7 Day Best of Botswana

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
Length: 7 - 14 Days
End: Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Small (<12 People)
Countries: Zimbabwe Namibia Botswana

Tour Dates

2020
  • 2020
  • 2021
July
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From ZAR 16400 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 400)
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Overview

7 day Best of Botswana

This exciting holiday offers you a broad insight into some of Botswana’s best adventure highlights. The 7 Day Best of Botswana itinerary has been carefully designed to maximize your experience within the short time you spend on holiday with us. Following your arrival into the renowned and spectacular Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the tour will take in breath taking views of Chobe River, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi salt pan, game reserves and more!

This adventure tour allows you to touch and embrace the magic of Botswana and will leave you with a desire to discover more of this dynamic and diverse continent. The Best of Botswana is the only safari of its kind that allows you the opportunity to explore Botswana’s best national parks and game reserves in less than 7 days. Excludes single supplement. However, if you are happy to share – no single supplement will apply.

Tour price excludes local payment.

Included Highlights in the 7 Day Best of Botswana

Chobe NP, Game Drive
Savuti / Linyanti Marsh, Game Drives
Khwai Wildlife Management Area, Game Drives
Okavango Delta Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari
Makgadikgadi Pans

INCLUDED:

  1. Tour highlights
  2. transport
  3. accommodation
  4. meals as indicated
  5. tent and mattress
  6. Services of an English-speaking guide / tour leader.

EXCLUDED:

  1. Visas, passport and visa fees
  2. Travel insurance
  3. Flights and airport transfers
  4. Sleeping bags, pillow and towels
  5. Optional activities
  6. Laundry
  7. Gratuities and items of a personal nature
  8. Drinks and mineral water.

***Prices are subject to change

***Price is per person sharing. Excludes single supplement and any additional activities or meals not set out in the itinerary.

***2021 Rates currently remain the same as 2020 rates, however are subject to change

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Chobe National Park, Botswana
Distance travelled: +/- 80 Km
Approx driving time: Half day

We leave Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and transfer to the Botswana border to join your safari guide and travel the short distance to Kasane where we prepare for our afternoon game drive into Chobe National Park. With sun block and cameras in hand we board our safari vehicle in search of lion, leopard, hyena, elephant, giraffe and a host of antelope and bird species while snaking our way through the sandy tracks and rugged terrain. The Chobe National Park is an essential wildlife destination while on safari in Botswana. The Chobe floodplains and Chobe River provide a sensitive eco system where the resident wildlife converges during the dry season. It is not uncommon to see between 500 and 2000 Elephants on these floodplains at one time. The highlight of a visit to Chobe National Park is the combination of wildlife, Birdlife and reptiles along the banks of the Chobe River. This is a photographer’s dream. Happy and content after our day’s safari, we relax for the night under the African skies.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities. Campsite: Riverfront campsite

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Chobe National Park –Savuti Areas

Chobe National Park –Savuti Areas
Distance travelled: +/- 160 Km
Approx driving time: Full day game driving.

This morning we head out into the Chobe National Park and head via the park to the Savuti area. Typically this comprises of a 2 hour drive in the morning after leaving camp, followed by 4-5 hour transfer to the Savuti area, and a further 2-3 hour game drive in the late afternoon. Accessible by 4×4 wheel drive only, we head deep into south west corner of Chobe National Park to the Savuti Marsh, a relic of a large inland lake fed occasionally by the Savuti Channel. This region is made up of rolling savannah which attracts many different species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and elephant. These in turn attract many predators including lion, leopard, hyena, wild dog and cheetah. This is a breathtaking game driving day and the inaccessibility of the region offers a throwback of what safari experience might have been like in yesteryear. Camping out in the wild enhances further the feeling of exhilaration at being so close to remote and untamed Mother Nature.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Full day game driving.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities: remote wilderness campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Savuti - Moremi Game Reserve or Adjacent Community Game Management area

Savuti – Moremi Game Reserve or Adjacent Community Game Management area.
Distance travelled: +/- 120 Km
Approx driving time: Full day Game Driving

Depart Savuti early morning and transfer to the Moremi Game Reserve /or the adjacent Game Management area.

