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Pride of Botswana & Victoria Falls Explorer

Enjoy a cultural village tour on your Botswana safari

Enjoy a cultural village tour on your Botswana safari

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
Depart: S.A. – Maun
Return: Livingstone – S.A.
Tour type: Private departures / lodging and first class camping

Tour dates: *on request*

Botswana is one of the few remaining destinations in Africa that still provides a good sense of adventure while on safari. Its expansive game parks and preserves, while offering wildlife as diverse and abundant as that found anywhere else, are still largely undeveloped and untamed. Botswana lies immediately to the north of South Africa. It is bordered on the north and west by Namibia, on the north and east by Zimbabwe, and is connected by a narrow strip of land on the northern border to Zambia. Its territory consists almost entirely of a broad, flat, arid subtropical plateau, though there are hills in the eastern part of the country.

In the northwest, the Okavango River empties into the Kalahari sands, creating the largest inland river delta in the world. While the Okavango Delta is home to relatively few large game animals in comparison to other areas of Botswana, its clear waters and myriad small islands are home to an astounding variety of birds, plants, and smaller species of animals.

Nearby is Chobe National Park, a beautiful grassland reserve that has gained international fame for its abundant elephant population. Southeast of Chobe are Botswana’s enormous Makgadikgadi salt pans, home to large herds of blue wildebeest, several antelope species, and those international lovers of salt pans, flamingos.

Almost the entire remaining portion of the country is covered by the Kalahari Desert – a varied environment of sand, savanna, and grassland. Although this area of Botswana is only sparsely inhabited by humans, it is one of the richest wildlife regions in all of Africa.

Botswana’s two largest parks, the Central Kalahari Game reserve and Gemsbok National Park, are found in this region.

Botswana’s climate can get rather cool, particularly during the dry winter months of June-August when night occasionally brings frost. The rainy summer months (December through March) are best avoided for those interested in enjoying the best game viewing conditions. The aboriginal inhabitants of Botswana, who have made the Kalahari their home for at least 30,000 years, are the San, or bushmen. The San number about 60,000 today, constituting a small but fascinating cultural minority in the country. Almost two millennia ago, a Bantu people known as the Tswana arrived, supplanting the San and now constituting the great majority of the population.

The discovery of gold in Botswana in the late 19th century attracted the interest of the Boers, leading the fiercely independent but desperate Tswana nations to petition the British for protection.

Botswana was granted protectorate status (as Bechuanaland) in 1885, though local authority was maintained with determination by the Tswana chiefs. In 1966, in the same wave of change that brought independence to much of the continent, Bechuanaland became the independent Republic of Botswana.

The very next year, the discovery of enormous diamond reserves in Botswana transformed the poor country’s economic prospects. Today it enjoys one of the highest economic growth rates of any country in the world, although its national wealth has not solved the problem of widespread unemployment.

Tour Details

Day 1: Maun International Airport– Maun Lodge

Moremi Game Reserve is a paradise for birds, game and predators alike

Moremi Game Reserve is a paradise for birds, game and predators alike

A representative from SafariWise will meet you at Maun International Airport. Situated on the fringe of the Okavango Delta, Maun is the gateway to Botswana’s main safari industry. An optional game-flight over the Okavango Delta can be arranged, for those interested in better understanding of the formation and uniqueness of this special area. There is also the option of exploring the town. We will spend the night at Maun Lodge.

Accommodation: Maun Lodge
Meal arrangements: no meals (meals for own account)

Day 2: Maun Lodge
Maun Lodge is situated along the banks of the Thamalakane River in Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta.

Maun Lodge offers you luxury accommodation, banqueting and conference facilities and personal service at affordable prices. Located only 2,5km’s from the town centre and just 4km’s from the International Airport, Maun Lodge is the ideal location for international visitors and business travellers.

Optional activities at an extra cost include: A helicopter or light aircraft flight over the Okavango Delta, Cultural Village Tour, visit to Okavango Ceramics or a visit to the Crocodile Farm.

Accommodation: Maun Lodge
Meal arrangements: Full board

Day 3: Maun Lodge – Moremi Game reserve
This morning after breakfast, we depart Maun for our next destination – the Moremi Game Reserve, situated in the eastern part of the Okavango Delta.

This game reserve has no fences, therefore allowing unobstructed seasonal movement of game making this a largely natural area. This is a paradise for birds, game and predators alike. Moremi’s scenery alone is enough reason to want to visit this park. Completely varied vegetation is what makes this area so special. Within one hour of travelling it is possible to view the first of the wildlife inhabiting this area. We will spend 2 nights camping in the Xaxanaka area. Our days consist of early morning and late afternoon game drives, with a rest period in the camp in the heat of the day. We will explore this side of Moremi in detail, with unforgettable experiences.

