Discover the wild magic of Southern Africa's game-rich national parks and diverse wilderness areas. Start with the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and go on to explore the untamed Hwange Park in Zimbabwe. Feel the spirit of Africa along the Zambezi River in Zambia and experience Botswana's top safari destinations - Chobe Park, the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.
Ease into Southern African luxury, arriving in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) or the vibrant city of Johannesburg (South Africa). Your safari adventure starts at the five-star Victoria Falls Hotel. If you land in Johannesburg, a night at the elegant Southern Sun sets you up for your flight to Victoria Falls the following day.
The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is a member of the prestigious “Leading Hotels of the World”. Built in 1904, this Edwardian-style hotel has wide green lawns and a terrace where guests sit down to High Tea or a relaxed gin and tonic while taking in the spectacular views of the famous railway bridge and spray rising up from the falls.
A 10-minute walk down the hotel’s private footpath takes you to the entrance of the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls. Go on a guided tour of this natural wonder and feel the might of the “Smoke that Thunders”. Other activities on offer include a scenic helicopter flight over the falls, sunset cruise on the Zambezi River or dinner aboard a steam train as it chugs across the railway bridge.
Start your days off with scrumptious breakfasts at our next luxury tented-lodge, before enjoying full days of activity in and around Hwange Park.
Explore Hwange National Park on early morning and late afternoon game drives in open-sided safari vehicles. Zimbabwe's biggest game reserve, Hwange is home to an abundance of wildlife and birds, including large elephant herds.
Gain insight into endangered rhinos, wild dogs and lions on visits to successful local conservation projects and research centres. Learn about anti-poaching efforts and see how lions are tracked and darted.
At the end of your adventure-filled days you can sit back at The Hide and watch antelopes, elephants and other wild animals that come to drink at the waterhole. After bird and wildlife watching to your heart's content, a private open-air hot tub offers a luxuriant soak under starry skies.
Royal Chundu lies on a private section of the Zambezi River, with rapids protecting it up and downstream. There are two lodges at Royal Chundu: River Lodge has 10 beautiful riverfront suites, while the smaller and more romantic Island Lodge is tucked away on a private island dotted with baobabs and Jackalberry trees.
Take a boat trip to one of the remote islands for a bush picnic, try your hand at fishing for tiger fish and canoe the rapids near the lodge. Another must-do activity is a sunset cruise: watch crocodiles slip off the riverbanks and listen to the snorting hippos as the sky turns a brilliant orange.
Back at the lodge you can spend leisurely afternoons alongside the infinity pool. Delicious meals are served alfreso beside the Zambezi River. A real treat at Royal Chundu is their 6-course traditional tasting menu, where every dish is paired with one of South Africa's celebrated wines.
Travel to the luxurious Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero Lodge in the untamed bush, bordering Chobe Park. Set out on a game drive to explore this park, famous for its large herds of elephant. Take a relaxing sunset cruise on the Chobe River, sipping on cocktails as you look out for wildlife and birds.
Then spend three nights on the opulent Zambezi Queen luxury houseboat in 5-Star style. This elegant floating lodge boasts three levels, featuring its own lounge, dining room, bar and sundeck with a pool.
Drifting along the Chobe River an array of wildlife can be spotted from onboard, including lion, buffalo, antelope, giraffe, hippo, crocodile and, of course, elephant. Track elephants, go fishing for tiger fish and bream, enjoy water-based game viewing and bird watching, and set off on game drives in Chobe Park.
In the evenings admire glowing African sunsets from the river and unwind in your chic private suite floating on the river. The delectable cuisine, fine wines and superb service round off your memorable wilderness adventure.
Feel the natural rhythm of Africa during these few delightful days of opulence along the Chobe River.
A light aircraft takes you deep into the wild Okavango Delta to Eagle Island Lodge, set on the remote Xaxaba Island. The Delta is considered one of the last truly wild places on earth. The intricate maze of waterways flow into the arid Kalahari Desert of Botswana, forming a vast oasis.
Glide through the winding delta channels and still lagoons in traditional dugout canoes, venture into the bush on foot or set off on game drives from this luxurious safari lodge.
Sit back at Eagle Island Camp, looking out over a tranquil lagoon and the lush delta environment, where a variety of birds and wild animals can be spotted. The Okavango Delta provides a haven for many wild animals and birds, including some rare species.
Eagle Island Lodge transports you into a lavish Orient-Express atmosphere in the middle of Botswana's greatest natural gem.
Fly to the Khwai River Lodge in a light aircraft for two nights inside the pristine Moremi Game Reserve of the Okavango Delta.
Embark on exhilarating game viewing drives and walking safaris in the diverse Moremi Reserve, famous for its exceptional predator populations. Khwai is set in one of the top game viewing areas of Botswana, with regular wildlife sightings from the lodge including four of the Big 5 (elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard), cheetah and endangered wild dogs.
Sleep under canvas on raised platforms, viewing wildlife and birds in the unspoilt bush from private decks. Dine al fresco, relax around the boma fire, loll in the swimming pool and enjoy rejuvenating spa treatments.
Experience authentic Africa at the timeless Khwai River Lodge, which sits on the edge of a forest facing the vast floodplains of Moremi Wildlife Reserve.
Fly to Maun in a shared light aircraft where this once-in-a-lifetime African journey comes to a close.
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