A 354-foot waterfall is awe inspiring, but it’s not even the region’s grandest revelation.

A flock of cattle egrets explodes in flight; elephants stand knee deep in shallow water, using their trunks to pull up water lilies, swish off the grit, and wind them into their mouths. Cape buffalo graze on a vast plain; somewhere a young leopard sleeps in a tree; while overhead stretches an unbroken sky. Botswana’s Okavango Delta fans out for nearly a hundred miles, creating one of Earth’s richest wildlife habitats. Tracking animals and birds on foot with your expert guide on this walking safari in Botswana, you find your place in this remarkable wilderness—where myriad rivulets, puddles, and lagoons create green abundance in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. Here once again—as on previous days’ adventures amidst Chobe’s elephant herds and the thunder of Victoria Falls—Africa’s unparalleled majesty hits you full force.

Highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of animals great and small, noting subtle signs and tracks while spotting zebra, giraffe, genets, and even tiny millipedes.
  • Feel the excitement as you encounter majestic, wild elephants in Botswana’s Chobe National Park, home to Africa’s largest elephant population.
  • Immerse yourself in pristine wilderness and deluxe comfort, staying at intimate, award-winning lodges and bush camps evocative of the classic African safari.
  • Delight in a sundowner during an evening boat cruise, soaking in the dramatic colors of the African sunset while wildlife gathers at the river’s edge.
  • Enjoy a guided walk alongside “the smoke that thunders” – breathtaking Victoria Falls.
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Flight + Tour Combos include plane tickets, airport shuttles, and pre- and post-tour accommodations

Itinerary

Sat, Mar 5 to Mon, Mar 14 - 2022

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Flight + Tour Combos, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Johannesburg right by having a Country Walkers representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your hotel. From your centrally located hotel, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Accommodation: African Rock Hotel, Johannesburg

Awakening refreshed, you enjoy breakfast at your hotel before transferring to the Johannesburg airport for your included flight to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone, Zambia to begin your tour.

Upon arrival at the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, receive a warm welcome and travel approximately 30 minutes to your home for the next two nights, a serene sanctuary overlooking a scenic bend of the Zambezi River in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have time to refresh and relax before setting out on an evening cruise along the Zambezi.

During your two-hour boat cruise, you marvel at the landscape much as Scottish explorer David Livingstone may have when he first arrived in 1855, naming the nearby waterfalls for Queen Victoria. You are likely to spot pods of hippo, crocodiles, and an array of birds. Your cruise culminates with sundowner drinks and canapés as the African sun disappears behind the distant bush and sets the sky ablaze with color.

Return to the lodge, where a festive welcome dinner has been prepared. Your first meal in the bush might be quail kebab or curried chicken stew, perhaps finished with poached pears in red wine. Tonight, and throughout your adventure, you may choose from preparations of local game and fish or dishes that may be more familiar to you, with vegetarian options available. Later, retire to your luxury treehouse, built into a canopy of majestic ebony.

Accommodation: Sussi & Chuma Lodge, Victoria Falls
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

1-2 hours of walking, easy. 1-2 hours optional walk, easy

After an early breakfast, set out with your guide(s) and park ranger on your first walking safari of the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You might see water buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, kudu, warthogs, and other plains game along with several bird species. The elusive wild dog also passes through this park.

Back at the lodge, you have several ways to fill your time. First, pay a visit to Nakatindi Village, about three miles from the lodge. Here, some 3,000 residents live in simple mud and brick homes. One of Nakatindi’s community leaders shows you around. The village is special to Sussi & Chuma Lodge as its owners support the village’s education, conservation, health clinic, and enterprise. During your visit, stop by the clinic, grain mill, and school, or watch a soap-making demonstration by the village ladies. If you prefer, simply relax at the lodge indulging in a spa treatment or a plunge in the pool. For lunch, enjoy a delicious bush picnic.

Late afternoon, join your guides for a two-hour jeep safari in the game-rich Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. Among its riverine forest, miombo woodland, and grassland, you might spot elephants, impala, giraffe, hippopotamus, vervet monkeys, and baboons. Mosi-Oa-Tunya is also home to the highly endangered white rhino. During your game drive, your guides will be in radio contact with the dedicated park rangers who keep a watchful eye on these elusive giants. Once you find the rhinos, you’ll get out on foot for a closer look at these magnificent creatures, and your guides and the rangers will explain the steps that Zambia is taking to conserve them. This evening, share stories of your afternoon discoveries over another delicious meal.

