Botswana Explorer Lodge Safari

The Details

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

Tour Dates

2019
  • 2019
  • 2020
September
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From USD 2950 pp
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Overview

JOURNEY FROM MAUN TO VICTORIA FALLS.
Experience the stunning beauty, the unimaginable vastness, the open plains at Nxai Pan, the world-famous Moremi Game Reserve and the untamed wildlife of the Chobe River and Chobe National Park. Your voyage then takes you to Hwange National Park before ending at the spectacular Victoria Falls.
11 DAY TOUR

HIGHLIGHTS
Maun: Arrival in safari town, gateway to your Botswana experience
Makgadikgadi Pans: Full day excursion to visit Nxai Pan OR Ntwetwe Pan
Moremi: Night game drive in a private concession Full day wildlife viewing in game rich reserve
Scenic flight: Flight over the Okavango Delta (own account)
Chobe: Morning game drive in the national park Game viewing by boat on the Chobe River
Hwange: Full-day game viewing in Hwange National Park
Victoria Falls: Sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River

*Please note all rates are subject to change according to rate of exchange fluctuations*

*2019 Rates is per person sharing. Excludes single supplement and any additional activities & meals not set out in the itinerary.

*2020 USD 2950.00 per person sharing. Excludes single supplement and any additional activities & meals not set out in the itinerary.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: MAUN, BOTSWANA

On arrival into Maun Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The name Maun is derived from the San word “maung”, which means “the place of short reeds”. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, either relaxing next to the pool at the lodge or if you are keen for some excitement, why not book a sunset cruise on the Thamalakane River. This evening you will meet your guide and the rest of the group for your pre-departure meeting at 18h00.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Thamalakane River Lodge or similar (Chalets with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)

Meals

Meals:

No meals included

DAY 2: PLANET BAOBAB, BOTSWANA

Today we head off to the plains of the Makgadikgadi Pans area, known for its endless expanses, baobab trees and remarkable biodiversity. After settling into our accommodation, we take a stroll with our guide through the surrounding baobab grove, as he explains the local ecology, geology and the unique biology of the baobabs, which are in fact not trees but the largest succulents in the world.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Planet Baobab or similar (Bakalanga huts with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3: PLANET BAOBAB, BOTSWANA

After breakfast, we depart for either Nxai Pan or Ntwetwe Pan. These excursions are seasonal based on wildlife sightings and road conditions. Both pans form part of the greater Makgadikgadi system.

NXAI PAN EXCURSION: JANUARY – MAY & DECEMBER

An early departure takes us West towards Nxai Pan National Park. Nxai Pan adjoins the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park on its northern border. The pan itself is a fossil lake-bed about 15 sq. miles (40sq. km) in size. Covered in nutritious short grasses and small islands of acacia trees, Nxai Pan attracts vast numbers of desert herbivores such as gemsbok, springbuck, and extraordinarily large herds of giraffe, up to 30 in a group! In the South of the park are Baines’ Baobabs, a cluster of millennia-old baobab trees, named after the famous artist who discovered them in 1862, Thomas Baines. It is rare to see Baobab trees so close together and as one was growing on its side, Baines named his painting ‘The Sleeping Five’. The famous explorers: The Green brothers passed this way too and to this day their inscription into the bark, ‘Green’s Expedition 1858 -1859, can clearly be seen. We return to the lodge in the late afternoon after exploring this unique area.

NTWETWE PAN EXCURSION: JUNE – NOVEMBER

The Ntwetwe Pan is one of the two major pans that make up the Makgadikgadi Pans, and is amongst the largest saltpans in the world. The pan was fed by the Boteti River until it was left permanently dry following the construction of the Mopipi Dam, which provides water for the diamond mines in Orapa. The waters may have returned to the river but Ntwetwe is now famous for its extraordinary lunar landscape, particularly the rocky outcrops, dunes, islets, and channels found along the western shore. We explore the area, in search of uniquely adapted desert species such as bat eared foxes, springbuck, kori bustards, and some of the Kalahari’s most fascinating inhabitants, the meerkats. We return to the lodge in the afternoon with some time to relax by the pool.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Planet Baobab or similar (Bakalanga huts with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool & bar)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4: MAKGADIKGADI PANS TO GREATER MOREMI, BOTSWANA

This morning we travel via Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta, to our camp, which is situated in a private concession in the Greater Moremi Region. This large area is renowned for its concentration of mammals and it is not unusual to see many different types of wildlife during just one game drive. Game viewing is seasonal; depending on the time of the year you may see different species in different areas. The best time for game viewing is the end of the dry season or spring from August to November. During this season, in order for us to offer the best game viewing possible, extra driving may be required due to the animals migrating closer to the river. In the summer, birdlife can also be viewed in abundance with exceptional sightings of wildfowl and raptors. After dinner, we will explore the concession on a night game drive.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Bedouin Bush Camp or similar (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms). Please note that there is no electricity at the camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5: MOREMI GAME RESERVE, BOTSWANA

Today we head into the famous Moremi Game Reserve known as one of the most beautiful and varied reserves in Africa with an unprecedented concentration of wildlife. The full day is spent in the unspoiled nature of the Moremi Game Reserve

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Bedouin Bush Camp or similar (semi-permanent tented camp with en-suite bathrooms

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6: CHOBE, BOTSWANA

You will be transferred to either the Khwai or Maun Airstrip for your flight to Kasane (For your own account). On arrival you will be met and transferred to your lodge. We enjoy game viewing by boat on the Chobe River in the afternoon, watching elephants, hippos, crocodiles and a variety of birds without having to reach for our binoculars – you’ll be near enough for close-up photographs, as well as having the chance to witness a spectacular African sunset

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 7 & 8: CHOBE TO HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE

This morning we depart Chobe and make our way to our lodge in a private concession near to Hwange National Park. The next two days are spent exploring this wildlife rich area. This afternoon you can partake in an optional game drive if time allows. On the following day, we will have plenty of time to explore this vast wilderness on a game drive. Hwange National Park is one of Africa’s finest havens for wildlife and is home to vast herds of elephant, buffalo, and zebra and has a very large concentration of giraffe. It is also home to many predators and endangered species plus varied birdlife. We will also visit the Painted Dog Conservation Centre to witness the work that is done to protect these endangered species.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Sable Sands or similar (chalets with en-suite bathroom, swimming pool & bar area)

Meals

Meals:

Day 7&8: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9 & 10: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Today we travel to Victoria Falls, an essential African experience. In the afternoon we have a relaxing sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, basking in the afterglow of the day. The rest of our time in Victoria Falls is at your own leisure and with the freedom to partake in one of the many optional activities on offer (at own expense).

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Accommodation: Ilala Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Accommodation: Ilala Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant

Meals

Meals:

Day 9&10: Breakfast

DAY 11: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Our safari ends after breakfast. You will be transferred to Victoria Falls Airport in time for your departure flight. We hope to welcome you again one day on another of our African adventures.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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