ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE & BOTSWANA
Ultimate Wildlife Explorer

19 nights / 19 days – Livingstone – Livingstone

€2695 – Mixed Camping & Accommodated

Southern Africa is an astonishingly diverse region fused by its prolific wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and remnants of ancient culture.
During this epic 19-day adventure tour, we will explore some of the less travelled national parks and reserves of central-southern Africa. Heading off the beaten track and away from well trodden tourist routes, we’ll explore the spectacular wild regions of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. We will visit some of their most prominent wildlife areas, camp wild in the national parks and get in touch with nature. From kayaking on the Zambezi river to cruising through the Okavango Delta; rhino trekking in Zimbabwe’s Matobo National Park; and enjoying safaris in Kafue, Matobo, Hwange, Chobe National Parks and finishing in Victoria Falls.

VICTORIA FALLS

View the ‘Smoke that Thunders’ – Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall, from breathtaking viewpoints.

OKAVANGO DELTA

Experience one of Africa’s natural wonders – the Okavango Delta. During our stay here, we’ll bounce between bush walks, mokoro cruises and relaxing at the view points at our lodge, showcasing all that it has to offer in terms of wildlife and scenary.

MOKORO RIDES

Enjoy multiple ‘Makoro’ (local dug-out boat) cruises in the channels of the Delta.

KAFUE NATIONAL PARK

Zambia’s largest national park and one of the world’s biggest. With terrain ranging from the lush riverine forest of the Kafue River to the vast grassland of the Busanga Plains, this park rewards you with some of the best wildlife sightings!

MULTIPLE GAME DRIVES

Discover this amazing land and its wildlife in our many game drives.

LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK

Canoeing down the mighty Zambezi carefully navigating our canoes around the pods of hippos is a privilege not many people get to experience and one you will never forget!

LAKE KARIBA BOAT CRUISE

This beautiful lake is home to thousands of hippos, crocodiles, incredibly diverse birdlife and is surrounded by national park area, bringing in wildlife of all kinds.

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

One of Zimbabwe’s treasures, with over 400 species of birds and 107 mammal species being found in the park. But what really defines Hwange is the elephant populations, being home to one of the world’s largest populations of big tuskers (around 40 000).

RHINO TREKKING IN MATOBO NATIONAL PARK

The flat lands of this national park are populated by a huge concentration of rhinos. Here we will enjoy an epic rhino trekking experience.

MATOBO HILLS BUSHMAN PAINTINGS

This Unesco World Heritage Site is considered the spiritual home of Zimbabwe. When you see it, it’s easy to understand why… from the ancient rock art in the high-lying granite rocks to the great rhino population in the flat lands below.

MAKGADIKGADI SALT PANS

Spend a night under the stars in the one of the world’s largest Salt pans.

CHOBE RIVER BOAT CRUISE

One of the most remarkable experiences in Botswana. Enjoy a boat cruise among giants.

BUSH WALKS

The ultimate experience to enjoy the bush. A true nature immersion provided by experienced local guides.

ROUTE

  • Livingstone, pre tour (1 night)
  • Livingstone – Kafue National Park (2 nights)
  • Kafue National Park – Lower Zambezi National Park (2 nights)
  • Lower Zambezi – Lake Kariba (1 night)
  • Lake Kariba – Hwange National Park (2 nights)
  • Hwange National Park – Matobo National Park (2 nights)
  • Matobo National Park – Makgadikgadi Salt Pans (1 night)
  • Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – Maun (1 night)
  • Maun – Okavango Delta (2 nights)
  • Okavango Delta – Caprivi strip (1 night)
  • Caprivi Strip – Chobe National Park, Kasane (2 nights)
  • Kasane – Victoria Falls, Livingstone (1 night, TOUR END)

INCLUDED Highlights:

