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Victoria Falls & Chobe with Kenya Tanzania Game Safari

Cultural Adventure Safaris of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya & Tanzania

Specials on all departures: 3 adults sharing one room will be accorded a discount of US$ 175/CA$ 237 per person.

Experience the absolute best of African wildlife, all in one journey. Our 18-day tour takes you through Africa’s best safari destinations. Track tree-climbing lions in Serengeti and Masai Mara, search for the Big Five in Ngorongoro, and encounter the world’s largest elephant population in Chobe, Botswana. Plus, see one of Africa’s most legendary natural wonders, Victoria Falls from both Zimbabwe and Zambia – after all, this is an African safari tailored just for you!

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Victoria Falls 2. Lake Nakuru National Park, part of Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley
3. Serengeti National Park 4. Ngorongoro Conservation Area
5. Olduvai Gorge    
Tour Information
Duration : 18 days
Minimum : 02 persons
Maximum : 07 persons
Price (From) : US$ 7525
International air not included
Day 01: Arrive Victoria Falls/Livingstone (ZIMBABWE/ZAMBIA)
Day 02: Victoria Falls/Chobe (BOTSWANA)
(B, L, D)
Day 03: Chobe
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Chobe/LVI/VFA (BOTSWANA/ZAMBIA/ZIMBABWE)
(B)
Day 05: Victoria Falls
(B)
Day 06: Victoria Falls/Nairobi (Flight) (KENYA)
(B)
Day 07: Nairobi/Amboseli (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 08: Amboseli
(B, L, D)
Day 09: Amboseli/Lake Naivasha (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 10: Lake Naivasha/Lake Nakuru (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 11: Lake Nakuru/Masai Mara (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 12: Masai Mara
(B, L, D)
Day 13: Masai Mara/Lake Victoria (Drive) (TANZANIA)
(B, L, D)
Day 14: Lake Victoria/Serengeti (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 15: Serengeti
(B, L, D)
Day 16: Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 17: Ngorongoro Crater/Lake Manyara (Drive)
(B, L, D)
Day 18: Lake Manyara/Depart Arusha
(B, L)
B=Breakfast, Sn=Snack, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Victoria Falls/Livingstone (ZIMBABWE/ZAMBIA)

Welcome to Victoria Falls - Southern Africa’s most popular tourist destination. We can arrive at one of two airports. VFA is the airport on the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls town, while LVI is the airport about 30 minutes away in the Zambian town of Livingstone. Choose the airport most convenient to you and we will be there to meet, greet and transfer you to your hotel. Balance of the day is free to relax or explore Victoria Falls town before we jump into our Botswana safari the next day.

Our accommodation is lovely Ilala Lodge, one of the closest hotels to Victoria Falls. Upgrades to the famous Victoria Falls Hotel, a colonial era hotel more than 100 years old, are also available upon request.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls (Deluxe Room) (1 night)

For this tour, it is important that you ask for the KAZA Univisa upon arrival at the airport. Please contact Bestway for more details.

Day 02: Victoria Falls/Chobe (BOTSWANA)

Crocodile in Chobe River with a fish in his mouth

It’s no secret that Botswana is blessed with some of the best wildlife viewing on Earth. The country is well known for its exclusive offerings of high calibre safari lodges that seamlessly blend luxury with local landscapes. Chobe National Park is an absolutely iconic safari destination. This park is also known as “Land of the Giants”, as it has the largest single concentration of elephants found anywhere in the world.  We are transferred via road from Victoria Falls. After crossing the border into Botswana, we are at Chobe by midday. Our lovely lodge offers a choice of two different activities: a safari drive through Chobe Park in search of the Big 5 animals of lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo, and a leisurely sunset boat cruise along the Chobe River, where we can see elephants and other animals come to cool themselves down. Take part in one this afternoon to get our first taste of African wildlife!

Want to treat yourself? We also offer upgrades to Chobe Game Lodge, which is the only property located right within Chobe Park itself! Chobe Game Lodge is fully eco-tourism certified.

