Epic Zimbabwe / Botswana

On This Green Season Safari, Lush Grass Draws Prolific Wildlife & New Babies Abound!

Day 1

Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa

Welcome to the "City of Gold," home to some of the world’s richest gold mines. You'll be greeted at the airport and assisted with your transfer to your well-appointed airport hotel for a restful night's sleep.

Day 2

Fly to Victoria Falls and travel to the land of the giants

Hwange National Park, known for its herds of elephants. You'll have three days to explore Zimbabwe's largest game reserve, extending from the northeastern end of the Kalahari Desert to the extensive forests, open grasslands and ancient fossil dunes in the south. Settle into your tented camp, with breathtaking views of the savannah plains. The wide well-traveled elephant paths throughout your lodging grounds mean you won't have to look far to spot the massive mammals. (BD) Linkwasha Camp

Day 3

Hwange National Park

Rise early to join your expert ranger for a game drive in an open-air safari vehicle and get up close to some of the 100 species of mammals. Catch the soft morning light for wonderful photographs of the grazing buffalo, and the more uncommon gemsbok and roan antelope. Tonight, revel in the glorious sunset and toast your adventures over a delicious dinner. Perhaps, join a night game drive, spotlighting the nocturnal animals in action. (BLD)Linkwasha Camp

Day 4

Hwange National Park

Begin the day with a walking safari to explore the seasonal lakes, blanketed with wild flowers after the rains, a haven for large herds of buffalo, zebra and elephant. After a leisurely lunch and a refreshing dip in the pool, join a game drive or tuck into various viewing hides to look out for kudu, sable antelope, zebra and wildebeest. Birdwatchers will revel in checking off how many of the park's 400 species of birds they can spot. (BLD) Linkwasha Camp

Day 5

Hwange National Park / Victoria Falls

After a leisurely breakfast, gather your gear for a short flight to stay at the spectacular Victoria Falls, hailed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Later this afternoon, board your boat for a "sundowner" cruise, as you sail upstream the Zambezi River. Sit back, relax and have your camera ready to capture the evening's golden moments. Look out for the lurking crocodiles on the riverbanks, the noisy hippos and the flocks of birds skimming the waterline. (B)Victoria Falls Safari Club

Day 6

Victoria Falls

Look out for rainbows as you walk the misty rainforest trail along the Zimbabwean side of the falls. Marvel at the spray and thunderous noise of the millions of gallons of water tumbling over Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Rainbow Falls. Return to your lodge and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (BD)Victoria Falls Safari Club

Day 7

Victoria Falls / Chobe National Park, Botswana

Bid farewell to the astonishing waterfalls as you travel by road to your lodge, on the edge of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. Settle into your safari accommodations and enjoy two days exploring the wilderness of Chobe National Park, home to four out of five of the Big Five. Boat down the Chobe River and take thrilling game drives to view a full menagerie of wildlife and the chance to see unique species like the puku and Chobe bushbuck. (BLD) Ngoma Safari Lodge

Day 8

Chobe National Park

Awaken with birdsong and a steaming cup of coffee as you hop aboard a comfortable 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional ranger to seek out the hundreds of animals. Listen for the low growls of the lioness and her cubs. Take in the vistas of vast herds of Cape Buffalo. Watch for the leopard snoozing in the shadows. (BLD) Ngoma Safari Lodge

Day 9

Chobe National Park

Take to the Chobe River for a boat cruise and gain another perspective on the area's impressive wildlife. Chobe has the largest concentration of elephant in Botswana. Look out for these majestic animals, led by their matriarch, as they make their way to the water to drink. Float quietly past numerous pods of hippo feeding along the banks and spy some truly massive crocodiles soaking up the sun. (BLD)Ngoma Safari Lodge

Day 10

Chobe National Park / Depart

Relish your last morning awakening to the sounds of the bush. You'll soon be on your way to the airport for a flight to Johannesburg and your onward destination. (B)

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