Itinerary Highlights
    • Stay in Gandhi’s house in Johannesburg
    • Take a private sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
    • Go on two safaris a day in the Chobe National Park
    • Share stories of the bush around the campfire in the Okavango Delta

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This 11-day adventure from Johannesburg to Khwai is designed so that children and adults alike can experience the magic of southern Africa. From a serene stay Satyagraha House in Johannesburg to nights immersed in nature in the Okavango Delta, via the roar of Victoria Falls and rosy dawns in the Chobe National Park, you’ll enjoy unforgettable family moments.

The trip begins in Johannesburg, where a night at Gandhi’s house promises a peaceful stay steeped in history. You’ll also take a guided tour of Johannesburg, during which you’ll walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, discovering the places that were at the heart of the fight against Apartheid. It’s then on to the incredible Victoria Falls,
where a bike ride and private sunset boat trip will immerse you in the beauty of the Zambezi, the majesty of the falls and the animals that call the banks of the river home. You’ll swap Zimbabwe for its neighbour Botswana to spend the next few days in a camp in Chobe National Park, home to Africa’s largest elephant herds along with buffaloes, hippos, hyenas and more. One land safari and one water safari per day ensure you have the best chance of spotting these animals in their natural habitats. During perhaps the most exciting journey of the trip, you’ll fly at low altitude above herds of elephants to your final destination: the Okavango Delta. Here, nights around the campfire under starry skies follow days exploring the bush on horseback or on foot in search of lions, leopards and giraffes. Throughout your trip, our on-site Concierge will always be on hand to help with any questions or setbacks.

Please note that for this trip, we recommend that children are at least six years old.


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This family trip to Victoria Falls and Botswana begins with an overnight flight to Johannesburg. The journey is about 11 hours in total, but we’ll arm your children with family packs full of games, challenges and activities to keep them entertained along the way. You’ll arrive the following morning ready to begin your adventure.



When you land, we’ll greet you at the airport and help you through customs, to minimise waiting times for the tired little ones. We’ll then escort you to your hotel by private transfer, which takes around 35 minutes. While you’re in Johannesburg, you’ll be staying in a very special place: a thatched-roofed house known as the Satyagraha House, which once belonged to Gandhi. Now a South African heritage site, this building houses a museum and a guest house and is located in the heart of Orchards, a residential area close to the city’s main areas of interest. You’ll spend tonight in a small two-bedroom cottage, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and restorative vegetarian cuisine. Much more than a pitstop, this is a chance for the whole family to learn about the history of a great man.

While you’re in Johannesburg, we’ll arrange for you to take a private guided tour of the city. You’ll walk in Nelson Mandela's footsteps as you discover Soweto, the heart of the fight against Apartheid, as well as the contemporary and powerful Apartheid Museum, and Maboneng, the trendy district in the east of the city. Here, wander between studios and exhibition spaces as you soak up the creative atmosphere. In-between, you’ll stop for a well-deserved lunch break.



Today you’ll head back to the airport for a flight to the legendary Victoria Falls, which takes about an hour and 40 minutes. When you land, you’ll be welcomed at the airport once again with a private transfer to your hotel in a quiet area not far from the majestic falls. You’ll spend two nights in a charming lodge with colonial-inspired architecture. The spacious rooms are ideal for families, as is the pretty garden surrounding the property, and of course the swimming pool. This evening, enjoy a meal on the restaurant’s beautiful terrace.



Victoria Falls is one of the world’s most legendary natural sites, and an essential stopover for anyone visiting southern Africa. David Livingstone became the first European to see the falls at the end of the 19th century, and there are markers of the past all around here, whether in the steam train or the architecture of certain hotels and buildings. So you can discover the area from all angles, we’ll organise two activities for you today. First, you’ll experience Victoria Falls by bike. During this guided family activity, you’ll discover the city centre, its craft markets and shops before heading to the Zambezi River which you’ll follow to the falls. Along the way, enjoy spectacular views of the Batoka Gorge. Aside from the powerful falls, the highlight of this trip is a generous lunch in one of the area’s iconic cafés, which gives you a breathtaking view from its terrace.

