**14 Days Botswana Parks and Victoria Falls from US$3,464.-pp

Botswana is considered Southern Africa’s premier game viewing destination. But it is also known as a very expensive destination. However by using a range of affordable lodges we offer a fully accommodated tour of Botswana at a value for money price.

Price 2020:

14 day itinerary US$3,464 pp sharing + local payment of US$ 300, Single Suppplement US$670.-pp
13 day itinerary joining tour in Maun on day 2 (Monday) US$3,294.- pp sharing, + local payment of US$300, Single Supplement US$625.-pp

Single supplement Note:(If you are traveling on your own,we will “room” you with another same gender client. You do not pay extra when booking as a single person. If however you request a single room, then you’ll pay the single supplement.)

Style: Accommodated Adventure – 2-3 Star accommodation, Limited participation with helping out with chores,  Guides prepare the meals

Guaranteed departures

Small group safari maximum:    12 travellers

Travel through:                       Botswana & South Africa & Zimbabwe

Safari length:                           14 days/or 13 days with joining on Day 2 in Maun                                 

 itinerary

DEPARTS: JOHANNESBURG on Sunday at 06:30am

ENDS: VICTORIA FALLS on Saturday at +/-08:00am

 Highlights

* Khama Rhino Sanctuary – game viewing

* Okavango Delta – mokoro trail and bush walks

* Moremi Game Reserve – 3 day 4WD game viewing

* Chobe – 4WD game viewing & river cruise

* Victoria Falls – adventure activities

The 14 day tour starts in Johannesburg and saves you the cost of flights to Maun, and includes an opportunity to see rhino.

The  13 day Maun tour start clients join the 14 day booked group in Maun on day 2 eliminating the drive Jo’burg to Maun.

 Overnight a total of all 13 nights accommodation in lodges, chalets and tented camps. Of which; 10 nights on safari we stay at small and intimate lodges, with en suite facilities.

1 night in Khama is in self catering chalets where two bedrooms share a bathroom.

2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire.

 Meals 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 6 dinners are included. Of which 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are provided by the crew, prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the camp fire.

 Transport for the majority of this safari you travel in a custom-built Safari trucks with 12 forward facing seats; or (on 10% of tours) Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. For the game drives in Moremi and Chobe and the transfer into the Okavango we use open sided 4WD vehicles with local guides.

Limited participation An essential part of your safari is some participation. From carrying your own bag to cleaning your window and packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Where the tour leaders provide meals we ask that clients help (on rotation) with the washing up.

Day 1                            JOHANNESBURG to KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY [chalets – LD]

(B=breakfast, L=lunch D=dinner)

Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head north into Botswana and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. This reserve situated on the Kalahari sandveld, has several natural waterholes and provides prime habitat for white rhino, zebra and wildebeest.

Day 1: Breakfast is not included

Day 1: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 1: Dinner provided tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:             Entrance fees to Khama Rhino Sanctuary & afternoon game drive

Overnight:                  Khama Rhino Sanctuary, 2 twin share bedrooms in each chalet with 1 bathroom  shared between 2 rooms.

                                    WiFi not available

Distance/time:   630km, ± 7½ hours, excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch

Day 2                            MAUN [lodge BL-]

We drive through the Kalahari to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Since Maun’s founding in 1915 as the capital of the Batawana people, it has had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town helping the local cattle ranching and safari operations. The name Maun is derived from the San word ‘maung’, which translates ‘the place of short reeds’.

Day 2: Breakfast provided tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 2: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 2: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes:             –

Overnight:                  Mochaba Crossing, twin share bedrooms

                                    WiFi not available

Distance/time:   450kms. ± 6½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

Optional Activities     Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)

 Day 3 – 4             OKAVANGO DELTA [tented camp x2 BLD]

We drive into the Okavango Delta to the launch station where we board our mokoro’s and pole to our tented camp in the heart of the largest inland delta in the world. This amazing environment has large numbers of red lechwe, buffalo, elephant and birds, particularly kingfishers! One of the best experiences in the Okavango Delta is to be poled along reed-lined channels in a mokoro (dug-out canoe). Sit back and relax as the water gurgles gently under the mokoro while your skilled poler points out the fauna and flora.

