Delta & Chobe Waterways (Accommodated) (12 Days)

Tour Code 19DCW12A. Small Group Safaris
12 days from
$1'696 USD
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Plus 1640 USD mandatory Safari Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 8 to 65. Group Size: Minimum 2, Maximum 12

Explore Zimbabwe and Botswana's top highlights...

See Africa at its best on this small group safari tour. Experience the spiritual Matobo National Park, the mighty Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, huge elephant herds at Chobe National Park and Mokoro safaris though the Okavango Delta. Marvel at sunsets over the Kalahari Desert and encounter rhinos at Khama Rhino before heading back to the city of Pretoria.

Please note: This tour will depart and end in Pretoria in 2019 – please contact Acacia for departure hotel details.

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Day 1. Pretoria to Polokwane Highlights. Bakone Open Air Museum . Accommodation. Boma In The Bush.

We depart by shuttle transfer to the beautiful Limpopo Province. Previously known as the Northern Province, this is a land of myths and legends and is also highly rated as a southern Africa Eco-tourism destination.

Arriving in Polokwane, we head to our lodge to meet up with our guide and the rest of the group before we head off to learn more about the local Bakone culture. This interesting open-air museum allows us to learn about traditional methods of the Bakone tribe who were settled in this area from historic times to the present day.

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Day 2. Polokwane to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Travellers Guest House, Bulawayo.

This morning we make our way north to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree-lined avenues and wide open spaces. The area around the city offers much in the way of historical, geological and natural interest. Several national parks are nearby including the well-known Matobo (sometimes written Matopos) which we shall visit. Our accommodation for the evening is in a quiet garden setting on the outskirts of town.

Day 3. Bulawayo to Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Travellers Guest House, Bulawayo.

This morning we transfer into open 4x4 game drive vehicles with experienced local guides and drive a short distance from Bulawayo to the wonderful Matobo National Park. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and if conditions are suitable, the guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places for a close view of these magnificent animals.

It is possible to extend this to a full day as an option as well as take a historical and cultural tour.

Day 4. Bulawayo to Victoria Falls Highlights. Zambezi sunset cruise - Zimbabwe.

The journey continues today travelling in a north-westerly direction towards the town of Victoria Falls, passing along the edge of Hwange National Park.

On reaching Victoria Falls we meet with the local team who take us through the many different optional activities that are available in this area.

This afternoon we visit the falls themselves, walking along the trails at the edge of the gorge, gives some fantastic photo opportunities. Finally, we round off the day with a relaxing sunset cruise on the upper stretches of the Zambezi river hoping to spot some wildlife in and around the river.

Day 5. Victoria Falls Highlights. Victoria Falls National Park.

This morning we view the spectacular Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

After our morning visit, the rest of the day is at your leisure to sample some amazing optional activities such as whitewater rafting, bungee jumping and scenic flights, just to name a few.

Alternatively, it's worth checking out the local markets for some great souvenirs.

Day 6. Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park Highlights. Chobe Fish Eagle Cruise, Botswana. Chobe National Park, Botswana. Accommodation. Thebe River Lodge.

Leaving Zimbabwe behind this morning we cross into Botswana and the nearby Chobe National Park. Stopping briefly in the small town of Kasane we head to our river fronted accommodation.

In the early afternoon, we have the option to take an open 4x4 game drive in the Chobe National Park prior to taking an included cruise along the Chobe River hopefully spotting some of the large herds of animals that the park is so famous for.

Day 7. Chobe National Park to Gweta Accommodation. Gweta Lodge, Gweta, Botswana.

On the road again continuing the safari. Travelling through various unfenced areas we might be lucky enough to see wild animals roaming on or near the road as we journey close to the famous Makagadikgadi and Nxai Pans. Our destination, Gweta, is the gateway to the pans and on arrival, we have the option to take a 4x4 excursion out onto the pans themselves.

Day 8. Gweta to Maun Highlights. Gweta Village Walk, Botswana. Maun, Botswana. Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

After a morning village walk with the local Tswana people, we continue through the large flat countryside to the town of Maun which is the gateway to the Okavango Delta and prepare for our overnight excursion tomorrow.

Day 9. Maun to Okavango Delta Highlights. Okavango Delta, Botswana. Accommodation. Elephant Bush Camp, Okavango Delta.

The Okavango Delta is a vast inland labyrinth of islands, rivers and marshes covering an area of up to 15,000 sq km where the Okavango River spreads out and sinks away into the sands of the Kalahari Desert.

We transfer into a 4x4 truck for the first leg of the journey into the delta before heading onwards is the local dugout canoe or mokoro with local expert guides. From our tented camp, we explore the wilderness area both on food and in the mokoros.

Day 10. Okavango Delta to Maun Accommodation. Sitatunga Camp, Maun.

After a final morning out exploring this beautiful wilderness area, we return to Maun where we have the option to take a flight over this fantastic natural wilderness giving a different perspective from that on land. There is also the chance to take some time to explore the small town itself.

Day 11. Maun to Khama Rhino Sanctuary Highlights. Khama Rhino Sanctuary, Botswana. Accommodation. Stevensford Game Reserve.

Heading back eastwards through Botswana and skirting around the south of the Makagadikgadi Pans and onwards to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.

The sanctuary is on the edge of the Kalahari Desert and is a prime location for the endangered white rhino and provides a fantastic educational base for the local community focusing on conservation.

We enjoy an afternoon game drive with the experienced rangers.

Day 12. Stevensford Game Reserve to Pretoria

Wrapping up our journey today we continue on southwards crossing back into South Africa and onwards to Pretoria, the administrative city of South Africa where our safari ends late this afternoon.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Court Classique Suite Hotel

Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.

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

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Court Classique Suite Hotel

Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.

* 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 Pretoria on Day 1; we strongly recommend 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.

If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of Pretoria and the surrounding area.

ACCOMMODATION:
Selected lodges with en-suite facilities and one night at a tented camp with basic en-suite facilities in the Okavango Delta. Most lodges are situated in comfortable and picturesque locations with a pool, restaurant and bar.

Please note that whilst every effort has been made to select accommodation of a consistent standard throughout the tour there are areas where this is difficult to achieve. We have not designed or costed this tour with international standard hotels but have instead sourced privately owned properties more suited to the environment. For that reason accommodation, hotel facilities and service levels may vary between countries and from area to area within each country. To a degree this is a reflection of local infrastructure, tourism development, and of the communities whose areas we are visiting. At times you may find any lapse in service frustrating but we ask your patience and that you consider it a part of the African experience.

TRANSPORT:
Minibus, overland vehicle, 4x4 open safari vehicle, river cruise boat, Mokoro. Maximum group size: 12 passengers

Meals
11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 10 Dinners

Accommodation
Twin share rooms with en suite facilities (10nts) Twin share pre-erected tent with en-suite (1nt)

Includes.
All tour highlights
Ground Transport
Accommodation as indicated
Meals as indicated
Vehicle registration, Road tolls and taxes
Park fees
Services of driver / wildlife guide

Included Highlights:
Bakone Open Air Cultural Museum
Motobo National Park Game Drive
Victoria Falls Visit
Victoria Falls Zambezi Sunset Cruise
Chobe National Park Fish Eagle / Sunset Cruise
Chobe National Park Game Drive
Okavango Delta Excursion, Mokoro/Walking Safari
Gweta Village Walk
Khama Rhino Sanctuary Game Drive
Excludes.
Visas
Travel insurance
Flights
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Tips
Drinks
Optional activities
Items of a personal nature
Meals not indicated
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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.

1640 USD or 1720 USD * (If prepaid)

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

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