Journey through the heart of Southern Africa, over 14 sensational days packed with our handpicked selection of the best sights, experiences and accommodation in Southern Africa.
Experience the Big 5 during a land-based safari in the Welgevonden Game Reserve, followed by Botswana via land & water based safari’s!
See the astonishing sight of Zimbabwe’s incredible Victoria Falls. Drink in the phenomenal views of the seven wonder of the world!
Take a three-day safari on Botswana’s stunning Chobe River, spotting hippos, leopards, giraffes, crocodiles and more from the comfort of the exquisite Chobe River House Boat. A truly astonishing safari adventure across 4 Southern Africa countries, filled with magical experiences that that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
A once in a lifetime, custom African safari adventure where you will enjoy astonishing wildlife, luxury accommodation and extraordinary experiences.
VISA & Levy’s
Please refer to your health care professional for advise , as well as the CDC for updated information, but typically only malaria prevention medication is advised. Usually, no other shots are required
They say that all bugs in Africa bite…but the Safari Bug is the worst of them all!
Nestled on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, the hotel’s unmatched hospitality and the warmth of thatch, stone and natural materials make it a luxury home away from home. Your safari experience starts here!
Enjoy a “mini” game drive or see the resident Tiger, Leopard or Black Jaguar up close!
Welgevonden game reserve lies within the Waterberg District, of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. It forms part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve which was officially declared by UNESCO in 2001 and currently covers an area in excess of 654,033 hectare
The reserve comprises mountainous terrain that is dissected by deep valleys while flat plateaus characterize most hilltops. Altitude varies from 1,080 m in the north to ±1800 m in the southern section of the reserve. With a size of 98,000 acres, in mountain bushveld surrounding by rivers, this private reserve has never been used for game hunting, so the wildlife is more relaxed and approachable.
The Reserve was founded in 1987 and constitutes farmland that has been reclaimed for wildlife conservation and it has extensively been re-stocked with numerous species including the Big Five: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and cheetah. Home to over 50 different mammals and various antelope species with a diverse birdlife to be found in the rolling bushveld terrain. It has one of the largest populations of white rhino on any private reserve in Africa!
The diversity of habitat leads to a wide range of wildlife with grassy plains abounding with antelope from the largest eland to the diminutive duiker; all of which attract the large predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah are regularly seen close by. There are also numerous rare and unusual species such as brown hyena, aardwolf, pangolin and aardvark – all best seen at night. Over 300 bird species can be seen on the reserve, including rare blue cranes which breed in the southern section early in the year.
Visiting guests will enjoy unlimited traversing through the reserve and experience an environment where biodiversity conservation and game viewing are managed in harmony. Welgevonden protects a unique and special environment and the reserve’s management is deeply committed to ongoing conservation, research and development.
Only 3 ½ hours’ drive away from South Africa’s largest city Johannesburg, makes Welgevonden one of the most accessible premier malaria free wilderness reserves in the country.
The reserve lies in the Waterberg plateau and is part of this conservation area that covers over 34, 850 hectares of game reserve. Set in the northern side of the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, this malaria free Big Five private game lodge is set in pristine African Wilderness.
Home to over 50 different mammals, including the Big 5, guests enjoy unlimited traversing through the reserve and experience an environment where conservation and game viewing are managed in harmony. Surrounded by the Ancient Waterberg Mountains, abundant wildlife and unspoilt African bush, the lodge offers guests an intimate and relaxed safari experience.
This traditional safari lodge offers 5 well-appointed suites boasting exquisite views over the Waterberg biosphere.Classic safari experience, guests are treated to 2 game drives a day conducted by the lodges’ experienced and knowledgeable nature guide.
The Victoria Falls – Now in it's 150 millionth fantastic year - Reaches Its zenith in about May each year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. .
The Victoria Falls presents a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe - the largest sheet of falling water in the world and significant worldwide for its exceptional geological and geomorphological features and active land formation processes with outstanding beauty attributed to the falls i.e. the spray, mist and rainbows.
