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Africa's Wildlife

On Safari in Botswana, Zambia & Victoria Falls

From $7,884
total price from Boston, New York, Wash, DC
$6,695 air, land, & safari inclusive plus $1,189 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
14 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests
Post-Tour Extension

Overview

A glimpse of a world primeval awaits on this singular safari to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, where elephants preside over a bounty of wildlife; Zimbabwe’s dazzling and powerful Victoria Falls; and Zambia’s exceptional South Luangwa National Park, a remote jewel of an unspoiled and historic preserve.

Tour Details

Africa's Wildlife

On Safari in Botswana, Zambia & Victoria Falls

From $7,884

total price from Boston, New York, Wash, DC
$6,695 air, land, & safari inclusive plus $1,189 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
14 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Tour Days
14 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Overview

A glimpse of a world primeval awaits on this singular safari to Botswana’s Chobe National Park, where elephants preside over a bounty of wildlife; Zimbabwe’s dazzling and powerful Victoria Falls; and Zambia’s exceptional South Luangwa National Park, a remote jewel of an unspoiled and historic preserve.

Small Group Highlights

  • Spectacular Victoria Falls
  • Sunset Zambezi River cruise
  • Chobe National Park’s diverse and abundant game
  • Early morning game drives and afternoon boat safaris
  • Remote South Luangwa National Park
  • Open vehicle game drives and walking safaris
  • Visit to a local school and a borehole project
  • Traditional textile demonstration
  • Performance by a community dance troupe

Day-by-Day Itinerary

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Johannesburg, South Africa
Depart U.S. for Johannesburg, South Africa
2
Arrive Johannesburg
B
B
Arrive Johannesburg

Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel in the suburb of Rosebank, where our rooms will be ready for our early check-in.  As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities planned.

Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel in the suburb of Rosebank, where our rooms will be ready for our early check-in.  As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities planned.

3
Johannesburg/Soweto
B
L
D
B
L
D
Johannesburg/Soweto

We meet our fellow travelers today as we embark on a tour of the Soweto district of Johannesburg.  Here we see the home of former Archbishop Desmond Tutu; visit Nelson Mandela’s home, which is now a museum; and tour the moving Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, where we learn more about apartheid and the Soweto uprising of 1976.  Then we hear fascinating stories from a local Sowetan who was present during the uprising, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.  Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner together.

We meet our fellow travelers today as we embark on a tour of the Soweto district of Johannesburg.  Here we see the home of former Archbishop Desmond Tutu; visit Nelson Mandela’s home, which is now a museum; and tour the moving Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, where we learn more about apartheid and the Soweto uprising of 1976.  Then we hear fascinating stories from a local Sowetan who was present during the uprising, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.  Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner together.

4
Johannesburg/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
B
D
B
D
Johannesburg/Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

We fly today to Victoria Falls and our lodge.  This afternoon we see for ourselves the thundering falls, first “discovered” by David Livingstone and claimed for Queen Victoria in 1855.  With its 300-­foot-deep gorge and soaking spray, “Vic” Falls is a wonder of the natural world, straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

We fly today to Victoria Falls and our lodge.  This afternoon we see for ourselves the thundering falls, first “discovered” by David Livingstone and claimed for Queen Victoria in 1855.  With its 300-­foot-deep gorge and soaking spray, “Vic” Falls is a wonder of the natural world, straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

5
Victoria Falls
B
D
B
D
Victoria Falls

This morning we embark on a game drive to spot the elusive – and critically endangered – black rhino.  Late this afternoon we embark on a “Sundowner” dinner cruise on the Zambezi where we see wildlife on shore and in the water.

This morning we embark on a game drive to spot the elusive – and critically endangered – black rhino.  Late this afternoon we embark on a “Sundowner” dinner cruise on the Zambezi where we see wildlife on shore and in the water.

6
Victoria Falls
B
D
B
D
Victoria Falls

After a morning visit to Victoria Falls town and a local village, this afternoon is at leisure to relax at our lodge.  Tonight we hear a fascinating guest speaker on “The Story of David Livingstone,” followed by dinner together.