Overnight: Chobe Bush Lodge (Standard Room), Kasane (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 03: Chobe

Another day of activities to discover the wildlife wonders of Chobe National Park. Besides its massive elephant population, Chobe is known for its huge herds of buffalo, as well as large prides of the lions that have learned to hunt them. The bird life is also spectacular, so make sure to bring your binoculars! Your activities will be on shared basis with other guests at the lodge. All meals are also included in your stay, along with local beverages. (B, L, D)

Day 04: Chobe/LVI/VFA (BOTSWANA/ZAMBIA/ZIMBABWE)

Mosi-Oa-Tunya Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

Today, we take the short journey back to Victoria Falls town. This morning, we will discover legendary Victoria Falls, a World Heritage Sites and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, or “the smoke that thunders”, Victoria Falls is the world’s greatest sheet of falling water. Our first stop is Livingstone in Zambia, to see the Falls from this much less visited side. Please note that from September to November, the Falls on the Zambian side can run dry. However, the opportunity to see the unique geological formations here, as well as view the Zambezi River from the top and bottom of the Falls is not-to-be missed! The rest of the year, the Zambian side of the Falls provides an incredible up-close perspective of the Falls not offered by the Zimbabwe side. Please note that the spray from Victoria Falls can be quite wet. Bringing a waterproof bag for cameras and electronics, as well as a poncho for yourself, is highly advised.

After our tour, we are transferred back to our hotel. In the evening, optional opportunity to join a Boma dinner, which allows us to sample local specialties and experience a traditional drum performance! Details found in our “Notes” section.

Overnight: Ilala Lodge, Victoria Falls (Deluxe Room) (2 nights) (B)

Day 05: Victoria Falls

Aerial view of the Zambezi river

After breakfast, we take a guided walking tour of Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side, where we have a more panoramic view of the Falls, which is the iconic view we most see in photographs! We’ll wander through the lush and misty rainforest, stopping to watch, feel and listen to the spray and thunderous noise as millions of litres of water tumble down to the gorge below.

After our incredible experience of this world icon from both sides, we have time to relax before our late afternoon activity. Later, join our relaxing sundowner cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. As we drift along the river, put your feet up and sip a sundowner as the light gently fades. You'll have the finest vantage point from which to watch hippos, crocodiles and other animals coming down to the river's edge in the early evening to slake their thirst.  Enjoy your cocktail and snacks while capturing the sun’s rays, which create a beautiful orange reflection on the river. We are then transferred to our hotel with the balance of the evening free. (B)

Day 06: Victoria Falls/Nairobi (Flight) (KENYA)

After breakfast, we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Nairobi (not included in the tour cost – however, we are happy to assist with booking!). Depending on the day of the week, direct flights can be available from either VFA airport in Zimbabwe or LVI airport in Zambia. Upon arrival in Nairobi, we are warmly received and transferred to our hotel. Balance of the day is free.

Overnight: Eka Hotel, Nairobi (1 night) (B)

Upgrade to the Nairobi Serena Lodge available at US$ 70 • CA$ 95 per person

Day 07: Nairobi/Amboseli (Drive)

Snow on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli

An exciting day ahead with a vibrant exploration of Nairobi. Marvel at the grand Parliament House, delve into Kenya's rich heritage at the Nairobi National Museum, encounter endangered Rothschild’s giraffes at the Giraffe Centre, and immerse yourself in the legacy of the renowned author of "Out of Africa" at the Karen Blixen Museum.

Following a delicious lunch, our safari adventure kicks off as we head to Amboseli National Park, a haven for photographers. Renowned for its breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest stand-alone mountain, Amboseli offers the perfect backdrop for capturing stunning images of vast herds of elephants on clear days. Join our expert guides on an afternoon game drive to discover prime wildlife spots and culminate the day with a breathtaking Kenyan sunset.

Overnight: Amboseli Serena Lodge, Amboseli (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 08: Amboseli

Flamingoes feeding late evening in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Embark on thrilling morning and afternoon game drives, immersing yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of one of Kenya’s most picturesque national parks. While encounters with majestic, big-tusk elephants are almost certain, be prepared for the possibility of spotting wildebeest, zebra, lion, cheetah, hyena, and a diverse array of the park’s 370 bird species. For a truly unique perspective, consider the option of a hot air balloon safari, providing a bird’s eye view of the mesmerizing wildlife below (refer to our “Notes” section for more details on this exhilarating experience, available in both Masai Mara and Serengeti).

