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9 Nights Captivating Botswana & Zambia Wildlife

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Tour Details

This journey begins with a visit to Botswana, known for its stunning, unspoilt natural habitat, incredible wildlife and luxurious safari lodges. Witness Africa’s famed big five from the dramatic floodplains of Moremi Wildlife Reserve while visiting Belmond Khwai River Lodge.
From here, proceed to the elephant-rich Chobe National Park for a 2-night stay on the banks of the Savute Channel at Belmond Savute Lodge and watch predators sprint across the Channel. After four blissful nights in Botswana, it is crossing border time to neighbouring Zambia for some layback water activities and more in the Lower Zambezi National Park.

(Depending on the season, an overnight in Livingstone might be necessary for a flight connection).

Summary of your Trip
  • 2 Nights Belmond Khwai River Lodge (Moremi Wildlife Reserve) | Botswana
  • 2 Nights Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge (Chobe National Park) | Botswana
  • 1 Night aha The David Livingstone Safari Lodge (Livingstone) | Botswana
  • 4 Nights Anabezi Camp (Lower Zambezi National Park) | Zambia
Price Includes
  • Accommodation, meals and local drinks as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities offered by the camps
  • Light aircraft transfers from Maun /lodges /Kasane; Road Transfers from/to airstrips
  • Departure taxes and national park fees in Botswana, VAT and taxes
  • Light aircraft transfer Lusaka/ Jeki airstrip/Lusaka
  • Road transfers from/to Jeki airstrip as specified
  • 1 free night at Anabezi Camp
  • Laundry and service charge at Anabezi Camp
Price Excludes
  • International and Regional Flights
  • Entry visas
  • Gratuities
  • Premium brands drinks
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not included as scheduled at hotel, lodges or camp
  • National Parks entry fee & conservation levy (Anabezi Camp only)
  • Spa treatments
Itinerary

Day 1 - 2Maun to Moremi Wildlife Reserve

On arrival at Maun Airport, you will be met and assisted with boarding your scheduled light aircraft to Belmond Khwai River Lodge where animal magic meets old-world indulgence. The Khwai River acts as a magnet for wildlife.
Ideally positioned to see the big game of Moremi Game Reserve, rated as one of the most prolific in Botswana. This luxury lodge is a year-round destination. Wildlife and predators that can regularly be seen in the area include elephants, Buffalo, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and also Wild Dogs. Your stay at Belmond Khwai River Lodge grants you a front-row seat for the drama of the Delta. Witness the elephants herding their young from your private elevated deck. Or revive at sundown in a private plunge pool; you might hear the call of slaty egrets bidding each other goodnight.

The inviting tented rooms at Belmond Khwai River Lodge feature panoramic private decks. They are the perfect theatre from which to enjoy the drama of the wild as well as the perfect base for an adventure into the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. From heart-racing morning game drives to mesmerising evening stargazing, you will feel closer to this captivating land. Wildlife can be spotted all year round, including giraffes, buffalo, lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs. Because located in a private concession and outside of the national parks, in addition to the day game activities guests will enjoy night drives as well as off-road driving hence offering a vantage position for a spectacular game viewing and that “perfect picture”.

Morning and afternoon game drives depart daily in open land cruisers. Get closer to the wildlife than ever before on a Khwai Riverwalk with one of the camp’s experienced guides. Embrace the spirit of adventure as you trek through the rugged landscape, spotting animal tracks, curious insects, rare plant life and countless other amazing sights.
Bird lovers can conceal themselves in the camp’s private hide which enjoys elevated views across the Khwai River and is the perfect spot to observe the region’s rich variety of birds, including malachite kingfishers and open-billed storks.
A cultural visit to the local Khwai village can be arranged. Accompany by your guide and a local villager, take a stroll around the small village and chat with the locals – get a feel for their culture and their way of life.

Star gazing is another activity offered at the camp. Be captivated by the treasures of the boundless night sky. Using a telescope, focus on constellations that northern hemisphere visitors may never have seen before, such as the Southern Cross. You will also discover how Bushmen used the stars to locate the true south.
After a day spent in the savannah, unwind in the tranquil pool or share stories by the fire. For those wishing to enjoy further pampering, the lodge has a ‘Naturally Wild’ gym and spa facility. Guests can enjoy indulgent massages and body wrap in the spa or in the privacy of their tent.

Room Type: Luxury Safari Tent
Meal Basis: Fully Inclusive (All meals, selected local drinks and house wine); safari activities

Day 3 - 4Moremi Wildlife Reserve to Chobe National Park

After your usual early morning wake-up call with a cup of coffee and biscuits, head into the bush hoping to see one more time a pack of wild dogs and other predators before you leave for your next destination in the Chobe National Park.

Here, where the largest elephant population in the world treads determinedly across the dusty ground and the African Fish eagle swoops down to the great river, uttering his charismatic call, you will find a new Botswana wilderness to explore. And not only is Chobe National Park famous for its huge herds of elephants but also its buffalo as well as the associated predators such as large pride of lions that have learnt to hunt them. There are also numerous antelope and other plains game as well as vast pods of hippos wallowing in the shallows of the River Chobe.
You will stay at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge, a timeless explorer’s lodge that beats with the pulse of wild Africa. Besides the mysterious Savute Channel, this tented oasis is the perfect base to discover the wonders of Chobe National Park.

