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The Best Of Chobe & Hwange -
A Two Country Safari

$4,430 per person

DAY 1 - Chobe National Park

Sinamatella Tented Camp (Full Board)

On arrival in Kasane, Botswana, one of our specialist guides will meet you, one of whom may be Dave Carson. He will guide you for the next 7 days in Chobe and Hwange. Should Dave be on a safari at the time of your visit, we have three other outstanding specialist guides who will gladly take care of you.

Dave will take you into Chobe National Park, an exciting game drive to camp which is a wonderful introduction to the park and its inhabitants.

Dave, (aka "Bushdog") was born and grew up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. After school he was lucky enough to find his chosen profession by chance and embarked on becoming a Professional Guide.

Zimbabwe has the most rigorous wilderness guide training in Africa. Those who successfully complete the four years and obtain their professional Guides License, are well-versed in botany, zoology, ornithology and entomology.

Dave now spends almost all of his time guiding safaris into remote areas that he considers his backyard. This encompasses Hwange National Park, Matusadona National Park and Mana Pools in Zimbabwe and Moremi, Savuti and Chobe in Botswana.

Dave's great love of his country is infectious and his wonderful sense of humor, for even the most harrowing experiences, will have you hanging onto every word. His passion for getting out on foot is insatiable and be warned if the rhino track is fresh! Take a lot of water, you could be out for quite a while!

In 1998 David joined up with a group of friends and paddled from the source of the Zambezi River to the Indian Ocean. The object was to raise money for landmine victims in Mozambique. The expedition was a huge success and also fun and still today makes for some great fireside stories.

Recently Dave has extended his “talents” and managed the building of a safari camp in Hwange National Park in the Sinamatella area in Zimbabwe. Once in camp you will meet all the staff. You will have a chance to enjoy an afternoon game activity.

The accommodation in both the Chobe and Hwange National Parks are similar, offering spacious insect proof walk-in tents with gauze-covered windows. The interior lighting is bright enough by which you can read. The flush toilets are en-suite with hot water bucket showers. Three substantial meals per day are served, between planned safari activities. Menus of fresh produce change every day and vegetarian or special diets can be catered for by prior arrangement. Local wines and spirits are offered.

Chobe is the second largest in Botswana (4,520 miles²) and named after the Chobe River that forms the northern boundary of the park. The Chobe River supports one of the largest concentrations of elephants found anywhere in Africa. The elephants leave the river for the southern region of the park during the rainy season (December to March) at the time when food and water is freely available inland. Chobe is also famous for its huge herds of buffalo and for being the southern-most point where puku antelope can be seen. The river serves as the main water source for the wildlife and birdlife in the area.

DAY 2 - Chobe National Park

Today will be spent on morning and afternoon game drives, with a siesta in between to take it easy in camp, during the midday period.

Accommodation: Sinamatella Tented Camp (Full Board)

DAY 3 - Chobe National Park

The day will start as usual, nice and early but instead of coming back to camp for lunch at midday, you will be taken to the boat station to do a 3-hour game cruise on the Chobe River. You will have a packed lunch on the boat while you are on the river. This cruise is very scenic and can be one of the best for game viewing from the water. Return to camp for dinner under the stars.

Accommodation: Sinamatella Tented Camp (Full Board)

DAY 4 - Chobe National Park/Hwange National Park

Today you will have an early wake-up call followed by a game drive out of the park to the Zimbabwe border, where you will complete your passport control procedures. Once the formalities have been completed, you will then proceed with your guide David in an air-conditioned bus to the gate into Hwange National Park, which is an approximate 3-hour road journey.

On arrival at the gate it is back into a game-viewing vehicle for a game drive to your campsite deep in the park. Once you have had a chance to walk through the camp and seen the lay of the facilities, lunch will be served. A peaceful siesta will follow and then finish off the day with a walking safari.

On arrival back in camp in the evening the camp staff will have the camp fire going and it is now that you get the feeling of being in the wilds. Enjoy another delicious dinner surrounded only by the sounds of the African night.

Accommodation: Hwange Tented Camp (Full Board)

DAY 5 & 6 - Hwange National Park

You will have two more days to explore this game-rich park with David. The Hwange National Park is 5,653 square miles and is in fact as big as Northern Ireland. Due to the vast size of the park the landscape varies from deep Kalahari sands in the south to rocky hilly country in the north. The park is divided into 3 different areas, namely Main Camp, Robins and Sinamatella areas. The park is home to over 35 000 elephants who in the dry season dominate all the water points in the afternoons. Other animals that can be seen in the park are lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, impala, kudu, sable, eland, waterbuck, zebra, giraffe, baboon and warthog. There have also been 400 species of bird life recorded here.

The Sinamatella area of the park is a fantastic game driving and walking area. The next two days comprise an early start with a light breakfast and then a safari, either by vehicle, on foot or a combination of the two. The walks are especially adventurous and you will always remember how exciting it is to be amongst the elephant on foot! Apart from the animals that you will encounter on foot, this is truly a place that is wild and you definitely feel a part of the wilderness.

Tonight enjoy a final African dinner under the Southern Cross before retiring for a good night's rest.

Accommodation: Hwange Tented Camp (Full Board)

DAY 7 - Hwange National Park/Victoria Falls

After an early morning safari and breakfast, you will drive back to Mbala Gate where David will say goodbye. You will be met by an air-conditioned bus and driven back to Victoria Falls.