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Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana Safari Multi-Adventure Tour

Safari
Walk/Hike
Bike
Canoe

Victoria Falls to Okavango Delta

From $9,999 pp dbl. occ. | 9 days / 8 nights

(+$5,060 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $2,700


This journey starts with a bang: thundering Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. The grand Zambezi River, whose waters beckon a sunset cruise and a hand-carved canoe safari. Classic scenes of a rugged Southern African landscape unfold as you move by bike, on foot and in iconic Land Cruisers. Abundant wildlife, ancient baobab trees, lush deltas and incomparable sunsets from luxurious hideaways are just a few of the wonders you'll see. The trip ends in the flash of your camera on a photography tour, but the adventure will never leave you.

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Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa

Start Livingstone, Zambia / End Johannesburg, South Africa

Map of Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana

Highlights

  • Safari among a medley of African wildlife in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, traveling effortlessly via private charter flights
  • Witness thundering Victoria Falls from both sizes of the Zambezi River and get to know the fascinating people who live here
  • Hike and canoe amid the Okavango Delta's stunning maze of waterways and savanna, with the chance to spot the Big Five
  • Bike Mashatu's beautifully rugged landscape by day, then track nocturnal animals in open-top Land Rovers beneath the stars
Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa

Start Livingstone, Zambia / End Johannesburg, South Africa

Map of Zambia, Zimbabwe & Botswana

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Walk to Victoria Falls, a magnificent explosion of thunder and spray, from its more scenic side in Zambia | Watch for hippos, crocodiles and birdlife on a Zambezi River cruise | Bike through the rural countryside, visiting a traditional village and a remarkable school | Tour the vibrant Maramba Market | Dine in the lodge's boma (traditional African enclosure) under a blanket of stars.

Days 3-4 Journey to Zimbabwe to spot game from the seat of your bike | Spin and hike through beautiful Victoria Falls National Park | Behold the famous Big Tree, an ancient baobab of record size | Rejuvenate at our luxurious river abode | Safari in the Matetsi Private Game Reserve, where lions, wild dogs and leopards roam | Canoe on a quiet stretch of the Zambezi | Keep your camera poised for wading elephants on a riverboat excursion.

Days 5-6 Fly via private charter to the incredible Okavango Delta in Botswana, a World Heritage site | Delve into a vast maze of papyrus-lined waterways and grassland on guided walks and game drives | Chances to spot the Big Five—lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo—abound | Punt along shallow waters in a traditional mokoro canoe | Search for jeweled kingfishers among the reeds | Sip a sundowner, serenaded by soothing night sounds.

Days 7-9 In the golden morning light, capture stunning Okavango snapshots on a photography walk | Take a private flight to the Mashatu Game Reserve, a diverse and rugged wilderness unchanged since the days of Rudyard Kipling | In open-top Land Rovers, track classic African animals like giraffe, cheetah and zebra | Cycle amid elephants along their ancient paths | Search for nocturnal creatures under the brilliant night sky | Board a chartered plane to Johannesburg in South Africa to easily connect to international flights.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Prices

From $9,999 pp dbl. occ.
9 days / 8 nights

(+$5,060 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $2,700


Premiere Hotels

Thorntree River Lodge
&Beyond Thorntree River Lodge

Livingstone (2 nights)

Matetsi River Lodge, Zimbabwe, Africa
&Beyond Matetsi River Lodge

Matetsi Private Game Reserve (2 nights)

andBeyond Nxabega Okanvango Tented Camp
&Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Nxabega Private Game Reserve (2 nights)

Mashatu Main Camp, Botswana, Africa
Mashatu Main Camp

Mashatu Game Reserve (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Zimbabwe

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Thorntree River Lodge

&Beyond Thorntree River Lodge

Livingstone (2 nights)

Soak in the stunning river setting from your private veranda at this lavish tented camp on the Zambezi. (pool, spa)

Matetsi River Lodge, Zimbabwe, Africa

&Beyond Matetsi River Lodge

Matetsi Private Game Reserve (2 nights)

This luxurious retreat is set on an exclusive shaded stretch of the Zambezi River above Victoria Falls. (pool, spa)

andBeyond Nxabega Okanvango Tented Camp

&Beyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

Nxabega Private Game Reserve (2 nights)

Tucked under a canopy of ebony trees, this elegant tented retreat offers expansive views of the Okavango Delta. (pool, spa)

Mashatu Main Camp, Botswana, Africa

Mashatu Main Camp

Mashatu Game Reserve (2 nights)

A spectacularly remote luxury camp built around a water hole where one of Southern Africa's largest elephant herds congregates. (pool)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Walking/Hiking 3 200 4 500
2 Biking 12 300
3 Biking 14 200
Walking/Hiking 2 100
Other Matetsi Afternoon Game Drive (2 Hours)
4 Other Matetsi Morning Game Drive & Walk (3.5 Hours)
Other Zambezi River Canoeing (1 Hour)
Other Afternoon Zambezi River Wildlife Cruise & Game Drive (3.5 Hours)
5 Other Matetsi Morning Game Drive or Walk (2 Hours)
Other Okavango Afternoon Game Drive & Walk (2 Hours)
6 Other Okavango Morning Walking Safari (2–3 Miles)
Other Okavango Afternoon Game Drive & Canoe Safari
7 Other Okavango Morning Walk & Photo Tour
Other Mashatu Afternoon Game Drive
8 Other Mashatu Morning Biking & Game Drive (3.5 Hours)
Other Mashatu Evening Game Drive (2 Hours)
9 Other Morning Biking & Game Drive (3.5 Hours)
 

Note: On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Mountain Bike (Included)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Flights

On this trip we occasionally travel by private charter 10-passenger turboprop planes to reach the exclusive hotels and activities this destination has to offer.

Why Travel with Backroads in Zimbabwe

The Best Leaders in Zimbabwe

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Zimbabwe , and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Zimbabwe has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in Zimbabwe are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Flights

On this trip we occasionally travel by private charter 10-passenger turboprop planes to reach the exclusive hotels and activities this destination has to offer.
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