Accommodation: Sussi & Chuma Lodge, Victoria Falls
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

2 hours of walking, easy

After breakfast, join your guide on a walking tour of Victoria Falls. When David Livingstone first set eyes on this spectacular natural wonder, he wrote, “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Superlative descriptions don’t end with Dr. Livingstone: Natives call it “the smoke that thunders” and Victoria Falls has been called one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. No matter what you call them, the falls are breathtaking. More than 19 million cubic feet of water per minute plummets over the edge of the falls’ massive gorge, across a width of one-and-a-quarter miles plunging to a depth of more than 330 feet. It is the largest known curtain of falling water on Earth, transforming the placid Zambezi River into a ferocious torrent that sends misty clouds of spray into the air, visible from miles away. You walk through the surrounding wilderness this morning, peaceful and pristine, even with the backdrop of the roaring falls. Trace footpaths along the edge of a gorge-side cliff through the mopane woodland and rainforest. The vegetation you observe, including ebony, ivory palm and date palm, is rare for this region, nurtured by spray from the falls. Throughout your walk, pause at inspiring viewpoints and keep your eyes open for one of the 35 species of fish-eating raptors. Fish eagles, peregrine falcons, and others perch in riverside trees waiting to dive for their catch.

Please Note: For the March departure, the group will walk on the Zambian side of the falls. During November departures, the group will walk on the Zimbabwean side. This is based on seasonality and water levels. Guests joining the Pre-tour Extension will have the opportunity to walk on both sides of the falls (an additional cost may apply and can be paid directly to the lodge).

Bid Victoria Falls farewell and travel by land to Chobe National Park, Botswana’s first national park and home to one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa, including hippopotamus, water buffalo, antelope, lions, and the continent’s largest herd of elephants. The journey takes about 90 minutes, excluding customs and immigration formalities at the border.

Your destination is a luxurious lodge perched on the edge of the park above the Chobe River. Lush floodplains, marshlands, and dense forests of mahogany and teak surround the river. It is common for elephants and other wildlife to gather here to drink and bathe. Spoonbills, ibis, stork, and other water birds may linger on the shore or in the canopy in search of fish.

The lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across an island and floodplains as far as Namibia. After settling in to one of the property’s 15 guest cottages, join your expert guide and driver for a thrilling late afternoon game drive into Chobe National Park. Though wildlife is at its most prolific here, as little as a century ago, this land was inhabited by the San bushmen who still believe that humans and animals are equal and that these untouched lands of Botswana bring energy to all who visit. Chobe’s elephants are Kalahari elephants, the largest known species. You might notice their short tusks, which, many believe, result from local soils that are low in calcium. Conclude your outing with sundowners in a scenic spot and return to the lodge for a gourmet dinner of regional cuisine, perhaps pork loin burgundy or grilled ostrich.

Accommodation: Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Chobe
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

2 hours of walking, easy

After breakfast, join your guide on a walking tour of Victoria Falls. When David Livingstone first set eyes on this spectacular natural wonder, he wrote, “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Superlative descriptions don’t end with Dr. Livingstone: Natives call it “the smoke that thunders” and Victoria Falls has been called one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. No matter what you call them, the falls are breathtaking. More than 19 million cubic feet of water per minute plummets over the edge of the falls’ massive gorge, across a width of one-and-a-quarter miles plunging to a depth of more than 330 feet. It is the largest known curtain of falling water on Earth, transforming the placid Zambezi River into a ferocious torrent that sends misty clouds of spray into the air, visible from miles away. You walk through the surrounding wilderness this morning, peaceful and pristine, even with the backdrop of the roaring falls. Trace footpaths along the edge of a gorge-side cliff through the mopane woodland and rainforest. The vegetation you observe, including ebony, ivory palm and date palm, is rare for this region, nurtured by spray from the falls. Throughout your walk, pause at inspiring viewpoints and keep your eyes open for one of the 35 species of fish-eating raptors. Fish eagles, peregrine falcons, and others perch in riverside trees waiting to dive for their catch.

Please Note: For the March departure, the group will walk on the Zambian side of the falls. During November departures, the group will walk on the Zimbabwean side. This is based on seasonality and water levels. Guests joining the Pre-tour Extension will have the opportunity to walk on both sides of the falls (an additional cost may apply and can be paid directly to the lodge).

Bid Victoria Falls farewell and travel by land to Chobe National Park, Botswana’s first national park and home to one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa, including hippopotamus, water buffalo, antelope, lions, and the continent’s largest herd of elephants. The journey takes about 90 minutes, excluding customs and immigration formalities at the border.

Your destination is a luxurious lodge perched on the edge of the park above the Chobe River. Lush floodplains, marshlands, and dense forests of mahogany and teak surround the river. It is common for elephants and other wildlife to gather here to drink and bathe. Spoonbills, ibis, stork, and other water birds may linger on the shore or in the canopy in search of fish.

The lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across an island and floodplains as far as Namibia. After settling in to one of the property’s 15 guest cottages, join your expert guide and driver for a thrilling late afternoon game drive into Chobe National Park. Though wildlife is at its most prolific here, as little as a century ago, this land was inhabited by the San bushmen who still believe that humans and animals are equal and that these untouched lands of Botswana bring energy to all who visit. Chobe’s elephants are Kalahari elephants, the largest known species. You might notice their short tusks, which, many believe, result from local soils that are low in calcium. Conclude your outing with sundowners in a scenic spot and return to the lodge for a gourmet dinner of regional cuisine, perhaps pork loin burgundy or grilled ostrich.

Accommodation: Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Chobe
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Few experiences compare to game viewing on an African river cruise. As you slept to the distant symphony of beast and bird, a hush settled over the floodplain and all is still now. A stork at full wing glides over the tranquil current of the Chobe. Across the water, you glimpse a troop of baboons foraging in the shrub. An impala drinks from the river, its ears standing on end, attune to whatever predators might lurk.

No matter the morning scene, each new day holds the promise of eventful river cruises and game drives to come. (Bushwalks are not permitted at Chobe National Park.) After a hearty and satisfying breakfast, you depart for a boat ride on the Chobe River, marveling as life unfolds along its vibrant banks. These waters flow here from Angola to form part of the border between Botswana and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip before merging with the Zambezi River. It passes through six game reserves, or wildlife management regions, supporting an enormous variety of wildlife.

After lunch back at the lodge – you may have the opportunity to make your own pizza or savor a three-course meal – relax during the hottest part of the day (the “siesta” to locals). Treat yourself to a spa treatment (at an additional cost) or relax on the terrace or in your cottage. Later, enjoy afternoon tea and scones before you embark on a game drive with your guide in an open-sided 4×4 vehicle designed for prime viewing. You traverse mopane forest and riverine woodland looking for water buffalo, hippopotamus, and other wildlife that gather on the Chobe’s verdant banks or watering holes. Common antelope such as impala, kudu, red lechwe, and puku (a small, rust-brown species) might also reveal themselves. Less common in Chobe are lions and leopards, though you might cross paths with these legendary big cats. Your guide is familiar with the habits and typical patterns of them all. And for many safari-goers, the majestic “grey giants” steal the show, often congregating at the river’s edge to drink.

As dusk settles, you witness a hushed quiet along the river’s bank where you may stop to enjoy a sundowner under a painted African sky. Back at your lodge, gather for a candlelit dinner served on the covered veranda or a traditional barbecue set up on the manicured lawn.

Accommodation: Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Chobe
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

2 hours of walking, easy

This morning, you set out on foot for your first walking safari in Botswana, a two-hour adventure in the bush with your expert guide and armed professional camp guide. This a rare chance to experience the Delta with all your senses, free of the whir of a vehicle engine, feet to the wild earth, and close to the scents and textures of the vegetation. During certain times of the year, the shifting of the Delta’s rivulets and lagoons make it difficult to plan a driving route and anticipate river crossings; hence there are fewer vehicle game drives in the area. You can continue to enjoy the privilege of exploring this lush environment on foot, relying on the fine-tuned tracking skills and knowledge of your guides. The birdlife in this “watered-down desert” is incomparable. You may also see larger game from a distance or come upon zebras standing belly-deep in water or giraffes and other plains animals marching across the floodplains. This area is home to one of the largest water buffalo populations; a herd can number as many as 2,000.

You return to the lodge for lunch and a relaxing afternoon. If you wish, continue your game-viewing from the swimming pool, or your private deck, perhaps spotting a few of the rare wild dogs that roam the plains. Later, enjoy your customary sundowner cocktails as the African skies turn fiery shades of red and orange, then set off on an evening game drive by vehicle. You may see some of the Okavango’s nocturnal species such as hyena, leopards, and bush babies, a small primate that makes its home in the trees. Your guide searches the hushed landscape with a special spotlight. After this thrilling adventure, return to the lodge for another delicious dinner.

Accommodation: Stanley’s Camp, Okavango Delta
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

1-2 hours of optional walking, easy

Awake to another peaceful day in the bush. Today’s activities are at your leisure. You may choose to join your guide for a thrilling bush walk or game drive, searching for any elusive animals you have not yet seen. Depending on water levels and the season, you may even be able to take in the Delta from a different perspective: Embark on a mokoro (a dug-out canoe) for a safari by water. Your pilot navigates the craft by pole, standing on an aft platform and plying the waterways at a gentle pace. One of the most iconic symbols of the Delta, the mokoro was once the only form of transport when these plains filled with water and it is still used by locals to fish and move goods around. (Please note that mokoro canoe excursions are not available on March departures.)

Another option for today is to partake in a helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta. These flights travel further west into the Delta to places that are not accessible by vehicle or boat and will give you a true appreciation of the vastness of these everchanging grasslands. This activity is bookable and payable upon arrival to Stanley’s Camp and is subject to availability.

