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Join this African bush safari and adventure through three Southern African countries including Botswana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. Under the guidance of experienced guides, you will use off-road type vehicles to explore some of Southern Africa's famous wilderness areas, national parks, and game reserves. You will learn how to see, hear, and smell the glorious nature, animals, and flora of the African bush-veld.
During your safari, you will stay in camp site. All of the accommodation is based on twin share accommodation. At some of the places you'll visit, there is the opportunity to upgrade to different type of accommodation if you want, but it is subject to availability and you would obviously have to carry that upgrade cost.
Also, if you want your own room, you need to pay a single supplement, but there are only 2 single supplements available on all tours (extra packing space). If this interests you, please advise Eco-Overland Safaris beforehand regarding possibilities, logistics, and the costs of the single supplement. Single supplements only available for huts / chalet during your stay in Victoria Falls and Hwange National Park.
You will arrive at Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) in Zimbabwe, where your guides, Machiel Koch and Mike Koch, will welcome you. If you are already in town (in fact Eco-Overland Safaris recommends that you arrive a day early to avoid any logistical problems), please make your way to the arrivals hall of the airport, as it will be your meeting point.
Your first stop will be at the nearest financial facility where you can withdraw / exchange money, if this is necessary. You will then be taken to your camp, where you will spend two nights there. Then, you will meet for coffee / beer / lunch (depending on the time of the day) to meet and greet your fellow overlanders, discuss general planning, and go over the basic rules of the safari.
Because there are so many things to experience and see here, Eco-Overland Safaris has built in sufficient free time for you to do your own exploration of the falls, do some shopping, or some of the extra activities available in Victoria Falls. Eco-Overland Safaris recommends you consider a helicopter flight over the falls or/and an elephant. These elephants reside at the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve, a few kilometers outside of Victoria Falls.
Each elephant has formed a close bond with their personal Induna (elephant handler) who live permanently with the elephants and understand each elephant's unique character and traits. You can participate in a breakfast or Sundowner Elephant Back Safari tour and seize the opportunity to ride on these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.
You will learn about their life stories, behavior patterns, and anatomy from the knowledgeable Indunas who accompany every safari. After the 45-minute ride in the African bush, where abundant wildlife is often encountered, you will participate in a close-up interaction with your elephant during which time you will feed, touch, and bond with your gentle giant.
Depending on what time you arrive at Victoria Falls, your first visit will be at the famous Bridge Café which is situated on top of the Batoka Gorge for coffee / beer / lunch (depending on the time of the day) to meet each other and discuss general planning and basic rules of the safari. You will then spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the glories of the falls in the rainforest from where, at 17 different viewpoints, you will have the absolute best views of the falls. You are going to go to boma and get wet, so bring a light raincoat or purchase / hire one at the falls (at an extra cost).
You will dine at a traditional African-style restaurant, The Boma, where you can sample traditional and local cuisine (sometimes there is a local sangoma / a traditional witch doctor present to foretell your future). You will also visit the colorful African craft market where you will meet the locals exhibiting their crafts and selling their beautiful artwork, most of it is made of wood and stone.
You will then participate in a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, where you could encounter elephant, hippo, crocodile, buffalo, and other game as well as a variety of water birds from the safety of your boat. The cruise takes 2 / 3 hours. Snacks and drinks are included.
The next morning, you will leave early and head for this world-famous game reserve (which borders Chobe National Park) where you will spend the next days on an exciting safari that will take you into the country's best-known wildlife and game area, and expose you to its diverse wildlife. It is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, over 14,600 square kilometers in extent, and hosts over 100 mammals, 400 bird species, 19 large herbivores, and 8 giraffe and large carnivores.
Activities you can enjoy include game drives and game viewing at various raised platforms within the park, such as Big Toms, Little Toms, Salt Pan, Croc Pools, Mandavu Dam, Shumba Pan, Deka camp, Sinnamantella, to name just a few. You will go out on game drives every day.
You will cross the border into Botswana at Pandamatenga and explore, with game drives (if possible, you will also do a night drive), the famous Chobe National Park which carries a whole range of game including cape buffalo, monkey, zebras, giraffes, impalas, hippo, and crocodile.
Then on to the magnificent Chobe National Park in Botswana which covers a massive 11,700 square kilometers of dusty plains, woodland, savannah, and forested floodplain, Chobe is one of the great jewels in Botswana's wildlife crown. Along the Chobe River, which usually teems with wildlife that roams in profusion and diversity, you are likely to see its giant elephant population, estimated in excess of 35,000 and this is the largest single concentration in Africa. They are often found in herds of more than a hundred.
You will also explore The Savuti Marsh area which constitutes the western stretch of the park and is a relic of a large inland lake whose water supply was stopped a long time ago by tectonic movements. Nowadays, the marsh is fed by the erratic Savuti Channel which dries up for long periods then curiously flows again, a consequence of tectonic activity in the area.