Breathlessly captivating, this corner of Botswana has long been associated with the world’s greatest explorers, including David Livingstone. Follow in their footsteps at Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge. Head out to our unique viewing hide at dusk or dawn, overlooking the watering hole, and see elephants, hyenas and cheetahs in their element. Then find a serene welcome back at the lodge. The contemporary interiors reflect the earthy tones of the wilderness, while eco-friendly design features keep you in harmony with the stunning landscape.
Savute is also home to some very rare rock paintings by Bushmen who once inhabited the region and its little forests of ancient Baobabs.

Room Type: Luxury Safari Tent
Meal Basis: Fully Inclusive (All meals, selected local drinks and house wine); safari activities

Day 5Chobe National Park – Livingstone

Today is another early rise for some tea and coffee before your last Botswana game drive. Back at the lodge and enjoy a hearty breakfast before being driven to the lodge airstrip for your light aircraft transfer to Kasane Airport. There, you will be met for your road transfer to aha The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa in Livingstone, your accommodation for the night.

Blending perfectly within the lush surroundings of the Zambezi Riverbank, aha The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa offers 5-star Victoria Falls accommodation nearby this impressive natural wonder of the world. Guests of this hotel near Livingstone, are treated to the glorious nature escape, luxury bush accommodation in Zambia, and Zambezi River cruises.
This safari lodge overlooks the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. It offers river-facing rooms, that ensure each guest enjoys the same serene views that once captivated David Livingstone, the intrepid explorer and missionary who was the first European to set eyes on the Falls.
The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the amenities the hotel offers or embark on an afternoon Tour of the Falls from the Zambia side.

Room Type: Standard double room
Meal Basis: Accommodation & Breakfast

Day 6Livingstone – Lusaka - Lower Zambezi National Park

After a leisurely breakfast followed by check out, you will be transferred to Livingstone Airport for your flight to Anabezi Camp via Lusaka Airport.
On arrival at Jeki Airstrip in the Lower Zambezi National Park, you will be welcomed by a guide waiting to take you on a 1h30 mn game drive road transfer through the Lower Zambezi to Anabezi Camp located on the banks of the almighty Zambezi River.
Depending on your arrival time, enjoy lunch and later embark on your afternoon sunset cruise or you may decide to soak up the sun at your private plunge pool.

Anabezi Camp, a distinguished luxury safari camp set on the Eastern End of the Lower Zambezi National Park will be your home for the following five days. Accommodation here consists of 11 large luxurious tents including two bedrooms family suite. Each luxury tent has its private plunge pool set into the expansive wood deck with a stunning view. The tents are generously spaced along the Zambezi Riverbank and the Mushika floodplain, allowing the game to wander in and around the camp freely.

This upmarket lodge invites you to explore the hidden treasures of untamed, unfenced and unspoilt nature. Enjoy relaxation and raw African beauty at its finest while drinking a cup of tea or coffee on your veranda and watching the sun rises.

Room Type: Luxury Safari Tent
Meal Basis: Fully Inclusive (All meals, selected local drinks and house wine); safari activities

Day 7 - 9Explore Lower Zambezi National Park

Anabezi Camp offers a wide variety of land and water-based safari activities. Mesmerising game drives, tranquil river cruises, exciting fishing expeditions, canoe trips down the Zambezi’s quiet and secluded channels, wilderness walks accompanied by an experienced scout, and spectacular birding excursions are all part of the Anabezi experience.
The proximity of Anabezi to the Zambezi River and its position within the National Park lends itself to unparalleled wildlife encounters. A game drive will reveal a kaleidoscope of African animals, flourishing in their natural environment. An evening expedition may reveal one of our resident leopards, while on a morning drive you will almost certainly bump into a herd of elephants and may see local pride of lions or endangered wild dogs on an early morning hunting foray. Slow afternoons casting the Zambezi River for the legendary tiger fish will captivate fishing enthusiasts, while a leisurely paddle in a canoe down one of the river channels will reveal distant hippo, waterbuck, or a formidable gathering of buffalo.

Bird lovers are also rewarded during water activities as the riverbanks are also home to many bird species and flocks of birds skim the waterline, the wildlife viewing complimenting your fishing excursions. In between the daily activities spoil yourself with relaxing and nurturing body therapy designed to alleviate stress and sooth tired or tight muscles, leaving you feeling revitalised and refreshed.
Whether you prefer a walk through the ethereal atmosphere of the Winterthorn forest or a sundowner overlooking the Zambezi flooded in the hazy afternoon light, you will have it all.

Room Type: Luxury Safari Tent
Meal Basis: Fully Inclusive (All meals, selected local drinks and house wine); safari activities

Day 10Going home

After your last morning activity followed by breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to the lodge team before being transferred to Jeki Airstrip to connect with flight to Lusaka and then to Livingstone Airport for onward private arrangements.

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