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Botswana Safari    Zimbabwe Safari

Ivory Route Safari

Small group accommodated lodge safari - 14 nights / 15 days

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San Bushman Dead vlei, Sossusvlei, Namibia Mekoro safari in the Okavango The Victoria Falls
Tour code: NBa21 / NBa15

This classic journey covers Botswana, Namibia & Zimbabwe & the core of the international Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area. This initiative is a multi country effort to create a vast network of interlinking reserves and provide corridors for wildlife movement along natural migration routes, particularly for elephants. The lodges are beautiful, comfortable & make for a great adventure safari.

Departs: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on Sunday at 2:00pm.      
Ends: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on Sunday 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.
• Matopos National Park, Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls, Moremi Game Reserve, Mahangu Game Reserve, Chobe National Park & the Okavango Delta.

Highlights
• Victoria Falls – adventure activities
• Hwange – game drives in open vehicle
• Matobos – game drive
• Okavango Delta - mokoro excursion
• Moremi game reserve – game drives
• House Boat in the Okavango Delta
• Chobe National Park – sunset 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.
• The Moremi lodge on a private concession between Chobe NP and Moremi GR is a particular highlight.

Meals
• 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 11 dinners are included, all of which are provided by the lodges at which we are staying.
• Due to travel arrangements or game viewing activities, 2 of the lunches will be packed picnic lunches.
• Where meals are not included there will be an opportunity to buy a meal en-route, but these are mostly travel days so a quick stop is required.

2017
SAFARI COST:
$4,675 per person sharing.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Single supplement $2,185.

Single tent supplement is applicable to the camping nights only. On accommodated nights clients will share with a same gender client.

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 a price supplement will be charged.

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Ivory Route Safari map


DAY 1; (1 Night)
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe  [hotel - - -]

Tour of Victoria Falls in ZambiaThe majestic sight of the mighty Zambezi River plunging over the Victoria Falls, welcomes you to your Zimbabwe and Botswana adventure. We check into our lodge before we explore the falls and tropical rain forest surrounds on foot in the afternoon before heading out to a local restaurant for dinner (own expense).


Includes:
Entrance Fees to see the Victoria Falls. Day 1: Breakfast not included. Day 1: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 1: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight: A'Zambezi Lodge, twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and telephone. Free WiFi available.
Distance / Time: N/A.
Optional Activities: Scenic flights & many more.


DAYS 2 - 3; (2 Nights)
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, Zimbabwe  [chalet B x2, L x1, D x2]

Buffalo in MoremiHwange National Park is a wildlife jewel, famous for its big game and large herds of elephant. Hwange is home to a wide variety of habitats, from it’s western regions on the edge of the Kalahari through large grass plains to the forested woodland in east Hwange. Our comfortable lodge for two nights is situated on the private concession on the eastern boundary of the park, our time is spent on a full day game drive, in open 4WD vehicles, in the park in search of big game.


Includes: Entrance fees, full board with 2 activities per day. Day 2: Breakfast provide by the hotel. Day 2: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 2: Dinner provided by the lodge. Day 3: Breakfast provide by the lodge. Day 3: Lunch provided by the lodge. Day 3: Dinner provided by the lodge.
Overnight:
Khulu Lodge – for 2 nights at Hwange National Park, we stay in chalets with en-suite facilities, swimming pool and central boma area. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 200kms ± 3 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing
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DAYS 4 - 5; (2 Nights)
MATOBOS NATIONAL PARK, Zimbabwe  [chalet B x2, L x1, D x2]

Lioness and cub in the OkavangoThe rounded granite boulders and undulating valleys of the Matobos National Park are home to some of the last of the rhino in Zimbabwe. We spend our day on an excursion into the park that includes a game walk to see the rhino, discovering the ancient Bushmen paintings that adorn the rocks, and admiring the landscapes from Worlds View, the site of Cecil John Rhodes’ grave.


Includes: Entrance fees, full board with 2 activities per day. Day 4: Breakfast provide by the lodge. Day 4: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 4: Dinner provided by the lodge. Day 5: Breakfast provide by the lodge. Day 5: Lunch provided by the lodge. Day 5: Dinner provided by the lodge.
Overnight: Hermits Peak – chalets - twin rooms with en-suite facilities (hot showers), swimming pool, restaurant, bar & telephone. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 360kms, ± 6 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing, shopping & lunch.

DAY 6; (1 Night)
NATA, Botswana  [chalet B - D]

Makgadikgadi Pans in BotswanaThis morning we leave Matobos and head west towards the Botswana border, we cross at Plumtree and we make our way to the Nata area for our overnight stop. In the late afternoon we will head out onto the Makgadikgadi Pans, vast saltpans that seem to stretch on to infinity. We will explore the area and have some fun taking photographs before the sunsets golden over the horizon.


Includes: Entrance fees to Nata Sanctuary. Day 6: Breakfast provide by the lodge. Day 6: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 6: Dinner provided by the lodge.
Overnight: Nata Lodge – twin share chalet with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 325 kms ± 4½ hours, excluding stops for border, sightseeing & lunch.

DAY 7; (1 Night)
MAUN, Botswana  [lodge B - -]

Scenic flight over the Okavango DeltaMaun’s name is derived from a San word meaning “place of the short reeds” is nestled at the southern end of the Okavango Delta where our lodge overlooks the beautiful Thamalakane River. Here we prepare for our trip into Moremi Game Reserve and our afternoon is free to bird watch along the river, relax around the pool or take a optional scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (own expense).


