Classic Botswana and Zimbabwe

12 Days
Botswana, Zimbabwe
Classic

This spectacular safari takes you to the glittering waters of the Okavango Delta and the predator capital of the world at Moremi, to the banks of the Zambezi River (close to Victoria Falls) and on to the grand Hwange National Park.

Curated experiences – Discover what makes each camp so interesting and what you can do while there. Each camp and lodge have something different to share. Drawing on our extensive local knowledge, we make sure you get to experience the best that each site has to offer.

Explore the Okavango Delta – This is your chance to explore Botswana’s prized jewel, the Okavango Delta. Over 11 000 km3 of seasonal floodwater travels from the neighbouring Angola Highlands to fill this inland river basin to create a home to more than 2 000 plants, 450 birds, 65 fish and over 200 000 large mammal species.

See the mighty Victoria Falls – One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the locals call Victoria Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, which means “smoke that thunders” in honour of the roar of the water plunging into the Zambezi River below. You will now be able to tick Victoria Falls off your life’s bucket list.

Explore a variety of biomes – A biome is a community of animals and plants that share common characteristics for the environment in which they live. Biomes can include a variety of habitats and as such, support different animal and life forms. This package covers several biomes enabling you to enjoy a wide diversity of wildlife in a single trip.

Visit Hwange National Park – An hour’s drive from Victoria Falls, this package takes in the largest park in Zimbabwe. At 14,600km2 in size, Hwange National Park is home to the “Presidential Herd” of elephants and is the only place in the country to see a giraffe. The vast space is the ideal way in which to immerse yourself in the authentic spirit of a safari.

Highlights

  • Explore the Okavango Delta
  • The predator capital of the world at Moremi
  • See the Zambezi River & Explore Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Explore Hwange National Park Game Drives & Walking Safari

Inclusions

  • Flight from Maun to Machaba Camp, then onto Gomoti Plains Camp
  • Flight from Gomoti Plains to Kasane Airport
  • Road transfer from Kasane to Old Drift Lodge (Approx. 45 minutes)
  • Transfer back to Vic Falls Airport
  • Return flights from Vic Falls Airport to Manga – Manga to Vic Falls Airport (Approx. 45-minute flight)
  • Fully inclusive of accommodation, all meals, laundry, lodge activities, return vehicle airstrip transfers, alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium drinks) & taxes
  • Machaba Safaris Conservation and Community Levy (CCL) of USD 15 per person per night at all camps.

At Old Drift Lodge inclusive

  • Accommodation, all meals and drinks; Complimentary mini bars in the rooms
  • Return Victoria Falls Airport / Livingstone Airport transfers;... View All Inclusions

    Inclusions

    • Flight from Maun to Machaba Camp, then onto Gomoti Plains Camp
    • Flight from Gomoti Plains to Kasane Airport
    • Road transfer from Kasane to Old Drift Lodge (Approx. 45 minutes)
    • Transfer back to Vic Falls Airport
    • Return flights from Vic Falls Airport to Manga – Manga to Vic Falls Airport (Approx. 45-minute flight)
    • Fully inclusive of accommodation, all meals, laundry, lodge activities, return vehicle airstrip transfers, alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium drinks) & taxes
    • Machaba Safaris Conservation and Community Levy (CCL) of USD 15 per person per night at all camps.

    At Old Drift Lodge inclusive

    • Accommodation, all meals and drinks; Complimentary mini bars in the rooms
    • Return Victoria Falls Airport / Livingstone Airport transfers; Shuttle to Victoria Falls town; Gym in a bag; Laundry
    • Emergency Medical Evacuation cover; 2% Tourism levy; VAT on accommodation, meals and drinks Activities available at Old Drift Lodge at no extra charge to guests: Morning and Afternoon Game drives in the Zambezi National Park & Morning and Afternoon River Safaris
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The Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival / Flight to Okavango Delta

You will book an international flight to Maun in Botswana, when you arrive you will be assisted onto a light flight to Khwai airstrip then road transfer to Machaba Camp in Okavango details where you start your first three nights of your safari.

Check-in and depending on your arrival time you will relax or do the afternoon activity then dinner and bedtime.

Day 2 & 3

Explore The Okavango delta

During these days you will have two game viewing activities per day, you have breakfast then a morning activity and then a break for lunch and free time to relax.

Later in the afternoon, you have afternoon tea /coffee followed by game viewing activities back to the camp relax then dinner and bedtime at your convenient time.

