Botswana: Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Savuti, Chiefs Island
Fly in/out: Victoria Falls (VFA) / Maun, Botswana
Recommended ages: 10 and up
Ball Park Price: $6500/per person for up to four travellers (airfare not included)
Best Season: Avoid the wet season from February through April
This custom Itinerary was booked through Southern Destinations, Safari Experts for South Africa
DAY ONE & TWO: Fly American Airlines to London/Johannesburg and connect to Victoria Falls airport via South African Airways. Check into Llala Lodge just 25 minutes from airport on the Zimbabwe side.
DAY THREE: Take a day tour through Victoria Falls National Park, the town of Victoria Falls and Livingstone and then revisit back through Victoria Falls to see it at a different light.
DAY FOUR: Take a 2 hour jeep transfer to the border of Botswana. Meet driver from Chobe Game Lodge and drive to Chobe National Park and check in at Chobe Game Lodge, the only safari lodge located in Chobe National Park. Take a dusk safari cruise on the river and view largest concentration of African elephants.
DAY FIVE: Safari day to enjoy a dawn and dusk safari game drive to view an abundance of wildlife. Lunch and siesta back at the Chobe Game Lodge. Enjoy the pool at the lodge.
DAY SIX & SEVEN: Drive in open air jeep four hours to Savute Safari Lodge. (Air transfer usually provided but airstrip was flooded on day of scheduled flight.) Take a morning game drive in open safari vehicles, long lunch and game drive at dusk. Ideal game viewing in wetlands and marshes to see zebra, lions, elephants, giraffes antelopes and more.
DAY EIGHT & NINE: Fly over the Okavango Delta to Chiefs Island in the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve and stay at Chiefs Camp known as the “Predator Capital of Africa.” Enjoy both open safari vehicles, walking safaris and canoe safaris on the water.
DAY TEN & ELEVEN: Fly home from Chiefs Camp to Maun to Johannesburg and back home.
- Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. We took a day tour through Victoria Falls National Park, the town of Victoria Falls and Livingstone and then revisited back through Victoria Falls to see it at a different light. The whole day was a great first stop in Southern Africa.
- In Northeast Botswana is the second largest national park, Chobe National Park on the banks of the Chobe River. In the luxurious Chobe Game Lodge, we enjoyed breathtaking views with water as the backdrop observing some of the largest herds of African Elephants. The combination of river safaris by boat with open vehicle game drive safaris in an area teeming with wildlife provided an unbelievable excitement for the whole family.
- The second portion of our safari trip was spent in the grasslands and waterways of Savute. The river now provides a plentiful food source and the wildlife is not only abundant it is right out your back door including hippos, antelope and buffalos. Savute Safari Lodge is called a front-row seat in the heart of the Chobe region because we could observe elephant families day and night from our room.
- Our final portion of our Botswana safari journey was the most luxurious of all the camps and was ideal for rare game viewing the most vast number of wildlife including hippos, elephants, lions, wild dog, cheetah, leopard and the white and black rhino. Game drives included both open safari vehicle and a canoe on the Okavango Delta.
Places to stay
- Stunning, family-friendly hotel at reasonable prices, Llala Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is situated just ten minutes from Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
- Chobe Game Lodge is on the banks of the Chobe River and is the only permanent game lodge situated within the boundaries of Chobe National Park. Chobe is home to one of the largest concentration of elephants in Africa and all of the big game congregate on the banks of the Caprivi floodplains and the Chobe river. All the rooms are air-conditioned and include en-suite bathrooms and private balconies.
- Savute Safari Lodge, features twelve thatched chalets with private deck and en suite bathroom. Request the two rooms with the waterhole views. Elephants are at the waterhole all day/night and it’s amazing to watch the males interact together and the mother elephants with the baby elephants.
- The Chiefs Camp was luxurious with four poster beds, ceiling fans and a private game viewing deck with spacious seating.
- We ate at our lodges throughout the trip which feature both African and Western cuisines. We always felt we had enough options in our meals.
- At Chobe Game Lodge in Chobe National Park, fine dining with a children’s menu was provided daily and featured a popular pizza oven.
- We experienced our best dining at Chief’s camp explaining why it is rated as one of Botswana’s finest by Conde Nast and Travel and Leisure.
- Overall, this trip booked through Southern Destinations in Botswana was exceptionally smooth for such an incredible journey. We liked the diversity of the 2 days in each campground which we felt was the perfect amount of time.
- The flight times there and back were very long and we learned the hard way to make sure that the travel agency that books the flight knows the “PNR” of a flight in case any part of the connections are missed.
- We were surprised that there were very little bugs in this area at the time of our travel. We came over prepared with DEET cream recommended by our travel clinic.
- Although the food was great and plentiful, in most cases, kids can miss the “pantry” of home. Try to rearrange through the camps al la carte snacks with the afternoon teas or night campfires.
- Our schedule included a very early wake-up call and early to bed requirement which took a few days for the teenagers to learn.
Before You Go
- We visited Zimbabwe and Botswana. Both required passports and only a $30 entry visa was required to enter Botswana that you can get at the Botswana border.
- We consulted with our pediatrician and Southern Destinations for the right medical preparation for malaria pills and vaccines. At the time, only Malaria pills were needed.