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Feel the rhythm of Southern Africa on a five-day adventure crossing three countries. We hope you like elephants because we’ll be spending most of our time at Chobe National Park–home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa. Enjoy four opportunities for close-up encounters with majestic eles across our schedule of game drives and river safaris. Spy hippos, water buffalo, big cats, zebra, impala, giraffe and crocodiles before crossing the border to explore the biggest waterfall on Earth

Day 1

Australia - Johannesburg

Fly from Australia to South Africa, arriving in Johannesburg in the late afternoon. Transfer to near the airport.

Day 2

Johannesburg - Chobe Bush Lodge

Fly from Johannesburg to Kasane in Botswana, arriving in the early afternoon, and check into Chobe Bush Lodge. Situated on the border of Chobe National Park, the lodge is nestled in natural bush within walking distance of the Chobe River, home to the largest concentration of elephants in Africa.

In the afternoon, join a sunset wildlife cruise on the Chobe River and watch in wonder as hundreds of animals go about their evening rituals in the fading light. See herds of elephants stream into the river, dunking great trunks into the water for afternoon sun downers. Sunset is like happy hour on the river, and its waters also attract herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe and impala, as well as hippos and crocodiles.

Day 3

Chobe Bush Lodge

Set your alarm to safari time and wake early to join a morning game drive as the park’s plethora of animals starts to stir. Chobe is the most biologically diverse park in Botswana and the country’s first declared national park, so you’re in for a treat. From the comfort of our open-sided four-wheel drives, spy elephants, big cats, zebra, impala, baboon, blue wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, warthog, vervet monkey and more birds than you can poke a telephoto lens at.

Refuel with lunch back at the lodge and relax–like the wildlife we opt to keep out of the heat of the midday sun–before joining a late afternoon game drive. Keep your eyes peeled for the king of the jungle–lion–as we rumble through woodland forests, savannah and rolling grasslands.

Day 4

Chobe Bush Lodge

Today is your last chance to view wildlife in Chobe National Park, so we’ll again be up early to make the most of the day. Board a sunrise safari cruise and see how wildlife patterns vary in the morning compared to at the end of the day. What’s your elephant count so far? Hear the grunting calls of hippos, see flocks of waterboards in flight and stare into the sly eyes of a crocodile.

Afterwards, drive to Victoria Falls, crossing the border into Zimbabwe, and check in to Kingdom Hotel, situated almost within splashing distance of the falls. This is the world’s largest waterfall and if you can’t wait to see it, take advantage of free time in the afternoon to get your first glimpse of the gargantuan cascades. Or, relax by the pool and do a mental inventory of all the wildlife you have seen.

Day 5

Today is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Choose your own African adventure as conference delegates begin trickling into the hotel. Take to the Zambezi River on a kayak, go hiking or fling yourself from Victoria Falls Bridge with a bungee cord–if you dare.

Dr Gary Kilov (1:42)
Dr Asha Nair (1:31)
Dr Ralph Audehm (1:11)
Dr Diana Hart & Dr Roger Scurr (1:39)