Botswana & Zimbabwe “Ivory Route”
Botswana & Zimbabwe “Ivory Route” is an all encompassing journey through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to some of the world’s most reknowned National Parks and Game Reserves!
This classic journey covers Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe & the core of the international Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area. This initiative is a multi country effort to create a vast network of interlinking reserves and provide corridors for wildlife movement along natural migration routes, particularly for elephants. The lodges are beautiful, comfortable & make for a great adventure safari.
- Victoria Falls – adventure activities
- Hwange – game drives in open vehicle
- Matobos – game drive
- Moremi game reserve – game drives
- Okavango Delta – river cruise
- Chobe National Park – sunset river cruise
Accommodation throughout this classic journey is of 3 to 4 star style and is chosen for their service and comfort level but also for their wonderful locations and local wildlife viewing opportunities.
The Moremi lodge on a private concession between Chobe NP and Moremi GR is a particular highlight.
- 14 breakfasts
- 6 lunches
- 9 dinners
Meals are provided by the lodges. Due to travel arrangements or game viewing activities, 2 of the lunches will be packed picnic lunches. Where meals are not included there will be an opportunity to buy a meal en route, but these are mostly travel days so a quick stop is required.
Botswanan conservation lands surrounding the national parks are leased by the government to tourism businesses for the benefit of the local communities.
The lodge we use outside Moremi not only employs staff from the local village but also contributes financially towards the community trust. The village board use that income for the betterment of the local people. The lease environmental management plan is for the benefit of conservation of the region.
*** NOTE Prices are subject to change.
**2020 EURO 4180.00 Price is per person sharing. Prices excludes single supplement and any additional activities or meals not set out in the itinerary.
***2021 Prices are subject to change, currently based on 2020 rates
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The majestic sight of the mighty Zambezi River plunging over the Victoria Falls, welcomes you to your Zimbabwe and Botswana adventure. We check into our lodge before we explore the falls and tropical rain forest surrounds on foot in the afternoon before heading out to a local restaurant for dinner (own expense).
Includes: Entrance fees to see the Victoria Falls
Overnight: PheZulu Guest Lodge, twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and telephone. Free WiFi available
Optional Activities: Scenic flights & many more
Day 2 & 3: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
Distance/time: 200kms ± 3 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.
Hwange National Park is a wildlife jewel, famous for its big game and large herds of elephant. Hwange is home to a wide variety of habitats, from its western regions on the edge of the Kalahari through large grass plains to the forested woodland in east Hwange. Our comfortable lodge for two nights is situated on the private concession on the eastern boundary of the park, our time is spent on a full day game drive, in open 4WD vehicles, in the park in search of big game
Includes: Entrance fees, full day game drive in open 4WD game viewing vehicle
Overnight: Miombo Lodge – for 2 nights at Hwange National Park, we stay in deluxe tented chalets with en-suite facilities, swimming pool and central boma area. WiFi not available
Day 2 & 3: Breakfast, Dinner (Lunch own expense)
Day 4 & 5: MATOBOS NATIONAL PARK
Distance/time: 360kms, ± 6 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing, shopping & lunch
The rounded granite boulders and undulating valleys of the Matobos National Park are home to some of the last of the rhino in Zimbabwe. We spend our day on an excursion into the park that includes a game walk to see the rhino, discovering the ancient Bushmen paintings that adorn the rocks, and admiring the landscapes from Worlds View, the site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave.
Includes: Entrance to Matobo National Park and game walk
Overnight: Big Cave Camp – chalets - twin rooms with en-suite facilities (hot showers), swimming pool, restaurant, bar & telephone.
WiFi not available
DAY 4: Breakfast, Dinner (Lunch own expense)
DAY 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance/time: 325 kms ± 4½ hours, excluding stops for border, sightseeing & lunch
This morning we leave Matobos and head west towards the Botswana border, we cross at Plumtree and we make our way to the Nata area for our overnight stop. In the late afternoon we will head out onto the Makgadikgadi Pans, vast saltpans that seem to stretch on to infinity. We will explore the area and have some fun taking photographs before the sunsets golden over the horizon.
