9 Day Best of Botswana

The Details

Type: Accommodated Accommodated
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

2018
  • 2018
December
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From ZAR 19500 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 480)
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Overview

This exciting holiday offers you a comprehensive insight into some of Botswana’s best adventure attractions. The 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 area, Zimbabwe, the tour will take in breath-taking views of the Zambezi River, Chobe River, Okavango Delta, Makgadikgadi salt pan, game reserves and a full day immersed in the Zimbabwe culture. This Adventure tour allows you to touch and embrace the magic of Botswana and Zimbabwe that 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 and the Victoria Falls area in less than 9 days. Excludes single supplement. However, if you are happy to share – no single supplement will apply.

Detailed Itinerary

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

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 safari 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 photographers 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: remote wilderness campsite

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Chobe National Park –Savuti Areas

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.

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.

Depart Savuti early morning and transfer to the Moremi Game Reserve /or the adjacent Game Management area. 2-3 Hour afternoon game drive.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

Accommodation

Accommodation:

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

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Moremi – Maun

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

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 scenic flight per 5-seater plane – 45 min flight time

Day 6: Maun- Makgadikgadi Pans

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

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 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).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Guest House with en suite, swimming pool

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Victoria Falls – Full day tour

Today we immerse in the local Zimbabwe culture with a full day in the Victoria Falls area. We visit Victoria Falls National Park and then browse the local curios market before spending an afternoon at the Chamobondo primary school where we will interact with students and learn more about the Zimbabwe educational system from the teachers. From the school we go to a local restaurant for a traditional African lunch, before finishing our tour with a visit to an orphanage. Founded in 2007 by a lady called Sima Moyo in response to the growing number of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS on the streets of Victoria Falls, Sima was moved by their stories and began feeding them out of her own home using her own savings. Today Rose of Charity is home to 7 orphans and provides clothes, school fees and medication to 70 HIV positive children from the surrounding community. They have also successfully managed to reunify a 6 year old boy with his family in Chitungwiza Harare, about 1000km from Victoria Falls. We end our day joining a peaceful sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Soak up the African ambience with drink in hand as you cruise slowly up and down and look out for elephant, buffalo, buck, hippo and birdlife along the shallow muddy banks of one of Africa’s great rivers. Eventually we return to our accommodation for overnight or to try some of the local nightlife

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Guest House with en suite, swimming pool

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9:Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Tour ends after breakfast today. We do, however, recommend that you spend a few extra days to explore the Victoria Falls area. The Zambezi boasts one of the world’s highest rated rivers for pure white river rafting through its many challenging and novice rapids. From game walks, Micro-light flight or white water rafting to name a few, Victoria Falls will capture and fulfil your imagination, validating the myths of the African spirit.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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