Accommodation: Camping – Xaxanaka area
Meal arrangements: Full board

Day 4: Moremi Game Reserve
Game drives in the park.

Accommodation: Camping – Xacanaka area
Meal arrangements: Full board

Day 5: Moremi Game Reserve – Savuti
Departing Moremi Game Reserve, we will depart for our next destination – Savuti, one of Africa’s most densely populated predator areas and is also well known for its sightings of bull elephants. The Savuti waterhole offers an ever-changing spectacle of birds and wildlife. Morning and afternoon game drives with leisure time to relax during the heat of the day. Enjoy 2 nights camping in stunning Savuti.

Accommodation: Camping – Savuti
Meal arrangements: Full board

Day 6: Savuti
Game drives in the park.

Accommodation: Camping – Savuti
Meal arrangements: Full board

Day 7: Savuti – Chobe National Park
From Savuti we travel further in a north-easterly direction towards Chobe National Park – also renowned for having dense concentrations of elephants and predators, even more than Savuti.

After lunch we will have the opportunity to enjoy a sunset boat cruise, observing the game coming to quench their thirst in the cool waters of the Chobe River. This river is the life-blood for thousands of elephants in the dry season as well as many other species. We overnight at a private campsite in Chobe.

Accommodation: Camping – Chobe National Park
Meal arrangements: Full board

Day 8: Botswana – Livingstone
After breakfast we will be transferred to the Kazangula border post in Kasane where we will take the ferry across the Zambezi River and cross the border into Zambia. We will overnight in Livingstone.

Accommodation: Zambezi Sun International
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / picnic lunch / dinner

Day 9: Livingstone, Zambia
Explore the area. The Zambezi Waterfront is situated just opposite Siloka Island and with a clear view of the spray from the falls. The resort is designed to cater for all travellers who wish to experience the mighty Zambezi River, the wonder of the Victoria Falls and the many activities on offer in the area without great expense – it’s ideal for the adventurous and young at heart. Accommodation ranges from camping to good quality, fully serviced tents and en-suite chalets.

Optional activities available at the Waterfront include game drives through Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, white water rafting, river boarding, jet boating, abseiling, gorge swings, kayaking, canoeing, horse trails, elephant back rides and fishing. Also on offer is bungee jumping, helicopter and micro light flips over the falls, tours of the Falls, Chief Makuni Village tour, sunset or breakfast river cruises and a tour of Livingstone, which includes the Livingstone and Railway Museums and the Curio/Craft markets.

Accommodation: Zambezi Sun International
Meal arrangements: Breakfast / dinner

Day 10: Livingstone – South Africa
After breakfast we depart to the airport, where the safari ends.

Meal arrangements: Breakfast

Tour Cost

Total Tour Costs : *on request*

Vic Falls is ideal for the adventurous and young at heart

Vic Falls is ideal for the adventurous and young at heart

Included in the quoted price:

  • En-Suite Accommodation & camping facilities: as stipulated in the itinerary
  • Meals: As stipulated in the itinerary
  • Professional Safari Guide
  • Competent bush chef
  • Back up team for setting up camp
  • Transfer from Kazangula border to Victoria falls
  • 4 x 4 Vehicle
  • Fuel
  • All Road Taxes
  • All excursions/activities as per itinerary
  • All entrance fees

Excluded from quoted price:

  • Return Flight costs
  • Visas for Zambia
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry

Notes:
a) The costing for the Tour Program is based on a minimum of four (4) guests and a maximum of thirteen (13) guests.
b) Please also note that the accommodation outlined in the itinerary may, very occasionally, need to be amended. Replacements lodges and hotels will always be of the same standard as the ones outlined in the itinerary and will in no way affect your holiday. Should we have to implement any changes to the above we will notify you as soon as possible.
c) Terms & Conditions

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One Response to “Pride of Botswana & Victoria Falls Explorer”

  1. Anita O'Malley said:

    Attention Bernie,
    Gal & Rex Littlewood recommended you to me.
    I will be in SA doing a golf tour from 21/2/17 starting at Capetown ending 5/3/17 at Gondwana Game Reserve with T/F to George airport for onward flight.
    Can you give dates & cost for 10 days/ 9 nights Pride of Botswana & Victoria Falls Explorer Safari.
    Anita