Botswana is considered Southern Africa’s premier game viewing destination. But it is also known as a very expensive destination. However by using a range of affordable lodges we offer a fully accommodated tour of Botswana at a value for money price.
This safari starts in Johannesburg and saves you the cost of flights to Maun, and includes an opportunity to see rhino.
There is total of 13 nights accommodation in lodges, chalets and tented camps. Of which; 10 nights on safari we stay at small and intimate lodges, with en suite facilities.1 night in Khama is in self catering chalets where two bedrooms share a bathroom. 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire.
There are13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 6 dinners are included. Of which 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are provided by the safari crew, prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the camp fire.
For the majority of this safari you will travel in a custom-built safari trucks with 12 forward facing seats; or (on 10% of tours) Mercedes Sprinter minibuses with 12 forward facing seats and air conditioning. For the game drives in Moremi and Chobe and the transfer into the Okavango we use open sided 4WD vehicles with local guides.
An essential part of your safari is some participation. From carrying your own bag to cleaning your window and packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Where the tour leaders provide meals we ask that clients help (on rotation) with the washing up.
Day 1 : JOHANNESBURG to KHAMA RHINO SANCTUARY
Departing Johannesburg at 06:30am we head north into Botswana and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. The Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust is a community based wildlife project established in 1992 to assist in saving the vanishing rhino, restore an area formerly teeming with wildlife to its previous natural state and provide economic benefits to the local Botswana community through tourism and the sustainable use of natural resources. This reserve situated on the Kalahari sand-veld, has several natural waterholes and provides prime habitat for white rhino, zebra and wildebeest.
Breakfast is not included , and lunch is provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Dinner is provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Includes: Entrance fees to Khama Rhino Sanctuary & afternoon game drive
Overnight: Khama Rhino Sanctuary, 2 twin share bedrooms in each chalet with 1 bathroom shared between
2 rooms.WiFi not available. Distance/time:630km, ± 7½ hours, excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing & lunch.
Day 2 : MAUN
We drive through the Kalahari to Maun, the gateway to the Okavango Delta. Since Maun’s founding in 1915 as the capital of the Batawana people, it has had a reputation as a hard-living ‘Wild West’ town helping the local cattle ranching and safari operations. The name Maun is derived from the San word ‘maung’, which translates ‘the place of short reeds’.
Breakfast provided tour leaders with the help of the group - Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group - Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Overnight: Rivernest Cottages, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant,
telephone. WiFi not available. Distance/time: 450kms. ± 6½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing. Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft).
Day 3 - 4 : OKAVANGO DELTA
We drive into the Okavango Delta to the launch station where we board our mokoro’s and pole to our tented camp in the heart of the largest inland delta in the world. This amazing environment has large numbers of red lechwe, buffalo, elephant and birds, particularly kingfishers! One of the best experiences in the Okavango Delta is to be poled along reed-lined channels in a mokoro (dug-out canoe). Sit back and relax as the water gurgles gently under the mokoro while your skilled poler points out the fauna and flora.
Breakfast provided by the lodge - Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group - Dinner provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Includes: Entrance fees to the Okavango Delta, morning & afternoon game walks with local guides
Overnight: Wilderness tented camping - 2 nights tented camp in the Okavango. Each tent has twin camp beds with linen and an en suite chemical toilet. Shared bucket shower tent with hot water off the fire. Tents have built-in insect nets. We need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild tented camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. The wilderness tented camp supplies all linen blankets and pillows. The camp chairs have a backrest. WiFi not available. Distance/time: 2 hour 4WD transfer into the Delta, each way.
Day 5, 6, 7, 8 : MOREMI
We take an open 4WD into Moremi Game Reserve for fantastic game viewing! Chief’s Island is the largest landmass within Moremi and was the Batswana tribe’s richest hunting ground, before being declared a game reserve by the tribe. We spend 4 days on game drives watching the abundant wildlife including elephant, hippo, buffalo, lion & other game, both in Moremi Game Reserve and in private concession reserves surrounding the park. We return to Maun midday on day 8 for an evening restaurant meal (own expense).
Day 5, 6 and 7 : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Day 8 : Breakfast and Lunch, Dinner at own expense Local restaurant
Includes: Entrance fees to Moremi Game Reserve, morning & afternoon game drives in open 4WD vehicle
Overnight: 3 x nights Hyena Pan Bushlodge – exclusive private tented bush lodge, bordering Moremi Game
Reserve. Twin share permanent tented lodge with en suite facilities. WiFi not available.
Overnight: 1x night Maun Rivernest Cottages, twin share bedrooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available. Distance/time: 150kms ± 4 hours, excludes game drives & stops for wildlife viewing (Maun – Lodge). Optional Activities: Scenic flight over the Okavango Delta (+/-USD95-120) pp depending on number of people in each aircraft).
Day 9 : MAKGADIKGADI PANS
We have time for an optional game flight over the Okavango before we head to Nata (own expense). The shimmering saltpans of Makgadikgadi appear as a glaring white, endless plain. When the rain comes a dramatic change takes place as thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate to the sweet nutritious grasslands and clouds of flamingo feed in its algae rich waters. It is an area of low rainfall so this spectacle only lasts a short while.