David Livingstone, was the first European to see the Victoria Falls in 1855. The Scottish explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the falls, and he named them Victoria Falls in honor of Queen Victoria.
Known locally as Mosi-Oa-Tunya or "the smoke that thunders" because of the spray made by the mass of water dropping 100 meters below in the gorges. 50 Years later, missionaries and traders settled in the small Zambian town of Livingstone and the railway bridge over the Zambezi was built.
he Lodge is beautifully surrounded by magnificent natural African wildlife on a large private concession which borders one of the many Zimbabwean National Parks in the area. Luxurious safari accommodation and unforgettable experiences just 4 miles away from the many adventures of the world-famous Victoria Falls. A dream safari destination – combining the bush and wildlife with the Zambezi River!
This setting is perfect for special sightings whilst you sip your evening drinks! The opening of the surrounding fence ensures a steady flow of elephants and other wildlife to the adjacent waterhole which is situated right below a wooden viewing deck in the bar and restaurant area.
Nine safari tents combine both thatch and canvas with an attached local stone-built bathroom (a shower, vanity and toilet) and a front deck with comfortable cozy seating and views of the natural bushland where wildlife roams, perfect for enjoying a glass as the sunsets.
Wonderful comfortable king-sized (or twin) beds are draped with top-quality cotton bed linen and canopied with mosquito netting. From your bed, you can watch the sunrise tint the sky pink through the sliding glass doors.
Pathways link the rooms through the highly established gardens, the glittering stone in the outdoor swimming pool invites to cool you after your many safari experiences.
The Savute Channel stretches from the waterways of the Linyanti all the way to the Savute Marsh. The winding waterways of the Savute Channel have pumped life into the western section of the Chobe National Park for many thousands of generations. But this fickle and unpredictable channel has a fascinating history of flooding and drying up independently of good rainy seasons and flood levels elsewhere – a mystery that has intrigued geologists and researchers for many years.
With such varied environments and habitats there’s a magnificent array of wildlife. A profusion of palatable grass species attracts a variety of herbivores, including wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck, giraffe, and tsessebe. The puku is found, as is the endemic Chobe bushbuck. Predator sightings are good, with leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and large prides of lion that hunt elephant. From servals to side-striped jackals, the list is endless
All that said, Chobe is most famous for its elephant and buffalo populations, both of which can herd in mammoth proportions. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephant, these gentle giants constantly surround you. In the dry season the Chobe River sees thousands lining the banks and crossing the water. Boat trips at this time provide excellent photograph opportunities.
Savute also lays claim to a spectacularly large summer zebra migration, which is determined by the rains but usually occurs between November and December and again between February and April when the zebras move from the rivers in the north in search of the lush grasslands and full waterholes in the southeast of the park. They are always accompanied by a myriad of predators. The area is renowned for its population of bull elephant and for the unique interaction of the resident predator species
When David Livingstone, the first European to visit the area, saw the Savute Channel in 1851 it was flowing. Thirty years later it had disappeared and the Savute Marsh had dried out, remaining this way for almost 80 years. It flowed again from the late 1950s to the early 1980s, when it again receded, hence its reputation as ‘the river that flows in both directions’.
Then in 2010 this unpredictable river started flowing once again, dramatically transforming the Savute Region: the marsh is a watery paradise once more, large herds of elephant and buffalo crowd the riverbanks, and the birdlife is nothing short of phenomenal.
Like most safari destinations, game viewing in Savute reaches its peak during the dry winter months. But early summer is also an excellent time for a Savute safari; especially around November and December when the annual zebra migration passes through the area. Imagine the sight of vast herds of zebra converging on the grassy plains, with opportunistic predators hot on their hooves.
Savute is justly famous for its high concentrations of predators, and if you visit in summer (about November to March), you may be lucky enough to witness the Linyanti/Chobe zebra migration as well as enjoying amazing bird watching. The Chobe national park encompasses an impressive 10,700 square kilometers (4,150 square miles) of wilderness, the Chobe National Park stretches from the tip of northern Botswana to the fringes of the Okavango Delta. It has a wide range of distinctive landscapes, from the emerald floodplains of the Chobe River to the sweeping grasslands of the Savuti Marsh and skeletal leadwood trees in the Savuti Channel.