  • Victoria Falls
  • 2 days Kafue National Park with game drives
  • Lower Zambezi National Park – overnight canoe trip
  • Lake Kariba with boat cruise
  • 2 nights Hwange National Park
  • Full day Hwange National Park game drive
  • 2 nights Matopos National Park
  • Rhino Trekking
  • Matopo Hills bushman paintings
  • Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
  • 2 nights Okavango Delta
  • 2x Makoro trips
  • Bush walk
  • Caprivi Strip National Park
  • Chobe National Park game drive
  • Chobe River boat cruise

Included:

  • Pre-tour accommodation (Livingstone, Zambia)
  • Airport transfers (Livingstone)
  • Transport (in a fully equipped 13 seater overland truck)
  • All Accommodation (between camping and lodges)
  • Meals: 19x breakfast, 17x lunch, 15x dinner
  • Professional & experienced tour guide
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Drinking Water
  • Footsteps welcome package

Additional Expenses:

  • Personal drinks/snacks
  • International flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas
  • Any optional activities
  • Gratuities/tips for guides used along the way (tipping guideline will be provided)

TOUR DATES & Prices

At Footsteps Through Africa, we run our tours seasonally, ensuring the best possible conditions in our chosen destinations. 
Our “Ultimate Wildlife Explorer” tour departs in early October in order to combine the best time frame window to visit these three countries with comfortable temperatures, optimal game viewing/safaris, and great water level in the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls!

Departure Arrival Tour Style Price Status
4 October 2020, Livingstone 23 October 2020, Livingstone Fully Accommodated €2695 Available

Full Tour Itinerary

Day 0: Livingstone (pre-night)

Today will be your chance to meet your fellow travellers and get ready for the adventure ahead! On the evening of your pre-night, you will be met by your guide for the tour and get a detailed briefing about the day-to-day operations of the trip. Meals today will be at your own expense.

Accommodation: Lodge – Victoria Falls Waterfront

Day 1: Livingstone – Kafue National Park

With an early start, today we head north to our first national park of the trip – Kafue National Park. Covering more than 22,500km squared, Kafue National Park is the largest in Zambia and one of the largest in the world. With terrain ranging from the lush riverine forest of the Kafue River to the vast grassland of the Busanga Plains, this park rewards you with some of the best wildlife sightings. We will arrive at our campsite right in the banks of the Kafue River in the mid afternoon and enjoy the sight of large elephant and hippo populations enjoying the water in front of our camp.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Camping – Mayukuyuku Camp
Mileage: 420 km
Highlights of the day:
Kafue National Park

Day 2: Kafue National Park

Rising with the sun, it’s time to set off on our first game drive of the tour! This morning’s lengthy drive will take us along the lush vegetation of the Kafue River – our first opportunity to spot some of Africa’s Big Five! After game drive, we get back to camp to enjoy a hearty brunch and a midday siesta. In the afternoon, we jump back into our vehicle and head off for another game drive, exploring different parts of this diverse park before returning to camp for dinner.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Camping – Mayukuyuku Camp
Highlights of the day:
Kafue National Park
2 x game drives

Day 3: Kafue National Park – Lower Zambezi National Park

Today takes us to the southeast corner of Zambia and to the banks of the mighty Zambezi River! Here is where we will depart for our epic journey, canoeing down the Zambezi River, navigating around the large hippo pods that rules the waters. We will arrive at camp mid-afternoon and get ready for the adventure ahead!

B/L/D
Accommodation: Camping – Gwabi River Lodge
Mileage: 400 km
Highlights of the day:
Lower Zambezi National Park

Day 4 & 5: Lower Zambezi

Canoeing down the Zambezi is a privilege not many people get to experience and one you will never forget! With an early start to get onto the water, we will begin our 70km paddle down this mighty river that cuts right across the African continent. While paddling, we carefully navigate our canoes around the pods of hippos taking up the shallower water as we weave deeper into the National Park. Watch in awe as herds of elephant come down to the water’s edge for a drink and the crocodiles bask in the sun on the banks. Tonight, we camp wild on one of the river’s many islands, falling asleep to the sounds of lions roaring and hippos grunting before heading further down the river the following morning.