Additionally, you have the opportunity to engage with the extraordinary Masai people, a proud warrior tribe committed to preserving their rich traditional culture and lifestyle. To ensure an enriching experience, advance booking is required for visits to the Masai village – consult our “Notes” section for details. (B, L, D)

Day 09: Amboseli/Lake Naivasha (Drive)

Take a scenic rural journey towards Lake Naivasha, a captivating freshwater lake surrounded by vibrant flower farms, traditional villages, and a rich variety of wildlife. Observe giraffes gracefully navigating the acacia-filled landscapes, witness buffalo leisurely wallowing in the swamps, and hear the calls of colobus monkeys echoing from the treetops. The lake hosts a considerable population of hippos, spending their days in serene shallows. Naivasha is also a haven for bird enthusiasts.

If time permits, consider a one-hour optional boat safari for an opportunity to observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitats (refer to our “Notes” section for detailed information).

Overnight: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Lake Naivasha (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 10: Lake Naivasha/Lake Nakuru (Drive)

Wild hippos in Lake Naivasha, Kenya

Today marks a full day of exciting exploration as we delve into the wonders of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru National Park*. This park boasts a remarkable ecological diversity, hosting greater and lesser flamingos, along with over 80 bird species—an absolute delight for birdwatchers! Notably, the lake is a sanctuary for black and white rhinoceros.

Immerse yourself in the splendors of this wildlife haven with morning and afternoon game drives, interrupted only by a delightful lunch break at our lodge.

Overnight: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge, Lake Nakuru (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 11: Lake Nakuru/Masai Mara (Drive)

Depart on a rural countryside drive to the iconic Masai Mara—1,510 km² of wildlife wonders! This world-famous game park promises unforgettable adventures with incredible wildlife and stunning savannah landscapes.

Indulge in a hot lunch upon arrival, fueling excitement for our first Mara game safari. Picture lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas freely roaming, offering close encounters. The Mara is also home to mighty elephants, graceful zebras, and fascinating hippos.

The real showstopper? The annual Great Migration! If we’re lucky, we’ll witness this spectacle of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest crossing the plains, revealing the remarkable cycle of life.

Overnight: Mara Serena Lodge, Masai Mara (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 12: Masai Mara

A lone hot air balloon over a herd of wildebeest over the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Get ready for an awesome day in the stunning Masai Mara, where we're in for some exciting wildlife encounters! With a constant water supply, this place is teeming with diverse and abundant game all year round. Cruise through scenic grasslands to spot the famous Big Five—elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, and rhinos—adding that extra thrill to our safari. But wait, there's more! The Big Nine, including cheetahs, hippos, zebras, and giraffes, also call this incredible landscape home.

For an extraordinary experience, pre-book a hot air balloon safari, available at Mara, Amboseli, and Serengeti parks. This safari offers a breathtaking bird's eye view, followed by a luxurious open-air champagne breakfast (see details in our “Notes” section). (B, L, D)

Day 13: Masai Mara/Lake Victoria (Drive) (TANZANIA)

Journey from Masai Mara to the shores of Tanzania's Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. Our adventure begins at the Isebania border, where we seamlessly cross into Tanzania, bidding farewell to our Kenyan safari guide. A seasoned Tanzanian guide takes the reins as we switch to a Tanzanian-registered vehicle for the next leg of our journey, heading towards the Speke Bay area of Lake Victoria.

Lake Victoria, roughly the size of Ireland, holds fame as the Nile River's source. After arriving in Lake Victoria, the day is yours to enjoy the serene lake. Explore local villages, witness fishing towns, boats, and dhows, and catch glimpses of children playing. Your overnight stay is along the picturesque shores of the lake.

Overnight: Serenity Eco Resort, Lake Victoria (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 14: Lake Victoria/Serengeti (Drive)

African leopard in tree, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

If you're an early riser, there's a fantastic opportunity for optional activities like boating or canoeing on Lake Victoria or exploring a local fishing village (it's advisable to pre-book; check out the details in our “Notes” section). Following an early lunch, our journey continues to the breathtaking Serengeti National Park*, entering through the Ndabaka Gate on the western side. As we cross the gate, get ready to witness a wealth of game as we safari through the western corridor toward the heart of the park.

