accurate itinerary details, please refer to the corresponding itinerary tab above.

  • This morning, after an early breakfast, we drive to the border of Botswana, crossing into the country on a short ferry ride. We then arrive at Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. Our total transfer time is up to two hours. After arriving at our lodge, we'll enjoy lunch together before we get a briefing on the area and share an afternoon tea. This afternoon, take a game-viewing drive before returning for dinner at the lodge.

  • The next two days are devoted to seeking out game in Chobe National Park, the second-largest (and first-established) national park in the country. Chobe National Park is home to one of the world's largest elephant populations—the present herd is estimated at 50,000. This enormous region offers variety in both wildlife and terrain. Riverine forest, flood plains, and mopane are home to large and small game. Elephants gather around baobab trees, drawn by the water stored in their bark.

    During the dry season, the Chobe River attracts so much game that thousands of animals may congregate on its banks, and hippo are submerged in its waters. Large groups of giraffe amble about the land, and hyena, cheetah, leopard, and wildebeest may also be glimpsed in this thickly populated habitat. The birdlife here is spectacular, ranging from eagles and bustards to plovers and rollers, and bee-eaters bustle near their sandbank nests. There are also water birds, such as egret, ibis, and heron, along the river.

    This afternoon we visit Mabele Village, where we get to know the local people. While there, the village women will show us their weaving and we may even try our hands at the craft ourselves. We return to camp just before sunset and gather to soak in the views of the golden sun sinking behind a nearby watering hole. We then sit down to enjoy dinner together.

  • Our safari schedule in Chobe today features a full-day game-viewing drive in Chobe National Park—which has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent and is sure to be a highlight of our safari adventure. During a full day of game viewing in the park, we'll spot some of the park's magnificent elephants, in addition to zebra, Cape buffalo, hippo, and crocodile. We will be out in our vehicles during lunchtime, so we will take along a picnic lunch.

    We'll cap off the day with a relaxing sundowner with our fellow travelers. Then, dinner tonight is a traditional South African braai, similar to our barbecue but more closely connected to the outdoor life, culture, and laid-back lifestyle of southern Africans.

  • After breakfast, we board a minibus that takes us to Kasane, Botswana. From here, we catch a light aircraft flight to our camp in the Okavango Delta region. Our total transfer time is up to 4 hours.

    Our lodge is a Tented Camp adjacent to the border of the Moremi National Park in the northern region of the Delta. Upon arrival, we enjoy a game-viewing drive en route to our camp, followed by lunch. Afterward, you are free to relax at our lodgings before we gather together for another game-viewing drive, returning to our lodge for dinner this evening.

  • Today, we continue to explore the Okavango Delta. We'll split into groups and explore the area by mokoro on the Delta (if conditions permit), followed by a game drive. After lunch in camp, we enjoy an afternoon game-viewing drive in the neighboring savannah.

    Please note: Mokoro excursions are dependent on safety and water levels, which fluctuate constantly in the Delta, regardless of the season. When you arrive in the Delta, your Trip Leader will monitor conditions and advise you of whether it's possible to explore by boat.

  • Today, we continue to search for wildlife in the Okavango Delta region. We'll again split into groups and explore the area by mokoro on the Delta (if conditions permit), followed by a game drive. After lunch in camp, we enjoy an afternoon game-viewing drive in the neighboring savannah.

    Please note: Mokoro excursions are dependent on safety and water levels, which fluctuate constantly in the Delta, regardless of the season. When you arrive in the Delta, your Trip Leader will monitor conditions and advise you of whether it's possible to explore by boat.

  • After breakfast, we depart our camp and drive to Victoria Falls. Our total transfer time is up to 4 hours. Here we visit the largest curtain of water in the world—and one of the world's Seven Natural Wonders. These awe-inspiring cataracts, whose African name (Mosi-oa Tunya) means "the smoke that thunders," are nearly twice as high as Niagara, one and a half times as wide, and generate three times as much water. On a clear day, you can see the mist sprayed into the air from these crashing waters from more than 50 miles away. At peak flood times, 1.4 billion gallons of water per minute pass over its edge.

    After lunch, we'll enjoy a guided tour which includes exploring walking trails and lookout points—each with different views. There are five main cataracts, including the most dramatic, the Main Falls and Devil's Cataract. The flora around the falls is naturally profuse: You'll see ebony, fig trees, and many flowering species. The rain forest surrounding the falls is particularly lush, fed by Victoria's perpetual spray. (It's a good idea to wrap your camera equipment, cash, and other valuables in plastic.)

    This evening enjoy dinner at our hotel.

  • After breakfast, enjoy a walk through Chinotimba township, where we can observe everyday life in the neighborhood that is home to the majority of people living around Victoria Falls. Then, after lunch back at our hotel, you can join a combination of optional tours, one of which includes a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls. Or, you can walk through town on your own to check out the local handcrafts, such as the famous Shona stone carvings and a variety of wooden carvings. You'll also find a selection of brilliant African textiles, malachite, basketry, and more. This is one of the places where bartering is appropriate, often expected—and can be great fun. American goods like T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball caps with designer logos can be good “currency” here. Please ask your Trip Leader for advice about where else it may be appropriate to barter in this manner. This evening, we'll enjoy our Farewell Dinner while cruising along the Zambezi River.

    • Meals included:

    After breakfast this morning, we’ll gather for a talk on the life of David Livingstone before we drive to the airport and board our flight to Johannesburg. Both the flight for the post-trip extension Cape Town & the Cape of Good Hope and the return flights to the U.S. depart in the early evening.

  • POST-TRIP EXTENSION:
    Cape Town & The Cape of Good Hope

    4 nights from only $1295

    With Table Mountain as its backdrop, a bevy of bays at its feet, and the lushest foliage this side of paradise, Cape Town arguably occupies one of the most spectacular natural settings on Earth. Here is your chance to revel in it—and to witness the amazing social transformation of the “Rainbow Nation.”

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