Botswana & Zimbabwe Wildlife Safari

12 days Safari, Multi-country
After an introduction to the continent at Victoria Falls, spend a week scanning the horizon for cheetah in Hwange National Park, tracking the elephant herds in Chobe and gliding through the lush lagoons of the Okavango Delta. Journey from grasslands to woodlands, through waterways and byways, to experience Africa’s incredible diversity.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 8 - 14 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, with some steep hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 7 three-course or buffet dinners with beer or wine

  • 6 game drives

  • 5 Connect & Conserve Highlights

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach, guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Tour of Botswana and Zimbabwe

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa today.

Victoria Falls 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Victoria Falls

  Included meals: Dinner

Land in Johannesburg and connect to your flight to Victoria Falls. Later, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Victoria Falls National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set out to experience the power and beauty of Victoria Falls firsthand.

• Discover the falls from multiple angles and learn about the area’s flora and fauna

• Visit the Rose of Charity, an organization helping to transform the lives of impoverished children, their families and their communities through education

Day 4: Free day in Victoria Falls

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Victoria Falls.

Hwange 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Hwange National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Hwange National Park, the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. 

• Ramble across sweeping landscapes during a short sunset drive though Hwange Conservancy in the late afternoon

• Keep watch for over 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds that make their home in the park

Day 6: Game drive in Hwange National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embark on a full-day game drive in Hwange National Park.

• Experience the diverse landscape of dense teak forest and open grassy plains with acacia as well as islands of mopane woodland and Ilala palms

• Spot herds of buffalo, prides of lions and wealth of plains game

• See elephants trudge along in herds

• Scan the landscape in search of giraffes

Chobe 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Chobe National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get a chance to see more wildlife as you leave Hwange Conservancy and cross the border into Botswana and enter Chobe National Park, one of Africa’s best off-the-beaten-path safari destinations.

• Take a peaceful late afternoon wildlife cruise along the Chobe River

• Watch for elephants, crocodiles and hippos who come to drink and bathe at sunset

Day 8: Chobe National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend another day roaming among Chobe’s exotic wildlife.

• Cross the border into Namibia to walk around the village on Impalila Island and visit with the community there

• Embark on a late afternoon game drive in Chobe National Park, which boasts Africa’s highest concentration of elephants

Okavango Delta 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Chobe game drive & flight to Okavango Delta

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Follow along the varied landscapes of Chobe on an early morning game drive before flying by chartered plane to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. 

• Explore the delta’s serene surroundings by boat

• Glide along reed-fringed waterways to see wildlife from a different perspective

Day 10: Okavango Delta

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin your day floating along the delta’s tranquil channels in your mokoro, a traditional canoe.

• Keep your eyes peeled for giraffe, lion, leopard, jackal, impala, red lechwe and other denizens of the delta

• Traverse the region’s rugged landscape on a guided bush walk

• Take to the water again on a motorized boat 

Celebrate your adventures with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Morning boating excursion & departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get one last glimpse of Africa’s wild landscapes on a boating excursion. Then, take a chartered flight to Maun to connect to your overnight flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 12: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Add Cape Town Starting from $1,299 pp

Discover the splendors of Cape Town, one of the world’s most beautiful, vibrant and multicultural cities. On the rugged Western Cape coast, the “Mother City” is nestled at the foot of iconic Table Mountain. Explore this magnificent metropolis—from the elegant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront to the eclectic Malay Quarter, from striking Cape Point to the idyllic Winelands.

Cape Town 4 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Flight to Cape Town

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly from Maun to Johannesburg and continue on to the jewel of southern Africa: Cape Town.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Cape Town

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get acquainted with Cape Town on a guided tour.

• Explore the Houses of Parliament, the lively Greenmarket Square and the 17th-century Castle of Good Hope

• Stop at the historic Company’s Garden

• Ride a cable car to the top of Table Mountain (weather dependent) 

• Stroll the colorful streets of Bo-Kaap and learn the history behind this Cape Malay corner of the city

Day 13: Cape of Good Hope

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the wonders of the Peninsula.