Day 4: B/L/D
Day 5: B/L
Accommodation: Camping – wild, Lower Zambezi National Park
Highlights of the day:
Canoeing in Lower Zambezi National Park
Wild camping

Day 6: Lower Zambezi - Lake Kariba

Day six takes us on the short drive to Zimbabwe and to the world’s largest man-made lake – Lake Kariba. Originally built in the 1950s as a hydroelectric dam, Kariba is now recognised as a fantastic holiday spot for avid fisherman, bird watchers and photographers. At 5400km squared, this beautiful lake is home to thousands of hippos and crocodiles, an incredible diversity of birds, and is surrounded by protected national park area, bringing in wildlife of all kinds. Here, we will enjoy a boat cruise exploring the lake, spending the night camping on the lake’s shore.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Camping – Warthogs Bush Camp
Mileage: 90 km
Highlights of the day:
Lake Kariba boat cruise

Day 7: Lake Kariba – Hwange National Park

Off to an early start and a long day on the road ahead of us! Today, we cut across from the eastern corner to the western border of Zimbabwe as we head to Hwange National Park. We will arrive at our lodge this evening with time to settle in and have a quiet night before exploring the park the following day.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Ganda Lodge
Mileage: 610 km

Day 8: Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park, being Zimbabwe’s largest national park, has a ridiculous amount of wildlife with over 400 species of bird and 107 mammal species, including lions, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and wild dogs. But what really defines Hwange is the elephant populations. We will spend our day on a full-day game drive, going deep into the park and off the main tourist trails, truly discovering what this area has to offer.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Ganda Lodge
Highlights of the day:
Hwange National Park
Full-day game drive

Day 9: Hwange National Park – Matobo National Park

From one of Zimbabwe’s treasures to the next – today we head further south to the mesmerising granite hills of Motobo National Park. After a relaxed start, we hop back into our overland truck and begin our journey south. We will arrive at our campsite, situated right at the entrance to the park, around mid-afternoon with plenty of time to set up camp and make ourselves at home before starting up the fire and enjoying a classic African ‘braai’ (cooking meat over open coals).

B/L/D
Accommodation: Motobo Hills Campsite
Mileage: 340 km
Highlights of the day:
Matobo National Park

Day 10: Matobo National Park

Home to some of the most beautiful granite scenery in the world, the Matobo National Park is one of the lesser known highlights of Zimbabwe. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a stunning landscape of giant granite rocks unfeasibly balancing on top of one another. When you see it, it’s easy to understand why Matobo is considered the spiritual home of Zimbabwe. We will spend a full day exploring this unique area of Zimbabwe, from the ancient rock art in the high-lying granite rocks to the great rhino population in the flat lands below, where we will enjoy an epic rhino trekking experience.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Motobo Hills Campsite
Mileage: 320 km
Highlights of the day:
Matobo National Park
Rhino trekking
Bushman paintings

Day 11: Matobo National Park – Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Crossing out of Zimbabwe and into Botswana – the adventure continues! Today we will head into the middle of the magnificent Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – the largest of their kind in the world! Tonight, we will be camping wild on these beautiful white pans stretching as far as the eye can see. We will arrive at our camp in the late afternoon with time to set up camp, explore, and admire the gorgeous amber sunset as it goes down over the vast emptiness of the pans.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Camping – One Tree Island
Mileage: 310 km
Highlights of the day:
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

Day 12: Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – Maun

After enjoying the magnificent sunrise over these salt pans with a hot cup of coffee, we will have a nice, hearty, English breakfast before getting back on the road. Today, we head to Maun – the tourism headquarters of Botswana. We will arrive at our stunning campsite situated on the banks of the powerful Boteti River in time for lunch. Once we have made ourselves at home at our new camp, we will take the short drive into town to stock up on supplies for the Okavango Delta. We will spend the rest of this afternoon relaxing at our campsite and getting ready for our upcoming adventure in the heart of the Okavango.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Drifters Lodge
Mileage: 310 km