At times flowing and other times dry, the channel forms part of a rich ecosystem renowned for its large concentrations of elephant, spotted hyena and lion - the latter two often being in brutal conflict over kills and territory - and the region is one of Botswana's premier game-viewing destinations.
The Lodge is situated on the banks of Botswana’s fabled “Stolen River”- the Savute Channel, within Chobe National Park.
The main building is made of thatch and timber and has a lounge, library, and cocktail bar. It is nearby is the viewing deck, which is ideal for watching game at the waterhole below. The real drama, however, lies away from camp when you head out on early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of big game.
Savute Safari Lodge accommodates 24 guests in local timber and glass suites with cool thatching, beautifully furnished in fresh colors. All chalets have private decks, a combined bedroom / lounge area and en-suite facilities, which sets the lodge apart from typical safari accommodation. A viewing deck, al fresco dining area & swimming pool - ideal for watching game at the water hole. After dinner, enjoy a night-cap by the fire-side whilst viewing the bull elephants congregate at the waterhole.
The Boteti river is the main outflow of the Okavango Delta, collecting the water that flows past Maun, and stretches about 250 km southeast finally ending at Lake Xau on the extreme south western edge of the great Makgadikgadi salt pans. There was permanent water in the river since long before Livingstone first explored the area in the late 1840s and brought the existence of Lake Ngami to the attention of the outside world. The river provided water for the great herds of wildlife that seasonally utilized the short grass plains on the north-west side of the Makgadikgadi, and latterly provided water for the Setswana cattle herders who moved onto the western bank. The river was thus a natural barrier between the wildlife and the cattle – and was a natural boundary for the National park.
The Makgadikgadi pans are the remains of a great lake that once occupied a significant portion of Northern Botswana, covering approximately 14,826,323 sq acres. After dramatic climate change caused the drying up of this once majestic lake, there was a considerable amount of salt residue left behind. After the start of the rainy season the desert area teems with wildlife as herds of zebra and wildebeest graze on the wide-open green grassland plains. During the wet season there is an influx of migratory bird species, while resident desert species welcome their visitors by showing off their breeding plumage.
At the onset of the dry season as the pans dry out again, there is a mini migration as all the animals start looking for water again. This migration moves up along the Boteti River, searching for water holes providing the only water for thousands of square kilometers. The migration can bring up to 30 000 zebra and wildebeest into the area and with it an increase in levels of predator activity.
The camp is located on the eastern bank of the Boteti, forming the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, which stretches away from the riverbank towards its interior of scrubland and mineral-rich grasslands.The western boundary provides for mineral rich grass lands and the Boteti River which supplies the much-needed sustenance for the herds which inhabit the park.
The zebra and wildebeest herds continued to use the rich grass plains and migrating to the river at the end of winter to access the water in the seeps. The Makgadikgadi National Park is a harsh dry environment, suited to Gemsbok and Kudu, but the river provided a life-giving source of water for the zebra and wildebeest utilizing the eastern grass plains.
The Lodge is situated on the western bank of the Boteti River, north west of Khumaga village, about 90 miles south east of Maun. The river's eastern bank forms the boundary of the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.The lodge cliffs over 30 feet high above this changing riverbed environment.
Offering 12 luxury thatched and glass fronted suites with en-suite bathrooms, each one a raised wooden platform. The main reception and lounge area is located on top of these cliffs; this raised vantage point ensures unsurpassed views of the river and the Makgadikgadi to the east. The main lounge area with its inviting wooden and thatch finishes, offers guests the opportunity to sit back and relax at the bar while listening to the wide variety of night sounds so characteristic of the African bush. Alternatively, you can lounge around the pool or enjoy the river view vistas from the game viewing hide built into the bank of the river.
The lodge offers both scheduled guided day and night game drives. Depending on water levels of the Boteti River, boat activities are also on offer. Optional cultural excursions can also be arranged to visit Khumaga Village. Guided nature walks in the area surrounding the lodge can also be arranged.
