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Trip Extensions

Cape Town Stopover

Duration: 3 days

Cape Town, located at the southernmost tip of Africa is regularly featured high on the lists of the top destinations in the world. A naturally beautiful city, the world-famous Table Mountain – a majestic backdrop that was recently named one of the... read more

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: hwange

Welcome to Zimbabwe!Welcome to Zimbabwe!

Upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to Hwange National Park, approximately a two hour drive. 

Welcome to the largest game park in Zimbabwe! Hwange (pronounced 'Wang-ee') is home to hundreds of species of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra, and roughly 40,000 elephants. It provides a sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. The park’s magnificent terrain ranges from desert dunes, savannah flatlands, and mopane woodlands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests. Here, you will enjoy game drives, guided walks, and/or horse riding safaris. Other highlights include a visit to the Bumbusi National Monument, featuring remains of stone walls and dwellings dating back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as a visit to the popular watering hole, Nyamandhlovu Pan.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Somalisa Lodge, The Hide or similar

Days 2-3: hwange national park

A rare sighting of a Roan AntelopeA rare sighting of a Roan Antelope

Spend the next two days experiencing all that Hwange National Park has to offer. If your goal is to maximize wildlife sighting opportunities, your days will begin at first daylight. After a light breakfast, you'll depart the lodge and spend several hours tracking and photographing animals. Then, you'll return to the lodge late morning for a big brunch and some rest before heading out again in the late afternoon. As an alternative to the traditional game drive, you have the option of taking walks and/or horseback rides led by expert guides. If you'd like to throw a little culture into the mix, you also have the option of touring a local village and mingling with locals.

Meals
Breakfast (2), Lunch (2), Dinner (2)
Lodging
Somalisa Lodge, The Hide (or similar)

Day 4: hwange to victoria falls

Wild Dogs are elusive but you can get lucky.Wild Dogs are elusive but you can get lucky.

Today, you will make the two hour journey back to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  The town is named after the nearby falls, known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” Over half a million cubic meters of water plummet over the edge every minute, a number that rises to five million cubic meters per minute during the flood season from March to May. Your afternoon on arrival is free to explore the area on your own. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Ilala Lodge or similar

Day 5: victoria falls

Enjoy a walk along Victoria FallsEnjoy a walk along Victoria Falls

After a leisurely morning, you will be picked up for a guided tour of Victoria Falls. After the tour, you will have time to enjoy the many optional activities available in the area, including scenic flights over the falls, microlighting (a hang-glider with a motor), elephant riding, and/or a boat ride on the Zambezi, just to name a few. We recommended booking these activities in advance. The town itself offers some excellent dining options, as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay. In the evening, enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the river.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Ilala Lodge (or similar)

Day 6: victoria falls / chobe

Elephant mud bath!Elephant mud bath!

Today you will transfer from Victoria Falls overland into Botswana, a roughly 5-hour ride.

The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of Chobe National Park, renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. Whether you want to see elephants, hippos, buffalo, lions, or just about any other iconic African safari animal, a visit to this area guarantees close encounters with an array of wildlife. Enjoy activities on both land and water, all led by expert guides. You will arrive in time for some afternoon game-viewing.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe Bakwena or similar

Day 7: chobe

The eco system works together.The eco system works together.

Depart early for your morning game drive with your experienced guide. After hours of spotting wildlife, return to the lodge in the late morning for brunch and rest before departing for another game drive in the afternoon. Other optional activities offered today are a sunset Chobe River cruise and/or a guided walk. 

 

Meals
Light Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe Bakwena or similar

Day 8: okavango delta

Majestic Sable AntelopeMajestic Sable Antelope

Depart Chobe by 30 minute flight to the Okavango Delta, where you are met and transfered to your lodge.

One of the most exciting areas in Botswana is the Okavango Delta. Instead of flowing to the sea, the Okavango River fans inland, forming a seasonal network of islands, lagoons, and waterways flowing eventually into the Kalahari Desert, where the water evaporates. Located in the northeastern corner of the river delta, Moremi Wildlife Reserve provides a pure immersion in a wilderness of great beauty, rich green vegetation, and palm trees that teem with bird life and a vast population of animals. Here, you will have the opportunity to view lions, leopards, hyenas, jackals, and giraffes, as well as other species and smaller game during your early morning boat cruise and late afternoon game drive.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Sable Alley, Xugana Lodge or similar

Days 9-10: okavango delta

Specially equipped vehicles help you get around.Specially equipped vehicles help you get around.

Over the next two days, soak up the beautiful offerings of the Delta with activities including morning, afternoon, and night game drives, as well as traversing the waterways via mokoro canoe. Join other guests from your lodge for these activities guided by excellent, knowledgeable, and well-trained naturalists. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Sable Ally, Xugana Lodge or similar

Day 11: okavango/maun/depart

Enjoy a last beautiful sunset on the plains.Enjoy a last beautiful sunset on the plains.

