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12 Days Victoria Falls and Botswana Safari (Self Guided)

Overview

This classic, very popular, self-drive safari takes you through premium African wilderness areas, almost guaranteeing unparalleled wildlife encounters. Start with luxury lodging next to the Vic Falls in Zambia, on to camping in the heart of the African wilderness. Round your trip off on a private island in the spectacular Okavango Delta, Botswana. We will meet you and deliver your fully equipped 4×4 at Livingstone, Zambia or in Maun, Botswana depending on your flight preferences. Africa awaits.

Best time to visit: February - May

Duration

12 days

Price

from $000 /per person

Map Overview

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 -Day 1 - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Inbound flight. Get picked up by Fleet Foot’s local agent at the airport and be transferred to your luxury hotel, Avani, situated 3-5 min walk from the Victoria Falls (Zambian side). Staying at Avani allows you free and unlimited access to this natural wonder. Explore the falls at your own pace and enjoy the spectacular setting of this 4-star resort. Take the free shuttle to the colonial styled Royal Livingstone Hotel and enjoy a mesmerizing sunset over the falls while sipping on a classy sun-downer. Dinner to be had at your resort or arrange to be picked by our agent for dinner in town at a vibey African Caribbean Bar & Restaurant. Depending on your flight schedule, optional activities for your own account, include: white-river rafting; helicopter / micro-lite rides over the falls; bungee jumping; zip lining; elephant encounters; rhino walk; kayaking; traditional village tour; sunset cruise on Zambezi, high-tea on Livingstone Island; Devil’s Pool; tiger fishing; bush walks and more.

Meals: Meals at own expense

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Avani Victoria Falls Resort

After breakfast our agent and local guide will escort you into Zimbabwe for an unforgettable walking tour of the Vic Falls. With over 17 view-points, the Zimbabwean part of the Vic Falls is by far the most spectacular. Return into Zambia via the famous Victoria Falls Bridge (a remnant of Cecil John Rhodes’ ambition to see Africa connected by a railway scheme from Cape to Cairo) to have lunch and enjoy a guided tour of the Maramba Market in Livingstone Town. Optional activities for your own account, which we kindly book and arrange on request may include: river rafting; helicopter / micro-lite rides over the falls; bungee jumping; zip lining; elephant encounters; rhino walk; kayaking; traditional village tour; sunset cruise on Zambezi, high-tea on Livingstone Island; Devil’s Pool; tiger fishing; bush walks and many more.

Inclusion

Meals: B

Accommodation

Avani Victoria Falls Resort

After breakfast our agent will transfer you from Avani to the Zambian / Botswana border post at Kazungula. This transfer will partly take you through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Then, you will be guided to cross the border via the public ferry, crossing the Zambezi into Botswana. On the Botswana side we’ll have arranged to meet you and then transfer you to Senyati Safari Camp. At this safari camp you will be introduced to your fully equipped 4×4 rental and how it may be used to put up camp. Senyati boasts comfortable campsites set within a private reserve with an unique underground hide mere meters away from a waterhole often hosting frolicking elephants and other great wildlife. Each campsite here has its own private toilet, warm-water shower, electricity, and an open-air cooking area all contained under a thatched unit. Cook your own lunch and dinner or head into town (Kasane, 17km) to dine at a riverfront lodge or a local restaurant in town.

Inclusion

Meals: B

Accommodation

Budget camping

Rise early after spending your first-night camping and make your way to Kasane (17km) to depart on your early-morning guided 4×4 game-drive into the Chobe National Park (included in tour price). Spotting large predators (lion; leopard) and rare mammals (African wild dog; sable antelope, and roan) is a distinct possibility. After the game-drive enjoy breakfast in Kasane town or at one of the upmarket riverfront safari lodges. Get back to Senyati Safari Camp to enjoy the private water-hole viewing game in comfort. Late-afternoon you’ll be treated to one of the best game-viewing boat cruises in Botswana on the Chobe River into the Chobe NP (included in tour price) departing from Kasane. This is a good day to stock up on supplies (food, drinking water and other necessities) because you’ll be venturing into wilderness areas for the next couple of days for which you’ll need to be self-sufficient. Fleet Foot assists and guides proper planning of food stocks and other necessities.

Meals: Meals at own expense

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Budget camping

Today you will be making your way to your eco-lodge accommodation adjacent to the Barangwe Pan near the village of Kachikau en route to Savuti, Linyanti or Moremi. Thobolos is 108km from Kasane. A very scenic tar road takes you through a part of the Chobe NP and past traditional villages bordering both the Chobe River exiting Linyanti Swamps and the Namibian Caprivi. This area is known for beautiful collections of iconic Baobabs dotting the lush African bush. The final 10km is an easy sand track that takes you to the Barangwe Pan where large herds of migrating and resident game congregate right in front of your self-catering eco house lodging. There are a stylish bar and communal living room from which to enjoy the waterhole, pan and picturesque African landscape. The area is well known for roaming lions and resident leopard. A sunset 4×4 self-drive safari is a good idea here. Thobolos has excellent self-catering facilities and you are welcome to the communal boma set under the stars.

Meals: Meals at own expense

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Thobolos Bush Lodge

After an early breakfast (note that you may ask for an upgrade to have dinner and breakfast included at Thobolos) your self-drive adventure turns on some gas! You’ll be taking on the 60km 4×4 track to Savuti Camp. This fun, exciting track takes you into the heart of premium African wilderness – always keep your eyes peeled for the incredible bird- and wildlife that these areas are known for. The Savuti is a remote area of the Chobe National Park, it has earned its international reputation for raw, dramatic game viewing thanks to its open landscapes, abundant wildlife and full cast of predators. Savuti Camp has ablutions with warm-water showers, toilets, running water and washing-up facilities. There is no electricity. An upgrade to a semi-luxury tented bush lodge with full board is possible, please inquire.