• View Camps Bay Beach, a ribbon of white sand along the bottom of the Twelve Apostles mountains

• Wind along Chapman’s Peak Drive

• Arrive at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Preserve and Cape Point

• Stop at historic Simonstown

• See the African penguins at Boulders Beach

• Wander Kirstenbosch Gardens, one the world’s greatest botanical gardens

Day 14: Free day in Cape Town

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Cape Town or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Cape Winelands Tasting & Lunch $95pp* Details

Leave the city behind for a scenic drive from Cape Town through the valleys of the Cape Winelands, finally arriving in the Stellenbosch wine region. Among the mountainous, treelined surroundings of the Stellenbosch Waterford Estate, get a taste for the region’s finest labels complemented by luxurious chocolate pairings. Continue on to Takora, an award-winning winery estate, for another wine tasting and a light lunch. Afterward, relax and soak in the vineyard scenery before returning to Cape Town.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Hwange, Zimbabwe
  • Chobe, Botswana
  • Okavango Delta, Botswana
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Botswana and Zimbabwe (and South Africa on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.

  • We recommend having at least three blank passport pages for entry stamps.

  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in order to enter Zimbabwe. You may choose to obtain your individual visa by purchasing it on arrival at the airport. You may also purchase your visa in advance by applying directly to the Zimbabwean consulate or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral. Please note: if you would like to visit both sides of Victoria Falls, you will need to purchase a multiple-entry visa to cross the bridge to Zambia and then re-enter Zimbabwe.

  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.   

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, with some steep hills.

  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats. This tour also includes long bumpy rides in safari vehicles.

  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team. 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and depart from Maun, Botswana (or Cape Town, South Africa on the tour extension). Arrival and departure flights will route through South Africa. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport in Zimbabwe and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.

  • Chartered flights on small aircraft from Chobe to the Okavango Delta and from the Okavango Delta to Maun are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Maun to Cape Town.)

  • During your safari, you’ll travel in open air safari vehicles, motorized boats and traditional canoes. Transfers between parks are long and cross bumpy terrain, so we recommend bringing a small pillow to ease the ride. 

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.

  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on safari vehicles and chartered flights.

  • Due to the limited space in the vehicles and the inclusion of chartered flights on your itinerary, the luggage weight limit will be lower than that of your commercial overseas flight. 

  • Safari luggage restrictions are strict and strongly enforced. It’s essential that your luggage meets the following requirements:

    o A soft, flexible duffel bag (hard suitcases or bags with hard sides are not permitted)

    o No larger than 10  W by 12  H by 24  L

    o The total weight cannot exceed 44 pounds (including your camera equipment and carry-on bag)

  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag. 

Clothing & packing tips

  • Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will be most comfortable. Quick-dry material is best for hot days outside and a warmer layer may be needed for chilly evenings and early mornings. 

  • For game drives, wear muted colors, as bright clothing may scare animals away.

  • Comfortable closed-toes shoes, such as sneakers or lightweight hiking boots, are best for walking during the day. 

  • Sun protection is very important. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun. 

  • Occasional rain showers are common during certain seasons, so lightweight rainwear may be necessary depending on the timing of your trip.

  • Insect repellent, binoculars and a flashlight are highly recommended.



  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at

  • Local governments may require proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a  yellow card ) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. This is only required of travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission (Please note: This does not include the U.S. or Canada). Visit for more information.

  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.

  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.

  • Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication and any prescription medications in your carry on luggage. 

  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.

  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team. 


  • Cuisine in your game lodges reflects the region’s British colonial influence—you may find that many locals pause for afternoon tea. Porridge and maize-based dishes are staples, as well as locally raised beef and goat and many different types of fish. Fresh varieties of melon are often served for dessert.


Electricity & air conditioning

  • Zimbabwe operates on 220 volts and uses a Type I plug with three large, flat pins.

  • Botswana uses 230 volts and uses a plug Type G plug (with three large, flat pins) and a Type M plug (with two small, round pins and one larger round pin).

