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Best of Botswana and Victoria Falls

By Karen Sharpe
South Africa expert

Watch elephants wade through the Chobe, navigate past hippos in the Okavango Delta and witness wild dogs hunting in the Moremi Game Reserve on this 11-day itinerary, which pairs the best of Botswana with the almighty Victoria Falls. Game drives, mokoro trips, sunset cruises and optional cultural excursions are all on the agenda too, with scenic flights whisking you between some of the region’s most breath-taking sights.

Places

Length
11 days
Best months to go
May to October
Guide price range
£5,840 - £8,250pp
including international flights

Top Experiences
Itinerary Highlights

Okavango Delta

Trips by mokoro and on foot: on safari in the Okavango Delta

Seeing big game is always special too – being on foot gives you a completely different perspective of the size of these animals....

Moremi Game Reserve

See wild dogs and cheetahs in the Moremi Game Reserve

The highlight for many is seeing the endangered wild dog – they’re exceptional hunters and you often see large packs together...

Victoria Falls

Face to face with 'The Smoke That Thunders'

When you experience Victoria Falls for yourself, you can really appreciate its power in a way you don't from watching a film...

Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Okavango Delta

Fly from Maun into the Okavango Delta on a small plane to begin your adventures in this extraordinary landscape, set in the Kalahari Desert. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this network of lagoons, channels and islands is considered one of the world’s greatest wildlife destinations for good reason, with more than 160 species of mammal and 530 species of bird residing here. See it all from above before touching down at Camp Okavango, located in the heart of the delta overlooking the floodplains. Overnight at Camp Okavango.

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2

Okavango Delta

Set your alarm early this morning for an action-packed day in the delta. After an early breakfast, choose to head out on a motorboat to a nearby island for a guided walking safari. Keep an eye out for lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffes and zebras, or even the occasional leopard – this is a paradise for wildlife-lovers. Head back to the lodge for brunch before paddling out on a mokoro (a traditional wooden canoe) in the afternoon. You’ll be poled through the waterways by a guide, passing hippos, crocodiles and colourful birds, before stopping for sundowners in a remote spot as the sun sinks over the horizon. Overnight at Camp Okavango.

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3

Okavango Delta

Spend another day exploring the many waterways of the delta on foot or by mokoro, or take it easy at the camp, relaxing by the pool or wildlife-watching from the hide. If you’re in the mood for adventure, take to the skies on an optional helicopter flight with a difference – there are no doors! If you’re still feeling daring, choose to sleep under the stars at the lodge’s sleepout deck, located a 10-minute drive away. Overnight at Camp Okavango.

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4

Okavango Delta & Moremi Game Reserve

Fly from Camp Okavango to the Moremi Game Reserve today, taking in more birds-eye views of the landscapes as you travel to another part of the delta. The reserve is known for its impressive diversity, with deep waterways and floodplains meeting open savannah and Mopane forests. Settle in at Camp Moremi, located on the edge of the forest, and relax by the pool or choose to head out on a game drive if time allows. Overnight at Camp Moremi.

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5

Moremi Game Reserve

Venture out on a game drive this morning with chances to spot several rare species, including the endangered wild dog, the swamp-dwelling sitatunga antelope and the red-coated lechwe. Lions, cheetahs, leopards, wildebeest, giraffes, zebras, impalas and more all call the area home too, so keep your eyes peeled for some exceptional game viewing. In the afternoon, opt for a second game drive or take to the water on a motorboat cruise to see it all from another perspective. Overnight at Camp Moremi.

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6

Moremi Game Reserve & Chobe National Park

Wave goodbye to the Okavango Delta today as you fly to Chobe National Park. Cut through by the Chobe River, this is home to Africa’s highest population of elephants with more than 120,000 roaming the plains alongside lions, giraffes, leopards, buffalo, lechwe antelopes and more. This afternoon you’ll get the chance to seek them out on a game drive. Alternatively, take to the water on a pontoon to see hippos, crocodiles, baboons and African fish eagles on the riverbank. Overnight at Chobe Game Lodge.

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7

Chobe National Park

Continue your wildlife adventures today with an optional morning game drive. Chobe Game Lodge is the only camp to be set within the national park, so you’ll have exclusive, early-hours access. Choose another riverboat safari in the afternoon or take a behind-the-scenes eco-tour of the lodge. During the tour you’ll learn all about the camp’s conservation efforts, which include glass-crushing, greywater recycling and Africa’s first fleet of electric safari vehicles. Overnight at Chobe Game Lodge.

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8

Chobe National Park

Make the most of your final day in the park with another game drive or head off on a cultural excursion to the nearby village of Mabele. You’ll be welcomed by the Lwaavo Cultural Group, a community group who’ll greet you with a traditional dance performance before showcasing their crafts and food. Head back to the lodge for another safari adventure or unwind with a spa treatment as you take in the picturesque river views. Overnight at Chobe Game Lodge.

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9

Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls

Cross the border into Zimbabwe today for the final star of the show – the Victoria Falls. Often cited as one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, this is the largest sheet of falling water on the planet, stretching over 1,700m. You’ll be taken on a walking tour to see its five main viewpoints, passing through rainforest as you watch 700,000 cubic metres of water plummet down at Main Falls. For an extra-memorable experience, choose to glide over the spectacle in a helicopter to see its billowing mist and zigzagging gorges from above. Overnight at Ilala Lodge.

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10

Victoria Falls

Spend another day amid the thunder of the falls and opt for an extra excursion if you’re feeling adventurous. You might decide to raft your way down the rapids, zipline above the falls or soar over the Zambezi on the Gorge Swing. Alternatively, relax at the lodge with views of the falls in the distance and keep an eye out for warthogs, hippos and elephants grazing below. Overnight at Ilala Lodge.

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Victoria Falls & Departure

The tour ends today – transfer to Victoria Falls Airport this morning for your flight home or onward travel.

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

01 Jan - 31 Mar, 01 Dec - 31 Dec

£5,840

Mid Season

01 Apr - 30 Jun, 01 Nov - 30 Nov

£6,915

High Season

01 Jul - 31 Oct

£8,250

Alfred & Karen Sharpe

Karen Sharpe was born in Namibia and spent her school years studying in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and South Africa, where she has family in KwaZulu Natal. A keen traveller with substantial experience exploring South Africa, Karen has fond memories of sightseeing in Cape Town and road tripping along the Garden Route, which she loves for its rugged coastline, rainforest and quaint B&Bs.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Karen, who's travelled extensively in Botswana. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in Chobe, the village chiefs who'll give you an insight into local life and the helicopter pilots who can land you on an island in the Delta never visited by humans before.

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