Journey Through Zimbabwe & Botswana

Mar 25, 2024 | Travel Guide

Are you ready for your next adventure off the beaten path? Have you dreamed of seeing some of nature’s most exotic wonders in the wild? Consider planning your next trip to Zimbabwe and Botswana, home to dramatic landscapes and diverse wildlife you will never forget. In Zimbabwe, take a river cruise and experience Victoria Falls making a thundering 108 meter drop into the Batoka gorge, then sleep under the stars and spot elephants at dawn in Hwange National Park. Stay in our expert-approved luxury safari lodges in Botswana and go on game drives in the massive Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where you may spot giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs, or venture to the Okavango Delta and explore the sweeping vistas by boat. Visit the renowned Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, a maze of waterways and lagoons, riverine forests and palm tree islands. Our partners at Africa Inscribed are experts in all things luxurious adventure and their wide breadth of knowledge is evident in every detail of their trips. We had the incredible opportunity to travel to a handful of the premier camps ourselves and experience the once-in-a-lifetime wonders of remote Southern Africa with our partner and friends at Africa Inscribed. Check out some of our favorite stays from the trip!

Zimbabwe

Old Drift Lodge, Victoria Falls

Soak in incredible vistas of the Zambezi River from Old Drift Lodge. This lodge is perfect for guests who want to experience all the wildlife the Zambezi has to offer with convenient proximity to the incredible Victoria Falls! The excellent staff, service and dining make this experience a true luxury, all while being only a stone’s throw from the mighty Zambezi River. At Victoria Falls, the river drops into narrow Batoka Gorge, where there’s white-water rafting, gorge swing, canopy tour and Devil’s Pool for the adrenaline adventurer. Take a helicopter over the Falls, go birding but we highly recommend an early wake up to treat yourself to a serene sunrise Zambezi River cruise! Immerse yourself in nature and have coffee right on the water while the sun comes up, catching glimpses of hippos, crocodiles and the amazing life of the river.

Wilderness Linkwasha, Eastern Hwange National Park

At Wilderness Linkwasha, enjoy an authentic camp experience like no other. Situated on the doorstep of the famed Ngamo Plains, the lodge’s excellent location stands sentry over a magnificent pans, offering incredible opportunities for wildlife encounters. Linkwasha caters to guests’ needs with some of the most stunning sunsets. We had an unforgettable night sleeping out in the Star Bed, the camp’s one-of-a-kind way for guests to experience the African bush wildlife at night from the safety of a “treehouse”. The “Hide”, an in ground bunker located right at the lodge, allows guests to up close viewing as elephants, zebras, cheetahs and more of Hwange visit the watering hole. This camp is perfect for guests who want to venture deeper into Zimbabwe and experience a unique adventure.

 

Botswana

andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Experience the height of luxury and design at &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge. Built to resemble a pangolin, the lodge itself is a masterpiece, melting into the surrounding forest canopy due to its warm wood tones inspired by nature. The lodge consists of 12 luxurious guest cottages, including a family suite, set along ancient game paths where the gentle majesty of elephants have often tread. Raised private decks with plunge pools offer spectacular views of the Okavango Delta whilst the gentle breeze that drifts through the window screens of your cottage open you up to a world of tranquility and peaceful luxury in the wild. All cottages have stunning bathrooms, including indoor and outdoor showers and dressing area. The lodge opens up to views of the Gomoti River at every turn. Let the expert guides take you on a walking safari or jump in the safari vehicle and head after an elusive sighting, ending the perfect game drive with stunning sundowners. We were blown away by the gourmet-quality food, warm and welcoming staff and perfected service. Surely you will be too!

Wilderness Little Vumbura, Kwedi Concession

We loved our stay at Wilderness Little Vumbura, a luxury safari camp nestled on an island in the Kwedi Concession. The incredible water views, charming decor, and amazing staff ensure an unforgettable experience. Accessible only by boat, Little Vumbura is the epitome of island living, located in the middle of the water wonderland that is the Delta. This is Beautiful Botswana. The spacious tents with lounge area, featuring large windows that bring the outdoors in, so guests can enjoy the beauty of the bush while relaxing in their tents between game drives. A plunge pool and reading spaces overlook the floodplains and a Star Deck offers superb stargazing. Delight in the Makoro boat experience to explore the serene Delta at sunset and go on amphibious game drives to catch glimpses of lions, elephants and leopards. 

Wilderness King’s Pool

Tucked away in a grove of jackalberry trees, King’s Pool is a luxurious safari camp named for Swedish royalty. This regal thatch and canvas camp, made up of eight spacious suites, a sprawling common area and eye-level hide overlooks a tranquil lagoon, attracting a diverse parade of wildlife and an impressive array of birds. The camp is completely powered by solar, courtesy of the warm Botswana sun, but there is respite to be found in the swimming pool. Each guest tent has a large bedroom and lounge area leading to a veranda that embraces the glorious views of the lagoon. The King’s Pool Suite has two separate rooms, each with its own en-suite facilities, and sharing a private plunge pool and outdoor sunken lounge – perfect for families, a group of four adults traveling together. The beautiful property is right on the river – we had an incredible time watching hippos, crocodiles, baboons and elephants from the comfort of our rooms.

If you are looking for the adventure of a lifetime, contact us at Walks Around the World and start planning your next trip!

 

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