After lunch, enjoy time to relax and reflect on your journey while soaking in the pristine beauty and splendor of the Okavango. Before setting off on another walk or game drive, you gather with your guide to review all the mammal, bird, and plant species you have encountered in the past week. This evening, you toast your adventures over a memorable farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Stanley’s Camp, Okavango Delta
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early with the sun to soak up your last moments in this special place. Join your guides on a final game drive or walking safari in Botswana, with one more opportunity to witness the fantastic mix of wildlife in the Delta. After an included breakfast, you bid your hosts farewell and travel to the airstrip, based on your departure time, to board a 15-minute flight to Maun for onward travels.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Mon, Mar 7 to Mon, Mar 14 - 2022

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Your guide meets you at the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone, Zambia, to begin your tour.

Complimentary transportation from the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport to Sussi & Chuma Lodge will be provided for you regardless of your arrival time and date (and whether or not you have reserved the optional Flight + Tour Combo). Please be sure to inform Country Walkers of your flight arrival date and time at least 60 days prior to the tour start date so that we can confirm your transportation.

Upon arrival at the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, receive a warm welcome and travel approximately 30 minutes to your home for the next two nights, a serene sanctuary overlooking a scenic bend of the Zambezi River in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. Depending on your time of arrival, you may have time to refresh and relax before setting out on an evening cruise along the Zambezi.

All Guests: During your two-hour boat cruise, you marvel at the landscape much as Scottish explorer David Livingstone may have when he first arrived in 1855, naming the nearby waterfalls for Queen Victoria. You are likely to spot pods of hippo, crocodiles, and an array of birds. Your cruise culminates with sundowner drinks and canapés as the African sun disappears behind the distant bush and sets the sky ablaze with color.

Return to the lodge, where a festive welcome dinner has been prepared. Your first meal in the bush might be quail kebab or curried chicken stew, perhaps finished with poached pears in red wine. Tonight, and throughout your adventure, you may choose from preparations of local game and fish or dishes that may be more familiar to you, with vegetarian options available. Later, retire to your luxury treehouse, built into a canopy of majestic ebony.

Accommodation: Sussi & Chuma Lodge, Victoria Falls
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

1-2 hours of walking, easy. 1-2 hours optional walk, easy

After an early breakfast, set out with your guide(s) and park ranger on your first walking safari of the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You might see water buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, kudu, warthogs, and other plains game along with several bird species. The elusive wild dog also passes through this park.

Back at the lodge, you have several ways to fill your time. First, pay a visit to Nakatindi Village, about three miles from the lodge. Here, some 3,000 residents live in simple mud and brick homes. One of Nakatindi’s community leaders shows you around. The village is special to Sussi & Chuma Lodge as its owners support the village’s education, conservation, health clinic, and enterprise. During your visit, stop by the clinic, grain mill, and school, or watch a soap-making demonstration by the village ladies. If you prefer, simply relax at the lodge indulging in a spa treatment or a plunge in the pool. For lunch, enjoy a delicious bush picnic.

Late afternoon, join your guides for a two-hour jeep safari in the game-rich Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. Among its riverine forest, miombo woodland, and grassland, you might spot elephants, impala, giraffe, hippopotamus, vervet monkeys, and baboons. Mosi-Oa-Tunya is also home to the highly endangered white rhino. During your game drive, your guides will be in radio contact with the dedicated park rangers who keep a watchful eye on these elusive giants. Once you find the rhinos, you’ll get out on foot for a closer look at these magnificent creatures, and your guides and the rangers will explain the steps that Zambia is taking to conserve them. This evening, share stories of your afternoon discoveries over another delicious meal.

Accommodation: Sussi & Chuma Lodge, Victoria Falls
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

2 hours of walking, easy

After breakfast, join your guide on a walking tour of Victoria Falls. When David Livingstone first set eyes on this spectacular natural wonder, he wrote, “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Superlative descriptions don’t end with Dr. Livingstone: Natives call it “the smoke that thunders” and Victoria Falls has been called one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. No matter what you call them, the falls are breathtaking. More than 19 million cubic feet of water per minute plummets over the edge of the falls’ massive gorge, across a width of one-and-a-quarter miles plunging to a depth of more than 330 feet. It is the largest known curtain of falling water on Earth, transforming the placid Zambezi River into a ferocious torrent that sends misty clouds of spray into the air, visible from miles away. You walk through the surrounding wilderness this morning, peaceful and pristine, even with the backdrop of the roaring falls. Trace footpaths along the edge of a gorge-side cliff through the mopane woodland and rainforest. The vegetation you observe, including ebony, ivory palm and date palm, is rare for this region, nurtured by spray from the falls. Throughout your walk, pause at inspiring viewpoints and keep your eyes open for one of the 35 species of fish-eating raptors. Fish eagles, peregrine falcons, and others perch in riverside trees waiting to dive for their catch.