The Moremi Game Reserve was declared a protected area after being used by the then chief Moremi as an exclusive hunting ground. The area is rich with game and offers an untouched wildlife experience. The combination of different habitats from Mopane woodland to Acacia forest, floodplains and lagoons make the area a place of stunning beauty, supporting a diverse array of wildlife. Sightings of leopard, wild dog, cheetah and lion are common, as are elephant, giraffe and zebra encounters. Common night-time visitors to our camp are the spotted hyena and the honey badger.

At certain times of the year it may be preferable / safer (as well as offer better game viewing) to visit an adjacent game management area instead of Moremi.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

2-3 Hour afternoon game drive.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities : remote wilderness campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Moremi – Maun

Moremi – Maun
Distance travelled: +/- 150 Km
Approx driving time: 4-5 Hours

We enjoy an early morning game drive, returning to camp mid morning to pack our camp and head for Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Maun is the hub of the tourism industry in Botswana and the road from Moremi to Maun traverses huge areas of protected community land. The surrounding areas of Maun give you an opportunity to witness rural life at its best with folks working the land and tending their cattle.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities: Maun area campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Maun - Okavango Delta - Maun

Maun – Okavango Delta – Maun
Distance travelled: +/- 30 Km

This morning we depart our camp in Maun for a day excursion to the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is a natural wetland system spreading over some 1.6 million hectares of northern Botswana. The ‘delta’ results from rivers flowing south from Angola, dividing repeatedly on the flat Botswana plains and forming an intricate floodplain of river channels, lagoons and isolated islands – an inland ‘delta’, the only one of its kind in the world. We enjoy our day in the wilderness with experienced and knowledgeable ‘polers’ who guide you through the labyrinths of channels in a dug-out canoe (mokoro). If we are lucky we may spot wildlife, in particular hippo, crocodile, buffalo, elephant but the experience is focused on the amazing watercourses, birdlife and beauty of this unique area.

We are usually back in Maun by 2pm and time is yours at leisure to relax by the pool or take an optional afternoon scenic flight or over the Okavango Delta (at around 4pm).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities: Maun area campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Okavango Delta Scenic Flight per 5-seater plane – 45 min flight time from US$650, Maun Horse Riding (2 Hours) US$65

Day 6: Maun- Makgadikgadi Pans

Maun- Makgadikgadi Pans
Distance travelled: +/- 200 Km
Approx driving time: 4-6 Hours

From Maun we travel to the Makgadikgadi Pans stopping on route at the charismatic village of Gweta then continuing south to Chapman’s Baobabs. The Baobabs have a circumference of over 25m and act as sentinels over the distance pans, giving them the nick-name the seven sisters. The Makgadikgadi Pans is a vast shimmering salt flats on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. We camp for the night on the pans near Nata. Sleeping out on the ‘Pans’ under a blanket of stars is a real ‘Africa’ experience – not to be missed.

N.B: Due to the rainy season in Botswana we may not camp at the Makgadikgadi Pans. In that case we may move our destination to Nata where we will overnight and wake early for an opportunity to see the Flamingo’s at the Flamingo sanctuary.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Camping twin share bow tents with shared facilities: Remote wilderness campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Makgadikgadi Pans – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Makgadikgadi Pans – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Distance travelled: +/- 350 Km
Approx driving time: 6 Hours

We depart in the morning and travel back towards Kasane. We travel north through vast open savannahs passing the farming villages before saying goodbye to our guide and meeting the transfer vehicles once again at the border to cross into Zimbabwe for the final journey to Victoria Falls. En route keep your eyes peeled for wandering wildlife migrating between Chobe National Park and the nearby Hwange National Park (in Zimbabwe). Arrangements end in the early afternoon upon arrival in Victoria Falls.
If time allows, we do suggest that you stay a few extra days to explore the Victoria Falls area and the many optional activities on offer.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Optional Activities (prices are guide only): Bungee Jumping US$170, Gorge Swing $100, Helicopter Flights from US$150 White water rafting $130, Full day canoe $150, Game walk $120, Jet boating $100, Birding ½ day $160, Bike tour – 3 hours $65

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