Day 13 & 14: Okavango Delta

One of Africa’s absolute must-dos – visiting the Okavango Delta! This is what we will do for the next two days. We will take the relatively short drive from Maun to edge of the Delta’s panhandle, where we will be spending two nights in the luxury of Nxamaseri, a stunning lodge in the Delta, showcasing all that it has to offer in terms of wildlife, scenery and activities, nestled in the middle of the giant marula and ficus trees at the water’s edge, with views over the Delta. During our time here, we will bounce between bush walks, mokoro cruises (a mokoro is a traditional dug out wooden canoe), and relaxing at the viewpoints at our lodge, watching in awe as the bush in front of us comes to life.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Nxamaseri Lodge
Mileage: 320 km
Highlights of the day:
Okavango Delta
Mokoro trips
Bush walks

Day 15: Okavango Delta – Caprivi Strip

After a magical time in one of Africa’s most sought-after destinations, we will head Namibia’s Zambezi Region, formerly known as the no-man’s-land of the ‘Caprivi Strip’. After decades of war damage and poaching, the region’s wildlife is slowly returning to the area with some of the rarer antelope species such as sable and roan featuring especially well. We will spend the night here, camping on banks of the Zambezi River en route to Chobe National Park.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Camping – Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge
Mileage: 380 km
Highlights of the day:
Namibia’s Zambezi Region

Day 16: Caprivi Strip – Kasane

Built along the banks of the Chobe River, Kasane is the gateway to the famous Chobe National Park. We will arrive at our lodge in time for lunch. After settling in we will jump aboard our cruise boat that will take us on an unforgettable cruise down the Chobe River where hippos rule the water and elephants the surrounding land – never a dull moment!
We will enjoy dinner tonight at the lodge’s in-house restaurant.

B/L/D
Accommodation: Camping – Thebe River Safaris
Mileage: 120 km
Highlights of the day:
Chobe National Park
Chobe River boat cruise

Day 17: Chobe National Park

Today will take us on our last safari of the tour in one of Africa’s most prestigious National Parks – Chobe. Rising with the sun, we set off on our first game drive of the day exploring Chobe’s popular riverfront. Famed for the world’s largest herds of elephants, Chobe National Park in Botswana’s far northeastern corner is one of the great wildlife destinations of Africa. After our morning drive, we return to camp for some down time – kick back and relax! We will end our day with a second drive in Chobe National Park.

B/L
Accommodation: Camping – Thebe River Safaris
Highlights of the day:
Chobe National Park
2 x game drives

Day 18: Kasane - Livingstone

After a wild and adventurous time around southern Africa’s most epic wildlife destinations, it’s time to kick back and relax in the comfort of our lodge in Livingstone. We will arrive in the late morning and settle into our lodge. You can spend your time here at your own leisure, whether it be getting your heart pumping on one of the adrenalin activities, such as white water rafting or bungee jumping, or relaxing on a sunset cruise, or enjoying the Victoria Falls from a helicopter in the “Flight of Angels”. Lunch and Dinner in Victoria Falls will be at your own expense.

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Accommodation: Lodge – Vitoria Falls Waterfront (or similar)
Mileage: 78 km
Highlights of the day:
Victoria Falls National Park

Optional:
White water rafting,
Helicopter flight,
Sunset cruise,
Canoeing,
Bungee jumping
Horseback safari
and more…

Day 19: Livingstone

The last day of the tour will be spent at your own leisure, as well as enjoying a trip to the mighty Victoria Falls viewpoints. Unfortunately, this will bring us to the end of the tour, leaving you with memories and experiences to last a lifetime!

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Highlights of the day:
Victoria Falls

Tour End

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