Botswana Highlights & Vic Falls (11 Days)

Our longer Botswana trip gives you all the wildlife you’ve crossed half the world to see – lions, elephants, hippos, wildebeest, warthogs and more – and includes time camping far from anyone else out in the African wilderness, on a Moremi mobile safari. It also gives thrill-seekers more time in Victoria Falls to make the very most of its huge array of activities including rafting, kayaking, zip-wiring, bungee-jumping and sunset cruises.


  Adventure sports at Victoria Falls
  Iconic wildlife sightings in Chobe
  Soaring over the Okavango Delta
  Moremi mobile camping safari
  Exploring the Delta by dugout canoe
  Classic campfire bush dinners

11 days from £6,245 pp

Plus international flights from £1,200

An 11-day holiday in Botswana for a family of four costs from £24,980 plus flights, depending on the level of accommodation chosen.

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Botswana Highlights & Vic Falls (11 Days) day-by-day itinerary

Day 1, Maun – Victoria Falls
Arriving in Victoria Falls, tucked away on the banks of the iconic Zambezi River, you’ll be picked up and transferred to your hotel.

The home of African adventure, this delightful little town is home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls. The deep rumble of ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (‘The smoke that thunders’) is a continuous reminder of their presence as seemingly endless volumes of cascading water throw clouds of mist high into the sky.

Discover the calmer waters above the Falls in the late afternoon on an unmissable Zambezi sunset cruise, spotting hippos and crocodiles basking on the banks as you relax with a favourite drink.

Day 2-3, Victoria Falls
Greet the day with an early start to discover the spectacular Falls. As the sun rises, spray from the waters crashing to the canyons below shimmers in the morning light.

After a leisurely breakfast, spend the rest of the day enjoying one or more of the abundance of adventure activities on offer here, which range from bungee-jumping, zip-lining, riding a microlight over the Falls and some of the world’s most challenging white-water rafting to horse riding and fishing.

More gently, you can delve into local culture at craft markets and by visiting local farming villages.

Day 4, Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before you cross the border into Botswana and head to Chobe National Park.

In the afternoon, jump aboard your river cruise through this iconic wildlife area. It has an elephant population of 40,000, and you’ll all be in awe surrounded by these gentle giants at play, ears flapping as they quench their thirst and gracefully move through the flood plains and sandy expanses.

Chobe National Park comprises four very different ecosystems: the mesmerising Chobe floodplain and river to the northeast, the exhilarating Savute Marsh in the west, the beguiling Linyanti Swamps in the northwest, and nestled in-between, the harsh, dusty hinterland of the Ghoha Hills.

Day 5, Chobe National Park
More adventures await in the form of game drives or river cruises starting and finishing the day, with plenty of downtime in between to rest and reflect back at the lodge as the heat of the day takes hold.

You are all fast becoming experts as the list of wildlife encounters grows: high concentrations of lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah, plus rare and elusive antelope species including roan, sable, tsessebe, eland and red lechwe. With the dry season (June-October), the floodplains explode with life as huge herds of Cape buffalo add to the melee of animal activity.

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Day 6-8, Chobe – Moremi Mobile Safari
Today you will head deep into the Moremi Game Reserve for a three-night mobile safari adventure. Located in the central and eastern areas of the Okavango Delta, Moremi boasts one of the richest, most diverse ecosystems on the African continent.

It covers nearly a third of the Okavango, the largest inland delta in the world. It is exceptionally pretty and abundant, with verdant floodplains (seasonal or perennially wet), waterways, and lagoons cutting through lush vegetation. Palm trees reach up from islands, parting the mists of early mornings. Open plains teem with game, and riverine and mopane forests cast cool shade over the earth.

Gloriously contrasting, these habitats provide sanctuary to the prolific year-round wildlife population and more than 450 species of birds. Rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope thrive in the papyrus banks of the ancient waterways, while large herds of impala and tsessebe graze on dry land.

As summer comes to an end and the dry winter months take over, the scenery changes. Constantly moving herds of buffalo dominate the land, and as they migrate along primordial paths, herds of large elephants bring the reserve into its own. Kudu, zebra, and giraffe lead the ever-attendant predators into the fray, resulting in world-class wildlife viewing.

You’ll spend three days out in the bush, in a mobile safari camp set up just for you. Accompanied by a team (who will erect the tents, provide you with meals and keep a close watch on local wildlife), you get to be alone in the African wilderness. Days are spent out on safari with a specialist guide, and when you return to camp, you are welcomed by the team with refreshing drinks and delicious meals.

Day 9, Okavango Delta
Leave Moremi behind and head into the heart of the Okavango Delta, to your camp accommodation.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this captivating maze of lagoons, lakes and hidden channels creates the world’s largest inland delta. As the seasonal flood from the Angola Highlands funnel through the Delta’s panhandle entrance channel, these waters sculpt a stunning National Heritage Site. Spanning over 10,000 square miles, the delta presents a breathtaking panorama of reedbeds, floodplains, papyrus swamps and islands.

This afternoon, take to the waters in traditional mokoros (dugout canoes). The meditative tranquillity of the Okavango Delta’s lagoons and waterways contrasts with the excitement of spotting wildlife around every bend.

As the sun sets, gather around a campfire for a classic bush dinner, listen to the sounds of the wilderness and share tales of the day’s adventures.

Day 10, Okavango Delta
Greet the sunrise with a walking safari exploring the detail of the bush on foot, with your knowledgeable guides weaving tales of African folklore and local legend into your up-close-and-personal experience of the plant and animal life. Kids love tracking the wildlife they’ve spent the last few days spotting and learning about ecosystems and each species’ role in them.

Break for an alfresco lunch in the heart of the Delta, surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of a true African wilderness.

As the late afternoon cools, hop back in the game vehicle to discover what surprises the wildlife has in store as it gets active again after resting through the heat of the day.

The Delta’s network of waters creates the canvas for a safari like no other. You’ll come face to face with herds of elephants, buffalo and hippos, intermingled with antelope species, giraffe and zebra, with the ominous lurking presence of the big predators. The scale and depth of nature on display in the delta is mind-boggling.

Day 11, Okavango Delta
Take a domestic flight to Maun or Victoria Falls in time for your flight home.

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