Please Note: For the March departure, the group will walk on the Zambian side of the falls. During November departures, the group will walk on the Zimbabwean side. This is based on seasonality and water levels. Guests joining the Pre-tour Extension will have the opportunity to walk on both sides of the falls (an additional cost may apply and can be paid directly to the lodge).

Bid Victoria Falls farewell and travel by land to Chobe National Park, Botswana’s first national park and home to one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa, including hippopotamus, water buffalo, antelope, lions, and the continent’s largest herd of elephants. The journey takes about 90 minutes, excluding customs and immigration formalities at the border.

Your destination is a luxurious lodge perched on the edge of the park above the Chobe River. Lush floodplains, marshlands, and dense forests of mahogany and teak surround the river. It is common for elephants and other wildlife to gather here to drink and bathe. Spoonbills, ibis, stork, and other water birds may linger on the shore or in the canopy in search of fish.

The lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across an island and floodplains as far as Namibia. After settling in to one of the property’s 15 guest cottages, join your expert guide and driver for a thrilling late afternoon game drive into Chobe National Park. Though wildlife is at its most prolific here, as little as a century ago, this land was inhabited by the San bushmen who still believe that humans and animals are equal and that these untouched lands of Botswana bring energy to all who visit. Chobe’s elephants are Kalahari elephants, the largest known species. You might notice their short tusks, which, many believe, result from local soils that are low in calcium. Conclude your outing with sundowners in a scenic spot and return to the lodge for a gourmet dinner of regional cuisine, perhaps pork loin burgundy or grilled ostrich.

Accommodation: Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Chobe
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

2 hours of walking, easy

After breakfast, join your guide on a walking tour of Victoria Falls. When David Livingstone first set eyes on this spectacular natural wonder, he wrote, “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Superlative descriptions don’t end with Dr.

Livingstone: Natives call it “the smoke that thunders” and Victoria Falls has been called one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. No matter what you call them, the falls are breathtaking. More than 19 million cubic feet of water per minute plummets over the edge of the falls’ massive gorge, across a width of one-and-a-quarter miles plunging to a depth of more than 330 feet. It is the largest known curtain of falling water on Earth, transforming the placid Zambezi River into a ferocious torrent that sends misty clouds of spray into the air, visible from miles away. You walk through the surrounding wilderness this morning, peaceful and pristine, even with the backdrop of the roaring falls. Trace footpaths along the edge of a gorge-side cliff through the mopane woodland and rainforest. The vegetation you observe, including ebony, ivory palm and date palm, is rare for this region, nurtured by spray from the falls. Throughout your walk, pause at inspiring viewpoints and keep your eyes open for one of the 35 species of fish-eating raptors. Fish eagles, peregrine falcons, and others perch in riverside trees waiting to dive for their catch.

Please Note: For the March departure, the group will walk on the Zambian side of the falls. During November departures, the group will walk on the Zimbabwean side. This is based on seasonality and water levels. Guests joining the Pre-tour Extension will have the opportunity to walk on both sides of the falls (an additional cost may apply and can be paid directly to the lodge).

Bid Victoria Falls farewell and travel by land to Chobe National Park, Botswana’s first national park and home to one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa, including hippopotamus, water buffalo, antelope, lions, and the continent’s largest herd of elephants. The journey takes about 90 minutes, excluding customs and immigration formalities at the border.

Your destination is a luxurious lodge perched on the edge of the park above the Chobe River. Lush floodplains, marshlands, and dense forests of mahogany and teak surround the river. It is common for elephants and other wildlife to gather here to drink and bathe. Spoonbills, ibis, stork, and other water birds may linger on the shore or in the canopy in search of fish.

The lodge offers unparalleled panoramic views across an island and floodplains as far as Namibia. After settling in to one of the property’s 15 guest cottages, join your expert guide and driver for a thrilling late afternoon game drive into Chobe National Park. Though wildlife is at its most prolific here, as little as a century ago, this land was inhabited by the San bushmen who still believe that humans and animals are equal and that these untouched lands of Botswana bring energy to all who visit. Chobe’s elephants are Kalahari elephants, the largest known species. You might notice their short tusks, which, many believe, result from local soils that are low in calcium. Conclude your outing with sundowners in a scenic spot and return to the lodge for a gourmet dinner of regional cuisine, perhaps pork loin burgundy or grilled ostrich.

Accommodation: Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Chobe
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Few experiences compare to game viewing on an African river cruise. As you slept to the distant symphony of beast and bird, a hush settled over the floodplain and all is still now. A stork at full wing glides over the tranquil current of the Chobe. Across the water, you glimpse a troop of baboons foraging in the shrub. An impala drinks from the river, its ears standing on end, attune to whatever predators might lurk.

No matter the morning scene, each new day holds the promise of eventful river cruises and game drives to come. (Bushwalks are not permitted at Chobe National Park.) After a hearty and satisfying breakfast, you depart for a boat ride on the Chobe River, marveling as life unfolds along its vibrant banks. These waters flow here from Angola to form part of the border between Botswana and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip before merging with the Zambezi River. It passes through six game reserves, or wildlife management regions, supporting an enormous variety of wildlife.

