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I am researching a safari trip for 4 adults to celebrate our 50th birthdays. We want to visit Victoria Falls and have a few days on safari. We particularly want to see giraffes. Are there any suggestions where we should base ourselves and what wildlife reserves would be the best to visit. We really don't want to have to put up tents while on holiday. We will be probably travelling in July. We are travelling from Australia and would like to have a stop over in Mauritius on the way home.

Thanks for your help

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It is quite difficult to answer your question fully without having more details like, how long are you going for, what is your budget and what are your accommodation preferences.

The options are endless really, so as a guide you could do 2 to 3 nights at Victoria Falls in one of the many hotels from 2 to 5 star including some luxury lodges just out of town, like Elephant camp or the Stanley and Livingstone.

There are lots of activities you can do in Victoria Falls from Zambezi River cruises and canoeing to bungee jumping, horse back riding and helicopter fights. Also from Vic Falls you can do either a day trip or and overnight trip into the Chobe national park (Botswana), here the game viewing is very good, but it is quite commercialised and there are lots of people about.

For a true African experience I would recommend staying at one of the camps in Hwange national park, which is about a 2hr drive from Victoria Falls. You will definately see plenty of Giraffe here and the game in general is good and the area is definately not as commercialised as Chobe.

There are several camps to choose from all dependant on your budget.

Sikumi Tree Lodge

Ivory Lodge

The Hide

Little Makalolo

Big Makalolo

Davisons camp

Somalisa camp

Brand new camp called Nehimba

That's a start and I am sure there will be some other good suggestions from other forum members.

Tony

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If by a "few days" you mean 3-4, then Chobe or Hwange are the obvious options, both being a couple of hours drive away. Although I haven't been to Hwange in many years, I have been to Chobe and I would have to agree with BooPeel that it is very busy these days. So if it was my trip I would go to Hwange.

Alternatively if you have a bigger budget you could get a road transfer to Kasane and then fly in to one of the private concessions in Botswana. However, July is high season so you can expect to pay around $1000 per person per night (or more) for that, plus the cost of flying in.

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Thanks for your suggestions. We are looking at about 20 days for the whole trip including Mauritius and travel time. The budget would be up to $300 a day pp, would that be enough? The $1000 per day is not an option. Our accommodation preferences are really only not to tent it.

Thanks again I will definitely look at the camps you suggested.

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If you want a few days on safari, definitely go to Hwange! It isn't as busy as Chobe or commercialized as Kruger. Kingdom hotel in Vic is great, and not as much as the Vic falls hotel. We took a short safari to Hwange with JJ Africa Tours, although we camped because we were on a budget, but maybe they can arrange non tent accommodation for you? Our guide was so friendly and really informative about the country, politics, and the animals etc. have fun!

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On a budget of 300 pp/day, I would suggest going to Hwange. You can get a road transfer which is cost effective versus charter lights. Sikumi Tree Lodge/Ivory Lodge will be well within you budget, including transfers and extra's (Drinks, NP Fee's, Laundry) ect.

If you want to go more high end in Hwange, then go down a few stars in Vic Falls ie Rainbow verus Vic falls Hotel and use the extra money to go down to Somalisa/The Hide/Makalolo, which are more high end camps on their own concessions within the park.

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My husband and I live in Bulawayo and have been going to the new lodge in Hwange National Park called Nehimba Safari Lodge. It is 60 km from Main Camp on its own private concession. This is the most stunning lodge We have been to and well worth visiting. It is owner run and managed and the staff are incredible. This is definitely a lodge to visit... Good luck and happy birthday..

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Thank you all for your suggestions. They have been very helpful.

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Thanks again for your help. Do you have any suggestion on a tour operator to use?

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