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Botswana Safari

Botswana Baobabs Safari

Small group lodge / serviced camping safari - 8 nights / 9 days

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Sesriem sunset in Namibia Climbing sand dunes in Sossusvlei Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta Lioness and cub in Botswana The Victoria Falls
Tour code: BPac09
There are few wildlife experiences in the world like a week spent in the Botswanan wilderness. This classic itinerary offers a lodge and luxury camping combination safari. The lodges are beautiful, comfortable & make for a great adventure safari though the world famous parks.

Departs: Maun, Botswana on Sunday at 9:00am.      
Ends: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on Friday at +/-8:00am.
Group size: Guaranteed from 4 guests; 12 guests maximum.

Summary
• A true African experience - wild and free!
• All inclusive trip with cultural experience, adventure and wildlife.
• Victoria Falls, Moremi Game Reserve, Savuti & Chobe National Park.

Highlights
• Moremi Game Reserve – game drives.
• Savuti – game drives.
• Chobe National Park – game drive and river cruise.

Overnights
• The accommodation throughout this classic journey is of 3- to 4-star style and are chosen not only for their service and comfort level, but also for their wonderful locations and local wildlife viewing opportunities.
• All rooms have private en-suite facilities.
• For the 2 nights in central Chobe NP we stay in mini meru tents. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet and bucket shower with hot water off the fire.

Meals
• 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 7 dinners are included. All of which are provided by the lodges at which we are staying.
• Due to travel arrangements or game viewing activities, the included lunches will be picnic lunches.
• Where meals are not included there will be an opportunity to buy a meal en route or at the a restaurant in the evening.

2017
SAFARI COST:
$3,510 per person sharing.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $985

If you are a single traveler, you will be assigned to room with another same gender single traveler and there is no supplemental payment required.  If you request to room alone, then the price supplement will be charged.

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Botswana Baobabs map


DAYS 1 - 3; (3 Nights)
MOREMI GAME RESERVE, Botswana  [lodge Bx2 L x3 Dx3]

Lioness and cub in the OkavangoThis safari starts at Maun airport where you will be met and after a short briefing, you will board a light aircraft flight to Khwai. You will then be met by your safari guide and enjoy your first game drive to the lodge.

Moremi Game Reserve is the jewel of Botswana and arguably one of the best wildlife viewing destinations in Africa. To the north of Moremi is a vast wilderness consisting of open grasslands and forest and abundant wildlife. Our lodge is situated on a large concession in this wilderness, overlooking a waterhole, the thatched deck allows us to watch the animals in the afternoon as they come down to quench their thirst. Moremi’s wide variety of habitats makes it a birdwatchers paradise. Our days are spent on open 4WD game drives in Moremi GR and on the wildlife concession along the Khwai River.


Includes:
Light aircraft flight, game drives & National Park Entry Fees. Day 1: Lunch provided by the lodge. Day 1: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge. Day 2: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 2: Lunch provided by tour leaders. Day 2: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge. Day 3: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 3: Lunch provided by tour leaders. Day 3: Dinner will be a set menu provided by the lodge.
Overnight: Hyena Pan - exclusive private tented bush lodge, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Twin share permanent tented lodge with en suite facilities. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: Short 20minute flight in small aircraft, morning & afternoon game drives +/-4hrs each.
Optional Activities: Helicopter flight over the Delta (own expense US$140pp).


DAYS 4 - 5; (2 Nights)
SAVUTI,
Botswana  [mini meru serviced camp 2x BLD]

Buffalo in SavutiWe head north from Moremi to the renown Savuti section of the Chobe National Park. This is an excellent area for big predators with frequent sightings of lion and leopard, elephant and plains game. We spend our time on game drives through the dramatic open plains dotted with Acacia, and along the Savuti channel where we hope to see the lions and hyenas that make Savuti an outstanding wildlife destination. We overnight in our serviced tented camp. After dinner in our dining tent, fall asleep to the sounds of the African bush.


Includes:
Entrance fees, morning and afternoon game drives in open 4WD game viewing vehicle. Day 4, 5: Breakfast provided by tour leaders. Day 4, 5: Lunch provided by tour leaders. Day 4, 5: Dinner provided by tour leaders.
Overnight: Mini Meru Serviced Camping – twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet and bucket shower with hot water off the fire. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 350kms, ± 8½ hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing.

DAYS 6 - 7; (2 Nights)
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, Botswana  [lodge 2x B-D]

ZebrasOur next destination is Chobe National Park. We depart Savuti and head north through the remote wilderness of Botswana to the small town of Kasane and our lodge on the banks of the Chobe River.

The following day we head back into Chobe NP on an game drive in the early morning before heading back to the comfort of the lodge during the heat of the day. The afternoon has a surprise is a boat cruise on the Chobe River. This is possibly the most satisfying and relaxing game viewing activity in Southern Africa. We head into the park on a small game viewing boat and spend the next few hours till sunset floating slowly down stream while watching the wildlife come down to drink. We get close to the herds of elephants, and have amazing sightings of crocodile, hippo, fish eagle and many more. As the sun sets, we head out of the park with some amazing wildlife and sunset photographs.


