Botswana Private Expedition

  • Trip Type: Private Expedition
  • 10 days | Johannesburg to Livingstone

Optional Extension: Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe



Extend Your Trip: Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe

Encounter the epic Zambezi River where it curves through the Matetsi Private Game Reserve. Enjoy intimate encounters with one of Africa’s wildest rivers as you canoe, cruise, or fish the waterway, and head upstream to Victoria Falls to gaze at “the smoke that thunders,” as it is known locally, on a private tour. Then set out on game drives and walking safaris to come face-to-face with the wildlife that depends on the Zambezi, from huge herds of elephants to more than 365 bird species.

Day 1—Livingstone, Zambia/Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe

After breakfast, transfer by private vehicle to andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Upon arrival, settle in to your riverside suite. Then set off on a riverboat cruise down a private stretch of the Zambezi River while sipping a sundowner cocktail. As you go, glimpse some of the stunning wildlife of the Matetsi Private Game Reserve, from vast elephant herds that come down to drink the water to “laughing” hippos, singing birds, and snapping crocodiles. Back at the lodge, sit down to a multi-course meal lit by lanterns along the water’s edge.
andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 2—Victoria Falls

Wake up with a hot cup of tea or coffee while listening to the early morning sounds of the forest. Join a trained ranger and expert wildlife guide on a game drive or walking safari in the surrounding reserve. Watch for elephants, buffalos, sable antelopes, lions, and other wild inhabitants of the African bush, big and small. Or paddle a stretch of the Zambezi River in a canoe for a different perspective. After lunch, embark on an afternoon excursion to Victoria Falls National Park, exploring the Zimbabwe side with a private guide and seeing one of the world’s greatest waterfalls from a classic viewpoint. Cap off the experience with high tea at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel. Return to the lodge and enjoy some time to relax in your private plunge pool. After dinner, swap stories around the fire under the star-studded African sky.
andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3—Matetsi Private Game Reserve

This morning you’ll be treated to an experience exclusively for National Geographic travelers. Join Matetsi's reserve manager for a delicious breakfast, followed by a private behind-the-scenes tour of the lodge and the reserve. Learn firsthand about local conservation challenges and successes, get insights into the area's ecology, and find out what it takes to maintain and operate the 123,000-acre reserve. This afternoon, head back into the bush on foot or in a safari vehicle. Or head to the river for a canoe float or to take on the ferocious and acrobatic tiger fish on a guided catch-and-release fishing trip.
andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4—Amazon Rain Forest

After breakfast, take a private transfer to the Victoria Falls airport for your flight home.
andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge (B,L)


January 1-6, 2018
April 1-October 31, 2018
December 20, 2018 – January 10, 2019
Double Occupancy $3,595
Single Occupancy $5,290

January 7 – March 31, 2018
November 1 – December 20, 2018
Double Occupancy $2,695
Single Occupancy $4,890

Prices are per person, based on occupancy listed above and are subject to availability.  

Please call 1-888-732-2379 for details.