Meals: Meals at own expense

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Budget camping

Savuti Camp is a perfect base from which to explore Savuti and Linyanti Reserves by self-drive 4×4 game-drives. Be sure to time your drives in the cool of early mornings and late afternoons as this is when most bird- and wildlife are at their most active. There are ancient Khoi-san rock paintings and natural oddities to be explored within the vicinity too. Fleet Foot will make sure you have the correct maps, GPS co-ordinates and all direction details will be provided to insure that you don’t miss out on some of the must see areas in Savuti and Linyanti or that you don’t get lost! Relaxing at camp during the day isn’t a bad idea either, it is up to you. Enjoy the African bush.

Meals: Meals at own expense

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Budget camping

After breaking up camp and having breakfast you will continue on your 4×4 adventure driving southwards through the Savuti traversing challenging sand-ridges and stunning scenery. This 100 km journey will take you to your next safari camping destination set within the Mababe Community Trust Consession lining the famous Khwai River with its world-class and prolific African wildlife. You are guaranteed to meet pods of hippos and life-size crocs lazing around the river banks. African wild-dogs are among some of the rarest mammals to spot in the wild, they are highly endangered. At the Khwai, you have a better chance to encounter these amazing animals than most other wilderness areas in Botswana. The campsites at Dizhaana are set close to the Khwai River. They have wood fired hotwater showers, running water and a toilet set in a small private reed and thatched unit on each campsite. The constant grunt and groan of hippos and fish eagle calls are iconic of this area.

Meals: Meals at own expense

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Budget camping

Your second day camping at the Khwai. It is easy to spend the whole day patrolling the Khwai River banks for its wild inhabitants. Game-viewing 4×4 tracks criss-cross the areas north and south of the camp making it easy to explore the Khwai River. From camp it is also easy to venture further afield to explore other concessions in the area. Wildlife action from the comfort of camp isn’t half bad either! Elephant, waterbuck, impala and a diversity of birds frequent the camp area. At the Khwai you have a chance, better than you have in other wilderness areas, to encounter packs of highly endangered African wild dog. This area is also a birders delight. For photographers, both sunrises and sunsets set over the river with its hippo pools make for incredible scenes. The campsites have fire places for cosy camp fires. Keep your ears open at night-time for laughing hyenas, jackal and roaming lion!

Meals: Meals at own expense

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Budget camping

Pack-up camp. After breakfast head towards the small boat station at Xakanaxa Camp (in the Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta) to be picked-up and transferred to your two night accommodation at Xobega Island Camp. This 95 km drive is a mix of gravel and 4×4 tracks that takes you through a large part of northern Moremi National Park with great game viewing opportunities. The boat transfer takes about 1.5 hours to Xobega from Xakanaxa. This is a great way to be introduced to the delta. You will be cruising on papyrus lined canals and exiting into open lagoons often home to hippo pods and elephants enjoying a swim. You’ll be passing tree infested islets containing a great variety of birds. Your professional guide and boat captain will make sure you don’t miss a thing. You will be welcomed by the friendly staff at Xobega and after welcome drinks, you will be shown to your Meru-style canvas tent equipped with twin beds and en suite, open-air bathrooms. Enjoy lunch and dinner at the boma.

Inclusion

Meals: L,D

Accommodation

Xobega Private Island Camp

Breakfast is served in the comfort of the dining-room-tent after which you will be taken on your Mokoro ride. A traditional mokoro ride in the Okavango Delta still remains as one of the most enthralling activities one can do while on safari. Depending on your preferences and time schedule, today, still holds a game-viewing boat cruise, a short guided bush walk on the island, lunch, dinner and stories shared around the campfire at night-time. Xobega is also a perfect place to unwind and enjoy African wilderness in comfort. Xobega is intimate and private, allowing you to connect with the local staff should you wish to do so. You have an opportunity here to learn more about Botswana culture. The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s last remaining great wildlife habitat and provides refuge to huge concentrations of game. It is a truly mesmerizing experience. You will be briefed by Xobega staff but be on the lookout for the resident elephant bull on the island in and around camp!

Inclusion

Meals: B,L,D

Accommodation

Xobega Private Island Camp

After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Xakanaxa boat station by boat to collect your parked car there and make the 4×4 journey via the Moremi National Park to Maun Int Airport (4 – 4.5 hours drive). This route lets you see a large part of the Moremi National Park with great game-viewing opportunity once again. Our agent will meet you to collect the 4×4 at the airport.

Please note: This trip may start in Maun and end in Livingstone, should it suit you better; we specialize in tailor-made tours and safaris hence this trip could easily to be amended to suit your needs, interests and requirements; self-drive here means that we arrange, plan and book everything for you; we make, what seems like a daunting place to visit, doing a self-drive easy by guiding you correctly through consultation making use of 16 years of experience in the industry. Hope to hear from you soon!

Inclusion

Meals: B

Accommodation

End of Tour

Inclusions

  • Park fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days
  • Rental vehicle

Exclusions

  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Services not mentioned in the program

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Is Electricity Available 24 Hours in the Lodges and Camps?

Most standard camps and lodges are equipped with generators, so electricity is generally available 24 hours. However, some interruptions may occur but are typically not a significant concern for guests.

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es, though signal strength may vary in different areas.

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We cater to all diets, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, among others. Please inform us in advance about your dietary preferences.

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A safari offers an enriching experience for children, allowing them to observe animals in their natural habitat. Some camps and lodges offer amenities for children, such as playrooms and pools, though these are not universally available. We suggest bringing activities that your children enjoy.

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