After a morning visit to Victoria Falls town and a local village, this afternoon is at leisure to relax at our lodge.  Tonight we hear a fascinating guest speaker on “The Story of David Livingstone,” followed by dinner together.

7
Victoria Falls/Chobe National Park, Botswana
B
L
D
B
L
D
Victoria Falls/Chobe National Park, Botswana

This morning we visit a nearby school then travel two hours by motorcoach to Botswana and Chobe National Park, boasting one of the largest concentrations of game in all of Africa.  After settling in and enjoying lunch at our lodge, this afternoon we embark on a game-viewing boat safari on the Chobe River, where we may see hippo, crocs, and some of the park’s 450 species of birds (including the sacred ibis, carmine bee-eaters, fish eagles, and kingfishers).  We dine tonight at our lodge.

This morning we visit a nearby school then travel two hours by motorcoach to Botswana and Chobe National Park, boasting one of the largest concentrations of game in all of Africa.  After settling in and enjoying lunch at our lodge, this afternoon we embark on a game-viewing boat safari on the Chobe River, where we may see hippo, crocs, and some of the park’s 450 species of birds (including the sacred ibis, carmine bee-eaters, fish eagles, and kingfishers).  We dine tonight at our lodge.

8
Chobe National Park
B
L
D
B
L
D
Chobe National Park

Known for its diverse terrain that attracts an exceptional array of wildlife – including the world’s largest elephant population (some 120,000), along with zebra, lion, giraffe, impala, and buffalo – Chobe covers 4,517 square miles of protected parkland.  We’ll see a portion of this natural wonder on our early morning game drive and this afternoon’s boat safari.  And this evening perhaps we’ll see one of the sublime sunsets for which Chobe is known.

Known for its diverse terrain that attracts an exceptional array of wildlife – including the world’s largest elephant population (some 120,000), along with zebra, lion, giraffe, impala, and buffalo – Chobe covers 4,517 square miles of protected parkland.  We’ll see a portion of this natural wonder on our early morning game drive and this afternoon’s boat safari.  And this evening perhaps we’ll see one of the sublime sunsets for which Chobe is known.

9
Chobe National Park
B
L
D
B
L
D
Chobe National Park

We’re settling into a comfortable routine, with early morning and late afternoon game drives.  In between game-viewing activities, we’re at leisure to enjoy the amenities of our lodge on the banks of the Chobe River, adjacent to the park itself.

We’re settling into a comfortable routine, with early morning and late afternoon game drives.  In between game-viewing activities, we’re at leisure to enjoy the amenities of our lodge on the banks of the Chobe River, adjacent to the park itself.

10
Chobe National Park/South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
B
L
D
B
L
D
Chobe National Park/South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

This morning we board a plane for the flight to South Luangwa National Park.  Here in one of Africa’s last stretches of pristine wilderness we have the chance to get closer to the animals than anywhere else.  Late this afternoon we engage in some of the lodge’s game-viewing activities that include open-vehicle game drives and walking safaris, the latter of which originated in South Luangwa.

This morning we board a plane for the flight to South Luangwa National Park.  Here in one of Africa’s last stretches of pristine wilderness we have the chance to get closer to the animals than anywhere else.  Late this afternoon we engage in some of the lodge’s game-viewing activities that include open-vehicle game drives and walking safaris, the latter of which originated in South Luangwa.

11
South Luangwa National Park
B
L
D
B
L
D
South Luangwa National Park

From our lodge situated inside the 3,500-square-mile national park established in 1972 and just a short drive from the main entrance, we embark on morning and evening game viewing excursions today.  Thanks to its remote location, South Luangwa was protected from mass tourism and today boasts one of Africa’s highest concentrations of game.  Among the fauna living here: lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, giraffe, zebra, hippos, wild dogs, and antelope.  We also may catch some special sights, such as Zambia’s Crawshay’s zebras with their distinctive stripes, the elusive bushbuck, and the spiral-horned kudu.  In addition, South Luangwa teems with almost 400 species of birds, including 39 birds of prey.  When not out on safari, we visit a local school, and also see a borehole project which provides water for the community.

