Botswana Highlights & Vic Falls (8 Days)

In just over a week, this trip packs in Botswana’s classic wildlife-viewing destinations, meaning you’ll likely see elephants, hippos, lions, baboons, wildebeest, warthogs and plenty more besides. You’ll start out in Victoria Falls, for jaw-dropping scenery and a dose of adventure, the perfect prelude to your days on safari.


  Spectacular views of Victoria Falls
  Iconic Zambezi sunset cruise
  Huge elephant herds at Chobe
  Light aircraft flight to the Okavango
  Navigate the Delta by mokoro
  Explore on foot with a local guide

8 days from £4,280 pp

Plus international flights from £1,200

An 8-day holiday in Botswana for a family of four costs from £17,120 plus flights, depending on the type and style of accommodation.

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Botswana Highlights & Vic Falls (8 Days) day-by-day itinerary

Day 1, Victoria Falls
Touch down in the quaint town of Victoria Falls on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. This is renowned as the adventure hub of Africa and is home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – the Falls themselves. True to its local moniker ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (‘The smoke that thunders’), there’s an ever-present rumble from the vast volumes of tumbling water and plumes of mist rising high into the skies.

Take to the water above the Falls in the late afternoon for an iconic Zambezi sunset cruise and to spot the first of your big African wildlife – hippos and crocodiles basking on the banks.

Day 2, Victoria Falls
Embrace an early start to explore the majestic Falls. Dawn unveils a spectacular sunrise as the mists from the waters thundering down into the canyons dance in the morning light. Beat the crowds and enjoy that the kids have got up and been showered without even realising it – and by one of the world’s greatest natural sights!

Return for a hearty breakfast before enjoying the rest of the day exploring one or more of the array of adventure activities on offer. These include world-renowned bungee-jumping and zip-lining to white-water rafting, horse riding or fishing. You could also take a scenic helicopter ride over the Falls or delve into local culture through village and craft market visits.

Day 3, Victoria Falls – Chobe National Park
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before your private transfer whisks you across the border to Kasane in Botswana. After a journey of a couple of hours from Victoria Falls, settle into your tranquil lodge ready to explore Chobe National Park.

As the afternoon draws in, embark on the exhilaration of your first game drive or river cruise in this iconic wildlife area. There is an elephant population of 40,000, and you’ll all be in awe as these gentle giants play in the water and, ears flapping gently, cross flood plains and sandy expanses.

Chobe National Park comprises four distinct ecosystems: the breath-taking Chobe floodplain and river to the northeast, the captivating Savute Marsh in the west, the enchanting Linyanti Swamps in the northwest, and nestled in-between, the hot, arid hinterland of Nogatsaa and Tchinga.

Day 4, Chobe National Park
More adventures today in the form of game drives or river cruises. There’s also plenty of time to relax and rejuvenate back at the lodge as the heat of the day takes hold.

With high concentrations of lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah, the safari experience reaches its zenith here, against a backdrop of rare and elusive antelope species such as roan, sable, tsessebe, eland and red lechwe. Come the dry season (June-October) the floodplains are even more alive thanks to massive herds of Cape buffalo.

Day 5, Chobe National Park – Okavango Delta
Begin your day with a short transfer to Kasane Airport, setting the stage for an aerial adventure aboard a light aircraft bound for the Okavango Delta. As you soar above the diverse landscapes, you’ll catch hints of the incredible experiences awaiting you over the next three nights.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Delta is a mesmerising labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and concealed channels, nourished annually by the seasonal flood from the Angola Highlands. Flowing through the panhandle and forming the largest inland delta in the world, these waters shape a stunning. Spanning over 10,000 square miles, the delta is home to reedbeds, floodplains, papyrus swamps and islands. Once settled in, you’ll embark on a thrilling afternoon game drive.

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Day 6, Okavango Delta
Start the morning with a guided walking safari – a unique opportunity to explore the wilderness on foot. Your expert guides will share their knowledge of the plant and animal life, enthralling both you and the kids with tales of how each links with local legend and African folklore. Watch the kids excitedly tracking the wildlife they’ve spent the last few days spotting and learning more about ecosystems and each species’ role in them.

Savour a delicious lunch in breathtaking surroundings in the heart of the Okavango, sharing stories of the morning’s discoveries. Then take to the game vehicle as the Delta comes to life when the temperature cools in the late afternoon.

The Delta’s waters set the stage for an unparalleled safari during which you’ll encounter vast herds of elephants, buffalo and hippos, plus antelope, giraffe, zebra and the ever-present predators.

Day 7, Okavango Delta
After a morning filled with exploration, rest in the comfort of your lodge with ice-cold drinks and a delicious lunch as the African day’s heat passes.

Switch gears in the afternoon as you navigate the tranquil labyrinth of lagoons and waterways in traditional mokoros (dugout canoes), then, 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 8, Okavango Delta – Maun
Today you bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes of Botswana, boarding a light aircraft bound for Maun, where you can spend some time exploring before connecting to your international flight home.

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