  • South Africa (on the tour extension) operates on 220–230 volts and uses a Type M plug with two small round pins and one larger round pin.

  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  

  • Not all of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning. 

  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.



  • Wi-Fi is available in some hotels, though charges may apply. 

  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches or safari vehicles. 

  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges. 

Time zones

  • Botswana and Zimbabwe (plus South Africa on the tour extension) are two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Victoria Falls. 


  • The official currency of Botswana is the Botswanan pula, but U.S. dollars are widely accepted.

  • In Zimbabwe, it’s recommended that you use U.S. dollars or South African rand.

  • You will use the South African rand on the tour extension in Cape Town.

  • All African countries have strict exchange regulations and local currencies are not interchangeable. It is important to keep a receipt whenever you convert foreign currency. 

  • We recommend that you carry as little local cash as possible as well as small amounts of U.S. dollars (only crisp bills printed in 2004 or later). 

  • ATMs are not readily available in more rural locations.

  • Major North American credit cards are accepted but can be difficult to use in certain remote locations (Visa is the most widely accepted). 

  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

  • We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.


  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.

  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.

  • We also recommend tipping the equivalent of $5USD/CAD per person for your local wildlife guides per game excursion. 

  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

  • Gratuities for baggage handling are included in the price of your tour. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.

  • Your driver/guide will accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions.

  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.

  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.   


  • You will have the opportunity to shop for local handicrafts, such as wood carvings and textiles, at outdoor markets and roadside stalls. Some lodges will have boutiques on the premises as well.

  • Prices at most markets are negotiable, so don't be afraid to bargain—it's a great way to strike up a conversation with a local.


Items to give or trade

  • Many Africans are fond of North American goods, and travelers often bring token items (such as T-shirts, baseball caps, pens, English-language books, small toys and crayons for children) to offer as gifts or when bartering for souvenirs. 

  • Offering local children candy or gum is somewhat controversial because of the potential lack of access to dental care. 

  • Go Ahead strongly recommends that you don’t bring any goods that will require batteries or chargers.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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2 / 5

2 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Poor communications

The first eleven days with a tour director were great. However, the tour director did not go with the 4 day extension tour of Capetown. He hung out with us at the airport until he was able to get someone to transport us to our hotel. The winelands full day tour was cancelled and GoAhead still (two weeks later) has not contacted me about a refund - no attempt was made to schedule something else. On the first day of the extension, I called the GoAhead emergency number to find out who we should contact about the scheduled events and was told (when I asked to speak to a manager) that it was 2:30 in the morning in Boston and there was nothing he could do - I never heard from him again even though he said he would get back to me with more info.


Dear Don, Thank you very much for taking this adventure with Go Ahead, and for writing this review about your experience on the extension for this tour. We are so pleased to learn that you found the main portion of your tour to be great, and regret that there were aspects of your extension that you felt could have been better handled. We aim to make the transition between the main tour and the extension as smooth as possible, and we regret to learn that you did not feel this happened in your case. Your feedback has been shared with our operations team, and we are addressing your concerns internally. We very much appreciate you taking the time to speak with us and share your insight. We hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 17, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Loved Our Camps!

It was so exciting to stay in Ivory Lodge and Moremi Crossing! The staff, meals, beds, everything was more than I expected. We were surrounded by amazing scenery and animals that appealed to all the senses. The hotels were modern, clean, and located in beautiful areas. Our guides were very knowledgeable and everything went without a hitch from the time our tour guide, Chris, met us at the airport, to the time he saw us off at the end of the trip. Just wish I could have stayed longer in the camps to enjoy those beautiful areas.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome Tour!!

