Wilderness of Southern Africa: Safari by Land & Water

Journey through Southern Africa from its wild plains and dry woodlands to rivers and lakes on a true safari adventure by land and water. Search out the “Big 5” roaming in nature in the sprawling wilds of Chobe National Park and Hwange National Park. Share a simple traditional meal with a local family in their home in Victoria Falls. Set off on a cruise for 3 nights on a privately chartered safari boat along the stunning Lake Kariba, teeming with birdlife and game species. Enjoy an al fresco dinner on the banks of the Zambezi. From the powerful Victoria Falls to the calm waters of Lake Kariba…from the plains across southern Africa’s stunning parks - get ready for a true safari adventure.

2024 and 2025 Departures From $9,609 CAD per person

Highlights And Inclusions

Your Tour Includes

  • 5 Handpicked Accommodations

  • 33 Meals

  • 2 Choice on Tour Options

Must-See Inclusions:

  • Immerse yourself in nature and seek out the elusive "Big 5" during land & water safari experiences.

  • Witness the incredible beauty and power of Victoria Falls.

  • Sail the calm waters of Lake Kariba, the largest man-made lake in the world.

Cultural Experiences:

  • Cruise Chobe River for a unique way to search for game species in Chobe National Park.

  • Board a privately chartered safari boat on Lake Kariba for 3 nights.
  • Chobe National Park

  • 3 Cruises on the Chobe River

  • Hwange National Park

  • Choice on Tour: Morning Game Drive or Game Walk

  • Private Lake Kariba Safari Boat

  • Victoria Falls

  • 7 Game Drives & Game Cruises

  • Home Hosted Meal

Culinary Inclusions:

  • Share a simple traditional meal during a home hosted lunch in Victoria Falls.

  • Enjoy a beach barbecue on the shores of Lake Kariba.

  • Savour an al fresco dinner on the banks of the Zambezi River.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Overnight Flight
You’re on your way to southern Africa, where your search for wildlife will take you from grasslands and dry woodlands to rivers and lakes.

Day 2 - Johannesburg
Welcome to Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city! This afternoon, transfer to your hotel for the evening and enjoy a relaxing evening before your adventure in search of the Big 5 begins.

Day 3: Johannesburg - Victoria Falls, ZW - Chobe National Park, Botswana
This morning, board a plane for a short flight to Victoria Falls,* where you will meet your Tour Manager before continuing to your lodge for the next three nights in Botswana. Enjoy some time at leisure at the lodge before embarking on a private cruise on the Chobe River. Perhaps you’ll see some hippopotamuses or crocodiles while you scan the water and sip on cool beverages. After, return to the lodge and gather with your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 -  Chobe National Park
Rise early with the sounds of the local wildlife ahead of your first game drive in Chobe National Park, an excellent location to search for the Big 5. You and your fellow travellers will ride in open-air vehicles with a local expert who will be able to tell you all about the creatures you’ll see along the way. Later in the morning, enjoy some free time, either at the lodge or to drive into the nearby town of Kasane. After lunch at the lodge, return to your private boat and take to the waters of the Chobe River once more, in search of elephants and aquatic birds.

Meals - Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Chobe National Park
Start your day early with a private game cruise on the Chobe River and see the animals visiting the water first thing in the morning. After your search, return for some free time at the lodge, perhaps relaxing at the pool or stopping by their beauty salon. After lunch this afternoon, enjoy a game drive in Chobe National Park, where you may spot buffalo, hyenas, or zebras. Later, enjoy a dinner cruise along the gentle waters of the Chobe River during an exclusive boat ride with your fellow travellers.

Meals - Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Chobe National Park - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe - Hwange National Park
Enjoy your last game drive in Chobe National Park for a final opportunity to see nature at its best. After breakfast, take a 90-minute drive to Victoria Falls, where you will board your short flight to Hwange. On arrival at Hwange National Park, the largest national park in Zimbabwe, enjoy lunch before a late afternoon game drive. This national park is home to over 100 types of mammals and 400 bird species, giving you the chance to look out for cheetahs, lions, giraffes and so much more.

