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Botswana & Zimbabwe Safari
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10 days

from $5,249 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Settle into a remote bush camp in the Okavango Delta and explore wildlife-rich waterways by dugout canoe.
  • Visit the Painted Dog Conservation project to learn how African wild dogs impacted by poaching are rehabilitated.
  • Hear about delta conservation projects from a researcher with the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project.
  • Listen to Botswanan folklore during a festive dinner with storytellers in Maun.
Itinerary

Experience the ultimate wildlife adventure with this 10-day trip through some of the best wildlife reserves you'll ever see. Keep your camera at the ready to capture the lions and elephants of Hwange National Park, fly to the panhandle of the Okavango Delta for a wildlife walk with a local guide, and cruise along the banks of the Chobe River to watch the elephants drink along its banks. Make memories to last a lifetime among the incredible animals and landscapes of southern Africa.

Day 1: Victoria Falls

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2: Victoria Falls/Hwange National Park

Enjoy free time in the morning and opt to visit the falls. Later, visit the Painted Dog (Wild Dog) conservancy and meet with a conservationist to learn about the work being done to rehabilitate injured animals as a result of poaching. After, travel to Hwange, Zimbabwe's largest national park, and enjoy a safari drive on the lodge concession in search of wildlife. This evening, arrive at the lodge, located just outside the park entrance, and enjoy dinner.

Day 3: Hwange National Park

Take a full-day wildlife safari drive in the park which is home to large elephant herds, lions, and the rare African wild dog. This evening, relax on the sun deck with a cool drink, keeping an eye out for local wildlife visiting the lodge's watering hole.

Day 4: Hwange/Chobe NP

Depart Hwange and head north, crossing the border into Botswana and arriving in Kasane, gateway to the stunning Chobe National Park. This afternoon, enjoy a boat safari on the Chobe River in search of bathing elephants, hippos, and crocodiles.

Day 5: Chobe NP

In the morning, continue our wildlife viewing with a safari drive along the banks of the Chobe River. In the afternoon, opt to take a photography river safari on a specialized photography boat.

Day 6: Kasane/Okavango Delta

Catch a flight into the “Panhandle” area of the Okavango Delta and check into our remote lodge in the wilderness. Enjoy lunch before taking a boat cruise on the waterways. In the evening, join one of the expedition members to watch and discuss the new National Geographic documentary Into the Okavango, and learn about the delta conservation projects in the area.

Day 7: Okavango Delta

Explore the stunning Okavango Panhandle with expert local guides. View wildlife from mokoros (African dugout canoes) and during bush walks. This evening, we will stay at a unique bush camp on one of the remote islands within the Okavango Delta. Here, enjoy a three-course meal around a roaring campfire while sitting back and listening to the night calls of the Delta's wildlife.

Day 8: Okavango Delta

Depart from our island camp and continue wildlife viewing on foot and by mokoro with our expert local guides. Return to the main camp later this afternoon and opt to relax or take a swim. This evening, relax on the deck. With views overlooking the lagoon, hidden seating areas, and a fire pit, it's the perfect place for stargazing.

Day 9: Okavango Delta/Maun

Transfer to the frontier town of Maun and enjoy an evening of culture and traditional foods with celebrated author Bonty Botumile and the Thari-E-Ntsho Storytellers. This local enterprise is dedicated to preserving Botswana’s heritage and providing youth with employment opportunities in the arts. Option to take a scenic flight over the delta.

Day 10: Maun

Depart at any time.

What to Expect

For flights into the delta, there is a per person weight restriction of 33 pounds (15 kg) for checked baggage and 10 pounds (5 kg) for hand luggage. Because the planes are small, the airline also requires weight information for each passenger. Your trip leader will collect this information from you privately at the beginning of the trip.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 20 Oct 2019 - 29 Oct 2019
  • double occupancy
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    $7,459 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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  • date 03 Nov 2019 - 12 Nov 2019
  • double occupancy
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    $7,079 AUD Per Person
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  • date 17 Nov 2019 - 26 Nov 2019
  • double occupancy
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    $5,663 AUD Per Person
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  • date 15 Dec 2019 - 24 Dec 2019
  • double occupancy
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    $5,967 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,386 AUD Per Person

  • date 29 Dec 2019 - 07 Jan 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,594 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,013 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Jan 2020 - 14 Jan 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,999 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,558 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Jan 2020 - 28 Jan 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $5,599 AUD Per Person
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  • date 02 Feb 2020 - 11 Feb 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $5,249 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $7,808 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 Feb 2020 - 25 Feb 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,999 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,558 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 Mar 2020 - 10 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,999 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,558 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Mar 2020 - 24 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,999 AUD Per Person
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    $9,558 AUD Per Person

  • date 29 Mar 2020 - 07 Apr 2020
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  • date 12 Apr 2020 - 21 Apr 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,999 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,558 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 May 2020 - 12 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,999 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,558 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 May 2020 - 19 May 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,999 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,558 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 May 2020 - 02 Jun 2020
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  • date 07 Jun 2020 - 16 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,379 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,938 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Jun 2020 - 30 Jun 2020
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  • date 28 Jun 2020 - 07 Jul 2020
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  • date 05 Jul 2020 - 14 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Jul 2020 - 28 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Jul 2020 - 04 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 02 Aug 2020 - 11 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 Aug 2020 - 25 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 23 Aug 2020 - 01 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 30 Aug 2020 - 08 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Sep 2020 - 15 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Sep 2020 - 29 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Sep 2020 - 06 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Oct 2020 - 13 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Oct 2020 - 27 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Oct 2020 - 03 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Nov 2020 - 17 Nov 2020
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  • date 22 Nov 2020 - 01 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,379 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,938 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Dec 2020 - 15 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $7,759 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 Jan 2021 - 19 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,999 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (2 nts), safari lodges/camp (6 nts), bush camp (1 nt).
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle, 4x4, boat, mokoro, plane.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Painted Dog Conservation, Hwange National Park
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Okavango Wilderness Project Experience, Okavango Delta
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Botswana Storytelling and Traditional Dinner, Maun
  • Arrival transfer
  • Open-vehicle wildlife safari drives in Hwange and Chobe National Parks
  • Chobe boat safari
  • Wildlife excursions by boat and foot in the Okavango Panhandle
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $6,788