Travel Inspiration: Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe
For this edition of our A2D Travel Inspiration newsletter, we're taking you to Africa; land of the safari and a destination that will have you gasping in wonder.
Nothing encapsulates the spirit of "adventure" more than a trip to Africa, so let us guide you through some of the best places to stay and incredible things to do in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
For more detailed information and to start planning your own bespoke African expedition, please contact us by clicking on the Enquiry button at the bottom of the article.
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B O T S W A N A
One of the greatest, most thrilling wildlife destinations on the planet
The "jewel of the Kalahari"
Unparalleled game viewing
The new generation of safari experience
The largest elephant population in Africa
Some of the most luxurious camps and lodges in southern Africa
A world leader in high quality, low-impact tourism
Botswana is home to both the Kalahari deserts and the Okavango Delta (pictured below), a 49-million acre river delta (with all the variety of flora and fauna that such dramatic shifts in environment comprise).
It's a place of endless wonders, of a hundred things a day that are barely credible.
Botswana’s high quality, low-impact tourism model means you'll get more personal touches, exclusivity and the feeling that it's all just for you.
Imagine game viewing where yours is the only jeep in sight.
Best time to go:
Between May and October (dry season) when the wildlife is in abundance.
June is one of the best months for water levels and wildlife activity, when the rivers and lagoons are teaming with activity.
The town of Maun is the safari starting point for north and central Botswana.
Fly from London to Maun via Johannesburg (16 hours duration) or from Oslo to Maun via London and Johannesburg (20 hours duration)
Cruise down the Okavango Delta in a
traditional mokor or kayak
Quad bike across the Makgadikgadi Salt
A three-day paddle board "safari" led by
guides from the local Bayei community.
A heli-safari over the Delta for a bird's eye
view of the big five and more.
Meet and participate in the traditions of
the indigenous hunter-gatherers of
Botswana: The San People.
WHERE TO STAY
A new luxury lodge with just 10 beds set in a 64,000-acre private concession in central Okavango.
Exclusive activities include night explorations, off-roading & year-round canoe safaris.
In Botswana’s Okavango Delta, you can experience the magic of sleeping under the stars, on an elevated platform, in a four-poster bed, whilst listening to nature's orchestra serenade you to sleep.
Recently reopened on one of the most epic stretches of savanna of any camp anywhere in Africa, Mambo Camp has 12 art-deco inspired tents. Enjoy panoramic views of grazing elephants, baboons, and giraffe from the comfort of your own plunge pool.
DUPA PLAINS CAMP
Located in the northeast and run by one of Botswana’s best‑in-show operators, you could be one of 24 lucky guests to stay on this 77,000 acres of community-owned land and marvel at the robust wildlife populations, including several lion prides.
Z A M B I A
Best in class for walking safaris
Liuwa Plain is Zambia's breathtakingly dramatic national park situated in western Zambia
It now hosts Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration during November and December
Best time to go: May - October (dry season)
Fly from London to Livingstone via Johannesburg (14 hours duration)
or From Oslo to Livingstone via Amsterdam & Nairobi (16.5 hours duration)
Take a dip in Devil's Rock, the natural pool
on the ledge of Victoria Falls
Bungee jump off the Victoria Falls bridge
Go on a thrilling night safari to spot
leopards and other nocturnal creatures
Kayak or white water raft the mighty Zambezi
or take a fishing safari to catch tiger fish
Abseil the Batoka Gorge in Livingstone
WHERE TO STAY
THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE HOTEL
This colonial gem is located on the banks of the Zambezi River, in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just 15 minutes from Victoria Falls. Watch Zambia’s majestic landscape and exotic fauna from the comfort of your balcony.
KING LEWANIKA LODGE
Zambia’s Liuwa Plain National Park is known for its extreme isolation and wilderness nature. Now, it has its first permanent Safari residence, courtesy of the spectacular King Lewanika Lodge.
MATESI VICTORIA FALLS
A luxury retreat set in a 55,000-hectare private game reserve on the shores of the Zambezi. This stunning property offers the unique combination of rich wildlife viewing alongside scenic Victoria Falls experiences.
Stay in one of only nine tents at this small, family-owned camp set beneath a grove of mahogany trees on the banks of the Zambezi, 80 miles east of Lusaka.
This is understated luxury at its best. Perfect to view the wildlife-rich Lower Zambezi National Park.
Z I M B A B W E
National Geographic has tipped Zimbabwe as a must-visit country for 2019
Known for its abundant wildlife, epic scenery and laid-back charm
A Zimbabwe safari offers a sense of scale and wilderness that is hard to discover in neighbouring Botswana and Zambia
Fly from London to Victoria Falls via Johannesburg (15 hours duration)
From Olso to Victoria Falls via Stockholm & Addis Ababa (16.5 hours duration)
Walk with Lions in Zimbabwe's open savannah
For the ultimate view of Victoria Falls, fly
over it in a helicopter
Venture into Hwange National Park, one
of Africa’s largest, most game-rich wildlife
areas and see some of the the estimated
44,000 elephants that live there.
Cruise the the scenic waterways of Mana
Pools National Park to the awesome
WHERE TO STAY
This intimate tented camp in Hwange National Park is supremely located to observe large elephant herds at close range. Its 7 tents are spread through acacia forest near the Kennedy Vlei.
A luxury tented safari camp located in one of Hwange’s most game-rich areas. You'll be awe-struck by the large herds of Cape buffalo and elephants, eland, impala, giraffe, zebra, lion, cheetah, hyena and wild dogs.
GOLIATH SAFARI CAMP
Located at Mana Pools National Park, this basic but comfortable camp has been run by Stretch Ferreira, one of the most established safari operators for over 35 years. The focus here is on walking and tracking for a truly intimate and unforgettable safari experience.
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