You’ll have a few hours to relax this afternoon before your next activity: a private sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Aboard a small motor boat, enjoy this peaceful trip on the river as you admire its beauty, drink in hand (for the grown-ups at least). As you glide across the water, look out for the wild animals who come to the riverbank to drink. If this isn’t an aperitif in paradise, we don’t know what is.



It’s time to swap Zimbabwe for the great wild spaces of its neighbour Botswana. Today, a private driver will take you to the Kasane border post and assist you with customs formalities. You’ll then continue along the Chobe River where the children (and adults!) should keep their eyes peeled for the wild animals that live here. Your base for the next few days is located on the border with Namibia, a camp overlooking the river. It’s near a quieter part of the Chobe National Park, and your well-furnished bungalows come complete with a balcony overlooking the bush or the river. From the swimming pool, you’ll get a great view of your surroundings.



This park is the most northerly in Botswana and covers 4,517 square miles. Around 45,000 elephants live here, the largest herds in Africa. From May to the first rains (usually in November) herds of more than 200 elephants can be seen splashing in the waters of the river. But these incredible animals aren’t the only inhabitants of Chobe’s humid plains. At night, tents vibrate to the roar of lions and the grunt of hippos, buffaloes gather in their hundreds under the trees, crocodiles haunt the banks of the Chobe and countless antelopes feed the predators lurking in the grass. If that weren’t enough, scavenging hyenas and vultures have also found a home here.

While you’re in the park, you and your family will have two outings per day: a land safari aboard a 4x4 and a water safari. During the first, your guide will look out for tracks, listen for the cries of baboons and take you to watering holes where animals tend to gather. On the second, you’ll glide along the Chobe River in a motorboat alongside splashing elephants and hippos, seeing the animals that live on its banks along with the area’s numerous birds.



Today, you’ll head deeper into the heart of Botswana towards one of the planet’s rarest ecosystems: the Okavango Delta. In a 4x4, your driver will first take you back to Kasane where a small taxi plane will be waiting for you on the landing strip. You’ll then fly at low altitude above the meandering delta towards your camp, sometimes stopping here and there to drop off other travellers at their lodges. This fun experience is made even better when you find yourself flying over herds of giraffes or elephants.

You’ll spend three nights in a small, isolated camp in the heart of forests and floodplains in the Selinda reserve, east of the delta. The raised tents of this simple camp are perfectly camouflaged in nature, and you’ll all stay together in a large family tent. The emphasis here is on slow adventures in the bush. The guides have two specialities: riding safaris and walking safaris, and you can also see wildlife from a mokoro (a long traditional canoe). The camp has a common dining room, a bar and a circle of chairs surrounding a crackling campfire where you can convene every evening to share stories of your time in the bush.

DAYS 8 & 9


Khwai is a region of Botswana in its own right, but travellers tend to overlook it in favour of its neighbours, which is a good thing for us! Located near the floodplains of the Okavango Delta and the mouth of the eponymous river, this is an incredible place to see local wildlife. While you’re here, you’ll experience enchanting landscapes of canals, ponds and islands, and above all come up close to animals you’ve only dreamed of seeing in real life: lions, leopards, cheetahs, antelopes, giraffes, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos and crocodiles. We’d hazard a guess that the children won’t be the only ones to find themselves speechless…

DAY 10


Today your family adventure has sadly come to an end. You’ll bid a final farewell to this unforgettable corner of the world through the window of the small bush taxi that will take you to Maun International Airport. From Maun, you’ll head to Johannesburg to board your return flight to the UK (we’ll help you through customs once again) and arrive back in the UK the following day.

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If you have two extra nights to spare, take a trip into the Kalahari Desert. Here, your rustic lodge will be made up of a handful of clay, wood and thatch buildings, and there are fatbikes (mountain bikes with extra-wide tires) available for guests to reach the ‘common house’ where incredible Franco-Botswanese cuisine is served. In the morning and evening, safaris take place by car and on foot, where you’ll search for zebras, blue wildebeests, gemsbok, lions and brown hyenas in the savannah. You might also come across smaller animals such as the meerkats, mongooses and aardvark. The UNESCO-listed Gcwihaba Caves, meanwhile, are a geological marvel.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £5,400 to £7,475 per person.

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £6,400 per person.
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