Serengeti takes the spotlight for the Great Migration, an awe-inspiring spectacle where over two million wildebeest and other large mammals cross the plains and Grumeti River, trailed by thousands of predators. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’ll hopefully be lucky enough to see it! Wrap up your day with dinner at our lodge nestled in the heart of Serengeti.

Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Serengeti (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 15: Serengeti

Animals crossing the Mara River during the Great Migration between Tanzania and Kenya

A full day of game drives is spent in the extraordinary Serengeti, a vast 14,763 km² expanse nearly 10 times the size of Masai Mara—truly one of the world's most unique areas. This pristine wilderness hosts the largest concentration of plains game in Africa, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, and the Big Five. Today is an opportunity for wonder and discovery, immersing yourself in the Serengeti's grand landscapes and wildlife.

An optional hot air balloon safari is also available this morning (see details in our “Notes” section). (B, L, D)

Day 16: Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater (Drive)

Enjoy our final Serengeti game drive this morning, exploring Moro Kopjes and Gol Kopjes. These vast grasslands are punctuated with kopjes, rocky outcrops resembling islands on the flat plain, each hosting unique wildlife communities. Discover the Seronera River, meandering through the park, serving as a vital habitat for various birds, mammals, and reptiles. In the afternoon, we head to Nabi Hill gate for a delightful picnic lunch. Our journey continues to the renowned Olduvai Gorge, one of the world's most significant paleoanthropological sites. Consider an optional stop at the site and museum (details in our “Notes” section) to delve into the site's invaluable insights into human evolution. Finally, we proceed to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where we spend our evening.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 17: Ngorongoro Crater/Lake Manyara (Drive)

Widlife in Ngorongoro, Tanzania

Discover the expansive Ngorongoro Conservation Area*, featuring highland plains, savanna, woodlands, and forests. Its centerpiece, the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater, is the world's largest caldera. Descend into this natural wonder for an unparalleled day of game-viewing. The crater is a sanctuary for around 30,000 large mammals, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, hyenas, hippos, wildebeests, baboons, gazelles, the endangered black rhino, and numerous other species.

Following a day of remarkable game-viewing, our journey continues to Lake Manyara. As we approach the lake, the captivating beauty that Ernest Hemingway called “the loveliest I had seen in Africa” unfolds before us. For those seeking a unique adventure, consider the option of a thrilling night drive, where we track predators and other nocturnal animals (pre-booking recommended, details in our “Notes” section).

Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, Lake Manyara (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 18: Lake Manyara/Depart Arusha

After breakfast, dive into African village life on a guided walking tour in Mto wa Mbu. Witness the lively scenes of 120 tribes coexisting, from people selling vegetables to playful interactions. Engage with locals, gaining insights into their way of life, and end the experience with a special home-cooked meal featuring authentic African cuisine.

Later, we head to Arusha for airport transfers. The first drop is at Arusha Airport (ARK) around 2:00 PM, followed by Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) at about 4:30 PM. Ensure your onward flights allow for at least a 2-hour gap from our scheduled arrival times. Explore further by extending your safari adventure—relax at the enchanting Indian Ocean Island of Zanzibar or witness critically endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda. Contact Bestway for details and suggestions. (B, L)

