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 you a fully accommodated tour of Botswana. Excludes single supplement. However, if you are happy to share – no single supplement will apply.
• 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
NOTE prices are subject to change.
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 9 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.
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.
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.
*2020 Rate 2740 EURO + 300 USD local payment per person sharing Excludes single supplement. However, if you are happy to share – no single supplement will apply.Also excludes any meals and additional activities not set out in the itinerary.
Day 1: JOHANNESBURG to KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY
Distance/time: 630km, ± 7½ hours, excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch
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.
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: 520kms. ± 6½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing
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’.
Overnight: Island Safari Lodge, chalet - twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities.
Breakfast, Lunch (Dinner will own expense).
Optional Activities Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)
Lodge: Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available
Day 3 - 4: OKAVANGO DELTA
Distance/time: 2 hour 4WD transfer into the Delta, each way
We drive into the Okavango Delta to the launch station where we board our mekoro’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.
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.
DAY 3 & 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camping: You will need to bring your own towel. WiFi not available
Distance/time: 150kms ± 4 hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing (Maun – Lodge)
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).
Includes: Entrance fees to Moremi Game Reserve, morning & afternoon game drives in open 4WD vehicle
Overnight: 3x nights Elephant Pools Lodge – exclusive private tented bush lodge in Khwai Private Reserve, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Twin share permanent tented lodge with en-suite facilities.
1x night Maun Island Safari Lodge, chalet - twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities.
DAY 5,6 & 7: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8: Breakfast, Lunch ( Dinner own expense)
Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft)
Elephant Lodge: WiFi not available
Safari Lodge: Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available
Distance/time: 320km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing
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.
Includes: Entrance fees into Makgadikgadi Pans
Overnight: Nata Lodge – twin share luxury tents with en suite facilities OR Pelican Lodge, – Chalets with en suite facilities.
Breakfast, Lunch (Dinner own expense)
WiFi not available
Day 10 – 11: CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Distance/time: 300kms, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing + 1x 3 hour game drive
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.
Includes: Entrance fees to Chobe National Park, morning game drive (day 11), sunset boat cruise (day 11)
Overnight: Thebe River Safaris – twin room with en suite facilities.
DAY 10 & 11: Breakfast, Lunch (Dinner own expense)
Optional Activities: Afternoon game drive in open 4WD vehicle (on day 10)
Thebe: Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi available
Day 12 – 13: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
Distance/time: 70kms – 1 hour, excluding border formalities
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).
Includes: Entrance to see the Victoria Falls
Overnight: Shearwater Explorers Village, twin rooms with en-suite facilities.
DAY 12 & 13: Breakfast (Lunch, Dinner own expense)
Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more
Explorer Lodge: Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and telephone.
Day 14: VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE – TOUR ENDS
Tour ends after breakfast at 08:00am.