Sample Zimbabwe & Botswana Riding Safari Itinerary at a Glance
DAY 1 – Little Makalolo Camp/Hwange NP – Full Board – Today on arrival into Victoria Fall airport, you will be met and helped through customs and immigration and then shown to your scheduled flight to Hwange National Park. On arrival at the airstrip, you will be driven to the camp for your 3 night stay. Afternoon/evening game drive.
DAY 2 -Little Makalolo Camp/Hwange NP – Full Board – Morning walking safari, afternoon at the log-pile hide and waterhole. Evening game drive.
DAY 3 -Little Makalolo Camp/Hwange NP – Full Board – Morning game drive, afternoon by the log-pile hide and waterhole. Sleep out in star bed on a raised platform overlooking Madison Pan.
DAY 4 – Victoria Falls Hotel/Victoria Falls – Bed and Breakfast – This morning, you will be flown back to Victoria Falls and then driven about 15 minutes to the Victoria Falls hotel. Afternoon/evening free.
DAY 5 – Victoria Falls Hotel/Victoria Falls – Bed and Breakfast – Private tour of the falls in the am and Sunset Cruise down the Zambezi River in the pm.
DAY 6 – 10 – Okavango Riding Safaris/Okavango Delta – Fully Inclusive – This morning, you will be driven about 1 hour to Kasane airport in time to fly to Maun and the start of your riding safari. Itinerary includes 6 days/5 nights with 4-6 hours in the saddle, while afternoons can be spent enjoying alternative activities, including swimming, game drives, traditional dugout canoes or walking. A 5-night itinerary is the perfect introduction to the delta. Guests explore both Kujwana and Mokolowane camps.
Day 6 – KUJWANA CAMP
You are met at Maun Airport by Mary or KK (our Maun office team) before a 25 minute transfer by helicopter straight into camp, or by light aircraft to Pompom airstrip, which is then roughly an hour’s drive to camp by vehicle or boat. Once you arrive in camp you will be given time to settle in before lunch and an introduction talk with demonstration on tack and advice on game viewing from horseback. This is followed by an orientation ride for approximately 1 – 2 hours.
Day 7 – KUJWANA CAMP
Wake up each day is 1 hour before dawn to ensure best game viewing. After breakfast, a morning ride in the Xudum area, wading through lush green malapos that lead you from island to island, surprising a timid reedbuck out his dense cover on a heavily wooded island, or enjoy the herds of lechwe and zebra moving through the open spaces. Return to camp for lunch followed by a siesta. Afternoon game drive with sunset drinks and evening night drive with a spotlight to end, returning to camp for a three-course candlelit meal.
Day 8 – MOKOLOWANE CAMP
Ride from Kujwana to Mokolowane camp. This is approximately 30km ride heading northwest. The route moves through open floodplains and scattered islands towards the Matsebe river system, where you will see a wide variety of game. A picnic lunch is served on a shady island followed by siesta with camp beds, maybe a swim, and then a further 2 hours ride to Mokolowane camp. Arrive at sunset and enjoy a refreshing drink as you admire the stunning views over the floodplain. The open skylines of Mokolowane camp make for great stargazing.
Day 9 – MOKOLOWANE CAMP
Morning game drive. This camp is on the Matsebe river system and features wide-open flood plains interspersed with Mokolowane palms, a favorite food of elephant and baboon. It is also a good area for plains’ game. Alternatively, take a peaceful mokoro trip up the river and enjoy the tranquility of the delta from our dugout canoes.
In the afternoon head out for a 2-3 hour ride and enjoy the beautiful colors of the Delta as the sun starts to sink behind the horizon.
Day 10 – KUJWANA CAMP
A full day’s ride from Mokolowane to Kujwana with a picnic lunch along the way. The ride covers around 35 km, with 4 hours ridden in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. This ride moves through a variety of game areas fording the Xudum River at numerous hippo channels. Picnic lunch en route, arriving at Kujwana at sunset.
DAY 11 – Depart
Early morning game ride out of Kujwana camp if flight times permit. Guests leave after breakfast. One hour’s game drive to the nearest airstrip for transfer by light aircraft into Maun or a 20-minute helicopter ride. In Maun you will connect with your onward international flight.