Day 4

Transfer to Gomoti Plains, Okavango Delta

Perched on the edge of the Okavango Delta, Machaba Camp offers the dual advantage of viewing large wildlife populations and exploring the tributaries of the Delta’s outer reaches in a mokoro canoe.

On day 4, you will have breakfast and then check out of Machaba Camp and then you will be transferred to Khwai airstrip and flight to Gomoti Plains airstrip where you will meet the guide from Gomoti Plains Camp and transfer the camp check-in and then lunch.

After lunch, you will have free time to relax then afternoon tea/coffee followed by the afternoon game viewing activity then return to the camp, relax and dinner then bedtime.

Days 5 & 6

Explore Gomoti Plains, Okavango Delta

Based in a private concession on the edge of the Gomoti flood plain system, this camp has access to incredible wildlife and scenery. Depending on the time of year, the floodplains can be explored by vehicle or canoe.

On days 5 and 6 you will have breakfast followed by morning activity then return to the camp for lunch and free time to relax. Later afternoon tea/coffee then you will go out for the afternoon activity then return to camp relax and dinner then bedtime.

Days 7

Transfer to Victoria Falls, Zim Via Kasane

Breakfast in the morning and then you will check out, depending on your flight time you will be transferred to Gomoti Plains airstrip for your charter flight to Kasane airport and then you will be transferred to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Check-in and then depending on your arrival time you will be served with lunch and free time to relax.

Later in the afternoon tea/coffee followed the afternoon game drive or River Safari return to the Lodge then dinner and bedtime.

Day 8

Old Drift Lodge – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

You will have free activities available at Old Drift Lodge at no extra charge to guests: Morning and Afternoon Game drive in the Zambezi National Park & Morning and Afternoon River Safaris.

Day 9

Flight from VFA to Manga Airstrip Hwange NP

Breakfast and then check out of the lodge our driver will transfer you to Victoria Falls Intl airport in time for your 45 minutes flight to Manga airstrip and then transfer to Verney’s Camp – Hwange National Park.

Check-in and lunch will be served then free time to relax followed by afternoon activity then return to the camp dinner and then bedtime.

Days 10 &11

Safari Activities in Hwange NP

Inspired by safaris of the past, Verney’s Camp is situated in a teak forest that is synonymous with Hwange. With views over a waterhole, the animals put on a daily parade as they come down for their evening drink.

On days 10 and 11 you have breakfast then a morning game viewing activity you will return to the camp in time for lunch and free time to relax and then afternoon tea/coffee followed by afternoon activity then return to the camp in time for dinner and then bedtime at your free time.

Day 12

Transfer to Victoria Falls Intl Airport

On this day you will have breakfast in the morning and you will check out of the camp, then you will be transferred to Manga Airstrip for your 45 minutes flights back to Victoria Falls Intl airport in time for your international flight back home.

Where You'll Be Staying

Machaba Camp,

Okavango Delta

The name Machaba is the local Setswana name for the Sycamore Fig Tree, the tree of life. Machaba Camp is independently owned and run and is aimed at the affordable luxury travel markets across the world, offering great value for money and a unique classical safari experience. Machaba Camp will appeal to novice safari guests as well as to seasoned safari travellers. Machaba Camp Style: The camp is built in the classic 1950’s style, with luxury safari tents, en-suite bathrooms…
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Gomoti Plains,

Okavango Delta

About Gomoti Plains Camp – Gomoti Plains Camp is named after the Gomoti River situated nearby with roaming flood plains based on either side of the camp strewn with towering palm trees, built with our iconic signature Machaba style tents, and decorations taking in the local theme of water and land, both essential to life in the Okavango Delta, offering our guests a unique safari experience incorporating the natural surrounding habitat. Gomoti Plains Camp offers the perfect pairing with both…
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Old Drift Lodge,

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Upstream of the iconic Victoria Falls, on the banks of the Zambezi River, lies Old Drift Lodge. The lodge boasts luxury accommodation overlooking the pristine Zambezi National Park, a mere 7 kilometres from the mighty Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Old Drift Lodge is nestled within a wild paradise frequented by elephants, buffalo, herds of sable, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala. AMBIENCE – The symphony of birdsong and calls of wildlife create a choir that enraptures all listeners and accompanies…
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Verney’s Camp,

Hwange National Park

About Verney’s Camp – Verney’s Camp is based in a private concession in the heart of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The Camp is located at Verney’s Pan, which is situated on a large open floodplain surrounded by teak forest typical of Hwange National Park. The waterhole at Verney’s plays host to numerous animals and is a playground for the famous elephant herds of Hwange. Verney’s Camp is part of the Machaba Safaris group and is built in keeping with…
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What's not included

