***9 Days Botswana Game Parks from US$3740.-pp

There are few wildlife experiences in the world like a week spent in the Botswanan wilderness. This classic itinerary offers a lodge and luxury camping combination safari. The lodges are beautiful, comfortable & make for a great adventure safari though the world famous parks.

Price:

2020: US$3,740.- pp sharing, Single Supplement US$1,011.-

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Tour Style Classic Journey –   3-4 Star accommodation, No-participation with helping out with chores, meals in lodges/restaurants with some picnics provided by guidesbpac09_Botswana Gameparks20150527_1439800209 sunway botswana moremi boa09hyena pan tented camp bruce taylor-0579c_839f6803a94e37c7072478402bb038db

Tent at Hyena Pan

Small group safari maximum:             8 travellers

Travel through:                                 Botswana

Safari length:                                    09 days                                    

DEPARTS: MAUN on Sunday at 14:00pm

ENDS:VICTORIA FALLS on Monday @ ±08:00am

Highlights

* Moremi Game Reserve – game drives

* Savuti – game drives

* Chobe National Park – game drive and river cruise

Overnight The accommodation throughout this classic journey is of 3 to 4 star style and are chosen not only for their service and comfort level but also for their wonderful locations and local wildlife viewing opportunities. All rooms have private en suite facilities. For the 2 nights in central Chobe NP we stay in mini meru tents. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet and bucket shower with hot water off the fire.

Meals 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners are included. All of which are provided by the lodges, or mobile camp at which we are staying. Due to travel arrangements or game viewing activities, the included lunches will be picnic lunches. Where meals are not included there will be an opportunity to buy a meal en route or at the a restaurant in the evening.

Transport for the entire safari you travel in a purpose built 4WD Land Cruiser with 12 forward facing seats and trailer for luggage. It has solid roof and back which provides protection from the sun, and dust. The Land Cruiser has 12 individual seats in 4 rows of 3 seats but this tour is limited to a maximum of 8 clients so that everyone has a “window” seat. The light aircraft flight from Maun airport to Khwai airstrip is usually 4-12 seater Cessna or Caravan. Due to bush landing the luggage limits are adhered to.

Non participation This is an adventure tour, and as such please expect to get involved. Where there are porters, they’ll help you, otherwise you’ll need to carry your own bag. Included meals are all lodge or camp provided. If you have a particular interest, please let your safari leader know, and he/she will endeavour to make your journey more rewarding.

Day 1, 2 & 3                 MOREMI [lodge Bx2 L x2 Dx3]

This safari starts at Maun airport where you will be met and after a short briefing, you will board a light aircraft flight to Khwai. You will then be met by your safari guide and enjoy your first game drive to the lodge.

Moremi Game Reserve is the jewel of Botswana and arguably one of the best wildlife viewing destinations in Africa. To the north of Moremi is a vast wilderness consisting of open grasslands and forest and abundant wildlife.  Our lodge is situated on a large concession in this wilderness, overlooking a waterhole, the thatched deck allows us to watch the animals in the afternoon as they come down to quench their thirst. Moremi’s wide variety of habitats makes it a birdwatchers paradise.  Our days are spent on open 4WD game drives in Moremi GR and on the wildlife concession along the Khwai River.

Day 1: N/A

Day 1: N/A

Day 1: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge

Day 2: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge

Day 2: Lunch provided by the lodge

Day 2: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge

Day 3: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge

Day 3: Lunch provided by the lodge

Day 3: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge

Includes:             Light aircraft flight, game drives & National Park Entry Fees

Overnight:        Elephant Pools or          Hyena Pan – exclusive private tented bush lodge, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Twin share permanent tented lodge with en suite facilities.

                                    WiFi not available

Distance/time:   Short 20minute flight in small aircraft, morning & afternoon game drives +/-4hrs each

Optional Activities:    Helicopter flight over the Delta (own expense)

Day 4 – 5            SAVUTI [mini meru serviced camp BLD]

We head north from Moremi to the renowned Savuti section of the Chobe National Park.  This is an excellent area for big predators with frequent sightings of lion and leopard, elephant and plains game.  We spend our time on game drives through the dramatic open plains dotted with Acacia, and along the Savuti channel where we hope to see the lions and hyenas that make Savuti an outstanding wildlife destination.  We overnight in our serviced tented camp.  After dinner in our dining tent, fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush.

Day 4: Breakfast provided by the lodge

Day 4: Lunch provided by the mobile camp

Day 4: Dinner provided by tour mobile camp

Day 5: Breakfast provided by the mobile camp

Day 5: Lunch provided by the mobile camp

Day 5: Dinner provided by tour mobile camp

Includes:             Entrance fees, morning and afternoon game drives in open 4WD game viewing vehicle

Overnight:                  Mini Meru Serviced Camping – twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet and bucket shower with hot water off the fire. Towel will be provided.

                                    WiFi not available

Distance/time:   350kms, ± 8½ hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing

 Day 6 – 7            CHOBE NATIONAL PARK [lodge B – -]

Our next destination is Chobe National Park.  We depart Savuti and head north through the remote wilderness of Botswana to the small town of Kasane and our lodge on the banks of the Chobe River. The following day we head back into Chobe NP on a game drive in the early morning before heading back to the comfort of the lodge during the heat of the day.  In the afternoon we take a boat cruise on the Chobe River.  This is possibly the most satisfying and relaxing game viewing activity in Southern Africa.  We head into the park on a small game viewing boat and spend the next few hours till sunset floating slowly down stream while watching the wildlife come down to drink.  We get close to the herds of elephants, and have amazing sightings of crocodile, hippo, fish eagle and many more. As the sunsets we head out of the park with some amazing wildlife and sunset photographs.