Because of this variable flow, there are hundreds of dead trees along the channel's bank. The region is also covered with extensive savannahs and rolling grasslands, which makes wildlife particularly dynamic in this section of the park. In dry seasons, you can see warthogs, kudus, impalas, zebras, wildebeests, and above all elephants bullying each other. In the rain seasons, its rich birdlife is obvious.
You will depart the Chobe and game drive your way towards the final destination, Kasane, that is located on the Chobe River, where it joins the Zambesi. If you arrive early enough, you can go on a river cruise (at an extra cost), go for a swim, or do some birding. That evening, you will be the guests at the farewell dinner.
Posada del Sol will ensure you and your baggage get to the Kasane Airport (BBK) well in time to catch your connecting flight.
You will experience overlanding safari in Victoria Falls, the wildlife and beauty of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, and the world-renowned game viewing of Chobe National Park in Botswana.
It is once described as the most transcendentally beautiful natural phenomena on this side of paradise. The noise of Victoria Falls can, depending on wind direction, be heard from a distance of 40 kilometers, while the spray and mist from the falling water, rising to a height of over 400 meters, can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometers. No wonder that the local tribes used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya (the smoke that thunders). It is possible that droughts can reduce the flow of water over the falls.
It is the only protected area where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers. The population of African wild dogs found in Hwange is thought to be one of the larger surviving groups in Africa today. Other major predators include the lion, whose distribution in Hwange is linked to the pans and waterholes, leopard, spotted hyena, and cheetah.
Elephants have been enormously successful in Hwange and the population has increased. This population of elephants has put a lot of strain on the resources of the park, causing fierce debate on how to deal with this, with park's authorities implementing culling to reduce populations, especially during 1967 to 1986. The elephant population doubled in the five years following the end of culling in 1986.
Chobe has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa and is widely known for its spectacular elephant population. It contains an estimated of 35,000 elephants, perhaps the highest elephant concentration of Africa, and part of the largest continuous surviving elephant population.
During the harsh and dry season, the herds migrate from south to north and congregate along the perennial Chobe River and fertile floodplains. Buffalo are found in equally large herds, while the river is home to a great number of hippos. Chobe is also famous for its considerable lion population and its arch enemy, the spotted hyena.
Sharp-eyed guest have spotted leopards in the forested riverine areas, whilst cheetah and the endangered African wild dog can be seen in the grasslands of Savuti. Along the river, you might be lucky to see some typical semi-aquatic antelope such as the puku, red lechwe and sitatunga (known as the most elusive antelope to spot on a Botswana safari), many hippo, and smaller mammals such as baboons, warthog, vervet monkeys, honey badgers, mongooses, jackals, and even the rare pangolin.
Birding (about 450 species) is also excellent here (especially in summer) with flocks of carmine bee-eaters, spoonbills, ibis, various species of stork, duck and other waterfowl, also giant kingfishers, green-backed herons, pied kingfishers, white-fronted bee-eaters, the glorious African fish eagles, grey-headed gulls, great white egrets, as well as much sought after rarities such as the malachite kingfisher and the African skimmer. Among the reptiles in Chobe, crocodiles are most often seen and sometimes large water monitor lizards.
Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served for you during your safari. You will enjoy a traditional African dinner at The Boma . Tea and coffee are also included, but bottled water has to be provided yourself. Your tour guide will do all the shopping and meal planning and will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. If you are vegetarian or vegan, the guides will (when available, because of food accessing difficulties) provide you with salads, vegetables, fruits, rice, beans, pasta, cereals, and breads they were able to access.
However, the budget and time does not always allow them to shop for quinoa, seeds, nuts, tofu, soya milk, and other protein substitutes. Please note that you will need to inform Eco-Overland Safaris well in advance if you have any special dietary problems or requirements, food intolerance, or any food allergies, so that Eco-Overland Safaris can decide whether it would be safe for you to come on the trip and/or it would be difficult to find fresh vegetables and fruit on a regular basis.
It may mean that Eco-Overland Safaris cannot guarantee you a vegetarian or vegan meal every time. Also, keep in mind that you are travelling with a group and the guides generally prepare meals on two gas burners, so it may not always be possible for them to prepare regular, gluten-intolerant, lactose-intolerant, and vegetarian meals all at the same time.
You can then refill your water bottle from the Landrover or, where it is safe, from a tap. In any event, it is best not to trust the local tap water, even in ice blocks (unless your guide approves it). Eco-Overland Safaris strongly suggests that, from an environmental point of view, you consider how many plastic bottles you throw away on such a safari.
Please book your flight to Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA). Eco-Overland Safaris will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.