Visas fees - Rates exclude premium imported drinks - International flights - Travel & Medical Insurance - Discretionary tips

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Feedback From Our Previous Clients

Gary V
Gary V
2023-12-19
Another perfect holiday We were a party of eight, most of us on a return trip (last one in 2020 - also with Absolute Zambia Safaris) under the expert guidance of Robert. It was again a holiday without a single complaint. Pickups were reliable and punctual, the David Livingstone resort is perfectly located on the banks of the Zambezi with comfortable beds, sumptuous food, an infinity pool, and an unlimited supply of food and drinks on the silent but spacious sunset cruise. Robert (from Absolute Zambia Safaris) dealt with all our changes, additions, amendments, and cancellations with endless patience and understanding. It was a perfect holiday, we will be back. Thank you Absolute Zambia Safaris.
Lisa A
Lisa A
2023-11-24
Amazing five-day trip Absolute Safari organised an amazing five-day trip for us which included 2 nights in Mwanfushi safari lodge and 2 nights by Victoria falls. Everything worked out perfectly and Robert was quick on the email, answering and organising according to our wishes. Our driver Brian was excellent and always on time and the price very reasonable. Can highly recommend.
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Sunshine25775779985
2023-10-10
exciting trip at the Lower zambeji National Park It was a wonderful experience. I came to know about absolute Zambia safari from TripAdvisor only. I contacted them and Robert was very nice and every time he answered my email very promptly. It was my solo trip and good that I decided to be a client of the absolute Zambia safari because they arranged everything for me. I just dropped into the plan. In my game drive, I saw almost every animals available in the lower Zambezi national park. it was my three day two night trip. The place named Kianbi safari challet where I stayed during the trip was very peaceful and lovely. I again wish to visit Zambia and if I go, I will choose the same absolute Zambia Safari group.
Florencia S
Florencia S
2023-08-01
Amazing experience!! Robert is very professional and his organization and arrangements exceeded every hope we had with our trip. It was just fabulous!!! We did a 2-week trip around Zambia, what a beautiful country!! Thank you again Robert, you did a wonderful work!!
marys
marys
2022-12-07
More than I could have hoped for! I didn't know much about Zambia when we were planning our trip, but I had heard wonderful things about South Luangwa National Park. After reading some reviews, I contacted a few agencies in Zambia to plan our trip. Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris was truly amazing -- the entire experience was so much more than we had expected and everything worked out beautifully. Great properties, unbelievable safaris with knowledgeable guides, excellent and almost too plentiful food, I don't have enough superlatives to describe our visit, but I will certainly call on Robert again when I go back to Zambia!
Litote
Litote
2022-10-08
Véritable Afrique Difficile d'imaginer les éléphants qui passent à coté de votre chalet la nuit? Les hippopotames qui broutent l'herbe devant votre chambre? Les singes qui prennent votre dentrifice si la porte est ouverte? Après plusieurs decennies consacrées à la protection des animaux sauvages (période de braconnage de 1970-1990), la Zambie se met à l'écotourisme avec d' excellents standards de services, nourriture, eau potable et confort de chambre. Des simples comprimés contre le paludisme sont conseillés. Les lodges que nous avons visités prennent soin de supprimer le maximum d'insectes possibles pour que les soirées soient bien sans souci. Robert Zgozi nous a organisé un voyage époustouflant (15j) pendant lequel nous avons vu une bonne dizaine de léopards, une vingtaine de lions et lionnes ainsi que d'innombrables d'autres espèces. Notre voyage a traversé quatre parcs (Kafué, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi et Mosi Oa Tunya ) avec des guides qui étaient de véritables encylopédies de faune et de flore locaux. Nous avons choisi la saison sèche (septembre) pour voir le maximum d'animaux. Ce parcours nous a permis de faire un crochet à Victoria Falls où nous étions suspendus au dessus des chutes dans le Devils Pool. Adrénaline garantie. Par ailleurs, tous les Zambiens que nous avons rencontrés étaient accueillants et souriants. Ce voyage n'était pas donné mais nous le referions bien un jour. Notre groupe familial de 4 adultes partagent plein de souvenirs ensemble grâce à ce voyage. Beaucoup de transits se font en avion car le pays est très grand. Je déconseille vivement les transits entre parc par voiture. Robert Zgozi est Zambien ; il sait communiquer l'amour et la connaissance approfondie qu'il a de son pays. Nous l'avons trouvé sur le site national "Zambian Tourism", Nous vous conseillons ses service si vous souhaitez un voyage clé en main. Merci Robert Zgozi :) Rob NB: La Zambie est un pays anglophone
Sunderland2
Sunderland2
2022-09-28
