This trip through Botswana and Zimbabwe lets you experience the highlights in a short time. In seven days, visit the lakes and lagoons of the world’s largest inland delta, watch game from a boat in the Chobe National Park, and be amazed by the beautiful Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world. There will be plenty of time for adventure activities, if you wish, as well as relaxation.
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June to October is the dry season and the best time to view wildlife—animals are drawn to water sources, and low vegetation offers excellent visibility. Temperatures are moderate with cold mornings and evenings from June-August, while September and October are very hot (this is also when prices are highest). Rains can start as early as November, which makes for beautiful changes in the vegetation. The rainy season is in full swing from January through May, when you'll find hot, humid weather, and a drop in prices.
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Chobe National Park is incredibly diverse in fauna and flora, covering thousands of square miles of savanna, marshland, and grasslands—along with the Chobe and Savuti Rivers. Chobe is known for its large short-tusked elephant population, along with other Southern Africa mammals like giraffe, wildebeest, and big cats. Taking a sunset cruise on the Chobe River in the northern part of the park is a highlight. You'll also want to visit the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana, the largest inland river delta on earth—the best way to explore its islands and reeded banks is by mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. Other draws include the Savuti Channel, Nxai Pan, Linyanti Wetlands, and the Kalahari Desert.
How many days do you need?
In one week, travelers can combine 2 or 3 of Botswana's best regions. In a week, you can also combine a Chobe safari with a visit across the border to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Zambia, or a few days in Cape Town, South Africa. For more, and to get off the beaten path with unique experiences, stay for two weeks.
Check out two of Botswana's top destinations on this five-day trip. You'll start with Chobe National Park, best known for its large herds of animals, particularly elephants, which you'll follow on safari walks and game drives. Keep going to the famous Okavango Delta, a floodplain full of wildlife most frequently viewed by boat or canoe safari amid the many channels.
Prepare to enter the Okavango Delta in Botswana—one of the world’s most unique wilderness areas. Follow the hippo trails in dugout mokoros (traditional dugout canoes) and join your guide on nature walks to discover the islands. You'll head up to Chobe National Park, where you'll watch the African sunset from the comfort of your river cruise, and experience a close encounter with hippo and elephants. Your tour ends in Zimbabwe and the spectacular Victoria Falls, where you can take part in several available adrenaline activities.
This 7-day Botswana safari encompasses the diversity of northern Botswana's Makgadikgadi National Park, with the enchanting wilderness that is the Okavango Delta. You'll visit the Makgadikgadi Pans and end the adventure on the Chobe River—aboard a luxury houseboat. This unique experience allows you to witness abundant wildlife, excellent birding, and experiencing a breathtaking wilderness feel.
This luxurious itinerary combines several iconic locations in Botswana and Zimbabwe—Okavango Delta, Savute, Chobe, and Victoria Falls. Your first week will be spent on safari in Botswana, with four days on the Zambezi Queen luxury riverboat. From here, you'll be on your way to Zimbabwe and Victoria Falls to see this world wonder, ending the journey with a different safari experience in Hwange National Park.
Safari through three separate zones of Botswana on this family-friendly route. You'll start off amidst the herds in Chobe National Park, known for its elephant population, then fly down to the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. This lush ecosystem is bustling with flora and fauna, and you'll take them in from both western Moremi and your final stop on the Pom Pom Lagoon on the delta's eastern side.
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