Luxury Zimbabwe and Botswana Itinerary

Zimbabwe and Botswana: Perfect Partners Creating One Destination

Two neighbours with very different histories – Botswana has been on the tourist map for several decades, and a regional pioneer in conservation and responsible tourism, while Zimbabwe has only recently blossomed into a viable destination for travellers.  

Our Botswana and Zimbabwe safari itinerary features Africa’s largest inland delta the Okavango, and the Makgadikgadi salt pans, and Zimbabwe shows off the Victoria Falls and the amazing, stacked boulders and granite outcrops of Matobo National Park. Visitors watching majestic herds of migrating elephants in Zimbabwe, thanks to its unfenced connection with Botswana, are reminded of these neighbours’ symbiotic relationship. 

Beginning in Zimbabwe, your journey starts at the incredible Hwange National Park to enjoy game drives, safari walks, a school tour, village visit and a rhino interaction. Then it’s all aboard the amazing Elephant Express Rail Car for uninterrupted views of the wildlife on a cross-country trip to Victoria Falls. Your time here allows for plenty of leisure, trips into town, game drives in Zambezi National Park, tours of the Falls, guided river safaris and walking safaris. 

Then it’s on to Botswana’s Okavango Delta and its thriving ecosystem. Options in the Delta include game drives, walking safaris, boating and mokoro – and to drift silently by in a dug-out canoe, through this mesmerising landscape, surrounded by such an abundance of wildlife is a truly unforgettable experience. Finally, wave goodbye to this stunning country from above, as you’re lifted by helicopter, up, up and away to the airport for your flight home. 




From GBP £10,240 USD $12,538 pp excl. flights


11 days


13 hours from London
17 hours 30 mins From NYC


Botswana Pula or Zimbabwean Dollar



Where you'll go

Hwange National Park

Victoria Falls

Okavango Delta

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The Okavango Delta is made up of over 150,000 islands, some tiny, others more than 10km long.

The itinerary

Lunch at the Lookout Cafe over the Zambezi River

Staggering views, delicious local cuisine and great service make the Lookout Café a must-visit while at Victoria Falls. Perfectly located to take advantage of the nearby activities, the restaurant’s menus range from cocktails and canapes to ‘Full Moon’ dinners (bookings a must). Imported wine from South African vineyards and flavours foraged from nature match a fresh, vibrant menu featuring local game meats and crocodile to make the ‘place on a plate’ sentiment a reality here.

Ride the Elephant Express Rail Car to Victoria Falls

A unique safari experience for guests of Hwange National Park, the fabulous Elephant Express Rail Car provides uninterrupted views of the wildlife on a cross-country trip to Victoria Falls (rather than the lengthy and arduous road transfer). Game such as elephant, kudu, and wildebeest and rare bird species can be spotted along the way. Let’s face it, a cold juice, beer or gin + tonic in hand is the perfect way to journey through the African bush.

Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta

The quintessential Botswana experience, a mokoro excursion is a unique way to observe the lush waterways and local wildlife. The mokoro is a simple dug-out canoe propelled by pushing a pole from the stern of the boat, much like punting. Quietly drifting along at water-level is perfect way to view wildlife un-noticed. The primary mode of transport for generations of locals, and the only way to get up close and personal with some of Africa’s most beautiful bird species, such as the malachite kingfisher and the elusive slaty egret, the delta is also the only place in Africa to offer mokoro safaris.

Night safari at Kiri Camp

As Kiri Camp is in a private concession, off-road and night driving are permitted, and as your vehicle slowly creeps forward, there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as that first sight of a mystery pair of eyes in the lights. We highly recommend the guided night drive through the bush to experience the change in atmosphere and witness the elusive nocturnal wildlife of the Okavango Delta, including after-dark revellers such as hyenas, lions, leopards, bush babies and pangolins, to name a few.

Morning and afternoon river safari at Old Drift Lodge

Make the most of the activities at Old Drift Lodge, including morning or afternoon game drives in Zambezi National Park, morning or afternoon river safaris, guided walking safaris and tours of the Falls. However, with the iconic river at your doorstep, it’s hard to resist the calming ebb of the current and the breathtaking, complex ecosystems thriving around the lodge. As the boat gently bobs on the water, guests can take in stunning 360-degree views of this magnificent environment.

Time at Hwange National Park with opportunities to visit a school

Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14,650 square kilometres and has been a national park since 1929. Within the neighbouring villages of Tsholothso 15-minutes’ drive from the lodge, guests have the opportunity to enjoy a real life look at village life in rural Matabeleland. A fascinating experience of a variety of typical daily village activities is followed by a tour of one of the nearby schools conducted by the head-master, where guests are given the opportunity to hear traditional songs sung by the children and enjoy a ‘class interaction’.

The itinerary


Where to stay

Nothing but the best. On this suggested Zimbabwe and Botswana itinerary these are our handpicked, tried-and-tested choices.

Camelthorn Camp, Hwange National Park

Sat amongst pristine wilderness of Hwange National Park, the spacious and elegantly appointed thatched-roof chalets each feature modern amenities, en-suite bathrooms, and private verandas looking out onto the delicious landscape.

Warm and attentive staff cater to every need, while the main lodge area provides a welcoming space for relaxation, featuring a cozy lounge, well-stocked bar, and a dining area where delicious meals are served. In addition to wildlife adventures, Camelthorn Lodge offers cultural experiences amongst the local community to discover their traditional ways of life.


Old Drift Lodge, Victoria Falls

This luxury lodge on the peaceful riverbank of the Zambezi River is perfect for those wanting to experience the falls but avoid the busy tourist town. Just 4.5km upstream form the Falls, it’s the closest lodge within the Zambezi National Park.

With private decks overlooking the river, you can relish breathtaking views and witness the river's abundant wildlife, including elephants, hippos, and crocodiles, or embark the lodge’s safari adventures, with skilled guides leading thrilling game drives and river cruises.


Kiri Camp, Okavango Delta

This exclusive camp showcases the diverse beauty and wildlife of the Okavango Delta. With only a handful of luxurious tented accommodations, each elegantly furnished, blending modern comforts with a rustic charm and premium conform amidst untamed wilderness.

Beyond the exhilarating wildlife encounters with iconic African wildlife, including majestic elephants, graceful giraffes, powerful lions, and elusive leopards, Kiri Camp's staff excel in providing warm hospitality and gourmet dining experiences that blend African and international cuisine, and as day turns to night, the camp's serene ambiance and cozy campfires create the perfect setting for stargazing and storytelling.


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