From our lodge situated inside the 3,500-square-mile national park established in 1972 and just a short drive from the main entrance, we embark on morning and evening game viewing excursions today.  Thanks to its remote location, South Luangwa was protected from mass tourism and today boasts one of Africa’s highest concentrations of game.  Among the fauna living here: lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, giraffe, zebra, hippos, wild dogs, and antelope.  We also may catch some special sights, such as Zambia’s Crawshay’s zebras with their distinctive stripes, the elusive bushbuck, and the spiral-horned kudu.  In addition, South Luangwa teems with almost 400 species of birds, including 39 birds of prey.  When not out on safari, we visit a local school, and also see a borehole project which provides water for the community.

12
South Luangwa National Park
B
L
D
B
L
D
South Luangwa National Park

We have another day to savor life in the bush and engage in morning and evening game viewing activities.  Set amidst a grove of ebony and mahogany trees, our 18-chalet lodge overlooks two lagoons that attract a steady stream of crocodiles, hippos, giraffe, buffalo, antelope, and other animals, which we can watch from lodge’s open deck.  Tonight we celebrate our wildlife adventure at a farewell dinner.

We have another day to savor life in the bush and engage in morning and evening game viewing activities.  Set amidst a grove of ebony and mahogany trees, our 18-chalet lodge overlooks two lagoons that attract a steady stream of crocodiles, hippos, giraffe, buffalo, antelope, and other animals, which we can watch from lodge’s open deck.  Tonight we celebrate our wildlife adventure at a farewell dinner.

13
South Luangwa National Park/Lusaka/Depart for U.S.
B
B
South Luangwa National Park/Lusaka/Depart for U.S.

We travel by light aircraft today to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, where we have hotel day rooms until our departure this evening for the airport and our overnight flight to the U.S.

We travel by light aircraft today to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, where we have hotel day rooms until our departure this evening for the airport and our overnight flight to the U.S.

14
Arrive U.S.
Arrive U.S.

We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our flights home.

We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our flights home.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 11 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and unrated hotels and lodges
  • 29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Extensive game viewing as described, including all park entrance fees
  • Mineral/purified water while on safari
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for driver/guides, hotel and lodge staff, and porters
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
Victoria Falls 86 85 82 78 77 83 89 90 88
South Luangwa (Zambia) 86 82 79 72 72 79 87 89 91

Average Temperature (°F )

  Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
Victoria Falls 86 85 82 78 77 83 89 90 88
South Luangwa (Zambia) 86 82 79 72 72 79 87 89 91

Dates & Prices

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Post-Tour Extension

Cape Town, South Africa

4 days, 3 nights
From
$1,495
+ from $295 Single Supplement

Cape Town, South Africa

4 days, 3 nights
From
$1,495
+ from $295 Single Supplement

Discover South Africa’s sparkling “Mother City,” from Table Mountain and the Malay Quarter to the Cape Peninsula and the Winelands.

Post-Tour Extension Price Includes

  • Air transportation Lusaka/Cape Town, inclusive of airline taxes and fees
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at The Table Bay Hotel (Deluxe)
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Extensive included sightseeing: full-day Cape Peninsula tour; full-day Cape Town and Winelands tour
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Private motorcoach/van transportation
  • Transfers to/from airport
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Pricing: $1,495 in 2024; $1,695 in 2025. Single Supplement: $295 in 2024; $395 in 2025

Please note: In 2025 this extension will be 4 days/4 nights and include one additional breakfast.

Please note that guests on the extension will proceed directly to Cape Town and will not use the hotel day room in Lusaka on Day 13.

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Tim Carr

“We cannot say enough good things about Tim Carr. Personable and knowledgeable about both wildlife and area history. Also took time with everyone to make them feel welcome and comfortable."

George & Annie Green
Rahway, NJ 

Tony Shuman

“We were so fortunate to have Tony as our tour director. He was funny, charming, well organized, very knowledgeable and professional.”

Mary Susan Berg
Sleepy Hollow, IL

Paul Ngorima

"[Paul] is well-organized, extremely knowledgeable, great communicator, considerate, helpful, and just an all-around fun person to be with. We enjoyed every day with him. He's a gem!"