Day 3: Breakfast provided by the lodge

Day 3: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 3: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

 Day 4: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 4: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 4: Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes:             Entrance fees to the Okavango Delta, morning & afternoon game walks with local guides

Overnight:                  Wilderness tented camping – 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and an en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. Tents have built-in insect nets. We need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild tented camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. The wilderness tented camp supplies all linen blankets and pillows. The camp chairs have a backrest. You will need to bring your own towel.

WiFi not available

Distance/time:   2 hour 4WD transfer into the Delta, each way

Day 5, 6, 7, 8                MOREMI [3x tented bushlodge BLD, 1x lodge BL-]

We take an open 4WD into Moremi Game Reserve for fantastic game viewing! Chief’s Island is the largest landmass within Moremi and was the Batswana tribe’s richest hunting ground, before being declared a game reserve by the tribe. We spend 4 days on game drives watching the abundant wildlife including elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion & other game, both in Moremi Game Reserve and in private concession reserves surrounding the park. We return to Maun midday on day 8 for an evening restaurant meal (own expense).

 Day 5: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 5: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 5: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge

 Day 6, 7: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge

Day 6, 7: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 6, 7: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge

 Day 8: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge

Day 8: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

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

 Includes:             Entrance fees to Moremi Game Reserve, morning & afternoon game drives in open 4WD vehicle

Overnight:                  3 x nights Elephant Pool or Hyena Pan Bushlodge – exclusive private tented bush lodge, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Twin share permanent tented lodge with en suite facilities.

                                    WiFi not available

                                    1x night Maun Mochaba Crossing, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities.

                                    WiFi not available

Distance/time:   150kms ± 4 hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing (Maun – Lodge)

Optional Activities      Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)

Day 9                            MAKGADIKGADI PANS [tented lodge or chalets BL -]

We have time for an optional game flight over the Okavango before we head to Nata (own expense). The shimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi appear as a glaring white, endless plain. When the rain comes a dramatic change takes place as thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate to the sweet nutritious grasslands and clouds of flamingo feed in its algae rich waters. It is an area of low rainfall so this spectacle only lasts a short while.

Day 9: Breakfast provided by the lodge

Day 9: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 9: Dinner will be an own expense meal

Includes:             Entrance fees into Makgadikgadi Pans

Overnight:                  Nata Lodge – twin share luxury tents with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. (or Pelican Lodge, – Chalets with en suite facilities)

WiFi not available

Distance/time:   320km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing

Day 10 – 11                  CHOBE NATIONAL PARK [lodge BL -]

The Chobe River is a stunning feature of Botswana and will be the focus of our lodge stay. The Chobe River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. An Early morning 4WD game drive in the Chobe National Park and an afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise to see the mighty elephant herds return to the Chobe River to quench their thirst.

Day 10, 11: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 10, 11: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 10, 11: Dinner will be an own expense meal

Includes:             Entrance fees to Chobe National Park, morning game drive (day 11), sunset boat cruise (day 11)

Overnight:                  Thebe River Safaris – twin chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone.

                                     WiFi available

Distance/time:   300kms, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing + 1x 3 hour game drive

Optional Activities       Afternoon game drive in open 4WD vehicle (on day 10)

Day 12 – 13                  VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE [hotel Bx2 – -]

We visit “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” – Victoria Falls. These magnificent falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Victoria Falls Bridge was commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes in 1900, and was completed by 1905, although Rhodes never lived to see it. It spans the impressive gorge and the famous adrenalin pumping Victoria Falls bungi jump is done from this bridge, with a terrifying drop of 360ft (111m). Opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump, or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).