Includes: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner, Entrance fees into Makgadikgadi Pans
Overnight: Nata Lodge – twin share luxury tents with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant,
telephone. (or Pelican Lodge, – Chalets with en suite facilities). WiFi not available. Distance/time: 320km, ± 3½ hours, excluding stops for sightseeing.
Day 10 – 11 : CHOBE NATIONAL PARK
The Chobe River is a stunning feature of Botswana and will be the focus of our lodge stay. The Chobe River flows lazily along the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park attracting some of the largest herds of elephant in Africa. An early morning 4WD game drive in the Chobe National Park and an afternoon game viewing “sundowner” cruise to see the mighty elephant herds return to the Chobe River to quench their thirst.
Day 10, 11: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10, 11: Lunch provided by tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10, 11: Dinner will be an own expense meal
Includes: Breakfast and Lunch, Dinner at down expense, Entrance fees to Chobe National Park, morning game drive (day 11), sunset boat cruise (day 11)
Overnight: Thebe River Safaris – twin chalets with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant,
telephone. WiFi available. Distance/time: 300kms, ± 4 hours, excluding stops for sightseeing + 1x 3 hour game drive. Optional Activities: Afternoon game drive in open 4WD vehicle (on day 10).
Day 12 – 13 : VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
We visit “Mosi oa Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” - Victoria Falls. These magnificent falls are one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Victoria Falls Bridge was commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes in 1900, and was completed by 1905, although Rhodes never lived to see it. It spans the impressive gorge and the famous adrenaline pumping Victoria Falls bungee jump is done from this bridge, with a terrifying drop of 360ft (111m). Opportunities to white water raft on the mighty Zambezi River, bungi jump, or take a “flight of angels” (own expense).
Day 12: Breakfast provided by tour leaders with the help of the group , Lunch and dinner will be an own expense meal
Day 13: Breakfast provided by the hotel , Lunch and dinner will be an own expense meal
Includes: Entrance to see the Victoria Falls
Overnight: Rainbow Hotel, twin rooms with en-suite facilities. Swimming pool, restaurant, bar and
telephone. Free WiFi available. Distance/time: 70kms – 1 hour, excluding border formalities. Optional Activities : White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more.
Day 14 : VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
Tour ends after breakfast, provided by the hotel at 08:00am. Breakfast provided by the hotel
There is a cash Local Payment of $300 in addition to the tour price of €2350. See ** •
The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions.
The accommodation specified above is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes may be made without notice.
International flights, visas and items of a personal nature are not included in the price.
Special Interest: Moremi is known for its big game including frequent leopard sightings. These elusive cats lead a predominantly solitary life and Moremi GR, with its varied habitats and high prey species densities, provides a perfect refuge for these beautiful creatures.
Sustainable Tourism: In Maun we visit a community project, Sibanda’s Craft shop, where craftswomen manufacture unique hand-painted cotton textiles such as tablecloths, & cushion covers. The aim at Sibanda’s is to generate more employment within the community, empowering women to realise their dreams and improve the quality of their lives and those of their children, through economic upliftment and self-fulfillment.
** • A local payment is required on this safari and this will be collected by your tour leader on departure. The local payment forms part of your overall tour cost, and must be taken into consideration when booking your safari. It will be used by your tour leaders to pay for some of the operational costs incurred on safari.
We prepay by bank transfer, as many of the tour costs as possible. However, in many cases, a cash payment is the only option: certain of the destinations that we visit, only accept cash. For example entry fees to most national parks, some of the campsites and also local food markets (and even some shops) are only payable in cash. In addition, each vehicle has a garage card but these are only accepted in South Africa and parts of Namibia, therefore in all other countries, fuel must be paid for in cash. Due to the remoteness of some departure points, having a local payment system enables us to manage tour funds effectively. The efficiency of this system helps keep the overall tour prices down.
For these reasons, it is necessary to charge a local payment. It also ensures that a portion of the tour costs goes directly into the country you are visiting, thereby benefiting local communities and contributing to the conservation of the areas we visit. This is all part of our ongoing effort to operate sustainable safaris that make a real difference.
SOS trees project – Okavango Botswana For hundreds of years, the local communities in and around Botswana's Okavango Delta have used the wood of the sausage tree to craft their traditional mokoro (dugout canoes). The knowledge and skill have been passed down from generation to generation and, up until recently, has been a sustainable practice. With increasing numbers of people visiting the Delta each year, more mokoro are needed and as a direct result, more and more sausage trees are being felled and the sausage tree is sadly disappearing from the region. A traditional wooden mokoro will have to be replaced every five years, thereby placing increased pressure on the dwindling sausage tree supply.
we have established a project to encourage polers in the local communities to buy replica fiberglass mokoro’s, which have a lifespan of approximately ten years, are more stable and are produced without any negative affect to the environment. As such, sponsorship for each fiberglass mokoro is needed, and a portion of the tour cost will be donated to the project, but we also will offer you the opportunity to contribute to this worthwhile cause. Please feel free to contact the us for more information on the SOS trees project or if you would like to make any contributions towards this project. It is something that is close to all of our hearts and we hope that it will be successful.