Includes: Entrance fees to Nata Sanctuary
Overnight: Nata Lodge – twin share chalet with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available
Breakfast (Lunch, Dinner own expense)
Distance/time: 330kms. ± 4½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing
Maun’s name is derived from a San word meaning “place of the short reeds” is nestled at the southern end of the Okavango Delta where our lodge overlooks the beautiful Thamalakane River. Here we prepare for our trip into Moremi Game Reserve and our afternoon is free to bird watch along the river, relax around the pool or take a optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (own expense).
Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available
Breakfast (Lunch, Dinner own expense)
Optional Activities Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)
Day 8, 9 & 10: MOREMI GAME RESERVE
Distance/time: 200kms ± 4 hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing (Maun – Lodge)
Startling and unexpected contrasts are created as the waters of the Okavango flood into the drier Kalahari creating the magnificently rich wilderness area with amazing wildlife of the Moremi Game Reserve. Rivers, lagoons, savannah, woodland, Moremi offers some excellent game viewing. With over 400 species of birds, Moremi is also a great place to sight leopard, lion, wild dog, elephant, giraffe and a variety of antelope. We spend our time on game drives in Moremi GR and the surrounding concession along the Khwai River where the lagoons attract the thirsty animals to drink in late afternoon. Our lodge is on a private concession north of Moremi, where our boma overlooks a large pan. We enjoy our meals while watching the animals drinking and enjoy the wilderness far from civilization. On the morning of day 10 we have a game drive on the concession before heading back to our lodge in Maun.
Includes: Entrance fees to Moremi Game Reserve, morning & afternoon game drives in open 4WD vehicle
Overnight: 2 nights Elephant Pools Lodge – exclusive private tented bush lodge in Khwai Private Reserve, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Twin share permanent tented lodge with en-suite facilities.
WiFi not available
1 night Thamalakane River Lodge, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone.
DAY 8 & 9: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10: Breakfast, Lunch (Dinner own expense)
Day 11 & 12: OKAVANGO DELTA – SHAKAWE
Distance/time: 320km ± 5½ hours, excluding stops
We drive around the Okavango Delta, and north to our lodge on the banks of the Okavango Pan handle. From the lodge we’ll explore the Okavango by mokoro and motor boat. Tranquil reed lined rivers, crystal clear water and abundant bird life. Time to rest, relax and enjoy the views of the Okavango Delta.
Includes: Okavango mokoro and motorboat excursions
Overnight: Guma Lagoon – twin en-suite canvas chalets. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant. WiFi available in lounge
DAY 11 & 12: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance/time: 380km ± 5½ hours, excluding border formalities
Crossing out of Botswana into Namibia and the Mahango Game Reserve. We game drive through the reserve to our lodge on the Kavango River. We spend our afternoon exploring on a river cruise.
Includes: Mahangu NP entrance fee & game drive in tour vehicle
Overnight: Camp Kwando – twin share permanent tents with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available
Breakfast, Dinner (Lunch own expense)
Day 14: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Distance/time: 260kms ± 3½ hour, excluding border formalities
The Caprivi Strip, Zambezi Region, is a thin wedge of Namibia, which separates Botswana in the south and Angola in the north. We cross the Caprivi, back into Botswana at Ngoma and head to our lodge in the town of Kasane. The Chobe river attracts large herds of elephant as it flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park. Our final afternoon is spent on arguably the best wildlife activity in Southern Africa, the game-viewing cruise. See herds of elephants, large crocodiles, pods of hippo and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day. The magnificent river sunset is a photographer’s dream.
Includes: Chobe N.P entrance fees & sunset cruise on Chobe River
Overnight: Chobe Safari Lodge – twin chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. Alternative Chobe Bush Lodge. WiFi available
Breakfast (Lunch, Dinner own expense)
Day 15: VICTORIA FALLS ZIMBABWE – TOUR ENDS
Distance/time: 85kms ± 1.5 hours to Victoria Falls, excluding border formalities (or 10 minutes to Kasane airport)
Enjoy an optional early morning game drive (own expense) before our last breakfast together. We bid a sad farewell before we embark on a road shuttle transfer to either Kasane airport in Botswana, or Victoria Falls airport in Zimbabwe, in time for midday flight departures. Our tour ends 11:00am.
Includes: Transfer to either Kasane airport BBK (Botswana), or Victoria Falls airport VFA (Zimbabwe) or the town of Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Optional Activities: Chobe National Park morning game drive