Day 12: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group

Day 12: Lunch will be an own expense meal

Day 12: Dinner will be an own expense meal

 Day 13: Breakfast provided by the hotel

Day 13: Lunch will be an own expense meal

Day 13: Dinner will be an own expense meal

Includes:             Entrance to see the Victoria Falls

Overnight:      Shearwater Explorers Village, twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and telephone.

                                    Free WiFi available

Distance/time:   70kms – 1 hour, excluding border formalities

Optional Activities       White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more

Day 14                VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE – TOUR ENDS [- B – -]

Tour ends after breakfast at 08:00am.

Day 14: Breakfast provided by the hotel

Day 14: NA

Day 14: NA

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

Please note: That the accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.

Special Interest:

Moremi is known for its big game including frequent leopard sightings. These elusive cats lead a predominantly solitary life and Moremi GR, with its varied habitats and high prey species densities, provides a perfect refuge for these beautiful creatures.

Sustainable Tourism:

In Maun we visit a community project, Sibanda’s Craft shop, where craftswomen manufacture unique hand-painted cotton textiles such as tablecloths, & cushion covers. The aim at Sibanda’s is to generate more employment within the community, empowering women to realise their dreams and improve the quality of their lives and those of their children, through economic upliftment and self-fulfillment.

Some tours can be combined with a Livingstone – Livingstone Namibia and Botswana 21day accommodated safari to create and awesome safari that visits the highlights of Botswana & Namibia.

In a nutshell

  • A participation tour that offers an accommodated safari in Botswana at a reasonable price, accommodated in chalets, and cabins with a couple of nights tented camp to get us close to the wildlife.
  • Some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa from open 4WDs and on game walks
  • All inclusive trip with cultural experience, adventure and wildlife.
  • Victoria Falls, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta, Kalahari desert and Makgadikgadi Pans.

Shopping

  • Craft shopping for carvings, batiks, paintings and clothing are best in Victoria Falls which has a wide variety of curios. Botswana has beautiful grass weavings.

Food

  • We pride ourselves on giving very good healthy meals to our clients and will provide three meals per day, except where shown in itinerary, when we try out local restaurants.
  • The tour leaders do the shopping and meal planning and meal preparation for each group. He/she will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. A rough idea of what these will consist of is: Breakfast – cereals or coffee and toast or the occasional fried breakfast, Lunch – cheese, cold meats, salads on bread or rolls, Dinner – braais (local barbecue), potjies (stews), stir fries etc. We use regular plates, cups and cutlery. All cooking and eating utensils will also be provided.
  • We do cater for special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.)
  • We will supply fruit squash served with breakfast and tea or coffee served with breakfast and dinner. All other beverages will be for your own expense. We will not supply bottled drinking water although it is available at many shops on tour.

Difficulty

  • Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip. The accommodation used is simple but clean and this trip will appeal to anyone interested in getting the real wilderness of Botswana.
  • 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!
  • Everyone is asked to help out with the running of camp on tour. In other words if everyone spends a little time setting up camp, preparing meals and cleaning up then the tour will run smoothly and everyone will have a good time. Participation is the name of the game.

Things you should know

  • Includes park entrances, game drives and the Okavango Delta excursion.
  • Your client will need a valid passport and visas for entry into South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe.
  • 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 will need to bring your own towel.
  • We recommend that you bring Euro, US$ or South African Rand 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. Traveller’s cheques can be changed in Maun, Kasane and Victoria Falls. Request our tour dossier for approximate costs of drinks and meals etc.

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 12/24V cigarette lighter – this should not be relied on for charging camera batteries and we recommend you bring a 2nd Remember you can also charge your camera on those nights we use accommodation (SA 220V)
  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, a raincoat, hat and sunglasses, swimsuit, a small pair of binoculars also comes in very handy and most importantly – a sense of adventure!

E&OE

 

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