Meals - Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Hwange National Park
Today is another day to rise early in search of the Big 5. After breakfast, spend a full day on a game drive in Hwange National Park. By enjoying a picnic lunch break, you can venture deep into the bushland and maximize your chances to spot buffalo, elephants and other animals gathering in the park. Return to the lodge for dinner. You’ll savour your meal and the memories of the day’s extensive safari.

Meals - Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Hwange National Park
This morning, search for the Big 5 your way, because it’s your choice! Return to an open-air vehicle and enjoy a morning game drive -OR- join an expert national park guide on a game walk, giving you the rare opportunity to search for wildlife up close, including seeing some plants, insects, and reptiles you may not spot otherwise. After, return to the lodge and relax over tea and pastries. This afternoon, you will be returning to the park for another glimpse into the animal kingdom.

Meals -  Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 -  Hwange National Park - Victoria Falls - Lake Kariba
Take a final game drive in the park before transferring to Hwange airport to board a flight to Kariba, the gateway to your safari cruise. Upon arriving in Kariba town, you will embark on a private safari boat on Lake Kariba, which will be your home for three nights. With limited access to technology, revel in the experience of floating along the still waters, seeing breathtaking sunsets, and searching for local wildlife in the water.

Meals -  Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Lake Kariba
Trade in your safari boat for a smaller tender boat, perfectly sized to cruise upriver channels off the lake. You will return to the safari boat for brunch. Later, enjoy the chance to try your hand at fishing in Lake Kariba from a tender boat. This evening, you and your fellow travellers will take to the shore and enjoy a barbecue dinner on the beach. The stargazing conditions overhead, coupled with the delicious meal, will be a dining experience you won’t soon forget.

Meals -  Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Lake Kariba
Start your day with a return to land. With an expert ranger, venture onto the land for a game drive into the Matusadona National Park, an unspoiled wildlife and wilderness gem with rugged scenery. Return to the safari boat for brunch later this morning and enjoy another trip and chance to fish on tender boats in the afternoon. Before having dinner on the safari boat, take time to admire the stunning red and orange hues of the setting sun over Lake Kariba.

Meals -  Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 -  Lake Kariba - Victoria Falls
Your safari boat experience will come to a close this morning as you fly back to Victoria Falls. Upon arriving at the Ilala Lodge, enjoy lunch. Then grab your poncho because this afternoon you will visit the exhilarating natural wonder of Victoria Falls! At 5,600 feet wide and 354 feet tall, this waterfall is one of the world’s largest.

Meals -  Breakfast & Lunch

Day 13 - Victoria Falls
This morning, start your day with a visit to Chinotimba township. Visit a local market, where you can barter for goods and experience daily life. After, you will visit the modest home of a local family for lunch. Your host will prepare an authentic, simple meal with you and share what life is like in around Victoria Falls. Following your home visit, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Perhaps you will join an optional tour taking a relaxing cruise on the Zambezi River, a body of water that separates Zimbabwe and Zambia whose banks are frequented by the local animals.

Meals -  Breakfast & Lunch

Activities Included
Attraction-Zambezi Cruise Safaris - Morning Game Drive OR Attraction-Zambezi Cruise Safaris - Morning Game Walk

Day 14 - Victoria Falls
Your last full day on tour will bring you up close to elephants at a local sanctuary. Hear stories from these gentle giants’ caretakers and learn about the efforts to understand, care for, and protect these intelligent and inspiring creatures, all while marvelling at the animals interacting and walking by their side. Continue learning about animal conservation and care with a visit to the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust, Collette’s Impact Moment. The staff at the VFWT will review some of the incredible work they do, ranging from wildlife rehabilitation to community outreach and disease research. You will have the afternoon free to do as you wish. This evening, you will join your fellow travellers for a 3-course farewell dinner under the stars on the bank of the Zambezi River.**

Meals -  Breakfast & Lunch

Day 15 -  Victoria Falls - Johannesburg, South Africa - Tour Ends
Say goodbye to your safari companions as you depart your African adventure and head home.

Meals -  Breakfast

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