B=Breakfast, Sn=Snack, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

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2024 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures - Start day SUNDAY / End day WEDNESDAY East Coast West Coast
Jan 14 & 28; Feb 11 & 25; Mar 10 & 31; Apr 14 & 28; May 12 & 26; Jun 09 & 30; Jul 14 & 28; Aug 11 & 25; Sep 08 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10; Dec 01 & 15        
Low Season
Mar 31, Apr 14 & 28, May 12
US$ 7525 US$ 1495 - -
Shoulder Season
Feb 25, Mar 10
US$ 7915 US$ 1660 - -
Mid-Shoulder Season
Oct 27, Nov 10, Dec 01
US$ 8205 US$ 1660 - -
High Season
Jan 14 & 28, Feb 11, May 26, Jun 09
US$ 8485 US$ 1695 - -
Peak Season
Jun 30, Jul 14 & 28, Aug 11 & 25, Sep 08 & 29, Oct 13
US$ 9380 US$ 1895 - -
Christmas
Dec 15
US$ 9495 US$ 1970 - -
Stay tuned for future dates! If you want to be the first ones to know click here
2024 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departures - Start day SUNDAY / End day WEDNESDAY East Coast West Coast
Jan 14 & 28; Feb 11 & 25; Mar 10 & 31; Apr 14 & 28; May 12 & 26; Jun 09 & 30; Jul 14 & 28; Aug 11 & 25; Sep 08 & 29; Oct 13 & 27; Nov 10; Dec 01 & 15        
Low Season
Mar 31, Apr 14 & 28, May 12
CA$ 10159 CA$ 2019 - -
Shoulder Season
Feb 25, Mar 10
CA$ 10686 CA$ 2241 - -
Mid-Shoulder Season
Oct 27, Nov 10, Dec 01
CA$ 11077 CA$ 2241 - -
High Season
Jan 14 & 28, Feb 11, May 26, Jun 09
CA$ 11455 CA$ 2289 - -
Peak Season
Jun 30, Jul 14 & 28, Aug 11 & 25, Sep 08 & 29, Oct 13
CA$ 12663 CA$ 2559 - -
Christmas
Dec 15
CA$ 12819 CA$ 2660 - -
Specials on all departures: 3 adults sharing one room will be accorded a discount of US$ 175/CA$ 237 per person.

Notes

  • Luggage allowance is 15 kg per person in a soft bag.
  • Please note that a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is mandatory for crossing the Kenya-Tanzania border.

Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • 17 Nights accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 44 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • 19 half-day game safaris/transfers by 4 x 4 loose top/pop up roof jeeps
  • Game park fees (ranging from US$ 1500 to US$ 1750 per person, INCLUDED in the tour cost – Park fees are subject to change)
  • Services of an accompanying local English speaking guide/driver for each country
  • Window seating for each passenger
  • 1 litre water per person per day during safari
  • Vehicles equipped with shared electrical outlets may be used at your own discretion
  • Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River with snack
  • Tour of Victoria Falls
Not Included
  • Any airfares (Required: Victoria Falls to Nairobi)
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance – highly recommended
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Optional Services – see details below

Optional Services (Necessary to pre-book before final payment)

Day Services Per Person
2-4 Upgrade to Chobe Game Lodge in Botswana (dependent on season and availability) From US$ 575
3,4 Boma dinner (including transfers) US$ 95
6 Upgrade to Nairobi Serena Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya (sharing per night) US$ 95
8,12,15 Hot Air Balloon Safari including transfer & champagne breakfast in Amboseli, Masai Mara or Serengeti US$ 620
8,12,17 Masai Village Cultural Experience in Amboseli, Masai Mara or Ngorongoro US$ 50
9 Boat Safari at Lake Naivasha US$ 65
14 Boat Safari at Lake Victoria US$ 95
16 Visit to Olduvai Gorge Museum US$ 55
17 Night Game Drive in Lake Manyara National Park US$ 390
★Hot Air Balloon Safari cost includes an early morning transfer from your lodge or camp to the balloon site, the balloon flight itself of about an hour and a champagne breakfast (after landing).

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 07 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.

Traveller's Testimonials


Richard and Melvina McCaw of Barrie, Ontario

This African safari experience will make you want to pack your bags

Richard and Melvina McCaw of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, recently returned from their first African experience, Bestway’s Wild Game Safari in Tanzania and Kenya, which combines world famous game viewing with exciting cultural heritage. Read on for their first-timer’s perspective on this popular African safari package.


Bestway: What inspired you to choose Bestway Tours & Safari’s Wild Game Safari in Kenya and Tanzania?

Bestway: How was your safari experience?

Bestway: The 12-day safari visits many different game parks, including Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Masai Mara National Reserve, Lake Manyara National Park and Amboseli National Park. Which one was your favourite?

Bestway: Were any wildlife sightings a highlight for you?

Bestway: At Bestway, we find African safari trips to be a great inter-generational vacation option because they’re well-suited for any age range. Would you agree?

Bestway: Your tour included an optional one night stay at the Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village in Tanzania. What made you decide on this optional excursion and how was your experience?

Bestway: Would you recommend African safari trips to others?

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