Linda McLalin
Washington, MI

Chris McWilliams

"Chris was extremely approachable and generous with his time, and willing to share his knowledge of South African history and the habits of the animals we saw on safari."

Janet Sanford
Lutherville, MD

Robyn Steegstra

“Robyn is a true professional. She handled the group with ease and with a smile. She was willing always to go the extra mile for everyone…. We would tour with her anywhere!”

Tom & Sue Wood

Alberta, Canada

Tonia Devereux

"Tonia is amazing – one of the best tour directors we've had. She handled any issue … with her engaging smile and laughter, she made us love her country and her!"

Sheryl Jacobs & Stephen Shorofsky
Owings Mills, MD

James McKenzie

" Mr. McKenzie was a superlative Tour Director....James ensured that everyone's special needs were met. His guidance and knowledge of local areas and customs was exemplary."

Arthur & Edith Roth
Orinda, CA

Eric Botha

"Eric is knowledgeable and courteous. He was a wonderful guide and I would now count him as a friend. His patience and concern went above and beyond. He helped make the trip."

Michele Lossius
Gainesville, FL

Tour Directors

Paul Ngorima

"[Paul] is well-organized, extremely knowledgeable, great communicator, considerate, helpful, and just an all-around fun person to be with. We enjoyed every day with him. He's a gem!"

Linda McLalin
Washington, MI

Tony Shuman

“We were so fortunate to have Tony as our tour director. He was funny, charming, well organized, very knowledgeable and professional.”

Mary Susan Berg
Sleepy Hollow, IL

Robyn Steegstra

“Robyn is a true professional. She handled the group with ease and with a smile. She was willing always to go the extra mile for everyone…. We would tour with her anywhere!”

Tom & Sue Wood

Alberta, Canada

Tonia Devereux

"Tonia is amazing – one of the best tour directors we've had. She handled any issue … with her engaging smile and laughter, she made us love her country and her!"

Sheryl Jacobs & Stephen Shorofsky
Owings Mills, MD

Tim Carr

“We cannot say enough good things about Tim Carr. Personable and knowledgeable about both wildlife and area history. Also took time with everyone to make them feel welcome and comfortable."

George & Annie Green
Rahway, NJ 

Eric Botha

"Eric is knowledgeable and courteous. He was a wonderful guide and I would now count him as a friend. His patience and concern went above and beyond. He helped make the trip."

Michele Lossius
Gainesville, FL

James McKenzie

" Mr. McKenzie was a superlative Tour Director....James ensured that everyone's special needs were met. His guidance and knowledge of local areas and customs was exemplary."

Arthur & Edith Roth
Orinda, CA

Chris McWilliams

"Chris was extremely approachable and generous with his time, and willing to share his knowledge of South African history and the habits of the animals we saw on safari."

Janet Sanford
Lutherville, MD

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Guest Photos & Testimonials

We had been on a safari before in Tanzania, and this was our first trip with Odysseys. This trip truly exceeded our expectations! We loved the balance of some cultural sites and the actual safari.
Kevin & Ann Cain
Bonita Springs, FL
We enjoyed seeing and interacting with the wildlife in their natural habitat, experiencing the varied accommodations, and participating in a variety of tours and activities…What an exciting adventure!
Paulette Fitzgerald
Henderson, NV
After a year home during COVID…I wanted an ADVENTURE. This was truly the adventure of a lifetime.
Warren & Katherine Murphy
Cody, WY
We had been on a safari before in Tanzania, and this was our first trip with Odysseys. This trip truly exceeded our expectations! We loved the balance of some cultural sites and the actual safari.
Kevin & Ann Cain
Bonita Springs, FL
We enjoyed seeing and interacting with the wildlife in their natural habitat, experiencing the varied accommodations, and participating in a variety of tours and activities…What an exciting adventure!
Paulette Fitzgerald
Henderson, NV
After a year home during COVID…I wanted an ADVENTURE. This was truly the adventure of a lifetime.
Warren & Katherine Murphy
Cody, WY
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