Intimate Botswana & Zimbabwe Encounter • 15 Days


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$ 5,750.00

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Our group tours are also offered on a private basis, and can be customized: Our experienced travel consultants will design bespoke, private itineraries according to your needs and budget. 

With some of the world’s greatest wildlife, Botswana and Zimbabwe are perfect partners for a safari. Enjoy our guides’ expertise and knowledge of both countries and get to explore two of Southern Africa’s most enigmatic countries with its endangered wild dogs, rhino tracking, iconic Victoria Falls and among others, a traditional canoe trip. A small guided group safari (4 – 12 travellers), from Victoria Falls through Botswana and Zimbabwe ending in Maun. 15 Days taking in the spectacular falls, Chobe, Matobo and Hwange National Parks, a Lake Kariba houseboat safari, Moremi and the Okavango Delta safaris and much more.

Highlights of the Tour

Victoria Falls: Superb viewing from both sides of the river as the almost two kilometers of falls cascade into the gorge below. Columns of spray can be seen from miles. Its a must-see destination on this leg of your Zimbabwe safari.

Lake Kariba: Enjoy spectacular sunsets and lake-based game viewing  from the comfort of your Kariba houseboat, on this leg of your Zimbabwe safari.

Chobe National Park: Best known for its massive elephant herds – indeed some of the biggest in Africa. There’s also an abundance of other wildlife for you to see in large numbers. Chobe National Park boasts some world class safari lodges that are the perfect places from which to explore and discover Chobe with game drives or boat safaris.

Hwange National Park: The reserve also has a great reputation for frequent sightings of the critically endangered African wild dog and other large predators like lion and leopard.

Matobo National Park: The park’s main attraction is its population of both Black and White Rhino. One of the highlights on this leg of your Zimbabwe holiday is that they can be reliably tracked on foot whilst on safari.

Makgadikgadi Pans: As the rain arrives, herds of zebra, wildebeest and other antelope make their way northwards to the Nxai Pan and are followed closely by the migration of predators, such as lion, cheetah and hyena.

Okavango Delta: The world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango Delta is a network of channels and rivers with thousands of islands lined with massive beds of papyrus. The floodplains stretch for miles and are the perfect environment to support abundant African game and hundreds of bird species.

Moremi Game Reserve: Described as one of the most beautiful safari areas in Africa and protects over 3000 square kilometers of Botswana wilderness in the central and eastern Okavango Delta. Expect excellent game viewing year-round in Moremi and the area’s wide range of different habitats supports an incredible array of game and birds.


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We make use of mid-range typical African standard lodge accommodation. Accommodation is situated either in national parks, on the banks of a river, or in other places of interest. The accommodation will be a mix of lodges, chalets and tented camps with en-suite bathrooms. All of them have a private bathroom with a shower or bath and a toilet. Some properties are equipped with swimming pools and/or bar areas.

Day 1

Shearwater Explorers Village (or similar)
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day 2 & 3

Sovereign Houseboat (or similar)
Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Day 4 & 5

Chobe Safari Lodge (or similar)
Kasane, Botswana

Day 6 & 7

Hideaways Nantwich Lodge (or similar)
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Day 8 & 9

Shashani Matobo Hills Lodge (or similar)
Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe

Day 10

Nata Lodge (or similar)
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana

Day 11

Planet Baobab (or similar)
Gweta or similar.

Day 12

Thamalakane River Lodge (or similar)
Maun, Botswana

Day 13 & 14

Mankwe Tented Retreat (or similar)


  • All transport in a JENMAN safari vehicle
  • Game drives and activities
  • Park entrance fees
  • Experienced local guide


  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curios and tips
  • Travel insurance and visas
  • Park Fees & Activities (quoted separately): This fee will be payable prior to travel together with the main tour fee. The fee is used to pay for some of the day-to-day operational costs that are incurred while groups are on the road. Examples include fees at most of the national parks, entrance fees to some attractions, local guides and any food markets we visit to stock up on fresh produce during the tour.
    Park Fees: US$ 285 / € 265 Per person (Last updated January 2023)

Pre-Tour Information


The onus is on the client to organize all visas required to visit the countries stated on the Botswana Wildlife Breakaway itinerary. Please note that travellers entering Botswana will be required to present a valid international health certificate of vaccination for yellow fever should they originate from or have travelled through countries which have been declared yellow fever infected areas within the preceding 6 months.

