Hwange N.P. Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF AFRICA 549

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The Smoke that Thunders

Day 1: Victoria Falls

Upon arrival at Victoria Falls airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Victoria Falls, ZImbabwe

Days 2-3: Victoria Falls - Hwange N.P.

A short drive today takes you to Hwange National Park, located in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe, approximately on hour south of Victoria Falls. This former royal hunting ground was named after a local Nhanzwa chief and it is the largest Park in Zimbabwe. It is an area of great beauty, comprising of salt pans, acacia scrub and wide grassy plains, supporting great herds of buffalo and elephant, all the Big Five and excellent birding. The next 2 days are spent game driving here with night drives being a highlight. There are also opportunities to do walking safaris or just relax by the pool.

Elephant on the move

Days 4-5: Hwange N.P. - Chobe N. P.

Leaving Zimbabwe behind, journey into Botswana and the Chobe area. Viewing game is possible in various forms including game drives, bush walks, night drives and boat safaris. The Chobe National Park is to the north of the country and is home to the largest elephant herds in the world. This Park boasts four distinctly different eco systems: serondela with its lush plains and dense forests in the Chobe River area to the northeast, the Savute Marsh in the west and the Linyanti Swamps in the northwest, with the hot, dry hinterland in between. 2 days are spent exploring this amazing area.

Day 6: Chobe N. P. - Okavango Delta

Today we head to the Okavango Delta. Described as 'the jewel of the Kalahari', the Okavango Delta is a huge expanse of water in northern Botswana, which has travelled from the Angolan highlands, spreading out to form the largest inland river delta in the world. Studded with islands and reed banks, the Delta is renowned for its incredible variety of birdlife and animals including elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo and crocodile. The best way to see the delta is by mokoro (a dugout canoe). The swamps and surrounding area can be navigated in a 4 x 4

Elephant in a canal in the delta

Days 7-8: Okavango Delta

Moremi Game Reserve covers some 4871 square km (70% of which part of the Okavango Delta) and is considered obe of the most beautiful wildlife reserves in Africa, as it combines mopane woodland and acacia forests, lily covered wetlands, flood plains and lagoons. Moremi consists of a network of waterways surrounding two large islands - Chiefs Island in the west and Mopane Tongue in the east. In this pristine wilderness area birdlife is prolific and as Moremi is a fenced reserve, game viewing is impressive throughout the year. Elephants are numerous, as well as buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, jackal and antelope.

Mokoro poler in the Okavango Delta

Day 9: Okavango Delta - Victoria Falls

This morning after breakfast we head back to Victoria Falls. Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800s as 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' - 'the Smoke that Thunders' and in more modern terms the greatest known curtain of falling water. Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bodering Zambia and Zimbabwe. A path along the edge of the forest provides the visitor with an unparalled series of views of the Falls, if you are prepared to brave the spray. In the evening enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise along the Zambezi River.

Eelephant in Victoria Falls National Park

Day 10: Victoria Falls

Today is the end of your African adventure with us, we will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.

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