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Botswana & Zimbabwe Wildlife Safari

12 days |  16 days with Cape Town extension
12 days |  16 days with Cape Town extension
Group size818 travelers

4.8 out of 5 stars

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victoria falls in zimbabwe
an antelope in hwange national park zimbabwe
wooden canoes docked on okavango delta river in botswana at sunset
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Witness wildlife at its fiercest and freest.

After an introduction to the continent at Victoria Falls, spend a week scanning the horizon for cheetah in Hwange National Park, tracking the elephant herds in Chobe, and gliding through the lush lagoons of the Okavango Delta. Journey from grasslands to woodlands, through waterways and byways, to experience Africa’s incredible diversity on this small group Safari Tour.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners with beer or wine
  • 9 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Victoria Falls National Park
  • Expert-led anti-poaching talk
  • Rose of Charity community project
  • Hwange National Park
  • Chobe River wildlife cruise
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Johannesburg today.

Johannesburg1 night
Day 2: Arrival in Johannesburg

Welcome to the South Africa! Settle in to your hotel this evening.

Victoria Falls2 nights
Day 3: Flight to Victoria Falls & anti-poaching talk
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome dinner

Board a flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe this morning. Later, meet and interact with the seasoned anti-poaching activist during an informative talk.

  • Hear how locals, international organizations, and indigenous communities work together to protect the wildlife
  • Learn about the anti-poaching efforts in southern Africa, with a special focus on elephants and rhinos
  • Ask the expert questions during the chat

Afterwards, get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner. 

Day 4: Victoria Falls National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set out to experience the power and beauty of Victoria Falls firsthand.

  • Discover the falls from multiple angles and learn about the area’s flora and fauna
  • Visit the Rose of Charity, an organization helping to transform the lives of impoverished children, their families, and their communities through education

Sit down for an included dinner this evening with your group.

Please note: Shoes with good grip are highly recommended for the walk around Victoria Falls due to slippery surfaces.

Hwange2 nights
Day 5: Transfer to Hwange National Park & game drive
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Hwange National Park, the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. Enjoy an included lunch before setting out on a game drive.

  • Ramble across sweeping landscapes during a short sunset drive though Hwange Conservancy in the late afternoon
  • Keep watch for over 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds that make their home in the park

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 6: Hwange National Park game drives
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embark on a full-day of game drives in Hwange National Park.

  • Experience the diverse landscape of dense teak forest and open grassy plains with acacia as well as islands of mopane woodland and ilala palms
  • Spot herds of buffalo, prides of lions, and a wealth of plains game
  • Enjoy an included picnic lunch
  • See elephants trudge along in herds
  • Scan the landscape in search of giraffes

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Chobe2 nights
Day 7: Hwange National Park game drive & transfer to Chobe National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get a chance to see more wildlife on an early morning game drive in Hwange National Park. Then, cross the border into Botswana and enter Chobe National Park, one of Africa’s best off-the-beaten-path safari destinations.

  • Enjoy an included lunch
  • Take a peaceful late-afternoon wildlife cruise along the Chobe River
  • Watch for elephants, crocodiles, and hippos who come to drink and bathe at sunset

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 8: Impalila Island & Chobe National Park game drive
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend another day roaming among Chobe’s exotic wildlife.

  • Cross the border into Namibia to walk around the village on Impalila Island and visit with the community there
  • Enjoy an included lunch
  • Embark on a late afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park, which boasts Africa’s highest concentration of elephants

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Okavango Delta2 nights
Day 9: Chobe National Park game drive & flight to Okavango Delta
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Follow a local guide along the varied landscapes of Chobe on an early morning game drive before flying by chartered plane to Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

  • Enjoy an included lunch
  • Explore the delta’s serene surroundings by boat
  • Glide along reed-fringed waterways to see wildlife from a different perspective

Please note: The boating excursions are dependent upon water levels. If the water levels aren’t high enough, the tours will be conducted in safari Jeeps.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 10: Okavango Delta
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin your day floating along the delta’s tranquil channels in your mokoro, a traditional canoe.

  • Keep your eyes peeled for giraffe, lion, leopard, jackal, impala, red lechwe, and other denizens of the delta
  • Traverse the region’s rugged landscape on a guided bush walk
  • Enjoy an included lunch
  • Take to the water again on a motorized boat

Please note: The boating excursions are dependent upon water levels. If the water levels aren’t high enough, the tours will be conducted in safari Jeeps.

Celebrate your adventures with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 11: Morning boating excursion, flight to Cape Town & departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Get one last glimpse of Africa’s wild landscapes on a boating excursion. Then, transfer to Maun and board a flight to Cape Town, South Africa to connect to your overnight flight home.