Travel Insurance

Please note that travel and cancellation insurance is mandatory for every guest travelling with JENMAN African Safaris. All insurance is solely the responsibility of our guests. Please ensure you arrange your own insurance with protection for the full duration of your journey to cover personal injury, damage and loss of personal items including but not limited to camera equipment and other electronic items, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and loss of luggage, etc. Please speak to your travel agent if you require assistance.

On arrival into Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon may be spent at leisure enjoying one of the many activities available in Victoria Falls. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the lodge at 18h00 for your pre-departure meeting.
After breakfast your guide will take you on a tour of the mighty Victoria Falls, known by the local Kololo tribe as Mosi oa Tunya – “the smoke that thunders”. You will then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kariba town. A short transfer will take you to Lake Kariba shore, where you will board a luxury houseboat for a relaxing two-night trip. Nested in mountains, Lake Kariba is a man-made inland sea guarded by enormous reserves of game and made beautiful and savage by sun and storm, earth and water. Our voyage takes us to the Sengwe River for afternoon wildlife activities and sunset, followed by drinks and dinner on board.  In the morning we set out early for some leisurely fishing, guided walks or game viewing depending on your preference. When we return, brunch will be served whilst cruising to Elephant Bay where we will moor at one of the islands with a sandy beach. Watch the sunset over lake, relaxing around a camp fire and enjoying a beach barbecue under the starry sky.
We then board a flight to from Kariba Airport to Victoria Falls Airport. You will then be transferred to Kasane, the gateway to the Chobe National Park. Chobe, which is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers 10,566 square km, has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. The afternoon is at leisure to partake in optional activities or to relax by the pool. The next day you will start your morning with a game drive in Chobe National Park. You will return to the lodge for a late breakfast and relaxation until our boat cruise on the Chobe River starts around 3pm. Here we can watch elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds, making for excellent up-close photo opportunities.
This morning we make our way across the border into Zimbabwe and to our lodge situated in the northwest corner of Hwange National Park. The next two days are spent on half or full day game drives and walking safaris, where you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the breath-taking wilderness of Hwange National Park. These unforgettable experiences offer a chance to witness the incredible wildlife that roams this pristine landscape, from majestic elephants and graceful antelopes to elusive predators like lions and leopards.
Today we travel south to the majestic Matobo Hills, an area of exquisite beauty, steeped in tribal history, ancient mystery and dramatic rock landscapes. The national park has been given UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to both white and black rhinoceros and sable antelope. Birdlife is prolific and includes the highest concentration of black eagles in the world. Once the home of the San (Bushman), this area contains the richest source of the rock art found anywhere. Not only is it here that the Ndebele people buried their great king, Mzilikazi, but Cecil John Rhodes was also laid to rest on the “Hill of the Benevolent Spirit” or “World’s View” as named by him. We spend the next day in the national park, starting our morning with tracking rhino spoor by vehicle and foot. In the afternoon we further explore the scenery and wildlife of the park on game drives, ending with a visit to Rhodes’ grave.
We leave Matobo Hills and drive through the savannas of southern Matebeleland en-route to Botswana. In the afternoon we visit the Nata Bird Sanctuary, where we will have the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view over the Sowa pan which is part of the Greater Makgadikgadi Pans. (Please note a visit to the pans is subject to the road conditions and water levels as well as time constraints.) We arrive at our lodge in the late afternoon.
A very early morning departure leads us to Planet Baobab near Gweta, from where we embark on an expedition to Ntwetwe Pan to encounter some of Botswana’s distinctive landscapes and extraordinary creatures.
Today we travel to Maun, a bustling safari town which serves as the gateway to the Okavango Delta. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book an optional scenic flight over the delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and truly glorious oasis.
After breakfast we take a drive to the mokoro station. From here, we will float in dug-out canoes through the thick vegetation of the Okavango Delta discovering a variety of birds and wildlife. Unlike other deltas, it flows into the Kalahari Desert without ever reaching the coast. After this spectacular excursion and lunch, we make our way to our camp, which is situated in a private concession in the Greater Moremi area. After settling into our camp, we will enjoy dinner and embark on a night game drive in the concession – a fantastic opportunity to spot some nocturnal animals that are more difficult to encounter during the day. The next day we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve.
Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Maun Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures!
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