There are few wildlife experiences in the world like a week spent in the Botswana 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.
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, 5 lunches and 7 dinners are included in this tour. All of which are provided by the lodges, or mobile camp 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 a restaurant in the evening.
Transport: You will 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 clients so that everyone has a “window” seat. The light aircraft flight from Maun airport to Khwai airstrip is usually 4 to12-seater Cessna or Caravan. Due to bush landing the luggage limits must be adhered to.
Non-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 endeavor to make your journey more rewarding.
Day 1, 2 & 3 : MOREMI
This 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 GR’s wide variety of habitats makes it a birdwatcher's 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.
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).
Day 4 – 5 : SAVUTI
We head north from Moremi to the renowned 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.
Overnight: Mini Meru Tented Camp (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.
Day 6 – 7 : CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
Our 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 a game drive in the early morning before heading back to the comfort of the lodge during the heat of the day. In the afternoon we take 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 sunsets we head out of the park with some amazing wildlife and sunset photographs.
Includes: Entrance Fees, game drive & Chobe River Boat Cruise.
Overnight: Bakwena Lodge – Twin en-suite chalets. Distance/time: 440kms ± 6½ hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing (Savuti – Chobe).
Day 8 : VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
We 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 rain forest surrounding the falls which is abundant with bird-life 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
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 : VICTORIA FALLS – TOUR ENDS
There is time for one of the variety of optional adventure activities (own expense) before the tour ends.
There is no local payment on this tour.
The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo stops!
That 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 may be made without notice.
Special Interest: 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.
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 a day pack 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 travelers cheques attract a very high commission). We will supply a tour dossier for approximate costs of drinks and meals etc.