Your safari ends today. Fly 1.5 hours to Maun, where you can connect to flights to Johannesbug and home. If you'd like to extend your African experience, consider spending a few days in lively Cape Town. 

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$5,495
Land cost is an estimate only and final pricing will depend on lodges booked at time of booking. Low Season and High Season pricing is also a factor in the final costs.
Single Supplement:
$1,250 - $2,700
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Some rough roads, climbing in and out of safari vehicles.
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Southern, South Africa, Tanzania

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit and payment schedule
A non-refundable twenty-five percent (25%) deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1,000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance
While we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations for all of our trips, note that for this particular trip, COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL PASSENGERS TRAVELLING ON SAFARIS! It is the client’s sole responsibility to ensure that they carry the correct and sufficient comprehensive travel and medical travel insurance for themselves and any dependants/traveling companions. This insurance should cover, but not be limited to, cancellation and curtailment, baggage loss or damage, medical expenses, emergency travel, repatriation with assistance and personal accident. It should be taken out prior to leaving their country of residence. Please contact Journeys for assistance in choosing a policy.

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

A Tour of Delights on a Private African Safari

In early 2017, Carolyn Parker, a seasoned world traveler and operating room nurse from Cincinnati, OH, set out on a private African safari—a 24-day journey to see all she could see …

Elephants await you in many areas of Botswana.
Elephants await you in many areas of Botswana.
Elephants in Chobe NP
Elephants in Chobe NP
National animal of Botswana
National animal of Botswana
A treat to see the baby elephant
A treat to see the baby elephant
Leopards of the Okavango
Leopards of the Okavango
Two brothers relaxing after a meal
Two brothers relaxing after a meal
Ever entertaining warthogs!
Ever entertaining warthogs!
Specially equipped vehicles for all terrain
Specially equipped vehicles for all terrain

Best of Botswana and Zimbabwe

safari in the Okavango Delta, Chobe, and Hwange, with a splash of Victoria Falls

overview

Welcome to Southern Africa! Your safari begins in Zimbabwe. Visit Hwange National Park, one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in all of Africa. Later, make a stop at spectacular Victoria Falls. Admire the falls' grandeus, and learn about their cultural significance for surrounding communities. Continue to Botswana for more animal-tracking, where you will witness countless herds of wildlife navigating the waters of the Okavango Delta and grazing in the grasslands of Chobe National Park

Stay along the way in comfortable ecolodges or permanent tented accommodations, each offering early morning and late afternoon game drives led by qualified guides. You will also have the opportunitiy for mokoro canoe rides, night game drives, and game walks in some locations. 

This is a fantastic and comprehensive safari, but it's merely a sample of one of the many itineraries we can customize for you. This safari can be operated in any direction and using a variety of accommodations to suit your needs and budget. If time allows, we highly recommend adding some time before or after in lively Cape Town. This trip operates on any dates.

 

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overview

Welcome to Southern Africa! Your safari begins in Zimbabwe. Visit Hwange National Park, one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in all of Africa. Later, make a stop at spectacular Victoria Falls. Admire the falls' grandeus, and learn about their cultural significance for surrounding communities. Continue to Botswana for more animal-tracking, where you will witness countless herds of wildlife navigating the waters of the Okavango Delta and grazing in the grasslands of Chobe National Park

Stay along the way in comfortable ecolodges or permanent tented accommodations, each offering early morning and late afternoon game drives led by qualified guides. You will also have the opportunitiy for mokoro canoe rides, night game drives, and game walks in some locations. 

This is a fantastic and comprehensive safari, but it's merely a sample of one of the many itineraries we can customize for you. This safari can be operated in any direction and using a variety of accommodations to suit your needs and budget. If time allows, we highly recommend adding some time before or after in lively Cape Town. This trip operates on any dates.

 

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: hwange
    Welcome to Zimbabwe!Welcome to Zimbabwe!

    Upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to Hwange National Park, approximately a two hour drive. 

    Welcome to the largest game park in Zimbabwe! Hwange (pronounced 'Wang-ee') is home to hundreds of species of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra, and roughly 40,000 elephants. It provides a sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. The park’s magnificent terrain ranges from desert dunes, savannah flatlands, and mopane woodlands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests. Here, you will enjoy game drives, guided walks, and/or horse riding safaris. Other highlights include a visit to the Bumbusi National Monument, featuring remains of stone walls and dwellings dating back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as a visit to the popular watering hole, Nyamandhlovu Pan.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Somalisa Lodge, The Hide or similar
    Show on a map
  • Days 2-3: hwange national park
    A rare sighting of a Roan AntelopeA rare sighting of a Roan Antelope

    Spend the next two days experiencing all that Hwange National Park has to offer. If your goal is to maximize wildlife sighting opportunities, your days will begin at first daylight. After a light breakfast, you'll depart the lodge and spend several hours tracking and photographing animals. Then, you'll return to the lodge late morning for a big brunch and some rest before heading out again in the late afternoon. As an alternative to the traditional game drive, you have the option of taking walks and/or horseback rides led by expert guides. If you'd like to throw a little culture into the mix, you also have the option of touring a local village and mingling with locals.

