Discover Africa’s senior travel consultant, Diane Du Plessis, recently embarked on a southern Africa safari in Botswana and to the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. In this article, she shares her standout experiences in both countries.
Having been fortunate enough to go on safari in Africa before, I had some idea of what to expect, but nothing could have prepared me for the sheer wild beauty of Botswana and the might of Victoria Falls.
I began my journey in Botswana, taking in Nxai Pan, Okavango Delta, and Chobe. Known for its varied landscapes and abundant wildlife, Botswana takes a low-volume, high-cost approach to tourism, guaranteeing a pristine and uncrowded safari experience.
During my trip I saw everything but rhinos and African wild dogs. I was also lucky enough to see two hippos fighting (I love hippos!) and a pride of lions taking down a kill and devouring it right in front of me.
The best game drive sightings on this safari were had at Mma Dinare and Splash Camp, where the experienced guides and trackers were more than happy to share their intimate knowledge of the unique environment.
At Nxai Pan, I ventured out on a walk with a Bushman, who explained the medicinal uses of certain plants and described traditional hunting methods, offering unique insights into the surrounding wilderness.
At Kwando Camp, I took full advantage of the off-roading safari and night game drives, experiences that were both high on my safari bucket list.
Beyond the excellent game viewing at ground level, I was also spoiled with a scenic helicopter flight over the delta, giving me a bird’s eye view of the sparkling waterways and wildlife gathered on the banks. While on the pricey side, I’d still highly recommend this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Accommodations in Botswana were 4-5 stars, and the staff were always friendly, helpful, attentive, and welcoming, really rounding off my Botswana safari experience.
My Journey in Victoria Falls
After my adventures in Botswana, I headed to the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls is instantly engrossing, one of the world’s seven natural wonders and the largest sheet of falling water on Earth.
The friendly guide who took me on a tour of the falls knew his stuff, and I came away from the experience delightfully enlightened. After some gourmet dining at the 5-star Victoria Falls Safari Club, I boarded a boat for an incredible Zambezi river cruise.
On my tranquil voyage, I spotted a lot of wildlife along the banks of the Zambezi and witnessed an incredible African sunset, cocktail in hand. If you’re headed to Victoria Falls, this is one experience you don’t want to miss out on!
Travel Tips for Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari
On my whirlwind trip, I only spent one night at each lodge, which left me a little exhausted, to be honest. I’d recommend staying for at least 3 nights in each region to settle into the African wild’s pace and unwind in style.
I’d also suggest booking well in advance – Botswana and Victoria Falls are popular African destinations, and quality accommodations can fill up quickly, especially during peak season. Bon voyage!
If you’re looking for a luxury, tailor-made safari tour in Botswana or Victoria Falls, Discover Africa is ready to help. Speak to a safari expert today about planning your dream African safari.