Day 6: Breakfast provided by mobile camp

Day 6: Lunch will be an own expense meal

Day 6: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Day 7: Breakfast provided by the lodge

Day 7: Lunch will be an own expense meal

Day 7: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes:             Entrance Fees, game drive & Chobe River Boat Cruise

Overnight:                    Chobe Safari Lodge – Twin en-suite room, en suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant bar

Distance/time:   440kms ± 6½ hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing (Savuti – Chobe)

Day 8                            VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE [lodge B – -] Bayete Guest Lodge

We leave Botswana behind and cross into Zimbabwe and make our way to Victoria Falls.  The mighty Zambezi River thunders 100m over the gorge creating a magnificent spectacle.  The spray from the waterfall sustains a rainforest surrounding the falls which is abundant with birdlife and protected in a National Park.  We explore the Victoria Falls on foot with a local guide bringing the Falls to life with tales of the explorers of these ancient lands.

Day 8: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge

Day 8: Lunch is an own expense meal

Day 8: Dinner is an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes:              Entrance fees to Victoria Falls

Overnight:                  Phezulu Lodge

                                    Free WiFi available

Distance/time:   80kms, ± 1.5 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

Optional Activities:      Scenic flights & many more

Day 9                            VICTORIA FALLS – TOUR ENDS [- B – -]

There is time for one of the variety of optional adventure activities (own expense) before the tour ends.

Day 9: Breakfast provided by the lodge

Day 9: Lunch will be an own expense meal

Day 9: Dinner own expense

Includes:             N/A

Overnight:          N/A

Distance/time:   N/A

 Please Note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and animal sightings!

Special Interest: Botswana is considered Southern Africa’s premier game viewing destination. The remote wilderness, limited access for visitors and abundant game make for an exceptional wildlife safari.

Sustainable Tourism: A Botswana guide travels with us through the National Parks. This ensures employment for local people and direct benefits for the community from tourism. The local guides are highly knowledgeable so please ask plenty of questions, you’ll be amazed at what you can learn.

 In a nutshell
  • A true African experience – wild and free!
  • All inclusive trip with cultural experience, adventure and wildlife.
  • Victoria Falls, Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti & Chobe National Park

 

Local Payment

  • There is no local payment on this tour

Recommended reading

Before you travel you might want to read any of the following books. While not specific to the  tour you will join, they do provide some background understanding of the countries you will be visiting.

  • #1 ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (Fictional story of life in Botswana)
  • Trees of the Okavango by Veronica Roodt (A reference book with traditional uses and myths)
  • Okavango: Jewel of the Kalahari by Karen Ross (A comprehensive description of the Delta ecology)
  • Don’t run whatever You Do by Peter Allison (A guide’s perspective of Botswana lodge life)
  • Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden by Frans Lanting (A coffee table book of photography)
  • Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa by Kenneth Newman
  • Sasol Birds of Southern Africa by Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, and W.R. Tarboton
  • The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, and Primates by Richard D. Estes and Daniel Otte
  • Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa (Field Guides) by Braam Van Wyk, Keith Coates Palgrav, and Piet Van Wyk

Shopping

  • Craft shopping for carvings, batiks, paintings and clothing is best in Victoria Falls which has a wide variety of curios. Botswana has beautiful grass weavings but these are available mostly at curio shops as there are hardly any craft markets in Botswana.

Food

  • The majority of meals on this safari are provided by the lodges.

Difficulty

  • Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip.
  • Full itinerary with a couple of long driving days. The road conditions through the wilderness areas a very poor and our progress can at times be slow and dusty. Remember to hold on at all times and enjoy the ride!

Things you should know

  • Includes park entrances, game drives and the Okavango Delta excursion.
  • As this tour spends a large amount of time in wildlife areas it is essential that clients adhere to the tour leaders (and local guides) instructions regarding interaction with wildlife, camp safety and game walk/drive rules.
  • Your client will need a valid passport and visas for entry into Zimbabwe and Botswana.
  • Luggage, please pack to a limit of 12kgs in a soft sports tog bag. Also bring daypack for walks and keeping in the vehicle. You do not need to bring a towel as the accommodation establishments will provide towels.
  • We recommend that you bring Euro or US$ for personal expenses on this trip but please note that foreign currency will need to changed into Botswana Pula as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept BWP. Expenses in Victoria Falls can be paid in US$ and major credit cards can also be used for optional activities. Traveler’s cheques can be changed in Victoria Falls, Kasane and Maun (although in Zimbabwe travellers cheques attract a very high commission).

Common questions about this trip

  1. Can I buy camera memory cards? Memory cards and other photographic accessories will be available several times on tour. A camera with a zoom lens from wide angle to telephoto, 35-300mm, is advisable to capture both scenic and wildlife shots. Each vehicle is fitted with a 12/220V inverter  – this can be used while the vehicle is running (but will drain the vehicle battery if left plugged in), so this should only be relied on for limited charging of camera batteries and we recommend you bring a 2nd Remember you can also charge your camera at all the accommodation.  In Moremi at Hyena Pan, there is a communal charger in the main lounge area that can be used when the generator is running.  The camp otherwise is solar powered.
  2. Is it safe? Botswana is relatively safe and your guide knows the countries intimately and will endeavor to show you the best parts while looking after you. In the wild areas your guide will brief you on the necessary precautions, follow this advice and you will be fine. Be aware of your personal belongings and you will have a great trip!
  3. Do I need malaria tablets? Yes, the trip passes through malaria areas and prophylactics are recommended.
  4. What do I need to bring? All details are covered in our general tour briefing but the basics are: – comfortable clothes for warm days and cool evenings, walking shoes, flash light, a raincoat, hat and sunglasses, swimsuit, a small pair of binoculars also comes in very handy and most importantly – a sense of adventure!

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