The Chobe National Park established in 1968 covers 11,700 square kilometers and is situated in the northern most part of Botswana. Park stretches from the tip of northern Botswana to the fringes of the Okavango Delta. It has a wide range of distinctive landscapes, from the emerald floodplains of the Chobe River to the sweeping grasslands of the Savuti Marsh and skeletal leadwood trees in the Savuti Channel.
Encompassing swamps, floodplains and woodlands it is the third largest Park or Reserve in the country after Kgalagadi Transfontier Park and the largest of them all the Central Kalahari Game reserve.
With such varied environments and habitats there’s a magnificent array of wildlife. A profusion of palatable grass species attracts a variety of herbivores, including wildebeest, impala, kudu, waterbuck, giraffe, and tsessebe. The puku is found, as is the endemic Chobe bushbuck. Predator sightings are good, with leopard, cheetah, wild dog, and large prides of lion that hunt elephant. From servals to side-striped jackals, the list is endless.
All that said, Chobe is most famous for its elephant and buffalo populations, both of which can herd in mammoth proportions. With an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 elephants, these gentle giants constantly surround you. In the dry season the Chobe River sees thousands lining the banks and crossing the water. Boat trips at this time provide excellent photograph opportunities.
The Chobe River, which is without doubt one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, forms its northern boundary and in the extreme south-west it borders the Moremi Game Reserve. The park is famous for its wildlife and supports a diversity and concentration unlike anywhere else in Botswana. In the dry winter months over 50 000 elephants can converge on the Chobe River to drink - an awe-inspiring sight.
This boat takes your Chobe River game viewing experience to another level!With no set itinerary and only a small number of guests per boat, staying here feels like being on your own houseboat – and a very well appointed one! The entire boat can also be booked exclusively, giving you your very own private villa on the water. As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you’ll be able to completely relax in an intimate river safari experience.
Each houseboat has a minimum of two smaller “tender” boats for use on daily excursions that take your fancy: mark off over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise, try your hand at landing a tiger fish, or capture Africa’s unique beauty on a photographic safari. Whatever you choose to do, your day trips will be personal and flexible because you’ll be sharing the tender boats with a small number of guests. Alternatively, simply laze on a deck chair with an ice-cold drink in hand as you soak up the tranquility that surrounds you.
Each cabin is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style, and each has its own private view onto the ever-changing landscapes beyond.
As you lie on your king-sized bed, spot an elephant grazing on the riverbank nearby, or see a fish eagle diving for its prey. On the upper entertainment deck, a spacious lounge and bar area encourages you to take time out while there’s also a plunge pool that’s perfect for a refreshing dip. After a day spent doing as you please, fall asleep with the calls of hyena or even a lion drifting through the open doors of your cabin.
The crew will pamper you with unaffected warmth and generosity, doing whatever they can to make this trip memorable. And as if their hospitality alone isn’t something to remember, the wildlife viewing will definitely remain in your memories for a lifetime. As you drift down the Chobe River, you will be exposed to incredible game viewing from several mooring points along the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers. Hop on the smaller tender boats and view wildlife from the water: a completely different experience from a game drive, as animals are more relaxed and at ease.
PASSPORT & CONTROL PROCEDURES:
The Zambezi Queen Collection operates on the Chobe River, which is a natural border between Botswana
and Namibia. The Zambezi Queen Collection is based on the Namibian side of the Chobe River. In order to
check-in from Kasane, you will need to exit Botswana and enter Namibia. Our Zambezi Queen Collection
team will arrange all boat transfers required, the process will take around 30 – 45 minutes from the time of arrival in Kasane.
Guest will exit Botswana at Kasane Immigration office, before embarking onto the Chobe River followed by a 5 – 10-minute boat transfer from Kasane Immigration Office to Impalila Island, Namibia, where
guests will go through Namibian passport control to officially enter Namibia (250 meter walk to the
passport control office, assistance available where required. Please arrive in comfortable walking attire).
From here take a short boat ride to your Zambezi Queen Collection accommodation, to begin your Chobe