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Guided Tours in Southern Africa

9 Days Botswana Highlights

Kicking off in glorious Victoria Falls, this 9 Days Botswana Highlights safari include visits to the Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi pans and the Kalahari. With its diverse cultures Botswana is a melting pot of sights, sounds, aromas, tastes and emotions, waiting to be explored by anyone with a taste of adventure.

Botswana is well-known for its rich and abundant wildlife where it flourishes in its National Parks as well as large tracts of land, which lie unfenced and allowing for wildlife to traverse freely in their natural habitat. The vast size of Botswana is predominantly connected and accessible through sandy tracks, which make traveling a fascinating yet time consuming aspect of your journey. However on this Botswana Highlights safari you can be rest assured to travel in absolute comfort, whilst enjoying true unspoiled African terrain from your very own seat. The fleet of vehicles used are specially designed and custom built to mechanically suit these demanding road conditions.

A safari often stands or falls with the guide and we appreciate that a good guide can make or break your safari experience. Guides that are used are mostly local citizens, which are hand-picked for their passion and profound respect means that you will receive a greater insight and understanding of the local environment and its people.

NOTE: This tour starts in Victoria Falls and ends in Windhoek (Namibia) on Day 9. Same day flight departures out of Windhoek International are only possible after 19h00.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Victoria Falls
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on the magical Zambezi River
  • Chobe National Park- home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa
  • Visit the greater Makgadikgadi and Sowa Pans- the largest inland clay pans on Earth!
  • Enjoy a memorable dinner under the star lit African sky
  • Game drives in the Moremi Game Reserve, the Khwai Concession / Xini Lagoon (dependent on the current water levels)
  • Kalahari Desert in Namibia

Summary

Most Meals Included

9 Days
Minibus or Coach

Day 1 - Victoria Falls

Upon arrival in Victoria Falls, we check into our hotel. Depending on time availability, we have a wide variety of optional activities at our disposal. In the late afternoon, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, where we stand the chance to see some of the animals and birds that live in the Victoria Falls National Park while enjoying a sundowner drink.
Overnight at Kingdom Hotel

Day 2 - Victoria Falls

After breakfast discover why the Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders on Earth as we explore it on a guided excursion on foot. This dramatically beautiful event is accompanied by a deafening roar and fine spray that arcs up into the sky, giving the falls its local name: Mosi-oa-Tunya - the "Smoke that Thunders”. Afterwards visit a craft market where we can purchase or look at handmade crafts of the local inhabitants (optional). Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or participate in other optional activities.
Overnight at Kingdom Hotel on Breakfast Basis

Day 3  - Chobe National Park

After breakfast we travel to the Chobe National Park, where wildlife roams freely in profusion and diversity. It is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa, while other game consists of large herds of buffalo, puku, lechwe, bushbuck and kudu. Other major species such as lion, leopard, wild dog, sable and roan antelope are encountered in many areas of the reserve. In the afternoon embark on a guided Chobe sunset cruise along the National Park to experience the multitude of game species found along the banks of the Chobe River.  
Overnight at Chobe Marina Lodge / Chobe Safari Lodge on Breakfast Basis

Day 4 - Makgadikgadi Pans
Shortly before sunrise travel by open safari vehicle into the Chobe National Park for a game drive. After breakfast we continue travelling south to the mesmerising region of the greater Makgadikgadi and Sowa pans, the largest inland clay pans on Earth. During an afternoon nature drive (season permitting) we experience this geological phenomenon of surrealistic beauty. The remoteness and inaccessibility all add to the mystique and also explain why these pans represent one of the major highlights found in Botswana.
Overnight at Nata Lodge / Pelican Lodge on Breakfast Basis

Day 5 - Greater Moremi Region

After an early breakfast we travel via Maun and onwards via rugged bush roads towards the concession bordering the Moremi / Khwai reserve to the east, an area that we will explore in detail over the next days. En route to our camp, which we will reach in the late afternoon, we have the opportunity to already keep our eyes open for game species, but can also marvel at the untouched traditional lifestyle of the Botswana people that inhabit the area. Once at our camp, we have the rest of the day at leisure and can relax in the pristine nature that surrounds the Camp. After a safety briefing at our camp we enjoy a late afternoon drive returning just in time for dinner and then fall asleep to the sounds of nature.
Overnight at Tuskers Tented Camp – or similar Tented Camp on Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6 - Moremi Game Reserve

After an early continental breakfast, we leave camp for extensive AM and PM game drives through the Moremi Game Reserve in search of predators and a range of other animal species such as Elephant and antelope. The Moremi area is unequalled in scenic beauty and hosts an excellent quantity of birds, animals and plants. The park covers about one third of the entire Okavango Delta and, with its giant mopane forests, contrast beautifully with the wide open spaces of the Khwai floodplain. After an adventure filled day of exploring this unique wildlife sanctuary we enjoy a memorable dinner under the star lit African sky.
Overnight at Tuskers Tented Camp - or similar Tented Camp on Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Khwai Concession

After an early breakfast, we again head out in open game viewer vehicles for a full days game drive through the Khwai Concession or Xini Lagoon (pending on current water levels), one of the world's most famous game concessions. Together with the Moremi Game Reserve this area covers more than 4871 square kilometres of pristine wilderness, and its varied terrain includes savannah, winding waterways, and thick forest. This diversity supports an incredibly wide spectrum of wildlife, ranging from large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and zebra, to the rare sitatunga and lechwe antelope, all these attracting lion’s, cheetah, leopard and packs of wild dog into the open grasslands. The birdlife is prolific and includes most of the 550 bird species recorded on the Botswana national bird list.
Overnight at Tuskers Tented Camp – or similar Tented Camp on Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Kalahari Desert

A very early morning departure takes us out of the park and back to Maun, from where we travel via Ghanzi and the Kalahari Desert back to Namibia. Our lodge is situated on a private reserve in the Kalahari, and is the habitat to rare animals such as the bat-eared fox, honey badger as well as the nocturnal aardvark.
Overnight at Zelda Guestfarm or similar on Breakfast Basis

Day 9 - Departure

After breakfast we travel through Gobabis, the capital of Namibia’s cattle farming country back to Windhoek. We are dropped off at our accommodation of choice, where our tour ends. Alternatively, our guide will take us to the international airport for our outbound flight.
Breakfast Basis

*Same day flight departures out of Windhoek International are only possible after 19h00

 

 

Rates quoted per person sharing

9 Days Botswana Highlights

In ZAR
Per person Sharing Single Supp
01 May - 30 Jun'19 R51, 304 R5, 870
01 Jul - 31 Oct'19 R53, 064 R6, 142
Minimum 2 passengers - Supplements will apply to clients traveling alone
Departure Dates for 2019 (Special Discount / No Single Supplement)
May 21
June 4, 18
July 2, 16, 30
August 13, 27
September 10, 24
October 1, 15, 22

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation and meals as indicated (8 Breakfasts / 2 lunches / 3 dinners)
  • Entrance fees: Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Moremi Game Reserve
  • Portages
  • Still mineral water
  • Activities as specified
  • Tourism levy & government taxes where applicable
  • 24hrs medical evacuation insurance

Excluded:

  • All international flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Meals not indicated
  • Passport and visa related costs
  • Excursions / activities not specified
  • Gratuities
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