After lunch back at the lodge – you may have the opportunity to make your own pizza or savor a three-course meal – relax during the hottest part of the day (the “siesta” to locals). Treat yourself to a spa treatment (at an additional cost) or relax on the terrace or in your cottage. Later, enjoy afternoon tea and scones before you embark on a game drive with your guide in an open-sided 4×4 vehicle designed for prime viewing. You traverse mopane forest and riverine woodland looking for water buffalo, hippopotamus, and other wildlife that gather on the Chobe’s verdant banks or watering holes. Common antelope such as impala, kudu, red lechwe, and puku (a small, rust-brown species) might also reveal themselves. Less common in Chobe are lions and leopards, though you might cross paths with these legendary big cats. Your guide is familiar with the habits and typical patterns of them all. And for many safari-goers, the majestic “grey giants” steal the show, often congregating at the river’s edge to drink.

As dusk settles, you witness a hushed quiet along the river’s bank where you may stop to enjoy a sundowner under a painted African sky. Back at your lodge, gather for a candlelit dinner served on the covered veranda or a traditional barbecue set up on the manicured lawn.

Accommodation: Chobe Chilwero Lodge, Chobe
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

2 hours of walking, easy

This morning, you set out on foot for your first walking safari in Botswana, a two-hour adventure in the bush with your expert guide and armed professional camp guide. This a rare chance to experience the Delta with all your senses, free of the whir of a vehicle engine, feet to the wild earth, and close to the scents and textures of the vegetation. During certain times of the year, the shifting of the Delta’s rivulets and lagoons make it difficult to plan a driving route and anticipate river crossings; hence there are fewer vehicle game drives in the area. You can continue to enjoy the privilege of exploring this lush environment on foot, relying on the fine-tuned tracking skills and knowledge of your guides. The birdlife in this “watered-down desert” is incomparable. You may also see larger game from a distance or come upon zebras standing belly-deep in water or giraffes and other plains animals marching across the floodplains. This area is home to one of the largest water buffalo populations; a herd can number as many as 2,000.

You return to the lodge for lunch and a relaxing afternoon. If you wish, continue your game-viewing from the swimming pool, or your private deck, perhaps spotting a few of the rare wild dogs that roam the plains. Later, enjoy your customary sundowner cocktails as the African skies turn fiery shades of red and orange, then set off on an evening game drive by vehicle. You may see some of the Okavango’s nocturnal species such as hyena, leopards, and bush babies, a small primate that makes its home in the trees. Your guide searches the hushed landscape with a special spotlight. After this thrilling adventure, return to the lodge for another delicious dinner.

Accommodation: Stanley’s Camp, Okavango Delta
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

1-2 hours of optional walking, easy

Awake to another peaceful day in the bush. Today’s activities are at your leisure. You may choose to join your guide for a thrilling bush walk or game drive, searching for any elusive animals you have not yet seen. Depending on water levels and the season, you may even be able to take in the Delta from a different perspective: Embark on a mokoro (a dug-out canoe) for a safari by water. Your pilot navigates the craft by pole, standing on an aft platform and plying the waterways at a gentle pace. One of the most iconic symbols of the Delta, the mokoro was once the only form of transport when these plains filled with water and it is still used by locals to fish and move goods around. (Please note that mokoro canoe excursions are not available on March departures.)

Another option for today is to partake in a helicopter flight over the Okavango Delta. These flights travel further west into the Delta to places that are not accessible by vehicle or boat and will give you a true appreciation of the vastness of these everchanging grasslands. This activity is bookable and payable upon arrival to Stanley’s Camp and is subject to availability.

After lunch, enjoy time to relax and reflect on your journey while soaking in the pristine beauty and splendor of the Okavango. Before setting off on another walk or game drive, you gather with your guide to review all the mammal, bird, and plant species you have encountered in the past week. This evening, you toast your adventures over a memorable farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Stanley’s Camp, Okavango Delta
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early with the sun to soak up your last moments in this special place. Join your guides on a final game drive or walking safari in Botswana, with one more opportunity to witness the fantastic mix of wildlife in the Delta. After an included breakfast, you bid your hosts farewell and travel to the airstrip, based on your departure time, to board a 15-minute flight to Maun for onward travels.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

Botswana & Zambia Safari: Victoria Falls to the Okavango Delta 28
Pre-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2021 2022

2021 Pre-Tour Extension - Victoria Falls

  • One night at the exclusive Sussi & Chuma Lodge on the Zambezi River, 30 minutes from Victoria Falls
  • All meals, local drinks, and house wines (except bottled wines and premium-alcohol drinks) included at the lodge
  • Flight to Victoria Falls (in conjunction with the Flight +Tour Combo)
  • Airport car service for arrival & departure
  • Park fees
  • Experience Local Inclusion(s): Optional lodge activities, time permitting, such as a game drive, a guided walking safari, canoeing and/or sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River, fishing, tour of Victoria Falls (excluding Victoria Falls Heritage fee)

1 Night From $448
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $248

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Upon your arrival at Johannesburg, South Africa, a representative holding a Country Walkers sign meets you as you exit the baggage claim area. After an included transfer to your hotel, you’re free to spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure.