Fabulous trip to Sth Luangwa We’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to South Luangwa all organised by Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris. I contacted this company as I read it was Zambian owned and I was very impressed by Robert’s speedy replies to my queries. We stayed in 2 different camps which Robert recommended to suit our budget and we weren’t disappointed. Both camps were everything we’d hoped for. We did a combination of chalets and tents with all meals, game drives and transfers included. Robert actually surprised us twice by meeting us at our Lusaka hotel on arrival in Zambia and our return after the trip. We found Robert to be a very friendly, likeable and professional guy who went above and beyond to make sure our trip went smoothly. You can’t go wrong with this company, we will definitely use them again on our next trip to Zambia.
Mubita M
Mubita M
2022-09-08
Experiencing South Luangwa I didn’t know what to expect it being my first time in South Luangwa, it was lovely, all of it (the entire experience!). We stayed at Mfuwe lodge and opted for 3 game drives a day, this doesn’t give you a lot of time for sleeping in but all the fresh air and being in the bush, watching all the animals made us feel so refreshed. And don’t get me started on the food!! Absolute Zambia Safaris gave us exactly what we needed and we enjoyed everything bit of it. Their staff is patient and friendly; they take care of every last detail including a range of options to suit your budget. All in all, it was the true definition of a holiday carefree and stress-free and we most certainly will be going back.
Silent639
Silent639
2022-09-02
The real zambian agency My family and I have just returned from a trip to Zambia. Before booking, as always, I searched for all the best local travel agencies. My choice was Absolute Zambia Safaris. First of all it is one of the few, if not the only one, that is Zambian-owned. So all the staff know perfectly every single area of the country, from the most aware to the most remote. The owner, Mr. Robert Zgozi, has over ten years of experience in the Zambian tourism industry, having worked for top-tier tourism companies, as well as being a lover of unspoiled nature. Before defining the various stages of the journey, Mr. Robert, like a true friend, advised us both the best areas of the country, the best lodges and resorts, and all flight connections. Having traveled extensively in Africa for more than 10 years, I know perfectly well the difficulties of organizing transfers, of finding the best accommodations for the budget available. Robert and his staff have been able to organize any type of activity with extreme professionalism. The organization has always been perfect. All the staff interested in our trip were always present as soon as we reached an airport, a lodge. We didn't have to think about anything but enjoying the beautiful nature and the people of Zambia. Although our international flight (from Italy) was canceled and rescheduled two days later, putting the entire trip at risk, Mr. Robert was able to help us change the itinerary without missing a single scheduled activity. Incredible! While we were in Lower Zambezi, we suddenly decided to go three days to Victoria Falls. Robert, within two hours, organized all the transfers and the resort, taking care in the meantime to get us refund for the two nights lost in Lusaka. Never before have I been assisted in such a professional and friendly way in my previous travels. Among other things, he could also have organized trips in combination with neighboring countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana), having direct contacts. The surprise? While we were in South Luangwa, he came in person to meet us and find out how the journey was progressing. Incredible! Briefly a note on Zambia. it is truly an incredible country. Its people are so friendly and hospitable that you immediately feel like a genuine Zambian. I never felt any sense of danger. In fact, the country is considered among the safest in the world for travel. Landscapes take your breath away. Nature is majestic. Here you can really see anything: wildogs (herd of 20 specimens with cubs), dozens of leopards and cubs, lions and lionesses, different scenes of lions and leopards hunting, huge herds of hippos, huge herds of elephants, birds of extraordinary beauty, including the crowned crane and secretary bird. One negative note: unfortunately having had to go home and leave this extraordinary country that has given me unforgettable moments that will remain forever etched in my mind and in my heart. So I would recommend both visiting Zambia and doing it with Absolute Zambia Safaris. Have a good trip!
Irena12
Irena12
2022-08-02
One of the best safari operators Absolute Safaris is one of the best operators I have ever encountered - Robert managed to do an incredible thing and organise my custom 11 days Luangwa trip in Zambia at the shortest possible notice ( literally few days before arrival)! My trip was absolutely wonderful, everything worked perfectly and I loved every moment on the safari. I have had so many wonderful wildlife sightings, and all the camps were in beautiful locations, very comfortable with great service and very professional guiding. Truly one of the best safaris of my life ( I have spent most of it in Africa). My big thanks to Absolute Safaris, for their professionalism and outstanding customer service. Will definitely be back.

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