Embark on a journey through the exotic landscapes of Southern Africa, - visiting Zambia, Zimbabwe, & Botswana. Experience the culture, wildlife, and stunning scenery of three of Africa's most picturesque countries with visits to breathtaking locations, such as Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, and the Okavango Delta. You’ll feel close to the heart of the savanna while visiting some of Africa’s most beautiful destinations.
Trip Summary: Botswana & Zambia | 8 Days
Trip Dates: Year Round
Group Size: Max 16 participants
Prices From: $3800 per person
Trip Dates & Prices:
Classic Camping Safari - $3800 / person
+4 Day Namibia Extension - $1600 / person
Luxury Lodge Safari - $7200 /person
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All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, all in-country transport, expert guides & wildlife instructors, 3 meals per day, and all activities as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included..
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with the wildlife and cultures of Africa, while experiencing all the historical and culinary highlights along the way.
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- Hike Victoria Falls, one of the the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
- Ride on safari game drives to get up close and personal with exotic animals
- Sleep under the stars
- Ride in a traditional mokoro canoe
- Bird watch in the Okavango Delta
- Spot lions in Savuti and Elephants in Chobe
- Experience the beauty of Africa in ways you never thought possible
Itinerary | 8 Days:
Arrival Airport: Livingstone, Zambia International Airport (LIV)
Day 1: After a pleasant flight routing through Johannesburg, we’ll meet in Livingstone—a city on Zambia’s southern border that’s brimming with rich history. We’ll check in to the hotel at 2pm and adjust to the time change with an introduction to the countries we’ll be exploring and wildlife we’ll be learning about throughout the trip. Afterwards, we’ll set out to explore the bustling city, visit the vibrant markets, and enjoy a traditional welcome dinner. Accommodation: Sussi and Chuma Sanctuary Retreat
Day 2: Rise with the sun and fuel up on a buffet breakfast before traveling via private bus to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. We’ll spend the day capturing these magnificent falls on camera, spending time in both Zimbabwe and Zambia to catch different angles and try our luck at spotting local wildlife. You’ll have the option to participate in popular activities, such as bungee jumping and gorge swinging from the famous Victoria Falls Bridge. On our way back to Livingstone, we’ll visit a remote Zambian village. Through this unique opportunity you’ll meet local villagers, learn about the tribal culture, and utilize your photography skills to capture the unforgettable encounter. Accommodation: Sussi and Chuma Sanctuary Retreat
Days 3 – 7: It’s time to say goodbye to Livingstone as we head deep into the southern savanna. While riding in comfortable private Jeeps, we’ll venture into the wilderness and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure - arriving at Chobe National Park. We’ll spend the next five days exploring the unfathomable beauty of the Okavango Delta, Savuti, and Chobe National Park; scour the safari for its abundant wildlife, canoe in traditional wood-carved boats through narrow channels, and immerse yourself in the local culture of remote tribes. After busy days, gaze upon breathtaking, fiery sunsets before gathering at your lodge to share your adventures under a sky full of stars. Accommodation: Chobe Chilwero Sanctuary Retreat
Day 4: This morning you will take a private transfer to your lodge in Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of the most famous safari lands in all of Africa, and is hope to numerous animals. In the afternoon we will board our safari vehicle in search of lion, leopard, hyena, elephant, giraffe, and a host of antelope and bird species. The Chobe National Park is an essential wildlife destination while on safari in Botswana. The floodplains provide a feeding ground for herds of elephants (it is not uncommon to see between 500 to 2000 Elephants on these plains at one time). The combination of wildlife, birdlife, and reptiles along the river's edge is a photographer’s dream, and our two game drives today will give us plenty of time to explore it. Accommodation: Chobe Chilwero Sanctuary Retreat
Day 5: Imagine seeing more than 500 elephants, thousands of buffalo, and countless other species on a single safari drive or river cruise. Welcome to Botswana’s legendary Chobe National Park, simply the finest big-game viewing place in Africa. The Savuti is a region within the heart of the Chobe National Park that is secretly located away from the peak season crowds at the Chobe riverfront. The area is renowned for its large population of bull elephants and visiting Savuti offers the chance of witnessing the unique interaction of the resident predator species. Embark on game drives to capture the animals against the beautiful light of the Savannah – a memory that is not to be forgotten. Accommodation: Chobe Chilwero Sanctuary Retreat
Day 6: This morning we will hop on our private bush plane and head deep into the Okavango Delta, a large inland lake fed by the Savuti Channel. Here you will experience rolling savannah that attract many different animal species – including the main predators such as lion, leopard, hyena, wild dog, and cheetah. During our game drives we hope to see many of these predators who are more active in the early mornings and in the evenings. The inaccessibility of the region offers an unique experience, and being out in the wild enhances the feeling of exhilaration of being so close to Mother Nature. Accommodation: Stanley's Sanctuary Retreat
Days 7: Today experience the Okavango Delta like you never have before. The Okavango Delta is one of the most expansive wetland systems in Southern Africa and offers spectacular game viewing and a wide variety of birdlife. Canoe in traditional wood-carved boats through the narrow channels of the Delta, coming up close and personal with hippos, bathing lions, herds of zebra, and extraordinary birdlife. Be prepared for some of the most spectacular scenery and animal encounters you have ever witnessed. Accommodation: Stanley's Sanctuary Retreat
Day 8: It’s time to say goodbye to Africa’s bewitching beauty. After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel prior to 11am and travel onwards to Maun by bush plane to catch our flights back home; if you’re not ready to leave just yet, continue on to your next magical destination (see extension packages below).
Departure Airport: Maun, Botswana International Airport (MUB)
Optional 4-day extension to Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia: Arrive to Windhoek via a short plane ride from Botswana. We’ll depart Windhoek bright and early in private 4x4 jeeps, exploring the incomparable Namib Desert and admiring the rust-colored dunes glowing under the morning sun. This desert is home to some of the tallest sand dunes on the planet and provides views like no other. Over the next three days, we’ll visit the towering Sossusvlei Dunes, photograph the surreal Deadvlei with its scorched, contorted trees protruding from a blinding white floor, climb the challenging Dune 45, venture into the narrow Sesriem Canyon, and learn about Namibian conservation at Naankuse. At night, we’ll camp in en suite rooms or luxury tents, each with a stunning view of the mountains and deserts of the Namib area. Accommodation: safari tent or lodge
Optional 4-day extension to Makgadikgadi Pans, Kalahari Desert: Visit some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating sights including Chapman's Baobab, the infamous salt pans, and the desert’s playful inhabitant—the meerkat. Get up close and personal with the meerkats, learning how they live, hunt, and communicate with those around them. You’ll also get to meet the Zu/‘hoasi tribe, who still lead a semi-traditional lifestyle. They’ll share their hunting and food-gathering skills, as well as how they make the necessary equipment. Get a glimpse of the past with their established way of life, and learn about the region’s history and culture.