    Meals
    Breakfast (2), Lunch (2), Dinner (2)
    Lodging
    Somalisa Lodge, The Hide (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: hwange to victoria falls
    Wild Dogs are elusive but you can get lucky.Wild Dogs are elusive but you can get lucky.

    Today, you will make the two hour journey back to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.  The town is named after the nearby falls, known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” Over half a million cubic meters of water plummet over the edge every minute, a number that rises to five million cubic meters per minute during the flood season from March to May. Your afternoon on arrival is free to explore the area on your own. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Ilala Lodge or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: victoria falls
    Enjoy a walk along Victoria FallsEnjoy a walk along Victoria Falls

    After a leisurely morning, you will be picked up for a guided tour of Victoria Falls. After the tour, you will have time to enjoy the many optional activities available in the area, including scenic flights over the falls, microlighting (a hang-glider with a motor), elephant riding, and/or a boat ride on the Zambezi, just to name a few. We recommended booking these activities in advance. The town itself offers some excellent dining options, as well as an eclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfully welcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay. In the evening, enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the river.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ilala Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: victoria falls / chobe
    Elephant mud bath!Elephant mud bath!

    Today you will transfer from Victoria Falls overland into Botswana, a roughly 5-hour ride.

    The Chobe River forms the northern boundary of Chobe National Park, renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing opportunities. Whether you want to see elephants, hippos, buffalo, lions, or just about any other iconic African safari animal, a visit to this area guarantees close encounters with an array of wildlife. Enjoy activities on both land and water, all led by expert guides. You will arrive in time for some afternoon game-viewing.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe Bakwena or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: chobe
    The eco system works together.The eco system works together.

    Depart early for your morning game drive with your experienced guide. After hours of spotting wildlife, return to the lodge in the late morning for brunch and rest before departing for another game drive in the afternoon. Other optional activities offered today are a sunset Chobe River cruise and/or a guided walk. 

     

    Meals
    Light Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Chobe Game Lodge, Chobe Bakwena or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: okavango delta
    Majestic Sable AntelopeMajestic Sable Antelope

    Depart Chobe by 30 minute flight to the Okavango Delta, where you are met and transfered to your lodge.

    One of the most exciting areas in Botswana is the Okavango Delta. Instead of flowing to the sea, the Okavango River fans inland, forming a seasonal network of islands, lagoons, and waterways flowing eventually into the Kalahari Desert, where the water evaporates. Located in the northeastern corner of the river delta, Moremi Wildlife Reserve provides a pure immersion in a wilderness of great beauty, rich green vegetation, and palm trees that teem with bird life and a vast population of animals. Here, you will have the opportunity to view lions, leopards, hyenas, jackals, and giraffes, as well as other species and smaller game during your early morning boat cruise and late afternoon game drive.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Sable Alley, Xugana Lodge or similar
    Show on a map
  • Days 9-10: okavango delta
    Specially equipped vehicles help you get around.Specially equipped vehicles help you get around.

    Over the next two days, soak up the beautiful offerings of the Delta with activities including morning, afternoon, and night game drives, as well as traversing the waterways via mokoro canoe. Join other guests from your lodge for these activities guided by excellent, knowledgeable, and well-trained naturalists. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Sable Ally, Xugana Lodge or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: okavango/maun/depart
    Enjoy a last beautiful sunset on the plains.Enjoy a last beautiful sunset on the plains.

    Your safari ends today. Fly 1.5 hours to Maun, where you can connect to flights to Johannesbug and home. If you'd like to extend your African experience, consider spending a few days in lively Cape Town. 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$5,495
Land cost is an estimate only and final pricing will depend on lodges booked at time of booking. Low Season and High Season pricing is also a factor in the final costs.
Single Supplement:
$1,250 - $2,700
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Some rough roads, climbing in and out of safari vehicles.
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Southern, South Africa, Tanzania

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Deposit and payment schedule
A non-refundable twenty-five percent (25%) deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1,000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance
While we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations for all of our trips, note that for this particular trip, COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL PASSENGERS TRAVELLING ON SAFARIS! It is the client’s sole responsibility to ensure that they carry the correct and sufficient comprehensive travel and medical travel insurance for themselves and any dependants/traveling companions. This insurance should cover, but not be limited to, cancellation and curtailment, baggage loss or damage, medical expenses, emergency travel, repatriation with assistance and personal accident. It should be taken out prior to leaving their country of residence. Please contact Journeys for assistance in choosing a policy.

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Cape Town Stopover

Duration: 3 days

Cape Town, located at the southernmost tip of Africa is regularly featured high on the lists of the top destinations in the world. A naturally beautiful city, the world-famous Table Mountain – a majestic backdrop that was recently named one of the... read more

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