Indulge your senses on our game drives, river and walking safaris
Plunge into the Devil’s Pool on the edge of Victoria Falls
Seize opportunities for incredible wildlife experiences
Enjoy canopy tours, zip-lining, rope & gorge swings!
Relax and unwind at the luxury safari lodges
Join us on a Wildlife Safari in Zimbabwe and Botswana. Enjoy four unique and luxurious Safari Lodges, and take in the glory and splendor of the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, and its surroundings.
Our outfitter for this adventure is award-winning Bio Bio Expeditions. The company owners have spent many seasons working as full-time guides on the Zambezi River and have expert knowledge of the river and the surrounding area. August and September are some of the best months to see game and experience the Zambezi as it is the end of the dry season and all of the animals come down to the banks of the river to drink, swim and frolic in the shallows. Also, the bush has been either eaten or has died down, so seeing the animals is much easier. (In the wet season there is so much fresh green foliage that the animals hide in the thicket or scatter to drinking holes hidden away).
Zimbabwe has all the infrastructure of a modern country and has a highly developed and protected national park system. This has allowed the wildlife to thrive and the elephant herds of Botswana and Zimbabwe are among the largest and most protected of Africa. The game viewing in Zimbabwe is simply the best, and you will not be overrun by the herds of tourists often found in Kenya!
Deluxe African Safari: Zimbabwe & Botswana
Wilderness & Expedition Medicine CME
DAY 1 - Arrival Arrive in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe early afternoon. We meet you at the airport and drive you 40 Km up river to the Imbabala Safari lodge, right on the banks of the upper Zambezi river.
You will have a chance to rest and freshen up before we rendezvous at the bar for a welcome drink and briefing. Our trip leader will give us an overview of what excitement lies ahead! We enjoy a toast after flying halfway around the world to converge on the incredible Victoria Falls or the Mosi-o-Tunya, the smoke that thunders!
At 4 pm, we will board our vessel for a relaxing sunset cruise to enjoy a few drinks while navigating amongst the islands that dot the wide and calm upper Zambezi River. We will be looking for game and will enjoy the beautiful and abundant bird life. Our first African sunset to be enjoyed with our fellow Zambezi explorers while we gently drift amongst the Hippo pods will be unforgettable! (D)
Day 2 Game drives and walks Guests can choose morning, afternoon or night drives to get their fill of the wonderful game viewing that is available here. All drives are conducted in open-backed 4×4 vehicles that are suited to the terrain and are perfect to afford the best views of the game. We also have a chance to offer guests a walking safari. Your professional guide will show you some of the large and small wildlife of Imbabala’s private concession area, highlighting species that might get missed if on a drive. The chance to get up close and personal with the larger species is also very exciting and who can ever forget their first elephant encounter while walking. The walks usually last for 3 hours and guests will normally walk for about 5km during that time. The fully qualified professional guides are armed and experienced with the animals that occur on the concession. Overnight Imbabala Safari Lodge. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 - Day trip to Chobe National Park Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. Often described as one of, if not the best, wildlife-viewing area in Africa today. Chobe boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife left on the African continent. Animals are present during all seasons, and at certain times of the year their numbers can be staggering. A major feature of Chobe National Park is its elephant population currently estimated at around 120,000. Overnight Imbabala Safari Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Transfer to Vic Falls and then Old Drift Lodge Morning Game activity at Imbabala followed by breakfast / brunch. Then, we will transfer to Victoria Falls where you can participate in activities at Vic Falls (such as gorge swing, bungee jump, etc).
We will then enjoy a leisurely lunch at The Wild Horizons Look Out Café. After lunch, we will be transferred by 4 x 4 vehicles into the park to the Old Drift Lodge.
Old Drift Lodge is actually one of Zimbabwe’s newest and more deluxe lodges on the Zambezi River just above Victoria Falls. Upstream from the iconic Victoria Falls in the Zambezi National Park lies a pristine piece of land on the banks of the Zambezi River. The untouched natural beauty of the park is sprawled over 56 000 breathtaking hectares. The activities offered at Old Drift Lodge emphasise the rich natural environment, focusing on the abundance of wildlife that roam through the Park and swim the Zambezi River. The Zambezi National Park can be explored by road, river or on foot, satisfying guests needs to experience every aspect of this natural utopia.
The main lodge area has 360-degree views, north facing onto the Zambezi & south facing onto a water hole. Only 4.5 kilometres from the town of Victoria Falls, Old Drift Lodge is the closest lodge within the National Park to Victoria Falls. Luxury boats transport guests to our natural utopia where we are able to accommodate safari goers in 10 double suites and 4 family suites.
