Botswana and Zimbabwe Safari
Days 1, 2 and 3 – Selinda Reserve
The Selinda Reserve is one of the largest private wildlife reserves in northern Botswana. The 130,000-hectare reserve has just 3 camps on it, thus ensuring the utmost in exclusive safari experiences. Explore the grasslands, woodlands, floodplains and lagoons on walking safaris or from the comfort of a 4×4 in search of the abundant wildlife which includes large herds of elephants and buffalo, prides of lions, leopards, cheetah and the highly endangered wild dog. This is one of our favourite reserves in Botswana due to the exclusive safari experience and incredible wildlife sightings. The camp is situated on a bend in the Selinda Spillway and is designed in a traditional East African explorer style. Each of the 4 guest tents has an ensuite bathroom with flush loo and bucket shower. After a day on safari, why not relax in one of the hummocks under the Jackelberry trees and watch Africa pass you by?
Days 4, 5 and 6 – Victoria Falls
After the excitement of your safaris in Botswana, head to one of the Natural Wonders of the World, the mighty Victoria Falls. There is so much to do in Victoria Falls that can be tailored to suit everyone. Whether you are looking for a heart pumping bungee jump, gorge swing or white-water rafting or looking for something a little more relaxing like an afternoon sunset cruise on the upper Zambezi, we can design your itinerary around your interests and needs. One thing we highly recommend is the scenic helicopter flight over the falls. Our top tip for visiting the falls, is to go as early as possible to avoid the crowds and heat, but it also offers the best light for photographs. The sun rises over Zambia, so it is possible to take photos with a beautiful pink hue in the sky.
Days 7, 8 and 9 – Somalisa Camp, Hwange National Park
Somalisa Camp has to be one of our favourite camps in Africa. Situated in the heart of Hwange National Park overlooking a waterhole that is teeming with wildlife. In the peak of the dry season, Somalisa attracts over 1000 elephants daily to the waterhole in front of the camp. Hwange is renowned as having the largest population of elephants anywhere in Africa and so is a must for any wildlife enthusiast. Being on the edge of the Kalahari Desert means Hwange National Park, has mixed habitats which means there is a wide variety of wildlife to be seen from desert-adapted animals, to those reliant on water. When Hwange was created, the park officials sunk boreholes to pump waterholes which now form the lifeline for the animals in the park. Sable, roan, buffalo, elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard, and wild dog are just some of the highlights guests staying at Somalisa can expect to see whilst on safari. Somalisa is renowned for its exceptional guides who take guests on daily walking safaris as well as morning and afternoon game drives. The camp is situated in amongst an Acacia forest looking out over the natural animal paths leading to the camp’s waterhole. Each of the 7 tents has a large veranda with views over the vlei line. The main area is over a couple of levels that all face the famous elephant pool and waterhole beyond. Somalisa offers guests a unique opportunity to get very close to wild elephants as they come drink the clean waters of the elephant pool in front of the main deck.