Best of Botswana (9Day)

Tour Code 17BOB9. Small Group Safaris
9 days from
$1'450 USD
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Plus 445 USD mandatory Safari Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 12 to 65. Group Size: Minimum 2, Maximum 9

Discover Botswana's top highlights on this adventure!

Enjoy the Best of Botswana on this comprehensive 9 day safari through Botswana's top highlights. From the thundering Victoria Falls, to the elephants of Chobe National Park; and the predators that roam the famed Savuti and Moremi. Glide down the waterways of the Okavango Delta and marvel at the giant baobabs at the Makgadikgadi Pans. With some extra time to unwind in Victoria Falls after the wildlife adventure - this small group safari truly offers the absolute best!

This tour travels through Botswana's wilderness camps using mobile tented camps with rustic facilities.

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Day 1. Victoria Falls to Kasane, Botswana Highlights. Chobe National Park Game Drive, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Botswana.

This morning you are collected from your lodge and transferred to the border of Botswana to meet your tour and safari guide. Changing vehicles we take a short drive to the town of Kasane, nestled on the banks of the Chobe River. We enter the Chobe National Park and game drive in search of lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, elephant, buffalo and the prolific bird species that dot the edge of the Chobe River. In the evening we set up camp in the national park and enjoy our first night in the African wilderness.

Day 2. Chobe to Savuti Highlights. Savuti Marsh, Botswana.

We pack up early and head into the Chobe National Park by road this time seeking out the resident wildlife that has been active overnight.

Our game drive takes us via the winding the sand paths in the park and through to the Savuti area neighboring the Chobe National Park. We set up our camp and once the afternoon has cooled off we head out again - this time exploring the Savuti. This area is well known for its dense population of predators and we hope to see them out in their natural habitat during our drive.

Day 3. Savuti to Moremi Highlights. Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.

Heading from the Savuti to Moremi today we game drive as we go along the winding game paths and tracks. The Moremi 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.

Day 4. Moremi to Maun Highlights. Maun, Botswana.

Rising early we head out with the morning rays to explore the surrounds and any night-time activity in our area. After our game drive, we return to camp and pack up before heading to Maun - the gateway to the Okavango Delta.

We spend the night at our camp on the outskirts of town.

Day 5. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Today's adventure takes us into the Okavango Delta - a natural wetland eco-system spanning over 1.6 million hectares of northern Botswana creating ideal habitats for a range of wildlife and bird species.

We spend the day out in the wild enjoying the floodplains, channels and watery wilderness in our dug-out canoe and on foot. This evening we're back at camp in Maun.

Day 6. Maun to Makgadikgadi Pans Highlights. Makgadikadi Pans, Botswana.

Heading east, we make our way via the village of Gweta to the Makgadikgadi Pans. We'll stop off at Chapman's Baobabs along the way - the famed 'seven sisters' that watch over the pans like sentinels.

Tonight we'll have the opportunity to camp out under the stars on the edge of the pans and marvel at the shimmering starry night sky
*Please note, in the wet season it may be necessary to move our camp to nearby Nata.

Day 7. Makgadikgadi Pans to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Leaving the pans we head back north to Kasane and the border to Zimbabwe where, after border formalities, we continue back to Victoria Falls.

This evening is spent at leisure exploring your surrounds or simply relaxing at the lodgings.

Day 8. Victoria Falls Highlights. Victoria Falls National Park.

Immerse yourself in the Zimbabwe culture with a full day in the Victoria Falls area. We visit Victoria Falls National Park and then browse the local curio 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. We end our day joining a peaceful sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

Day 9. Victoria Falls

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 water 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 fulfill your imagination, validating the myths of the African spirit.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Bayete Guest Lodge

Situated in the picturesque town of Victoria Falls, this lodge has a lovely 'bushveld' feel with comfortable rooms, beautiful gardens and is a stones throw from the shops and activities in the town.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Bayete Guest Lodge

Situated in the picturesque town of Victoria Falls, this lodge has a lovely 'bushveld' feel with comfortable rooms, beautiful gardens and is a stones throw from the shops and activities in the town.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Victoria Falls at 09:30am on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements.

However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation is camping in twin share tents, with portable bush toilets and shared facilities.

COMFORT LEVEL:
This is a full participation safari. You are asked to play your part in (for instance) pitching and striking camp each day. The safari operates in remote wilderness areas where facilities are few or non-existent and where we carry in and erect (and dismantle) the camp ‘bush’ toilet and ‘bucket’ shower each day.
Please also note that the tour involves travelling each day and covers a considerable area: the Best of Botswana is essentially a ‘driving’ tour on mostly 4 x 4 tracks.

TRANSPORT:
Open 4 x 4 safari vehicle, dugout canoe (Mokoro), transfer vehicle. (Maximum group size: 9 passengers per vehicle)

Meals
8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Accommodation
Mobile tented camp with basic fascilities

Includes.
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of crew

Included Highlights:

Chobe NP, Game Drive
Savuti / Linyanti Marsh, Game Drives
Khwai Wildlife Management Area, Game Drives
Okavango Delta Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari
Makgadikgadi Pans
Victoria Falls day tour/ orphanage and school
Victoria Falls Visit
Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Excludes.
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Sleeping bag
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
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Safari Pass

Each small group tour, Short Safari & Trek, Short Break and City Stay has a Safari Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

445 USD or 500 USD * (If prepaid)

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

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