Please note: The boating excursions are dependent upon water levels. If the water levels aren’t high enough, the tours will be conducted in safari Jeeps.

Arrive Home
Day 12: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Extension to Cape Town
From the top of Table Mountain to Cape Point at the tip of the African continent, Cape Town is, in a word, impressive. Fly to South Africa to discover this magnificent metropolis and its stunning surroundings with local guides in the lead.
Cape Town4 nights
Day 11: Flight to Cape Town
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly from Maun to the jewel of southern Africa: Cape Town.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Cape Town
Included meal: Breakfast

Join your Tour Director for a tour of Cape Town, a beautiful and culturally rich city.

  • Take a cable car ride up Table Mountain and soak in panoramic views of the city below (weather permitting)
  • See Signal Hill and the Castle of Good Hope
  • Catch glimpses of City Hall and the Houses of Parliament as you drive through the city
  • Take a walking tour of the Bo-Kaap area, home to Cape Malay culture and some of the city’s most vibrant architecture
  • Visit the District Six Museum to learn about the diverse communities that were forcibly removed under apartheid
  • See how the people working at the museum are helping to rebuild the communities and strengthen the rich cultures in District Six and beyond

Please note: On some departures, the optional excursion will be offered in the morning and the sightseeing tour will take place in the afternoon. In the event of inclement weather, the visit to Table Mountain will be moved to day 13 or 14. In the unlikely event of poor weather both days, Table Mountain will be replaced with a visit to Signal Hill. For departures during July and August, travelers will visit Signal Hill and enjoy an included lunch due to annual maintenance of the Table Mountain cable car.

Spend a free afternoon in Cape Town or add an excursion.

Robben Island

From $119 per person

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of the Cape Peninsula & choir performance
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring the Cape Peninsula.

  • Drive along the Atlantic seaboard, passing the Clifton and Camp’s Bay beaches
  • Visit the Cape of Good Hope and the lighthouse at Cape Point to soak in beautiful views of where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet
  • Visit Boulders Beach, a protected marine habitat for the endangered African penguin
  • Learn how your visit helps support the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, a local NGO

As you travel back to Cape Town, stop to enjoy a performance by the Major Voices South African Choir.

  • Listen to the talented group sing a cappella, Isicathamiya, Afro-gospel, and jazz music
  • Watch as they dance along to the songs
  • Hear about the group’s mission to give youth community members an opportunity to be involved in music and the arts
Day 14: Free day in Cape Town
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Cape Town or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Cape Winelands Tasting & Lunch

From $175 per person

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Arrive Home
Day 16: Arrive home

Arrive home today.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Best trip ever would love to do it all again
    5/11/24 by 1st-time traveler Janet

    my experiences probably a little different than the rest of my group as I had a medical issue at the very beginning the way that the tour guide and the main office was able to make sure I was well and meet back with my group who has gone ahead without me, they had people taking care of me every step...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 6/6/24

    Janet, thank you for your review. We are happy to ...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Trip of a lifetime.
    5/4/24 by 12th-time traveler Beth

    Everything superb. Long flights worth it.

    5 out of 5 stars

    8/5/23 by 12th-time traveler Brenda

    This tour was everything I had hoped for, and then some. Our tour guide, and all the locals were fantastic. The food was fabulous and all the hotels were amazing. To come up so close to each animal was breathtaking.

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 2/5/24

    Brenda, We're delighted to hear that your tour wi...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Garden Court Sandton City
    Garden Court Sandton City

    This contemporary hotel is located in Johannesburg’s northern Sandton suburb. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and bar, and an outdoor swimming p...

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    A'Zambezi River Lodge
    A'Zambezi River Lodge

    This unique hotel is located on the bank of the Zambezi River. Guests enjoy multiple restaurants, a bar, and an outdoor pool. Nearby, you'll find the ...

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    Hwange Safari Lodge
    Hwange Safari Lodge

    This inviting hotel is located on the border of the Hwange National Park. Guests enjoy multiple restaurant options, a pool, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll ...

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    Chobe Bush Lodge
    Chobe Bush Lodge

    This modern hotel is located in the town of Kasane in Chobe National Park. Guests enjoy a cocktail bar, restaurant, and swimming pool. Nearby, you’ll ...

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    Moremi Crossing
    Moremi Crossing

    This scenic hotel is surrounded by the Moremi's game-rich seasonal floodplains. Guests enjoy a lounge, a dining room, and swimming pool. Nearby, you’l...

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    Southern Sun Cape Sun
    Southern Sun Cape Sun

    This elegant hotel is located in the city center of Cape Town. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and bar, an indoor pool, and a spa. Nearby, you’l...

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