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Motopos National Park Rock Art | Zimbabwe & Botswana Budget Lodge Safari

The Zimbabwe and Botswana budget lodge safari is a fully accommodated 16 day lodge safari visiting some of the highlights of Zimbabwe and Botswana. This safari includes wildlife, history, ancient culture, scenery and adventure while staying in clean and comfortable accommodation and guided by an experienced safari guide. A perfect safari if you are travelling on a budget


Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head into the world famous Kruger National Park. We visit the northern part of the park from Letaba to Punda Maria. We enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in our safari vehicle and hope to spot lion, elephant, rhino and other animals in this icon of wildlife conservation.
Included meals: lunch and dinner

Day 2: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (Awelani Tourism Park)
This morning we wake early and game drive north through the park to the Pafuri region. The northern Kruger is dominated by mopane veld and is the domain of large elephant bulls, wilddog and lions. As we reach the Limpopo Valley the vegetation changes to forest and birdlife is prolific. We exit the park, late in the afternoon, and overnight at a lodge just outside the Kruger.
Included meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 3: GREAT ZIMBABWE (Great Zimbabwe Hotel)
Entering Zimbabwe at the Beit Bridge border post, we travel north to our overnight stop. The following morning we visit the Great Zimbabwe Monuments. These well preserved ruins are some of the oldest and largest stone structures in Southern Africa and were built during the 11th to 14th centuries. We explore these ancient stone structures on an informative walk with a local guide.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 & 5: MOTOPO NATIONAL PARK (Hermits Peak Lodge)
Travelling via the city of Bulawayo we move on to the Matobo National Park and our chalets on the outskirts of the park. This afternoon we enjoy sundowners from the granite ridge overlooking the park.

The following morning we visit World’s View and the historical site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave. Unusual rock formations are home to an array of ancient bushman paintings which we visit while on our game drive and walk. This area is also home to Zimbabwe’s rhino which we hope to see on our excursion in the national park.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 6 & 7: HWANGE NATIONAL PARK (Miombo Safari Camp)
Here Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers. Hwange is famed for its large elephant population. Our chalets are in the game management area that borders the park, and we explore the park with our local guide, on a full day game drive in an open 4WD game viewing vehicle.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 8 & 9: VICTORIA FALLS (Rainbow Hotel)
We enjoy a spectacular guided walk through tropical vegetation to the very edge of the “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” – Victoria Falls.

There are opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).
Included meals: breakfast

Day 10: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK (Thebe River Safaris)
Entering Botswana, we head to the town of Kasane and our accommodation on the banks of the Chobe River The river flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa.

A highlight of any trip to the Chobe is the afternoon game viewing cruise where we hope to see large herds of elephants and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11: NATA (Nata Lodge)
This morning we venture into the Chobe National Park in an open 4WD in search of big cats and elephants. Thereafter we head south through the Kasane Forest Reserve to the Nata area for our overnight stop..
Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 12 – 14: OKAVANGO DELTA (2x tented camping, 1x Island Safari Lodge)
We transfer into the delta by open 4WD game viewing vehicle. Our local guides will take us deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta on Mokoro (dugout canoes) to our pre-erected tented camp.

The Delta forms as rain water from the Angolan highlands flows out over the flat Kalahari Desert sands, forming a delicate, green oasis for birds and wildlife.

Our camp is on a remote island in this amazingly dynamic environment and we enjoy bush walks, bird watching and swimming in the clear waters. Camping with our local guides we learn more about their lifestyle and culture. Returning to Maun in the afternoon of day 14 there is time for an optional scenic flight over the Okavango (own expense).
Included meals: breakfast x3, lunch x3 & dinner x2

Day 15: KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY (Khama Rhino Sanctuary)
Heading south from Maun, we cross the wide open spaces of the Kalahari Desert on our way to Khama Rhino Sanctuary. This is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in protecting rhino and restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its natural state. The reserve provides economic benefits to the local Batswana community through sustainable use of natural resources.We hope to spot rhino on an afternoon game drive.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Crossing back into South Africa, we make our way to Johannesburg where the tour ends at +/- 18:00.
Included meals: breakfast

2020: € 2 490.00 per person sharing + US$ 300 local payment
2021: € 2 490.00 per person sharing + US$ 300 local payment

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€2 490 pps

+ $300 local payment

16 days


  • Kruger National Park – game drives

  • Zimbabwe Ruins – guided tour

  • Matobos – game drive

  • Hwange – game drives in open vehicle

  • Victoria Falls – adventure activities

  • Chobe National Park – sunset river cruise

  • Okavango Delta – mekoro excursions


  • 13 nights, chalets, guesthouses, hotels and permanent tents, 2 nights tented camping

  • Entrance fees

  • Use of camping equipment in the Delta (including sleeping bags & pillow)

  • Transport in minibus / safari truck & 4WD

  • Meals as per itinerary

  • Professional guide

  • Okavango Delta excursion

This safari has set departure dates:

06Jun20 – 21Jun20
13Jun20 – 28Jun20 (German)
20Jun20 – 05Jul20
27Jun20 – 12Jul20
04Jul20 – 19Jul20 (German)
11Jul20 – 26Jul20
18Jul20 – 02Aug20
25Jul20 – 09Aug20
01Aug20 – 16Aug20 (German)
01Aug20 – 16Aug20
08Aug20 – 23Aug20 (German)
15Aug20 – 30Aug20
22Aug20 – 06Sep20
29Aug20 – 13Sep20
05Sep20 – 20Sep20 (German)
12Sep20 – 27Sep20
19Sep20 – 04Oct20 (German)
26Sep20 – 11Oct20
03Oct20 – 18Oct20
10Oct20 – 25Oct20 (German)
17Oct20 – 01Nov20
24Oct20 – 08Nov20
31Oct20 – 15Nov20
07Nov20 – 22Nov20 (German)
14Nov20 – 29Nov20
21Nov20 – 06Dec20
28Nov20 – 13Dec20
19Dec20 – 03Jan21

09Jan21 – 24Jan21
16Jan21 – 31Jan21
30Jan21 – 14Feb21
06Feb21 – 21Feb21 (German)
27Feb21 – 14Mar21
20Mar21 – 04Apr21 (German)
27Mar21 – 11Apr21
10Apr21 – 25Apr21
17Apr21 – 02May21
01May21 – 16May21 (German)
08May21 – 23May21
15May21 – 30May21
22May21 – 06Jun21
05Jun21 – 20Jun21 (German)
12Jun21 – 27Jun21
19Jun21 – 04Jul21 (German)
26Jun21 – 11Jul21
03Jul21 – 18Jul21
10Jul21 – 25Jul21 (German)
17Jul21 – 01Aug21
24Jul21 – 08Aug21
31Jul21 – 15Aug21 (German)
07Aug21 – 22Aug21 (German)
14Aug21 – 29Aug21
21Aug21 – 05Sep21
28Aug21 – 12Sep21
04Sep21 – 19Sep21 (German)
11Sep21 – 26Sep21
18Sep21 – 03Oct21 (German)
25Sep21 – 10Oct21
02Oct21 – 17Oct21
09Oct21 – 24Oct21 (German)
16Oct21 – 31Oct21
23Oct21 – 07Nov21
30Oct21 – 14Nov21
06Nov21 – 21Nov21 (German)
13Nov21 – 28Nov21
20Nov21 – 05Dec21
27Nov21 – 12Dec21
18Dec21 – 02Jan22

Bold dates: guaranteed to depart

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