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please let our representative know by calling + 27(0) 11 976 3486. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer. You may also contact Allianz Global Assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service.

Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m., in which case you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

Accommodation: African Rock Hotel, Johannesburg

Transfer to the Johannesburg airport for your flight to the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), formerly Livingstone Airport. Upon arrival, a representative greets you and transfers you approximately 30 minutes to your serene home for the next three nights, a tranquil sanctuary overlooking a scenic bend of the Zambezi River in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.

Upon arrival, you have time to settle in and enjoy your private viewing deck overlooking the Zambezi River before setting out on the activity of your choice. Should you wish to join the “Flight of the Angels” helicopter ride over the falls, this activity is available for a surcharge, and reservations in advance of your arrival are recommended. Please contact the lodge directly to request this activity. This evening, enjoy your first candlelit dinner overlooking the Zambezi River.

Important Note: All guests must acquire the KAZA UNIVISA upon arrival to Zambia as the tour may include traveling through the Zambia & Zimbabwe border crossings.

Accommodation: Sussi & Chuma, Victoria Falls
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Botswana & Zambia Safari: Victoria Falls to the Okavango Delta 28
Pre-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2021 2022

2022 Pre-Tour Extension - Victoria Falls

  • One night at the exclusive Sussi & Chuma Lodge on the Zambezi River, 30 minutes from Victoria Falls
  • All meals, local drinks, and house wines (except bottled wines and premium-alcohol drinks) included at the lodge
  • Flight to Victoria Falls (in conjunction with the Flight +Tour Combo)
  • Airport car service on arrival
  • Park fees
  • Optional lodge activities
  • City information

1 Night From $398
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $298

All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Flight + Tour Combos, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Johannesburg right by having a Country Walkers representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your hotel. From your centrally located hotel, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Accommodation: African Rock Hotel, Johannesburg

Transportation is provided to the Johannesburg airport for your flight to the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), formerly Livingstone Airport. Upon arrival, a representative greets you and drives you approximately 30 minutes to your serene home for the next three nights, a tranquil sanctuary overlooking a scenic bend of the Zambezi River in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.

Upon arrival, you have time to settle in and enjoy your private viewing deck overlooking the Zambezi River before setting out on the activity of your choice. Should you wish to join the “Flight of the Angels” helicopter ride over the falls, this activity is available for a surcharge, and reservations in advance of your arrival are recommended. Please contact the lodge directly to request this activity. This evening, enjoy your first candlelit dinner overlooking the Zambezi River.

Accommodation: Sussi & Chuma, Victoria Falls
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Botswana & Zambia Safari: Victoria Falls to the Okavango Delta 29
Post-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2021 2022

2021 Post-Tour Extension - Cape Town

  • Three nights at the deluxe hotel, Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, just steps away from local eateries, boutique shops, and beaches
  • Three breakfasts
  • Flights to and from Cape Town (in conjunction with the Flight +Tour Combo)
  • Airport car service for arrival & departure

3 Nights From $798
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $298

Rise early with the sun to soak up your last moments in this special place. Join your guides on a final game drive or walking safari in Botswana, with one more opportunity to witness the fantastic mix of wildlife in the Delta. After breakfast, you bid your hosts farewell and travel to the airstrip to board a 15-minute flight to Maun where you will connect for your flight to Cape Town, South Africa. Upon arrival, a representative greets you and transfers you approximately 30 minutes to your elegant home for the next three nights.

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact Allianz Global Assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.

Upon arrival, you have time to settle in and venture out for some exploration. Country Walkers provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Cape Town during your stay. Head to the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, South Africa’s oldest working harbor and now a lively promenade with an array of shops and restaurants. The oldest urban area in South Africa, this vibrant and diverse city was founded by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for ships sailing eastward. Visit some of the city’s beaches, art galleries, and museums. Cultural and historic treasures are on display at the National Library, SA Museum, National Art Gallery, and Jewish Museum.

While walking during the day is generally considered safe in this area, we recommend using a taxi or Uber after dark or if venturing out alone.

Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town

Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, spend the day as you wish to explore the diverse cultures and rewarding sights of Cape Town. Ascend the iconic Table Mountain, towering 3,300 feet above sea level. The “Rotair” cable car to the summit rotates 360 degrees, providing spectacular views of the city and its astonishing natural surroundings. At the top, you can select from a number of walking paths that provide more splendid vistas and an orientation to the city below.