Includes: Day 7: Breakfast provided the lodge. Day 7: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 7: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Thamalakane River Lodge, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.

Distance / Time: 310kms. ± 4½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.
Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft).

DAYS 8 - 10; (3 Nights)
MOREMI GAME RESERVE, Botswana  [guest house Bx2 Lx1 -]

Leopard in Moremi Game ReserveStartling and unexpected contrasts are created as the waters of the Okavango flood into the drier Kalahari creating the magnificently rich wilderness area with amazing wildlife of the Moremi Game Reserve. Rivers, lagoons, savannah, woodland, Moremi offers some excellent game viewing. With over 400 species of birds, Moremi is also a great place to sight leopard, lion, wild dog, elephant, giraffe and a variety of antelope. We spend our time on game drives in Moremi GR and the surrounding concession along the Khwai River where the lagoons attract the thirsty animals to drink in late afternoon. Our lodge is on the private concession north of Moremi, where our boma overlooks a large pan where we enjoy our meals while watching the animals drinking and enjoy the wilderness far from civilization. On the morning of day 10 we have one last game drive on the concession before heading back to our lodge in Maun.


Includes:
Entrance fees to Moremi Game Reserve, morning & afternoon game drives in open 4WD vehicle. Day 8, 9: Breakfast provided the lodge. Day 8, 9: Lunch provided by the lodge. Day 8, 9: Dinner provided by the lodge. Day 10: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 10: Picnic lunch provided by the lodge. Day 10: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight: 2 x nights Hyena Pan Bush lodge – exclusive private tented bush lodge, bordering Moremi Game Reserve. Twin share permanent tented lodge with en suite facilities. WiFi not available.
1 night Thamalakane River Lodge, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 225kms ± 4 hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing (Maun – Lodge).

DAY 11; (1 Night)
OKAVANGO DELTA – SHAKAWE, Botswana  [house boat B - D]

Mokoro - Okavango DeltaWe drive around the Okavango Delta, and north up to Shakawe where we will board the //Kabbo house boat and embark on a voyage on the Okavango Pan handle. Tranquil reed lined rivers, crystal clear water and abundant bird life. Time to rest, relax and enjoy the views of the Okavango.


Includes: Day 11: Breakfast provided by the lodge. Day 11: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 11: Dinner provided on the house boat.
Overnight: Kabbo Houseboat, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.
Distance / Time: 527km ± 6½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing .

DAY 12; (1 Night)
CAPRIVI, Namibia  [chalet BLD]

Crossing NamibiaCrossing out of Botswana into Namibia and the Mahango Game Reserve. We game drive through the reserve to our lodge on the Kavango River.


Includes: Mahangu NP entrance fee & game drive. Day 12: Breakfast provided by the house boat. Day 12: Picnic lunch provided by the tour leaders. Day 12: Dinner provided by the lodge.
Overnight: Mahangu Nunda River Lodge – twin share permanent tents with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi free in main building.
Distance / Time: 60km +- 1.5 hour, excluding border formalities.

DAYS 13 - 14; (2 Nights)
CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, Botswana  [chalet B - D]

ZebrasThe Caprivi Strip is a thin wedge of Namibia, which separates Botswana to the south and Angola in the north. We cross the Caprivi, back into Botswana and head to the town of Kasane and our lodge on the edge of Chobe River. The river attracts large herds of elephant as it flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park. Arguably the best wildlife activity in Southern Africa is the afternoon game-viewing cruise where we hope to see large herds of elephants, crocodile, hippo and other wildlife as they quench their thirst at the end of the day. This is a photographers dream as the magnificent sun set across the river.


Includes: Chobe N.P entrance fees & sunset cruise on Chobe River. Day 13: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 13: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 13: Dinner provided by the lodge. Day 14: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 14: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 14: Dinner provided by the lodge.
Overnight: Bakwena Lodge – twin chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi available.
Distance / Time: 200km, ± 3 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing .

DAY 15
VICTORIA FALLS,
Zimbabwe  [Tour ends]

At the Victoria FallsThis morning our tour ends after breakfast at 08:00 in time for clients to transfer into Victoria Falls and catch their flights.

Alternatively you can fly out of Kasane airport.


Includes: Day 16: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 16: Lunch own expense. Day 16: Dinner not included.
Overnight: N/A
Distance / Time: 85kms ± 1,5 hours, excluding border formalities


Note:
The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and animal sightings!
Note: The accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.

Sustainable Tourism: Botswanan conservation lands surrounding the national parks are leased by the government to tourism businesses for the benefit of the local communities. The lodge we use outside Moremi not only employs staff from the local village but also contributes financially towards the community trust. The village board use that income for the betterment of the local people. The lease environmental management plan is for the benefit of conservation of the region.

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Transport
For the majority of this safari you travel in a custom safari truck with 12 seats; or (on 30% of tours) Mercedes Sprinter bus with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. For the game drives in Hwange, Matobos, Moremi and Chobe we use open sided 4WD vehicles with local guides.

Local Payment
A local payment is not 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 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 clients adhere to the tour leaders (and local guides) instructions regarding interaction with wildlife, camp safety and game walk/drive rules. • Your client will need a valid passport and visas for entry into Zimbabwe, and Botswana and re-entering South Africa.
• 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? Zimbabwe has been involved in a political power struggle over the past few years, and this has deterred tourists from travelling to the country. Having said this, the Zimbabwe people are always friendly and helpful to visitors to their country and tourists are welcome with open arms. Botswana is safe and your guide knows both 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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