Old Drift Lodge offers family friendly accommodation, with each air-conditioned suite decorated with stylish furnishings, fitting of the bygone eras, which blend in seamlessly with the natural environment. The spacious canvas en-suite rooms all have a private lounge, viewing and “sleep-out” deck, indoor and outdoor showers, plunge pool and an outdoor bath overlooking the Zambezi. (B,L,D)
Day 5 – Day at Old Drift Lodge Optional Acitivies include Canoeing, walking safaris and driving safaris. Many will opt to stay and enjoy the luxury and comforts of this iconic lodge (B,L,D)
Day 6 – Transfer to Hwange National Park 3 hour transfer to our hotel for the next 3 nights: Verney’s Camp in Hwange National Park. There we will enjoy an afternoon game drive, relax with some sundowners and potentially go on a night drive. Over night Verney’s Camp. (B,L,D)
Day 7 – Hwange National Park Just before the sun rises your day on safari begins. After a wakeup call, everyone gathers at the camp fire to have a light breakfast before setting out on the morning’s activities. We usually leave by Land Rover for a game drive to a designated area chosen earlier, where you will be briefed by your guide and then all set off on a safari walk. On completion of your walk, you will return to camp in the late morning, for a brunch, and a time of relaxation, where you can return to your rooms for a siesta, or sit and watch the activities at the waterhole. We do have a unique log pile hide in the shade near the waterhole which you guide will be happy to take you – so that you may have a close up view of all the visitors needing to drink and carry out their ablutions.
Mid-afternoon we will gather at the main area again to discuss the afternoon’s activity. Please note that there are no time restrictions to our activities, the walks/drives will be governed by what you see and not meal times. Hampers of delicious foodstuffs and refreshments will accompany every adventure into the bush, be it on foot or vehicle. (B,L,D)
Day 8 – More Hwange National Park Again we will wake early, enjoy a very light breakfast and enjoy the coolness of the morning while observing the animals of Africa. Walking and Driving Safaris available. (B,L,D)
Day 9 – Transfer to Elephant Camp A 3 hour transfer back to Victoria Falls and relax into our lodge Elephant camp for the next two nights. Once at Elephant Camp, you have a range of afternoon activities to choose from, including introducing yourself to Sylvester, the ambassador cheetah. After your afternoon activity, relax with a sundowner, the breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray, and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia. (B,L,D)
Day 10 – Devils Pool After breakfast we will head out by vehicle, cross into Zambia to the boat jetty on the Zambezi where a small motor boat will ferry us out to the middle of the Victoria Falls and take us to Livingstone Island. From here we hike a short distance to the upstream edge of the Victoria Falls and from there will traverse a pool of calm water by swimming and then we climb onto a rock outcropping that allows us to jump into the famous Devil’s pool! This natural “tea cup” allows you to literally sit on the edge of the falls as water spills over the edge of the cup where you jumped in! It is a truly amazing and unforgettable experience that will set the tone for the exciting fun held in store for you! After the refreshing “dip” we swim, hike back to the tented “tea room” for a light, late morning snack of crumpets and tea. We return to the lodge for lunch and rest.
In the afternoon, we can enjoy more of what the Elephant Camp has to offer and meet some of the rescued wildlife up close and personal, or take a trip back to Vic Falls for some adventure activities, souvenir shopping …the choice is yours, but we’re betting you are not going to want to leave. Tonight will be our farewell dinner as we share great stories and make plans for our next Adventure. (B,L,D)
Day 11 – Depart By now, your new home in the bush will feel so comfortable that you will begin to ponder ditching the real job back home and opening your own lodge in Africa. But while you are fantasizing we will transfer you to the Victoria Falls Airport for a mid-day flight out. You will connect with your international flight home, and you will still be dreaming and reflecting on one of the best experiences in your life and the new friends made. You might already be scheming a timely return to the African wilderness and its supreme river – the inimitable Zambezi…(B)
Deluxe African Safari CME: Zimbabwe & Botswana
Trip Cost: $8,400*
Optional CME Cost: $695 (Approved for 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
*per person, based on double occupancy.
Current internal airfare cost $370 (subject to change)
Approved for 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Activity Level: Moderate
Arrival City: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Testimonials From Your Colleagues
"Everything went off without a hitch. Each park was welcoming and well prepared for our visit. The food was 5-star quality, not to mention the ambience. Guides were vastly knowledgeable. Learned a lot from them and they take their job very serious making sure we were safe. Can’t say enough good things about all the staff at each lodge."
"The accommodations, the food and the staff/guides, were all amazing!! Thanks for putting together the best trip I have and probably will ever be on in my life time."
"Off the charts-fantatistic! it’s hard to say anything negative because the whole trip was awesome."
Faculty for the Deluxe African Safari: Zimbabwe & Botswana
Wilderness & Expedition Medicine CME
Howard J. Donner, MD: Co-author of The Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine. Featured in two successful NOVA documentaries including; Deadly Ascent, and the critically acclaimed film: Everest: The Death Zone. Medical operations consultant for NASA for 5 years. Medical advisor for Telluride's Search and Rescue team. Staff physician for the Himalayan Rescue Association for 2 seasons. Began his career as a professional river and mountain guide, now a Certified Flight Instructor and professional skipper. Has advised mountaineers, rescuers, Olympic athletes, pilots and aerospace personnel throughout his career.
COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES
- Altitude Illness
- Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
- Environmental Heat Illness
- Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
- Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
- Lightning Injuries
- Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
- Management of Fractures and Dislocations
- Preparing for Foreign Travel
- Backcountry Medical Kits
- Wilderness Wound Management
- Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
- Wilderness Dermatology
- Marine Hazards & Envenomations
- Snake Envenomation
CME ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."
The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of
16 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This trip is planned, outfitted and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions. Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only. Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.
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