After lunch, continue to explore the city on foot. Walk past the 17th-century water reservoir, the historical Grand Parade adjacent to the Castle, the old Drill Hall, City Hall, the flower market, and the impressive Standard Bank Building. Pause to learn about the Greenmarket Square, the Groote Kerk, and the original Slave Lodge. Walk through history when you pass St. George Cathedral and enter the former Dutch East India Company Garden, a green oasis in the middle of town —founded in early trading days. A drive through the Bo-Kaap will introduce you to the historical Muslim section with its quaint, colorful houses.

This evening offers dinner options abound, with many favorite restaurants just minutes away on Kloof Street.

Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today you may choose to experience the Cape Peninsula’s myriad natural and cultural wonders. The hotel can assist you with tour arrangements if you wish. Set out on a panoramic tour to magnificent beaches, quaint fishing harbors, the Boulders Beach penguin colony, and Cape Point, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans dramatically converge. Browse the dazzling indigenous plants and birds of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the world’s first botanical garden founded with the idea of protecting endemic flora. Or venture to the Western Cape Winelands, where celebrated vintages are produced.

Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town

Included Meals: Breakfast

Today you bid farewell to Cape Town. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg and onward travels. Your flights may arrive at your final destination in North America the following day.

Botswana & Zambia Safari: Victoria Falls to the Okavango Delta 29
Post-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2021 2022

2022 Post-Tour Extension - Cape Town

  • Three nights at the deluxe hotel, Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, just steps away from local eateries, boutique shops, and beaches
  • Flights to and from Cape Town (in conjunction with the Flight +Tour Combo)
  • Airport car service for arrival & departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

3 Nights From $698
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $298

Rise early with the sun to soak up your last moments in this special place. Join your guides on a final game drive or walking safari in Botswana, with one more opportunity to witness the fantastic mix of wildlife in the Delta. After breakfast, you bid your hosts farewell and travel to the airstrip to board a 15-minute flight to Maun where you will connect for your flight to Cape Town, South Africa. Upon arrival, a representative greets you and drives you approximately 30 minutes to your elegant home for the next three nights.

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transportation representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please contact Allianz Global Assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transportation service on your behalf. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transportation.

Upon arrival, you have time to settle in and venture out for some exploration. Country Walkers provides you with city information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Cape Town during your stay.

Head to the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, South Africa’s oldest working harbor and now a lively promenade with an array of shops and restaurants. The oldest urban area in South Africa, this vibrant and diverse city was founded by the Dutch East India Company as a supply station for ships sailing eastward. Visit some of the city’s beaches, art galleries, and museums. Cultural and historic treasures are on display at the National Library, SA Museum, National Art Gallery, and Jewish Museum.

While walking during the day is generally considered safe in this area, we recommend using a taxi or Uber after dark or if venturing out alone.

Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town
Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore Cape Town on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town
Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore Cape Town on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel, Cape Town
Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast this morning, bid farewell to Cape Town. Complimentary transportation is provided to the airport based on your departure time for your flight to Johannesburg and onward travels.

Included Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

Flight + Tour Combo
Tour Only
Exceptional boutique accommodations Check Check
21 on-tour meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners Check Check
Local guides with you throughout tour Check Check
Local wine and/or beer with dinner Check Check
Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary Check Check
Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance Check Check
Telescopic walking sticks provided on tour* Check Check
Roundtrip airfare Check
One extra night in Johannesburg Check
Airport car service for arrival & departure Check
Pre- and post-tour breakfasts Check
Business-class upgrades available Check
Morocco: Marrakesh, Foothills of the High Atlas & Essaouira

Dates & Prices

Flight + Tour Combo

10 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $798

Departing From Washington Dulles, VA (IAD)

Tour Only

8 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $698

Limited Spaces Left

Mon, Nov 8 - Wed, Nov 17, 2021

$7,998

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Limited Spaces Left

Wed, Nov 10 - Wed, Nov 17, 2021

$6,598

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Flight + Tour Combo

10 days. Includes round-trip international airfare, airport car service, additional hotel nights with included breakfast, and your tour.

Single Supplement: From $798

Departing From Washington Dulles, VA (IAD)

Tour Only

8 days. Includes your tour only.

Single Supplement: From $698

Limited Spaces Left

Sat, Mar 5 - Mon, Mar 14, 2022

$7,998

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Limited Spaces Left

Mon, Mar 7 - Mon, Mar 14, 2022

$6,598

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Sun, Oct 30 - Tue, Nov 8, 2022

$7,998

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Tue, Nov 1 - Tue, Nov 8, 2022

$6,598

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Tue, Nov 8 - Thu, Nov 17, 2022

$7,998

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Thu, Nov 10 - Thu, Nov 17, 2022

$6,598

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