Just returned from " Botswana & Zimbabwe: Untouched Africa" tour. It was the BEST!our tour director, Chris ,, added such a colorful and vibrant experience! Wearing his passion on his sleeve, we embraced our visit to the Rose of Charity orphanage by shopping for the director's "wish list" before we moved on. This tour surpassed my expectations and I thank Chris forint!! I would recommend booking with GoAhead anytime!!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Tour

This tour had it all!! Our tour director, Chris was so knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. He made sure our every need was met. The itinerary was the best, from many types of safaris where we saw a multitude of animals in the wild to the highlights of Capetown. I feel like everything was covered. We have travelled quite a bit--I can't imagine we will ever find another tour we enjoy more. The hotels were lovely and the food at all the accommodations was great. The only suggestion I could make is that the Capetown tour include a Township Tour in its itinerary. We stayed in Capetown a couple of extra days and that was definitely a highlight.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/13/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Adventure Plus

Loved everything about Africa. Learned about the country, animals and people through our tour director and the knowledgeable guides. Very pleased with our accommodations, loved the tent like atmosphere in two of the lodges. Hosts were very hospitable. Only changes I would make is the flight booking over to and back from Africa, thought flights could have been more direct, ie. Atlanta return city from Cape Town. Also would not spend as much time at the orphanage and wild dog museum. On the extra days spent in Cape Town was not able to receive the final dinner stated in the program. Tour agency was unaware of any such plans.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Untouched Africa

We had a wonderful trip. Some suggestions....we went in June. It is their winter. The temperture ranged from 40 degrees F to about 90 degrees F. Since the game drives are in an open vehicle and often start before sun-up, it was COLD. Bring LAYERS of clothing that you can start warm, then peel off clothes as the sun comes up and it gets hot. You need warm sweatshirts and pants! We did not really have the opportunity to see rhino. SO, don't expect to see one. Where we were in Botswana specifically, they have moved the rhinos to an area that is guarded by the military due to the poaching. We would have liked to done more all day game drives, as opposed to the morning and evening ones. We had one all day game drive and got deeper into the national park and saw more that one day than all the other days. Okavango Delta is an amazing landscape, but you will not get as close to the animals as you do at the other parks. The fun part was the walk in the bush. We heard a lion close by, but couldn't see it. All the accomodations are top notch! Our favorite was the Ivory Lodge. Unusual setting, beautiful area, FRIENDLY hosts!

Staff Review

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Staff Review

Truly Off the Beaten Path of Africa

This tour was truly beyond expectations! I have traveled all over the world and must say that this is one of the best experiences I have ever had. If you ever dreamed of going to Africa and seeing a different perspective, these areas of Zimbabwe and Botswana offer a supremely unique, up close and personal view of wildlife and the most awesome accommodations you can imagine! One of my favorite lodges was in Hwange and can only be compared to an upscale version of a tree house, where the elephants roam right on the property! All of the lodges were top notch and it was a perfect balance between somewhat of a resort feel and also that rustic experience that enhances your connection to the areas you are in. The people we encountered were first rate, from the knowledgeable wildlife guides to the amazingly friendly staff at each lodge, the service provided was more than you could ask for. They truly helped make this once in a lifetime trip feel even more special. I loved all of the food we got to try! We ate quite an assortment of fresh fruits and veggies (safe at the lodges), we tried various kinds of game meat and even crocodile! We also ate things like porridge, delicious rice dishes and of course fish caught from the nearby rivers. The biggest tip I would give is about packing LOTS of layers, including a warm sweater to wear under your coat because the mornings are very chilly. Don’t leave home without plenty of sunscreen and bug spray – though every room came with lovely mosquito nets draped over the beds. The memories that I took from this trip will be with me forever and I hope everyone gets to experience this. Thank you Go Ahead Tours!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Botswana & Zimbabwe, Untouched Africa

This was a wonderful tour and our tour director, Duane, was excellent. We stayed in 4 locations, 2 nicer hotels and 2 safari type lodges. The mix was good because we started at a nice hotel, then the Ivory Lodge, then another nicer hotel, and then Moremi Crossing in the Delta. Ivory Lodge was my favorite place, I had a private room up on stilts, with a view of the watering hole. When we arrived there were at least 100 elephants there to greet us, and it was a thrill. I was a little disappointed in the amount of animals that we saw at the Okavango Delta, but the experience there was so pleasant I was okay with not seeing a lot of animals. The food was good and I enjoyed the whole experience. Happy travels!

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