Includes: Entrance Fees, game drive & Chobe River Boat Cruise. Day 6: Breakfast provided by tour leaders. Day 6: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 6: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge. Day 7: Breakfast provided by tour leaders. Day 7: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 7: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge.
Overnight: Bakwena Lodge – Twin en-suite chalets.
Distance / Time: 440kms ± 6½ hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing (Savuti – Chobe).


DAY 8; (1 Night)
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe  [lodge B - -]

The Victoria FallsWe leave Botswana behind and cross into Zimbabwe and make our way to Victoria Falls. The mighty Zambezi River thunders 100m over the gorge creating a magnificent spectacle. The spray from the waterfall sustains a rainforest surrounding the falls which is abundant with birdlife and protected in a National Park. We explore the Victoria Falls on foot with a local guide bringing the Falls to life with tales of the explorers of these ancient lands.


Includes: Entrance fees to Victoria Falls. Day 8: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 8: Lunch is an own expense meal. Day 8: Dinner is an own expense meal at a local restaurant .
Overnight: A'Zambezi Lodge, twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar & telephone. Free WiFi available.
Distance / Time: 80kms, ± 1.5 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.
Optional Activities: Scenic flights & many more.


DAY 9; (Tour Ends)
VICTORIA FALLS  [- B - -]

There is time for one of the variety of optional adventure activities (own expense) before the tour ends.


Includes: Day 9: Breakfast provided by the lodge. Day 9: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 9: Dinner own expense.
Overnight: N/A.
Distance / Time: N/A.

Note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and animal sightings!
Note: Botswana is considered Southern Africa’s premier game viewing destination. The remote wilderness, limited access for visitors and abundant game make for an exceptional wildlife safari.

Sustainable Tourism: A Botswana guide travels with us through the National Parks. This ensures employment for local people and direct benefits for the community from tourism. The local guides are highly knowledgeable so please ask plenty of questions, you’ll be amazed at what you can learn.

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Transport
For the entire safari you travel in a purpose built 4WD Land Cruiser with 12 forward facing seats and trailer for luggage. It has solid roof and back which provides protection from the sun, and dust. The Land Cruiser has 12 individual seats in 4 rows of 3 seats but this tour is limited to a maximum of 8 guests so that everyone has a “window” seat. The light aircraft flight from Maun airport to Khwai airstrip is usually 4-12 seater Cessna or Caravan. Due to bush landing the luggage limits are adhered to.

Local Payment
There is no local payment required on this safari.

Participation
This is an adventure tour, and as such please expect to get involved. Where there are porters, they’ll help you, otherwise you’ll need to carry your own bag. Included meals are all lodge or camp provided. If you have a particular interest, please let your safari leader know, and he/she will endeavour to make your journey more rewarding.

Shopping
Craft shopping for carvings, batiks, paintings and clothing is best in Victoria Falls which has a wide variety of curios. Botswana has beautiful grass weavings but these are available mostly at curio shops as there are hardly any craft markets in Botswana.

Food
The majority of meals on this safari are provided by the lodges.

Difficulty
• Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip.
• Full itinerary with a couple of long driving days. The road conditions through the wilderness areas a very poor and our progress can at times be slow and dusty. Remember to hold on at all times and enjoy the ride!

Things you should know
• Includes park entrances, game drives and the Okavango Delta excursion.
• • As this tour spends a large amount of time in wildlife areas it is essential that you adhere to the tour leaders' (and local guides') instructions regarding interaction with wildlife, camp safety and game walk/drive rules.
• You will need a valid passport and visas for entry into Zimbabwe and Botswana.
• Luggage, please pack to a limit of 12kgs in a soft sports tog bag. Also bring daypack for walks and keeping in the vehicle.
• • We recommend that you bring Euro or US$ for personal expenses on this trip but please note that foreign currency will need to changed into Botswana Pula as shops, restaurants and market vendors only accept BWP. Expenses in Victoria Falls can be paid in US$ and major credit cards can also be used for optional activities. Traveler’s cheques can be changed in Victoria Falls, Kasane and Maun (although in Zimbabwe travellers cheques attract a very high commission).

Common questions about this trip
What do I need to bring? Comfortable clothes for warm days and cool evenings, walking shoes, a raincoat, hat and sunglasses, swimsuit, and a water bottle. A small pair of binoculars also comes in very handy and most importantly - a sense of adventure!
Is it safe? Botswana is relatively safe and your guide knows the countries intimately and will endeavor to show you the best parts while looking after you. In the wild areas your guide will brief you on the necessary precautions, follow this advice and you will be fine. Be aware of your personal belongings and you will have a great trip!
Do I need malaria tablets?  Yes, the trip passes through malaria areas and prophylactics are recommended.
Solo Traveler? Going it alone won’t make your holiday more expensive; our reservations staff will match you up with another same-gender traveler to keep your holiday affordable. If however you request a single room or tent these are available, with a price supplement.

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